6.25 – O ke ali’l wale no ka’u makemake
In order to stop a meth epidemic on the island, McGarrett and Danny go undercover as pilots, but when McGarrett is seriously wounded, Danny is forced to break their cover in order to save his partner’s life, on the second hour of the sixth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0. Friday, May 13 on the CBS Television.
CBS translated O ke ali’l wale no ka’u makemake to My Desire Is Only For The Chief
So, here we are, final episode of season 6. There has been a lot of information about this episode on the net weeks before it even aired. And most thought we knew everything about it already.
Let’s talk about that for a minute. Personally, I think we knew way too much beforehand. Nothing in it was of any surprise. The only mystery that had remained until the end was in what order they would give us this episode.
I’m sure many will disagree with me here, but I think they did a pretty poor job keeping the suspense. They should have kept a tight lid on the filming and the content of the episode. Yeah, I know, it’s not easy to keep a downed plane on the beach of Waikiki out of the news. And even got them international news time, which I thought was hilarious. But all the other stuff, like Steve getting seriously hit, Danny landing the plane, the two boys going undercover… that was just too much information. And it was information you couldn’t get away from. It’s not like you had to seek it out to be completely and utterly informed.
To be fair, I doubt PL was that happy with all the leaks. Even our two ‘spies’ DDK and Masi had to take their tweets off the air. As if that would have made a difference. 😉 What is posted will be there for all time.
But I guess they thought they would draw in a bigger audience with all this, too bad it didn’t work. The ratings are good, very good for a Friday night show actually, but they have been steady all along.
Thanks to SpoilerTV for this. And please remember these ratings do not include the 3/7 days ratings of DVR and On Demand and such. They will go up immensely.
There has been a lot of speculation about what we had seen in the leaked pictures. I can tell you that some of the theories had been quite ‘out there’, but nothing was as outrageous as what the show actually did. But hey, that is a different post altogether. And by the way, thank you all for participating in the discussion about my little rant. You guys rock.
We will talk about that part of the story in this review again… in a little bit. But I will try to analyze the episode without being too judgmental about that particular part. 😉
So, let’s dive right in. Which is what the show actually did. We started as predicted with pretty much the end of it. And I have to tell you I loved it. I love flashback storytelling as long as it isn’t really from the end. Someplace mid-show would be good.
Instead of going at this in chronological order I will be kinda hopping all over the place. Let’s start with the whole plane-affair.
I really do want to know what Steve did during his time in the Navy. He obviously has a license to fly helicopters and now also small planes. Or does he even have a license for bigger ones. Do they have a complete background for him, or do they make up his abilities as they go? Probably the latter. But I really do wanna see an episode about his time in the Navy where he was a pilot. Which is pretty much the only SEAL action we will now get from Steve. But we’re not at that topic. 😉 I wonder when did he learn to fly? While he was Naval Intelligence, or while he was a SEAL? Or was that a private thing just because he loved it? Anyway, I love seeing Steve the pilot. I think he’s predestined to be this cool officer/pilot/SEAL/HeadOfTheTaskForce guy.
Those were some amazing scenes. They did such a great job making us believe they were actually flying. Great job.
And how cool was getting the getting shot at scene! OK, that plane would have gone down after being hit like that. But who cares about such minor details. Not me. Seriously, that was fine. It was a very powerful machine gun and it would have been a miracle if the plane would still be airborne after getting shot at like that. But stranger things have happened. Was also a miracle it didn’t nose-dive right into the ocean while Danny and bad guy were playing with their guns. 🙂
Shot-Steve was utterly brilliant. Brilliant performance by Alex, fantastic job by the make-up department. I can only applaud everyone who made these absolutely awesome scenes. Steve slowly slipping into unconsciousness was some of the best I have ever seen. Standing ovations from me.
His quiet struggle to stay awake, still trying to prepare Danny that he was dying, was just awesome. When he uttered that he was going to die, that really hit me. That man knew how gravely injured he had been the second those bullets hit him. Awesome, awesome scene.
OK, let’s talk a moment about how Steve was hit. Some have loudly complained that he was hit on the wrong side of the body to have his liver destroyed. They obviously don’t know that a bullet travels through a body at high speed. When a shot person gets on the operating table, the surgeons often have trouble locating the bullet. It can travel quite a long way. A bullet entering on the left can still easily destroy any and all organs on the right. I have no problem whatsoever with the entry wound(s). And all the blood on the airplane floor might have actually not have come from the shot to the upper body. He had a bullet to the leg. And when the EMTs treated him, it looked like one of them pressed on the femoral artery high up in his left groin to stop the bleeding until they could put a tourniquet on. Of course if the femoral artery was hit and not just nicked he would have bled out in roughly two minutes. Three liters of blood only take that amount of time to leave your body if the femoral artery is severed. But maybe he was lucky and it was just a nick. But I do believe the blood under the seat actually came from his leg. Adding all the blood he lost from the other three holes in his body, he was one mortally wounded dude.
Anyway, those were some freaking awesome scenes.
Now, let’s switch over to the passenger seat. For once SC/Danny actually did a good job. I liked him in those scenes. Let’s not talk about the reality factor of someone who never flew being able to land that plane. This is fiction after all. It was fun to watch, and Danny did do good.
I have to disagree though that this was any kind of BAMF or such a heroic thing to do in order to save Steve’s life. Excuse me, but Danny was also in that fucking plane, and he did what he did just as much to save his own life as he tried to save Steve’s. And maybe, instead of arguing with the baddie he should have made him try to stop the bleeding his buddy was suffering. But that is easy to say from sitting on the couch. So, I truly do believe he did a good job, but there were no heroics involved.
And he was probably more scared to dip into the water than crashing on land. 😉 Wouldn’t want that hairdo to get wet…
Before we come to the scenes after landing the plane, let’s take a look at the stuff we also saw a lot of pictures of. But I am pretty sure not many thought this would actually be about Wo Fat. And honestly, I thought this would be after the case and at the end of the episode, leaving us with some kind of cliffhanger. Well, that didn’t happen.
And I wonder what this was even all about. I mean, seriously they fly Steve all this way, spending such time and money on it, just to have a little chat with Daddy Wo Fat? So that he can forgive Steve for killing Wo Fat junior? That didn’t make any sense to me.
But it gave us a totally awesome and hilarious scene. When they took the blindfold off and Steve told them where they were. That was just too funny and good. Loved it. But other than that this was a waste of screen time.
While telling Danny about his little trip, Nahele storms in and tells him about his friend who had just died of an overdose. I loved that he came running to Steve, not just because a crime had been committed, but I think way more for support. Those were some great scenes. And it made the case personal. There would be nothing now that would stop Five-0 from going after the bad guys. At the same time, it was sad the only way they could come up to make this a personal affair was by killing a friend of Nahele’s. Hasn’t this young man suffered enough loss?
“OH, they’re shooting up Chinatown some more?!” That was Cokie yelling at the screen when they got back to the same warehouse they were in from 6.24.
But how cool did they all look with their safety glasses on! They should do that more often. Oh, well, Steve won’t do any of that anymore anyway. Shut up, Sam! Everything will be fine, besides we’re still not at that topic. Right. Sorry, back to topic.
They looked really cool going into the warehouse and going after that one guy, although I can’t remember why they were going after him specifically. Cokie just explained they picked him at random because he was the first they stumbled upon with a rainbow package on him and still being alive. OK, I guess that is as good as an explanation as any.
After taking him into custody I wondered for a moment where everyone disappeared to, and why Steve was alone in the blue room. But then I thought that worked out really well. Steve is some scary dude when he wants to be.
I loved the following scenes. Kono demolishing that car while Lou and Steve question the dealer. I had to chuckle and outright laugh during that scene. Great seeing these three working so flawlessly together. You question where Steve learned to fly… I question how the hell Kono knew how to operate bull dozers… Same school she learned to use the harbor cranes a few seasons back. 😉
They then went into the blue room with the pilot. OK, did his arm really need to be broken? I cringed big time when Steve did that. Ouch. Surprisingly, I was OK with that… squiggy, but it showed that Steve had reached the end of his patience.
Those moments led to some absolutely cool scenes. How relaxed and right in his element did Steve look. I totally bought him as a pilot. And not even Danny could take anything away from this scene, he was OK too. But couldn’t Steve have been an Australian Pilot? Come on, show, that was THE opportunity to give him a real cover. 🙂 And I loved how Steve grinned at them taking their prints to check them out. That was totally cool.
I liked Steve and Chin talking in Steve’s office. Steve asking him about how things are with Abby. Well, to be honest I couldn’t care less for that women. I will say more about her in the review about 6.24 though. Chin said she’s getting her stuff to Hawaii, well, I wouldn’t be too sure about that. It seems that Training Day was picked up for a season, which would mean that Julie Benz wouldn’t be available. Sorry, Chin, but no love life for you. I believe he will break up with her in order to take care of Sarah. Besides, I doubt Abby would be ready to be a mother. I just hope it is HIM doing the breaking up and not her. And I would love him choosing the little girl over Abby. In fact, that would make my day.
Now we’re going back to the plane-crash-landing. Let’s not talk about the chances of any of them surviving Danny landing that plane. As I said earlier it was fun to watch. What I totally loved was the scene when Kono came in to tell Chin and Lou about the shooting, and how they listened to the radio, knowing that their friend was dying, and that their other friend didn’t have any kind of experience flying that plane. So they knew their chances to see either of their friends alive again was pretty slim. I loved them racing to the scene.
And I absolutely adored Lou’s faces later on the beach. I must say, after Alex playing half dead, Chi was who really got to me. He was brilliant. More about that later.
So, after crashing the plane, they get Steve out and we see for the first time the devastating injuries he has sustained. If this had been the show’s finale, and not just the season’s one, I would have feared for him. Now I only feared they would do something stupid. But we’re still not there. 😉
So, they race to the hospital, and again, I loved every minute of it. I won’t even mention that one bullet hole and a whole lot of gauze pads magically disappeared. 😉
And everyone knew when they rolled Steve right into surgery, the situation was bad, truly bad.
And I enjoyed them all going after the real bad guys, although I do wonder about the logistics about it. Pretty convenient for them to be all there and working on their tons of dope. It was a work day and it wasn’t time to clock out yet. Assembly line workers have to wait for the bell to end their workday. I’m sure it is the same with illegal drug trade. 😉 But I don’t really care; glad they took them out. But I must say one scene made me laugh out loud, probably the same one all the Danny fans thought was absolutely awesome. Sorry, but no. Danny’s slow-mo magazine change. LOL that was the same move as in 5.01. Exactly the same angle and motion. I thought it looked ridiculous.
So, for once Danny didn’t kill the bad guy in a wild rage. Did he finally realize that Steve would not have wanted that? I hope so. Because it had nothing to do with him being mature and now having kids and all. I think he didn’t do it because of Steve. But I don’t care what the reason, I’m very happy with the outcome that he did not shoot him. He would have totally dishonored Steve with killing that guy.
OK, back we race to the hospital where we learn that Steve needs a new liver. NOW we’re there. Seriously? That is what you came up with for your lead? I’m sorry, but I think that is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.
OK, one thing after the other. So, sure Danny has the same blood type. But I hope they still tested the others regardless, because blood type isn’t the only thing important. One of the others might have been a way better match. And they had time to do that. So, let’s hope the doctors did not let Danny dictate what was best for their patient.
And now we’re also at a point where my opinion differs a lot from many other people’s opinion. I don’t think Danny did anything heroic by donating part of his liver. I’m sorry, but that is what you do when your best friend is dying. You don’t think about any consequences, just like none of them did. I don’t see anything special in that. It is simply what you do. There is no extra credit for it.
And that is where Danny and Steve (and the others too) are different. Danny wants to be acknowledged as the hero. A hero he really isn’t.
I liked that Kono went to pick up Grace. Although I seriously wonder why her mother hasn’t been there. I know, I know, the actor wasn’t available. But if the father of your kids was undergoing surgery and Grace was going to wait to see if her ‘Uncle Steve’ would survive, would you left her there all on her own? Thought so. 😉
I liked the scenes of the surgery prep, not talking about the medical fails here, but about the editing and the music. We should all remember that in a TV show accuracy isn’t a top priority. If it gets too bad, I will loudly complain, but this was kind of OK. Until we come to the moment with Kono. But we’re not there. 🙂
And now we come to scenes that are some of my favorites of the whole show, ever. I loved Chin’s story, and l loved those scenes. And they showed us pure Steve… make it happen instead of just talking.
They did such a fantastic job showing what kind of person Steve is. What kind of an impact he has on everyone he has ever met. If you want one person in your corner it would be Steve. He has touched so many people and has had such an impact on their lives; one show is by far not enough to showcase that.
The scene that got me the most was Lou Grover telling how Steve grew on him, what an important person he now is in his life. I loved watching that big man cry. Awesome, awesomely written, and even better acted. I love Chi McBride, and I’m not shy of saying it again and again; he is the best addition to this show ever.
Alright, one complaint about the doctor, who I really liked, but he should not have come out and tell them they both would be fine. He does not know that at all. He should have told them they both made it through surgery, Danny will recover, and Steve is holding his own. That doctor didn’t even know if Steve would survive the critical first 72 hours. He had no idea if the body would reject the liver in those hours. I thought that was a stupid thing to say. And was one of the things that I felt went too far for dramatic release.
But what really angered me was the scene with Kono. NO, not that she went to him. But excuse me, where the heck was Steve lying? He should have been in ICU, hooked up to a ton of machinery, intubated to boot. Not sleeping it off in a closet room. That was stupid and ridiculous. Insurance coverage is so bad these days…
And that is exactly my beef I have with this story-line. They are taking it way too lightly. Yes, I know this is just a TV show, it is not real life. But I think there are facts in life you cannot and should not ignore. They are not doing this important issue a good service by painting a picture like receiving an organ is a walk in the park. It is not.
Yes, there was a lot of progress made in the last few years, and Steve might be on very light medication in a few months to a year. But he will always have to live with the risk of rejection and so many other side effects. I just think it was a very stupid move to go this way.
They created some really great scenes, no doubt, but the content should not have been about Danny giving part of his liver. That is just wrong.
My complaint is not and never has been about that this is unrealistic, it is not. It’s very realistic and often successfully done. My complaint lies in what that would do to this character. Yes, he can lead a pretty normal life, but Steve does not lead a normal life. His job is dangerous, full of stress and action oriented. That would not be possible anymore. He doesn’t have to quit everything he loves doing, like swimming and other sports. But all in moderation. He would not be allowed to stay in the reserves, he would not be fit for field duty as a police officer. All things people can adapt to, but is that really the Steve anyone wants to see?
They could have come up with a way better way to turn a good focus on organ donation. They could have explained that they had to take part of his liver, and were hoping that the rest would regenerate. And if not that he might need a transplant. That would have been way more dramatic, and would have brought the focus a lot better on organ transplantation. Because, face it, organ transplants help saving lifes, but they are always the last chance. This story would have been better if they wouldn’t have gone this last step. That is my opinion and I stand by it.
This does in no way mean I think organ donations are unrealistic and stupid. On the contrary, I’ve been an organ donor since 2001. And I hope that I will be giving the gift of life one day, but this story is not helping the cause.
Another thing many complained about. Danny not getting any cards. 🙂 Well, as I said, I don’t think he did anything special, and he was not the one dying. Steve was. Yes, he should have been included in some of the wishes, maybe as a footnote, but I think it was hilarious. Maybe people really don’t like him. Ever thought of that? Honestly, I wouldn’t have sent him a card. 😉
And those two boys going at each other? That was hilarious. Remember, they have spent days together cooped up in bed. They were ready to get at each other’s throat. That was a perfect display of their friendship.
Besides, it is ok for Danny to constantly say how much he hates Steve, but when Steve says it, it hurts Danny’s feelings? How hypocritical is that, and how dumb?! They were behaving like they always did, only difference now is that Steve gives back. Guess the Danny lovers can’t stand that. Take some of your own medicine, Danny. But, hey, he won’t have to listen to it for much longer, he would be released after about seven days. While Steve has to stay in the hospital for up to 8 weeks, depending on how well he’s doing. And he has not only to recover from the liver transplant, but also from getting shot three or four times. But those bullet holes had already healed after the first week. I think it was the miracle liver that healed the rest of his body and even removed the scars. Because of that liver, I foresee that next year Steve will be able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.
Anyway, loved those scenes. Great work.
Huh, I think I pretty much covered everything. I think. 🙂
So, what is my verdict? Utterly and stupid twist with the liver transplant, but ignoring that, this was one awesome episode. With some truly great scenes. Action packed, emotional and heart wrenching at the same time. Awesome.
And by the way, I think it would have perfectly worked as the show’s last episode as well.
So, let me hear how absolutely wrong I am with my review. 😉
Want to read up on liver transplantation, written in easy terms? Go here.
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And please remember, I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective. This is how I perceived this episode. If you disagree… that is just fine. I don’t claim in any way that my opinion is the right and only one. This is supposed to be fun, so, don’t take any of this too seriously. Always remember, this is just a TV show.