6.24 – Pa’a ka ‘ipuka i ka ‘upena nananana
Trapped inside a dilapidated building in Oahu’s Chinatown, Five-0 must protect a wounded Gabriel (Christopher Sean) and plan their escape when enemy gunmen storm the building looking to kill him and anyone who gets in their way, on the first hour of the sixth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 13 on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Pa’a ka ‘ipuka i ka ‘upena nananana to The Entrance is Stopped with a Spider’s Web
Yeah, I know, this should have been posted before 6.25, but I thought that one was more important and since I didn’t know if I would have time for both of them… Anyway, here is the review for 6.24, which will not be as long as the one for the finale.
But let’s start at the beginning. The show again started with a previously on. I know I have said it many times, but I honestly don’t get why they are doing this. Not in this length. Almost one and a half minute wasted with scenes from previous episodes. I highly doubt anyone benefits from that. But that has been my pet peeve all along, so, there you have it again.
Then we get Chin in the shower with Abby joining him. To be honest, I don’t like her. I don’t like, or trust the character. And what she said to Chin didn’t improve my dislike, I can tell you that. Sorry, but I think he made the wrong decision to give the kid away. But I do understand that she is certainly not ready to make such a life changing decision at just the beginning of their relationship. So, yeah, I think their ‘love’ will be doomed. Sorry, Chin, but you should have stayed with Leilani. 🙂
As a side note, as it has been stated, Julie Benz will appear in the TV-show Training Day, which was picked up for a full season. She most likely can’t do both shows. I wish her luck with her new show, but am not sad to see her go.
Huh, nice digs Gabriel now lives in. 😉 OK, I get that he has no money, and no power at the moment. Well, not that I believed he ever was that huge powerful mastermind in the first place, but this was low even for him. And dumb. Did I mention dumb? Why the heck did he rush that out of her mind girl to get his gun? That was a monumentally stupid move. Made him look even more like a stupid thug than I already thought he was. Stupid writing for the character. Why not just let the girl shoot him? Boom, done with it.
Anyway, we have Gabriel being shot in the abdomen. Huh, not a good place to get shot. But I really liked it, you know, the irony of him getting shot by that junkie. I thought it was fitting since he, in my eyes, never was any better than a street thug making his money with killing people with dealing his drugs. So, a fitting way for him to go. But we’re not there yet. 😉
So, after introducing us to what would be the main theme of the show, we cut to a scene I absolutely loved. But first we had to endure another thirty seconds of useless scenery. I am sorry, I love seeing scenery, but it has to have a purpose. Lately all these long shots of Hawaii rarely served a purpose at all. I don’t need or want to see thirty seconds of barely clad people relaxing in the sand. Sorry, but that is not why I’m watching a crime show. So, six minutes in, and more than two of them wasted with stuff we have seen hundreds of times before.
Steve and Max having breakfast together, or at least meeting at a restaurant. Loved that Max went to Steve first with his temporary resignation. It showed the huge amount of respect and friendship he feels for the commander. It showcased how Max feels what Steve had done for him. I loved those scenes.
I’m sure he doesn’t like to hear it, but Steve looked damn cute, yeah, well, hot too. Ups, fangirl talking here. 🙂
But, Max, seriously? You turn down a hug from McG? It does fit the character, but seriously? LOL
I still want to see that hug, but I guess we won’t see it. Didn’t get it in 625, and probably not in 701 either. Guess Max will be missing the first couple of episodes. All depending on how long they leave Steve in the hospital. Everything between three to eight weeks would be realistic. Well, in Steve’s case more like eight weeks, since he also has to recover from four bullet wounds. Uh, sorry, but we will talk about that in the second next post. Called Editorial. Yep, you have to put up with a special Editorial about season 6 by yours truly. Or skip it if you wish. 😉
Anyway, I thought these scenes were very well done. Loved how they showed part of the letter, Steve reading it and Max waiting for Steve’s reaction. Probably more for his approval than anything else. Great scenes, Show. Thank you for those.
So, now the action kinda starts with the team going in with the intention of arresting Gabriel. Which they do, but probably not the way they hoped for. I wonder what upstanding citizen saw Gabriel enter the building and knew that he was living there for two weeks. I mean, come on.
When Steve told Abby to stay outside, I felt that was not a good move. As I said, I don’t trust her.
Next they realize they have no signals on their phones. Honestly, how did the baddies cut all forms of communications? Yes, they had one, ONE person at dispatch that worked for them, but seriously, they also blocked all signals? And not one other person hearing all those shots called 911 and reached a different dispatcher? That was just dumb and a little far-fetched.
We’re still in the abandoned house trying to figure out a way to get Gabriel to a hospital after realizing that they have been compromised.
OK, tell me one thing, how in the world was Abby surprised by these twenty people? I mean seriously, an army of heavily armed men is coming your way, and what, you don’t even have time to warn your colleagues, or fire one shot? Sorry, but I don’t believe she was that surprised at all. I don’t know what her deal is, but I don’t trust her at all. Her agenda is very suspicious.
And I can tell you I loved watching SEALSteve making an appearance. How he controlled every move of his team was amazing. He was not just in control; he knew what he was doing. How to get the tactical advantage, how to best deal with these people. Kudos to the writers to remember that they have a SEAL as the team leader.
Cool scenes with Steve using the open HPD channel to get patched through to Grover. And of course he would rush to the rescue right away. Just like old times. It was nice to see him with SWAT again. I think he was a great SWAT captain, but I do like him better with Five-0. I just love that guy. The character is so well written, and brilliantly acted by Chi McBride.
I had a good laugh while they were in the stairwell. Danny keep standing in front of the glass door, they might actually shoot you. Everyone took cover, not Danny. But damn, they didn’t get him. 😉
And another good laugh at Danny’s expanse. “What are you doing?” Well, Danny, your boss might try to keep the baddies from getting onto the roof. Foreign concept to you, huh?
But Chin was even dumber. They knew that Abby had been compromised but he told the baddies that they were on the roof. Sorry, but that was stupid, Chin.
Loved it how Steve proved why he’s in command. It honors Chin and Danny that they wanted to go back for Abby, but that was the wrong decision and would have endangered all of them.
Alright, now we come to the part I have a real problem with. And honestly, it has nothing to do with that it is about Danny. I would have just been as pissed if it were one of the others. Danny’s behavior on the roof was completely unacceptable.
He prides himself to be an officer of the law. Then fucking act like one. His whining and bitching endangered all of them. He kept them from moving forward. He was the reason the baddies had enough time to reach the roof and take shots at them.
Besides that, his boss, the freaking head of the task force gave him an order. You don’t discuss orders. When he tells you to jump, you only ask how far! And then you fucking go.
You are not in the private of the car where you can bitch all you want, until Steve has enough. You were on a roof with dangerous criminals coming. You do NOT question your boss’s decision and competence. And certainly not in front of the others. That behavior was insubordination, endangerment and completely and utterly unacceptable.
And yes, of course, Steve wouldn’t go first, but last. After all members of his team would be safe. Or he would go first if the danger would lie ahead. That’s just what he does.
Danny’s behavior should have consequences. Steve should have a serious talk with that member of his team. In real life, that person would have been suspended from the team, and rightly so.
In my eyes, that member is not fit to be part of that team. Sorry, but he is not. And openly saying that he does not trust his partner, friend and boss? What an asshole. There is no excuse for that. I’m done with him. But also more about that in the Editorial. 😉
After this we have more of the same, pretty much shooting on every street. Really, that was totally over the top. I do love action, I do love shoot-outs, but this felt like a video game. It was just too much.
Yes, there were some nice scenes. Like at the theater.
And, of course with the bus, although why Danny suddenly thinks he’s an expert in driving a bus is beyond me. Last time he didn’t even know how to get that thing going. And Steve is right, driving a bus on a straight street once, doesn’t give you the advantage to drive it in town. That was laughable. Although Steve didn’t drive the bus very far anyway, so, didn’t really make a difference. 😉
And hey, wouldn’t all those bullets cut through the pretty thin metal of the bus and kill them all? But I didn’t even mind that. So, let’s say they were safe hunkering down in that bus. 🙂
Tell me, why couldn’t Chin go into any of the businesses on their way? Why did he have to use that particular apartment?
Nice use of Jerry and Max. Although letting Jerry tell us he used radio frequencies all his life? Remember who we’re talking about? 😉
Loved how they involved Duke in this too.
Don’t care much about the Coughlin guy, but I guess he helped them so he got a shot at Gabriel.
Nice take down of the remaining bad guys.
Huh, Steve is still bleeding from the head wound, but the car is already repaired? 🙂 That was a quick fix of all those cut cables.
And of course the Shioma woman got away. But I highly doubt she will be our next big villian.
You know, we have gone through all this trouble, one hour of shooting and running, many episodes trying to catch Gabriel, and then he dies off screen? Well, at first I thought that was dumb, but later I came to the conclusion, he didn’t deserve anything more than that. Just as I think getting shot by a junkie was fitting for the weak character he was, his death was just as fitting.
Gabriel had such potential, but they never managed to make him anything other than a thug trying to play with the big boys. I never took him seriously. So, I guess this death was the best for him.
What is my verdict to this episode? I think it was a great one. It beautifully set the stage for the last episode. Yes, it was over the top, even for my action standards, and yes, it had a member of the team in it whose behavior I absolutely despised, but it was still a highly entertaining episode.
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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.