7.01 Makaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani?
When the bodies of two serial killers are found on Five-0 property with chess pieces in their mouths, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilante as fear grows that tourists aren’t safe in Hawaii, on the seventh season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 23
CBS translated Makaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani? to Ready to Play?
I’m not quite back to my normal lengthy reviews, but I will give it my best shot.
Some long months are finally over and we have our beloved show back. And I can finally rant and rave about what I loved, liked and what I think was ridiculous, stupid or otherwise didn’t meet my standards.
Before we dive into the review let’s have the vote.
OK, let’s get something out of the way and never mention it ever again. Realism is something this show has no idea about. There are a few things that were beyond stupid concerning the recovery from major surgery and being shot in the abdomen, arm and leg.
But seriously, do we really want to keep going like that, after we almost exhausted ourselves with trying to inflict at least a glimmer of realism to what is happening on screen?
I have decided to throw all my knowledge, and all physics and medical facts out the window. It’s the only way to keep your sanity on this show.
So, having said that let’s get into it.
I had my first good laugh at the use of the slowmo with the parkour artist. Not taking anything away from the great performance, but showing him in slow-motion getting from one house to the other and then McG comes and simply steps over the gap, had me laughing.
And then came what had to come, poor Steve couldn’t follow him. At least not right away.
After this quick and short intro, making us all wonder how long after last season’s ending this is supposed to be, we switch back to “yesterday”.
And yes, this song is a perfect match for Steve. And one of my all-time favorite songs.
Ok, one question, why was Steve in the wheelchair? That makes no sense. He will be running around the next day, and patients are encouraged to walk around as much as possible. Not wheeling around when they are capable of walking. You are only wheeled out of the hospital for insurance reasons. Surely there was no reason for Steve to sit in that chair. Ah, damn, I’m not supposed to ask such question. Logic is also part of the deal to throw out the window.
Bye, bye logic. There you go. Was nice knowing you.
So, Steve wheels into the chapel, to find some inner peace, to think. Doesn’t matter why; I liked that he sought out a quiet place. Back in season two Steve admitted that he believed in a lot more than men can explain. He might not be a religious guy, but I think he does believe in something. And I actually really liked that we came back to his belief without being too ‘in our faces’ about it.
Unfortunately, what I liked didn’t last for long. The Creepy guy came on. Oh please, spare me all the talk about the homage to the old show. All nice and fine, but the execution was beyond bad. He looked like from a really bad computer game from way back.
Besides, if Steve wanted to talk about a good marriage and being a cop he would turn to Grover, or even Duke, or any of his other longtime friends from the military. I’m sure there are a few he could talk to.
And it would have been way more fitting and satisfying if it would have been someone from Steve’s past. Like talking to his dad. Like they did in season three’s Hookman episode. And not this creepy creation from The Walking Dead. Just ugh.
AND, he said he carried the badge for six years now and it has cost him so much. Yeah? What about his life before Five-0? His Navy career has cost him at least as much, maybe even more. And I don’t think Steve would question his worth. He knows what he has done, how many lives he has changed, how many saved. The answer to his real question was very unsatisfactory.
And by the way, who still doesn’t realize that Cath is still very much on his mind and in Five-0’s universe is pretty blind, deaf or plain ignorant.
I think he finally realized that he should have done more, and sooner. But, Steve, it is never too late.
Honestly, I could have done without the whole uncle Chin routine. I’m not part of the fraction that wants him to adopt that child. He would be a single father with a very dangerous job. How would he even be able to take care of a kid. And if she has blood relatives who are fit to raise and love her, she would be better off with them. Face it, Chin is not her relative. Ohana or not.
Show, if you want to enhance Chin’s character, that is fine with me. I love Chin. But maybe you should start with giving him a stable relationship. One that is not based on drama. Malia, he lost twice, Leilani was suddenly gone, and Abby doesn’t seem to be too stable either. Maybe start with that before you make him a sudden father.
So, I take it is Steve’s first day back at work? And of course, a case literally drops at their feet.
Should we question the fact how the killer got the man into HQ without being seen? Nah, of course not.
And… credits roll. Wow, over 8 minutes in, and NO previously on. Except for a short deleted scene from 6.25, a short bit that we didn’t see in this way. Thank you, show. Please keep this up. Slightly new intro with a bit more modern fonts and graphics. Nice.
So, they shipped Abby off to HPD? I like that. This way she doesn’t have to be there all the time, which is really fine with me. I have other suggestions for a job at HPD too.
Until we get Masi Oka a.k.a. Max back, I guess we have to do with her. I wonder what happened to WhatsHerName student from last season. I don’t have an opinion about her, guess she will do the job and be done with it. Or whatever.
Very intriguing puzzle piece with the chess piece. I think it was clear from the get-go that this would be a more complicated case. Although it did take some time to figure out that these even were chess pieces.
I had such high hopes not to see Eric again. Another blood relative I don’t care for. I guess I just don’t get his humor if you can call it humor. I find him gross, embarrassing and inappropriate. But that is just me.
Another positive thing from this episode, no endless, mindless and unnecessary island shots. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting my island fix every week, but in season six it was way, way too much. Give us a nice shot that is related to the case, not endless, well… see above. I don’t need barely clad women, or the same surfer and waves time and time again.
And a very short time later they find their primary crime scene, meaning where the first dude’s murder took place. And they found two key cards to a hotel. I guess everyone knew we would find more victims really soon.
And they did not disappoint. Very good scenes getting to the two hotel rooms, finding the victims. Pretty gross, with the eyes and all.
I’m not so sure what I think of the new Governor. Why was she newly elected? When did that happen? I thought she was too demanding. And I heard a threatening undertone clearly in her demand to do for her what they did for Denning. Like… do that, or else. I don’t think I like or trust her. But I will refrain from judging her just yet.
What I did like was that she was interested in the case. That she did talk to the head of her task force. Something that was lacking with Denning. We never saw Steve in any meetings, or at least pretended phone calls. The head of such a task force has a lot of administrative stuff to do to, like budget meetings, for example, monthly reports, evaluations, and what else comes to mind. Talking to superiors just one of those things. So, yeah, I liked that she actually came down to a crime scene and had a talk with Steve. But I had to smile at her “make sure this doesn’t happen again”. Yeah, right.
And can someone please give these guys some shades?
How creepy was it that someone, well, duh, the killer, recorded the killings and emailed it? Ugh. Glad we didn’t have to listen to it.
But that recording brought them to the next crime scene. I think this was all very cleverly orchestrated. Well written.
OK, hands up who asked herself where the heck Grover was at this point? Where the heck did he disappear to? And voila here he is. Listening to Kamekona’s latest harebrained idea. Bigger than google. Although I must admit I would love to get some fresh coco puffs or malasadas. Just a little problem with the delivery I guess.
So after not investing in the new Google, Grover tries to convince a reporter to hold off on the story.
I think Lou was pretty convincing, but it was clear that the talk was not the purpose of those scenes. And that purpose was revealed just a moment later. Another dead body in Lou’s car. I kinda lost count on how many there are now. And I still have no idea who or what is behind all this. What plan is behind the murders. And who is the actual killer? And why?
So, they get a hit on the dead guy, David Larsen, and Steve and Lou go to his house to discover nothing good. But that again brings me to the question, how many killers and victims are we talking about here?
So, Steve again has to report to the Governor, this time at the mansion. Geez, we see more of her in one episode than we saw of Denning in four years.
Her speech made me laugh out loud. Where has she been the last few years? It would be years for people to feel safe again to come visit the islands? What about all the other crap that has happened in the last six years. AND it is pretty stupid to think that people would stop traveling to the islands just because of a serial killer. Look at the real world. People don’t give in to terror, people for sure wouldn’t give in because of a measly serial killer.
Putting the fear of God in the locals, and bankruptcy the whole island? She was way over dramatic. Come on, keep it a bit real. That was totally over the top.
So, Jerry is here, and with him comes a new puzzle piece that will lead to another suspect, and a very, very, very long chase.
So, a short interview and a few screams later we are on the run. 🙂
And still on the run. Loved it how Chin, Kono and Lou were also on the chase after their very fast runner. Although he wasn’t really that fast, Five-0 was really close the whole time.
I have to give it to the guy, some great parkour. You should check out some of the parkour videos on YouTube. Great stuff.
But I must confess at some point I yelled at the TV just shoot him. Get it over with. Enough is enough. I love foot chases. I LOVE them. But, well, you get the idea.
And finally we are back in the here and now. Yesterday is gone. 🙂
I guess this was the longest chase in the history of Five-0. Very cool stunts. Fantastic work, but a bit too long.
After getting patched up, well, sort of, Steve is also back in the game going after their killer. Do I want to know why they bandaged him all up but left two inches of the incision uncovered? Nah, probably not.
And after more running, and chasing up and down their suspect doesn’t quite make the last jump.
After they finally closed this case, although it didn’t even take them a day, they are ready for a beer and something to eat. Except Steve who wants to go home since he broke pretty much every rule of his post-op instructions. Yeah, Steve, as if resting up would happen. 😉
Before he got home he went to Tripler to get his injury looked at, right? Sure he did, or why would he have on a different shirt when he got home?
Raise your hand when you knew something was going to happen and this case was far from over. 😉
So, not much else to say, except my verdict. 🙂
I am really happy that my favorite show is back on TV. And I really enjoyed this episode. Was it the best season opener so far? No, not for me. But I think it was a very good show, I had a lot of fun watching.
Yes, many things in it I could lament about, but I will keep that for another time. So, yeah, I think I will give this a really great.
BUT I truly loved how they seem to refocus on Steve. I have missed that. They have such a fantastic character and had kind of forgotten about him. And it seems that he will be back with a vengeance. Bring it on, I’m ready for him.
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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.