“Ka ‘aelike” – After Chin is kidnapped by a cartel in Mexico, Five-0 must find and rescue him before he is executed by the group that’s out for revenge. Also, Grover goes undercover as a car salesman to investigate a murder that turns out to be far more complex and dangerous than expected, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Ka ‘aelike to The Deal
I wonder how a Five-0 writer sits down, thinking about a story for roughly 90-minutes of television, and comes up with this? Nothing against the writer, or his craft, but this was not a smooth story for one 90-minutes episode. This was material for two separate shows, and I think it was cheating selling 7.11/7.12 as a double episode. Cheating and dumb.
But let’s start at the beginning. As I said in my review for 7.11 I think it was the major flaw to stretch this story over two episodes. And that my complaint was right on the money was painfully obvious in 7.12.
I mean, seriously? Five and a half minutes for the whole rescue? And that includes the previously on and the title sequence. Anyone not feeling cheated by the show… I don’t know what they must be, but certainly not normal viewers.
We start this episode practically right where we left them. I at least thought they were just being back from the scene where they picked up Sarah. Which brings me to my first question: Where the heck did they snatch homeboy? And homeboy? Really? Sigh.
You know I in no way think that I know what I’m doing when I write something. I’m not a professional writer, I did not study it. I only went to a few seminars and courses about writing. BUT even I know that you have to think your stuff through. You don’t just make things up. Everything should have a background, an explanation how something has happened. You don’t have to give all the explanations, no, that would be boring. But it needs to be obvious to the reader none the less. And the Five-0 writers simply don’t care about background, logic or if what they are writing makes any sense. And I think that is the major flaw with Five-0.
How I imagine it goes on Five-0.
“I want Steve interrogating someone from the baddies.”
“Sure, no problem, we put him in a room with one of them.”
“Eh, where did they get him from?”
“Who cares, no one will question that. Put cool McG there and everyone is happy.”
“Ah, OK. If you say so.”
Well, I do questions something like that. So, my question still stands, where did they find homeboy? Anyone? 😉
But before we can see cool Steve, we have to endure Kono flipping out about something she should be cool about. Boy, seems that overacting is not reserved for the one who isn’t in this episode. GP, sorry, but that was bad. And that after I started to really like you.
But the cringeworthy dialogue continued with Lou’s reply. Gawd, shoot me now.
But hey, we can even top that. Adam comes to the rescue. Totally out of breath he dramatically tells them how hard it was to find them, but he just had to come. Ugh!
He for sure is the one they need in their rescue operation. What the heck was the writer thinking? Who the hell needs Adam for anything? Seriously!
And then we see Steve coming out of the ‘interrogation’ room, all sweaty and kinda out of breath, of course, with the information where they keep Chin. Sure. Homeboy would give up that information just like that. Guess Steve scared him with his death glare or something, because he for sure looked pretty much intact to me.
Anyway, off they go to rescue Chin. Oh, and by the way, Danny is already packing everything into the car. ROFL. My goodness!
And now the highlight of the two-parter, the part they took 50 minutes to build-up to. The dramatic rescue. I am sorry, but I laughed out loud seeing that. It was hilariously funny. But I guess that was not what they had in mind filming that.
First off, why weren’t they at that great compound with the 100 military grade guards? Why were they in the jungle next to a pit with hungry dogs? Why wouldn’t they keep the dogs on the compound? Makes it so much easier, no driving around in the jungle and stuff. Better lighting, too.
This is again a perfect example for bad writing without thinking ahead. They came up with this idea of any rescue being a suicide mission because the baddies had such a safe place which even the military won’t touch. You write yourself in a corner with such crap. And to get out of it you simply make up even more stupid crap about a tiny compound out in the jungle where the baddies keep their dogs. I beg you, what kind of crap is that?! It’s ridiculous.
So, and instead of getting their revenge on Chin, which I still don’t understand why they wanted to get it through Chin, they kept talking and talking and talking. Until finally Five-0 arrives and shoots all the bad guys. Or was it just Steve? Because he is the only one we see. Guess, Alex and DDK were the only ones willing to work that night? Geez.
So, after Chin is safe they drive back to the Morales’ home to meet Sarah. Of course, they couldn’t stop for a minute to maybe clean up? Chin, with still dripping blood and wounds all over hugs the stuffing out of Sarah. What the heck were they thinking? At least Steve should have told him to clean up before going to see his nice. This was just stupid.
Ah, the cleaning up is coming, a bit late. 😉 But it brings us another good scene with Steve and Chin. That was very cute. 🙂
Come on, guys, the minute we saw Sarah for the first time we knew how this would end. Of course, would Chin get her. I’m not sure I think this is a good idea. First, why would Sarah be safe in Hawaii among Five-0? Doesn’t Jorge know how often all of them get kidnapped? 😉 And how will it even work, Chin having a child? Who will watch her? Who will take care of her? Chin? With a full-time job with Five-0? Abby? Who doesn’t even like children and thought it would be wrong to take her in? And who by the way also has a full-time job with HPD. Not to mention that she’s not even on the show anymore. 😉 A nanny? Yeah, right, that is for sure what Chin and Sarah are looking forward to. Oh, I got an idea, Adam needs a job. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, I really like that little kid. She is cute, AND she can act. So, win/win situation. I’m just not sure Chin should have a kid.
And that brings me to how in the world did Jorge get all that legal stuff done so quickly? Do I even want to know? No, surely not.
So, all is well, the stupid kidnapping case solved, Chin rescued, let’s fly home.
Which brings us to Steve who spends his Saturday at HQ, unpacking from their trip to Mexico. Which I can totally buy; that is what he would do. And he was probably so focused on his guns, that he never even noticed that big Jerry was sleeping in his office. Nope, Lou had to point it out to him. Sure. I believe that.
Anyway, I liked these scenes. Yes, I even liked Jerry. Maybe it was because we haven’t seen him in the last couple of episodes.
Steve and Grover are just awesome together. I’m never getting tired of these two. Now this is a friendship I’d love to see more of. Alex and Chi are both great actors, who put their hearts and souls into their roles. Kudos to them for giving us such wonderful work week after week.
I thought it was very nice how they picked up Jerry’s problem of finding a home after Chin asked him to move out. He was pretty much homeless from the moment we met him in season four where he lived in his mother’s basement. Loved it how Steve stepped up to vouch for him. Steve is just a great guy to all his friends. Sigh.
If you wanted to bribe Steve McGarrett, would you do it with Malasadas? I don’t think so. But it was a cute idea and loved Lou’s and Steve’s reaction “Who is doctor Kimbo?” LOL
Guess they hoped Max had an answer to the question who that doctor was, so they went to see him. How did they know he was at his office on a Saturday? Just asking. And yes, of course, he was also working on this glorious Saturday. Do you remember that we first met Max on a Saturday? Of course, back then he was way different to the Max we know now.
Anyway, obviously, Dr. Kimbo was under the wrong impression that Steve would hire the MEs. A common mistake. LOL
And since Steve and Lou were kinda bored out of their minds they asked about the dead body. And, wonder oh wonder took the case, which wasn’t actually a case at that point.
That brings me, not for the first time, to the question who decides which case they are taking on? But I guess if Commander McGarrett tells Duke, or any homicide detective, hey, we’re investigating, they are just happy to oblige. 😉
Awww, I just loved the scenes between Max, Steve and Lou. That was hilarious, Loved watching Lou explaining about car salesmen, and the corresponding faces by both Steve and Max. Brilliant.
Even more brilliant was Chi as such a car salesman. That was just a joy to watch. He rocked his scenes.
Another chuckle from me about where Danny is this time around. On vacation with Melissa. Guess he left the islands and couldn’t be called back like Chin and Kono? Right. You know, I don’t care that he is not there, I don’t care about SC’s contract or about the character Danny. It is no secret that I strongly believe all episodes without him are better. BUT I think it is wildly unfair to the other characters (not talking about the actors) that only Danny is constantly on vacation or simply not there. Have you ever seen Steve, Kono, Lou or Chin taking any personal days? Any long weekends, or even two-week vacations? Nope, we haven’t. And I think Danny’s absence is reaching ridiculous proportions. Throw him out of Five-0, give him another job, so it makes sense that he’s not there. He doesn’t have to leave permanently, but this is just stupid. Enough of my rant.
And of course, they had to mention Melissa since we will go on the stupid staycation in a few weeks. Which I hope will be a break-up-cation for all of them. Never been a friend of Melissa, Amber or whoever. And Lynn, don’t let me even start with that blondie. But maybe she will be allowed to actually talk in that episode. You know, like really talk? Yeah, right, dream on. To clear something up, I have nothing against her, she is just not life-partner-material. Having-fun-material, yeah, no problem. But anything more? Nope, not in this lifetime.
Back to the show. It doesn’t take Lou long at all to investigate their first suspect with the help of Kamekona.
Tell me something, why did they drive to that lookout, far away from HQ to take the guy into custody? Kamekona could have driven to HQ. Made no sense.
But nice scenes in the blue room. Always nice to see the boys doing their thing there.
And after it turned out that Burnett actually told them the truth, they shift their focus onto their next suspect on the list. Bob Mason. Oh Bob. That was such a delight to watch Chi do his thing. Great scenes by the both of them. Bob wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, now was he? 🙂 One thing though. That tiny speck of blood was all that was left after a bashed head? Huh, but OK.
And Lou is a clever guy to boot. It didn’t really made sense; the killing I mean. I only thought, wow, we still have 15 minutes left. This can’t be it. And for sure it wasn’t.
They found out that this was about drugs being smuggled onto the islands. Of course, that wasn’t all there was to it either.
But first they take down the drug operation. That was quite a bit of heroin dust flying around. Only the baddies wore masks, so, I guess Five-0 is immune to that stuff?
Now we’re coming to the only surprise in this episode. I did not see coming how that poor cop got killed. That was pretty cool, in a twisted and sick kinda way. But from that moment on it was clear this whole case was not about drugs.
Which brings us to another great scene in the blue room. 🙂
After some more digging and interviewing they, or better Max, figures out what this is about.
They smuggled radioactive material onto Oahu. OK, here lies my problem with this story-line. I like it when a story is all over the place and leads from one to the other, and in the end it all comes together. So, that is not a problem. But again with the radioactive stuff. How often have they used it now? Heck, they even set off a nuclear explosion off the island. By the way, we never heard any fall out (excuse the pun) from that. No word about Five-0 saving the world, no word about the disaster for the sea, nothing at all. A shame really.
Anyway, why did they always have to go so big? That is really not necessary, in my eyes. Normal crimes would be more than enough. This is like James Bond in Moonraker… too much. 😉
And it was totally stupid how the bad guy handled the material. If he is clever enough to handle it, he would know what kind a danger he was facing. Handling it without any protection? Why would he do that? Oh right, to show us his radiation burns.
I truly liked that Jerry went to Steve with the info about the house he found of interest. That was nice of him.
Which brings us to one of the best scenes of this episode. Steve went to see Max. At the same place where their friendship was really formed. Steve had always respected Max, from the get go, and had treated him with respect, but in 2.01 their friendship was formed when Steve went to his place for help after he had been stabbed in prison and was in danger of bleeding to death. Max saved him back then. And Steve offered him to call him Steve. Also some of the best scenes from the second season premiere.
But back to this episode. I thought it was so cute that Max was worried Steve would be disappointed in him for leaving. Max had always idolized Steve, and looked up to him. I think his approval is very important to him. Of course, Steve would be really proud of Max. Proud of his development, proud of what a man he had become. I loved those scenes. And I already miss Max. He wasn’t in every episode, but he was a huge part of Five-0, and I’m sad that he will leave.
Oh, I almost forgot, Chin goes to see Adam. Wasted time in my eyes, and only in this episode as a set-up for future episodes. Quite frankly, I’m not OK with Adam violating his parole like that, and no one is saying anything about it. Going to Mexico was not needed, HE was not needed down there. So, I guess we will later see what this was really for.
And I still hope Adam is the bad guy. Nope, not giving up on that. I had to laugh at what Chin said. He put Kono always before himself? Seriously? LOL
One other question. Who was Steve talking to on the phone in his office? Couldn’t be the Governor. He said SIR. He told whoever was on the phone he would be the first to be informed of any new developments. So, who was that guy?
And who of you didn’t know that the material was already gone, and Five-0 too late? Right, no surprise there.
So, I guess that was it. What is my verdict?
– Lou’s role in this was such fun to watch, Chi rocked his scenes
– Steve/Grover are a dream team, Alex and Chi together is just a delight to watch
– the case of the week was decent enough
– the Chin rescue was OK, although ridiculous and totally anticlimactic
– they did a great job throughout the episode with Chin’s bruises, not a given on this show
– Max/Grover/Steve such great scenes
– Max and Steve the best of the best
– AND Steve was just ridiculously attractive 🙂 That man gets better with every freaking week. I love the gray coming through, please, show, keep that up
My verdict can’t be anything but great. Lots to rant about, but the fun, awesome and pretty simply won out.
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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.