“Ua ho’i ka ‘ōpua i Awalua” – As Max prepares to say goodbye to his Five-0 ohana, they must investigate a murder during a police convention on the Island, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Ua ho’i ka ‘ōpua i Awalua to The Clouds Always Return to Alawua
I was wrong about one thing; they didn’t take five minutes or less to solve the cliffhanger from last week. They barely mentioned it at all, and didn’t solve anything about it. 😉
I guess there are not many people who do not like Max. And that is easy to explain; he is a non-threatening character. Huh? 😉 He doesn’t take away time from any of the others. He’s barely seen without interacting with one of the Five-0 team. And even if he’s seen alone, or with Sabrina, no one begrudges him that little time.
So, yeah, he is loved by most. Huge parts surely due to Masi Oka, who always has been very nice to us fans. Providing us with BTS pictures, and generally be a nice and humble person. Considering all that, it was clear that Max will be missed, and most of us hoped he would get a proper send-off. With a really good last episode.
Did that happen? Well, to an extent, yes. His send-off was very nice and very well done. The episode in general? Not so much.
But as usual let’s start at the beginning. With a hilarious scene with Steve and Grover. You know, this scene didn’t serve any real purpose, but with these two, I don’t freaking care!
Lou explaining to Steve the well-known delicious coffee-dip was just too good. I loved not only Lou, but even more so Steve’s faces to what he had to listen to. Just freaking glorious.
I love it how Duke’s role got bigger and better over the years. It is such a pleasure to see him. And this time he really had some good lines. Some very nice scenes with him at the briefing. Although I kinda wonder what kind of resource Five-0 could lend? 😉
Then we got the totally idiotic scene with Danny and his son who now calls him Daddy. Yeah, sure. Ugh.
And off we go to the crime scene. They put such effort into that scene, I commend them for it, but I think it was a total waste of time. Why? Because they wanted it as a distraction from the real crime. Well, duh, pretty stupid to let Steve find the real crime not even after one minute at the crime scene. They knew right from the start that this was not about the explosion, but about the break-in to steal some evidence. So why all the fuss around it? Made no sense. But as I said, great set-prep.
OH, and how convenient that Danny didn’t suffer from any claustrophobia this week. Geez.
The case was so la-la. To be honest, it was pretty boring. Some nice scenes, but just not good enough to hold my interest.
And can someone please tell me why they had Frank Bama in this episode? Was that PL’s apology for calling Jimmy Buffett a drunk in public? This served no purpose whatsoever and was just stupid and annoying. Other than taking away that Steve obviously doesn’t have any female over-night guests so that anyone can crash on his couch, his visit only served as a vehicle to mention last week’s case. Very poorly executed, if you ask me. But thankfully nobody does. LOL
And one other person that really annoyed the heck outta me was Hirsch. What the heck was he doing there? Especially at Max good bye party. That was nothing but embarrassing and annoying. That is another character I can not stand. Horrible character. And I really don’t get why he’s coming back again and again. I wish he would disappear, never to be seen again. Especially after crashing Steve’s new truck. What an idiot.
So, after some investigation here and there they finally solve the case. But honestly, I really didn’t care.
So, let’s go to the main part of this episode, the farewell for Max. Honestly, I had hoped that we would get one final case Max would be involved in. Seeing him interact with every character on the show one last time. That would have been awesome. They still could have integrated everything they did, but in a better way.
Instead we got mega annoying Jerry. Yeah, yeah, I know there are people who love this character, but he is a man I only find annoying with a capital A. Ugh.
And although others might find his time in the office ‘helping’ Jerry pack, well played and good. For me it was terrible. Seeing him lounging there like he owned the place, reading Max’s personal journals was the worst scenes with him ever. Sorry, but for me that was just disgusting.
Yes, I admit, I can’t stand the character, and I don’t like the actor. I just don’t like him at all. And I’m sure there is nothing he can do right in my eyes. So, every time I have to endure him is pure torture. He is just an absolute no go. Thankfully, they at least stopped with the ridiculous question about getting him a badge. If that ever happened I think that would be the moment I would jump ship. There are just things in life that go too far. And Jerry is one of those people that make me feel that way every time I see him.
Not his fault, but I can’t help it. But despite my total dislike of Jerry, I really think his behavior in the office was not OK. Excuses like ‘that is just how he is’, like people use all the time for misbehaving people, doesn’t cut it for me. It is not OK to act without thinking about how others might feel about it. That goes for Jerry just as much as for Danny. These two fall in the same category for me.
Max seeing Danny as a role model had me laughing out loud. I truly hope he will never ever turn into such a nasty person as Danny most of the time is.
Don’t try to sell Danny as such a great and caring friend for Max. He never was. He verbally abused Max at every corner from the first moment he laid eyes on him. Another easy target for his abuse. Just like Steve has been for the last few years, until he fought back.
I think it is a shame how the show again tried to change history and paint a very different picture to what they have given us the last few years. Yeah, take the brush of love and paint it all over, but that doesn’t really change the past one bit.
But let’s not diminish the great part at the end; Max’s speech and farewell, minus stupid Hirsch and calling Grover Sergeant. That was very well done, great music, wonderful scenes.
I’m way more happy than sad that Max is leaving. Because when we met Max he was a person barely able to function in society. With no social skills, family or friends. But over the years he evolved into a well-integrated person into society, but way more importantly well-integrated into a family, and with friends he can rely on.
So, yeah, I am more happy than anything that Max found his way and will go on to greater and better things. That he has found his calling. That he will pursue his dreams. Not many people have that privilege.
That is why I did not shed any tears during his nice speech. No, I was smiling, knowing that his Ohana will love him no matter what, and that he will have a place among them should he ever come back home.
I wish the character Max all the best for his future, but even more so I wish Masi Oka all the very best for his future endeavors.
Oh, and one more thing, I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of the new ME. I think she will be a great replacement for our beloved Max. Welcome on board.
And in case you were wondering if they were drinking non-alcoholic beer, you know, because of liver. 😉 Nope, sorry. Light beer, but still with alcohol.
So, there you have it, my short review for a more than mediocre episode. One I had many hopes for, but most of them weren’t fulfilled.
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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.