“Waimaka ‘ele’ele” – While working the murder case of one of the last survivors of the USS Arizona, McGarrett learns about his grandfather’s important role at Pearl Harbor. Also, Adam uncovers bone fragments at his new construction job and asks Jerry to help him discreetly investigate, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated Waimaka ‘ele’ele to Black Tears
Just a friendly reminder:
I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective. This is how I perceived this episode, and my focus will always be mostly on Steve. If you disagree… that is just fine. Don’t come complaining because I don’t like certain characters. 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.
This was an awesome episode; yes, Cokie, sometimes we give the verdict right up front. And since this was such an awesome episode there will be only very little nitpicking. 😉
Let’s dive right in. How refreshing not to start with a previously on. Thank you, show. 😉 Instead we see an old man driving around with his granddaughter, talking about ice-cream and idiotic boyfriends. They obviously have a great bond, and you just know something will happen. And it does. I must say, that was some crash. Great work by the stunt team throughout the whole episode.
So, the granddad is killed in the crash, thankfully the young woman almost unharmed.
Hal Holbrook has a long sheet of TV and movie appearances, it’s really a shame that he didn’t get to interact with anyone on this show. Probably one of the shortest guest gigs ever on Five-0.
So, after the crash we know right away, that this wasn’t an ordinary accident. Although, I must say, isn’t it a bit strange that these highly trained military guys get involved in such a stupid accident? It is a bit farfetched. Why would they run a stop sign? They were not on the run, nobody was after them. But OK, I guess stranger things have happened.
Next we see Kono and Adam, and I must say these were some of the stupidest scenes ever. What a waste of time. They acted like teenager, which would by fine for high school kids, but not for these two adults. I found these scenes utterly embarrassing, and completely useless drivel.
Next we learn more about the people involved in the car crash; about the victims and about the people knocking over the second bank in one week.
And here comes the personal connection to Steve into play. It’s kind of a weak link, but I guess we take what we can get. And I’m sure it is very hard to come up with anything since his grandfather died so many years ago.
Of course Steve promised the young woman that they will catch whoever killed her grandfather. And I guess nobody had any doubts that Steve would make good on his promise.
We switch back to Adam who happens to find a bone fragment. How he managed to see that small thing on the side, or even other side of the pile is beyond me, but whatever. Well, could be dog, could be human. I liked that he was concerned that it might be an old burial ground. Of course, the boss was also concerned, but for totally different reasons. He told Adam to forget all about it, and just do his job.
Which of course we knew he wouldn’t.
Back at the palace we see Steve listening to a video he got from a filmmaker, doing a documentary about the attack on Pearl Harbor. I wonder how he learned about that, and how he managed to get his hands so fast on the material. Why would the granddaughter have told him about it?
Anyway, it is always great to see Alex getting some real material to work with. He is so darn good with this emotional stuff. He doesn’t need any pages of dialogue to convert what is going on in his head, or heart for that matter.
I really wish he would get more recognition for it. But it seems so effortless and natural that people just take it for granted, I guess.
So, they learn more about the bank job, and Steve conducts that they are military trained. Soon after they hit a match on the blood from the accident scene and get an address for one of the bad guys.
When they revealed that the baddies only got a little under $ 12.000, I think everyone knew that this was not a normal bank robbery. What kind of gang takes such high risks to get away with such little money? Don’t forget, the money had to be split four-ways. No way was this about the money. I thought it must have been another reason. But I didn’t think they did it to pay off what a friend owed the bank. That was a very nice twist.
ROFL at Jerry. Nope, Jerry, no one had heard about the badge because it probably isn’t a really real badge. And I’m pretty sure Five-0 isn’t too comfortable with you parading it around like that.
I think these two fit well together. Both first job, both lying to their friends, wife and superiors. Perfect fit. Sarcasm out.
So, Steve and gang are ready to take down Ryder. They even got the help of HPD, or SWAT, not sure what these guys were. What I do know is that they were not the sharpest tools in the shed. More about that later.
Let me say one thing, no matter what I will point out and ‘complain’ about, the following scenes were awesome with a capital A.
So, the bunch enters the cabin, in my eyes with way too many people. I mean they were standing in their own way. Trampling on each other’s feet. But I guess we needed so many people so that at least some of them could get shot. Whatever.
I got a good laugh out of this scene. Geez, SC really hates these scenes, doesn’t he? He looks like he really, really doesn’t want to do them. This is not a very professional attitude Mr. Brilliant Detective. Danny looks totally out of place in scenes like this.
So, after a short firefight in the dark, Steve storms upstairs to discover Ryder gone through the window, and an activated bomb. He tells everyone to evacuate and follows Ryder out of the already burst window. Why again glass is flying is beyond me. But it looked nice, I guess.
Now coming back to the rather dumb SWAT/HPD guys. Wouldn’t you look up when you hear the window breaking? And why wasn’t he facing the house anyway? No, Ryder gets him by surprise and knocks him out. And why the heck weren’t there more guys outside anyway? Right, they were all inside getting shot at.
Don’t you think this whole explosion and stuff was a bit overkill? I mean, these guys were out to help their dead friend’s wife. But all this firepower and explosives looked like they wanted to start a war. Why did they have all that stuff in the first place? What else were they up to?
Anyway, very cool action with the explosion and Steve getting blown off the roof. But of course this is Five-0, and such a thing as being blown up doesn’t slow down Steve. 😉
So, hot in pursuit he is. I wonder what the others were doing? Taking their sweet time? Right, Kono had to make a phone call to get all that information she has when they finally meet up with Steve again. And the others were doing what exactly instead of going after their leader, friend and team member?
Absolutely cool action with Steve and Ryder. Some of the best scenes of the show. I loved how Steve got shot, and played dead. Do I care that the bullet hit him square in the chest and somehow dropped down behind his ammo? No, I don’t. It probably plopped down when he sat up. Which by the way was awesomely played.
Do I care why Ryder didn’t take a head shot at Steve? Ehm, yeah, I DO care that my hero didn’t get shot in the head. That is not what I meant. Why would Ryder shoot Steve dead center when he knew that he was wearing Kevlar? Dumb question, I know, because if he had done his job right, Steve would be deader than dead. 😉
Instead he put a bullet between Ryder’s eyes. I think that was the only safe option for Steve. Ryder had a big gun, ready to shoot. Instant death was the only way for Steve to make sure that he wouldn’t get another shot off at him. I think this kill shot was justified and the only option since Ryder also wore body armer.
Anyway, that were some awesome scenes. And I think I loved the casual way how Steve got the bullet out even more. That was way cool.
Huh, Chin, are you sure that there won’t be any evidence left? Because that house looked pretty much intact after the blast. 😉
Adam spends a huge part of the night digging for bones. Huh, what does Kono think he’s doing during that time? Or isn’t she at home? Maybe they live separate lives after all? Or did he come up with more lies where he spends his time? What a great pair they make.
So, Steve went to one of his contacts to de-classify the information about the group. And I guess it wasn’t hard to predict that an HPD detail on them wouldn’t go too well. 😉
Next we go to Adam’s story again, and learn that his night activities were monitored and got him fired. Who wanted to bet that this would be a detail he would share with his wife? Right.
I think everyone knows that my favorite is Steve, and of course, Alex O’Loughlin. These kind of episodes always remind me why that is. His subtle play, his nuances in voice and facial expression is just brilliant acting. Like he was in all his scenes watching the video. His almost choked up, soft voice saying that he was alright… now that is knowing ones character and great acting. He simply has embodied Steve McGarrett. It’s just too awesome to describe.
And as predicted, the surveillance didn’t go as planned. What I liked about this is that finally we have a bad guy who knows who he is up against. I always wondered about all the other bad guys we had who had no idea about a special task force. I mean, if I wanted to do any criminal activity I would for sure know who I had to deal with. What kind of agency might be on my case. What kind of people had I to face, where lie there weaknesses and such. I would know that. And I’m very happy that finally this guy knows who he is up against.
And it led to some really good scenes in that diner. Scenes that also made me smile. Steve looked like he came straight from one of O’Dell’s shave-sessions. I guess it is hard to keep the scruff the same during the filming of one episode, but this time it was really all over the place. 😉
It’s these little things that always make me smile and wonder who keeps up with this stuff. You know, like what shirt were they wearing going into the office and which one when they left. That is sometimes quite hilarious.
That falls right into the category of the wandering scars, or the aftermath of a fight in general. I mean, Steve took a beating, a b.e.a.t.i.n.g … no way was he walking around like that the next day. Almost no bruises, no limping, no nothing. The make-up department, and whoever should take notice of this stuff would be doubly awesome if they could get this right too.
After such an awesome fight I want to see the repercussions from it. Steve even passed out after it. Don’t let him wander around the next day like nothing happened.
And where the heck was his team? Where was the team spirit in this episode? Meaning where was the comfort? Steve got shot in the chest; he must have been hurting big time, but nobody seemed to care. He was beaten to a pulp, but nobody cared enough to check on him. The gunfight was long over, but nobody showed up. Big fail by show if you ask me.
But we’re not there yet, let’s look at the diner scene first. Our baddie sounded rather bitter and misunderstood. He sure didn’t feel guilty in the least. Not for what he did back in a foreign country, and surely not for what he did in Hawaii.
He should have believed Steve when he said they would see each other again. 😉
And back to Jerry and Adam. Again. I wondered why Kamekona was not in sight. They were at his shrimp truck, I expected him to be there. Not that I’m complaining, far from it, Kamekona is not one of my favorites and I can do without him just fine. I just thought the location of the meets was odd. Why meeting there and not have Kamekona in the shots? Odd, if you ask me. Guess nobody does, but anyway. 😉
So, more lying to his wife. Adam’s on a roll I guess.
You wonder when I will complain about Dannoying? Well, I won’t… much. 😉 No, this time he wasn’t really annoying. Simply because he was rather subdued. And I really enjoyed that. His whole appearance in this episode was rather bland. If he was a soft drink he would be rather stale; without any fizz or taste. Sorry, I can’t really say it any other way, but it was like he wasn’t even there. Which I still prefer. Even during his one alone scene, he wasn’t really in it.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this kinda-non-existing-Dannoying. Actually totally loved his expression after Steve dug the bullet out and went past him.
You know, when the show started seven years ago, Danny actually was a detective. Steve had checked his file, spoke to Danny’s captain, and then decided to hire him. But in the last few seasons Danny was nothing but bad decoration. It was nice to see that he was kinda useful in this episode.
But I highly doubt the writers will keep this up, and next time he will be back to his annoying, idiotic self. Sad, really.
The only thing I will complain about, again, is SC’s speech pattern. Can’t someone tell him to not speak in three words… stop…. Three words… stop… three words… stop again? That is so darn annoying.
And more Adam to come. Now he wants to solve the crime on his own. Great idea, Adam. If you are successful, you might even get a badge at the end of the day. I mean, he needs a job, right? And he solves a crime in this episode. That should be plenty of reason to actually slab a badge on him. I bet he ends up with Five-0 in some way. I hate that they are seemingly heading that way.
Do I even want to think about the timeline in this episode? No, absolutely not, because it would make your head spin. So, let’s not even go there. They were again all over the place.
I must say, although the firefight was rather cool, it was kinda overkill. I mean, it was a LOT of firepower, but they didn’t really hit much of anything. If you don’t count the cars. Took a long time to take out these four bad guys.
And what was it with Steve having to save the SWAT guys? Sure, Steve would rush there to get his men out of the line of fire, but what about the other SWAT guy standing right next to the downed guy? Why did Steve have to tell him to move his ass to help.
So, Steve takes off after the one getting away. And we have the pleasure of watching the best hand-to-hand combat since 507. Wow.
Hand-to-hand is messy, it’s brutal, it’s bloody. And I loved how they portrayed it here. I wish we would see this kind of action, this kind of brutality more often. Huh, what? For me, Five-0 is first and foremost a crime show. I have said it many times, that this is, for me the most important part of this show. And I just wished they would show something like this way more often. For me, Five-0 is not family entertainment. I always wished it was a 10 p.m. show, so that they could show more intense stuff. And I’m always jumping for joy when we get these kind of adult scenes.
Yes, it was brutal. But it were darn good scenes, and I never thought it was too much, too bloody, or too intense. It was a perfect balance. Steve was fighting for his life, and I loved how he showed no mercy. I only cringed when he broke Campell’s arm. Ugh.
I loved how he watched Campell die. How you could see that he realized it could have been him. How Alex portrayed the utter exhaustion, the pain, the hurt, the horror Steve must have felt. That was just awesome.
Kicking it up even more by falling back and kinda passing out. What a great scene.
And here I repeat my complain about this episode. The next day Steve looks as good as new. He should be limping after the pipe to the thigh, there would be some damaged muscles. He should be sore all over, and it should be reflected in how he moves. I think there was a tiny little limp when they went to the elevator, but he was just fine when he enters the inner office again.
And after taking such hits to the face, he would look way different. Instead of some serious bruising we get one tiny little booboo around the eye. Fail, if you ask me.
And finally Adam comes clean about what he had done the last couple of days. Another murder solved, justice is done. I already see that badge on him. Humor is the only way to take this, really. 🙂
Thankfully these were not the final scenes of the episode.
The episodes are always best when the focus is on McGarrett. Either if he’s involved in a personal way, or if he is just the main focus during the investigation. This time it was both. The case was personal in a way for him, and the main focus was on him during the investigation. No secret that I loved it.
And I surely loved that he learned a little bit more about his long dead grandfather. There is really no one there who could have told him much about him. So, any glimpse he can get is a great gift that he cherishes.
Small question; why are the dog tags in the box? Wasn’t he wearing them when the Arizona was attacked? Shouldn’t they be on his person?
Seeing that Purple Heart again reminds me that Steve has two of his own, and I wonder if we will ever learn how he got them. I would love another flashback episode to his military days.
We end the episode with touching scenes at the funeral, and Steve in his usual spot. In his Dress Whites no less. That is always a very welcome sight. A full body shot would have been even nicer. Just saying.
So, since I gave my verdict right up front. There is not that much to say here at the end. Yes, this wasn’t a perfect episode. But for me, it nearly was. Could have done without Adam’s story, but he wasn’t as annoying as I thought it would be.
Steve was awesome. They often forget who this character really is, how much training he had, how capaple he is. I hate it when they dumb him down because it fits their story. That is actually really dumb. It was great to see the real Steve. Please don’t put him away again.
This episode can’t get anything but an awesome from me. And not a pseudo awesome, no, a real one. For me, hands down, the best episode this season. Followed by 707.
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