8.07 Review


8.07 Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali’i i luna

Junior and Adam back up McGarrett when a bank heist in progress forces Steve to make a potentially heartbreaking mistake. Also, Adam is forced to face an empty home without Kono.

CBS translated Kau ka ‘ōnohi ali’i i luna to The Royal Eyes Rest Above

This season we were introduced to some new characters, including Steve’s new 4 legged roommate. We decided that Eddie should be in charge of the rating system this season.  An exceptional show will have 5 barks, a great one will have 3 barks, a so-so one will earn one bark, an “eh-what-were-they-thinking” will get a whimper and a super turkey will elicit an Eddie growl. So… let the fun begin.

Finally an episode that meets my criteria for spending a few hours on writing a review. 😉 Guess that is kind of a verdict up front? Oh well.

Let’s just dive right in. We start the episode with Junior on a run, and getting almost hit by a car. And, of course, since this is a TV show, the reckless driver and Junior know each other. It’s clear that there is a story about this two, and we will probably learn about it later on.

Next we see Tani going to a house where her no-good-brother is hanging out with some shady characters. Makes me wonder how she knew that her brother would be there, and how she learned about the raid by HPD. Is it normal procedure to inform Five-0 about such things?

Anyway, she warns her brother and the two drive off just before the police arrives. That also makes me wonder why none of the officers was interested in following the two fleeing people. But OK. 😉

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After the credits we go to the airport where me meet Steve who is there to pick up Kono and Adam. Of course, we already know that it will only be Adam. I think they did a good job with the explanation why Adam is coming back, and is not staying with Kono.

I mean, think about it. Kono is most likely not staying in one place, so Adam can’t take any job. If he even would get a job in the first place. So, what is he supposed to do while his wife is out there saving the world? Yep, sarcasm here. I think her story is pretty ridiculous. Not that she’s still on the mainland, but how she left during the season 7 finale. Without telling anyone and without even informing her husband or cousin. But that’s really not important right now.

Some people will hate me for what I’m about to say. I am glad that Kono is out of the picture. Chin, too. I wish the actors all the best, but I think it’s a win for H50 that they left. Their stories were boring, uninspiring, and didn’t add much to the show. At least during the last couple of years. So, I said it. I am glad they are gone and that we have two new, fresh characters. Who will hopefully get good storylines.

Junior got a good start, in my eyes. Not so sure about Tani. I like them both though.

But back to Steve, who is always my main focus on the show and in these reviews. Shallow, I now, but I loved the blue shirt. The little light triangle on the side did it for me. LOL

So, he buys two leis in hope to give at least one to Kono. Yeah, Buddy, not gonna happen. After a short greeting they are off to find something to eat, while having a nice conversation in the car. I always said that I liked Adam back when he was the kinda baddie, taking care of his father’s business, kidnapping Joe White. Back then he had potential, and I really hoped he would make a great villain. Unfortunately, he met Kono and the snooze fest began. Kono and Adam were, for me, the most boring couple.

BUT, I like IAD, and I enjoyed Adam in this episode. Still think he would have been better as the villain, but with this version of Adam I can live very well. 🙂

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After the brief encounter with the very pregnant ex, Junior keeps running almost to the point of collapse; makes one wonder what he’s running from. Guess there a some demons we might also learn about later on. He spots four suspicious guys, and immediately calls Steve. Good boy. 🙂 Well trained. Oh, and let me mention that I love Junior’s “Yes, Sir”. Finally someone actually showing some respect.

And of course, Steve gets over there right away. With Adam in tow.

Let’s take a small break and go to HQ to watch a video of Tani getting her brother out of the to be raided house. I’m not sure what I think about Grover helping Tani to keep something from their boss. Or did he do it to give her the chance to come clean about it?

More importantly, where did he get the video footage from, and who else knows about it? Is this evidence of a crime? Did Tani actually commit a crime by picking up her brother? And do I even want to think about the time frame? When the heck did this go down? Just this morning, right? And now Grover has the video and all? Very iffy, if you ask me. Well, nobody does… so.

Back to the bank. Where I had a good laugh. Look out for all the people standing around watching the scene being filmed. Not very subtle. 🙂

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Steve takes a look at the car, the hotwired car, and looks inside the bank. It’s more than obvious that they have a robbery in progress.

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Adam points out the obvious, why did they leave the car behind, without someone guarding it? Not the normal behavior of bank robbers, I guess. So, after a short discussion, they call for back-up, and Steve prepares to enter the bank.

One question should be allowed. Why the heck didn’t they just pick the lock? Would have been a lot quieter. Of course, less spectacular.

So, Steve enters the back through the back door, and expects Junior and Adam to wait for back-up. Yeah right.

Loved Junior in this. He follows orders, but only direct orders, not suggestions like the plan is to wait. That’s not an order. 😉 If you think about it, the scenes with Adam getting the gun and Junior picking Steve’s safe are a bit ridiculous, but I really liked them. It was fun watching. They made a great team.

I also loved the explosion, and the aftermath. Another great wake-up scene by Alex. He is so darn good at them. And now this episode drifts into the “don’t think about it, just enjoy the ride” territory. Why the hell didn’t the robbers came in from the outside sometime during the night? I mean, they drilled that big ass tunnel without anyone knowing about it. Don’t you think someone should have noticed the baddies drilling that kind of tunnel? Seemed a bit unbelievable that they would be able to pull it off without anyone hearing anything. But they obviously did. Makes me wonder why they didn’t finish it unnoticed.

Guess because we wouldn’t have gotten one of the most ridiculous car/foot/chases, whatever you wanna call it.

Steve is in pursuit in the underground tunnels, and Adam follows him, driving like a madman. I mean, seriously, what the heck was that about? Steve was on foot, underground. No need for Adam to drive across town. 🙂 And how was Jerry able to trace Steve’s cell? Isn’t it amazing how they never have cell phone reception as soon as they leave the city limits, but have perfect reception underground?

OK, let’s get to THE scene. Steve shooting the cop. “That’s not a cop, Steve.” That’s what I shouted at the screen. What would a lone cop doing down there? And why wouldn’t he call out? Besides, the shooting was justified. Steve might see that differently since he didn’t have a visual. And I can understand his point. But he got shot at. Do you only shoot back when you can clearly see your target? Should he have considered that there might have been innocent bystanders in that situation? I don’t think so. But whatever the case, the shooting gave us some great Steve scenes. Loved them.

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But before that, let’s take a look at the rescue drive back and the scene at the hospital. Seemed to me that the hospital wasn’t that into saving that guy. I mean, they declared him dead in the hallway. They didn’t even take him to a trauma room. That was really rushed, and felt totally wrong.

Now we can enjoy Alex and his great acting.

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After the emo scenes, Five-0 goes to work at the smart table to figure out how the baddies could have known how much money was in the vault. It was clear pretty soon that it must have been an inside job.

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So, we get the usual blue room stuff and the talks at the table. Where they also figure out that cop wasn’t a cop. Yeah, told you so.

Question again, why did he take off his mask? That made no sense whatsoever. They must have known that there would be cameras. That was just bad writing. I mean, they could have figured out that the cop wasn’t a cop way more easy than with this stupid move. But whatever.

After that, one of the bad guys decided to march into HQ and kill the guy in the blue room. How did he manage to get in there? How did he figure out the combination? All these little things drive me nuts. Because if you do something in a story it has to make sense, it has to be possible. You can’t just let the guy walk into the blue room and kill someone just because you want to. You need to make it possible. And the writers just don’t. I’m one of those people always questioning the HOW of a scene. Maybe I shouldn’t, but I can’t help it.

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Of course Steve and Lou are after the shooter, and wonder oh wonder Steve actually hit the moving target. A rare occasion on Five-0. 😉

And really? All the baddies are in the car, with the money? Why would they do that? They are not very clever, aren’t they.

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Anyway, nice scene with the flipped car and the team standing around it.

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I hope Tani has learned her lesson. Confiding in Steve is the first step into the right direction. At least I hope she will tell him about her brother and what she did.

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Another nice scene with Steve and Adam. I must say, I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed Adam in this episode. I hope it will continue.

And we end the episode with Junior watching a video. I hope we will learn more about him in the coming episodes.

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So this was my first review for the new season. I now, still not the usual snark and sarcasm, but I am easing back in. Hopefully the next episodes will be equally as good as this one.

Thanks for reading.






26 thoughts on “8.07 Review

  1. aww… love the five little Eddies. Great review. you ask some very valid questions. But the answers are all the same. “Just because.” They blew off the door, get amazing cell service underground, drive all over the city at a hellish pace to meet up with Steve who is probably six blocks from where he started,… just because. There are no explanations.

    the baddie who shot the guard in the blue room had been in the blue room previously, but how does he know the combination on the door? How did he get in? Well, the same way someone gassed everyone and got in there. They are ninjas, I suppose.

    I was OK with Adam. I hope he continues to enjoy life without his wife.

    Tani… yeah, very stupid move on both her and Lou’s part. I would like to think that Lou expected her to talk to Steve on her own, but you never know. It made no sense that he had the footage from a residential area unless the neighbor across the street likes to spy. I am glad she was meeting with Steve to tell him what happened.

    Junior… I like the kid. Loved that Steve told Adam to watch him because he’s a grown ass Navy SEAL and he knew he wouldn’t want to stand down. and, of course, he didn’t.

    Lots of holes in the show, but it was a good watch. And I hope that everyone was yelling at Steve, telling him that wasn’t a real cop. Now, what would have been good is if they had a real cop down there using him as cover and Steve really did shoot a cop. That would have been nice and angsty. But what great acting by Alex. He still amazes me.

    And you didn’t say it, so I shall…. NO DANNY, NO DANNY, NO DANNY. Ah, that feels better. 🙂 Great job on the review and the pictures and welcome back… missed this dearly!

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    1. Well, Danny wasn’t in it, why mention him? I certainly didn’t miss him. And I couldn’t care less about him, so there really was no reason to waste any time on him. 😉 Thank you for the bark-rating. Great idea.

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  2. Since you have pretty much said what I was thinking, let me just second the NO DANNY part and add that, while I will always prefer bad boy Adam with the expensive suits, I can live with a hurt and confused Adam who really needs a friend right now. It’s a great improvement from just being half of boring Kodam

    While Danny was away, Steve upgraded his bromance status to a new, vastly improved model.
    I wonder if Danny will be jealous that Steve wants to wear Adam’s clothes? (after he gets the blood stains out).

    Does that mean Steve “likes” Adam or that Steve is “in like” with him? That is SO important in this fandom when discussing relationships.

    McAdam!!! McAdam!!! McAdam!!!

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  3. Really if Steve shot a real cop, he would never had let it down. As really thought it was a bad guy in a uniform.
    And really knew he was a bad guy.
    Love Junior and in the development of his character a lot
    Tani needs to tell Steve the truth. And that to have his trust in that she should had lost her badge and gun
    Give her credit for trying to keep her brother from a street and life of crime
    As it took some tough love for Grover who is the Father Hen of the Five 0.
    But Adam is a criminal despite the fact he is now full time and can’t have a gun being a felon. Still it is TV land so oh well.
    But it was action pact. And really just think McGrover hope there are more and more scenes.
    Give it 8/10!

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  4. 🙂 Sam, I thoroughly enjoyed this review. I love your attention to detail, and your writer-self always notices things I don’t, and you often suggest fixes to these plebeian writers’ failures that make me just pine for far better writers, but…

    …this definitely was the best ep so far this season, not that there’s much competition. Perfect Alex was perfect. McG was bad-ass and smart and emo and real and enjoyed his latest bromance and got some kicks with Junior. A great 3-some! I do like Junior (especially after he defended McG during the Danno ambush 🙄 ) and I was surprised how much I enjoyed chill-Adam. I’m ok with Tani. I still want more frikkin women. There’s was tons of the usual logic- and continuity- gaps. But definitely the best so far.

    2 reasons for that…the focus on McG and the no Danno. THAT is the secret sauce, Show. Buy a darn clue!

    And I love the Eddie scale. That’s brilliant!

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  5. Everything y’all said about Adam, continuity gaps, and logic.
    Thanks for giving me understanding about the “grown-a Navy SEAL”. Originally I didn’t get why that would increase the need for a “keeper”.
    Love the Eddies. I wanted him and Steve at the end of the episode.

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    1. Nice revu, Mike. So Show was pimping an old JamesMacArther flick, huh? I will give PLoser an actual thumbs up for that. He’s pimped his own projects on Show, but I give him greater credit for doing this for one of the 5-0 orig8nals.

      Btw, You look all this stuff up, or do you just have this Old Show trivia committed to memory?


  6. I probably shouldn’t go here but what the heck. Anyone notice parallels between Cath leaving to Kono leaving. It’s all hunky dory for Kono to find her legacy but a crime against humanity for Cath to do it? Alrighty then. Thanks .. needed to get that off my chest.

    That being said this was the best episode of season so far to me and surprisingly I didn’t mind this Adam either.. no moony eyes and scrunchy faced dry crying in site..he actually looked sorta badass driving the truck, even if the scene in general was a bit ridiculous.

    I like Jr. but the jury’s still out for me on Tani. I am hoping Jr. calls out McG for making him go to the police academy but Tani didn’t need too.. and how is he on thin ice there? He’s a grown ass Navy SEAL,to quote McG. Love Grover and his one liner delivery. Did not miss the Bickersons one bit and after seeing an editing clip of an upcoming bickering scene, I’ll be fast forwarding thru that.

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    1. I think that Steve pulled Junior’s file, he still has a high security clearance. At least I think so. And he did this with everyone of his task force. So maybe Steve knows more about Junior than we do.

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  7. Ah……I go along with the 5 barks. I enjoyed the episode, ignored the pot holes and find I am liking Junior more and more. Of course he wasn’t going to let Steve go in alone. Even if it wasn’t what Steve told him to do, I got a kick out of the interaction between the three men and had a good chuckle. Of course I have liked Adam more than most of you and he seemed to have more of an edge this appearance than when Kono was around. It looks like he went to the McG school of driving. I still see Tani as a Kono clone so I am waiting to see how they use her as the season continues.

    Did not miss Danny at all, no big surprise there. Funny how the show flows nicely when he isn’t there to drag it down. And there was so much McG perfection that I just ignored the silly parts that made no sense. Thanks for the great review, great to have you back at it.

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  8. Finally leiCa’s ramblings about this episode and the birth of a new bromance.
    Warning: If you’re opposed to extreme fangirling don’t proceed.

    When an episode with plot holes as big as the pacific, an episode that is illogical and unrealistic turns out to be incredibly awesome than it is due to incredible acting. In this case the amazing acting of Alex O’Loughlin. He owned the screen in every moment he was in right from the beginning.

    Just look at that carefree and happy face at the airport. He was so happy-go-lucky to see Adam again. He looked more like a little boy with a crush than a big bad Navy SEAL. I think he loves Adam very much. We don’t see that facial expression with anybody else. They even hugged TWICE.

    Then in the car he was there to listen, to give advice, to just be a good friend. He knows how it feels to come back to an empty home. But it wasn’t about him or his mother, it was about Adam. Steve put his own feelings behind, was there for Adam. What else proof do you need?

    They just turned briefly to the topic of cranky Danny and then he couldn’t wait to tell Adam about his new BFF. Eddie! Eddie jedi’d his way into Steve’s heart. Oh Steve’s heart is as big as the pacific. There’s enough place for Eddie and Adam. Everybody who is not blind can see that.

    Then everything went downhill from there on. The three best buddies worked together and Steve taking care that none of them get hurt, especially not Adam. He warned him that Junior is a grown ass Navy SEAL too.

    And then the big BOOM. I will never getting tired of seeing AOL playing someone who gains consciousness again. Perfect. Just perfect. The face, the hurt, the confusion, the desperation, and then jumping back into SEAL mode and caring for his friends. And oh the relief when he saw that they were ok. Especially Adam of course.

    Then he left those two because he didn’t want them to get hurt again. Especially Adam of course. And after that we could clearly see that Adam obviously took driving classes from Steve. Why oh why weren’t we allowed to witness that? These two – sigh. Why can’t the PTB see that?

    Alex portray of someone following and hunting dangerous criminals through this tube and the underground was perfect. It felt so real.
    But then the horror happened and Alex knocked it out of the park. Even his walk as he left showed the guilt and the heavy burden that laid on his shoulders. Lou did good in being there for him, but didn’t we all wish for Adam in this situation. He needed his Adam.

    At the end of the day Steve got the baddies, the money popped out and all of them were together. The whole gang. But only Adam touched Steve, pat him on the back, because obviously he knew he needed the comfort. No one else does something like this. Oh McAdam. It is so apparent for those who can see and are not blinded by any other oh so wrong ship.

    It ended with Steve being there for Adam again. He drove him home because he wanted to offer his support, his togetherness. He even wanted to wear Adam’s cloths!!!! Think about that. Although they would not fit because Adam’s too small and thinner he wants to be close to Adam. And the cloths is all he got. Stupid PTB.

    Sadly, at the end of the day he had to go home alone in his BX5876 (I really tried to figure out if it has a meaning, yeah my brain works this way) to Eddie and a suffering Junior. Sniffle.

    Now, have I McAdamed my way into your hearts? Because, let’s face it, you can not not see this deep connection.

    Random notes:
    Why doesn’t Junior run with Eddie? Hm? I always do that with my dog. Two cats one stone. Or was it birds? But because Steve’s now a dog person I think I can say it this way. 😉

    Tani is a motorized Kono, who just had a folding bike.

    Why can’t I see Steve getting’ lei’d? Hm?

    No, Steve you’re right. You don’t need more time in a moving vehicle with Danny. And seeing the latest editing clip I would say you don’t need anymore time with this putz even in a not moving environment.

    Steve just mentioned cranky Danny and then got so excited talking about Eddie. Every time he says “Eddie” I got heart eyes.

    Steve’s tougher than the most. He was nearer to the blast and didn’t get knocked out.

    Did you all get Alex’ face at the end when he was pointing at the bloody cloths? So so funny. I giggled. Yep. I did.

    Alex’ guilt face in the blue room when Lou was talking about the dead cop. Oy. Be still my heart.

    Loved the line “to Jack Ruby your ass”. Chi is the king of one liners.

    Does anybody else see a faint heart around Alex’ two dots? Because I do.

    Watched the epi two times now and every time I forgot to take screens. I was that mesmerized.

    Missed Eddie big time. Nothing else.

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    1. Now that was entertaining
      I think we found our new ship – we might have lost McKono – but I am all the way with you in McAdam. Can not believe how real it all felt. I is meant to be. (giggle)

      I did have a look at your heart theory the other day – got a picture of a real close, close-up of his hand and the dots from somebody at SOTB, and can not really see the heart you are talking about – but will keep on looking. Maybe one day we will get the story.

      Steve’s tougher than the most. He was nearer to the blast and didn’t get knocked out. <<< I was just amazed that it seemingly did not affect the bank robbers who was inside the vault with the blast at all. 🙂

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      1. Yeah, we’ve lost McKono. But we’ve won McEddie. I am cool with that. And to be honest, I don’t miss Kono or Chin, would have thought otherwise but the newbies are really a breath of fresh air.
        And I still can see the faint heart, esp. the two rounds above the dots. I can see it better on my tablet where the resolution of the images is greater.

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  9. You guys crack me up 🙂

    Sam, so good to have you back writing your reviews, giving us your insight, sharing those great pics with us. I missed that!

    There is not much I can add. Though this episode had plot holes the size of Texas, I was willing to overlook them. After all this is TV and I am watching this show to be entertained and already know that often the writers don’t have certain topics on their priority list…
    After the catastrophe that was 8.06 this felt SO good – fast, fun, full of emotions, with a lead who was large and in charge.
    Alex ROCKED – once again. Man, if they gave him a phonebook as a script he could act the hell out of it 🙂
    As several said – you could literally see him carry the guilt.

    Notice a pattern here? 7.04 and 7.07 (#150!!) without a whining someone and those were great episodes. Now 8.04 and 8.07 (#175!!) without a whining someone and those were great episodes. Hmm….. 🙂

    I liked Andam. I can’t believe that I said that – lol. Not that I ever disliked him, he just didn’t interest me a lot. IAD is adorable but his character seemed underused and did nothing for me. This Adam I like – and boy did he team up well with McG. Two adults, no ranting…

    I had a bit of a deja vu… Steve coming home to an empty house before, now Adam coming home to an empty house.
    Kono reminds me of Cath. She went off to fight for what she believes and gets support, understanding, praise. The other one… oh well….

    I am happily adding my BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK!

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