Hawaii Five-0 1.15 “Kai e'e” Review

In many ways, ‘Kai e'e’ is just the type of episode that I want from Hawaii Five-0. I’m almost certain that I have mentioned in previous reviews that, for me, one of the main attractions of this show is in how it can be unique amongst cop shows simply by taking advantage where it is set. Last night’s episode really effectively used its location for a story that (probably) no other show on the air could pull off - as it centered on the threat that comes from a tsunami warning. Whilst there was, of course, no actual tsunami, the ensuing evacuation provided Hawaii Five-0 with a interesting and distinct situation in which to play out one of its most well-balanced episodes yet.

The tsunami-based plotline emerges in the first scene, which sees Danno being taught some surfing basics by Kono (this is a character combination that the series underuses). Fairly suddenly, we’re thrust into a premise that is very particular to Hawaii, and to some extent, the impact of the tsunami is something that we’re left to ponder for most of the episode. (Although, I imagine that most television viewers would’ve fairly quickly guessed that it was a hoax.) The majority of the drama doesn’t come from the question of whether-there-will-be-a-tsunami-or-not though... it comes from the fact that Hawaii’s foremost tsunami expert has gone missing and without him, a team of scientists are totally confused by an overload of data. Read More...


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