'Hawaii Five-O' 1.16 'E Malama' Review

How do you follow the threat of a tsunami? With an episode in the Hawaiian jungle. Really, the only way this episode of Hawaii Five-O could've had a cooler setting was if there'd been some excuse for a Bengal tiger. Just look at this picture and tell me that's not cool. (I have to say, though, I was laughing a little at the Google Earth opening.)

So how does one get to this point? Julie (True Blood's Mariana Klaveno) is a Very Important Witness in a high-profile murder case, and on the day she's scheduled to testify, barely escapes a pair of thugs posing as HPD cops. Needless to say, this does not go over well with the real good guys. (And I bet if the U.S. Marshal protecting her had been Raylan Givens, this would not have happened.) Steve and Chin set off into the jungle to find Julie, which takes all of the first act, but is as usual with this show, accomplishing the primary objective is just a starting point for the rest of the story. The real meat of the episode lies in hunting down the bad guys, which gives us the fun of Steve introducing one to the business end of a log and the drama of him then electing to save his life when he really doesn't have to. The whole thing feels like the small-screen version of a Rambo movie, with Alex O'Loughlin in the lead role. Read More...



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Feb 8, 2011 5:48PM EST

What??? I'm done with this show, period. The overplayed antagonistic banter between McGarrett and Dano with Dano's constant barrage of nay-saying at every possible opportunity, to where the dynamic duo now sound like an old gay couple, has grated on my nerves to the point to where it has become akin to fingernails on a blackboard. I can see reruns of these episode becoming a UN approved torture method at Guantanamo in the very near future. Personally I'd rather be water-boarded! Too bad, the potential for this remake was huge.

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