Hawaii Five-0 1.17 “Powa Maka Moana” Review

Just like last week, Hawaii Five-0 provided us with a fine but unspectacular standalone offering last night. (Although, this was arguably a little more disappointing than all the jungle-based action.) ‘Powa Maka Moana’ wasn’t an entirely weak episode, but, upon reflection, I find that it had moments that I enjoyed, rather than being wholly satisfying in its entirety. In my review of one of Five-0’s more impressive episodes, ‘Ke Kinohi,’ I mentioned the idea that there’s a standard "type" for kidnapping plots, which includes ominous phone calls, not paying the ransom (which inevitably leads to at least one hostage dying), and other such infuriating clichés. ‘Ke Kinohi’ defied those clichés, but this didn’t, and as a result it ended up being a predictable and relatively dull hour.

The story for the episode was about a group of pirates (even if their outfits initially made me think that they were ninjas) who attack a boat full of rich college kids on spring break. What at first seems like a completely random attack turns out to be some smart kidnappers (who have copied the MO of the pirates) looking to secure a $20 million ransom from the kids’ parents. There’s guest stars in the form of Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey, but I was most impressed by the smaller parts of Ray Wise and Stacy Edwards, who played two of the aforementioned parents. Read More...


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