'Hawaii Five-O' 1.21 'Ho'opa'i' Review

I've brought up before how I worried that Hawaii Five-O might be treading into stunt casting waters, as it brought in musicians like Joanna Levesque, Nick Lachey, and Vanessa Minnillo. This week, though, I have no such concerns; I saw Sean Combs give a surprisingly good performance in the film Made several years ago. He's equally good in the role of an undercover cop whose wife is killed, in an episode that is likewise worth the time.

I'm not really in love with the writing in this episode. For the majority of the hour, it seems like it's not going to be a "whodunit," but rather a character-driven piece about stopping a revenge-driven cop. The players and motivations are all fairly obvious (including a guest appearance from Pitch Black's Keith David). In the final fifteen minutes, though, it decides to start off with last-minute revelations and become a mystery. Nothing is wrong with either approach except for that they're vastly different. As a result, the last act feels somewhat disjointed from the first three. I think that the episode would have been much stronger if it had picked one of the two and stayed with it; either or could've worked. It suffers when it tries to shift gears and do so very late into the game. Read More...



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