'Hawaii Five-O' 1.22 'Ho'ohuli Na'au' Review

If anyone else started humming "Jessie's Girl" during the beginning of tonight's Hawaii Five-O, you're forgiven. Unfortunately, Rick Springfield isn't with us long: he's a sleazy fashion photographer who gets barbecued in his own trailer. Pretty short for a guest appearance that CBS thought highly enough of to promote in their episode listing! (And before episode's end, my local CBS affiliate would also run a spot for the late local news about his DUI arrest. You can't make this stuff up.)

As is normal with a premise like this - which I know I've seen used for at least one Law & Order episode before - there's no shortage of suspects, whether it's Alana, the current squeeze who happens to be pregnant (that's Breakout Kings star Serinda Swan), the ex Jordan (Angela Lindvall), somebody collecting on his gambling debts, or the dead guy's illegitimate kid. Make no mistake, this is not the most novel episode of Hawaii Five-O. Which made the appearance of HBO's new TV spot poking fun at every crime drama cliche even more amusing.

I have to quibble on some of the details as well - like how the bookie's minions must have been spectacularly stupid not to know that they were being set up, given how awkward it was for Kamekona to call them. He had to read what to say, for crying out loud. Did that not sound suspicious to them? Not to mention the slightly sappy caveat that our victim wasn't such a bad guy at the end? It all adds up to a less than great plot overall. Hawaii Five-O usually has something about each episode that distinguishes it from other crime shows, but not this time. Read More...



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