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Hawaii Five-0 1.18 “Loa Aloha” Review

At this point in its first season, Hawaii Five-0 seems perfectly content to rely on relatively straightforward standalone plots without much progression to the season-long arc. (That, in itself, isn’t necessarily a bad thing... When the standalone plots aren’t engaging enough, though, it feels like wasted time.) Despite some (sort of) interesting developments with Danno, last night’s episode was more of the same - ‘Loa Aloha’ may have had its occasional decent moments, but it was mostly disappointing, with a significant amount of it spent focussed on a boring case-of-the-week. That case essentially boils down to being about a man named Travis (whose son died in prison after being charged with a DUI) seeking revenge on the judges (and lawyer) he sees as responsible for his son’s death. It all begins when the first of the judges receives an ominous phone call on his 60th birthday, only to then watch his daughter fall to her death after the zip-line that she’s on snaps (due to a remotely detonated explosive). As you can probably guess, Travis aims to make his victims feel the pain that he did... by murdering their children. From that point onwards, it’s unsurprising where the story goes and really, it’s just not all that interesting or compelling. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/WVOfmmtJSP0/49308

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.18 'Loa Aloha' Review

As we established with my review of last week's  Hawaii Five-O , I really like it when things blow up. I especially like it when it comes as part of a great plot. This week's episode is the total package. We meet Danny's younger brother, Matt (Dane Cook), who appears to be successful, fun and likeable, but of course things can't ever be that simple; they'd be boring if they were. By the end of the first act, Steve and Danny are made aware that Matt is the focus of a federal fraud investigation, and on the verge of being indicted. I know that I decried stunt casting last week, but I'm actually very happy with this week, because I don't think it's a stunt; Cook is very well cast. I admit to being skeptical because I'm not a fan of his stand-up material, but he's a capable actor who has a great rapport with Scott Caan and has the added bonus of physically looking like he could be Danny's brother. His performance makes Matt is both ridiculously likeable and yet capable of deceiving both other people, and himself. The plot also allows Scott Caan to shine yet again, in one of his best performances of the season, not to mention that it lets the more serious side of the relationship between Danny and Steve come out. We see them banter every week, but we get a great reminder that they also support each other. As we near season's end, this is the kind of great material that I want to see, and I wouldn't mind seeing Dane Cook make a return appearance; given the way the episode ended, I'd think he probably will. Matt is Danny's version of Victor Hesse - an ongoing albatross around his neck, except this one isn't a villain he can hate. Read More... //www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2011/02/22/hawaii_fiveo_118_loa_aloha_review

Hawaii Five-O Review: "Loa Aloha"

Forget the story about the bomber seeking retribution against the officials he held responsible for his son's death on " Loa Aloha ." It was just okay. But it soon became nothing more than filler when considering the gripping tale of Danno and his younger brother. Dane Cook was the ideal choice for Matt, the height difference notwithstanding. The comedian pulled off all the subtle touches that revealed his character, from his interactions with Grace to the clever way he ambushed Danno with Rachel's presence. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/02/hawaii-five-o-review-loa-aloha/

HAWAII FIVE-0 “Loa Aloha” Review

HAWAII FIVE-0 "Loa Aloha" Season 1Episode 18 – Danny’s little brother Matt comes to the island for what should be a fun visit but surprise, surprise, he’s also in trouble with the Feds. Danny finally gets the truth out of him and finds out that he actually did commit the crime but before he can help him through what’s to come, Matt decides to take off. Leaving Danny stuck with a decision to make as he stands on a tarmac with a gun pointed at Matt and trying to figure out what to do – uphold the law or let his kid brother go. In the end Danny lets him go but I think one of the most interesting parts of the whole story wasn’t so much about Matt and Danny as it was about Rachel and Danny. Matt seemed to have more than one hidden agenda when he got to the island, going out of his way to bring Danny and Rachel together as much as he could. At one point he even accuses Danny of still being in love with his ex. It’s a comment that goes by so fast that one could almost ignore it; right up until Danny goes straight to her after he lets Matt go. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/daemonstv/~3/0P6x1m_YGRY/