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HAWAII FIVE-0 Season Finale “Oia’i'o” Review

HAWAII FIVE-0  Season Finale "Oia’i'o" Episode 24 – This episode started out with all the elements one would expect from a season finale, a government official killed in a car bomb with all of the evidence pointing to Steve. I figured that was WoFat and that Steve would figure a way out of it, but as the episode went on, things only got worse. The more Steve investigates, the more he discovers that everything begins to point to…..the governor?? Now that, I did not see coming. But before I can truly recover from that bit of news, things quickly start going  from bad to worse when a witness shows up and identifies Kono from the day they stole the money from lock-up. Meanwhile Steve keeps getting himself in deeper and deeper until he ends up breaking into the governor’s house  and holding a gun to her in an effort to get the truth. His plan  backfires when WoFat shows up, knocks him out, kills the governor and of course pins it on him, forcing Chin to arrest him. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/16/hawaii-five-0-season-finale-oiaio-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.24 'Oia'i'o' Review: 'Did We Just Jump The Shark?'

As a regular viewer of the original Hawaii Five-O, I was among those who dreaded a remake, but the majority of these twenty-four episodes made me eat my words. Unfortunately, the season finale of... //www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2011/05/17/hawaii_fiveo_124_oiaio_review

Hawaii Five-O Review: "Oia'i'o"

"Oia'i'o", the season finale for Hawaii Five-O, left a lot of things hanging.  The fate of Kono and McGarrett is really up in the air. Chin has made another tough personal decision. And, of course, Danno is going to have to make some major choices in the near future. Overall, there were a lot of thrilling, and unexpected moments, but there were some things that were slightly predictable. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/hawaii-five-o-review-oiaio/

HAWAII FIVE-0 “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau” Review

HAWAII FIVE-0  "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" Episode 23 – Steve and the team are hard on the tail of WoFat, but when they get to his place all they find are booby traps and Sang Min. They chase  Min to a nearby house  and Danny is exposed to a deadly chemical, nearly dying before they figure out what happened. So instead of continuing to hunt  for the elusive WoFat, the team instead finds themselves on a new case, looking for the person who planted the poison and trying to stop what they think is a possible terrorist threat. For me, that whole storyline was really just the catalyst to the real storyline – which was Rachel and Danny. After finding out what happened to him, Rachel races to the hospital  and shows a lot more concern than I would have expected from an ex-wife. I knew that those two probably had some unresolved feelings for each other but it seems liked Danny pretty much admitted outright that he and Rachel have been having an affair. That’s how I interpreted what he said to Steve anyway. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/09/hawaii-five-0-ua-hiki-mai-kapalena-pau-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'Hawaii Five-O' 1.23 'Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau' Review

This week's  Hawaii Five-O  is a perfect episode of how my brain gets ahead of my viewing experience. Common sense tells me that despite being exposed to sarin, Danny isn't going anywhere, because Scott Caan is a regular with a contract. This normally would ruin an episode for me, but the  H5O  team seems to anticipate that criticism and turns in an episode that is much less about putting him in peril and more about the case that leads our heroes to unravel. We open hot, with Five-O trying to bust Wo Fat at a local house and ending up chasing Sang Min (Will Yun Lee, dressed ridiculously bright this week) instead. It's a pretty great opening sequence, possibly one of the best the show has had so far. There's lots of running and lots of shooting, which is fun to watch (but also makes you wonder who has to deal with all the shell casings and property damage). We see Sang Min try to cut a deal with Steve (by walking into headquarters no less), and get one more clue in the form of a service medal. If there's one thing I don't like about the furthering of our show's mythology this episode, it's that it feels like Jenna is just a little  too  helpful. She has the intel on Wo Fat that leads to the raid. She knows about sarin. She does her best Dr. Cal Lightman impression. Her having all the answers isn't going to make me accept her; she has to endear herself to me as a character and I'm not sure she does. Read More... //www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2011/05/10/hawaii_fiveo_123_ua_hiki_mai_kapalena_

Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau"

The beginning of "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau" had me wondering if I had somehow missed an episode. I know that Agent Kaye had been investigating Wo Fat for McGarrett, but it would have been nice to get even a hint of what eventually led the Five-O to the front door of one of Wo Fat's safe houses.  With the end of the season looming large I suppose some things can be forgiven, especially with all the information that was jammed into this story that centered around an investigation of possible bio-terrorism. It wasn't bio-terrorism really. It was pretty much straight forward murder with a loose connection to a bio-terrorist organization. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/hawaii-five-o-review-ua-hiki-mai-kapalena-pau/

HAWAII FIVE-0 “Ho’ohuli Na’au” Review

HAWAII FIVE-0  "Ho’ ohuli Na’ au" Season 1 Episode 22 – Tonight’s episode featured Rick Springfield as a photographer who gets blown to bits by the daughter he abandoned twenty years ago. I’m not going to say any more than that because the real story in this episode was all about Chin. Now that his aunt has passed, Chin’s uncle is ready to take responsibility for what he did and confess that it was he who took the money from evidence. Now you’d think that this would be a time forcelebration  but you’d be wrong. You see, if Chin’s uncle admits what happened, all of his cases could be called into question. Literally hundreds of people that he put away could end up out on the streets again. Unwilling to let that happen, Chin does the unthinkable (at least to me anyway); he tells IA that he did indeed steal the money and in order to prove it, he goes to a known loan shark  on the island so he can borrow the cash and produce it. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/02/hawaii-five-0-hoohuli-naau-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'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... //www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2011/05/03/hawaii_fiveo_112_hoohuli_naau_review

Hawaii Five-O Review: "Ho'ohuli Na'au"

Tonight's episode was fun, but the real meat in "Ho'ohuli Na'au" came from the side story focusing on Chin and that infamous missing money. Not long ago Chin had revealed that he took the fall after his uncle had stolen money from a police evidence locker in order to save his wife's life. Chin's aunt passed away, and his uncle tried to make things right for Chin by going to Internal Affairs and confessing to taking the money. Chin, being the man that he is, decided to tell I.A. that he had actually stolen the money, not his uncle. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/hawaii-five-o-review-hoohuli-naau/

'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... //www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2011/04/19/hawaii_fiveo_121_hoopai_review