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“Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i” – After Steve’s CIA agent friend is killed, McGarrett lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Also, Tani wrestles with whether or not she will tell McGarrett about the murder weapon she found at Adam’s house, on the ninth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The episode, titled “Cocoon,” is a retelling of the original series’ pilot episode and was written by the late Leonard Freeman, creator of the original “Hawaii Five-O,” and current executive producer Peter M. Lenkov. Mark Dacascos returns as McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat.

CBS translated Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i to Cocoon

When the original H50 premiered, many of us were not even born. 50 years ago a show based in Hawaii had its debut. Although people can now easily travel all over the world, a lot more easily than 50 years ago at least, Hawaii still feels like the paradise on the other side of the world. So, the scenery still is a huge part of H50’s appeal. Many people get their weekly fix by tuning in and enjoying the beauty of the islands. Escaping from the daily routine for an hour. Diving into another world.

We had to wait long months to do that again; hiatus felt awfully long this year. But now they are back on our screens to entertain us. Let’s see if they managed to do that with their premiere episode.

Way back when… 50 years ago, I was a teenager. I remember watching Hawaii Five O and I remember Cocoon. It has stuck with me for, well, 50 years. I did not know it was the first episode of the show until very recently. TV way back in the dark ages was very procedural and the characters were not totally fleshed out. I must say that Steve McGarrett was a character like that. He was wooden and to be totally honest, pretty much boring. I did not watch the show to see him. Rather, I watched Hawaii Five O for a couple of other reasons: first, the iconic theme song drew me in. From the minute I heard it, it was in my head. And secondly, I totally fell in love with Hawaii, which was by far, the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Watching the show allowed a teenager to dream that one day maybe she could go there. It took right at 50 years, but I finally made it. 🙂


I was only three when the show premiered, so, obviously too young to watch it. But I watched reruns a few years later, and remember that I thought it was boring. 😉 But I loved the music and the scenery. Didn’t care for any of the characters. Years later it was Magnum who reminded me of the beauty of the islands and that I had to go there some day.

Well, that day was finally this year.


The reason I went on a dream of a lifetime vacation was due to… you guessed it… Hawaii Five 0 (now with the zero). In 2011, Sam and I met through fanfic comments and our acquaintance morphed from short reviews on each other’s stories to beta work and proofing of stories to emails and ideas for storylines and then on to co-writing. And finishing each other’s sentences. We’re good at that, too.

Yep, we are. We can practically communicate without even saying a word. Scary. 😉

So, thank you Hawaii Five 0 for bringing me full circle. I cannot imagine my life without all the fun that this show has brought me. This show brought us all together, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

I have met such amazing people thanks to this show. Made friends all over the world, and met my sister from another mother. 😊 So, yeah, eternal grateful for all H50 brought into my life.

So, enough of my/our maudlin reminiscing. Let’s talk about Cocoon, the Second.

From the first Cocoon, the only thing I remember is the chamber and the stuff in the eyes, nose and ears. I think it freaked me out. I didn’t remember the bad guy (which I now assume was the first Wo Fat) or how Steve got out. I do remember he was reciting multiplication tables to keep sane. At least, I think that is the case… I didn’t go back to watch it.

I honestly have no recollection of ever watching the original episode. And I tried to avoid spoilers for the new one as much as I could. For me, it’s more interesting not to know. Some spoilers are fun, but some take all the fun out of an episode. But spoilers yes or no is a whole different discussion, so, back to the show.

Let’s start at the beginning. Flashbacks. Honestly, this would have had more of an impact if they hadn’t spoiled the show in the first two minutes, but I’m not the director. The shock value would have been greater had we seen that as it was actually happening and not in flashback form.

Yeah, I too thought this was not a good start for the episode. I normally like to tell stories in flashback mode, but I think it would have been better not to show it right up front.

It was good seeing Mark Dacascos, but I was expecting a little bit more of him. He was the best bad guy they have had. But cue the opening…

Wait, let’s talk about Wo Fat for a minute. I was laughing my head off over some of the speculations how he would be back. No one could figure it out? Give me break. Wo Fat IS dead, he’s not coming back other than in flashbacks or hallucinations. And how he would be back in this episode was as clear as day.

I wish they would have shown more of Wo Fat, not in this episode, I think this was the perfect amount, but over the years after the fantastic season five episode. Steve went through a terrible ordeal back then; it was such a horrific experience. I wished they would have shown us more of the aftermath, of his struggle to work through it. Or shown us anything, really. In the next episode he was back to normal. But I guess that is how the show works, do something to the character, and forget it. Wasn’t the first time, and surely not the last.


Anyway, back to 9.01.

When we return, Steve and Junior were burying a boat-load of cash in the back yard. Really? Steve is no idiot. He would know what a bad idea this is. First off, why have the cash lying right there in the open while you are digging the hole? I envision Eddie digging it all back up. Because he’s such a good boy… And like I told Sam, Steve has a perfect hidey-hole in the floor boards of his office. I mean, Mom used it for twenty plus years, so it must be good.

Rofl. Honestly, I don’t know what to do with that scene. I mean, how stupid is it to bury that money? And if Steve doesn’t want to make it official, doesn’t he have a great safe at HQ? And by the way, should we ask where that money is from? Is this money after tax, or is it even legit money? Shouldn’t Steve and Danny think, and know such things? But I guess on Five-0 it doesn’t matter. Seriously, aren’t cash transactions restricted? They are in Europe, and for good reason.

I’m sorry, I know most people don’t even think about such things. But I do. I always ask if something is even possible, or legit, or at least in the realm of possibility. You know, with one eye closed, or suspending belief completely. But OK, fine, whatever. What I’m saying is… this was just stupid.


And then we cue to the week’s victim. A CIA friend from Steve’s past has been murdered. Of course, Steve is on the job.


With his sidekick. They are given access to the man’s apartment and my first question is this… when they saw the smoke in the fireplace, shouldn’t they have known that the guy was still in the vicinity? Maybe they should have finished checking the house. But, I do find it lucky that this guy has a fireplace in Hawaii so the bad guy could burn the evidence. How convenient is that?

Wow, you are on a roll today, aren’t you? Yes, how convenient was that fireplace! And the question needs to be allowed, why did he burn it in the first place? Why not just taking the book and getting out of there?

But if that was the case, we wouldn’t have had the fight scene.

That is true. And you’re also right, they should have cleared the room first. But, oh well. 😊

And of course, it was all Steve’s fault that he killed the man who was quite intent on killing him.

His sidekick told him to just shoot him. Excuse me, but why didn’t HE shoot him? Can’t get his gun out, or what? And yes, of course it was Steve’s fault. Seems like nothing much changed over the hiatus. More about that later.

But mid-argument, the CIA shows up and want to take over the case.


That’s going to go well, right? Of course, all Danny focuses on is the fact that Steve and Greer have a past. Before Catherine. It was nice of Danny to bring up the fact that Steve is living as a monk. If he had bothered to notice, he would have quickly picked up that Steve didn’t wish to have that discussion.

OK, let’s stop here for a moment. So, Lynn his gone? Huh, not a big surprise since Peter Lenkov said from pretty much the start that Lynn wouldn’t be in Steve’s future. They would have some fun together, and that’s it. And that is how I took it. I even liked Lynn. I really enjoyed their island adventure. But it was clear as day that they were not in love, and surely Lynn wasn’t the love of his life.

I feel sorry for all the people who hoped for her to be more than a fun interlude. Don’t understand how they got that idea since she was barely in the show at all. And clearly not written as the big love interest. But sometimes we are so set on something that we can’t see the reality. LOL, quite funny to talk about reality of a TV show. 😉

Anyway, I loved the Cath mentions, and clearly there is more to come. Bring it on.

But he didn’t bother. At least Steve got his point across when he locked the car door.


Steve has a meeting with Greer and we learn a couple of things; the CIA has a mole, no surprise there. We also get a bit about their hook up. It sounded pretty vague and seemed to be over in a short time, but somehow she met Catherine and knows about Steve and Cath’s relationship. It was nice to hear Cath’s name brought up even though she isn’t around at the moment. As for the mole, Greer wants Steve to let her know who it is after he finds the person. Right…

LOL, yeah, raise your hands if you didn’t know that she was the one. Geez, what else is new.

They follow the clues from the burned papers in the fireplace which leads Steve to go undercover on the ship. I shall go very shallow here and comment on sweaty Steve swinging a mallet. I believe the word is “thud-worthy”. Enough said.

Ehm, yeah, shallow is allowed from time to time. May I ask how he got that job on such short notice? No? OK, I won’t.


He finds the cocoon inside and gets photos and devises a plan to get himself captured so that he can catch Kang. I’m not sure why he is sure the cocoon won’t kill him, but Steve knows best.

Hey now, Steve is trained for such things. 😉

The team isn’t too happy with the plan, but all go along with it… with plenty of grousing along the way.

As predicted, Steve is captured and oops, he finds the mole right off the bat. None other than Greer herself.

What a surprise!

Someone dresses Steve in an Elvis rubber jumpsuit minus the sequins and puts him in the sensory deprivation cocoon for more than six hours, only getting him out when he begins to hallucinate. Of course, those hallucinations are of Wo Fat killing him, which shows that Wo Fat is still on Steve’s mind.

Thankfully Steve makes a good figure in that ridiculous outfit. And yeah, I am sure Wo Fat is still very much on his mind.

Apparently the plan worked and they get him out of the water and buckle him back onto the backboard. As predicted by Kang, he tells them the information for the mole to take back to her bosses. Of course it is the planted information Steve had just memorized, but poor Greer doesn’t know that. Greer leaves and sees something outside, causing her to call in the troops. The firefight ensues as the team gets closer to the ship.


Kang orders for Steve to be drowned out in the ocean but when he turns around, Steve is magically gone. OK, someone please tell me how he was able to get out of that when both arms and both legs were buckled down and they had a belt across his chest. He isn’t Houdini. Ninja SEAL, yes, but that one took a lot of talent and finesse. Not to mention that NO ONE in that entire room noticed what he was doing???

LOL, you are thinking way too logical. Who cares how he got out!? Well, I do! I was like “what the f….”! I hate such stupid writing.

Anyway, the SEAL Team of One pretty much mopped up the rest of the bad guys until he and Kang flew through the window and into the water. It looked like Kang had the upper hand until the cavalry in the form of Danny shot Kang in the head and pulled Steve from the water.

SEAL Team of One! I LOVE that.

And there we have the homage to Cocoon Number 1 when Steve says he has known Danny for fifty years. OK, I’ll admit it, I thought it was clever. And, of course, the boys have to snark at each other. Welcome to another season.

I must say, I almost liked the sidekick in this episode. The ribbing seems less mean-spirited than it had been the last few years. I hope they will continue this way. On the other hand, he was barely in this episode, so I guess that helped. But I think it was a good start, and I truly hope he won’t continue being a complete ass this season.


I had some immediate thoughts about the ending, and I guess the next episode. Greer knew she was being watched before she left the dock – that’s why she called Kang. So, if people saw who she was, her cover was blown. If/when she finds out that Steve is not dead like she thought he would be, then she has to know that her cover is blown. And, if she learns that Kang is dead, then she would know her cover is blown. What the heck does she plan to do? She is CIA and not an unknown. Surely she knows that the gig is up. I assume that next week, she will have her last hurrah.

LOL, yeah, her cover is kinda blown, isn’t it? Guess she will be on the run.


Somewhere in the midst of all this, we had the angsty stuff about whether or not Tani is going to tell Steve about Adam and the gun. I. Don’t. Care. She should have gone to him immediately and all this hemming and hawing is simply stupid. A waste of time that could be used for something else. Like maybe digging that hole a little bit deeper so that water from the hurricane won’t erode the new dirt and allow the money to float away.

I. DON’T. CARE. Let’s make it capital letters. This is so, so stupid. Tani, either you’re an officer, part of the Task Force, or you’re not. IF you are, you have to tell Steve. And he would turn in the gun. No doubt about it. I have no idea why they are dragging it out like this.

I thought the episode was good and it was so nice to finally see them back in action. It has been a long summer! I give it a 5 out of 5.

Yes, it’s been a long time since the last episode. I truly enjoyed the show, it had the right amount of action, case, and most importantly didn’t have a second boring storyline. So, I also give it five out of five.


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