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9.07 – Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe

McGarrett investigates a cold case from the 1940s, one that his grandfather and the famous Honolulu detective Chang Apana worked on, and he tries to deduce how the case could have been solved. Also, McGarrett and Danny get ready for the opening of their restaurant, on the milestone 200th episode of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Nov. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The FIVE-0 cast appears as characters from the 1940s.

CBS translated Pua a’e la ka uwahi o ka moe to The Smoke Seen in the Dream Now Rises

First of all, let me say that 200 episodes is a great achievement. Not that many shows get to that number.

No matter what one thinks of Hawaii Five-0, the show has earned respect for running such a long time. And to be honest, they delivered some of the best episodes on TV. Yes, they also delivered some of the worst, but that is to be expected with such a number of shows. Not every single one can be great art. And by the way, a TV show very seldom is great art.

This show’s goal has never been to be an Emmy-worthy show; its goal clearly is and always was to simply entertain. And I think they did a great job doing just that.

That said, let’s take a look at the 200th episode.

I really hoped I would find the time to do a full review, but I just don’t have the time for it at the moment. Hopefully I will come back to it at a later point.

So, I will at least talk about the most important things of this episode, and give you guys a place to discuss it.

Before I start, a big Thank You to LeiCa for her amazing work this week. You can do a Movie-Quote-One whenever you want to. Thank you for the great pictures and the great quotes. I knew most of them, but placing them with the film is a very different story. And thanks to Kimphin for pointing it all out for us. Thank you for taking the time to do such an amazing comment.

And, LeiCa, feel free to make a simple picture post with your amazing SteveScreenShots. The floor is yours. 🙂

OK, now on to the episode. 😉


My initial reaction wasn’t the best. I thought the episode was boring and disappointing compared to the other ‘milestone’ ones. BUT I thought I’d give it another try and watch it a second time. It couldn’t be that I didn’t like the 200th episode.

So, I sat down and watched again… and I loved it. It was still not as good as number 100, but it gave us another glimpse into the real Steve. Again, what an amazing character he is. I loved his scenes with his Granddad’s old buddy. The ones in the restaurant, and even more so at the grave. Milton’s look of awe was just that. Awesome. And Milton is oh so right, they would be very proud of Steve. Heck, I am proud of Steve. LOL

And Kudos to the cinematography, it was brilliantly shot and colored. I have no idea how accurate the details actually are, but it certainly feels very right. I am normally not into these kinds of films, but I loved the cars and the clothes. Really great job.

I also loved the casual Steve, the one in the present. And I loved, LOVED how he solved the case in his sleep. Steve has a great analytical mind, trained by years with NI. And it is always such a joy to see that mind at work.

As you can see, I LOVED every aspect of Steve in this episode. I also really liked Jerry and Grover. Didn’t care for the singing Tani, good job though. But I can’t stand that kind of music. It was fun watching Junior dealing with a flirty surf student.

But most of all, I loved that Steve finally came to his senses, and ended this horrible story line of a restaurant. We will probably see it again once in a while, but I am OK with that. As long as Steve is no longer involved in that crappy story which dragged on for way too long.

The episode deserves five stars from me, although it’s not the same quality five stars as 5.07, but good enough.


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