(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS


International criminal/drug cartel head Alejandro Vega, off of the FBI’s Most Wanted List, surrenders to the HPD. He’s so evil he’s known as El Diablo. Jerry fanboys a bit about how he’s done a deal with the Devil, or something. El Diablo, I mean. Not Jerry.

Three days later, there’s a hurricane coming, which the Five-0 deal with in a variety of ways. Junior and Tani, the new guys, get sent out onto the streets to round up anyone ignoring the evacuation orders. Danny plays mummies and daddies with Rachel. And Steve, Grover, Adam, and Jerry are at HQ, where they suddenly have to deal with a Diablo-related request.

You see, the hurricane has halted El D’s transfer to the least pleasant supermax prison on the mainland. HPD’s safe house is in the evacuation zone. And El Diablo has escaped from custody four times before. So where can he be stashed until the storm blows over? Well, in the Five-0’s rendition facility, that’s where. I didn’t even know that they had a rendition facility, but it just turns out to be the place – the Blue Room – where they carry out their interrogations. Steve has a little skin in the game, because one of his friends was, of course, killed by El Diablo. Of course.

But then someone gets behind the security cordon at HQ and kills a couple of redshirts. Understandably the Five-0 think the intruder is coming to break El Diablo out. But hold on, I was thinking – didn’t he just surrender? If you did that just so you could break out, mind you, that would be badass. Not so, though; the stranger wants to kill El D, for reasons which are revealed fairly swiftly. So now Steve needs to protect the world’s most wanted etc. There is a very good fistfight. And meantime Tani has found herself being held hostage by a family which really doesn’t want to evacuate. There is a very good shootout, involving the contents of a fridge. It is, in fact, a good episode, with a nice little premise on which the show largely delivers. (And El Diablo does, at the end, try to escape. Respect.)

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Luka, a young musician friend of Flippa, is murdered, and his van stolen in the process. A cursory investigation of Luka’s background reveals that he’d just paid around $5000 to Annie, a 15-year-old girl, one of whose hairs is recovered from his clothing. So we know where we’re going, right? Well, no; Luka was also a family therapist who had been counselling Annie, who is gay and whose idiot parents want to send her to Idaho for “conversion therapy”. So Luka had been arranging for her to go to a sanctuary home in Hawaii, while also giving her money for legal advice.

The idiot parents are called in, confirm that they’d had a PI investigate Luka, and explain that this isn’t about torturing Annie; it’s about her “spiritual welfare”. Steve has the demeanour of a man who’s about to use his fists to effect some “conversion therapy” of his own. But then the stolen van is spotted on CCTV, with recent prisoner Connor Russell at the wheel. There’s no connection between Russell and Annie’s parents, but after a bit of digging it turns out that Russell is a white supremacist, and there’s scientific evidence which suggests he’s been making a fertiliser bomb.

And thus the plot takes another twist, as the Five-0 tries to hunt Russell down before he can detonate his bomb. There are two postscripts: one in which Annie, now emancipated, pays tribute to Luka; and another in which Grover tells Steve about a racist incident he endured in Illinois. I wondered whether Chi McBride might have had some input into the writing here, although I may be wrong (and I don’t want to downplay the role of the actual writers).

Anyway, a particularly interesting episode: H50 is generally very keen on extolling the virtues of America, so it might well have been bracing for some of its audience to be reminded that tolerance and humanity are among those virtues. I suspect, therefore, that there might have been viewers who didn’t like it for that reason. Too bad. I did.

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“O ke kumu, o ka māna, ho‘opuka ‘ia” – While Adam investigates the murder of an undercover FBI agent about to wed the daughter of a Yakuza leader, Noelani is held hostage and forced, along with her mentor Dr. Chu (Page Leong), to operate at gunpoint on a criminal, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“O ke kumu, o ka māna, ho‘opuka ‘ia” is Hawaiian for “The Teacher, the Pupil – Let it come forth”)


OK, again, what is Adam’s qualification to be a Special Task Force member? None needed? Got it. Now he is investigating a murder? OK, I give up on any kind of logic.

REGULAR CAST:
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Kimee Balmilero (Noelani Cunha)

RECURRING CAST:
Brittany Ishibashi (Tamiko)

GUEST CAST:
Page Leong (Dr. Chu)
Alexander Wraith (Aleki)
Sonny Saito (Masuda)
Ernest Bailey (Al Walters)
Teri Reeves (Abby)
Tierre Turner (Gunman #2)

WRITTEN BY: Rob Hanning & Ashley Dizon
DIRECTED BY: Brad Turner

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The body of Jason Kamaka, a scientist in Nostromo One, an underwater research lab, washes up on the beach. His throat has been slashed so the Five-0 is called in: Steve and Danny pull rank and opt to remain on land, sending Adam, Tani, and Junior (“Hooyah”) down to investigate. And, as there are still four others on board the lab, all of whom are suspects, it’s essentially a classic country house murder transported to the bed of the Pacific Ocean.

The set designers have a certain amount of fun with the premise: all of the Nostromo doors open, with a hissing sound, at the turn of huge wheels, when presumably handles would work just as well. But it’s the weakest episode for a while; the lab’s secret purpose is underwhelming, and the oxygen supply starts running out at about the same time as my patience. Steve saves everyone, of course.

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“He kama na ka pueo” – Five-0 investigates the murder of a man whose body may hold the key to a 20-year-old case involving a kidnapped girl whose father never stopped looking for her, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

(“He kama na ka pueo” is Hawaiian for “Offspring of an Owl”)

REGULAR CAST:
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Chi McBride (Lou Grover)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Jorge Garcia (Jerry Ortega)
Meaghan Rath (Tani Rey)
Beulah Koale (Junior Reigns)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Kimee Balmilero (Noelani Cunha)

RECURRING CAST:
Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa)
Charlie Saxton (Ricky Schiff)

GUEST CAST:
David Shatraw (Daniel Nettles)
David Lee Smith (Wade Henderson)
Thomas Blake Jr. (Michael Manoa)
Rachel Chambers (Emily Henderson)
Keisuke Hoashi (Basil Inouye)
Yvonne Iversen (Receptionist)
Stacy Paris (News Anchor)
Bobby Cabino (Manoa’s Hostage)
Victor Quintero (Dale Sampson)
Romel De Silva (Mana)

WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove & Matt Wheeler
DIRECTED BY: Jerry Levine

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