(new) Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

the new Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

A will-this-do? of a Thanksgiving episode commences with the traditional Five-0 and friends game of touchdown football, with Tani deputising for Danny as one of the team captains. Obviously the Big Kahuna is in charge of their opponents. Before it can get too insanely competitive, though, there’s been a death: a housebreaker has been found crushed to death under the safe he was trying to expropriate. But another thief, inevitably ignoring a house full of valuables, then drilled the safe in order to try and find something specific. Just once, I’d like TV procedural housebreakers to empty the whole damn house, rather than stealing to order. The something specific is a valuable baseball card, and the thief’s motives are interesting, but perhaps not quite explored enough.

Because the other half of the episode is given over to Lou and his extended family, all staying with him for Thanksgiving. His parents (Gladys Knight and Louis Gosset, Jr.,) are an absolute delight. His brother Percy (Clifton Powell), on the other hand, is provocative to the point of being sociopathic, and would be none the worse for a particularly vicious punishment beating. Which Grover is finally about to administer, until he realises that their parents are watching. This being H50, it obviously ends with both hugging and learning, but by that point Percy had got under my skin to the point where I was willing Grover to change his mind and smack his brother into a coma, if necessary with Gladys and Louis witnessing the whole thing. Our old friend Tony Almeida directs, incidentally, and the episode’s shortcomings aren’t his fault.


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Fox’s Last Man Standing this Friday drew 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week to match its revival lows.

Leading out of that, The Cool Kids (3.8 mil/0.7) returned down 20 percent to mark series lows. Proven Innocent (2.1 mil/0.5) dropped 32 and 20 percent from its premiere.


CBS |MacGyver (6.6 mil/0.8) ticked up. Hawaii Five-0‘s double pump did 7.1 mil/0.8 and then 7 mil/0.8, steady week-to-week with the first serving delivering Friday’s biggest audience.

ABC |Fresh Off the Boat (3.1 mil/0.6) dipped a tenth, Speechless (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady.

NBC |The Blacklist‘s double pump did 4.3 mil/0.6 and then 4 mil/0.6, steady in the demo week-to-week with the opening hour delivering a season high in audience.

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THE PERFORMER|Susan Kelechi Watson


THE EPISODE|Our Little Island Girl” (Feb. 19, 2019)

THE PERFORMANCE| Watson’s talent for playing This Is Us‘ down-to-earth Beth is something we’ve celebrated on multiple occasions in the past. But her turn in this week’s episode, as Beth rediscovered a part of herself she’d long tamped down, was revelatory.

Where to begin? We loved watching the formidable mother return to her childhood home and get cowed by her own formidable mother, causing Randall’s wife to regress to her quieter, less-assertive self. This version of Beth didn’t say a lot, but Watson used nervous body language to communicate how uneasy the character was about triggering Carol’s disappointment and disapproval.

That unease eventually gave way to fury, and when it did, Watson was incandescent. “There’s no air around you, no air to breathe. No air to be sad. No air to fail,” she said, giving Beth’s anger a edge even though it was communicated via whisper. And if you ever need a master class in shedding a character’s layers, just re-watch the moment when Beth admits that she’s ashamed to tell Randall that she just wants “to be that little girl that dances again.” Watson stripped Beth down to her younger self in an instant — passionate, vulnerable — and we couldn’t get enough.

And then that finish, when a newly invigorated Beth danced her heart out at the studio? Every single one of those present-day moves were Watson’s, and she employed her entire body to convey Beth’s joy at being back in ballet slippers. The sequence was marvelous, largely because Watson was on fire. Those energetic pirouettes! Those graceful arms! We hope she’s staying limber, because we’re hoping to see a lot more of Watson-as-Beth in the studio moving forward.

Freema Agyeman New AmsterdamHONORABLE MENTION | During this week’s New Amsterdam, Freema Agyeman took us on a quietly emotional journey as her character Dr. Helen Sharpe went from the high of nascent romance to the low of bittersweet loss. The episode began with Helen and her new beau making out like teenagers in a diner booth, and Agyeman was so giddy and buoyant in the moment that we almost floated away with her. But Helen’s happiness was fleeting: After bonding with an opioid-addicted baby, the aspiring mother was forced to part with the child that she was on the verge of adopting before the little girl’s MIA father entered the picture. Through it all, Agyeman’s performance was so achingly tender and beautifully understated that we felt Helen’s loss like it was our own.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMYHONORABLE MENTION |The Umbrella Academy’s Vanya Hargreeves is on the verge of a breakthrough (or a breakdown, depending on the hour), and Ellen Page plays every emotion as fluidly as her character plays the violin. The Netflix series’ eighth episode begins with Vanya feeling guilty after her power surge killed two men and injured another. She also feels inadequate because she can’t conjure her powers on command. Page’s innocent expression and quiet voice convey Vanya’s feelings of childlike self-doubt, initially caused by her father. Page smoothly transitions that sadness into relief once Vanya learns to control her powers; confidence when she explains her abilities to her sister; rage when she feels belittled and manipulated; and terror when she thinks she may have caused another death. Vanya‘s emotions are chaotic, but Page skillfully makes that madness mean something.

Hawaii Five-0 Ian Anthony DaleHONORABLE MENTION | Reluctant Yakuza boss. Construction worker. Task force leader. Full-fledged Five-0 member. Adam Noshimuri’s life has taken so many turns, it’s easy to forget all that he has been through, especially since wife Kono gave him the (off-screen) hook. But when given the chance to surface Adam’s aggregated sense of loss, Ian Anthony Dale made the very most of it. In helping Hal, a deaf homeless man (Children of a Lesser God‘s excellent Bob Hiltermann), give his estranged daughter’s child the greatest gift of all, Adam felt a new appreciation for ohana — namely the one he has accumulated over the years in Five-0’s orbit. Following a tearful FaceTime with an overjoyed Hal aka “Pop-Pop,” Adam turned to dinner guests McGarrett et al to emotionally profess, “You made me feel like a part of something. Made me realize I’m not alone. I do have family.” Cheers to that.

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OK, guys, let’s have a discussion about how accurate a TV show has to be. Let’s not just talk about Five-0, I only use it as a stand-in. Talk about any show you like.

What started this discussion was the wrong naming of two buildings frequently used on the show. Five-0 Headquarters is not located at the Palace, as they have more than once said. But on the other hand no police force, special or not, is located in the building they use as HQ. And even worse 😉 there is no such thing as a Governor’s Task Force. So, does have the show an obligation to use the right names for their fictional HQ? And if they don’t do that, does it bother you?

Well, there are many things that bother me on various shows. But the name for a building is not one of them. Yes, these are historical sites, but isn’t this a ‘problem’ in general? They rename buildings all the time. They sell us police headquarters which are located in any kind of buildings. Museums, or whatever fits the look of ‘their’ building.

Five-0 renamed Queens Medical into King’s Medical. But nobody complained about that. Or that they use a wrong aerial view of the hospital. But that is exactly what I tried to say above, that is creative license because it fits their view of things. Nothing wrong with that, in my opinion.

Where I draw the line is law of physics, law of nature, or actual events. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor. Or landmarks like Diamond Head. All things most people know by heart. But honestly, who knows how the Palace looks like if you haven’t been to Hawaii, or saw a good documentary about it? Who knows if there is a parking garage under it? OK, that one made me laugh out loud.

You for sure can’t get your education from a TV show.

And what really bothers me, are medical facts. You just can’t change those. But they frequently do so anyway. 😉

So, what is it that drives YOU up the wall?

And please remember, every opinion is welcomed here. There is no right or wrong. So, feel free to share your view of things.

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9.15 – Ho‘opio ‘ia e ka noho ali‘i a ka ua

As a dangerous hurricane hits Oahu, Five-0 is tasked with protecting El Diablo (Raoul Trujillo), a captured serial killer who is being hunted by an assassin. Also, Tani’s civilian safety check during the storm turns deadly and Rachel and Charlie evacuate to Danny’s house, where the ex-spouses reminisce, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated Ho‘opio ‘ia e ka noho ali‘i a ka ua to Made prisoner by the reign of the rain

Well, I don’t really have that much to say about this episode. In my eyes, another mediocre episode. The only saving grace, as so often lately, was Steve. Since I have very little to say about it I asked Cokie to help out. 😉

Sorry, guys, no pictures. But I am sure LeiCa will make up for that.

I don’t have a lot to say about this last episode either, but I do want to comment … mostly on things that bug me, so be warned.

There is a bad storm coming and people are evacuating. Rachel and Charlie are in the evacuation zone so it only makes sense they would go to Danny’s. I would do the same in the circumstances. But Rachel tells Danny that his daughter is safe in California and is enjoying herself, and the first words out of his mouth is about money. Poor him, footing the bill for his daughter’s school trip. Is there anything to make him happy? Well, other than waking up on the couch with his ex?

You really think it made sense for her to show up like that? And why on earth is Danny even home while every other police officer his helping to make it safe for everyone. Oh, don’t even get me started on that.

When we transition to HQ, I liked seeing that Junior was already in Steve’s office. Silly, I know, but I feel like Steve was bouncing ideas off him. He trusts Junior’s opinion and I like that.

Yes, Steve and Junior have a lot in common.

Love watching Steve waiting for the FBI to show up. He was ready for anything. I liked him telling the story of his friend and family. Even though this was an FBI operation, it suddenly was personal.

Tell me, how many people has poor Steve lost by now? Just wondering, you know.

Now back to the leaky ceiling with its box of utterly idiotic deodorant. I swear, I know I have come up with slim plot lines before, but this one is for the books. He has old deodorant in the attic that he brought from New Jersey 9 years ago??? That he has moved with him HOW many times in these last years? And she actually swooned when she smelled it like a 16-year-old with a crush. Gag me.

I like Rachel. I really do. She did some nasty things, too, but I still like her. But this whole scenario at Danny’s place was just nauseating. Sorry, but the worst so far. Oh wait, I think the worst was way back at that cheap motel when Danny slept with his ex-wife who was still married to another man. I believe she still is? Isn’t she?

I truly hope these two will get back together and then live happily ever after as far away from Hawaii as possible.

Here is an aside. Did you recognize the lead FBI agent as the neighbor, Jefferson, on Married With Children? I did not but my daughter knew him. All those guys had on body armor, yet it appeared they all were killed. But I didn’t see any blood. And I don’t want to go back and watch it again.

They all dropped like flies. 😉

Until we get to the fight scene. That was great. Steve was really in rare form. He surely had to have bruises on his back and his leg. That had to hurt! 🙂 OK, I do know this wasn’t real… 🙂

Awesome fight.

But the fight scene was THE scene in the entire show. The rest was a bit ho hum for me.

As I said, the only good thing about this episode. Steve large and in charge. Honestly, the only thing lately that keeps me watching. Don’t get me wrong, still love watching Steve… but the rest is just so… boring, stupid and a waste of time.

OH, I forgot about the poor sheriff’s deputy bleeding out in the basement. The one who we heard nothing else about after going in shock with Jerry and Web MD. Why was that even in there? To give Jerry and Grover something to do?

Awful. The whole thing.

A word about Tani. What a useless and meaningless storyline with her planning to arrest the family and then getting herself tied up. Utter waste of screen time.

I said that I am still not sure what to thing about Tani, but it comes clearer and clearer, I can’t stand that woman.

I give the show a C- and Steve and his fight an A+.

Same here. I really hope for some better episodes, some that deserve a real review.

Oh, let me just say one more thing. I know there was a small debate about the accuracy of HQ and the Palace, and a magic parking structure that suddenly appeared under HQ. Guys, this is a fictional Task Force. It doesn’t matter if they have a garage under HQ. Because it is not HQ of Five-0. There is no such thing. And I honestly don’t care if they call it Palace or Hale, or whatever. It’s not really there. It’s called creative license. We do it all the time. Everyone writing does that. And that is how it should be. You create what you need. This is not a documentary about historical sites. There are so many things you could wonder about on any given show, but really, why bother? Haven’t you learned that yet? 😉

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