A #H50 #SOTB Review – The View From My Sofa


It’s Sunday morning. I should be doing all kinds of different things but I’m not. I’m still on my sofa, lap top at my fingertips, searching, viewing, saving anything and everything I can absorb from last night’s Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Sunset on the Beach. This, after I spent all night last night watching it all unfold on my computer.

First off I want to say a huge thank you to Mike Gordon (@crankydad) and everyone at the Star Advertiser (@StarAdvertiser) and Honolulu Pulse (@honolulupulse) for stepping up and providing not only a great live blog of all the festivities but a continuous live video feed from the red carpet. Thanks to their efforts we were treated to great red carpet interviews from several of the Five-0 stars.

I’m not going to try to do a complete review here. There are plenty of them out there and from writers much more talented than I, those with much more experience than me and from those lucky enough to actually be there. So I’m just going to give you my take on why this event is so important.

Most of us who watch and love this show do it from locations very far removed from Hawaii. While some of us have been lucky enough to be able to visit Oahu there are many many more who will probably never get there. To be able to share in this event, through the internet and social media gives us the opportunity to feel like we are “part of it”, that we’re not just a number on some ratings list somewhere but really are part of the Ohana. I mean, think about it. I know plenty of people in my everyday life who watch this show who have no idea there is a social media world that swirls around it. They didn’t watch SOTB online, because they don’t even know it exists. WE know because WE are part of the Ohana. That makes it special and I for one am very proud to be a part of it, even in such a miniscule way.

And for the people of Hawaii, especially Oahu, it is a huge thank you given from the heart of everyone associated with the show. As Alex said so perfectly, on stage and with practically every person who interviewed him on the carpet:

“People let us into their homes,” he said. “We block their streets off when they’d like to get their kids to school. They let us blow up their cars. They let us trample their doors in. They’re the unsung heroes. Without our Hawaii Ohana, we don’t have a show.”

Yeah, it is a hell of a lot of fun to watch the festivities, to see all our favorite stars interacting with the fans and to hear them interviewed on the carpet.  I’m also completely willing to admit to raging fangirling  over all the gorgeous guys and how amazing they always look.   And I fully admit to displaying a shocking shade of green while I sat and watched and wished I could be there too.  SOTB is all those things but it also means so much more.

So thank you Peter Lenkov and all TPTB, the entire cast and crew, the people of Hawaii and everyone who took pictures and videos and posted them so we could all share online a night of great fun and the anticipation of a great new Five-0 season. Mahalo nui loa

NOTE: NONE of these photos are mine. All of these photos are courtesy of Honolulu Pulse

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10 thoughts on “A #H50 #SOTB Review – The View From My Sofa

  1. Nicely put, Linda. It was a fun morning, and I’m sure there is still more to come.
    I’m very happy that so many were willing to share their experience with all of us. And that there are people out there who put all this wonderful stuff so nicely together for us to enjoy.


  2. jlopie1 says:

    I’d like to add my thank you to Mike Gordon and everyone at Honolulu Pulse/Star Advertiser for stepping into the void left when HNN chose not to live stream. It’s fine and wonderful to see all the pictures and reviews the day after, but it’s just not the same as watching live coverage and getting to feel a part of the festivities! Thanks, Linda, for verbalizing what SOTB means to the fans outside of Oahu and unable to get there!


    • I was so disappointed when I thought we’d not get to see any of the fun when HNN pulled out. Even last night, their live stream of their newscast wasn’t working so we wouldn’t have even been able to see the short cut aways the beach they promised. If it wasn’t for the Advertiser and Honolulu Pulse we would have missed it all. THEY ROCK!!


  3. auntof3 says:

    Thank you for putting words in my mouth. I enjoyed the red carpet festivities last night as well – and spent quite a bit of time fangirling over all of the pretty. But at the end of the night, I was happily grateful – to have the opportunitiy that I did to watch things unfold, and to have a show that coming back soon that I enjoy, and that will soon take its place in television history as a show that made it to 100 episodes, and beyond.


    • Thanks for reading. Yeah…100 episodes is not something to sneeze at. There are many good shows that never make it this far. I’m thrilled we heading into a new, 5th season and I hope it goes on for many more.


  4. Kim millar says:

    Enjoyed that Linda. As a fellow fan viewing from a couch, I agree with your assessment. Looking forward to your comments on the upcoming season. 🙂


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