We Five-0 fans are very predictable. We spend every summer in rapt anticipation of what the new season will bring. We mourn the loss of some characters while we wonder what new characters will bring to the mix. Then the premiere arrives and we wait for our first “Book ‘em Danno” like a breath of fresh air. We long to see Ohana moments, carguments, action, adventure, humor, even something a bit over the top maybe.
Well, the premiere episode of Season 5, A’ohe kahi e pe’e ai (Nowhere to Hide) gave us everything we could hope for in a premiere and much more. Personally, I think it’s the best premiere we’ve had since the Pilot…all “three years, eleven months, and two days ago, exactly.” First, a bit of disclosure before I get started. For those of you who don’t know me or who have just decided to give this blog a try, let me warn you up front. I am NOT known for my brevity. I tend to be a bit long winded. It is a failing I readily admit to. So feel free to bail if you get bored. No hard feelings…I promise! So let’s get to it, shall we?
• You KNOW I have to lead with this one, right? Steve and Danny’s Psych eval! What could be more perfect than having Steve and Danny take their yearly evaluation together? Everyone keeps calling it “couples therapy” and I suppose that’s exactly what it was. I especially loved the flashbacks to the Pilot and how the team came to be together. This scene said it all for me, because that’s what sold me on this show from the very beginning. The bromance between these two men and what they forged together along with Chin and Kono. Not just a team…. Ohana! Oh…and can I say….I really do miss the tie!
• Abandoned Waikiki – here are our 1st “over the top” scenes. Completely implausible yet totally mind-boggling that they were able to film these as live shots on a beautiful Sunday morning. Having been on Queens Beach and Kalakaua Avenue on a Sunday morning myself, the idea of a totally abandoned Waikiki just doesn’t register. But there it was….. incredible! Time to adjust believability? Sure! Did I love it? Absolutely!
• Jet landing and then crashing on Kalakaua Avenue – and onto our 2nd “over the top” scenes. I have always looked to Five-0 like a James Bond movie. Bad guys are always coming up with more elaborate insanity and James is constantly getting put into ridiculous situations and getting out of them in ways that make you scratch your head and wonder…really? I judge Five-0 with that same yard stick. So yeah….planes landing and crashing on Kalakaua Avenue? Jerry being the one to bring it down? Ridiculous? Sure! Did I love it? Absolutely again!
• That drone attack on Queen’s beach was scary as hell. Again, having been there myself, the thought of such a thing happening is truly frightening. I can’t imagine how the folks at Sunset on the Beach, sitting there ON Queen’s Beach must have felt. I’ll bet more than one person turned and glanced over their shoulders on reflex.
• Bad ass everyone! We are so used to Steve being a total BAMF it’s 2nd nature to just shrug our shoulders and accept that the guy can get gunned down by a military drone and take a bullet to the thigh, bemoan the fact that he now can’t drive (yeah Danny gets to drive!! “My leg will heal…don’t get used to it! LOL) yet still be able to leap out of the car to chase down the bad guy on foot. Old news! LOL So it was really great to see, in a little subtle nod to the Pilot episode again, Kono get to show off her fantastic right cross. Grover took down his guy nicely, as well. And then there was Danny.
• Oh please, Mr. Lenkov, please let us have more bad ass Danny. Going one on one with the fleeing car, lying in the street was great but when he started walking toward the car, all determination and swagger, ejecting the empty mag and reloading….damn! My heart gave more than just a slight flutter! And jumping back on the parked car to kill the bad guy who was trying to squash him with the car? DAMN! I am a McGarrett girl through and through but in that moment my heart belonged to Danny!
• There was very little I didn’t like in this episode but one thing that leaped out at me (a week and a half ago actually, when I saw the sneak peak) is during the Psych eval when Steve says they recruited Kono to the team because they “needed a female”. Now it’s very possible he was referring to the con they were pulling on Sang Min and their plan needed a woman to work. That, of course, makes perfect sense. But the way it was said at the therapy session made it sound like the only reason Kono was kept around was because she’s a woman. We, meaning those of us who have been watching this show forever, KNOW that is not the case. That Kono was kept on the team because she is as bad ass as the boys regardless that she’s a woman. But for new viewers who may have been watching Five-0 for the first time…I think that line could have been written better.
• The script for this episode was tight and fresh and the flow was perfect. The twist in the plot, a usual H50 maneuver, to make you think one thing then switch it up, was done exceptionally well, as it always is. The use of the entire team was also done very well, mixing and matching with everyone getting adequate screen time. And I love how they worked Jerry into the mix and teamed him with Grover for the take down.
• Like Steve said at the beginning …not just a team…Ohana. Everyone one is there to escort Steve home from the hospital. Laughing and joking with some of the best lines ever. Grover telling Steve there should be “some kind of loyalty program. Like, they’ll give you a card and every fifth bullet extraction is free” and Max describing Danny as Steve’s “deeply cynical, misanthropic, short tempered partner” ROFLMAO I think that is THE best description of Danny I have ever heard!
• I also loved how once the episode was seemingly over, it really wasn’t and we were left to watch 4 distinct story line arcs get their start.
Kono wants to marry Adam but she’s worried about the lives they lead and what could happen to them. Considering what they’ve already gone through that’s not an unreasonable way to feel. Anyone else get just a bit scared for Adam when he proclaimed he’s “not going anywhere”? Oh please…let’s break TV convention for once and not make that the kiss of death…please!!
Chin is being followed by Internal Affairs again. Poor guy. It feels like he’s had people peeking through his windows for years. His visit to Gabriel at Halawa was understandable to try to get IA off his ass but I’m forced to think…..in episodes to come…that 25 million might become very attractive to someone in need of cash to save a loved one.
Speaking of which…Danny arrives home to find an unwelcome visitor waiting. Marco Reyes seems to be looking for Matthew Williams and also seems to think Danny knows where he is. Seems likely Gabriel’s money may play some part in this storyline going forward, no?
And then there’s Jerry. Oh dear, conspiracy laden basement dweller, still driving mommy’s car, our comic relief. No, actually. Well, yes, but not just that! LOL Seems Jerry is on to something with the guys in the bookstore and unfortunately they seem to also be on to him. Look out Jerry…someone may actually BE following you this time.
But what about Steve? Well, we didn’t actually see the start of a new storyline for Steve but, honestly, doesn’t he already have several? Catherine is gone and he’s going to have to deal with that. There’s that pesky PTSD problem we’ve yet to see explored. Doris is still gone with no explanation and, oh yeah, WoFat is still out there waiting to wreak havoc. So yeah, there is plenty to keep Steve busy for quite a while. He may be needing that analysts chair again someday soon.
Sounds like a VERY ambitious season to me! Can’t wait to sit back and watch it all unfold. This episode was jammed packed with wonderfulness. I know I wrote a lot and could have written more but I think I’m going to stop here before I bore you into leaving and never coming back! LOL I DID warn you brevity is NOT my strong suit but when presented with such great material it’s hard to narrow it down. I’ll try to do better next week. Next week……ohhhhh I DO love the sound of that!