Last week’s H50 season premiere was pulse pounding, as I’d expect a premiere to be. Many times, after such an episode, the next one is a bit more, I guess you could say, low key. I’ve never figured out if that’s a deliberate thing or just a matter of viewer perception. I mean, every episode can’t be over the top, action packed, save the world types of episodes. This week’s episode, written wonderfully by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt was not what I would call low key at all. It had me on the edge of my seat and managed to do it the old fashioned way. Not with drones, explosions and military grade weapons but with something just as powerful……pure raw emotion.
It was all about the fathers in this story. Lt. Jeff Larkin, US Navy SEAL, fighting for his country overseas and not even aware of the war going on at home to save his little girl. Eric Porter fighting to save a child not his own. Jason Hollier grieving and traumatized with guilt over the death of his baby girl. Danny and Grover…two fathers who have both been on the other side of that terrifying telephone call.
My take (in no particular order):
• In usual Five-0 fashion the story starts off with a red herring. Making the dad of the kidnapped girl a SEAL even though it eventually had nothing to do with the case made it more of a connection for Steve. The theme of a “family” man ran through this entire episode and through practically every man on screen. There were 5 family men in this story, 6 if you include Steve in the total and I do include him. When Steve told Angela Larkin that she and her family were Ohana to him that spoke volumes about how SEALs see each other and the bond of family they all share. When something happens to one of them, they take it personally!
• I also have to comment on the music as the SEAL team is deploying. It was incredibly moving. Made my stomach do all kinds of flip flops of emotion, pride in what these men do for us every single day. Keith Power and Brian Tyler really do an awesome job with the score each week. They add a layer that always makes every story better.
• The whole child kidnapping thing has been done…dare I say, even overdone on Five-0. I mean, I’ve lost count of the number of children that have been taken on this show. So when I saw the promos and press releases about another child taken I was a bit disappointed. But this story did not disappoint me at all. I was following along quite nicely when the phone rang in the Porter household and I realized …oh damn…they grabbed the wrong kid. I was not expecting that one bit and the not so run of the mill kidnapping case had me totally hooked. I should have known better than to believe the promos and sneak peeks. Silly me!
• As a long time LOST fan I fully expected William Mapother to be a creepy sinister bad guy. How nice to be wrong about that. Having the motive for it all be revenge and not money, was a great twist and another reason why I love this show so much. I love it when I look at the clock and its well past the half hour and I still have no clue who the bad guy is.
• And who the bad guy was had to be one of the most heartbreaking scenes I’ve ever seen on this show. The flashback to the crash when Jason Hollier’s daughter is killed is a scene no parent can watch without being on the brink of tears. Jason taking Sophie, thinking she was Maggie, was unthinkably wrong but the grief and guilt he was weighed under is even more unthinkable. The fact that he couldn’t go through with his threats and his remorse for taking Sophie shows that he was ultimately a good man brought to the brink of insanity by grief at all he’s lost. Honestly, for a moment there I was scared to death he was going to turn the gun on himself.
• And Caroline Porter. Even with what Jason did, it is Caroline I see as the true villain in this episode. She’s a mother and yet she allowed faulty child safety seats to be sold. Ok maybe I could understand if she thought the one failed test was a fluke but she didn’t. She KNEW those seats were faulty and she not only let them be sold she had all the evidence destroyed and had her people threaten Alan Pollard into silence. His confession was another one that brought me to tears. It wasn’t stated if he was also a family man but the grief in his voice at the loss of baby Olivia made me think he was too.
• My hubby was chuckling at me when I literally screamed at the TV “DON’T KILL HIM….YOU NEED HIM” when Steve and Danny caught up with Michael Wiley, the guy who took Sophie. When will these guys learn that killing their one chance at finding what they need isn’t the best approach?
• Everyone who knows me knows I am a McGarrett girl through and through and while I like nothing more than to see Alex on my scene as much as possible in reality it doesn’t mean I have to see him be “Captain America” every single week. After 4 years there is nothing Steve has to prove to me in the bad-ass department. He is the leader of a team. A damn fine one at that. Six well trained, well equipped and highly intelligent people and I am more than happy to see stories that relate to them as well. Yes, I know, there are several McGarrett arcs which have not yet been resolved. But Peter Lenkov has already stated we will see many of those things tied up in the 100th episode. So for now, I’m willing to wait and watch the other great actors on this show take some spotlight.
• I’m looking forward to seeing Danny take an active role in dealing with Reyes. Personally, I could care less about Matt Williams. It was a nice story back in Season 1 but if we never see him again I won’t cry over it. I am looking forward to this for the chance to see Scott really stretch in the acting department. We all know the actors LOVE the character stuff and Danny dealing with his family or any threat to his family is sure to bring a KILLER performance from Scott.
• And I have to say I am LOVING Jerry as a pseudo part of the team. I just really like having him around. There is something else going on with him besides his “ongoing investigation” into the book store going by that little exchange he had with Kono in HQ. I wonder if Jerry ever did try to work in the real world but his conspiracy laden mind sabotaged him. He seemed to know a bit more about the nature of a corporate cover up then just what he learned on this case.
• There really wasn’t too much for Kono to do in this episode. I loved her as the undercover delivery person but other than that she didn’t do much but man the magic table and talk to the kids. Well, I’m sure she’ll have more to do next week. Everyone can’t be front and center every week after all.
All in all this was a very enjoyable episode for me. I don’t need explosions and car chases every week. A story that engages my mind and touches my heart is just as enjoyable. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt have a wonderful grasp of who these characters are and I look forward to every episode they write. They have yet to disappoint me. Can’t wait for the next one.