#H50 Review – 5.10 – Wāwahi moe’uhane – Broken Dreams

Well hello again and welcome to Hawaii Five-0’s first episode of 2015. An episode decidedly different than any we’ve seen before on our show. I have to admit I am one of those who Googled “film noir” when I first heard about this episode. I had heard the term before, of course, and was relatively familiar with what it involved but wasn’t 100% sure how it would translate for Five-0. Was it a true and complete interpretation of the genre? Not really, but I think they did a good job at getting pretty damn close.

Growing up, my father was an avid reader and a lover of films. I can’t remember a day when he didn’t have several books in progress simultaneously and he always encouraged me to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. As for films….in the days long before cable, video tape or DVDs, we would curl up in front of the TV watching the UHF channels whenever an old favorite movie of his would come on. His favorites, so inevitably mine as well, were mystery novels and detective films. Philip Marlowe, The Thin Man, Maltese Falcon, etc. So this episode with its old school voiceover from the hardened detective hit close to my heart.

And, as I am sure many fans have already noted, it also reminded me of Alex in Moonlight, the way Mick St. John would do the voice overs of the episodes and of one episode in particular. An escort is killed and Mick’s voiceover painted the sad picture….. “I’d been hearing the same story for decades. Small town beauty leaves home looking for excitement and gets it. Used to be it ended with her dancing in a cage on Sunset or, if she was lucky, living in some apartment paid for by a gentleman three times her age. But lately I’d been hearing something else”.

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So, obviously, this crime of the week was not an original idea by a long shot but I loved the way Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt took Peter Lenkov’s story and gave Five-0 a new spin on a story by going back and painting it the old fashioned way.

Favorite bits….

• I like it that the writers on Five-0 are not afraid to spread their wings and try new things and new approaches to the way they tell a story. As a show enters the later years of its run, especially a crime procedural, it must be very difficult to come up with new and unique ideas for crimes. Like I said….good girl goes to the big city and dies…is not a new idea. I’m glad the writers are using their talents to take a story idea and, instead of having it be a retread, they make it something unique…at least unique for Five-0. Some folks see these different types of episodes as “gimmicks”. I don’t know, maybe to a certain extent, they are. But, to me, they keep things fresh and interesting. Would I want it for every episode? Of course not. But I like that they are willing to think outside the box on occasion.

• I really liked William Forsythe’s detective Harry Brown. I found him very believable as the hard-boiled retired cop turned private detective who comes out of retirement to help an old friend. And, as I mentioned before, I really liked the voice overs used throughout the episode. Two of my favorites:

“Men like us are born to protect and serve. When somebody dies we could have saved, I mean, that doesn’t go away”.

When Harry said this, the look on Steve’s face and his sad and understanding “yeah…” said volumes about the ghosts and guilt that still plague him after all these years” 

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“No matter what they tell you, time doesn’t heal all wounds. When someone you love is ripped from your life, that scar stays with you forever. But the one bright light in all the darkness is knowing that men like Steve McGarrett are out there there making sure the good guys always come out on top”

I LOVE this last line of the episode. The only thing that could have made it better would have been for Harry to say “men like Steve McGarrett and teams like Five-0” since Steve isn’t the only one out there making sure the good guys come out on top. But then, Harry was using himself as the yardstick of comparison so it made sense he’d look at Steve alone at that moment of reflection.

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• Mindy Shaw and Danny: In the same way the writers aren’t afraid to tackle stories in different ways, they are also not afraid to highlight characters that are not considered core to the team. Dr. Shaw has been, up to now, a rarely seen character who was pretty much just an extension of Max and the ME’s office. I liked getting to know her a bit more and seeing her human side. I also really liked how Danny went out of his way to try to understand why she was feeling so upset and how he took the time to try to help her come to terms with her feelings. It showed why Danny has always been so good with crime victims, why he’s such a good friend and such a good father. That man is all heart in situations like these and I really enjoyed the interaction between him and Mindy. Will they be a couple someday? Who knows? As of now, I just really enjoyed their scenes together.

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• Steve and Ellie: I also really like the friendship that has evolved between these two characters. Like with Mindy and Danny, I have no idea if these two will eventually become a couple but for now, I like the friendship between them. I found it interesting how Ellie was trying to fix Steve up with a friend of hers. To me, it looks like Ellie knows about Catherine. She may not know her name or all the details but I think she knows that Steve is recently unattached and that he’s still really down about it. When Steve said “I really appreciate what you’re trying to do” that looked to me like this was something they may have discussed before, her feeling that he needs to get back in the game, that she feels bad that he’s alone and down and trying to fix him up in the hopes of making her friend happy. It’s a very sweet gesture on her part but I’m glad Steve is taking it slow at the moment. He needs time to come to terms with it all and jumping right back in to any relationship beyond friendship isn’t a great idea right now.

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• Another thing I like about Ellie is that we get to actually see what she’s good at. Back in Season 2, we were forever hearing about all the things Lori could do yet we never saw her do anything other than let bad guys get the drop on her and run a quarter of the way up Koko Head before twisting her ankle (so Steve could carry her down). At least with Ellie, if she spars to keep in shape, we see her doing it. If she’s a great fisherman, we see her actually catching a fish.

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• I’ve also seen some people complaining that Steve is back to his old habits of “using” the woman in his life for favors. First off, at this point in time, Ellie is not the “woman in his life”. She’s his friend and friends help each other out. Both times Steve has gone to Ellie for help it was within her scope as a Prosecuting Attorney to request warrants. And this time, Ellie’s office was already investigating the Hula company for suspected prostitution. Five-0’s investigation helped her get the evidence she needed to move against them. Seems to me the relationship between them is mutually advantageous.

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• I love the fact that Jerry has moved into Chin’s place for the time being. When Jerry asked a few weeks back if anyone was interested in a roommate I knew it would eventually be Chin who took him in since they’ve been friends since high school. I love having Jerry be part of the show but I’m a little confused as to what his overall purpose is at this point. I mean, now that his “dungeon of truth” is gone so are the resources Five-0 could have used on the more far-fetched cases. I hope they come up with something more for him than just comic relief.

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So…we’ve begun the second half of the season. A season, in my opinion, that has been an extremely good one. I have really liked most of the stories. I think the crimes of the week have, for the most part, been engaging and thought provoking. The action and stunts have been top notch as always. I am enjoying the Ohana moments we’ve been treated to as well as all the friendships being highlighted, both established and new.

Of course, this is the time of the year, traditionally, when the show really starts to heat up as we work toward the season finale. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. And I will be here, large pitcher of Kool-Aid at the ready, to continue to ride this wave on the positive side. Aloha and Happy New Year!

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10 thoughts on “#H50 Review – 5.10 – Wāwahi moe’uhane – Broken Dreams

  1. Wendy says:

    You always write such good reviews, and they coincide with what I was thinking every time. I loved this review, every point you made was what I’d thought at the time as I watched.

    The Steve and Ellie friendship is perfect, and keeping it as a friendship works for me. I’m not sure I’d want them to get together, it could spoil the relationship.

    Loved the Danny/Mindy scene. I just knew that something like that scene would happen after Danny saw Mindy crying in the hallway. He would just not be able to let that go without trying to help her in some way. That’s just Danny. I also wondered if Danny will look into the death of Mindy’s friend. Could be a good future episode for the two of them. As for them getting together, I don’t know.

    I agree with you regarding Jerry. He really needs to have a purpose on the show, other that comic relief. The fact he’s rooming with Chin was no surprise at all.

    Kono and Lou were not there too much this week, although the begin scene in Kono’s house was really nice.

    The crime of the week was interesting, but I wouldn’t like to see them use the voice over again. I didn’t really like it all that much, and I agree, they should have included the whole team in the ending voiceover.

    Thanks, again, for this great review of the first 2015 episode.

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  2. Thanks Wendy. I liked the COTW and I did like the voiceover but I wouldn’t want to see it again. It was nice as a one time thing. Looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us next!

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  3. rhondagemini says:

    Great review,Linda! You were spot on with every point! While I liked the voice over,I agree that it shouldn’t be used again. Looking forward to the rest of the season!

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  4. jlopie1 says:

    Yep, I certainly agree with most of your thoughts here, Linda! I was perplexed with the cold start to the episode, since we really never heard much about what to expect other than William Forsythe would play an old school gumshoe. But it was refreshing and definitely caught my attention right away! I LOVE how the producers and writers are creative – and confident – enough in their series and their actors to experiment with some different styles. I imagine it’s one way they keep the interest of their actors, too. Many episodes each season offer something different for the full time and the guest stars to sink their teeth into. William Forsythe was a perfectly cast PI for this episode.

    Enjoyed both of the new friendships we saw this week. Steve and Ellie are seemingly becoming good friends, and that onscreen chemistry Between Danny and Mindy that Peter talked about earlier is a nice addition. I don’t see either of these relationships becoming romantic – their both appears to be friendships. I guess we’ll see.

    Good COTW- plenty of twists and turns. The voice overs were rather unexpected. Although they worked in this film noir experiment, they would certainly not work in a regular H50 episode!

    Oh, Jerry! What ARE you supposed to be doing? Have you just latched on to the Five-0 team because they accept your ideosyncracies? I do like you, but I like Kamekona a lot more. Find a reason to be in an episode, or head to Maui with your mom, and let us see more of Kame. I think that story line, although cute, was unintentionally unappealing.

    All in all, an enjoyable episode and a great start to the new H50 year! Thanks, Linda!

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    • Thanks babe! I agree…given the choice between Jerry and Kame I take Kame every single time. I do love Jerry and his “idiosyncrasies” but the writers really need to find something constructive for him to do. I really liked the idea of having him in his basement with all this “intel” for Five-0 to tap into when “conventional” means weren’t available or working. But now…all his stuff is gone and it seems his reason to be there is too. Really makes me sad since I have loved Jorge since LOST and really WANT him to be an integral part of Five-0.

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  5. Pargertwo says:

    Great review! I really like the Ellie/Steve friendship. If it grows into something more in time that would be fine. I also especially like Mindy/Danny. I like the Amber character, but I never liked her for Danny – she just seemed way too young! I would really like to see Danny find some happiness, and if they aren’t going to bring Rachel back then I am good with Mindy. I really like the portrayals of both Danny and Steve this year so far. Jerry’s character is a little much for me, I can take him in small doses, and I definitely enjoy Grover and would like to see more of his family life. I really hope that we get a Season 6! H50 is the only show I watch!

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  6. Maggs says:

    Great review Linda loved the episode the gumshoe approach excellent looking forward to the next half of the season and if all the teaser chat is correct its going to be a blast ! DDK directing Steve & Danno landing them back in therapy I really can’t wait for this one ! thanks again Linda . Happy New Year .

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