I begin my review this week with a very heavy heart. Usually, I spend Friday evenings leading up to a great new H50 episode having fun on Twitter, being silly with friends and doing a countdown to the start of the episode. But last night was different. Sitting with my laptop monitoring Twitter and watching CNN as the events taking place in Paris unfolded throughout the evening, was all such a horrible reminder of the crazy world we all live in that the idea of a frivolous, funny countdown just seemed so inappropriate. The writers of H50 decided much the same as they tweeted they wouldn’t be doing a live Tweet of the new episode like they’ve been doing every Friday this season.
Again, it all seemed inappropriate… having fun, being silly. But, perhaps, after spending hours watching the news, feeling shocked and helpless and horribly sad, having something frivolous to take the mind away for only an hour is something we really needed. It wouldn’t change a thing, of course. It wouldn’t make the ugliness of the world go away. And it wouldn’t heal those who had been so tragically touched by the events. It was only a little escape, for only a short few minutes, to see beautiful people, doing (what is for them) normal things, in a beautiful place. On such a sad & horrific day, a much needed diversion from cruel reality.
But even so, it was hard watching this week. All the usual excitement and expectations tempered by the overwhelming sadness. It’s hard, even, to write this review, to get into the fun and excitement of the episode, because it was a fun and exciting episode, full of twists and turns, unforeseen events and unexpected revelations. It was just what we needed.
Adam: As seems to be a trend this season, the episode started by jumping right into action. I have to admit, when I saw Adam being taken, wrists bound, on what was most definitely a death march through the jungle by Tom Bishop and another goon, I fully expected Adam to suddenly jolt awake from the terrible nightmare, sitting, shaking and sweaty in bed with Kono snoozing by his side. I got really scared when I realized this was no dream and these men really were out there to kill him. I cheered out loud when Adam managed to get the drop on them and started to get away only to have to, in a fit of self-preservation, turn to attack. I really couldn’t believe it…. Oh God…Adam actually killed them!
I’m a bit torn about whether I like this turn the writers are taking with Adam. I’m glad he’s not just Kono’s rich, love sick puppy anymore but I’m really afraid where this is going to lead. I really like Adam and I’d hate to see him hurt, or God-forbid, killed in this storyline.
I’ve said numerous times in the past, it always annoys me when people (even those within the show, like Kono) say things like “Adam has changed” because I have never seen Adam as a bad guy who needed to change. Even after Hiro died and Adam really tried to be, he made a really lousy bad guy. Even now, involved in three murders (one as an accomplice), he’s not reacting like a bad guy would. No, he’s racked with guilt and self-loathing.
He’s off the hook with Shioma for the money and, for the time being, no one knows about the guys he killed in the jungle. And yet, Adam still feels the need to turn himself in, to do what’s right, because, Adam is not a bad guy! How refreshing to see Adam come clean about this, to face the consequences of his actions, not just go on as if it never happened, pretending all is well. So wonderful there’s no need for Kono to find out later and have Adam blather on about how he didn’t tell her because he was “trying to protect” her. Honestly, if one more person says that to someone on this show I might put my foot through the TV! This way, Kono can stand by him, support him, and help him in any way she can. Adam is not a cold blooded killer. He only acted in self-defense.
When we met Ian Anthony Dale on the red carpet at SOTB he asked all of us what we were hoping to see in the upcoming season. We all threw out our hopes and wishes. I told him, for instance, I loved that bathtub scene between him and Grace and wouldn’t mind seeing another one. His answer had the entire crowd laughing… “Hell, I wouldn’t mind doing another one!!” Oh…how he was holding out on us. LOL They were starting to film this episode just 2 days later so he knew at that moment what was coming. While this storyline has me nervous over Adam’s fate I’m thrilled Ian is getting such meaty material to work with and doing a fantastic job with it as well.
COTW: I have to say, I actually enjoyed Hank Weber, the con man. Watching while he and Katie pretty much cleaned out everyone in HLN baggage claim was highly entertaining. Damn, they were efficient. Makes me think twice about walking around in happy, vacation distracted crowds with anything that’s even remotely mobile ever again.
I really enjoyed Hank and his interactions with the team. He was funny, repeatedly lifting Lou’s wallet and Lou’s reactions to him. I got a kick out of Hank in the rendition room too, because I’ve always loved the fact the room has a drain in the floor. A subtle, sadistic little clue that if you’re sitting in that chair you better start talking… now! Hank had some great one liners in this episode too. Calling Steve and Danny “Starsky & Hutch” was my favorite line in the whole episode. And saying to Steve…. “”I think that happy-go-lucky got beaten into submission by ornery and forceful while you were still in the womb.” Hysterical!
I know there are people who are tired of Danny bitching about Steve always driving his car but I love the continuity of that running gag. So I especially enjoyed the different way it was addressed this time with Hank supporting Danny’s argument with his dissertation on how, technically, Steve is guilty of stealing Danny’s car. The icing on the cake? Danny’s face was simply priceless.
In a lot of ways, Hank reminded me of Johnnie D from Season 1, another thief who was funny, charming and extremely entertaining. But, unlike Johnnie, Hank had a much darker agenda than lifting jewelry and snow globes.
San Francisco Detective Abby Dunn… welcome to Five-0: I have to admit I was a bit distracted with Adam and Hank and didn’t pay a lot of attention to Abby. I like the idea that she’s obviously strong and intelligent and obviously extremely good at her job that the SFPD would consider her as the “McGarrett” of a similar task force in San Francisco. She and Chin, obviously, since it’s rumored she’s to be his new “love interest”, seemed to hit it off, but I didn’t feel the sort of chemistry I felt last week between Steve and Lynn. Of course, it’s a bit early in both relationships to be talking about chemistry just yet.
But Chin and Abby worked the Chinese gun investigation like an established well-oiled machine and it’s pretty clear Abby “likes what she sees” in both the way Five-0 conducts business and in Chin himself. I’m looking forward to seeing where this leads. I also hope, if Abby is going to be in several episodes, we get to see her team up with Kono a couple of times. About time the ladies of Five-0 kicked some butt!
Gabriel: When WoFat died, I assumed, unless an entirely new character was brought in, Gabriel was going to be the new Big Bad. He was leading a drug cartel so he had the credentials to be a pretty good bad guy, but, I was a little worried about whether he could ever truly fill WoFat’s highly polished, expensive shoes. Well, fear not. Gabriel may not be WoFat but he’s proving to be a force to be reckoned with nonetheless.
I know there are those who really don’t like when the team is split into different stories and while I agree with that to a certain extent, I do like when they tie the stories together. This time, they managed to tie together not only two but three seemingly separate stories and all at the hands of Gabriel Waincraft. He had his hand in absolutely everything.
I’d seen the BTS pix of Adam with Shioma and Gabriel and wondered what the hell that could be all about. I never expected it was because Gabriel had paid off Adam’s debt to Goro, essentially freeing him from that albatross around his neck. Adam’s death march and ultimate need to kill those men should never have happened but, you see, Gabriel was a bit too busy stealing and reselling those Chinese weapons and didn’t have time to call Goro’s men off. And Gabriel has that power only because he used the money from the gun sale to sweeten the pot with Goro and get Yakuza backing for all his future dealings. Oh, and lest we forget, that little hidden agenda of good old Hank Weber. The entire “long con” was merely a set up to trick Five-0 into installing spyware on their mainframe so Gabriel can have total access to what they are doing.
I do like the scheme of Steve’s to allow Gabriel to believe he’s succeeded, that Five-0 doesn’t know about the virus, so they can play their own “long con” on him. I’d like to get the chance to see Hank again, because I did enjoy him, but also because he has four murders to answer for. But most of all, I want to see our team turn the tables on Gabriel and see how he manages to get out of it again. Because, I have no doubt he will and be a boil on the butt for a very long time.
Is Gabriel a worthy successor to WoFat? WoFat’s agenda was squarely aimed at Steve and the McGarrett family. Of course, the rest of Five-0 was affected but only because of their love and loyalty to Steve. Gabriel? Yes, he has his personal vendetta with Chin, but Gabriel is not limiting himself. He’s after Chin, blaming him for Malia’s death. He’s kidnapped and tortured Kono on her honeymoon. He’s shot and almost killed Adam and has made him a murderer. The fact that Gabriel basically saved Adam from Shioma can’t bode well for whatever he has in mind for him in the future. As if hurting their Ohana wasn’t enough, by infecting the Five-0 computer system, he’s set Steve, Danny and Lou on his trial even more. Now he has the Yakuza backing him too. Oh yes, Gabriel may not be WoFat but he’s showing he has what it takes to be just as formidable as WoFat ever was. To the writers…. nicely done.
Extras: Steve and Danny checking to make sure they still have their wallets after Hank leaves. Funny how Steve had to check, since he never seems to have his wallet. But, of course, he’d have to have it this time since Steve……
…..was getting ready to leave to take Lynn for the coffee and malasadas he’d promised her last week. I’m so glad the writers remembered this episode is “next week” and it’s time for their second date. This is what I’m hoping for. If Lynn is to be Steve’s new lady that we have mentions of her, even if we don’t see her so we know she’s still in the picture. Hopefully this will continue in between when she is in episodes.
It was great to have Danny back this week. His reactions to Hank throughout the episode were very funny. As a matter of fact, he was smiling and smirking a lot in this episode like he was really enjoying himself. I especially liked his teasing Steve about his date with Lynn and offering to “talk to her and set her straight”. You know, no matter what Steve says, Danny and Lynn will actually have to meet eventually. I just can’t wait to see that!
You know I just love the guy, but I could have down with just a little less of Jerry this week. I understand him being a bit jealous about Abby being sworn in and getting a badge the moment she walked into the office but I think it could have stopped right there. Jerry is not an idiot and shouldn’t be written as one. He’s smart enough to know he is not a cop, nor has he any credentials to ever be anything more to Five-0 than a consultant.
As always, I loved that we got to see Duke in this episode. As a matter of fact we got to see a lot of Duke this time. Not only did he help Chin and Abby with their case, he also was there to assist Steve and Danny with Hank. Anytime we get to see Duke is a joy and the more we see him the better.
I really loved the references to not one, not two but three all-time favorite TV shows. I’ve already mentioned Starsky & Hutch which, in my teenage years, was my most favorite show. There was also Jerry’s mention of Alcatraz which, of course, he starred in. And lastly, a subtle little mention of another show of my teen years. When Abby was explaining about her new task force, she mentions that “Inspectors Stone and Keller are two of my best”. Stone and Keller were the lead characters in the show “The Streets of San Francisco”. Again…nicely done.
Have TPTB at Five-0 made a deal with the Humane Society of Hawaii to gainfully employ as many of Honolulu’s cats as possible? This is the third time in recent memory a cat, or in this case, multiple cats have played a role in an episode. I’m just really sorry Steve didn’t at least pet one of the furry little ninja’s this time around.
So, there we have it. Another really good episode. Next week, we get to look forward to Danny undercover as a college professor. Between Danny in glasses, Eric being his crazy self and young co-eds coming on to the professor, it promises to be a really fun episode. Can’t wait!
Have a great week my friends! Aloha. Malama pono.
NOTE: Once again this week, not all photos are mine. Where I have used photos from other sources, I have given credit where appropriate. If there is no credit given, that screen cap is mine.