Courtesy of Belle Anderson @SurfBelle2
Hi everyone! Wow…what a weekend I had. This past weekend was Beatlefest weekend. The one weekend a year where I get to go and hang out with friends I don’t get to see the rest of the year and celebrate the greatest band there ever was. Think of it as a non-stop 3-day Sunset on the Beach except that we don’t actually get to meet the Beatles, of course.
Thanks to the way Easter and Passover fall on the calendar this year, Beatlefest was held in April. It’s pretty much always in March which I have loved for the last 5 years because that meant it fell right in the middle of March Madness and, of course, that meant I didn’t ever have to miss Five-0. Unfortunately, this year, for the first time ever, I missed a first run episode of the show. And, of course, it means my review is late…. again. But at least, this week, I didn’t lay in bed late at night and read all the other blogs like I did last week. This weekend when I collapsed in bed, I actually slept!
But, never fear, the moment I got home and unpacked my bags, I settled on my nice comfy sofa and watched what turned out to be a really silly yet very enjoyable episode. Yeah, there were moments where even I was shaking my head but overall it was a nice episode to come home to, one that entertained without overtaxing my barely detoxified brain. Yeah, we tend to drink a bit at ‘Fest…. what can I say? LOL So please forgive me if this review isn’t up to par with previous reviews 😉
Once again, one of my least favorite things about Five-0, an episode with two entirely different stories going on simultaneously. But at least this time the entire Varsity squad worked one story while the Junior Varsity worked the other. If we absolutely must have two stories I can live with this. Of course, my sincere hope for Season 7 is we find a way to have good, well written, engaging stories, that are strong enough to engage the entire team, and a couple of the JV, and can fill an entire episode without the need to pad out the episode with a sub-storyline.
I did enjoy this episode. Even if it won’t go down as a favorite, for a filler episode that I know is just a bridge to move us further toward the season finale, it was a lot of silly fun.
Let’s start off with Iron Man. I’m sure there are those who will complain that Five-0 is supposed to be a police procedural and not a sci-fi adventure but I didn’t see this plot line that way. As a matter of fact, in my mind, this is the type of crime Five-0 should be handling. I mean, after six years, now going on seven, it has to be getting harder and harder to find totally new and innovative crimes for our task force to solve each week. I mean, it’s a small island. Homicide, drug runners, human trafficking, smuggling, etc. They’ve done it all, repeatedly, and I have loved every minute of it.
But, I have to admit, there are times when I thought the crimes of the week could have very easily been handled by HPD, that the skills of an “elite” task force really weren’t needed. Of course, if HPD handled everything we wouldn’t have a show, would we? LOL The theft of a top secret, high value prototype for a military weapon is precisely what Five-0 should investigate. I loved this idea… a lot!
I was a bit disappointed that the thief was just the disgruntled ex-employee and that he only wanted the suit so he could take a gun used in a high profile murder from the HPD evidence locker. I mean, you could do anything with a suit like that, perpetuate all kinds of dastardly deeds not to mention make yourself a fortune selling the thing to any number of foreign enemies of the state. And you use it to steal a gun from HPD? Wouldn’t it have just been easier to find a dirty cop to bribe?
It’s also a bit hard to believe that a suit designed to be completely unstoppable and indestructible could be taken down just by T-boning it with an SUV. Seriously, you spend 80 million dollars developing a state of the art suit of armor and you don’t take into consideration that the enemy might ram it with a Humvee or something?
But even with these shortcomings, I enjoyed this part of the episode as a bit of escapist fun, not to be taken too seriously. In that regard, it worked just fine for me. And I just adored seeing the team hiding out in all that tall grass. I can’t help but wonder if the cast had as much fun and was laughing as much filming this scene as I was watching it! LOL
I have to say I think I enjoyed the JV story of Maisie the Elephant even more than the Iron Man stuff. I had never heard the story of Tyke the elephant until Peter Lenkov mentioned it back on Twitter/IG when they were working on this episode. I looked it up at that time and my heart just broke for that poor creature, frightened out of his mind. I was horrified by what HPD had to do to stop him. I liked how the writers used that story to fuel this one.
I liked the tie in of Isabel and Jerry, as children, having tickets to the circus for the night Tyke escaped and how the story of what happened to him affected Isabel so much she decided, as an adult, to fight for the rights of animals. Anyone who dedicates their life to the safety and welfare of defenseless animals will always have a large warm spot in my heart.
I enjoyed the way Isabel was introduced, meeting Eric in the elevator. Poor Eric. No matter how hard he tries he just can’t seem to shake the Jersey boy attitude, especially when a beautiful girl is too close to him. LOL I know I’m in the minority but I really love Eric. Just like his Uncle Danny, he has his rough edges but he is outstanding at his job, he’s a good and loyal friend and he has a heart of gold.
I know there are those out there who like to tag Eric with the “misogynistic” label but honestly, I don’t understand that. I looked it up.
mi·sog·y·ny (məˈsäjənē/) – noun: misogyny. Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.
Considering that Eric not only loves women, he practically oozes adoration for them……
Like I said above, this storyline was perfect for me because, again, if we must have a second story, it’s nice that no one from our main team needed to be pulled away for it. Eric, Max and Kamekona all agreed to help their friend Jerry and were all won over by Maisie herself. I adored the happy, satisfied looks on all their faces when they were successful in getting Maisie on that freighter to Thailand.
I do wonder though, just how did Isabel get Maisie into the jungle? She didn’t have the original truck she was going to use and she didn’t have Kame’s truck yet. What did she do? Lure Maisie with peanuts to get her to follow her into the jungle?
The CGI used for Maisie was pretty obvious and I know there had to be a better way to do it so it looked more natural but I can overlook it. Yeah, it could have been better but it’s not like they could have used a real elephant and the CGI didn’t take away the warm-hearted feeling of the story one bit. Actually, I thought Maisie was really cute!
I’m a little concerned about that container they put Maisie into for her trip to Thailand though. I mean that’s a long damn journey. It would be pretty dumb to rescue her from a horrible situation only to lock her in a dark box for God knows how long it takes to get where she’s going. But I’m just going to go with the assumption that, although we didn’t see it, they knew exactly what they were doing and Maisie would be well taken care of for her trip.
Lastly, the part of this filler episode which was obviously the bridge to future episodes, specifically to the next episode. Kono finds out that, three months ago, Gabriel paid Adam a visit in Halawa. Kono questions Adam about it and he tells her that Gabriel offered him a job and he told Gabriel to, basically, take a hike. He didn’t tell her about it because he didn’t want her to worry about him, didn’t want her constantly afraid that Gabriel would have him killed because he turned him down.
Kono tells Chin she believes Adam yet she tracks down the prison guard who was on duty the night Gabriel visited Adam and tries to grill him on what Adam actually said to Gabriel. I have to tell you; this development bothers me. Why is Kono having trust issues with Adam? Just because he didn’t tell her immediately that Gabriel was there? These two worship the ground they each walk on. What is Kono thinking? That Adam took Gabriel up on his offer and is lying to her? I guess we’ll find out soon enough but for now, I don’t care for this development.
The two scenes between Steve and Danny were also very telling. The cargument over Steve’s non-plan to bring down Iron Man “with a couple of pistols and our righteous disposition” was classic Danny and Steve had no problem with it, as usual. But the last scene, with the Iron Man suit spread over Danny’s desk, was a different story. While Steve had no problem with Danny’s ranting in the car, having Danny say he wanted to keep the suit because it would keep him safe from Steve and his antics, really got under Steve’s skin. I have to agree with Steve here. I adore Danny but his constant complaints that being around Steve is hazardous to his health is getting pretty old.
Refresh my memory. Other than in the pilot, when has Danny been injured because of Steve? It could be my brain is still off line from this weekend, but of all the times Danny’s been injured, has any of it been a direct result of anything Steve has done? Help me here guys.
There you have it. A silly, nonsensical, totally enjoyable, fun little episode. Perfect for a relaxing evening in front of the TV. From the looks of next week’s preview and spoilers for last three episodes of the season, I’m thinking this may be the last relaxing Friday night of the season. Can’t wait to see what’s coming. Now off to read everyone else’s review!
Aloha my friends. Malama Pono
All screen caps are mine except where noted. Some are courtesy of CBS.