Courtesy of Belle Anderson @SurfBelle2
Sometimes coincidental things are just a bit too creepy. On Friday, my husband and I spent an hour on the phone with the electric company setting up service for our soon-to-be new home. Part of the package is an option for a home security system. You know, all the standard stuff plus fire and CO2 detection and video cameras for remote viewing. The ability to turn the system off and on with our cell phones. All the bells and whistles. We still haven’t made a decision if we’re going to go ahead with the full package or not but watching Friday night’s H50 was sure an eye opener.
I always thought you’d be completely safe in a house with so much security. It never occurred to me (although it really should have) how vulnerable you can be in such a house. Lulled into a sense of complacent security thinking you’re 100% safe only to find out how a talented hacker can take all your security and peace of mind away with just a few key strokes. A really frightening reality.
This was an interesting episode and, as always, I liked it very much. Here are some random thoughts (in no particular order):
- The beginning of this episode had me totally creeped out. It reminded me so much of those nights, many decades ago, of Saturday nights of baby sitting in unfamiliar houses with their unfamiliar sounds. Sure, we’ve seen the horror movie type of beginning a million times but that didn’t mean it still wasn’t pretty damn creepy.
- I know I’m not the only one who said out loud to Addison, “Girl… you know you didn’t take that phone upstairs or leave it in a room you never even went in to!” And everyone on the planet knows the one thing you never do when things get scary is go upstairs! But, of course, she couldn’t do the one thing she should have done, run like hell, because she couldn’t leave the baby.
- And speaking of the baby, if the beginning wasn’t creepy enough with Jacob Holm appearing behind Addison when she opened that door, seeing him walking down the stairs with that baby in his arms sure as hell was. One thing I didn’t understand though, was why he even did that. I mean, he already had Addison, why didn’t he just leave with her instead of waiting around for the Hiller’s to come home? Sure, tazing the couple so they couldn’t report Addison missing for a few hours gave him more time but he allowed them to see his face. If he felt he had to have that extra time, why not hide in the house and attack them without them seeing him? And why pick up the baby? He obviously had no intention of hurting her. He left her unharmed in her crib. So why pick her up in the first place? It made no sense but it did add to the creep factor which, I guess, was the entire point.
- Absolutely adored seeing Toast again. Our favorite pot head/hacker sure has come a long way. I completely love this development. Toast has slowly but surely been trying to better himself since we first met him. And better himself he did. A millionaire for crying out loud! “Poopy Penguin” ROFLMAO. I don’t know what was funnier. Danny’s outraged Penguin flapping over Charlie and Grace’s spending on the game or Steve being hooked on it himself by the end of the episode.
- Sending Toast and Jerry into the hacker’s den was a great scene. From Toast authenticating Jerry’s nerd credentials for entering and his face-off with Patrick over who had the original idea for “Poopy Penguin” and his use of outdated software to Jerry pulling his own Five-0 “credentials” to get the answers they needed, this scene was great. I really loved these two working together but I’m having a little trouble deciding which one is Scooby and which one is Shaggy! LOL
- The crime of the week was good but I have to admit it didn’t really grab me as much as I thought it would considering the way the beginning of the episode really freaked me out. Being so busy with house stuff, I haven’t had the chance to re-watch the episode. Was it ever explained just how Holm found out about Addison’s crime, or the embezzlement done by Jason Puttnam? What was his motivation for forcing these people to confess their crimes? Was that ever explained or did I just miss it?
- I totally loved Addison. What a strong willed young woman she is. She very quickly came to the decision to face the consequences of her actions, even after seeing the vile things her “friends” on Facebook were saying to her after he confession. Not taking Holm’s bait to kill herself but fighting back and almost bringing him down to his knees all by herself. It doesn’t excuse her crime one bit and I’m sure she’s heading off to jail for what she did. But it was nice to see a woman on this show be a fighter instead of just a victim.
- I did enjoy the secondary story very much even though it added nothing to the overall plot of the episode and it had nothing to do with the crime of the week. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, if we must have a secondary story, I can live with it as long as one of our main team members isn’t peeled off for that story. So, I enjoyed that while the main crime fighters were dealing with the crime of the week, our secondary story revolved around Kamekona, Flippa and Max. I loved Max’s projected calm and hearing cousin Flippa sing (Shawn Garrett’s original song) was a lot of fun. I don’t know what I laughed at more. When the tourist couple happened upon them on the beach and the wife said “Oh look…natives!” or the Walton good night round robin as they settled down for the night.
So there you have it. Another one in the books. I liked this a lot but I don’t see it going down as a favorite in my book. It was an enjoyable way to spend an hour on Friday night with my favorite crime fighters. But I think if they would have cut the Gilligan’s island stuff (although I really enjoyed it) and used that time to flesh out the crime of the week, make the whole crime as suspenseful and creepy as the beginning was, it would have been a lot better.
Have a great week my friends. Next week’s episode looks like a real winner. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next. Aloha. Malamo Pono.
Sorry….incredibly busy this weekend. No time for screen caps!