#H50 Reviews: 6.24 Pa’a Ka ‘Ipuka I Ka ‘Upena Nananana – (The Entrance is Stopped with a Spider’s Web)
6.25 O Ke Ali’i Wale No Ka’u Makemake – (My Desire is Only for The Chief)
Courtesy of Belle Anderson @SurfBelle2
I honestly didn’t know where to start with reviewing these two episodes so I thought it best to do them as one since there was a common plot point that began in the first and ran into the second. I’m just gonna wing it with my rambling observations, if that’s ok with you guys? These may not be in perfect chronological order but I’ll do the best I can:
- I liked the way the meth case tied the two episodes together. Last year, we also had a two-episode finale night but the episodes weren’t connected. They were just the last two episodes of the season and could just as easily have been shown on two consecutive Fridays. This time, using the meth case, was a nice way to tie to two episodes together even if, in 6.24, the meth angle was pretty much dropped as soon as they found Gabriel.
Of course, that really couldn’t be helped since once they found Gabriel, the team did have their hands just a bit full. I mean, just how many Yakuza are there in Oahu and at Michelle Shioma’s disposal? There were like dozens of them. And all that shooting. It reminded me of the episode when Steve and Odell were trapped in his barber shop and the shooting seemed to last half the episode. Don’t the bad guys ever run out of bullets??? And also, were the hell were all the people? Other than that one moment when Steve shooed people off the sidewalk as they were trying to make their escape, the streets were conspicuously empty. I don’t know. The last time I was in Oahu’s Chinatown the streets were packed!
- Last week I called Shioma a woman of pure ice. I was not wrong. Damn woman! Impeccably dressed, lounging poolside as her children have a swim lesson she was the picture of a well-to-do suburban mother. Listening to her, without missing a single beat as she casually dried off her daughter, not only callously telling her men to kill Gabriel and anyone who gets in their way but also threatening not only her man but his family (initially so he can learn from their deaths) was bone chilling. This woman is more than formidable. I’m happy she ended up getting away. Hopefully we’ll get to see her again. She is an awesome villain.
- And we’re going to need a new villain because, and I am truly heartbroken over it, Gabriel is dead. It does seem a bit anticlimactic to have him die on the operating table instead of in a hail of bullets but I actually think it’s kind of poetic. Dying so quietly after living life large and loud. Oh how the mighty have fallen! I’m going to miss him because I really loved hating that guy. Not to mention I’ve come to really love Christopher Sean and I hate the idea that I won’t get to see him on my favorite show anymore.
I liked how his story with Chin paralleled Steve’s with WoFat. Each fighting to bring down the man who killed his father. I’m also going to miss him because I felt there was still so much more evil he could have done. I had hopes of Gabriel and Shioma getting into a turf war with Five-0 in the middle having to deal with the fallout. It would have been fun to see two master villains go at it for a while. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
- I loved seeing Grover climbing into the SWAT truck and taking off to save the team. Like he said, “just like old times”. Too bad they got ambushed by even more of Shioma’s men before they could reach the team. Thank God for Abby. I would have loved to see her take down that goon who had her at gunpoint. I bet she put one badass move on him to get away, get herself to Chin’s bike and get to Lou and SWAT in time to save Lou’s ass. That’s the second time his ass has been saved by one of the female members of the team. How awesome is that?
- Watching Chin cauterize Gabriel’s wound with gunpowder… damn …. that was intense. When his skin actually started to burn… OMG… my heart literally stopped especially coming right after that heart to heart between Gabriel and Chin. Although it does nothing to negate all the terrible things Gabriel did, it was nice to see a minuscule bit of humanity in the man as he neared death. Telling Chin he was sorry for killing his father and asking him to look after Sarah, not for him, but for Malia was a nice touch. He’s still going to burn in hell for everything he’s done but it was nice to remember, just for a moment, that fresh faced young boy we met 2 years ago and know he did love Malia and he loves Sarah and wants her to be safe.
- When I first saw that Robert Coughlin was going to be in this episode I was a bit worried they were going to drag that whole “spying on Five-0” thing back up again so I was glad to see them use Coughlin in a positive way. I really liked how Abby went to him, knowing he more than likely wouldn’t immediately want to even talk to her. Nice to see him use his power to catch a real dirty cop instead of chasing useless vendettas. Abby and Coughlin actually work pretty well together. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again if he’s going to be one of the good guys.
- I do wonder what will happen between Chin and Abby and where little Sarah fits in to it all. I was a little surprised that Chin didn’t take Sarah in right away but then when I thought about it, that’s not something you decide on the spur of the moment. That’s a monumental decision with lifelong consequences. It makes sense for him to really think about it before he makes the commitment not only for his sake, but for Sarah’s as well. The last thing she needs is to be uprooted yet again. As for Chin and Abby, we later hear that she’s back in San Francisco “getting her things” so it looks like she’s coming back to Oahu and to Chin. But I thought I had heard that Julie Benz was going to be in another show so I wonder if she really is going to be part of the show next season. Only time will tell, of course.
- I really loved the scene between Max & Steve at the Moana Surfrider. I liked how they tied in the conversation Max had with Kame and Flippa back during their shipwreck experience about things they regretted not doing in their lives. It’s really awesome of Max to take a three-month sabbatical so he can join Doctors Without Borders. Hopefully he won’t be gone too long from our screens as those three months go by but knowing we may get to see Dr. Mindy Shaw again makes his absence a bit easier to take. But damn Max… who in the hell in their right mind turns down a McGarrett hug? They are legendary.
- I suppose I should say something about Danny’s rant on the rooftop. I know there are those who have come to really hate it when Danny does this but I felt it was totally in character. Danny “fear bitches”. It’s always been his thing. In that situation, I don’t blame him one bit. He was terrified of making that jump, didn’t want to do it, thought it was nuts and said so. Just like he always has. I don’t think he was endangering the team one bit. He didn’t delay the jump at all because when the moment of truth came he did exactly what had to be done. He jumped and extremely well, I might add. He was the only one to land, roll and pull his gun in one smooth motion. Even Steve didn’t do that. As a matter of fact, they all handled that situation just like they always have. As my friend Lynnette pointed out to me after watching the sneak peek:
“This scene was a perfect example of the Core 4 being individually in total character: Steve thinking out of the box and ordering a seemingly reckless action, Danny ranting and arguing but ultimately following orders, Chin calmly rationalizing Gabriel’s survivability and Kono just going for it.”
Since I couldn’t say it better myself…… thank you Lynnette! ♥
I have to admit, when 6.24 went to black I would have been totally satisfied with that being the season finale. I was emotionally spent, that’s for sure. But before I was able to catch my breath, we had another great episode queued up and ready to go. AWESOME!
- Catch my breath? No way because 6.25 started right up with the shooting of the plane. I never expected them to do that but it really set the tone, right out of the gate that this episode was going to be one hell of a ride.
- After that heart stopping open we did manage to calm down a bit, to find ourselves on the dusty roads of Morocco on our way to a clandestine meeting at a CIA black site. Having read the sides for this episode weeks ago I knew Steve was going to be meeting PapaFat and what they were going to talk about but I have to admit, I was still hoping for more. I’m really hoping that wasn’t supposed to be the closure to that storyline because if it was, I’ll be disappointed. Seems like a lackluster way to wrap up such an important arc in Steve’s life. Who knows? Maybe it will be a jumping point to bringing back that whole Doris/WoFat story again so Steve can really, finally, get real closure on it.
- Oh yeah, remember that little meth story we started off with in 6.24? It comes back with a vengeance for Steve and the team in the form of Nahale. When he runs terrified into Steve’s office because he has watched his friend die from an OD of the tainted meth Steve has had more than enough. He made a promise to always protect the island, the same way he told Nahale he would always protect him. And now this “plague” as Max calls it, has touched his family and it… will… stop. Oh my God… how I love Steve in angry protective mode.
- Was it just me or did that warehouse where the team busted the junkie look just like the one where they found Gabriel?
- I always love it when the writers throw in a bit of humor in the middle of all the action and drama. Watching Kono playfully tossing the car of the meth dealer around while Lou and Steve question him about his supplier was priceless.
- I know there are many people who didn’t like the idea of Steve and Danny going undercover. I can see their point. After all these years, they are so well known on the island it seems rather ridiculous to think they could go undercover. So I liked how this was done because the guy they were undercover with wasn’t from Hawaii so it’s easy to believe he didn’t know who they were. I still think it would have been an added bit of security to their cover if “Evan Raintree” would have had an Aussie accent though! 😉
- But let’s be truthful here. This episode was all about that plane, that shooting, Steve and Danny. I must have watched the sneak peek of the shooting about 25 times Friday afternoon and yet it still had me clinging to the edge of my seat watching it in the episode. The makeup department did a fantastic job not only with the wounds and all the blood but with the pallor of Steve’s skin. He was deathly pale from the moment those bullets hit him. It was masterfully done.
- But most of all, I adored watching Danny in hero mode. He was completely terrified in that plane, as any sane person would be. Terrified of crashing, terrified of dying, terrified for Steve. I loved how he kept trying to keep Steve awake and kept touching him as if he was scared Steve would slip away if he didn’t keep a hold on him. When he looked down and saw that Steve was bleeding out, I’m surprised he didn’t stop breathing himself.
- The most frightening moment for me was when Steve mumbled “I’m gonna die, Danny”. I can’t imagine what Steve must have been feeling at that moment. This is a man who has seen and been through hell. He survived WoFat’s torture, twice. He survived almost being beheaded in Afghanistan. Not even counting all the injuries and gunshot wounds he’s had with Five-0 we also know he has at least one Purple Heart so he’s been wounded in battle. And this is the moment when he thinks he’s going to die. Of course I knew there wasn’t anyway Steve would die but those four words still scared me to death in that moment.
- You could tell Danny was totally freaking out too when Steve said that. But he kept his head, even at gunpoint, and did what needed to be done to get them down. He did even more than what needed to be done. He refused to ditch the plane in the water, knowing there was no way he’d get Steve out of that plane.
- That crash on the beach had me holding my breath more than I thought it would. Having seen the BTS pictures of the plane on the beach and the official photos of the team pulling Steve from the plane, I knew the plane would make it but damn…that was one horrible landing. Watching Steve’s limp body being tossed around inside the plane was horrible.
- I loved how, the moment Steve was in the ER Danny took off, regardless of his own injuries to find the guy who had shot them down. Angry Danny is not someone to be messed with. That slow-mo of him reloading his gun. Wow! So reminiscent of the Season 5 premiere. Danny was royally pissed! With visions of a dying Steve flashing before his eyes, Danny had his shooter dead to rights. He really was this close to going all Reyes on his ass. As a matter of fact, when he turned back the second time to take aim, I half expected to see Reyes flash before his eyes as well as Steve. I’m glad he did the right thing.
- Getting back to the hospital to find that Steve was dying because his liver has pretty much been destroyed was shocking. I know there was a lot of speculation that something like this could happen but I honestly didn’t think they would go there. That’s pretty massive.
- Also, when the moment came and the entire team volunteered to be tested for possible transplant, Danny stepped forward immediately. He didn’t think about it for one single second. He knew how much time it would take to do all the testing, time that Steve did not have. And knowing they were the same blood type (I know… awfully convenient but what the hell) stepped forward without hesitation. No one can tell me there isn’t massive love between these men. No one!!
- For those of you who have never had to endure the never ending wait for news of a sick or injured loved one, let me tell you… it is the worst. You feel useless, sitting there not able to do a damn thing while the fate of the person (in this case..people) you love is in the hands of someone else. These scenes were done perfectly.
- I absolutely adored Chin’s memories of Steve after Malia died. Those scenes were incredible. Oh how I wish we could have seen them when they supposedly happened, after Malia died. But that’s what made them so perfect. No one knew the wonderful way Steve stood by his friend in his darkest hour, not even us. It was something between just them. That’s what made it so special.
- I found Kono’s visit to an unconscious Steve extremely heartwarming and a little worrying. Earlier she told Chin that she was growing tired of people always shooting at them. Chin was just in hospital last week, now Steve and Danny. And the way she was reminiscing about their first meeting and thanking Steve for giving her a “family” you could tell she wasn’t just talking about the team, but about Adam as well. The way she was talking gave me a strong feeling that when Adam gets out of prison in 4 months she might begin to reconsider her line of work. I hope to God I’m wrong but it was just a feeling I got from that scene.
- And I felt horrible for Nahale. This kid lost his mother, watched his father go to prison, then lost him too. Then he watched his best friend OD on tainted meth. The one constant in his life is his friendship and protection from Steve and here he is, faced with the possibility of losing him too. I really hope both Chin and Steve finally decide that the safest place for Sarah and Nahale is permanently with them.
- But the one who really got to me the most was Lou. It’s something that has always gotten me in the tear ducts. Watching a big, strong man lose control of his emotions always makes me cry. I was doing fine up to that point but watching Lou cry while remembering how much he hated Steve when they first met and how scared he is now of losing his friend…. Awesome acting on Chi McBride’s part. He had me reaching for the tissues I had managed to avoid all night.
- Alright, I’d like to talk about the two elephants in the room. First, Steve’s liver transplant and subsequent recovery. I understand those who feel this development should change Steve. They are 100% right. In the real world he’d be medically discharged from the Navy. He probably wouldn’t be permitted to run the task force except from behind a desk. He’d be on anti-rejection medication as well as all sorts of other meds most probably for the rest of his life. It would be the end of our SuperSEAL as we know him.
But this is not real life. This is make believe and in make believe anything can happen. In make believe Steve can recover from this as if it were a gunshot wound without the liver involvement and go back to being the badass we all know and love. Is it logical? Does it make sense? Is it real? Nope… not in the least and personally, I couldn’t care less.
I don’t know. Maybe it comes from decades of watching TV when it wasn’t as crucial to have everything be so strictly authentic. James Bond movies, TV cop shows, soap operas, and any number of other things I’ve watched over the years where the impossible happened on a regular basis. I can remember as a kid watching Westerns and wondering how the good guy was able to fire 50 shots from a six-shooter. Could a person really fly off a mountain on a motorcycle, catch up to a crashing plane, climb in the open cockpit door, level off and land ala James Bond? Movies and TV are escapism for me. It’s great when things are true to life but I’m more interested in the story than whether or not things are 100% accurate. Maybe that’s a failing on my part.
It’s one of the reasons I was hoping, when speculation circulated about a possible transplant story, that they wouldn’t go there. Because I knew the controversy and the vitriol it would conjure up in the groups of fans who delight in finding things to bitch about on this show. And this is highly bitchable, I fully admit. For people who pride themselves in being authorities on pretty much everything, I can see how this story line will rub them in several wrong ways. For people who demand perfection and 100% accuracy, this story line is going to drive them nuts.
But for me, I’m just looking to have fun on a Friday night. If Steve comes back from this 100% I will rejoice in the return of my SuperSEAL and not care one iota if it’s not the way it would happen in real life. Because, I don’t watch this show for a medical education. I watch it purely for fun. My wonderful respite from reality. Alex was in a show called Three Rivers several years ago. An absolutely wonderful series about transplants that was thoughtful, accurate and exceptionally well done. And it, unfortunately, sank like a wet bag of cement. Because after a hard week of dealing with life, most people like to kick back on a Friday night with a beer to relax and escape harsh reality. They aren’t interested in sitting through a medical lecture. If you really want 100% medical accuracy, tune into a medical documentary not a police procedural.
- The second elephant in the room is the final hospital scene, one week after the surgery. Actually there are two parts of this scene. When the entire Ohana is there and then after they all leave. I’m going to agree with those who didn’t like the part of the scene with the whole Ohana. I didn’t think it was funny either that Steve got all the attention. Yes, he almost died and God knows everyone should be extremely relieved and happy that he pulled through and will be alright. But, the only reason he is alright is because of Danny. I didn’t like the fact that all the flowers and cards and well wishes were aimed at Steve. Not that he didn’t deserve it but because Danny deserved it too, perhaps even more. I mean, Steve didn’t choose to almost die but Danny did. Not only in trying to land that plane on the beach but choosing, without hesitation, to give Steve part of his liver. That is not something to be taken lightly. There is always the chance of things going very wrong in any major surgery. Danny chose to do it anyway. He was the true hero…. 100%. I would have been thrilled if just one person, would have walked over to Danny, clapped him on the shoulder and given him the praise he deserved for everything he did in saving Steve’s life.
- But I had absolutely no problem with the other part of the scene. Once the Ohana left for Max’s goodbye party and Steve and Danny were left alone. I was really looking forward to a warm and fuzzy moment between them but what we actually got didn’t disappoint me at all. First of all, these two have been holed up in the same hospital room for a week. We know what a control freak Steve can be. I bet the only time Danny’s had the TV remote in his hand as been when Steve was unconscious. No matter how much you love someone, 24/7 together can be really, really hard.
And these two men do love each other. They know it. They count on it. They can be brutal with each other because they know they can. It’s really not all that complicated. They both push their limits in their own way. Steve knows his control issues drive Danny crazy, so he deliberately baits him. Danny knows he does it, and it does make him crazy, so he bitches and complains because he knows that drives Steve crazy. The fact that they do this to each other is proof positive of their affection for each other. Because if the affection wasn’t there, they would have killed each other years ago. They push at each other, maybe too much at times, but they know no matter what, they are solid. Steve stood by Danny when he was about to be blown up by a bomb. Danny just gave Steve half of his liver. These are only two of the times when these guys have come through for each other…saved each other. So what if they snipe and bicker. Brothers are known to do that….in spades!
Would I have loved a little more of that scene after Danny pulled the curtain? Of course I would. I would have loved some of the warm and fuzzy. But just because I didn’t get it, doesn’t mean I didn’t still see the love there.
Well that’s it my friends. The end of another great season of Hawaii Five-0. I would like to thank Peter Lenkov, the cast and crew for 25 episodes of wonderful fun. Special thanks to Jeff Cadiente for all the wonderful stunts, car chases and explosions. How boring would our show be without him and his wonderful crew. I’d also like to thank Keith Power & Brian Tyler for all the wonderful music that, to me, is another character in the show. (The use of Smuggler’s Blues, Stand By Me and their own music made these finale episodes even more incredible). Finally, a special thanks and aloha to Bryan Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien. We’re really going to miss you guys. Your episodes are always some of the very best of every season. Mahalo for all the fun you’ve given us all and good luck in your next projects. Don’t forget, Ohana is forever!
Have a wonderful summer my friends. If I don’t get the chance to post before then, see you in September! As always…… Aloha. Malamo Pono
Sorry guys…. still packing up the house for our big move in less than 2 weeks. No time for screencaps. This damn thing is long enough already as it is anyway! 🙂 See ya!