Hello my friends. Long time no speak! I hope you’re all having a fantastic summer so far. As you know, I have spent the last couple of months moving into a new house. Well, we are finally here and moving along nicely with getting the new place set up. It’s starting to really feel like our home now, instead of feeling like we’re vacationing in someone else’s house. Of course, if we were vacationing it wouldn’t be this much damn work, but I digress (so what else is new! LOL).
Of course, there is a very happy bright spot on the near horizon. We’re only a few short days away from the start of filming for Season 7 of Hawaii Five-0. YIPPEE! Yeah, the confirmed premiere date of September 23rd still seems a million years away, but with the beginning of filming, hopefully, we’ll get to see the Blessing streamed online, then behind the scenes photos will start to trickle in and, finally, official promo shots and then we’re off on another great H50 season. Ahhhhhh, I always love the way that sounds!
Like many people, I have things I’m hoping to see in the new season and, of course, things I hope don’t happen as well. Please remember, as always, there is no right or wrong, there is only opinion. This is only my opinion. Please feel free to express your own as you see fit.
As you know, I am ridiculously easy to please when it comes to this show. I just adore pretty much everything about it. Of course, there are always things that I, like many other people, feel could be better or that I wish hadn’t happened but, all in all, I have enjoyed every season of this show and I see no reason why I won’t enjoy Season 7 just as much. There really isn’t a hell of a lot they need to do to make me happy so my wish list for the new season really isn’t very long.
Basically, my wish for Season 7 is this. That H50 continue to focus on what it is that made it great in the first place. The team, the crime, the fact that it is a police procedural first and foremost. The main meal, so to speak, with private lives being the wonderful, complimentary, side dishes. It’s as simple as that.
I’m hoping for great, inventive crimes of the week. It would be great, since Five-0 was created to keep scum like Victor Hess off the island, if we could get more international type crimes, espionage type things that would broaden Five-0’s reach beyond Hawaii. We’ve had tastes of it over the years. I think it would be kind of cool to see that a bit more.
I’m also hoping for a really great new big baddie. I was heartbroken when WoFat was killed off. But then, I fell in love with hating Gabriel. Now he’s gone too. I was really hoping Michelle Shioma would be the new baddie because, just how awesome would it be if it were a woman? But it looks like that’s not in the cards. So who? I know I’m not the only one thinking that meeting between Steve and PapaFat in the season finale was no throwaway scene. We’ll just have to wait and see if PapaFat is, or is someone connected to, the new big baddie Five-0 will have to contend with. Ahhhhhhh….. crime….. on a crime show! Heaven!
I’d also really love it if there was a really horrendous case, one where Danny and Kono, particularly, perform above and beyond the call of duty in resolving it. Maybe something that puts both their lives in danger yet they perform their duties flawlessly. Perhaps a high profile case that brings their work to the attention of the public. Maybe we could even see Governor Denning again (I miss him). Because, you see….. Steve’s a Lt. Commander, Lou is a Captain. Chin got a promotion from Sargent to Lieutenant. And yet, six years, going on seven, and Danny is still a Detective Sargent and Kono is still an “officer”. I would really love to see them, finally, get promoted too.
But, of course, Peter Lenkov said from the very beginning the way this new Five-0 would differ to the old one was that in this incarnation, we’d actually get to see what the team did after they hung up their guns at the end of a case. So, the stories which revolve around their private lives are an important part of the show. I have absolutely no problem with this. As a matter of fact, it’s what does make our H50 so much better, again in my opinion, from the old show. We have come to care for these people, because they are not just cops we only see when they are doing their jobs. They are real human beings with all the trials and tribulations and all the joys, laughter and love we very rarely if ever got to see in the old show.
It adds depth and texture to the story. But like a wonderful sauce made for an exceptional cut of meat, it should never overpower. It should always be an accompaniment, not the main event.
There are plenty of things in the personal lives of our team I’d love to see in S7. I’m hoping we get to see more of little Charlie in S7, preferably not only with Danny and Gracie but with Uncle Steve as well. I hope we also get to see much more of Nahele and the wonderful relationship building between him and Steve. There is also the matter of Max and his sojourn with Doctor’s Without Boarders. It sounds like we’ll be seeing Dr. Mindy Shaw again soon. Hopefully she’s not just a mention in episodes (“get Dr. Shaw here to check this out”) and we actually do get to see her from time to time. Chin needs to make a decision with regard to little Sarah and where she’s going to live. I’m sure we’ll be seeing that cutie pie again real soon. Then there is Jerry, Kamekona, Flippa, Eric, and of course Duke. I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of them recur throughout the season as they always do. The Five-0 Ohana has continued to grow over the years and I, for one, really enjoy seeing all of them whenever we can.
Considering what Steve and Danny went through together in the season 6 finale, I would hope for a return to the wonderful brotherhood these two men have always shared. I haven’t tired of the bantering and the “carguments” but I have grown tired of the bickering. I know I’ve read that it’s going to continue and I really wish it wouldn’t. I honestly don’t understand the way of thinking that if these guys are growing even closer because of what happened in the finale that means they are going to fight more. That makes no sense to me. I fully support the “getting even closer” idea but please, can we get back to good, lighthearted banter and drop the petty bickering?
I’d also like to see, again because of what they both went through in the finale, some more family time for my favorite guys. I already mentioned I’d love to see Danny spending more time with Gracie and Charlie, hopefully with Steve along too. But I’d also really love to see Mary and Joanie come back to Hawaii for a bit. How cute would it be if little Joanie and Charlie could play together? Maybe an Ohana barbecue on Steve’s beach with everyone together. With Joanie, Charlie and Sarah playing together in the sand, under the watchful eye of Gracie and Samantha Grover while the entire Ohana relax and enjoy each others company after a particularly hard case? I know, it’s the stuff of TV dreams and Fan Fiction stories but it’s still fun to think about.
I also would really enjoy it if we could get back to Steve’s story. I remember way back in season 1, people used to complain that Five-0 was centered too much around Steve. That the others weren’t getting the proper respect, story wise, because it was all about Steve, his father’s murder, the Champ box, WoFat, yada yada yada. We seem to have made a 360 on that front. While Steve is in every single episode, his long story arc seems to have petered out. I’d like to see that change. Whatever happened to the Champ Box anyway and the investigation Jerry was going to do to try to uncover more of its secrets??
I really am hoping that scene between Steve and PapaFat wasn’t a throwaway scene and it means we’ll be getting back to that story. I am no fan of Doris McGarrett by any means. I hate the way she has crapped on Steve and Mary since they were kids and I hate the way she can’t seem to tell the truth to save her life. But she is part of that FamilyFat story. Not that I want to see her again, because, believe me, I couldn’t care less if I ever see her again, but I’d love it if we could get back to the story, find out what really happened all those years ago. Find out if Joe White knew about it from the beginning. Basically get back to making H50 Steve McGarrett’s story again. And, even though it is Steve’s personal story, it could be part of the crime story as well. I still firmly believe the personal stories should not be the major story lines but if they can dovetail, it’s easier to accept it.
Which brings me to the one major thing I really don’t want to see in Season 7. I do not want to see H50 become a “Gray’s Anatomy” where the premise of the show (the crime and police work) takes a back seat to the personal relationship dramas. This is not a hypocritical viewpoint. Yes, I just said I’m looking forward to the personal stories but what I’m looking forward to is scenes at the beginning of episodes, small scenes interspersed here and there and/or the wrap-ups at the end. I would be happy with a one off episode here and there where a personal story is the secondary story of the episode with the crime of the week primary.
What I don’t want to see is a relationship, any relationship become front and center. I don’t want to see a significant other, any significant other, in every single episode. I don’t care who it is. I have honestly liked all the couples we’ve ever had on the show when they were where I felt they should be. In the background when we only see them occasionally. We only saw Melissa once during all of Season 6 and we only saw Lynn twice. The only reason we saw Abby a lot was because of her story to infiltrate Five-0 but I find it hard to believe we’re going to be seeing a lot of her in Season 7 even if she and Chin are living together. Chin and Malia were married, for goodness sake, and we only saw her a few times spread over two seasons. Even with Kono and Adam’s story, we only saw Adam in seven out of the 25 total episodes of Season 6. This is the way I like the romantic relationships handled on a police drama.
Of course, the elephant in the room for Season 7 is the return of Catherine Rollins. Peter has stated that she is still part of the story so as much as I don’t want it to happen, I believe Catherine will be back at some point in the new season.
I don’t want Catherine back. I’ve never made that a secret. And, although there are those who refuse to hear me when I say this, it is not because I hate her, because I do not hate her. I have never hated Catherine. Just because I feel that her relationship with Steve has run its course doesn’t mean I don’t like her. As a matter of fact, I have stated, numerous times, (although, again, some refuse to hear me when I say it) I really liked Catherine in Seasons 1 & 2 and I loved the relationship between Steve and Catherine in Season 3. She was still in the Navy, stationed at Pearl and we saw her from time to time. Just the way I like my H50 relationships. Adding her to the team, having her be in every single episode, having she and Steve together 24/7 was one of the things that killed it for me. This is not the Steve and Catherine show.
I never held it against her when she kept Doris’s secret. And I have said a zillion times that I don’t hold her “mission” against her either nor do I think she “lied” to Steve about it. If it’s classified, it’s classified and no one would understand that better than Steve.
My beef with her is the way she tore his heart out with the situation. If she was going on a mission, why didn’t she just go, why the stop in Oahu? There are those who like to say she had every intention of staying and it was only that phone call that made her leave.
I disagree because, in the car, as she was leaving, the voice on the phone asked her if her “cover” was in place and also asked her if she was “sure” she could do the mission. It gave the impression she had the opportunity to say no, she couldn’t or wouldn’t do it. But she said she was sure she could. She came back to set Steve up and establish a cover, not because she ever intended to stay. Oh…she may have toyed with the idea, but I don’t believe she was ever going to stay. It’s the way she hurt him that I can’t forgive, not the mission nor the lie that never was a lie.
Of course this is all open to personal interpretation, which is fair enough. Those who have always loved Catherine see it differently. Again, fair enough. Like I said, this is my personal opinion. I do believe she loves Steve. Those tears as she was leaving were 100% real. But they weren’t real enough for her not to hurt him. In my eyes, she is just like Doris. I have always believed Doris loved her family with all her heart. But that didn’t stop her from choosing another way of life over them anyway. I see Catherine as Doris 2.0. And if Catherine is foolish enough to utter the same words to Steve that Doris did, that she did it to “protect him”, it will be history repeating itself all over again.
If Catherine must come back, so be it. I love this show too much for one character to make or break it for me. My one real hope is that when she comes back, the writers remember that Steve has a backbone. That they remember everything that Doris put Steve through, how much he hates it when people do things to “protect him” and how much he hates to be deceived, even when it’s with the best intentions. He may accept Catherine back but, please, let it not be immediate. Let him voice all the concerns, all the hurt, all the outrage he deserves to voice. Let him ask every question he has in his head and in his heart. He deserves answers! Above all else, from the time his mother “died” when he was 15…. he deserves the truth!
Who knows? Perhaps an introspective Steve will realize he deserves to be loved unconditionally & realizes Catherine is not it! That would make me extremely happy but I’m not banking on that happening. I’m banking on her coming back and Steve caving and taking her back and just understanding her “mission” because, for some reason, TPTB love this character more than many fans do. Just please, don’t have her in every blessed episode, I beg of you!
Peter said he wants to see the characters he created happy. And it doesn’t matter one wit whether we think Catherine can make Steve happy or not. It only matters if Peter thinks it. It will be what it will be and I will continue to love #H50 no matter what comes along. Always have, always will. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s coming next even if it ends up being something I would prefer not happen at all.
Have a wonderful Independence Day, enjoy the long weekend. Filming starts on July 6th! Woooooo Hooooooooo!
Aloha. Malamo Pono