Ahhhh the last day of September, the beginning of autumn, the first real feel of wonderfully cool fall air so, of course, I get sick! Typical. But, what better medicine is there for a shivery, achy body then a Friday night dose of Hawaii Five-0?
So, instead of being in bed and asleep like I should have been, I was propped in front of my TV at 9pm for my favorite show. When it was over, the first thing I said to myself was “ok, I am definitely going to have to watch that again”. Not that I wouldn’t watch it again and again anyway, but in my fevered state, it felt like my mind was just jumping all over the place and having a hard time keeping up. Then I watched it again and realized it wasn’t just me. The episode itself was all over the place, pretty much all over the world, that is. No wonder I was having a hard time keeping it straight the first time.
Ok…let’s get started. Just like always, in no specific order, my rambling observations.
Previously – Last week I was very happy the writers gave us all enough credit to realize we were perfectly capable of remembering events all the way back to the end of Season 6 and didn’t waste precious screen time with a “Previously on Hawaii Five-0”. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this week. It seems, even if we’re able to remember things from four months ago, we’re unable to remember what happened just a week ago. There was so much going on in this episode I really would have preferred them using those few moments for the actual story. But that’s just me.
Alicia Brown – A Behavior Analyst/Criminal Profiler formerly with the FBI specializing in serial killers. This is one tough lady and she comes off as such right away. She is cold, impersonal and unyielding in both her opinions and her resolve. She is retired and no amount of persuasion is going to make her come out of retirement and help Five-0 no matter how many innocent people could be hurt. This is also a woman clearly haunted by something… something involving the young woman she’s pictured with in the photo on her shelf. Looks like a best friend or maybe her sister. Something traumatic enough that it caused her to retire at such a young age. Quite probably the young woman was one of the innocent people she either couldn’t save or she feels was hurt because of her.
I thought it was adorable of Steve to think he could outsmart the profiler. As if she wouldn’t see right through his “innocently” leaving the chess piece behind. But even knowing his motive she still managed to dig up some information on their case. The fact that she did that, even after so vehemently refusing to help them earlier shows that whatever happened to cause her to give it all up, the reasons she became a profiler in the first place are still there. She may not want to help but she feels compelled to help anyway.
I wonder about the information on that cop in the file, Philip Lau. Why was he was investigating all the serial killers unofficially, on his own? Was he connected to one of the victims or was it just one of those cases he “couldn’t let go”. Either way, it seems incredibly convenient he “shot and killed himself” six months ago. Getting too close? And, if Alicia is retired, how did she get those records? If it wasn’t an official investigation, she didn’t get them from HPD. If HPD had them, Five-0 would have known about it. If they were Lau’s personal records, how the hell did she get her hands on those?? I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Alicia and how she fits into all of this.
Chin and Sara – There is a common trope in TV called the Cousin Oliver Syndrome. It’s when a TV show has had an adorable moppet outgrow the moppet stage and they try to recapture the awwww factor with another adorable moppet. Usually it’s a total failure. I’m happy to say, if that’s what Five-0 is attempting with little Sara, I’m all for it. This kid is adorable and in just a few scenes has completely stolen my heart. If she wasn’t a cutie pie on her own, her scenes with her Uncle Chin are enough to get me choked up. When she put her head on Chin’s shoulder, after tearfully expressing how she doesn’t want to go away, that she wants to stay with him, I was sniffling up a storm and it had nothing to do with my cold. I sure hope it works out for these two.
Harry Langford – As a long time James Bond fan I loved the “007” flair of this episode. From Harry’s little one liners (“easy on the goods there, old boy”) to his suave charm. When Casta Mitchell fed him the classic opening of “You’re very forward, Mr…?”, my mind easily supplied “Bond, James Bond”. I’m glad the writers didn’t do a “Langford, Harry Langford” but it was fun to anticipate it for a moment. The fact that he charmed himself into her bed after using her to get the diamonds was pure Bond.
It was also fun to see a character who can take on Steve. Their training is obviously very similar and their fighting styles extremely well matched. The fight sequences in this episode were fantastic. Watching Harry, unarmed, get away from Lucky Morah’s men and then watching Steve and Harry fight each other was fun. And Harry had Steve dead to rights, had Danny not forced him at gunpoint to let Steve go. Of course, this is Five-0, the Steve show, so, of course, he had to get in that last elbow to the face. We can’t have our hero come out as the loser in a fight, after all, can we? 😉
Jerry Q – I loved the scene of Jerry trying to figure out all of Harry’s MI6 gadgets (with a little help from Lou). For someone so enamored with conspiracy theories and thoughts of espionage, getting this close to actual spy paraphernalia was a dream come true. Add to that, he was able to be Five-0’s own “Q” by putting a little “something something” GPS in Harry’s watch. Jerry was in heaven!
Five-0 dressed to the nines – Oh my God…. does this team clean up well or not?? First at Lucky’s party then later at the medal ceremony, this was an episode with more formal wear than any other, except for maybe Kono’s wedding. I loved that we got to see Danny not only in his tux at the party but in a morning suit later. He’s the only one who got to dress up twice! LOL And speaking of Kono… dear Lord, can she get any more incredibly gorgeous? That dress was to die for. I love how it’s just taken for granted she’ll have no problem getting to Lucky, and of course, she doesn’t. “You don’t need any luck, not looking like that”. I don’t know if that was an actual line of dialog but it had a Scott Caan ad-lib written all over it.
Globetrotting – From the very beginning, Governor Jamison formed the Five-0 Task Force to get men like Victor Hess “the hell off my island”. Victor Hess, international arms dealer and terrorist. Five-0 has spent the last six years fighting crime on the islands and, yes, they have dealt with international terrorists in the past but usually always on their own soil. I really liked the fact that, just this once, we weren’t confined to Hawaii. Yeah, jumping from Hawaii to Prague to Pakistan to London was a bit dizzying but I loved we got to go to other places with this story.
Once Five-0 arrested Lucky for Casta Mitchell’s murder that should have been the end of their involvement in the case. Harry, having been wrongly arrested for the murder (as pretty much every initial suspect is on this show) would have just been released and left to go on his merry way and been allowed to continue his investigation.
But I liked that Five-0 got involved in Harry’s case. I know there are some who are going to complain that cops from Hawaii have no jurisdiction off the island and Steve and Danny going with Harry makes no sense. But I’m looking at it this way. Back in Season 2, during the cross over with NCIS:LA, Sam and Callen had no jurisdiction in Hawaii and Danny and Chin, none in LA. But each were able to function as part of the other team during the investigation. Danny and Chin had, in fact, been the first outsiders allowed into the NCIS:LA inner sanctum.
The same way special consideration was made in that case, to allow outsiders to work with the respective teams, I feel the same was made here. Harry told Steve that the CIA was fully briefed on his mission so Harry was free to function in the US. I’m sure MI6 made the same allowances for Steve and Danny.
George Cross – I actually got a kick out of this scene. I know, seeing the Queen giving medals to our guys was a bit silly, but if you really think about it, it’s not impossible for something like this to happen. I looked it up.
“George Cross, a British civilian and military decoration, instituted in 1940 by King George VI for “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.” The award, which can be conferred posthumously, is usually given to civilians, although it can be bestowed on military personnel for acts for which military decorations are not usually awarded.”
I think averting a nuclear meltdown across most of Europe constitutes “circumstances of extreme danger” as well as taking out a known terrorist, who’s a high value target for both Britain and the U.S., on his own soil. So, Harry, Steve and Danny getting a medal from the Queen isn’t out of the realm of possibility. At least, by only seeing the back of her head and hearing her voice, we were spared more unfortunate CGI. https://www.britannica.com/topic/George-Cross
The Cemetery – I’m sure there are some out there going through fits because of this scene. I really hoped we wouldn’t be saddled with another Catherine reference before 7.07 but it seems the writers are determined to keep her in Steve’s mind and ours as well. Ok, let’s discuss it.
It seems obvious to me that Steve is feeling something he’s never felt before. Vulnerable. He’s been horribly hurt and, whether he follows them or not, he’s under physical restrictions. He’s on meds. He’s trying his best to go on as if nothing happened but clearly he is not 100%. It’s not something he’s really had to deal with before. Vulnerability isn’t something SuperSEAL is used to.
He was clearly uncomfortable being in the plane. Alex, as he so often does, was able to project being uncomfortable with only very subtle facial expressions and, yes, body language, which was anything but relaxed. Danny, of course, noticed it right away, asking Steve if he was ok. Steve, being Steve, would never admit how he was feeling and, as usual, hid behind bravado by trying to tell Harry the best way to fly the plane. Did you notice Steve’s insistence that flying lower would get them there faster, as if all he wants is to get off that plane faster? Danny, seeing this, could have called his friend on it but instead, pawned it off on the old “control freak” line and another liver complaint, saving Steve face.
When Steve was talking to Alicia about the chess piece being left in his house, he wasn’t just angry. The killer broke into his house, was in the house when Steve was. There was something in Steve’s eyes. Almost a look of doubt. “Maybe what happened took more from me than just my liver. Maybe I’m not as good as I used to be.” I saw doubt in Steve’s eyes. Of course, I could be completely off base with that but it just seems to me that he’s in bad place in his head, reflecting on and questioning everything, including himself.
I’m sure Harry had a similar experience after his wife was killed. His type of work, probably made it difficult to have a normal life, a normal relationship. I can see a man like that purposely keeping people at arm’s length out of fear, that with his work, they might become collateral. I can also see a man like that meeting a special woman, one able to penetrate the hard core and the man, putting all reason, reservations and logic aside, letting her into his heart. And that’s what I saw in Harry’s statement. She was the only person he “let in” to his heart. When Steve responds “I got one of those”, he’s talking about the same. I have never doubted that Steve loved Catherine and she, him, in their own way. Harry is sadly reminiscing about the woman he lost. Steve is doing the same.
But Steve isn’t thinking clearly right now, at least as it relates to his “legacy”. The events of the last few weeks have his thoughts all over the place. He’s replaying events, rethinking unchangeable decisions, reflecting on everything. He’s romanticizing some memories and conveniently forgetting why she’s not around anymore. The difference being Harry’s love was torn from him while Steve’s left by her own volition. But I have no problem with the scene because both are simply remembering the women they once loved but are now gone.
The fact that Harry asks Steve “Any chance of getting her back?” only shows that Harry is projecting the feelings he has about losing his wife onto Steve. Harry has no idea what the facts are in Steve’s situation, has no way of knowing if Steve feels the same way he does. Steve’s “No” definitively answered that question. Like the cousin Oliver trope, another is to write a story that looks to be setting something up a particular way but when the denouement finally occurs it’s the total opposite. I’m hoping all this hand wringing Steve is doing over Catherine, that looks like he’s pining for her and wanting her back is just that. A set up to look one way when in actuality the opposite will occur.
Steve and Danny – Finally to what is and always will be the most important relationship on this show. Seeing these two acting like partners and true friends again was refreshing, as was the return to witty banter as opposed to bitter bitching. It’s not as mean spirited anymore. Yes, Danny will always complain about Steve’s driving and yes, we’re all going to have to endure liver references for the rest of time.
But they are acting more like their old selves again. Steve worried that if they stop off in London for Fish and Chips at a pub Rachel once took Danny to it will make Danny sad and he doesn’t want to see Danny sad. Danny on the other hand will be happy if Steve goes with him so he can watch him drive on the wrong side of the road. So far this season the boys are acting like brothers again and I, for one, could not be more thrilled.
Just a couple of last little tidbits:
- Why is it when a spy picks a lock to get into a room they don’t just relock the door behind them again? They always seem to be caught, or almost caught, by the goon who come upon the door that’s supposed to locked. Oh well, I guess I they did we’d lose some of the suspense, wouldn’t we?
- Do you think we can ban diamonds from Hawaii for a while? I mean, seriously. Every time more than one of those shiny stones shows up its trouble.
- I got a real kick out of Harry handling the magic table. Chin was pretty impressed himself. “You’ve used one of these before.” “Actually, it’s my first time but it seems pretty straight forward.” ROFL
- Anyone else notice the Greystone sounds an awful lot like Goldeneye. Greystone is “a next gen encryption tool capable of cracking any computer network” while Goldeneye sends out an electrical pulse which renders all electronic equipment useless.
- Speaking of Bond references… I loved the little exchange in the rendition room about the best Bonds. I agree with Danny that Harry is more of the Daniel Craig version but for me, Sean Connery will always be the Bond.
- Another little nod…. anyone notice how much dead Casta Mitchell looked like dead Jill Masterson… minus the gold, of course.
- Lastly in this episode we learned the lobster at Lucky’s party is incredible. Ergo, it’s perfectly acceptable to hang that guy off the roof.
And there you have it… another great episode of Five-0. I know it’s only been two episodes but so far this season really looks like a winner! Ok, off to juice, Tylenol and bed.
Have a wonderful week my friends. Aloha. Malama Pono