Happy New Year my friends! As we begin the New Year of 2018 and enter into the second half of Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0, I wanted to express my gratitude to you all for your continued support of this blog. I know we all come from a similar place of love and support for this show and I’m so happy you found your way here to happily discuss a show that gives us all so much pleasure. We don’t always agree… well, to be honest, we agree more than we disagree… but either way, we do it with love and respect and joy for a show we all love.
I want to thank Peter Lenkov and all the fantastic writers at H50 for continuing to bring us all the wonderful things that make H50 the show we love. 2017 presented the production with a lot of challenges. Some challenges they may have known were coming (even if we, the fans, did not) and some challenges that may have been more surprising. There were many who believed the changes would bring about the demise of our great show. That there was no way it could ever survive the losses it sustained. I know you share my happiness that nothing could have been further from the truth.
The show has not suffered from the loss of several beloved characters during and after Season 7. As a matter of fact, the promotion of Kimee Balmilero, as Medical Examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha, and the additions of Meaghan Rath as Tani Rey and Beulah Koale as Junior Reigns have done the absolute opposite. We, of course, will never forget Max, Kono and Chin. They were and always will be important characters and beloved members of the Five-0 Ohana.
But the addition of Meaghan and Beulah, as well as the promotions of Kimee, Ian Anthony Dale, Dennis Chun, and Taylor Wily have provided H50 with what everyone is calling a “breath of fresh air”. That phase has been getting quite a work out since the beginning of the season, but it still is the best description for what we’ve been witnessing in the first half of Season 8.
Fresh faces, new friendships, new back stories to learn, coupled with Alex, Scott, Chi and Jorge, is making H50 feel like a brand new show. It’s like falling in love all over again. It’s such fun to watch a new rookie develop and week after week, we’re watching Tani become every bit as bad ass as Kono and after numerous tries, we seem to finally have our “female McGarrett”.
As for Junior, well, there is still a lot we don’t know about him. We don’t know why he left the Navy so young. We don’t know why, on his return to Oahu, he chose to live in a shelter instead of taking advantage of the resources available to him as a SEAL Team member. He himself said it’s a “long story” and one I can’t wait to hear. In the meantime, he’s proved himself again and again that he has definitely earned that Five-0 badge.
The writers have continued to bring us compelling stories, great crimes each week, action, adventure, shoot outs, car chases, all the things that make H50 the show we love. But more than anything, it’s been the feeling of Ohana that has, for me at least, permeated the first half of Season 8. Kono and Chin didn’t just fall off the face of the earth. They are remembered and honored by the feelings of loss displayed by Steve and Danny. Kono especially, due to the fact that Adam is home in Oahu, has remained a part of the story even though she is far away on the mainland. They are, as always, Ohana.
Tani and Junior have quickly become Ohana as well. Perhaps not on the level of the others, just yet, but well on their way. After all, it’s only been a few months, not seven years, but they have fit in so flawlessly that, unlike Steve and Danny, I haven’t missed Chin and Kono at all.
The promotions of Ian, Kimee, Dennis and Taylor also open up avenues for more stories. Granted, we haven’t seen a lot of it yet, although we have seen a very dramatic Kamekona centered story, as well as, Adam being our resident someone “in the wrong place at the wrong time” a couple of times. However, it looks like Adam will be getting more responsibility with regard to work with Five-0 in the near future and I look forward, hopefully, to a Duke Lukela centered story sometime in the future as well.
And, then there’s Eddie! Ahhhhhh Eddie! There wasn’t anyway I could forget about him. What a joy he’s been from the moment we first saw him. I can’t tell you how much I love that dog and how happy I am that TPTB took Alex’s suggestion and added a dog to the cast. Eddie is simply perfect and I really hope the writers find a way to write him into more episodes. And not just him following Steve around the house and beach at Casa McG but working cases as well. Eddie is a Military and DEA trained Canine Officer. Personally, I think Steve should be bringing him to the office every day since you never know when his skills could be needed. Oh hell…. I just want to see him all time!
But most of all, I have loved the renewed brotherhood between Steve and Danny. I don’t know if writers actually recognize the wishes of fans or whether they just come to the same conclusions we do. Regardless of how it happened, I am thrilled Steve and Danny have gone back to bickering and bantering like “an old married couple” instead of bitching and snipping at each other like two guys forced to spend time with someone they’d rather not be with. This is the brotherhood I fell in love with 7+ years ago and I am thrilled the writers have gone back that way.
The last three episodes of 2017 were filled with Steve and Danny wonderfulness that I hope will continue throughout 2018 and beyond. I’m already in love with the idea of their restaurant being a rousing success, just like Danny envisioned it. I hope to God H50 lasts many more years and Danny’s dreams, for himself, for Steve and for the entire Ohana really happen. I loved all of it.
But what I loved the most was that in Danny’s mind, his happiness is completely wrapped around the happiness of his Ohana. His children, his friends and, most of all, Steve. There is nothing that would make me happier than for all of Danny’s dreams to come true.
So, onward to 2018. My hopes and wishes for H50 aren’t all that complicated.
- Continued emphasis on the Steve and Danny partnership and loving friendship. As always, this is the glue that holds this entire show together. As we’ve seen, others can come and go but the constant love and bond between these two is forever solid and what keeps it all together. Thank you Peter and the writers for always making sure these two are front and center.
- Let’s find out more about Junior and his time in the Navy. Why did he leave so young? Why didn’t he feel he could take advantage of the Naval resources at his disposal when he came home? What is “the streak” that the Academy Officer saw in him that reminded him of Steve?
- Continue to explore Tani’s backstory and the relationship with her brother, Koa. There is a lot more there and it will be fun to learn it all.
- At the end of Season 7, the team found out that the bomb (which exposed Steve to radiation poisoning) was possibly an attempted first strike on a much bigger political agenda. Steve reached out to Joe White and he told him there was “mounting evidence of a rouge faction within the US government” that are in on a domestic terrorism operation. It would be really awesome to get more of that story and to possibly see Joe White again.
- You know me, I’m not big on a ton of romantic stuff but I’d really love if it were possible to see Lynn and Melissa again. I miss them. I know Sarah Carter is home having a blast with her new baby girl and the odds that she’ll make an appearance are low, but one can still hope for maybe just one episode. Maybe Valentine’s Day again. But I’m not counting on it but it’s nice to dream.
- Speaking of couples, I do like that it looks like Tani and Junior are getting closer. It’s not something I need to see a lot, of course. I don’t want to see them snuggling or kissing at the office, which is totally inappropriate but if they eventually do end up a couple and can have some sweet down time after work together, I would be very OK with that. #ReyRei are honestly adorable together.
So, what would you like to see, or not see, in 2018? Above all else, I want to see H50 continue to rock the Friday night ratings, continue to showcase the incredible acting of all the cast, especially Alex who has been, unsurprisingly, phenomenal this season and keep giving us the high quality entertainment we’ve come to expect and love from our favorite show.
And, of course, I want to see our show renewed for it’s 9th season. A season that would bridge the decades from the original Hawaii Five-O, which began on September 20, 1968. September 2018 will mark the FIVE-0th Anniversary of the original show and Episode 9.7 (if S8 has 25 episodes) or 9.6 (if S8 has 24 episodes) will mark the milestone Episode #200! I can’t wait to see what fantastic story Peter and the writers will come up with for that!
I hope everyone has a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Thank you all for being my blog friends and thank you for all the support over the years. Thank you to Peter Lenkov, the entire cast and crew of H50 for bringing us together and continuing to provide wonderful fun and entertainment every Friday night! Mahalo nui loa!
Aloha. Malama Pono