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Well friends….we made it!!! We survived another year of hiatus hell and managed to make it to the season premiere of Season 10 of Hawaii Five-0. Ten years! What a fantastic accomplishment.
As always, the anticipation for the beginning of the new season was very high and the premiere did not disappoint. It had all the things you’d expect from a season premiere. It wrapped up the Season 9 cliffhanger, albeit too quickly (more on that in a moment), it had gun fights, car chases, fist fights, warm Ohana moments, a couple of great Steve and Danny …guments… and the obligatory “over-the-top” scene that’s become customary for premiere episodes. It was a great way to begin what is sure to be another fantastic season.
Producer: Alex O’Loughlin!!!! How awesome is that! Alex is finally a producer and I couldn’t be happier about it. No one knows Steve McGarrett the way Alex does, and he has some very definite ideas on how he wants certain stories to be told. Episode 10.07, which is the one written and directed by Alex, will more than likely be proof of that. Alex has voiced his opinion on other aspects of Steve’s character over the years. It’s wonderful to know that maybe, as a producer, his wishes will carry more weight. After all these years, it’s wonderful that Alex gets much more creative control.
Hello – Goodbye: It feels like we started a bit of a tradition in the last few years of not only welcoming new faces but having to say goodbye to old friends. I’ve got to tell you, right off the bat, I’m loving Katrina Law as Quinn Liu. I can’t wait to find out all there is to know about her. What I do know so far is she’s bold, courageous, extremely confident in her abilities and tough as nails. Many of the qualities our other beloved military vets on the team possess.
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I love how the hard, military shell she carries shields the compassionate heart she obviously has. I saw many people on Twitter Friday night remarking on how much this trait reminds them of a Season One Steve McGarrett, and it’s very true. Another Steve McGarrett trait, a certain disregard for rules, which might not ingratiate her with her superiors but will probably have Steve thinking of her as a kindred spirit.
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Peter Lenkov told us that our first meeting with Quinn was going to bring back great memories and he was sure right. Having Steve, Danny and Quinn draw weapons on each other, demand identification and a 1-2-3 countdown to disarm was a wonderful call back to the Pilot and the first meeting between Steve and Danny. Danny may have thought the deja-vu was “horrible”, but I loved it. Not as much as when they pulled the same thing in Episode 2.18 Lekio (Radio) between Steve and James Caan’s Tony Archer but pretty close.
I’m really looking forward to learning more about Quinn and all the new stories and relationships having a brand new, full time character can bring to the mix. From what I’ve seen so far, I think she’s going to fit in marvelously.
Ahhhhhh Jerry! It’s always so hard to say goodbye so let’s not. Let’s just say “see you later, brah”. The conclusion of the Season 9 cliffhanger was extremely anticlimactic and it’s pretty obvious now that the cliffhanger was manufactured for the sole purpose of giving Jerry an excuse to leave. We never see who took Azra Hassan down after she fired the shot that hit Jerry, although we do briefly see Danny kneeling beside her (body?) as Steve tends to a wounded Jerry. We also have no clue what happened to her son Khalid. They were only a means to an end. Jerry’s end with Five-0.
I’m obviously extremely happy the powers that be didn’t decide to kill Jerry off and that Jorge Garcia will continue to be listed in the cast as a “recurring” character. There is the hope that we could get to see Jerry again from time to time. I know many of us thought that Jerry would be leaving to continue his training, like maybe going to Quantico or something. I admit I thought it was kind of dumb when he said he’s going to be writing a book which sounds loaded with the conspiracy theories he so adores.
But on second thought, I decided it actually makes a lot of sense. If Jerry was off to Quantico or in some other official Government training, he wouldn’t be readily available for Five-0 to call on him if needed. Of course, they may never actually call him, depending on Jorge’s availability, but keeping Jerry on the island writing a book instead of somewhere far away on the mainland, makes calling him in a lot more feasible.
I’m really glad they gave Jerry a proper send off with an Ohana gathering at Kamekona’s shrimp truck. Jerry is such a lovable teddy bear and having his last scene on the show be a huge, warm and loving group hug was simply perfect. I’m also really happy they didn’t do any kind of montage of clips. No montage also helps me feel like we could really see Jerry again.
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Steve’s dating again: And about friggin’ time!!! Steve and Lynn broke up a year ago. The idea that the wonderfulness that is Steve McGarrett has been alone all this time is just too heartbreaking to bear. I’m thrilled he’s stepping out again. It’s adorable that he’s a bit nervous after all this time but I have zero doubt that he’ll get his sea legs again very quickly. We already know that he has a second date with Brooke coming up (which we probably won’t see, of course) and thanks to an Instagram story from Peter Lenkov, we know he’s going to be asking out another lady soon. This should be a lot of fun.
Of course, Steve’s date gave us our first scene of the year with our beloved…….
McDanno: These two were awesome in this episode. Danny bugging Steve on his date was really funny even if I can totally understand Steve getting exasperated with Danny’s constant interruptions. It kind of reminded me of when my daughter was a teenager and I would text her while she was out with her friends and finally have to resort to an actual phone call when she wouldn’t answer me. “Just answer the first text and I won’t have to bother you ten more times!” 🤣 🤣 🤣
I really liked how the entire team worked one single case in this episode and what I liked the best was that when Steve broke everyone up into two’s he kept Danny by his side. As a matter of fact, Danny was by Steve side pretty much the whole episode, except for the short time Steve went off with Quinn. The back and forth between the guys was totally on point. Whether it was Danny telling Quinn he had to follow Steve even when he didn’t know where they were going to the back and forth between them over the text Steve was sending to their perp. These two were just perfect. God, I love them so much!
One thing I really liked was when Danny pointed out to Steve that he didn’t make that leap between buildings as cleanly as he would have “10 years ago”. Why did I like it? Because it isn’t 10 years ago and it’s dumb to always pretend it is. Steve isn’t as young as he used to be so it’s very realistic to just say so. With the wonderful stunt teams on this show it would be so easy for “Steve” to be the indestructible SuperSEAL today that he was in the early years, but this way is much more realistic. Now, that doesn’t mean I never want to see Steve be SuperSEAL but it’s more realistic for him to be a SuperSEAL at 40 rather than keep pretending he’s still 30.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if dialog like that isn’t the start of a not so subtle movement toward the younger team members getting much more of the “rough and tumble” action that pretty much only Steve has done for quite a while. We already know Alex has been scaling back the physical stuff in recent years. It’s about time they let Steve reflect what Alex is doing.
Relationships: So, Steve is dating. Adam and Tamiko have been growing closer. And Tani and Junior are out on a real date! The look on Junior’s face when he saw Tani all dressed up was adorable. It’s nice to see how she’s still able to elicit “stunned silence” from him just like she did when she opened the door to him the night they went to that wedding last season. They are so cute together. It’s really a shame that pesky little murder had to go and interrupt their date. It should be fun seeing if these relationships blossom into anything more. I’m just thrilled we didn’t have to hear anything about Rachel this time.
Obligatory “over-the-top” scene: It’s a premiere… there has to be that one scene that makes you laugh and shake your head. Planes landing on Kalakaua Avenue. Giant claws. Cabins lifted out of fires with a chopper. Monster truck crushing every car in its path! Hawaii Five-0 how I love you and your “can we top last year’s premiere??” attitude!
Start with a cliffhanger resolution…. End with another cliffhanger: Who would have ever thought we’d be seeing the Champ box again?? Other than Steve, Danny and Jerry, who else even knows the Champ box exists let alone where it is in the McGarrett garage? A very intriguing choice to have whoever that is, plant a bomb in that box. Is there some sort of significance in the bomber choosing to use it?
On the other hand, it might not mean anything at all, at least not to the person planting that bomb. It could be that he/she just went into the garage and looked for something harmless to put the bomb in. It could have been anything lying around the garage. Everyone’s garage has some sort of toolbox laying around. The fact that Steve’s toolbox is the Champ box, could be more for our enjoyment than anything else. A fun shout-out to the Pilot to make all of us who’ve been watching from the beginning give an excited yelp! “OMG… it’s the Champ box!!!”
All in all, this episode is a really strong start to what looks to be a very interesting season. Yeah, there’s some changes but change is sometimes a really good thing. Just look how wonderful the addition of Tani and Junior has been. I am so excited to see where it’s all going to lead.
Have a great week! Aloha. Malama Pono
Screencaps are mine unless otherwise noted.
Photo Credit: Katrina Law on Instagram