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Hi everyone. As much as I know there are some out there who would prefer to never hear from me again, I’m back with more love for Hawaii Five-0. It’s taken me awhile to get my head around the ending of the show and how, or even if, I was going to write on this blog again.
To be honest if it wasn’t for the fact that the finale has caused so much heated debate within the fandom, this “hiatus” wouldn’t really feel all that different than any other. I always feel a letdown at the end of each season. Not because the show itself has let me down in any way (well, most of the time) but because it will be months before I’ll get to see my favorite characters again in new episodes.
What I’m feeling now is pretty much the same. Not too different to every other April or May after the end of a season. It really only hits me when my mind naturally goes to the place it’s gone for 10 years. The place that says, “I know it’s tough, but it’s ok, it’s only 3 months until filming starts again”. That’s when it comes to me. Comes with a very resounding “clunk”. That’s when I feel it in full force. There won’t be any filming starting… ever again.
But such is life. Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. All good things come, eventually, to an end, whether we’re prepared for it or not. Whether we like it or not. Life goes on and so, I suppose, do blogs.
I debated with myself on what the content of this blog in a post-H50 world would be. What would the first topic be? There was the obvious one, of course, but I decided that particular dead horse has been beaten far long enough. Both in lame episode reappearances and in (while quite entertaining) the ongoing discussions on social media. I think, for the fans who frequent this blog, those opinions were covered pretty well in the review of the finale and its subsequent comments.
That’s not to say the topic won’t ever come up again. It’s inevitable that it will. After all, you can’t discuss the sinking of the Titanic without mentioning the iceberg, right? Those discussions will go on, I’m sure, as do all discussions when a finale is a huge disappointment to the larger part of a fan base. I know people who are still scratching their heads over the end of LOST or are infuriated with the end of The Sopranos.
In the weeks since the series ended, once the initial disappointment over the way the finale basically trashed ten years of character development, I found my thoughts moving away from what might have been; away from what should have been and back to what was. What were the reasons I fell in love with this show from the very first moments I watched? The individual episodes that stood out. The special moments. The guest stars. So many wonderful things that made Hawaii Five-0 stand out as so exceptional for so long.
When we learned that Season 10 was going to be only 22 episodes, I’d planned to use the extra hiatus time to go back and re-watch from the beginning. I used to do that every summer hiatus. Before Season 2, I re-watched Season 1. Before Season 3, I re-watched Seasons 1 and 2. And so forth. It was only in the last three years or so that I didn’t go all the way back, but still re-watched at least two or three prior seasons before the newest September premiere. Because Season 10 was ending so early, I was excited to have a lot of extra time before the show returned in September to do a full re-watch. Well, now I have all the time in the world.
So that’s what I’m going to concentrate on. Starting from the very beginning. Because, for all the action, adventure, angst, love, hate, drama, ridiculousness, beautiful people in beautiful places, Aloha, Ohana, etc., what this show was first and foremost was a hell of a lot of fun.
I’m not going to do any full episode reviews. I admit I did think about it. Since I stared this blog at the beginning of Season 5, there are four seasons that I did not review. But to be honest, I really don’t think I have the stamina to write ninety-three more full length reviews. Besides, a lot of the fun for me in the reviews is in the speculation of things to come, trying to guess where the writers are going with a story and all the “what’s going to happen next?” Obviously, I can’t do that because we all already know all of what came next.
There are two choices when we sit down with a stack of DVDs of our favorite shows. Do we pop in disc #1 and watch straight through to the end or do we pick and choose which episodes to watch based on particular stories or favorite scenes or guest stars who were in those individual episodes? For the purpose of the next few blogs, I’m going with option #2.
Sitting down to re-watch from the beginning, which episodes would I gravitate to first and why? I hope, as I post these blogs over the coming days and weeks, you’ll chime in with what you agree with and, please do, what you don’t agree with. Add in any favorite episodes or individual scenes or moments you feel I shouldn’t have left out or make your opinions known if I added something you feel wasn’t up to par. You know how much I love an honest, friendly debate!
Hawaii Five-0 has come to an end. But the fascination for the show, the love for the characters, the location, the stories, and the friends we have all made along the way will always be alive and well. I look forward to continuing those friendships here and on social media for a long time to come. I hope you all will continue to like this blog now that new shows are over. If so, I will be eternally grateful. For those who leave, who chose to follow other shows or blogs, thank you for the support you’ve given to me and this blog and I hope for nothing but the best for you.
See you all soon. Stay home… stay safe…. Aloha. Malama Pono.