Monday, December 19, 2016

Hawaii Five-0 - Ka'ili aku

After Sara (Londyn Silzer) is kidnapped, Five-0 heads down to Mexico to get the girl back (unaware that they are the ransom). Working to uncover the identity of the kidnappers by the charged corpse of one left behind, the team learns too late that those responsible for Sara's abduction are with the Diego cartel looking for a little payback given Five-0 dispatching a few of their members earlier this season. The episode ends unexpectedly on a cliffhanger not with McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) leading the group on a suicidal mission on an impenetrable compound against overwhelming odds but Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) choosing to exchange himself for Sara's safe return.

While I don't believe there's any chance the show's writers will actually kill Chin Ho, the show is looking its age and something like the departure of a core member of the team might shake things up a bit. Also, the move does work well for a show known for its heroes taking down all obstacles Rambo-style. I expected a bigger payoff for McGarrett's confrontations with Ramirez (Manny Perez), but perhaps that, like the big shoot-out rescues of Chin, will be saved until after the holidays.

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