Monday, December 18, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 - I Ka Wa Ma Mua, I Ka Wa Ma Hope

Picking up the loose thread of the previous episode in which most members of Five-0 were exposed to a dangerous bioweapon, "I Ka Wa Ma Mua, I Ka Wa Ma Hope" opens with McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), Danny (Scott Caan), Junior (Beulah Koale), and Tani (Meaghan Rath) still stuck in the hospital's isolation ward. When a suicidal gunman arrives to place a bomb on the door, before shooting Danny and then himself, Five-0 will work swiftly to save Danny's life while Grover (Chi McBride) and the bomb squad will work to find a safe way into the room before the detective's time runs out.

Despite never selling the possibility that Danny might die, the episode produces a far amount of tension while leaving the reason and motivation for the shooting until the next episode. The larger question here, would the show have been better off had Danny died on the operating table? For a season with several shakeups this would certainly have made a profound impact on the various dynamics within the group. The episode is also notable for its several hallucinatory dream sequences, Danny's mind goes into overdrive offering us glimpses at a possible future for himself and his children.

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