Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hawaii Five-0 - Pe'epe'e Kanaka

The investigation into the murder of a pool boy gets far more interesting when Five-0 uncovers an Al-Qaeda connection to the home where the young man was found shot and a plot involving the recruitment of local college kids to bomb an Air Force base on the island. Calling in Grover (Chi McBride), Five-0 takes down two members of the cell and captures a third uncooperative member (Pretty Little Liars' Sasha Pieterse) who is too busy spouting her philosophy to offer any remorse for her actions or clues to the higher-ranking members of the cell bankrolling the kids' efforts.

Relying on the help of a specialist at the FBI's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, Five-0 is able to connect the type of bombs the college kids were making to a similar device used to kill all but one severely-injured Marine in a convoy in Afghanistan in June, 2012. As the show is known for when dealing with these types of storylines, the heart-on-its-sleeve pro-military slant is pushed hard in the eventual capture of the rest of the terrorists and in a late sequence where McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) take leave from the island to track down the surviving Marine in a VA Hospital.

The tension and high stakes of the episode work well, and Pieterse is convincing as a brainwashed terrorist (although I think the show could have spent a little more time attempting to decipher how she was recruited and turned to Al-Qaeda's agenda, especially given how much of the storyline surrounds her character). With the terrorists all eventually captured, Five-0 has time to spend on the episode's B-story that bookends the episode playing on McGarrett and Grover's competitive nature when the former Chicago cop takes up spear fishing for the first time.

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