Monday, May 21, 2018

Hawaii Five-0 - Waiho wale kahiko

Hawaii Five-0 can sometimes get a bit carried away with stories that strain the show's credibility to (and sometimes past) all reasonable limits, as with the show's Eight Season finale. When a Russian nuclear submarine shows up on the beaches of Hawaii, Five-0 goes on the search for a missing seaman who leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. What starts out as a search for a single Russian grows with the discovery of a sleeper cell of Russian spies all over the island. Eventually you get McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) boarding the nuclear sub, the entire Five-0 team shooting up a Russian embassy, the team forcibly taking a Russian spy from Russian soil (by blackmailing local officials), and somehow none of this causes an international incident.

Other pieces of the season finale include McGarrett and Danny (Scott Caan) taking on a new partner in their restaurant endeavor and the show once again reviving the theme of Adam Noshimuri (Ian Anthony Dale) being either guilty of, or framed for, yet another murder. The fact that the later continues through the finale means we get to "look forward to" yet another storyline involving Adam's guilt or innocence (without his wife). "Waiho wale kahiko" is a mixed ending to a very mixed season that saw the show struggle after replacing a pair of its core characters. Junior's (Beulah Koale) role as the younger McGarrett has developed fairly well, but, although I have enjoyed her addition, the show still seems to have trouble figuring out what to do with Tani (Meaghan Rath) at times when a subplot is specifically focused on her or her family.

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