Monday, October 1, 2018

Hawaii Five-0 - Ka owili oka'i

In a nod to the original Hawaii Five-0, the show's season premiere involves McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) being tortured in a deprivation tank. Director Bryan Spicer obviously loves the scene, and the odd design of the suit McGarrett is wearing, because he repeats various parts of it at least three times during the episode. The crime that eventually leads us there involves a dead agent of the CIA found washed up on the beach. Because the man was an old friend, and he's one of several agents to die suspiciously over the past few months, McGarret and Five-0 begin an investigation (without sharing details to the CIA) which will eventually lead to Steve purposely getting himself captured in order to offer disinformation during the same torture process that killed his friend. As plans go, it turns out to be the usual mix of McGarrett bravery and stupidity.

Over the years the show has highlighted various mainland federal agencies, both as allies and adversaries, and it appears the CIA will play a major role for at least the season's opening arc, especially now that McGarrett knows that another old associate (Rochelle Aytes) is the leak the CIA has been looking for and is responsible for the recent murders. The cliffhanger from last season involving Adam Noshimuri's (Ian Anthony Dale) potential involvement in a murder is discussed but not advanced in the premiere. Given that Dale is listed as a series regular this season, it looks like neither the storyline nor the character is going away anytime soon.

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