Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - Hewa ka lima / Hana Mao 'ole ka ua o Waianae

Aaron Wright (Joey Lawrence) resurfaces in the final two episodes of Hawaii Five-0's Ninth Season as a cyber-terrorist working for the NSA. When his field office is hit and the other hackers are killed, Wright goes to Five-0 for help. The evidence points Five-0 to a medical manufacturing company who one of the hackers was blackmailing after he discovered the company's latest, and most profitable, invention killed three people in testing. While all the facts are true, it takes Jerry (Jorge Garcia) too long to discover that Wright has played the team, and the NSA, for fools as he orchestrated the entire attack in order to obtain his freedom and a profitable hard drive full of the best cyber-terrorist software ever invented which he plans to sell to the highest bidder prior to sneaking off the island.

While "Hewa ka lima" manly focuses on bringing Wright back and forcing Five-0 to work with him, the action picks up in "Hana Mao 'ole ka ua o Waianae" as the hacker abandons a $30 million payday to set a trap to Five-0, nearly taking out McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). Unable to prevent the sale, Five-0 finally gets a break thanks to find the Wright's ex-girlfriend (Natalee Linez) which allows the team to find Wright's secret computer lab and get a lead on his exit strategy allowing Jerry to make-up for the oversight of allowing Wright to install spyware inside Five-0 and hijack the fuel supply of the hacker's jet forcing him to return to the island. While he makes mistakes over the two episodes, in the end Jerry makes out fairly well by clocking Wright, stealing valuable intelligence from the medical company, and forcing Wright back into Five-0 custody.

The theme of struggling to get over the past has a common thread in the various B-stories of both episodes with Junior (Beulah Koale) testifying at the parole hearing for the drunk driver who killed his sister and the unintended consequences of Junior's choice not to speak against parole, Grover (Chi McBride) dealing with a problem with his brother's trademark baked goods, Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) spends more time with Tamiko Masuda (Brittany Ishibashi), and cameos by Frank Bama (Jimmy Buffett) and Azra Hassan (Yasmin Dar) wrap up the last threads to the Joe White's death and allowing the show to end on a cliffhanger with the life of one character in the balance. Apparently we'll have to wait until next season to see the effect of Azra's bullet, but Junior's choice appears to already had devastating consequences to his family... and possibly moved one-step close to a romantic relationship with Tani (Meaghan Rath)?

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