Monday, November 11, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - Ka 'i'o

"Ka 'i'o" is the obligatory send McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) off on an impossible mission episode. This time around it's to Columbia and Mexico in search of Doris (Christine Lahti) who the CIA believes has been turned and is now working against American interest. The episode is a bit odd, with several gaps in the story, making me wonder if a two-part episode got truncated into something that would fit in the show's normal hour-long framework. Other cast members make cameos here, but aside from Junior (Beulah Koale) who goes in with a team to assist Steve when he gets stuck, the rest of Five-0 is mostly here to stand around headquarters and await news. As is usually the case with these episodes, the action is quite good even if the plot struggles to remain credible. The episode marks the final appearance of Lahti's character (except perhaps in flashbacks) as the show does surprise me in allowing Doris to be a traitor and meet her end. It's a nice send off for a recurring character, and I'll be curious to see if the show simply moves on from this or if Doris' death lingers in the coming weeks.

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