Champ box review
Well guys, I’m glad I got everyone thinking about the Champ box. We had a great discussion on the blog the past few days, and I thank all you blog followers who posted in other forums to bring your friends who joined in the discussion as well. A special “ALOHA” to our fans in Oz, Germany, Russia, Korea, the UK, and France for connecting to my little grass shack out here in the Pacific.
So where are we now with our prognostications?
Theory: John McGarrett probably has a background story of owing someone money, or crossing someone the wrong way. His wife was murdered 18 years ago either because John was the intended target, or the murder was a warning to John to settle his debt.
Revealed: John got close to revealing the Yakuza boss in Hawaii, so the boss ordered his murder. Unfortunately his wife happened to be driving the car that day.
Theory: After the murder of his wife, John may have gone undercover, hid underground or went into some type of witness protection program to protect his children. …John was not in Steve’s life at that point. …Mary presumably was sent away to school on the mainland.
Revealed: At the airport, Mary Ann mentions that she was having a “deaj vu moment” of the last time they were at the airport and their father put them on separate planes for their safety.
Theory: There may be more than one snitch in the HPD.
Revealed: Koji (Hiro’s brother) was a crooked cop who planted the bomb.
Theory: I went out on a limb with this one- Mary Ann was up to something sinister.
Revealed: A lot of you reeled me back in and chalked up Mary Ann’s snooping as a desire to play Nancy Drew. Good call…I think Mary Ann doing anything sinister would have destroyed her character.
Theory: Cigarette butts, postcards and keys all play a role.
Revealed: Kudos to Mr. Mike’s followers for nailing the Sherlock Holmes dancing men reference. And boy, did I over think the brass key. But Peter Lenkov and writers skirted around a few things- McG’s yellow tablet showed figures *not* on the postcard. (presumably taken from other postcards). Hiro disposes the evidence, but Mary Ann saves the photos on her camera. Interestingly this wipes the slate clean somewhat, and the writers have a lot off leeway in introducing new evidence, rather than being obligated to what was originally shown in the pilot.
The all Alex show
Because the show finally moves the story arc along, Alex O’Loughlin was front and center in just about all of the scenes. He delivered immensely. So well, that one of the blog followers on Facebook is petioning for Alex’s nomination for an Emmy award. I mean this show had Alex doing everything- McG kicking Ninja butt, driving a motorycle through a club’s doors and up the stairs, and laying down his terms to the Gov and the bad guys! I’m sure a lot of people noticed a wider range of emotion that Alex had to work with. The strongest emotional scenes in the episode included McG pulling his sister out of the car, comforting her in the office, and sending her off at the gate. There was even a glimmer in his eyes as he turned away from his sister at the airport…my wife was halfway through the box of kleenex by then. I was crying because there was no battle royale at the golf course with Hiro, Wo Fat, Danno and McG. Men, we were robbed of epic combat!
I admit with the first two episodes, Steve and Mary Ann’s relationship was barely believable. The long hiatus of Mary Ann off camera was enough to convince some fans her presence was nearly useless…then came this episode. For the first time, I was convinced that they were siblings who did things their own way, but ultimately big brother would be there to look after little sis. With the lift of his hand under Mary’s chin, telling her he loved her, that spoke volumes of the relationship that had been missing for most of the season. I wasn’t a big Mary Ann fan at first, but after this episode, Five-0 fans finally see what Taryn Manning can do and should be impressed. I’m wanting to see more of Taryn Manning as Mary Ann helping McG close the case on their parents. Some feedback on the Facebook page shared this sentiment as well.
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″
1) We have the World’s Noisiest Ninjas. They failed Tiptoeing 101. At least they’re high tech…they don’t need ninja stars, they’ll just tase your a$$. McG didn’t even have a chance to yell “DON’T TASE ME BRO!”. Poor guy.
2) Getting anywhere is faster with a helicopter. Everyone has one.
3) When you live away from Hawaii long enough, you forget how to throw a shaka sign, because it looks like you’re doing a half shake of a juice can with three fingers.
Did you notice…? (now with SUPER OVER ANALYSIS!)
You gotta love Danno going all dental on the Yakuza.
Speaking of which, the Poorly Timed Commercial Placement Award goes to the Sensodyne Toothpaste company. Early on, Danno and McG find the tooth on the floor of Mary Ann’s house. In the commercial break after that, we see a Sensodyne commercial. Do we really need a desensitizing toothpaste if our tooth is knocked out? As far as I know, knocking a tooth out is the most permanent way to desensitize a tooth.
Chin Ho gets the pidgin down:
“Let’s see if the slippah fits, Cinderella.” Correct! Slipper, not flip flop.
“Rajah dat!” Pidgin for “roger that”, “understood”.
The Yakuza punks are not actually gangsters. They’re Korean boy band rejects
Bi Bim Back Street Boys.
A lot of the guitar you hear in the background of the episode is Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. Update: On rewatching, I think his contributions were at the gunfight on the beach, and McG motorcycle ride into Pipeline Cafe.
McG mentions Duke Kahanamoku. He was a surfing legend credited with spreading surfing outside of Hawaii. He was a 5 time Olympic medalist in swimming. His statue stands not very far from where Mamo’s Surf Stand was set up.
I can’t believe McG spent all that time reading the book. He should have just Googled “Sherlock Holmes dancing men” like I did.
Yes, I know Ka’a'awa (Mary Ann’s house) and Kaneohe/Maunawili (the golf course) is *not* Kaimuki, and yes I know that McG and Danno were better off driving on the H1 to get to the Pali, rather than jumping on a helicopter. And I know that isn’t Hawaiian Airlines flight number to Los Angeles at the correct gate. It’s called artistic license, relax locals!