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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 211, “Pahele”

December 6th, 2011 by

Writers Melissa Glenn and Jessica Rieder delivered an incredible episode last night with ruthless kidnappers, a case of mistaken identity and a good balance of team work and guest stars.

The team rushed in to save the kids. Photo: E-PR

The team rushed in to save the kids. Photo: E-PR

Aimee Garcia (“Dexter“) played the gorgeous but deadly kidnapper perfectly.  I watched the twitter feed light up with less than complimentary comments about her character.  Don’t let her ever catch you taking a cell phone call in the middle of a movie at the theater.  Also in the episode was Rick Gomez (“Band of Brothers“) who played the cartel boss Castillo masquerading as a lowly drug runner.  His maniacal Joker-esque transformation in the interrogation room was exceptional.  Equally brilliant was the twist that he was the cartel boss pulling the strings all along.  The ruthlessness of his cartel and the strength of his performance hopefully brings about another appearance.  Rounding out the guest stars, Ingo Rademacher (“General Hospital”) played the concerned dad.  Unfortunately, Masi Oka and Taylor Wily were missing in the episode, but I think the writers achieved a good balance between the guest stars as well as the Five-0 members.

Hiro, whatcha gonna do when you get out of jail?

He’s gonna have some fun!  What does he consider fun?  Probably not riding in the trunk of Joe’s car.  Hiro Noshimuri’s (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) appearance reinvigorated the excitement planted all the way back in season 1 with the mystery of the Champ box and the dancing men.  Those who haven’t seen the sneak peek for “Pahele” or missed my little question and answer with Cary were probably pleasantly surprised to see Hiro and newly introduced son Adam (Ian Anthony Dale)  in last night’s episode.  What did we glean from those short scenes?  Adam is probably a legitimate businessman who may get tangled in Dad’s business.  Like Michael Corleone, you can’t escape the family biz, Adam!  Hiro confessed that Shelbourne is a person whom Wo Fat himself fears.  So we learn the Shelbourne is a who.  But who exactly?  Is that Shelbourne on the phone that Joe is talking to?  Is it Wo Fat?  Is Joe Shelbourne, and the person on the phone is an as of yet unidentified new character?  I saw a few tweets implying that the phone call branded Joe as a traitor, but I don’t see it that way just yet.  Joe is still looking out for Steve’s best interests I believe, but his cloak and dagger moves may cast a sinister light on his motivations.  I’m calling it right now and saying that Joe, in my opinion is still on right side.

Yes, I worked a Tom Tom Club reference in here.

Governor Denning wants Alex O’Loughlin’s autograph

You're my boy, Steve!  Photo: E-PR

You're my boy, Steve! Photo: E-PR

One of the lingering criticisms of this season seems to be the inconsistent treatment of the new Governor’s regard of the team.  In the first two episodes of season 2, the Governor gave the impression that he was there to reign the Five-0 team in by rescinding  their mandate of full means and immunity.  On top of that, Governor Denning placed his own hand picked member (Lori Weston) into the team to keep them in check and presumably report back to him when the team goes rogue (i.e. a field trip to Korea).

Unless there’s something huge that we’re not seeing that the writers are building up, I think we may have missed an opportunity for an internal conflict that would strain the team but eventually make it stronger.  In her obligation to keep tabs on the team, Lori would surely come into disagreements with Steve choosing expedience over protocol.  Essentially, she would have taken over Danny’s role as the “voice of reason” to keep Steve in check.  Eventually at some point in the arc, Lori would realize that sometimes the right thing to do is not the legal thing to do, and her acceptance of that fact makes her a full fledged member of the team.  We’ll see where this goes.

We are so not sending our kids to South Shore Children’s Academy

Jay was having a good day.  He woke up early in the morning, packed his two spam musubis along with his can of Aloha Maid Passion Fruit juice in his aloha print lunch bag.  He patted his dog Lucky on the head, walked out the door and jumped into his bus.  At the Academy, he picked up the kids for their field trip to the theater to see Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

With the kids in the back excitedly debating the merits of being Team Jacob or Team Edward, Jay drove down the road, happily humming “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.   He suddenly noticed what seemed to be a two car fender bender ahead of them!  Being the good natured and helpful person person he was,  he released the door latch, swung the doors open and stepped onto the pavement.

“Hey, anyone hurt?” he asked in his cheerful manner.

The woman turned to him and her warm smile dropped as she pulled the pistol from her waist.  “Yeah, you,” she said flatly.

Ms. Christie looked up in time to see Jay collapse as three shots rang out.  The kids screamed and panicked  as the man and woman marched purposefully towards the bus…

“OH MY GOD SHUT THE DOOR AND DRIVE AWAY!” yelled my wife at the TV.  She does that from time to time, somehow thinking the people in the magic box will respond to her suggestions.  Of course, if Ms. Christie did that, we’d be watching commercials for the next fifty minutes.

Ms. Christie needed more guidance from my wife later in the episode:  “OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO OBVIOUS! SEND THE TEXT WHEN SHE’S NOT LOOKING!!!”

Attention administrators of the South Shore Children’s Academy, my wife is displeased with your staff’s apparent inability to manage a hostage situation.  Please refund us our tuition deposit, we intend to send our kids to Kukui Elementary school.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 211, “Pahele”

1)  Wash your pineapples really, really well, and they still do grow on trees.

2)  The people of Hawaii are very appreciative of the work the police do.  If I were a parent of a kidnapped child at that school, I would hug my child tenderly like at the end of the episode.   And then hug Officer Kalakaua for a good five to ten minutes or so, because I’m really, really thankful for her.  Bringing my child back.

Did you notice…?

Jay Katsu was the poor bus driver who got gunned down.  His brothers Anthony “Tone” Katsu, and “Chick” Ken Katsu as well as his sister Carrie Katsu, were very distraught.  Services will be held this Friday, catered by L&L Drive Inn.  Who’s hungry?

Last photo of the Katsu family together.

Last photo of the Katsu family together.

The Le Jardin Academy in Kailua was the “South Shore Children’s Academy”.

Hawaii Five-0 overtakes Castle in Week 11

December 6th, 2011 by

Perhaps the American Country Awards siphoned off viewers from Castle, as the show’s preliminary numbers were very low.  As Hawaii Five-0 fans, we’ll take it!  WIN!

From Zap2it.com:

Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

The second American Country Awards drew a bigger audience for FOX than the inaugural show did last year, but they still played second fiddle to CBS on Monday. The Eye led all three hours of primetime, and “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” were both up a good amount over their last original episodes.

CBS averaged 12.3 million viewers and a 7.7 rating/12 share in households for the night, leading second-place FOX (7.4 million, 4.5/7) by a wide margin. ABC came in third with 6.55 million viewers and a 3.9/6. NBC (4 million, 2.4/4) took fourth, and The CW trailed with 1.5 million viewers and a 1.0/2.

CBS also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic — its 4.0 rating doubled the 2.0 for FOX, which finished second. ABC grabbed third with a 1.8, followed by NBC, 1.0, and The CW, 0.7.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “How I Met Your Mother” (11.7 million viewers, 7.3/11 households)/”2 Broke Girls” (12.8 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: Specials – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (9.1 million, 4.7/7)/”Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” (7 million, 3.5/5)
FOX: American Country Awards (7.3 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “A Sing-Off Christmas” (4.4 million, 2.7/4)
The CW: “Gossip Girl” (1.3 million, 0.9/1)

18-49 leader: “2 Broke Girls” (4.6)

9 p.m.

CBS: “Two and a Half Men” (15 million, 9.3/14)/”Mike & Molly” (12.7 million, 7.9/12)
FOX: American Country Awards (7.5 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: “A Sing-Off Christmas” (3.8 million, 2.2/3)
ABC: “You Deserve It” (3.6 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: “Hart of Dixie” (1.8 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: “Two and a Half Men” (5.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Hawaii Five-0″ (10.8 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: “Castle” (8.05 million, 5.3/8)
NBC: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (3.4 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: “Hawaii Five-0″ (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

According to Mel: 2×11 “Pahele” Lots of People Trapped in Small Spaces

December 6th, 2011 by

Sorry Gov, Team H50 isn't impressed with your dog and pony show.

READ my OFFICIAL RECAP HERE!

So, the high from 2×10 has worn off, and our team is back to business as usual. Don’t get me wrong, this was a great episode with lots of great moments, I just think I’m still on post-epic 2×10 let-down.

The Pros:

– I love that the team is standing behind the Governor and muttering under their breath about how they don’t want to be there. And Kono likes Danny’s tie, which is awesome, because I have missed that tie.

– Hey look! The Governor is back! Where exactly has he been, again?

– Joe White and the blow-back from North Korea. Thank you, Show, for showing some consequences of that little outing. Impressive as hell, but yeah, in Navy terms, kinda a no-no. And I’m assuming that since Steve is under “reserve” status and White is still “active” that’s why Steve didn’t get his hands slapped either.

– Again, Scott Caan rocks the angst and worry over the kids because he empathizes with the parents.

– Lots of wonderful Kono and Chin with all their lovely gadgets. Very much liked Kono doing the memory drill with her iPad.

– Chester Tripp – the guy who played Franky “the schmuck” Castillo – was BRILLIANT! Creepy with a capital C and played off of Steve and Danny so damn well. he was a hellova lot more interesting than the actual kidnappers.

– HIRIO NOSHIMURI! So so nice to see him again and the great Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Even if he did get stuffed in Joe White’s trunk. And Joe nearly ripped his ‘stache off.

– LOVED the cargument over the “little red dot” and “Willie Nelson” driving the truck. Hysterical. Although I gotta ask, how many times did the Camaro get stuck in the mud during those takes? Camaros are not, inherently, off-road vehicles.

– Chin gets to drive the BIG BOY TOYS! Maybe I’m just easy, but I really liked the ginormous dump-truck.

– Nice team interaction for a happy ending with the kids.

– The twist at the end – was great and yet, I sorta saw this coming. For the record,I don’t think Joe is evil. I think he’s still protecting Steve. But I also think whoever he’s “moving” might have something to do with Momma McG. Just… please don’t make him something so soap-opera lame as Steve’s real daddy or make him some sort of double agent. That would be so very boring.

 

The Cons:

– What happened to the Governor who was all about telling Steve that his “immunity and means” days were over, there was a new sheriff in town? I mean, he tried to be a a hard-liner about the drugs and then suddenly he’s telling team McG “do whatever you have to.” I’d buy it if he’d actually been shown in earlier eps as giving a damn, or maybe furthering his connection to Lori since he DID appoint her. But as is, he just feels like a pop-in character.

– Lori told McGarrett she used to kick her boyfriend’s ass and yet, a 90lb girl knocks her down and disarms her in two seconds.

– Speaking of the kidnapper girl – her line delivery was … dry. I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to laugh when she delivers the ultimatum about the kids dying if Steve doesn’t get her her coke.

– I miss Max.

 The Verdict: Solid B+ episode. A compelling case and an intriguing twist at the end.

Talk to me, people. What did YOU think of 2×11?

Hawaii Five-0 promo: “Alaheo Pau’ole”

December 5th, 2011 by

Preview for “Alaheo Pau’ole” (Gone Forever) – our last new episode until 2012.

Hawaii Five-0 (mild) spoiler: Trouble in Danno-land

December 5th, 2011 by

It looks like Danny Williams had more than one angry “ex” in his life.  A spoiler on Eonline, reveals that Danno’s former partner shows up  to stir up trouble.  Will McGarrett be forced into Rambo mode to protect his little buddy?

Shannon: What’s coming up on Hawaii Five-0?! You’ve been holding out on us!
Fans will be meeting Danny’s (Scott Caan) former police partner in episode 15, when Rick, “the ex,” seeks revenge against McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) BFF. And yes, fans should start worrying as Rick particularly enjoys watching Danny suffer. Ruh-roh!

Benjamin: Hit me with some Hawaii Five-0 scoop!
Prepare for flashbacks! We’ll get to see McGarrett at age 16. Like any normal teenager, he’s pretty angsty, especially towards his father.

Video: Hawaii Five-0 at Le Jardin Academy

December 5th, 2011 by

Portions of tonight’s Hawaii Five-0 episode, “Pahele” were filmed at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua and some of the lucky students had the chance to interview a few of the show’s stars. The kids shared their experiences in this video from Hawaii News Now.

Exclusive: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa teases with news of Mr. Noshimuri

December 5th, 2011 by

Die hard fans of the show remember that the cryptic dancing men code led the Hawaii Five-0 team directly to business tycoon and Yakuza boss Hiro Noshimuri, played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.  The supper partner of the late Governor Jameson is also a known associate of Wo Fat but hasn’t been seen since season 1.  But fear not, fan favorite Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is back to reprise his role as Hiro Noshimuri.  He was kind of enough to answer some questions via email (in his trademark happy, not shouting all caps style!).

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Fans have been waiting patiently for a long time, and we’re finally gonna get to see Hiro Noshimuri in tonight’s episode. Where has he been?  In the slammer or out on the fairways of the Ko’olau Golf Course?
ALOHA!  HAVING A RE-EDUCATION IN HALAWA PRISON.  HE LEARNED A LOT, GOT A LOT OF REST, LOT OF TIME TO THINK ‘BOUT MC GARRETT.  HE’S SMARTER, RELAXED AND READY TO SLOWLY PLOT HIS LAST DEVIOUS VENGEFUL MOMENT…

But what about Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, what has he been up to the past few months?
I’VE WORKED ON “47 RONIN” IN ENGLAND AND BUDAPEST.  I PLAYED THE SHOGUN IN THE STORY.  IT WAS GREAT TO WORK WITH SANADA HIROYUKI AND THE OTHER JAPANESE ACTORS INCLUDING KO SHIBASAKI WHO DID AN AMAZING JOB.  THEN I WORKED ON ” LITTLE BOY” DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO MONTEVERDE IN MEXICO.  THE STORY IS  SET IN 1942-43 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND IS ABOUT A FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A 70 YR. OLD JAPANESE MAN AND A 7 YR. OLD BOY…

We’ll be looking forward to both.  I’m definitely looking forward to see “47 Ronin” on the big screen.  In the preview that CBS released, Hiro is seen talking to a younger guy (Ian Anothny Dale).  Who’s side is Adam Noshimuri is on?
ADAM WILL BE CRITICAL IN THE FUTURE OF THE NOSHIMURI STORY PLOT…I COULD GUESS BUT CANT SAY ANYTHING.

What’s new with your social network and Chuu Shin training that we talked in your last interview with me?
OAHU WILL BE THE LAUNCHING POINT FOR CHUU SHIN ATHLETE TRAINING FOR ALL ATHLETES…A HYBRID SYSTEM THAT BRIDGES MARTIAL ARTS AND WESTERN SPORTS PERSPECTIVES…BEGINS ON CHINESE NEW YR. JAN.23…

MAHALO HIRO!

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Read my first interview with Cary.

Follow Cary at @CHTagawa on twitter, and on Facebook.

Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park at Honolulu City Lights parade

December 5th, 2011 by

The Christmas season in Honolulu was kicked off this past Saturday with the City Lights Electric Parade and tree lighting. Mayor Peter B. Carlisle lit the tree, but the event was also attended by Honolulu’s unofficial mayor, Daniel Dae Kim, and his Hawaii Five-0 co-star, Grace Park.  The  pair certainly appeared to be enjoying the festivities.  We’d like to send a special shout-out to Undercover Special Agent Beach Bum for sharing these exclusive photos with us.

Update:  Tina Lau has shared some of her Honolulu City Lights photos with us.

New behind the scenes photos from Hawaii Five-0

December 2nd, 2011 by

Ooh, sexy people running in tight black clothing!  CBS didn’t release their usual promo photos for Hawaii Five-0 this week, so luckily local publicity company E-PR did.

More promo and BTS pics can be found on Facebook!

They’re going to the chapel, and they’re gonna get married (on the beach)

December 2nd, 2011 by

Check out AOLTV’s exclusive photos and write up of Chin and Malia’s wedding (Daniel Dae Kim and Reiko Aylesworth).  Major BTS photset on their blog!

Daniel Dae Kim and Reiko Aylesworth on Hawaii Five-0.

Daniel Dae Kim and Reiko Aylesworth on Hawaii Five-0. Photo: CBS

Alex O'Loughlin takes the ring from the ring bearer.  Photo: CBS.

Alex O'Loughlin takes the ring from the ring bearer. Photo: CBS.