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Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 23 “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau”:

May 10th, 2011 by

Action!

As the season winds down to the end, Peter Lenkov and crew have definitely kicked it up a few notches, and this is definitely one of the most exciting Hawaii Five-0 episodes this season.  Right from the get-go, we’re thrown along side the Five-0 team gearing up to storm Wo Fat’s safe house.  I mean seriously, I thought I’d missed the first five to ten minute of the episode…you know, the part where they explain how they find the house in the first place?  But no, explosions, gun fights, foot pursuits, and vehicular assaults were all part of the mayhem before the opening credits.

Now that, my friends, is how you start an episode!

A few requisite lulls were necessary to advance the story, but the downtown car chase cranked up the rollercoaster ride again.  The irony of the scene was that the car chase was filmed on a quiet Sunday morning in downtown Honolulu.  I think more cars were destroyed this episode than in any other episode!

Not a single hair was disturbed. Vidcap from CBS.

But the best twist of this episode wasn’t the fact the secretary did it…  Just as Danny and the rest of the team are high fiving and bro-hugging it out, I was ready for the fade to black and “Stay tuned for scenes from the next episode”.   But Sang Min suddenly crashes the party.  The whole team draws down on Sang Min, who confesses that he needs help from our heroes in a big way, and offers information for protection.  Things are coming to a head, and Peter and Paul Z promised us a big finish for the end of the season.

"Dammit Steve, exactly how much Aqua Velva did you splash on this morning?!?!" Vidcap from CBS.

The best procedural is when it’s not a procedural

The past few episodes were written in such a way that the procedural didn’t feel like a procedural at all.  Sometimes one lead follows another lead to a sometimes predictable end.  The turns in recent episodes are so twisted and convoluted that I hear a lot of people say that they were guessing till the very end…which is probably the best praise a writer can get for a procedural.  OF course what also moves the story along better is the fact that suspects never ask for their lawyers.

Chin’s story

Chin’s troubles are only beginning, and he’s starting to see the light thanks to Kono.  IA is on to Chin’s trickery, calling on Chin’s bluff, forcing him to procure the missing money, and then dropping the bombshell on him that they knew the money wasn’t the same stolen from the locker.  In a great scene, Kono finally paints the picture clearly, that Chin is heading down the wrong path for nothing: he’ll lose his house, owe money to a loan shark, *and* go to jail.  Time’s running out for Chin to make a decision, and if the finale preview is an indicator of season two, Chin may give up his noble crusade to save his uncle and take the job with HPD.

No more goodbyes?

You gotta love that boyish and sheepish “hand caught in the cookie jar” look that Danny gave Steve when Steve walked in the hospital room with Rachel asleep on him.  For better or for worse, Rachel and Danny are getting even closer.  He finally tells Steve at the end that he and Rachel have been seeing each other for some time.  But the best signal for Danny’s future with Rachel is the clever teleplay…  Back in “Hao Kanaka” Danny sees Rachel turn her back towards him through the rear view mirror as the car pulls away from her house.  This time around, the roles are reversed, and as Rachel looks at Danny through her mirror, Danny turns around to see her drive off.  Their future is uncertain, but no one can deny that they’re drawing closer.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 23 “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau”:

1)       Well I’m not sure what makes Filipino fried chicken unique, but if Kamekona were to bring Danny some real Filipino food, chicken adobo would have been good.  But Danny would probably pass on the balut (half developed duck egg) or bagoong (fish sauce).  Google balut.  I dare you.

Did you notice…?

Grace’s cell  ringtone is “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus.  Those of you following me on Twitter know that that song is my jam!  I’m moving my hips like yeah when I hear it.

“Nick’s Fishmarket, Pier 38” was on the placard before the car drove through it in the downtown chase.  It’s a fish restaurant on the docks of Honolulu Harbor.

Downbeat Diner on Hotel Street has great food!

Angry Birds got a mention, and Danny answers the age old question: “Why are they so angry?”

“Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau” is Hawaiian for Until the End is Near (CBS).

Hawaii Five-0 season finale preview!

May 10th, 2011 by

So a little peek into the characters’ radical “180″ turn…for the worse… Courtesy of @lankyguy:

“Mr. Kim goes to Washington”, Daniel Dae Kim goes to the Correspondents Dinner

May 8th, 2011 by

Thanks to Undercover Special Agent Ludivine for the link.  On a ten minute uncut clip from CBS’ Washington Unplugged segment, Nancy Cordes discusses Daniel’s time in Washington D.C., Daniel’s role as Chin Ho Kelly, the failed 1997 Five-0 remake pilot, his time on Lost, and a possible political connection to D.C.

Nancy Cordes is originally from Hawaii, and a graduate of…wait for it…Punahou School.  Somewhere at the HPD crime lab, Charlie Fong is cheering.

Daniel Dae Kim, CBS interview, vidcap from CBS.

Preview of “Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau”

May 6th, 2011 by

Thanks to H50fans on youtube!

More SPOILERY from EW

May 6th, 2011 by

Interesting stuff…like I wrote in my Champ box discussion back in January, I figured the key probably had figurative meaning, and didn’t actually open a physical lock.  Back then I thought it had to do with the cypher, but the cypher mystery has already been solved.

What’s really piqued my interest is the character’s 180 that the producers and writers have in store for them.

You guys have any ideas?

From Sandra Gonzalez, EW.com

‘HAWAII FIVE-0′: MAJOR MYSTERIES COME TO A CLOSE

The impression I get from exec producer Peter Lenkov, co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, and the rest of the team at H 5-0 is that they are adamant about one thing as they close out their freshman season: They have no interested in toying with viewers. This season’s major mysteries will have resolution, and they have so much more up their sleeves for season 2. Specifically, McGarrett’s storyline will come to a major head during the season opener, they say. “He finally gets the answers to the rest of the clues in his father’s box,” Lenkov says. “He finally figures out what those were and why his father was investigating them when he died. If you remember the pilot, he hears that the answer to everything was the key. If he could figure out what the key meant — literally and figuratively — he could solve this investigation he was on. We definitely pay this stuff off. Obviously, when you start answering things, new questions come up, but in terms of the box and the mystery of the box, that pays off. I think the people who were very loyal deserve those answers.”

Also on tap to be solved? The mystery behind the envelopes. “We answer that question as well. That ties into the mystery,” Zbyszewski says.

But why all this resolution? Lenkov says it was necessary, as the end of the season will bring about incredible changes. “I think what we’re really proud of is how each one of our characters does a complete 180 from where you saw them in the beginning of the season,” he says. “They really go through some major changes in the finale — life changes.”

Vague teasers from tvfanatic and TVGuide (SPOILERY)

May 5th, 2011 by

From tvfanatic.com

Someone will die on the Hawaii Five-O season finale. This much we know.

But executive producer Peter Lenkov teases to TV Guide that Steve McGarrett might play a key role in the demise of this unnamed character. Could the detective’s obsession with Wo Fat prove costly?

“McGarrett is a guy who goes to extremes,” Lenkov says. “I think he’s going to go further than he’s gone all season and he’s going to be very reckless.”

And tvguide.com

Look for McGarrett to finally get some closure related to his father’s death. “I think fans will be really surprised at how deep we go and how much they’ll learn by the end of the season,” co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski says. “There’s definitely more stuff to milk in Season 2, but some of those ‘Champ Box’ mysteries, we will be wrapping those up at seasons end.” That, of course means more Wo Fat, who brings a full-on assault against the team, which can no longer count on the governor for protection.

“CBS chief calls ‘Hawaii Five-0′ next billion-dollar franchise”

May 5th, 2011 by

Encouraging news for a season two!

Update: Mike Gordon’s coverage gives more detail:

“Hawaii Five-0,” the CBS crime-fighting drama that has consistently won its Monday night time slot in its inaugural season, was hailed today by the network’s chief executive as CBS’ next billion-dollar franchise.
“This is only ‘Hawaii Five-0′s first year and it’s already on its way to being another billion-dollars franchise for us, joining ‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI,’ which both remain strong on our network as well,” Leslie Moonves, CBS’ CEO and president,” said on a conference call following the release of the company’s earnings.

Moonves also said that the international and domestic syndication commitments for “Hawaii Five-0″ are now nearly $5 million per episode, “meaning that it is already extremely profitable.”

Last month, CBS sold “Hawaii Five-0″ to TNT at “very attractive rates,” according to Moonves. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the price tag was in the low-to-mid $2 million range.

CBS said it earned $202 million in the first three months of the year by cutting its costs for sporting events.

Although revenue dipped, CBS was able to save money by sharing coverage of the NCAA college basketball tournament with cable TV networks. It also didn’t have to pay to broadcast the Super Bowl, which was shown on Fox this year. CBS didn’t say how much it saved.

Net income in the first quarter came out to 29 cents per share, compared with a loss of $26 million, or 4 cents a share, a year ago. Last year’s income was 5 cents a share after excluding special items.

CBS said the results were helped by advertising revenue growth, after excluding the absence of the Super Bowl from its programming this year. The combined effect of not carrying the Super Bowl and shifting some of the NCAA basketball tournament games to Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting trimmed about $350 million off of revenue.

Still, revenue fell less than 1 percent to $3.51 billion.

The New York-based company also doubled its quarterly dividend to 10 cents per share. The dividend is payable on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 10.

Later this month, CBS will meet major advertisers in New York to sell its upcoming fall line-up. Moonves said he expects “double digit” percentage increases in ad prices from a year ago.

As we know, Hawaii Five-0 is doing well for CBS and a strong finish with the finale should bring even more advertisers in for season 2 (as of yet unannounced).

Claire van der Boom wins Australian Silver Logie award

May 4th, 2011 by

Congratulations to Claire on winning!  The Logie awards feature the best of Australian television.  Hat tip to Undercover Special Agent Nardia for the news.

From ABC Kimberly:

A Broome girl has won the Silver Logie over some of Australia’s most prominent actresses.

Claire van der Boom was voted the Most Outstanding actress for her role as a nun on the ABC television series Sisters of War

In the World War Two drama she plays Sister Berenice Twohill, who was captured by the Japanese. The show was based on true stories from a group of nurses and nuns who were made prisoners of war in 1942.

Hawaii Five-0 season 2 casting starts now!

May 4th, 2011 by

Update: Peter Lenkov leaks some Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 spoilers at PitchCon.org.

Alan Baltes is a casting agent who gets first hand info on casting calls, so I’d say this report is probably legit.  It’s not an announcement of the second season, but it’s a good sign.  Thanks to @lankyguy for the tip.

From Alan Baltes’ blog:

The CBS crime drama “Hawaii 5-0″ is currently in production on season 2 and casting for principal actors, day players, extras, and stand-ins is underway. The series regulars are mostly cast out of Los Angeles, and the rest of the casting is done in Hawaii. Shooting takes place in Oahu, Hawaii.

101st Street Productions and Kurtzman Orci Paper are the production companies behind the series which has received mostly positive reviews, although recent ratings have dropped far off from the first season drawing 19.34 million viewers for episode 15.

“Hawaii Five-0″ won the “Favorite New TV Drama” at the 37th People’s Choice Awards on January 5, 2011. Series star Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Danny. Actor Mark Dacascos, who played the role of Wo Fat in four episodes of season one, has been a fan favorite and will hopefully return for a series regular in season 2.

Who is Charlie Fong?

May 3rd, 2011 by

Well if you watched Hawaii Five-0 last night, you’ll know that Charlie is Punahou School’s fifth grade kissing champion, crime lab super star for the HPD, and potential love interest for Kono.  Charlie is played by actor Brian Yang who has a long and extensive list of credits to his resume:

Raised in the Bay Area, where he attended the University of California, at Berkeley, Brian Yang splits his time between the United States and China and has his hands in many different things.  He works as an actor, producer, host, model, and occasional event planner. Last summer, he produced Frexh Shanghai, a showcase of innovators in the fields of fashion, music, art, and food. He will look to do it again in late 2011. He was the host of Shanghai Rush – soon be available online at Dramafever.com – which ultimately gave way to what is now The Amazing Race China.  Recent acting credits include Universal Pictures’ The Man With the Iron Fists and the CBS series Hawaii Five-0 where he will be in two of the first season’s last three episodes as the character Charlie Fong on CBS.  Brian is a partner in 408 Films, a film production company that produced The People I’ve Slept With (now out on Netflix) and is currently in production on a video project about NBA player Jeremy Lin.

Talking about Hawaii Five-0:

The story of how I landed on the show is amazing in and of itself.  It was a right place at the right time kind of thing. I was vacationing in Hawaii when they just happened to be casting the part. What was supposed to be a one week trip turned into nearly a month extension after I was booked. I’ve shot two episodes so far and now the show is on hiatus. It’s been a pretty successful show in its first season so I’ve just been completely lucky and in awe to be a part of that. The crew was a joy to work with and I will be the first to say that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim are not only crazy talented, but so down to earth and kind. I’m pinching myself all the time. I hope you guys will be watching May 2nd when Charlie Fong is introduced!

Read the rest of the article from Privy.

Charlie Fong has a Facebook page!  Can state of Hawaii employees check Facebook while on the clock? ;)   Join Charlie on Facebook.

Brian Yang with Grace Park and Melanie Laenani Lewis, photo: Brian Yang, magazine.privy.net