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February 15th, 2011 by officer808
"Yo ho ho and a bottle of Kona Brewing Company Fire Rock Pale Ale!" Photo: Jack Mynah
I feel robbed. As in robbed by a burglar, but thankfully not shanghaied like a pirate. The whole build up to the episode was that we’ll see pirates- the scourge of the seas, maiming and pillaging poor hapless tourists and locals. And not just any pirates, Tongan pirates, the worst of the bunch! Much more worse than the Samoan, Fijian and Micronesian pirates. Abandon all hope all ye who ply the Hawaiian waters!
Alas, piracy was nothing but a red herring for the viewers and the Five-0 team, from the mind of writer Joe Halpin (who I hear is a former police officer). Piracy was the cover for an elaborate kidnapping and ransom plot, concocted by former boy band front man Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees as Tyler, and his conniving fiancee Susan, played by Vanessa Minnillo.
What saved the somewhat predictable plot was the dialog, photography and some unpredictable moments. I loved the cargument that Danny and McG had outside of the Mercury Marquis, while pushing the monstrous car (formerly belonging to Jack Lord) up the hill. Danny was on a roll further along the episode, busting Kamekona’s chops: “Waitaminute, did he just say training bra?”. We definitely heard a lot of the Danny dialog that we got used to at the beginning of the series, which was toned down just a little during the middle stretch of the season.
The guest stars shined, with Vanessa Minnillo doing a great job of playing the hapless victim and sneaky conspirator. Nick Lachey however wasn’t given enough to run with, seemingly anyone could have played that role. My favorite character though was Saloni “I’m Mr. Aloha”, played by Native American actor Branscombe Richmond. He definitely had the local look, attitude and dialect down. Notable also was actor Ray Wise, of “Twin Peaks” fame (no Laura Palmer was not on the party boat).
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, or "Bonnie and Clyde" as Alex O'Loughlin reported. Photo: CBS
I think the director of photography may have taken a few pages out of the Jerry Bruckheimer/CSI Miami playbook. The ocean scenes showed deep blues, and the day scenes glowed a gorgeous yellow. The show still does make Hawaii look good. Noticed how the interior of the warehouse floor (the money exchange scene) was wet? A trademark Bruckheimer signature gimmick.
The best scene in the episode was McG’s and Danny’s attempt to sweet talk the pawn shop owner in giving in to an unwarranted search. McG has been definitely channeling his inner Schwarzenegger lately, with Predator mud face paint and traps, and Commando attitude last week. This week we get The Terminator:
McG: I’ll be back.
Danny: I’ll be back!?!? What are you gonna do, drive a car through here…?!?
Of course he comes back with a grenade from the glove box (don’t we all keep one there?) and demolishes the door. Door opened, problem solved. Next week, the writers might lighten up the mood and pull references from “Kindergarten Cop” or “Twins”.
Disclaimer: Any allusion to the height difference between Alex and Scott is purely coincidental. Photo: Universal Studios
The coolest stunt executed was when Justin Sundquist (Alex’s stunt double) vaulted through the warehouse window, then jumped from the trunk of a car to a trolley pulling away, resulting in McG getting off three shots lying down, hitting Tyler square in the chest. If that isn’t badass, I don’t know what is.
So I enjoyed the episode. The clever dialog, extra guest star power and the photography elevated what could have been an average episode to a pretty good episode. A lot of people on the net have been stating all day that while it was a good stand alone episode, it definitely wouldn’t be one of their favorites of the season.
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHH there pirates in Hawaii?
Thankfully, pirates do not ply the waters of Hawaii, and I want all of you who’ve emailed me that you’re coming here to know that you will not be hijacked while on a pleasure cruise, fishing trip or dinner cruise.
99.999% of the people of Hawaii will embrace you, welcome you and go out of their way to help you visitors out…but Saloni the Tongan pirate confessed something that local criminals believe: “I rob people. People who could afford to take the loss. Rich tourists who have no respect for these islands. I rip them off, but I don’t hurt them.” Criminals use this ridiculous excuse to target those visiting these islands, people who we invite, and quite honestly it makes me sad and ashamed. Because we are the Aloha state, American and international tourists victimized by crime do have assistance, even if they’ve lost everything and are thousands of miles away from home- the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. This non profit group’s sole purpose is to help tourists in need, which reinstills my pride in the people of Hawaii.
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 17, “Powa Maka Moana”:
1) There ARRH no pirates in Hawaii (I’m gonna beat that joke till the end, folks).
2) Grenades are more effective for executing searches than a warrant, so just open the door next time for the nice officer holding the grenade.
Did you notice…?
Actor Cody Gomes (Moku the bartender) had a small part in “Lost” as a Swan station construction worker who’s big line was “What’s the serial number for this hatch?” (thanks @hawaii for the tip).
The pawn store was also used as the “HOFFS DRAWLAR Funeral Parlor” for John Locke’s service in “Lost”.
Actor Taylor Wiley (Kamekona) actually did dabble in sumo and mixed martial arts earlier in his career.
McG and Danno were pushing the car up Round Top Drive and were at Tantalus lookout, not the Pali Highway as Danno stated.
McG and Danno met Kamekona in front of the Hale Koa hotel, a military hotel, which explains why men and women in military uniform were walking by. This of course is unlikely in actuality since they would be on vacation and not on duty.
The cut scene of lava hitting the ocean is from the Big Island, Volcanoes National Park. In the same cut scene, we see all the other water sports Hawaii has: boating, fishing , parasailing.
“Powa maka moana” literally translates to “one who steals on the ocean”, or simply, “pirate”.
February 14th, 2011 by officer808
Malika Dudley takes on Alex single handed in a fist fight!
KGMB reporter Malika Dudley caught up with Alex O’Loughlin on set to see some of the stunts in action, performed by Alex’s stunt double Justin Sundquist. She also gets a crash course on TV fist fights from Alex himself…
Read her blog post from today, and tune in to KGMB news tonight at 10:00 PM for the full report.
Stunts, Alex O’Loughlin & Moi!
Malika Dudley, February 14, 2011
Source: Malika Dudley’s Life’s Swell Blog
Malika Dudley, Alex O'Loughlin on set for Hawaii Five-0, Photo: KGMB
The stunts on Hawaii Five-0 are awesome but boy does it take a lot of hard work. I was on set to experience just what goes into creating a stunt sequence. When I got to Liliha street they were just setting up the stunt. The trolley was parked down the street. A ways up was “the car” – the one the stunt double has to launch off of to land inside the moving trolley. Woah. I wouldn’t do that!
Justin Sundquist, Alex O’loughlin’s stunt double actually got hurt on the first take. The trolley was a little too far away and he caught the railing right in his stomach. On the second take he was a little late and scraped the side of his tricep. Ouch! What’s interesting is how they determine who does what. The studio won’t let Alex do all of his stunts because the production would get shut down if he gets hurt. So Justin does the big stuff and Alex does as much as he can leading up to it. For this particular stunt that meant running, jumping onto the hood of the car and launching himself into the air – into pads. Alex did that about four times and it was a wrap for the stunt. It’s pretty cool to see these types of scenes unfold. You can feel and hear the crew release a sigh of relief when it’s done without a hitch and conversely suck in their breath when someone gets hurt.
I can relate to this. I did a stunt for the movie “You May Not Kiss the Bride” about a year ago. They set the jeep I was riding in on fire, sent it careening down a hill and into a tree to blow up. Along the way, I jump out with only a rock along the path of the jeep as my cue to jump. The adrenaline rush was like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I seriously could have died. You can call it thrill-seeking or stupid, but action shows are nothing without their stunts teams.
Malika Dudley, Alex O'Loughlin on set for Hawaii Five-0, Photo: KGMB
A fun extra on my Five-0 shoot was my “fight scene” with the shows star, Alex O’Loughlin. The guy cracks me up. He’s funny and light-hearted and humored me with a quick “lesson” on how to do what he calls a “nap.” If you ask you shall receive – so I asked if I could punch him. I loved how he totally got into it and produced a quick fight scene for us to perform. He then let me kick him in the head. Kind of. As I brought my leg back he grabbed it and preceded to “dance” with me – calling it the “one-legged waltz.” All in all, a great shoot for a great story.
Malika Dudley, Alex O'Loughlin on set for Hawaii Five-0, Photo: KGMB
February 14th, 2011 by officer808
Mike Gordon reported yesterday that Jack Lord’s (Steve McGarrett from the original Five-0) 1974 Mercury Marquis will make another appearance in tonight’s episode. Jack Lord’s stunt double John Nordlum inherited the car after the series ended in 1980. We first saw this car in the Pilot, in John McGarrett’s garage. A few episodes ago, we saw Steve trying to order a part get the car going again. Looks like we see the car rolling in tonight’s episode!
What I love about this is the writers continually look to see how they can tie the old series to the new one, and the appearance of such a distinctive and iconic car is definitely a hat tip to the original series.
Filming at Tantalus with the original Five-0 Mercury, 1/25/11, Photo: Tina Lau
‘Hawaii Five-0′ rolls out McGarrett’s black Mercury
By Mike Gordon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, February 13, 2011
Think of it as a metaphor for a character who refuses to quit or maybe the ghost of the actor who first brought him to life. Either way, the spirit of Jack Lord will be making an appearance tomorrow on the new “Hawaii Five-0.”
He’ll arrive in the guise of a black 1974 Mercury Marquis that’s still running after more than 200,000 miles. The sedan was Lord’s ride when he starred as Steve McGarrett in the original series. After the show ended in 1980, he gave the car to his stunt double, John Nordlum.
If you watched the pilot of the new series, you saw the Mercury when the new McGarrett poked around his father’s garage. It was the aging car’s only screen time until the “Five-0″ writers brought it back for an episode shot last month.
Nordlum was invited to watch. He gave the production crew a few tips about getting the monster’s 460-cubic-inch V-8 to start. “It was a cute scene,” he said. “It looks really good in the shot, but it doesn’t run in the shot.”
When the show borrowed the car last spring for the pilot, Nordlum was told it would be used more often.
“They had some shows in mind, but they wanted to get the series established first,” he said. “It’s beginning to materialize now, and I am very happy with that.”
February 13th, 2011 by officer808
Mark Dacascos takes a Twitter hiatus
Actor Mark Dacascos made a surprising announcement at about 8:00 PM HST, stating that he is taking an indefinite break from Twitter. Unfortunately, he’s already deleted his account, and I wasn’t able to pull the tweets directly… To paraphrase, he stated that he loved technology and especially loved the fans, but he’s so busy with work and family that he decided to close the account. Aloha Mark, hope we see you soon as Wo Fat, and thanks for keeping your fans close on Twitter.
Update: Thanks to fellow blogger @TalkinToU, we have a screenshot:
Mark Dacascos' last tweets. Screencap: @TalkinToU
Krisin’s interview with Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim on E! Online
Check out Kristin Dos Santos’ interview with Alex and Daniel on E! Online.
Alex: “To be embraced the way I have on this island, by the people here, …I can’t stress enough how much it means to me… Having people come up to me in the street, on airplanes, or all over the place, they put a hand on my shoulder and say “You’re the new young ambassador for our people,” …it’s like “Wow.” I’m gonna make you guys as proud as I can and I hope we’ll be around for a long time.
Undercover Speacial Agent Eggfooyoung’s report
@eggfooyoung got to see some of the filming of “Powa Maka Moana” on January 23rd and reported back to me (mild, mild spoiler):
I sat right by the down escalator since they were filming on the outside bar of Tiki’s. It was a spring break scene with the music going loud to get the background actors dancing, but once Daniel & Grace started talking, the music is off, but the background had to keep on dancing like it was playing. One scene they were looking for a guy in a pink shirt and jeans. Daniel and Grace go and talk to the bartender, and that’s when the guy started running towards the pool with the Five-0′s chasing him.
See some of the photos in the Facebook group’s “Right Place, Right Time, Fan Photos 2011″.
More photos on Facebook
A total of 13 new photos were uploaded to the “Right Place, Right Time, Fan Photos 2011″ folder. Mahalo to @eggfooyoung and @DVaughn26 for contributing!
Preview of “Powa Maka Moana”
February 11th, 2011 by officer808
Source: Honolulu Pulse
Daniel Dae Kim headlines HTY fundraiser
—Courtney Biggs / Special to the Star-Advertiser
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By Christie Wilson / email@example.com
Before starring in the hit television dramas “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” Daniel Dae Kim began his acting career as one of thousands of nameless “starving artists” trying to break into show business.
“Quite literally. I spent eight years in New York after college doing theater, most of it off and off-off Broadway and often for nothing. I’m very in touch with what it means to be a theater artist,” Kim said.
The now wildly popular actor lent his star power to Thursday night’s Actors & Artists Fund Launch Party for Honolulu Theatre of Youth, joining the group’s regular performers on stage at Tenney Theatre in providing a sneak peek of “The Lion Dancer,” a play scheduled for HTY’s next season.
The fund will be used exclusively to pay “a living wage” to HTY’s actors, directors, designers, composers and playwrights, according to artistic director Eric Johnson.
Honolulu Theatre for Youth has been in existence for 56 years, providing professional theater and drama education programs.
Kim helps with acting workshops for HTY artists on occasion and has another connection to the group through Annie Wood Cusick, the board member behind the Actors & Artists Fund and wife of Henry Ian Cusick, who portrayed Desmond in ABC’s “Lost.”
In addition to a raffle, Thursday night’s fundraising activities included the kickoff of an online auction for autographed artwork by other “Lost” actors that is generating interest from around the world as “Losties” learn of the event.
The items include a bracelet made of shells collected on North Shore beaches by actor Terry O’Quinn, who played John Locke. Jorge Garcia (Hurley) donated a mixed media drawing of himself doing a cannonball into the water, exposed butt crack and all.
Ken Leung (Miles) offered a pencil drawing of actress Evangeline Lilly (Kate), while Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), an accomplished artist in real life, provided a pen and ink original print.
Although Josh Holloway (Sawyer) donated a watercolor of a boat speeding into a sunset (could it be the “Others”?), most of the women in the room were drawn to an autographed blue, button-down shirt worn by the actor during filming of “Lost.”
Also participating in stage readings at the fundraiser were local media personalities Kirk Matthews, Linda Coble and Trini Kaopuiki, and HTY actors Junior Tesoro, Maile Holck, Nina Buck, Moses Goods and Tony Anagaran.
Of all the actors who have come to Hawaii in recent years as cast members of mainland television shows or movies, Kim stands out for his open community involvement and accessibility.
“It’s because I call it home. I care about my home and this is the only professional theater in Hawaii and it’s worth supporting,” he said. “It’s good not only for the community but for the theater artists to have a place where they can come and act.”
February 11th, 2011 by officer808
Updated with more chantilly frosting and Wayne Harada’s article from yesterday’s Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The Temptation of Tasty Treats
A few of my Undercover Special Agents on the Facebook group are whispering into my ear about a potential and lucrative business opportunity.
But first let me back track a bit. Writer for the Pacific Business news Janis L. Magin wrote about Liliha Bakery’s sudden rise in national popularity due to the short dialog between Danny and Chin Ho at the beginning of “E Malama” this past Monday.
The Liliha Bakery logo box was perched atop the hood of a car as Kelly, played by Daniel Dae Kim, explained to Danno, played by Scott Caan, that the pastry puffs filled with chocolate cream with a dab of chantilly frosting were called coco puffs.
…Hawaii Five-O’s producers approached bakery owner Peter Kim about a month ago and asked if they could feature the bakery’s product.
“We were more than tickled, of course,” [manager Arlene] Zakaimi said.
Next day, a flurry of question flooded the blog and facebook wall about Liliha Bakery and coco puffs. To answer the questions: yes, they’re that good. But do they ship?
I called the bakery and talked to Lourdes, who sounded like a nice lady at Liliha Bakery. She confirmed that they do NOT ship to the mainland.
“But wait,” someone said, “Officer 808, you’re in Hawaii, couldn’t you ship it to us?”
So that planted the idea in my head. What if I started trafficking Liliha Bakery coco puffs and Leonard’s Bakery malasadas to the mainland? Let’s do the math: at almost $14 for a dozen, with a 200% black market mark up, this could be a very lucrative business opportunity. I can be the Godfather of organized coco puff trafficking. Or maybe even a malasada profiteer. 35 year old soccer moms will cruise darkened streets and back alleys of their towns looking for their coco puff dealer to get their fix. Their addiction eventually spirals out of control, since they’ll be fixing their children healthy dinners with lots of vegetables, while they run off into the basement, to find the stash of coco puffs behind the washer and bury their faces in it until they’re inhaling chantilly frosting. “No,” she’ll say, “I don’t have a problem, I can stop whenever I want to,” but the telltale signs are there- chantilly frosting on the tip of her nose, white sugar at the corner of her lips. Little Tommy will find his mom on the basement floor, passed out from overdosing on ten coco puffs, with chantilly smeared over a big, wide grin.
But alas, I am an Undercover Agent, bound to my high ethical codes, and I cannot go down that dark path. I’d be no better than an HPD officer stealing $200,000 from the evidence locker.
What it means for you, my friends, is that you need to come down to Hawaii and try them for yourselves…
Just say "Yes" to coco puffs! Photo: Liliha Bakery
Check out Wayne Harada’s article about local “grindz” (snacks) in his Honolulu Star Advertiser article.
Here’s a snippet:
At the beginning of Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0,” Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) not only introduced Danno (Scott Caan) to the wonders of coco puffs. The expansive fan base of the filmed-in-Hawaii CBS reboot got the word about Liliha Bakery’s golden delight, the mini cream puff stuffed with an ono chocolate cream and topped with a small hill of Chantilly frosting. They even showed off the recently-launched chocolate-colored box-with-a-handle, which is toted out of the little shop of pleasures daily at $13.70 a dozen.
It’s great the show informs its viewing public about the real-life grindz of our lovely state; this might not please the local populace, regularly flocking to that the crowded gallery of eager buyers on Kuakini Street. It’ll be a lot more jammed with folks who are discovering this delish delight for the first time.
February 9th, 2011 by officer808
One of my Undercover Special Agents (blog follower) from Australia, McPhee submitted this great article about Australian actress Claire van der Boom. She’s appeared in two episodes so far, including “E Malama” this past week. Read on to find out more about the former Mrs. Danny Williams!
Mahalo to McPhee, and you Aussies can check out her Five-0 promos here on youtube.
Note- the Australians haven’t met Rachel yet, they’re only on Episode 2, “Ohana”.
“Time in the Sun”, Claire van der Boom TV Guide Interview, from The Examiner newspaper
Calire van der Boom as Rachel Williams, Hawaii Five-0, Photo: CBS
Claire van der Boom’s career is not only taking off, it’s travelling to Hawaii. The former Rush star spoke with Guy Davis about her new role on Hawaii Five-0.
One of the most fearsome characters on Ten’s Hawaii Five-0 – the slick, snazzy update of the classic cop series – is Rachel, the ex-wife of Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, played by Scott Caan.
While we haven’t seen Rachel in the flesh as yet, we have heard the hot-tempered arguments between her and Danno over the phone… and the fact that the screeching theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is Danno’s ringtone also gives some indication that Rachel is trouble.
Ah, but appearances can be deceiving. And getting one side of the story never provides the big picture.
That’s what viewers of Hawaii Five-0 will discover soon, because Rachel is set to show up in the near future, and in the form of Australian actor Claire van der Boom.
Yes, the former Rush star is joining the cast of the show alongside fellow Aussie Alex O’Loughlin (who plays tough-guy cop Steve McGarrett), ex-Lost star Daniel Dae Kim and Battlestar Galactica’s Grace Park.
And while her co-stars will be battling crime in the beautiful tropical locale of Hawaii, van der Boom’s Rachel is set to battle Danno, her ex-husband and the father of her young daughter, Grace.
What’s more, it’s going to be a fairly even fight, because Rachel is just as tough as her ex. But she’s also nowhere near as scary as Danno has made out.
After all, as McGarrett and the rest of the team have discovered, Danno is no walk in the park himself.
“You initially may think that Rachel is supposed to be this out-and-out bitch but then you see how Danno relates to other people!” laughed van der Boom. “It’s then you start to realise there might be a bit more to their relationship, ‘God help her, being married to him’.”
After their separation, Rachel, a well-to-do Englishwoman, has remarried but there’s still a bit of romantic tension between her and Danno.
“You actually wonder how these two ever got together – this upper-crust Brit and this rough-around-the-edges cop from New Jersey – so it takes a bit of adding up to work that out,” van der Boom said. “But they spark together, both positively and negativity. And they match wits very well – sometimes she’ll top him but other times he’ll top her. It’s a fun power struggle.”
Following her acclaimed performance in the epic World War II miniseries The Pacific, van der Boom was offered the role of Rachel without having to audition. It marks another upswing in a career that has seen her rarely out of work since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 2005.
She admits, however, that the fast pace of making a show such as Hawaii Five-0 is at times daunting, especially when working opposite a live wire such as Ocean’s Eleven star Caan.
“It sounds a bit wanky but I do a lot of imaginative work in creating a character,” she explained.
“During the day, while I’m doing the dishes, I’ll be thinking about this woman and who she might be and why she’s in this situation. But on the day, you kind of have to drop all that and work with what’s in front of you… which is Scott Caan.
“So you just have to play, really. Particularly with someone like Scott, who improvises all the time. One of my first days on the set, someone said to me ‘You’ve probably guessed by now that Scott does what he wants. Just go with it’. But he keeps coming up with such gold that they let him. He’s a very, very witty and naughty man – one of the funniest I’ve met, to be honest.”
When she’s not working alongside Caan, she’s working with O’Loughlin, whom she glowingly describes as “one of the best”.
And she admits that there are times when she looks around the Hawaii locations and pinches herself, amazed that she’s working on a top-rating US television show halfway around the world.
“You do appreciate every second of it because the nature of the job is that you never know where or when you’ll work next,” she said.
For van der Boom, however, there’s a bit of upcoming work on her slate. This February, for instance, she’ll be seen in The Man Who Got Away, one of three Underbelly true-crime telemovies.
And her character? “She’s a bit of a scrag,” she laughed. “But that’s the Underbelly style, isn’t it? The women aren’t always presented in the classiest way. But rather are the gents, really!”
February 8th, 2011 by officer808
On the radio
Local talk show host Mike Buck and I used to discuss “Lost” on a regular basis while the show was running. When Hawaii Five-0 started, he invited me to call in and discuss my blog. Here’s today’s podcast. Unfortunately there was a production miscue, and the conversation started off air while a commercial was running. Our conversation doesn’t start until about the 1:38 minute mark.
Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, February 8, 2011 for “E Malama” (16:20)
So U.S. and Canadian listeners can get the live stream on the KHVH website, by clicking the “Listen Live” link in the upper left corner on the Tuesday following a new episode, at 6:30 PM, Hawaii Standard Time. Unfortunately for you folks outside of the U.S. and Canada, you can’t get the live stream, but I’ll post the podcast here.
February 8th, 2011 by officer808
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – We’re half-way through the television season, and Hawaii Five-0′s found a comfortable home in the top 20 averaging more than 12-and-a-half million viewers a week.
Hard to believe Monday was already episode 16.
The four stars rarely do interviews together but Teri Okita landed a sit-down with the castmates and found out how life has changed for them.
When you’re part of such a popular show, lots of things change most notably, privacy.
I asked the cast why we don’t see them around town on the party circuit much.
Daniel Dae Kim, who plays “Chin Ho Kelly:” “Really?”
Alex O’Loughlin, who plays “Steve McGarrett:” “Well, that wouldn’t be true for Grace.”
Grace Park, who plays “Kono Kalakaua:” “I used to go out and then, I think it just gets weird when you can just sense that a lot of people just stop moving and they’re just looking at you, and the cameras come out, and you’re like, ‘How is this natural?’ Why would I do anything?”
In this era of cellphone cameras, twitter, and Facebook, being the star of a hit show can have its drawbacks. Loss of anonymity comes with the territory.
Alex: “You deal with that because it goes hand-in-hand with what you do for a job. But it’s, you can’t sort of bitch and moan about it.”
Grace: “You talkin’ to me? I know you’re talking to me!”
Alex: “If you’ve got boundaries, right, with people and you know how to deal with people in your life anyway, then it doesn’t become that much of a problem. I mean, I’m not that famous, so I don’t really get it.”
Grace: “No, you’re not. Alex: You sort of learn by experience.”
Alex: “This is awesome. Yeah, over to Grace. Yeah, over to the peanut gallery.”
Another reason for keeping things low-key: their private time is precious. Cast and crew work no fewer than 12, but often 16 hours a day.
Alex: “Monday, it’ll start. You get out of bed, sort of 4:45, 5 a.m, you go to work. You sort of get rushed through the works, and then, you start the day of trying to deliver 10 pages of dialogue and whatever action, whatever stunts, whatever else is required for the day. with a half-an-hour lunch break, and that can be anywhere between 12-13 to sort of 15-16 hours.
With an average 12-and-a-half million viewers each week, the secret to their success, they think, is the character development and the serialized aspect of it.
Daniel: “There’s a reason for viewers to come back the following episode to find out, as opposed to solving one case, one episode, and then, not having to come back for a week or two and still feeling that you can catch up.”
Keep it here each Monday in February after the show airs. we’ve got special reports all month along. in the coming weeks, you’ll hear what the castmembers’ guilty pleasures are and they’ll reveal secrets about one another.
Teri Okita, Hawaii News Now.
Copyright Hawaii News Now 2011. All rights reserved.
February 8th, 2011 by officer808
Quick action, fast pace, balanced story
Much like “Kai E’e”, “E Malama” was quickly paced with tension running from start to finish. Not even Danny’s side story of helping Rachel, Stan and Grace slowed the tempo, in fact his investigation to help Stan accelerated the story even more. From the assassination of the marshal at the beginning, to the hunt through the woods, to the final chase and fight at the Federal court building, this episode kept charging to the finish line.
I noticed a few stylistic changes with the direction and teleplay…there were a lot of quick zoom ins and zoom outs which visually heightened the action. The best visual touch was being able to see Julie’s (Mariana Klaveno) horrified reaction to the marshal’s murder, while we the viewers saw the same scene played out through the reflection in the glass. It was a subtle play that caught all the action without cutting away from Julie at all.
Speaking of Mariana, I was so used to seeing her as the sexy, sultry and psychotic Lorena from True Blood, that I was amazed at how differently she came across as another character. Julie showed enough toughness to fight off the assassins, but also showed vulnerability and determination in her dialogs with Chin Ho.
To make another comparison, this episode was just as balanced as “He Kane Kewa’ole”, where all team members had their time to shine. McG did his SEAL thing and took out the assassin tracking him; Kono gleamed when she stuck it to the lawyer (played by real life attorney Michael Green) by spelling out her name, and on top of that she also gets props for kicking fake blondeie’s butt in the unexpected girl fight at the end; Chin Ho showed that he’s a hell of a lot more useful than piecing together broken electronics…his actions alone kept Julie safe from harm. Is this a foreshadowing of him rescuing an ex-fiancee in the future…? We’ll see! Aside from that, Scott Caan showed us again why he was nominated for a Golden Globe with the powerful scene in the restaurant kitchen, stamping his badge on the Housing Commissioner’s head, telling him to get the number off the imprint. The scene was very Soprano-esque, with Caan playing out the Jersey attitude and swagger, and I really felt like he loved his daughter to the point of doing some serious bodily harm to anyone who touched her.
The writers are doing a better job of balancing out the parts that each member play in recent episodes. The first half of the season established the individual characters, and now we’re seeing the team continue to gel together. Granted, I still would like to see a few more Kono-centric stories, and Chin’s name needs to be cleared, but in all the balanced stories are working well.
What I found a little disappointing is that the writers seemed to have slowed down with Rachel and Danny’s relationship. Like Chin Ho, I thought the two of them were getting along better, but Stan’s (Mark Deklin) first appearance might have shifted Rachel’s priorities back to her husband and not her ex. Are Stan’s dealings more sinister than pinning corruption on a city official? How will that relationship end, in order to bring Danny back into the family…or is Danny our tragic hero, never to be united with his family again? Danny gives her one long glance before getting in his car, not the wistful stare he did in the rear view mirror the last time they were together, so I’m sure somehow they’ll get closer.
Why this just might be the awesomest episode so far
As a guy, I got a kick out of watching the jungle chase…I mean seriously, it had all the elements of the best action movies of the 1980s.
"MuhGarrett, who did yoah make up? You look like a checkahboahd. You need moah duht!", "Predator", 20th Century Fox
"MuhGarrett, real men go commando. DO EET! NOW GET TO THA CHOPPA!", "Commando", 20th Century Fox
And when Jones (Sebastian Siegel) takes the log to the gut, I expected this to happen:
When Ewoks Attack, "Return of the Jedi", 20th Century Fox
But indeed, McG is a true badass, for who else would stare down a pickup truck coming at him at a high speed and taking the driver out with a few quick shots from his pistol?
Born without a fear gene. Photo: CBS
And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 16, “E Malama”
1) Coco puffs from Liliha Bakery ARE THE BOMB! You haven’t lived if you haven’t had one of their deliciously addicting pastries. Liliha Bakery also happens to be the diner where Kate visits her mother in “Lost” to tell her that she “took care of everything.”
2) Hawaii is like the wild west…not! Contrary to the defense and prosecuting attorneys, we do not have a death penalty. Nor did we ever have legalized gambling (referenced in “Malama Ka Aina”).
Did you notice…?
Kono must be using her super Cylon eyesight to determine that the one tiny fingerprint on the glass pane was Julie’s.
Duke Lukela appeared again in another small role in the HPD office, played by Dennis Chun, son of the original Chin Ho Kelly, Kam Fong Chun.
The Original Pancake House, where Danny roughed up the commish makes great breakfasts.
Alright so Julie wasn’t hiding in a Dharma cave, the Others or (Ewoks for that matter) didn’t come out of the woods, nor did the Black Smoke Monster go chasing our heroes. But it would have been cool. Most of us were having flashbacks of “Lost” with Jin (Daniel Dane Kim) and Erik the Other (Sebastian Siegel) romping through the woods.
Another deep thought…does McG “go commando” when he goes Commando?
Last question…who would win in a vampire battle royale…Mick St. John or Lorena Krasiki?