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Matt Roush answers Hawaii Five-0 inquiries

October 1st, 2012 by

Many Hawaii Five-0 fans have been speculating along the sames lines as the first viewer below.  As to the second comment, I have seen a couple of complaints about the volume of the background music on the show, but personally, have never noticed it being overly loud.  What about you?

Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0

Mark Dacascos as Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0

Full article can be viewed at TV Guide

Question: After watching the season opener of Hawaii Five-0 last week, I am going out on a limb here with some wild speculation that Doris [Mommy McGarrett] let Wo Fat go because she couldn’t shoot her “other” son! What a wild plot twist that would be: Steve has been chasing his brother all along. Reel me back to sanity or say it’s so. — BR

Matt Roush: I wouldn’t put anything past this show when it comes to ludicrous plot twists, but that would be quite the stretch. Doris shows up again in the Oct. 15 episode, so maybe you’ll get another piece to your puzzle then — or maybe it will fan the flames of some more wacky theories. Isn’t TV fun?

Question: Maybe it doesn’t matter to most people, but I recently discovered when mentioning how annoying the loud background music was on Hawaii Five-0, that others agreed. We were all at a dinner party and I was complaining that CBS shows in particular must have teenaged executives that want to “pump up that music” when previewing their shows. When the dialogue is smothered by the music, I wonder if they feel the dialogue is so bad we don’t really need to hear it. I watchedHawaii Five-0 last week and it will be the last time. Is this something that you or anyone else out there has noticed, in particular the shows on CBS? — Dorothy

Matt Roush: Believe me, this matters to a lot of people. I could probably print a complaint a week on this issue. So let me get this particular gripe out of the way while the new season is still young. Because while it may be the case that drowning out dialogue can be a blessing in disguise for some shows, CBS is far from the only offender; in my home, it tends to be ABC which most noticeably overdoes it with the underscoring, especially on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, where the jaunty pop score can obliterate whole stretches of dialogue (and when they turn up the volume while the doctors are wearing masks over their mouths, it’s especially ludicrous). Again, I’m not sure if this is a loss or a gain depending on who’s talking, but there’s no question this is one of the most pervasive pet peeves, and has been for some time.

Will Hawaii Five-0 rebound from Week 1?

September 30th, 2012 by

Although we’re only one episode into Season 3 of Hawaii Five-0, the ratings have given fans, and I’m sure the network, a bit of a scare.  I addressed the subject in an earlier blog post of the Nielsen numbers, mentioning the impact of the new NBC show, “Revolution.”   Wayne Harada in Honolulu has followed and written about Five-0 since CBS began filming in 2010.  I don’t always agree with his assessments, but I find his most recent post to be very balanced and thought-provoking.  That’s not to say that I concur with everything he says, but we want to know what you think.  And please keep your comments respectful to all parties.

From The Star-Advertiser.

The worrisome performance of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” in its third-season launch last Monday (Sept. 24) night, is a wake-up call for all concerned: the producers, the writers, the actors, even the audience.
“Five-0,” which had been averaging 12 million viewers a week (according to exec producer Peter Lenkov), dropped to 8.06 million — as low as it’s ever gotten — slipping it third place in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) slot. ABC’s “Castle” was No. 1 with a solid 10.45 million and NBC’s promising newbie “Revolution” with 9.45 million, was No. 2 with a very enviable debut. (The TV ratings figures have been readjusted from preliminary reports).
The HF0 fanship has been cheering and supporting the reboot, with aloha to spare at Sunset on the Beach, where the CBS series has previewed the first episode for three consecutive years.
Now it’s time to pause the fawning and reflect on the reality: what happened? The viewership for H50 was disappointing, the pits. Did the Sunset crowd, which saw the Monday episode, skip it in prime time?
The show’s slippage could be based on a couple of factors: folks who regularly support “Castle” and “Five-0” did some test-driving with “Revolution” a highly regarded newcomer with its theme of an America without electrical power and a lawlessness state; curiosity in “Castle’s” developing love relationship between its two leads in teaser ads resulted in loyalty buzz and steadfast support; the addition of yet another H50 character — Mama Doris McGarrett — in a community that’s becoming increasing cluttered with new folks who don’t necessarily provide chemistry or longevity might have been raised the profile of H50 a skosh.
In the past, we’ve seen Papa McG and sister McG. Familial fatigue, perhaps?
Since “Five-0” is filmed in Honolulu, we all take ownership and pride when it does well; we support it, even when it stumbles; we hurt, if it begins to wobble and wither; we worship its stars, who have become part-time residents; we know the series helps improve our see-sawing economy and community. Mostly, we’re grateful they’re all here. Win-win for everyone, right?
But there’s a lot at stake. H50 needs a quick-fix Plan B to reverse the low trending. Sure, the opening show may be an exception rather than the rule. The last one out could eventually cross the finish line first.
But face it: the competitors include appealing lead-in reality shows; and “Revolution” seems to tout surprises and the unexpected, following “The Voice.” “Castle” seems rooted in the traditional procedural (if it’s not broken, don’t fix it), foxtrotting in after “Dancing With the Stars.” H50 continues to experiment with new characters, extracted from a fabricated past, its lead-in shows are sitcoms “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike and Molly.”
But there’s no reason why “Five-0” can’t rebound and recapture its sizzle.
With McGarrett and company filming since July, perhaps as many as eight or nine shows already are in the can.
Still, a midway checklist might work: Declutter by eliminating or certainly reducing excessive background character details; conceive story lines that grip and attract established and new audiences; downplay or freeze story arcs that impede efficient week-to-week adventures; prioritize character development only to add relevant specifics.
This season, we’re expecting McGarrett to get warm and cozy with a love interest from the past; Chin alarmingly lost his wife, introduced last season via a wedding; Kono seems to be getting close and personal with a main squeeze we’ve already seen; Danno retains feelings about his ex who is the mother of his beloved daughter. With these plot devices, the imbalanced focus seems to be on personal lives rather than solving and fighting crime.
We’ve already seen William Baldwin in a return cameo. Ed Asner recurs in this Monday’s (Oct. 1) episode. Does that mean Jimmy Buffett might do a hana hou?
And what’s up with Wo Fat? He flits in and out, providing some menace but he’s still not the oily snake of a villain he should be. And whoa, Mama McG factors in the Wo Fat complexity? And Kamekona? A big guy with a big heart, yes, but perhaps his shrimp truck shtick has run out of fuel.
And: Enough of the silly Shelburne issue. Solve it in one more go-round. Then bury it. And move on.
The carguments between McGarrett and Danno — they hook ‘em, Danno — are snappy snits and snarls that should continue. And happily, McG looks McGreat — the hiatus obviously was invigorating. Alex O’Loughlin’s personal life (a girlfriend, a baby due in a month, his son in school here) means blissful times off camera.
So why can’t this energy and manner infiltrate and transcend into the weekly watch?
With “Five-0” destined to be picked up by TNT (summer 2014, at $2 million-plus per episode) for USA-type cable syndication enjoyed by “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the “Law and Order” franchise, the show won’t be immediately canceled; however, the commitment needs a stable of episodes to make the association profitable for a truly long shelf life.
So: “Five-0” vitally needs new blood, new vigor, new excitement. Focus on the main four, establish scripts with credibility and inventiveness.
It’s a matter of the three Rs: rethink, recoil, rebound.

Hawaii Five-0′s Grace Park on water sports and what’s ahead

September 29th, 2012 by

In complete honesty, even reading about Grace Park’s experience shooting last season’s finale, had me holding my breath.   But like Kono, Grace is a trooper and trusted herself and the crew of Hawaii Five-0 to keep her safe.  Ms. Park also talks about how she’s happy to have more girl power on the testosterone-heavy set this year.

From IGN

It’s an understatement to say Kono (Grace Park) went through a lot on Hawaii Five-0recently, as the Season 2 cliffhanger had her at death’s door – pushed into the ocean, bound and gagged, and sinking to her doom. Fortunately, she was saved by Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) in the Season 3 premiere, though not everyone was so lucky in that episode.
During my recent visit to the set of Hawaii Five-0, I spoke to Park about what the experience of being thrown in that scary, underwater situation was like – both for Kono and for the actress playing her. We also discussed Kono and Adam’s turbulent relationship and the addition of more women to Hawaii Five-0 this season.

Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN TV: Suffice to say, Kono just went through a traumatic experience. How does she come out of it?

Grace Park: That’s what’s really interesting, because when a situation like that comes about, you think, “How does this impact the character?” It is part of the job, but that doesn’t mean she’s Teflon and unflinching. At the same time, I think the bigger thing is Chin Ho losing his wife. That seems like it overshadows my situation, where I managed to live. If anything, it’s probably going to be one of those incidents that contribute to Kono’s overall character as a cop and her experience being a police officer. It’s those layers and layers of experiences that kind of embed themselves into someone’s psyche that eventually, 20 years down the line when you meet someone, they have the essence of cop.

IGN: What was it like shooting those sequences where she’s underwater? I’d assume that wasn’t very fun…

Park: Kono’s a surfer, so she’s great in the water – she’s grown up in the water. If you’re surfing some big waves, you will have been caught underneath, sometimes for a few sets, right? So what I’ve learned — and I don’t even surf – is that the longer you can stay underwater, the more comfortable you are. Talking to some of the water men, like Brian Keaulana, he’ll tell you one of the first things you can do is learn to stay underwater for a long time. That way, you won’t panic when you’re underwater and the waves are coming and you are not going to get up there. I thought, “I can’t do that for very long.” But prepping for the underwater scene… I mean, I was so uncomfortable every time I read the script, because I would hold my breath as I was reading the script! I was so uncomfortable because I didn’t realize I’d stopped breathing, as I’m reading my character and she’s bound and gagged in the water.

IGN: Would that qualify as the toughest thing you’ve had to do on the show?

Park: Funnily enough, I was more comfortable doing that, the idea of being bound and gagged underwater, versus having to be in a shore break again.

[Editor’s Note: During the filming of the Hawaii Five-0 pilot, Park learned firsthand just how much ocean water can pummel you in a shore break - where a wave breaks directly on, or very close to, the shore]

[Hawaii Five-0 showrunner/executive producer] Peter Lenkov asked, “Grace, how are you with this whole underwater thing?” I’m like, “Am I in a shore break?” He’s goes, “No.” I’m like, “You sure I’m not in a shore break?” “No you’re bound and gagged, and you’re sinking on the bottom of the ocean.” I’m like, “But I’m not in a shore break?” “No.” “That’s fine, that’s totally fine.” “You’re sure?” “Yes!” It was just so traumatizing in the pilot! [Laughs] Other than that, I was researching and prepping on that. I started learning how to hold my breath underwater and the breathing technique that you do to be able to be underwater for minutes at a time. I got up to, like, a minute, but I wasn’t practicing for that long. But that was more than we needed. The thing I was thinking was, “Well, of course she’s going to know how to do this.” So when you do go underwater — and she knowsshe’s going to be tipped overboard — when she goes under, you don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean. We had to try to get me to sink. They put lots of weights on me and we had to have someone underwater dragging me down and all this kind of stuff.

Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park

Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park

Park: Right? Actually the trauma could have been during one take where I wasn’t ready, but I didn’t just say no. They’re like, “Are you ready?” I’m like, “Well, actually…” [Splash noise] They pulled me under, and I was kicking so hard to try to get out. I was supposed to have breakaway wrists and breakaway ankles, but they didn’t break away. So when I came back up, they were like, “That was really, really great, except we didn’t have your face on camera.” And I was just like, “I was trying to get out of the restraints!” But the weirdest thing was, I was kicking super hard underwater, and I didn’t have enough breath to stay under very long, but I was, like, zero panic. It was really weird because I had practiced already, so my body already knew, “Oh, you’re fine.” So that was really trippy, even though I had a lot of water and was coughing. So that’s the kind of stuff I knew about her character. She was already thinking when she was on the boat, and when I did the research diving with Ocean Ramsey, I kind of caught her out of the corner of my eye, and she wasn’t using her arms and legs to kick. She just did this kind of dolphin gliding thing in the water. So I tried it, too. I was like, “Oh my gosh!” You can move really fast doing that. It seems kind of like how fish move because fish don’t have arms — their fins are kind of small — but they move so fast. I figured that’s what she’s doing. Of course, it’s not on the screen because that’s not going to sell very well, but I figured that’s probably why she’s not as traumatized. There’s also always so much action, she kind of just rolls back into it.IGN: Wow, that has to add to the trauma!

IGN: I was initially going to ask you, “Is Kono’s relationship with Adam going to continue this season?”, but the premiere answered that question in a big way. Those two began as almost a Romeo & Juliet thing, with her a cop and him as the son of a mobster. Is it going to be a little smoother now?

Park: I think that relationship — just with the setup, like you said — the setup is such that it’s never going to be easy or smooth. I think that their relationship is good. There’s a real attraction… They actually like each other. There’s a lot of possibility and potential there, but with the situation, you know… How clean is he? How good is he going to be at managing his father’s alliances and the rest of the business, because they’re not all gonna want to switch their ways? They have a good life, and they have it working pretty smoothly. So things could always change. I think as it unravels, we’ll see how it goes. Peter [Lenkov] has a few things up his sleeve, which I’m really excited about. I mean, it’s fine that it’s smooth, but they’re certainly not the type to just stay at home and watch movies and just eat pizza.

Ian Anthony Dale and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0

IGN: That’d be an interesting episode though.

Park: [Laughs] For sure! People would be like, “What’s going on with that relationship? Shouldn’t they have guns and be kicking people?” [Laughs]

IGN: They’re watching Real Housewives or something.

Park: Yeah! [Laughs] I’m making a phone call. “Oh… be right there!”

IGN: Yeah. “Gotta do some cop stuff.” “Gotta do some mob stuff.”

Park: Yeah, that would be hilarious, actually. I did tell the other actor, Ian [Anthony Dale], “Yeah, Peter wants us to reflect on the nature of real relationships, and so he wants you to gain 25 pounds. He says I’m fine.”

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan in Hawaii Five-0

Park: And Taryn [Manning] is coming back! Yeah, the thing is, it’s such a male-dominated show, on screen and on set as well. So it’s not a show where the women really bond with each other. I even think that has something to do with Lauren German’s character, Lori Weston, leaving, because they didn’t establish the females with each other. Not that we didn’t want it. I even asked for it right off the top. And by the end, we were having this great rapport, and I think they’ve learned now how important that is. To be able to have more of a female presence adds a duality and a complexity. That doesn’t mean we need to have them equal number, but that always changes things up. That’s why I think they didn’t keep Kono a dude. That’s why we didn’t just have five dudes. That would be a totally different show. Then we would have The Hangover… But I haven’t seen The Hangover, so I don’t even know if that’s accurate. [Laughs]

IGN: [Laughs] You’ve been the constant female presence on this show, but this season you’ve got Christine Lahti recurring and now Michelle Borth as a regular.

I think it’s just going to keep allowing every character like McGarrett or Danny to show other facets of their personality and their characters. People want to know more about the story, but they also want to know more about the characters they’ve been following for <years.

Five-0 team says “aloha” to Chin Ho’s wife

September 28th, 2012 by

In season 1 of Hawaii Five-0, we had a glimpse of a “paddle-out” funeral for a surfer, and fans worldwide were impressed with the beauty of the ceremony. We’ll see another on Monday, in “Kᾱnalua,” but this time emotions will run high as we say goodbye to Chin Ho’s wife, Malia, who fell victim to Frank Delano (William Baldwin.)

Scott Caan Alex O'Loughlin Grace Park Michelle Both

Video: Alex O’Loughlin as stand-up comic?

September 28th, 2012 by

Hawaii Five-0 fans who were unable to make it to Honolulu this past weekend, missed out on the premiere festivities at Sunset on the Beach, including a little speech by our favorite Aussie.  After you watch it, I’m sure you’ll agree that Alex O’Loughlin owes us a choreographed dance. Shoot, I don’t know about you, but I’ll take an impromptu dance.  

A huge “Thank you” to Kathy with a K for letting us use her video.

Hawaii Five-0 a victim of “Revolution” in Week 1

September 27th, 2012 by

As soon as I heard that the new J.J. Abrams show “Revolution” was scheduled for the Monday 10 p.m. timeslot, I got a little nervous.  The co-creator of hit series such as “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Person of Interest,” brings a cult following to each of his projects, and the show immediately had buzz surrounding it.  That doesn’t mean that the audience always sticks with Abrams’ shows, however.  In addition to his hits, he’s had a few misses such as “Undercovers,” and “Alcatraz.”

The “Revolution” premiere brought in 12.3 million viewers but then lost 1.3 million of that at the half-hour mark.  The following week, when “Castle” and Five-0 made their season debuts, Revolution dropped to 9.2 million, beat out by a post-coital Castle and Beckett, with Hawaii Five-0 bringing up the rear.  Revolution, did however, win the 18-49 demographic.

So what does all of this mean for Hawaii Five-0?  It’s really way too early to tell.  The show had it’s worst ratings ever, but the whole CBS line-up took a hit, believed to be victims of Monday Night Football.  According to EW, ”in the past, football has tended to impact CBS shows a bit more than rivals…”

Do fans have reason to worry?  Probably not.  Hawaii Five-0 normally gets a big bump in viewers once the DVR numbers are in, but we won’t see those figures for another two weeks.   CBS has seemed to be content with the island drama bringing in lower ratings than shows such as the NCIS franchise, and they’ve has already sold syndication rights to TNT for a hefty price, offsetting the cost of production.   In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see if Alex O’Loughlin and company can bounce back after a poor premiere week.

Hawaii Five-0

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

From TV by the Numbers

Final Monday broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 24, 2012

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.4 11 12.18
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6 11 8.84
ABC Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (8-10PM) 2.5 7 14.11
FOX Bones 2.3 6 7.61
CW The LA Complex 0.2 1 0.57
8:30 PM CBS Partners -P 2.4 6 6.56
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 9 10.14
FOX The Mob Doctor 1.3 3 3.85
CW The LA Complex 0.2 0 0.39
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 3.1 7 9.45
10:00PM NBC Revolution 3.4 9 9.21
ABC Castle 2.1 6 10.45
CBS Hawaii Five-0 1.8 5 8.06



Photos: McGarrett and Danno adrift

September 26th, 2012 by

We don’t often post the Hawaii Five-0 promotional photos this far in advance, but sometimes it just needs to be done.  Like when they’re particularly sexy and/or adorable as in the case of the images provided by CBS Press Express for the third episode of Season 3, “Lana I Ka Moana.”   Take a scroll through them and enjoy!

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ET Canada teases with the hot boys of Hawaii Five-0

September 25th, 2012 by

That Erin has the best job, doesn’t she?

Hawaii Five-0 preview: Kᾱnalua

September 24th, 2012 by
Ed Asner - Kanalua

Ed Asner – Kanalua


Hawaii Five-0: the aftermath (Warning – spoilers)

September 24th, 2012 by

Adam Bryant sat down with Daniel Dae Kim to discuss the developments in Hawaii Five-0′s first episode of the season, and the repercussions that will follow.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to stop reading now.

From TV Guide



[WARNING: The following story reveals major plot details from the Season 3 premiere of Hawaii Five-0. Read at your own risk.]

Last season’s finale of Hawaii Five-0 presented Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly with an impossible choice: save his wife Malia or save his drowning cousin and team member, Kono (Grace Park).

Although Chin rushed to the aid of Malia (guest star Reiko Aylesworth), Monday’s Season 3 premiere revealed that he also dispatched Kono’s Yakuza-affiliated boyfriend Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) to help her avoid a watery grave. Unfortunately for Chin, his quick thinking could not save Malia, who died despite the paramedics’ best attempts to revive her.

Hungry for revenge, Chin set his sights on Frank Delano (guest star William Baldwin), the ex-cop that masterminded  Chin Ho’s Sophie’s choice in the first place. After a massive gun battle, Chin was faced with the opportunity to arrest Delano for stealing a truckload of meth, but he shot him at point-blank range instead.

So, how will Malia’s death affect Chin Ho this season? And is Chin’s cold-blooded vengeance a sign of even darker days to come? We chatted with Kim to find out:

Going back to the choice Chin Ho made in the finale, do you think there was a moment where he thought seriously about trying to save Kono instead of Malia?
Daniel Dae Kim:
 I actually had to do a lot of thinking about what I would do and what the character’s priorities were. I think many people, if faced with that same choice, would choose their spouses over a cousin. But the relationship between Chin and Kono has been so much more developed than the one between Chin and Malia. So, from an audience perspective, it would be a choice that might not be so obvious. I think they might have preferred Chin to save Kono only because of the investment they have in her character

I heard many fans asking, “Is Kono going to be angry with Chin for not saving her?” Were you glad to learn that he did send Adam to the rescue at least?
 It would be an interesting dynamic if Kono and Chin started to kind of be at odds as a result of the choice that he made. It might be a nice change of pace for them to have a little bit of resentment toward one another. But he did have a plan to try and save Kono. It was a big step for him to reach out to someone that he doesn’t respect, but who he knows cares about Kono almost as much as he does. Chin really did try to do the best he could for both people. He wouldn’t just abandon Kono.

Sadly, even though Chin rushed to Malia, she didn’t make it. What was your reaction when you saw the script?
Kim: It’s not very often in a crime procedural you get to do a lot of deep character work. To me, the strongest elements of Hawaii Five-0 are when you are able to develop an investment in the characters because you know their personal stakes. I think it makes for more riveting drama. I was happy to have the opportunity. And the consequences and the ramifications of his choice are going to stick with him for a while.

Chin obviously sought vengeance against Delano. Were you surprised that he actually pulled the trigger and killed him?
 It’s great stuff for an actor. They say drama is conflict. He already has enough conflict about the choice he had to make. But now, once he crosses that line between an officer of the law and a vigilante, it raises a whole different set of questions as far as how he feels about his own character.

It’s pretty cold-blooded. Do you think Chin is acting on raw emotion at that point, or is there a darker side to him we just haven’t seen before?
 I actually do think it’s about something deeper. It’s not just about the choice he was forced to make because of Delano. It speaks to a lot of his own issues about being called a dirty cop and his own history of having to take the blame for something he never did. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy — he does become a dirty cop.

Clearly, Chin doesn’t feel better after he kills Delano. How much will all of this pain eat away at him this season?
 His journey is to become whole again. But how far off the path has he gotten? Is it possible for redemption? We’re not going to see a happy-go-lucky Chin the way that we did in Season 2. I think the last scene where he comes home and sees the chicken in the oven and breaks down is not just about Malia. It’s about the man that he’s become, the choice that he’s made and who he is now.

Do you think there will be legal ramifications for Chin killing Delano later this season?
 That’s a really good question. We were in a parking lot, and there were witnesses. He pretty much admits to McGarrett that he did something that was not by the book. So, that may come into play.

How much will Steve and the team be there for Chin during his struggle?
 One of the biggest themes of this series is family. In almost any episode you watch there’s a reinforcement of that. We’ll see how strong that bond really is. I think part of what Chin’s been doing in the series is just trying to rebuild a family. I think that’s why the Five-0 team means so much to him. Hopefully he hasn’t jeopardized that by the choices he made.

Kono obviously forgave Chin for choosing Malia. But is Kono now a living reminder of what Chin lost?
 Yes. And I think there are going to be other times where Kono is in jeopardy. What feelings will Chin have when those situations arise? Is he going to be gun shy about it? Any time she’s put into a
situation where her life could be in jeopardy, I think it should resonate.

All of this sounds like a lot for one man to carry.
 He’s got to try and find a new start in a way. He thought he had his life complete and it’s no longer complete. So, he’s got to make himself whole or embark on a different path and just try to find peace.