Hawaii Five-0, Season Two (2011)

December 9, 2012 21 Comments

When other networks fail miserably at re-making classic television, the 2010 season was successful for CBS. This includes Hawaii Five-O and much to everyone’s surprise, it became an instant hit. From the opinion of a girl who has never seen an episode of the old version, this show is hard not to like.

Hawaii Five-0, Season Two (2011) TV Show Review

In the chaotic aftermath of the governor’s death, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’ Loughlin) is arrested and charged with her murder. Though Steve is innocent, the evidence stacks up against him. His former Five-0 co-worker, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) arrests him as a newly reinstated HPD detective. Meanwhile Steve’s partner Danny Williams (Scott Caan) takes his frustration out on his former friend, detective Kelly.

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As Kono (Grace Park) faces an IA investigation it falls to Danny to clean this up, but first he needs some help. This leads him to recruit Steve’s former commander, Joe White (Terry O’ Quinn). Before long, the team returns to work together as Chin uses his position as a way to gain information on what HPD’s files. Under the radar, Kono tracks the arms dealer, Wo Fat, the man they all believe killed the governor…

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Right off the top, in the first episode we go on a pulse-pounding ride that is one of the best resolutions to its season one cliffhanger. Respectfully, I have to disagree with those who were unimpressed by the strategies the sophomore season uses to re-open past case transgressions. As I watch everything play out, the writing again stands up, even those that I’d seen on other television procedurals. Fortunately I didn’t pick up on anything getting the short end, and each of the exciting cases pulls me in.

Like its premiere season, the characters are compelling not just their fun, easy-going banter, but also how we care. This season, the biggest misfortune is Kono’s attitude and some of the ways she stabs her team in the back for the first fourth of the season. Her concern isn’t for them but that she feels trapped, but the truth is: there is always a choice. Kono makes the wrong one over and over again, which leads us to desperately want someone to shake her out of the funk. Taking her spot as the fourth member of the team is the tough, CIA officer, Laurie (Lauren German) who is regrettably expendable throughout her stay. I’m terribly sorry for it because I enjoy her character, but we learn nothing about her. Even more sad, especially when it becomes clear she carries a torch for Steve.

Those who are curious about our crime-fighters personal lives will enjoy Danny’s awkward interaction with a pretty historian (Autumn Reeser); and the return of Cat (Michelle Borth), Steve’s girlfriend, someone I’d hope to get to know better; then prepare for the unexpected introduction of Kono’s affections. I have to say: I’m not very trusting.

Filming on location is stunning as the camera’s do a superb job of capturing the beauty of Hawaii. There’s a spot of happiness with a HFO wedding while throughout the span of installments, favorite and not-so-favorite characters make re-appearances. Some of us who tire of the villains or characters who repeat appear with no resolution will like that a few wrap without potential to re-appear. Still, the mystery of Wo Fat’s vendetta is wide open and the one thing that is answered by the end is interesting but not as clever as it should be. By the time the finale rolled around, I had read the spoilers and knew what to expect but I was upset at the writer’s for the one thing they did that I may or may not ever forgive them for.

Content: There are a handful of scenes implying a character having had overnight guests – one scene shows a woman in a hotel room with her boyfriend [she is dressed, he emerges from the shower in a towel]. There are various other mild sexual implications. Profanity is rare but occasional commonplace profanities slip through. Dozens of shot-outs, explosions and/or fighting appear throughout the 20-some episode span. Rating: TV14

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21 Comments

  • Rosie December 10, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I've only seen the cross-over episode with NCIS LA (sadly, Alex wasn't in that one) but my dad and I liked what we saw. ;D He's watched the original, I haven't.

    Great review!

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      OH. MY. GOODNESS! That episode was awesome, Rosie! Alex's presence was missed though… but at least they didn't forget about him. I like what I see every time I watch an episode of this fabulous show. ;D

      Your dad would probably like this if he watched the original – I've not seen it either. My one friend has though and she is VERY impressed with this re-make so I think that speaks volumes. :)

      Thank you for reading!

  • Gina Norman December 10, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    I have heard it is an awesome re-make, I think my husband and I should start it!!!

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      …and you heard right, Gina! It's one of the best crime dramas on as is Person of Interest. And NCIS. CBS really knows how to make 'em!

      Hope you and your husband enjoy if/when you watch it. :)

  • Kellie December 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Thanks for the comment about my spruced-up header…now if I just knew how to make TOTALLY RAD ones like yours always are!! :)

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Aw! You are welcome, Kellie – thank you for all your lovely comments. :)

      It's really simple to make headers – especially on PicMonkey or any free editing site but I've switched to a stamping program that my family purchased because it allows for more creativity and elements to be added to your design. That is always more fun. :)

    • Kellie December 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      What's the name of the program, Rissi? I love photo editing and designing!

    • Kellie December 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Me again…sorry if I'm getting repetitive! ;) As perhaps you've guessed, I'm working on a blog look overhaul. If you don't mind my asking…how did you get your pages links like they are? Right now I've got mine stuck in a blue bar underneath my header, but I'm growing weary of it across my page. I admire the smaller, more concise format of your page links. Are you adverse to sharing your secret? :)

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Hey, there, Kellie – you could never be repetitive! Love your comments. :)

      Online and for anything free, I use PicMonkey – it's cool and has some great fonts/elements but for the program (which is more scrapbook/stamping than strictly photos), I use Stampin' Up's program, My Digital Studio. They just upgraded it and it's AWESOME! There are still some restrictions that I wish were lifted but it's been fun to learn about and the elements you can use aren't too shabby either.

      Yay! Good for you changing things up with your blog – that can be a challenge but it's SO much fun, isn't it!? I hate HTML coding but have learned some about it. There's no secret to the page links – just go under, "layout" and add it as an "HTML/JavaScript" element. I also "centered" the links which is part of the HTML coding – I could probably send you my code and then you could simply add in your links if you like. (I do use a different template then you also… I think, "Ethereal template.")

      Anyway… hope that helps and/or made any sense! :)

    • Kellie December 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      If you don't mind sending me your code, that would be wonderful! I'm completely a visual learner, so seeing it would be tremendous. You can email it to me: chocolatemilkmaid(at)hotmail(dot)com. Hopefully my template difference wont be too much of a problem. We'll see! Thank you! :) Once again, I'm honestly not trying to be a copy-cat blogger. ;)

    • Rissi December 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Not at all, Kellie! I understand where you are coming from – my mother is a VERY visual person and I am to a certain extent. (I'll also include some screen shots for you.)

      I hope that the template difference won't matter either. That'd be great if it didn't – that shouldn't make a difference. LOL: If you'd like to be a copy-cat blogger, I am one person who will not be offended – after all, I get inspiration from other's blogs ALL THE TIME. :D

      Emailing you after my blog replies are complete. :)

  • Little Lady December 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Oooh! Sounds cool! I haven't watched any Hawaii Five-O, but it sounds quite interesting!

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      It is cool, Micah! It easily ranks as one of the best crime dramas on TV. :)

  • Ella December 11, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Well, you know that it was you and Ruth who finally got me on the bandwagon–and I am most definitely on it.

    However, I didn't like this season as well as season 1. Lauren German really detracted for me. I couldn't stand her. Cat as Steve's love interest is better. I mean, the character of Laurie bugged me to no end. And I was so happy she was removed from the show! Okay, I know I sound mean……

    But there was a lot that I love. I loved the crossover episode (the one that Alex was not in) and I did enjoy more of the back story….Wo Fat's actor (Mark Dascascos) is on a cooking show I watch so in a way, he makes me laugh…..and yet that episode that takes place in North Korea. Man, he is a baddie all right!!!!!!!

    • Rissi December 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Yay! Good for Ruth and I. You know we have to get you addicted to all these fabulous shows, don't ya'. ;D

      Loved this season but did remember that all three of you – Charity, Ruth and yourself – weren't as fond of it. Fortunately, I still was. LOL! Always get a kick out of Danny and Steve's bickering as well as the light-hearted nature the show retains even when it's "serious." There's talent in balancing it so well.

      I was conflicted about Laurie's character. She didn't bug me and I actually liked an additional character to the team, I only wish she hadn't been expendable – she was given NO backstory! Though we've not been given much to work with, I love Cat – she's so cute and knows how to give it right back to Steve.

      There are too many things for me to name what I loved about S2. That crossover was FANTASTIC but I missed Steve. As for Wo Fat… that is amusing! Imagine seeing him on a cooking show and then as a ruthless villain here. Yikes! That is something – and you are SO right, he's quite the baddie. *shudder*

      Cheated and watched the episode last night – how fabulous was that!?

    • Ella December 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      which one? The one with Steve taken hostage? I liked it a lot!!

    • Rissi December 14, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      Yes, indeed – the one where Steve and the band of little would-be MacGyver's are camping. Wasn't that the cutest!? :)

  • Renu December 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I love this show! The location where they film is so beautiful and the characters are great!

    – from a Steven/Kono shipper!
    HA! xD

    • Rissi December 17, 2012 at 3:37 AM

      You and I both, Renu. It's one of the BEST crime dramas on TV. The location IS STUNNING – it's the show's great appeal(filming on location adds such authenticity).

      Oh, really?! You like Steve and Kono together? They've not teased that as of yet but I wouldn't be surprised if they did at some point. It sometimes "ruins" the show for me because it comes across as so cliché – sometimes I like to see co-workers remain what they are: Loyal friends.

  • Victoria March 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    h5o is one of my favorites!! all the characters are fun and easy to like. alex is one stunning man and scott caan is so cute too :)

    • Rissi March 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Must agree again, Victoria! This show is almost too cool for its own good. ;) Love how easily likable all the characters are – plus yes, it's leading man is one good-looking dude. ;) He fills this role well; plus he and Scott Caan have some great team chemistry. :)

      Thanks – again – for stopping by. Visit anytime. :)

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