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.Hawaii Five-0, Season Two (2011) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
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