Five-0 Redux: Return of the villain
BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser
If any of you have ever been to a Comic Book Convention, like Comicon, or a Star Trek or Star Wars Convention, or even a Twi-Con for all of you Twi-hards out there, you know that the fans come out in droves dressed and ready to get their super-fan action on. And if you have never been to one, nor heard of these conventions — let’s just say that the one pictured by “Hawaii Five-0” in tonight’s episode is tame at best. We did get a bit of realism with all the uber-fans dressed in their hero best, as well as a little taste at how rabid their love for their chosen characters can be. Yes, Commander Sisko, I’m sure we know a few Trekkies who would love to beam up their own Psycho Kitty to their launch pads at any time.
But the costumes just gave us a glimpse into what “Hawaii Five-0” had cooked up for tonight’s heroes. The Five-0 team certainly met some costumed villains — one in a costume we were not expecting, and another who came out from behind his mask of mystery to help McGarrett put a face on a seemingly new nemesis. Bet I wasn’t the only one who didn’t see that one coming. The title for tonight’s episode is “Na Me‘e Lāua Na Paio,” which CBS has listed as meaning “Heroes and Villains,” which is a perfect title for tonight’s broadcast. The Five-0 heroes meet some new villains, and of course, one from McG’s past, Wo Fat. According to my Hawaiian language consultant T Ilihia Gionson, the actual translation of na me‘e lāua na paio is “the heroes and the battles or fight” or rather “the heroes and their opponents.” An opponent, or hoa paio to a hero, could naturally be seen as a “villain” since a hero is always matched with one in our world. We would not need a hero if we did not also have villains, and the Five-0 team are always going up against bad guy opponents—and tonight, the opponents are many and their stories tangled and twisted. And sometimes an old “villain from our dark past” shows up for the showdown at dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Good thing our McGarrett always knows to draw first.
Some of the villains we met were Johnny D, played with humorous bravado by James Ransone, a clever thief whose downfall seems to be his penchant for believing suggestive text messages from strippers. As if that would happen to a guy in real life. Well, guys like Johnny D anyway. He has some of the best lines of the night, my favorites being that he “always wanted to see Paris” and his “Mavis, can you get the records from the last robbery? Oh, I’m sorry, I guess my secretary is out.” Too bad he didn’t know what the Eiffel Tower looked like, but hey, the Seattle Space Needle is the next thing to the great Paris landmark. I guess Johnny D is not as smart as his tongue.
Another villain who appeared out of really no where was the wife of the two-timing attorney Richard Davis, played by D.B. Sweeney, the owner of the Johnny D-stolen gold Rolex, and of the “Paris” snow globe, Anne Davis, played by Perrey Reeves. She definitely played the innocent with Chin Ho, and gave her best clueless wife, while she hired an eyebrow shaved personal trainer-slash-thug to hunt down Johnny D and tried to hide the fact that she videotaped her husband’s affair, killed her husband’s lover, and covered it up for two years. I always say, never mess with a schoolteacher. They are more cunning and dangerous than you might think. And if you think about it, they are always in costume. Just like our Mrs. Davis. We did get an almost reluctant “Book ‘em, Danno” from McG tonight. But it was almost like a sigh, sadness at how her thoughtless actions caused not only the death of her intended victim, Lindsey Roberts, but also her unintended victim, our Comicon superhero, Alex Baker. McGarrett and the Team never like to see an innocent being harmed, as all great heroes carry that burden with them.
The last big villain of the evening was brought to an unsuspecting McGarrett by way of a seeming villain — CIA agent Jenna Kaye played with charming pluck by Larisa Oleynik. At first we see her as a villain, threatening McG’s personal investigation of his mother’s murder, as well as his desire for the rest of the truth about his father’s death, and he and his sister’s upturned lives. But as we see, Kaye also wants to track down McG’s villain — Wo Fat. Before, Wo Fat was just a name of a guy who was playing golf with a real villain, Hiro Noshimuri, but now, Agent Kaye shows him her evidence that HE is the one behind his mother’s death and his father’s murder by his underling Victor Hesse. All news to McGarrett. As he begins to see more of his puzzle coming together, he also sees that sometimes a hero comes in a villain’s costume, and I know we’re going to see more of Agent Kaye as the series continues. I think she is an endearing add to the Five-0 Team, with her geeky glasses and her Harvard University t-shirt. As McGarrett says, “I think we are going to get along just fine.”
And for all of you uber-Five-0-fans who were chomping at the bit to see a new episode — yes, I know it’s been three weeks — I was not at all disappointed by this episode. I was at the edge of my seat during the last few minutes, wondering if McGarrett was going to introduce Wo Fat to not only more old American proverbs, but to his handy little friend, the flashlight gun. But I know, a hero never shoots an unarmed man, not does he shoot before he knows the truth. Only villains shoot and ask questions later, and we know, our McG would never follow the bad guy’s lead.
Redux Side Note: I hope I wasn’t the only viewer who caught a glimpse of local girl and designer Lisa Woo, dressed in her own costume that she created for the show, coming down the escalator right before Danno’s corny “What’s up dog?” line at the Comicon Convention. I’m thrilled that Lisa got such a long look from McG and got some good face time on screen. After my time in Extras Casting after college, I know that extras are more often never seen nor do we ever get a lasting look at them on screen. Perhaps the “Hawaii Five-0” producers know a great face and excellent creative design when they see it. Congratulations Lisa. Next time—let’s get you a line—perhaps you can be a featured extra that speaks rather than just looking great in a costume.
Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama. Reach her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Five0Redux and Twitter @WendieJoy.