Five-0 Redux: Twisted paradise

Mar. 15, 2011 | 18 Comments

Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan, right) and the rest of Five-0 investigate the murder of a man on his honeymoon and his wife's abduction. —Photos by Neil Jacobs/CBS

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

For most visitors and locals alike, Hawaii is often thought of as a paradise in the middle of the Pacific. And with the lush greenery of our mountains, the crystal blue seas that surround our island home, all shown in bright spectacular colors on our Monday night television screens, the “Hawaii Five-0” episode “Palekaiko,” Hawaiian for “Paradise,” shows us the beautiful side, as well as a much darker and far more dangerous side, of Hawaii.

Not only do we get everything that Hawaii is famous for in this episode—beautiful scenery, the gorgeous underwater life of our oceans, the amazing views from our mountainous terrain, but we also see how the other half lives with expensive Honeymoon suites—because I don’t know about you all, but I’ve never seen that side of my islands. $5500 a night for a room with a view and a dozen useless pillows on a king sized bed? Kono should be happy to live in the trunk of Chin’s car; at least there would not be a ukulele band in the lobby. Part of me sort of agrees with Kono, cobblestones in former Soviet Block countries seem so much more romantic than faux Polynesian music and silk flowers in your room. Well, maybe more mysterious, and definitely a different kind of romantic.

It was interesting to me the way the writers took the romantic, but certainly clichéd view of Hawaii, which is what Kono was rejecting with her comments about her desired honeymoon, and twisted it as we watched a stalking rejected groom on a revenge rampage. How horrifying would it be to come to Hawaii for a romantic week with your new husband and find yourself trampling through a rain forest and almost being shot like a feral pig? I think I’ll take the Euro and the 24-hour plane ride over that. But then, if I knew that McGarrett and the Five-0 Team were here on the island to track our crazed-lovesick serial killer, I’d certainly book my weeklong getaway on a tropical beach. I wouldn’t care how cheesy the ukulele band was in the lobby.

Because let’s face it folks, our Five-0 Team gets it done. With a little help from our odd Medical Examiner, whose hobbies include helping solve cold case murders online and making pickles in old specimen jars. Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka) you are as strange as your non-Asian name. And we know, because this was YET another rebroadcast, that the team solves the case, even flying via helicopter (no Augie Tulba to pilot the chopper?) to rescue an unsuspecting new bride from ending up on the bottom of Waimea Canyon on Kauai. Or was it the bottom of the Pali Lookout? Both places look so much alike.

I did enjoy revisiting some interesting character clues about our fearless four. The contents of the CHAMP box always seem confusing to me, so I did enjoy re-hearing about the different clues, as well as seeing McG and Chin in bathing suits after they did some diving for he‘e, also known as tako or octopus to our sushi eaters. We also got a little background in this episode about what McGarrett believed about his mother’s death, that a drunk driver killed her in a car accident, which we now know is not really the truth. But I had forgotten that McGarrett had lived with that lie for so long.

We also heard about Malia, the woman Chin was going to marry, and his intention to take her to Lanai for their honeymoon—the farthest he could take her on a cop’s salary. That’s a pretty nice honeymoon Chin, as Bill Gates rented out the entire island when he married Melinda. And I think he makes more than a cop, doesn’t he? We also got to see a little more about why Kono doesn’t like Malia, as Kono blamed Malia for leaving Chin when he needed her most—which we also know is not the truth, but Chin does not correct his spiteful cousin. “Easy to judge from a distance,” Chin says. And he said it more like a cop teaching a rookie, than a chastising cousin. I think that is why I like Chin so much; he really is a Zen master with his emotions. Chin doesn’t overreact, yet Daniel Dae Kim doesn’t underplay him either. It’s a nice balance of tension and concern mixed with wise cop knowledge. Chin is the Master and Kono is a very eager, and equally as deadly, grasshopper. Thankfully, both are not playing-Asian, which is also a great touch.

But my favorite lines and scenes have to be with our cuddly buddies Danno and McG as they banter in the car, in a shed, and on a ship. They definitely got around in this episode. We got a Magnum quip, an almost “Book ‘em,” and a run down on why the song “Sexy Eyes” either makes people want to kill themselves, or maybe it’s just catchy. I also learned that the reason why people wear ties on vacation is because then they can hang themselves when they are bored. And yes, Danny, we now know that if we ever make you wear flowers, you will not be happy about it. Who knew?

All in all, it was a far from boring episode and I’m happy I saw it again. I’ll even wear some fake flowers and tip the ukulele band in the lobby the next time I have to visit a beachside hotel and force down a Blue Hawaii, just to prove that Paradise isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Redux Side Note: Next week Five-0 Fans we finally get a new episode! “Na Me‘e Laua Na Paio” airs next Monday, March 21 at 9:00pm HST. Larisa Oleynik makes her “Hawaii Five-0” debut as a CIA agent Jenna Kaye and Wo Fat is back! Local designer Lisa Woo created a few costumes for the episode, which takes place at a Sci-Fi convention, and we’re hoping we see her wearing one of her creations. All I know is that I hope they dress McGarrett either as Aquaman or Super SEAL. Both are costumes I know he could pull off.
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Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kap
ālama.

  • Vonmerpf

    What’s wrong with Blue Hawaiians? They’re delicious!

    By the way, is this the first episode where McGarrett goes swimming in something besides his cargo pants?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bert-Hayling/792032993 Bert Hayling

      Second. First was in “Ohana,” during the Pappy McGarrett tape-recorder Voiceover from Beyond, wherein we learn that 5 year old Steve wanted to be a cop like his dad.

  • harrycovair

    Never mind AOL’s nearly naked body… take a look at his catch: White Weke, Toau, something else I can’t recognize. Mmmm, Dinner!

    • http://twitter.com/WendieJoy Wendie Joy

      Thanks Harry for correcting the type of catch. I was writing and not watching! LOL Mahalo:) WJ

      • http://twitter.com/LisaLisa98 LisaLisa98

        Who’s looking at the fish in that scene??? hehe ;) Love your pics in your blog, Wendie! Haha. But seriously, this was one of my favorite episodes because of the writing from J.R. Orci and David Wolkove. You nailed all the good parts! And Mahalo for the shoutout for next week! Hopefully I see me too! ;) Everyone can check out https://www.facebook.com/LisaWooDesigns and *like* me if they want. Mahalo! :D Can’t wait for a NEW #H50! FINALLY!!!

        • Anonymous

          Bwhahahahaha!!! You’re right, Lisa, I wasn’t looking at the fish either…but you can’t blame Harry for checking that out instead… ;)

      • http://twitter.com/LisaLisa98 LisaLisa98

        Who’s looking at the fish in that scene??? hehe ;) Love your pics in your blog, Wendie! Haha. But seriously, this was one of my favorite episodes because of the writing from J.R. Orci and David Wolkove. You nailed all the good parts! And Mahalo for the shoutout for next week! Hopefully I see me too! ;) Everyone can check out https://www.facebook.com/LisaWooDesigns and *like* me if they want. Mahalo! :D Can’t wait for a NEW #H50! FINALLY!!!

  • Jkeagy928

    As usual good analysis. Wow can’t wait for next weeks. Something new. Can not wait for steve to realize wofat is his enemy. That’s gonna be intense!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/H50undercover Officer 808

    Like Wendie wrote, the way Kono feels about going to Europe, or points elsewhere and escaping Hawaii is exactly how a lot of locals feel (including me). And no, Las Vegas doesn’t count as a whirlwind European tour, even though the Paris, Venetian, Montecarlo and Bellagio are within miles of each other. :P Where did we go for our honeymoon? Kauai. Oops. ;)

    • Anonymous

      Hey, what’s wrong with Kauai??? Nah, j/k!! LOL!!! You didn’t get attacked by a crazy stalker on your honeymoon did you??? I remember when this episode first aired I had been married only a couple months & I couldn’t stop laughing about how he was coming for me next!!! Except for the fact that I don’t have the buku bucks like the couples on the show…anyway, I had my honeymoon on Kauai too…only because I live here… :)

  • Guest today

    “Sexy Eyes” makes people wanna kill themselves? Please. Those who treasure that tune are part of the last great tribe who knew music.

    What the #3ll is supposed to be good music? Katy Perry? The charlatans that are Kanye West and Ditty d*d*?

    Anyway, the real #50 discussion was on World Wide Ed on the Star-Advertiser blogs. What happen to that?

    • http://twitter.com/WendieJoy Wendie Joy

      If you watched the show Danno said “Sexy Eyes” made people want to kill themselves” so I was quoting him. And I’m pretty sure Katy Perry was not noted in this blog. Also, I have no idea what you are talking about regarding “World Wide Ed” but you could possibly email The Star Advertiser and find out. If you’d like to rant about the blog, perhaps you could email me and use your real name so I know who I am speaking with in the email. wendiejoy@yahoo.com Mahalo!

      • Jkeagy928

        you go girl!!!

    • Anonymous

      Wow…why comment on a blog that you obviously don’t like about a show that you obviously don’t watch…??? Also, it’s just a little bit tacky to ask about another blog when it’s obvious that Wendie has absolutely zero to do with anything other than her own…I didn’t realize that in addition to writing this blog, she’s in charge of what happens to all the other Hawaii Five-0 blogs…

      Anyway, great blog again, WJ!!! :)

  • Ka’uhane

    nice guy Grace Park is a crack. Saw her Fiday night and asked to take a pic with her, and her reply was ” I only do that for work” and snubed us. NO aloha spirit from that C U Next Tuesday.

    She’s a Canadian that wants some privacy (she’s not local). Aloha spirit is overated in the real world yea…

    • Anonymous

      This sounds made up. “I only do that for work” is a very odd reply to asking for a picture. She only does what for work, take pictures with fans? hah? Are you sure you had the right person, cause she’s not a guy.

      • guest

        She was at the Halekulani event to raise money for KCC Culinary Program. She was with Dano. Why would I make it up? Several people heard her reply and couldn’t believe it. Trust me, she’s a C U Next Tuesday.

  • Prismcop

    Why so many re-broadcasts now. Magnum PI used to give us a new one every week.