Saturday, April 29, 2017

Aloha to Hawaii Five O and Wehe 'ana (Prelude) - TV Review

Friday night was a winner with Hawaii Five O - Wehe 'ana (Prelude):

Danny protects a coma patient showing signs of waking who was the key witness from his last HPD case before he met Steve and joined Five-0, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Lori Petty guest stars as Nurse Jenny Kitson, and Michael Paul Chan guest stars as Danny's former HPD Captain Tanaka.

The action begins with Danny and Steve assembling a "race car" bed for Danny's son, Charlie. Naturally, the banter hits an all time high as they engage in carguments.  Retired Captain Tanaka interrupts the male bonding with an urgent situation - a witness from Danny's last case has reappeared after seven years. Tanaka directs Danny's attention to a news broadcast with a "human interest story" of an unknown coma patient in a North Shore nursing home.  Found at the foot of  Ka'ena Point in 2010, the unidentified man is now showing signs of waking up.  Little does the medical staff realize their efforts to identify the patient only makes him vulnerable to those who want to silence him again

Hawaii Five O returns to its roots when Danny takes a stroll down memory lane, reliving the days leading up to meeting Steve for the first time. Viewers are treated to "throwback" scenes where Danny is once again wearing a tie as the haole detective from New Jersey.  He is called to a murder scene and passes out his business cards to possible witnesses.  When one witness attempts to contact him at HPD, he fails to pick up the line in time and the witness goes missing.  Captain Tanaka then reassigns Danny to the John McGarrett murder case, leading him to confront Navy Lieutenant Steve McGarrett in his father's garage.  

The action in the present follows the standard H50 pattern - predictable, over the top, and full of plot holes.  But I'll take Hawaii's landscape anytime.  Still, the return to H50's roots - and that magic moment when Jersey meets SEAL - was worth the watch.

In fact, I pulled out the H50 Season One DVD and watched the pilot again.  Sigh.  Hawaii.  Then I realized that one scene from the pilot - Steve saves Kono by driving the surveillance truck through the warehouse door - is repeated in Wehe 'ana - Steve saves Danny by driving his Chevy truck into the front door of the house where he is fighting off the bad guys.

Steve always has the last word ... 
For the month of April, I am giving away a box of books from authors attending RT. To enter the giveaway,

1. What were you doing seven years ago?  My family was enjoying our second year in Hawaii.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, April 30, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I will be offline from Monday, May 1 - Sunday, May 7.

4. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.


Kim in Baltimore
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  1. Don't remember much from seven years ago.

  2. 7 years ago I was still working. Got to love retirement.

  3. Seven years ago my son was about to graduate from high school.

  4. I was still teaching and my daughter was getting ready for Virginia Tech.

  5. UMMMMM seven years ago I was working part-time at an Used Bookstore and loving it.

  6. 7 years ago, I was getting ready for my son to graduate high school. First one out of the nest! The second & last is graduating this year.

  7. In 2010, we were in the middle of shuttling our kids between ballet lessons and high school marching
    Band practices. Neither daughter drives yet. Hard to believe my bandie is graduating from Purdue in two weeks!!!

  8. 7 years ago still working. Happy to be retired now since 201l.

  9. Seven years ago we were settling in to a new house and a baby.

  10. Not too much. Not working again yet like now.

  11. I was moving to a new place and welcoming !my 11th grandchild.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. Seven years ago I had just started working for the company I currently work for.

  13. I had just had an addition with a new kitchen put on my house so I was still finishing lots of things off - don't miss making all those decisions from big to little!

  14. too late for the entry, but 7 years ago, my youngest was "graduating" preschool, middle was "graduating" elementary school, and the oldest was "graduating" middle school.


  15. Seven years ago, I was at lose ends. My old boss had retired and office politics being what they are, she warned me my job was in trouble. She was right and I lost my job. It took me a long time to get over it. I was a children's librarian and loved it. I spent way too much time spinning my wheels and not really getting on with things. By this time, 7 years ago, I was finally starting to "get over it" and expand my volunteer activities. I got much more involved with the Red Cross and several veteran related organizations.

    1. I di watch this episode. Enjoyed it, but like you said, it was a bit over the top in several ways. The part of the nurse was played beautifully.

  16. Don't remember what I was doing 7 years ago, our daughter was only 2 at that time. Cannot believe she will be 9 in 6 mos.
    Natty's Mama

  17. I don't recall anything outstandin. LOL.

  18. Always the time is so important and more important than the time we want to have, so that we can succeed at the same time and make the situation more efficient so that we can make big decisions of ours.
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