September 28th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
Last night's episode of "Hawaii Five-O" showed that the revival is getting into a familiar pattern - a healthy mix of fast cars, heavy action and bland humor.
The episode started with a bang, courtesy of a scene that reminded me of those car commercials where several people are happily driving when they're suddenly struck by another vehicle. This time, the accident ended with a bunch of people in one vehicle kidnapping a man in another vehicle. You'd think the kidnappers would ask for proof of insurance, but no.
Turns out the kidnapping victim is a cyber-terrorism expert whose abduction could breach national security, while the kidnappers are Serbian thieves (are there any homegrown criminals on this show?) who wanted the man to hack into government infrastructure programs. It's up to Five-O to save the day, and the gang does it the only way they know how - loud and violent.
By the time the cyber-terrorism expert was rescued, the man's Justin Bieber-wannabe son was kidnapped, Kono (Grace Park) brawled with a female member of the abduction ring in a swimming pool and McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) held one of the suspects from the side of a luxury hotel by his feet. This show gets more accomplished in an hour compared to what I can do in a week.
We were also treated to the show's attempts at comedy, highlighted by McGarrett, Danno (Scott Caan) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim), guns loaded and wearing bulletproof vests, briefly sharing a hotel elevator with a few tourists. There's trying to keep a show light, and then there's that.
There was also plenty of interplay between Danno and McGarrett, particularly when it came to McGarrett delivering his signature "Book 'em Danno" line at the end. Danno didn't seem amused at the quip - perhaps McGarrett should book a suspect every so often?
What did you think of last night's "Hawaii Five-O" episode?
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