Football, fatherhood and firearms on 'Five-O'
October 5th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Football, fatherhood and firearms on 'Five-O'

Last night's episode of "Hawaii Five-O" began on the football field, with the Five-O squad watching a high school game. Danno's young daughter, who until now has been mentioned but not seen, shows up as well, listening to her dad complaining that tennis is not a real sport.

Just then, two people walk on to the field and draw their guns. (Maybe they're not fans of the two-point conversion...)  McGarrett and Danno take care of the two, but a third man gets away following a brief standoff with Chin Ho, who appears reluctant to stop him.

The mystery man is finally brought in, and we come to learn that he's Sid, an undercover cop trying to break up a street gang involved in the football field shooting.  He's also Chin Ho's cousin and wants nothing to do with him, due to those "dirty cop" allegations the show likes to bring up every seven minutes or so.

Following a little "Five-O justice" (this week, it was throwing a suspect into shark-infested waters), the team learns that a New Jersey-based organized crime leader is coming to Hawaii to deal with the gang conflict, as well as put his signature into the Hawaii crime scene.

Posing as high-stakes gamblers (McGarrett and Danno) and a waitress (Kono), the team infiltrates an underground casino and, after much carnage, once again saves the 50th state from the forces of evil.

In between all the pointless violence, last night's episode also focused on Danno's relationship with his young daughter. Over the course of the show, we find that Danno's ex-wife is threatening to get the courts to change visitation rights over what happened at the football field. But when all was said and done, the crisis was averted, and Danno could see his child again.

While I can handle the greater focus on the characters' personal lives on the new "Hawaii Five-O," work needs to be done on when such context takes place. Having McGarrett and Danno discuss the custody dispute while a suspect is screaming for his life in shark-infested waters was a bit odd. I'm also curious to see if we'll ever get to see Danno's ex-wife in a future episode.

What did you think of last night's "Hawaii Five-O" episode?

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. koreankoreaklan

    New Hawaii 5-0 is awesome!!!! Two Korean actors are just way too perfect.

    March 2, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Artsy48

    So disappointed in Steve McGarrett not standing up for Chin Ho in front of undercover guy. "Old" Steve McGarrett was so loyal to his team. Can go with weak plots, silly dialogue and over the top action, but disloyalty to the team? Guess not.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary Jay

    LOVE this show!!! I laugh at the people who complain that it's not as good as the original 70's show. FYI, a good number of the network's "coveted" A18-49 demo wouldn't even remember the original.

    The cast is great, and it has a terrific blend of action and humor. Fortunately, the ratings are strong and it's winning its timeslot so long live Five-0.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lulu53

    It's better than all the reality garbage that is in television
    I hope CBS gives it a chance to catch on and not cancel within a month

    I really enjoy the miss of drama, comedy and family just good entertainment
    As far as critics go they never have a good word to say and hope to sway others

    October 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. teddy

    I LOVE the show!!!! It will not last because any show that is good, IN MY OPINION, they cancel it. Just like Numbers and Ghost Whisperer!!! I am surprised they haven't canceled the CSI shows and/or Criminal Minds!!!!

    October 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kel

    Hawaii 5-0 is not and never was high art. It's an hour of fun on a Monday night and I believe the producer have done a pretty good job of updating an old favourite show. And not to beat this point to death but please get the facts straight before writing your critiques.

    October 6, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. quiet

    I love the show.... find it quite humorus and who doesn't like to watch a little eye candy for an hour before bed? 🙂

    October 6, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    This show is no worse than Numbers, Bones or any of the other Action/dramas that have been embedded on TV for the last decade. It's new, and yes it's entertainment. Still I would like to have seen what direction a show like Defying Gravity would have gone in its next year. So for all the critics today please observe this show for it's entertainment value or you could just hang on until another reality tv program comes along. As for the review by the writer of this column I would expect after these comments that you will do your background research before writing your next critique. Yes?

    October 6, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shanda

    I like it. A little shot em up, with some comedy, good looking men and women, and with some beautiful scenery. It beats CSI Miami that was on at the same time so thank god! I love it!

    October 6, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. ponset

    Grace Park and the Hawaiian scenery are the only pluses so far.
    Jack Lord is spinning in his grave.

    October 6, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. LilKeiki

    Being born and raised in Honolulu, it's hard to believe any of those characters are part of the the Island lifestyle. They need diction coaching. I haven't heard any pidgin slang, no "local" references. They make Dog the Bounty Hunter look like he was born and raised in Hawaii. It's painful to watch (I just tune in to view the scenery). Two Haoles (who the heck wears a tie in Hawaii?) and two Koreans (and one named Kalakaua) Everyone speaks perfect English. Cornball re-make!

    October 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KylieKyotie

    I like this cast and I think they could do good things if given good material. However, so far, the writing is very predictable and formulaic but if it improves, the series has potential. I'll keep watching and hope for better stories and dialogue.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Moni

    I like the new Hawaii Five O the actors are doing a good job and I like a story not just shoot and kill but it makes the characters human. And I love McGarrett, like him alot. 🙂

    October 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lombardo

    Why destroy a good show from 70s for the facebook generation. Why?

    October 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lucki

    I totally agree with A & MattK, if you are responsible for giving an honest review then it means you must watch the show, from the beginning to the end. I'm disappointed with this particular blog, if you are incapable of reporting correctly, perhaps this isn't the right assignment.

    There is nothing more realistic than the conversation that took place while the guy was in the visitors cage, its not like he was imminent danger. Were you watching the same show as the rest of us?

    October 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. A

    Thank you Adam, I was thinking the same thing. This reviewer needs to double check his facts when he says stuff like that.

    October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. MattK

    I wonder if the author of this article even watched the television show. Not only was Danno's daughter seen in the pilot epsiode, but so was the ex-wife when he went to pick her up to take her to school. Don't make a critique about something you say you have seen, when there are going to be several people that will point out the stupidity of what you write.

    October 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Raving Lunatic

    So, are we going to get a story after every episode of this show?

    October 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. hawaii 5-0

    This show is the bomb – a bomb going down. Why would the writers use revered Hawaii football players last names for the crime figures? Acting is so bad. This show sucks!

    October 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Adam

    Danno's daughter was seen in the first episode as well.

    October 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. tv fan

    Good mindless entertainment.

    October 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |

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