Internal Affairs questions Chin about his father’s murder 15 years earlier and how his then-new relationship with Malia and her family might have hurt the investigation.
So far the press release for the episode 4.13 Hana Lokimaikai’i – translated to The Favor by CBS.
During the episode I had the feeling this was not about that at all. But we come to that later. First let’s do the poll.
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Okay, before we start with this review let me quote something from my classified you might not have read yet.
I maintain this blog because I love Hawaii Five-0, and my main focus is on
Steve McGarrett. For me he is the most interesting character.
That said you will find that my reviews and also most posts are not objective. They mirror my personal enjoyment of the show. I am not an employee of any magazine nor do I have any ties to any ‘official’ show blogs, so I don’t have to keep the post neutral and give every side something to enjoy. That is not my job. BUT I respect all the hard work the actors and producers put into this show.
I don’t enjoy them all equally, and I don’t feel the need to hold back with my opinion on the characters of the show. Do not mistake that with my opinion about people playing these characters. The one has nothing to do with the other.
My blog mirrors how I perceive this show. If you disagree… that is just fine. I don’t claim in any way that my opinion is the right and only one.
Please keep that in mind when you read my review.
Let’s start with me saying something right up front. I love Chin Ho Kelly. I think he brings a much needed Zen to the team. His character has many layers and I love to see him getting a bit more screen time.
Daniel Dae Kim portrays Chin perfectly, and it is a joy to watch him.
That said, I was really looking forward to this episode. Did it meet my expectations? No, absolutely not.
Gasp! What? This was not an awesome episode? How can that be? Sam must be crazy not to love this background story of our Chin.
No, she’s not gone crazy. I assure you. 🙂
But let’s not jump the gun here, let me tell you from the start how I came to the conclusion why this was not one of the best episodes.
I’m pretty sure this was one of the, if not the shortest intro into an episode of Five-0 ever. I can’t remember one that was even close to this.
We zoom in, see a store, hear a shot, see a dead body… that’s it. 32 seconds and the credits are rolling.
I loved that. I said it a few times now, I’m not a fan of a long winded intro without Five-0 in it. That is mostly just wasted time. I don’t want the crime in detail beforehand, I like to be as clueless as the detectives when they take on the crime. I like to unravel it with them, not already knowing what really happened. So, this was really great.
Next we see Chin rushing to Tripler where his father is being treated for, what we will soon learn was a fatal gun shot wound. It was great to see Malia again, and even more so John McGarrett. Which reminded me again that I’m still mad at the show runners for killing him off in the pilot. LOL
I would have loved to see William Sadler working with Alex. They are great together. (If you haven’t done so yet, you can watch Three Rivers where WS plays Dr. Yablonski’s uncle.) Anyway, it’s great to see him again as the older McG.
After this short first flashback to 15 years ago, we come back to the present. To the interrogation of Chin Ho by Internal Affairs.
Then we learn that his dad didn’t make it through the surgery. I guess I should have felt something at this point, right? Sadness or grief, or anything? Sorry, but that didn’t happen. Why? Glad you asked. 😉
It felt invented and constructed. It didn’t naturally evolve from the show.
What the heck does that mean? Did any of you ever hear of Chin’s father being murdered? Or that his murder was still unresolved? No, we didn’t. That was never mentioned on the show. And that is why I felt no connection to Chin’s father’s killing. It came totally out of the blue and they constructed a case around it. A weak one I might add.
IA is investigating Chin for covering up a homicide. Huh. Which one? His father’s killing? That was ridiculous from the beginning. The IA guy said Chin wasn’t aware of the murderer’s ID for 15 years, and just now learned of his ID through the case they caught five days ago. I think they truly believed that. So, what murder did Kelly cover up? The guy that was tortured to death? Also unlikely since they investigated that murder.
Why would IA even investigate Chin in the first place? The show wanted us to believe throughout the interviews that Chin held a grudge for Gabriel all those years and when he finally had the opportunity, killed him. That was totally bogus.
After learning of the current case and seeing Steve and Max for half a second we go back to 15 years ago.
We learn that young Steve was thinking about becoming a SEAL; that was a nice touch to give us a connection to the present. And we learn that Chin helped Malia’s little brother avoiding being charged. Well, nothing spectacular about that. Aren’t there always cases where a first time offender gets spared a prosecution? I don’t think that was a big deal at all.
Did Chin know back then that this little brother killed his father or that he would become a big time crime lord? Certainly not.
So, after Chin’s little outburst, and Steve and Kono trying to calm him down we go back to the case that brought this investigation on. Or not, who knows why they wanted to investigate Chin. Anyway, we learn a little bit about the killed person and the crime boss.
A little side note here, am I the only one who thinks that he looks just like Leonardo DiCaprio? By the way, I think Christopher Sean did a great job portraying Gabriel Waincroft.
One thing is for sure, Five-0 does funerals perfectly. This was another great example. John McGarrett’s speech was heartfelt and truly great. This was one part of the show I truly enjoyed. There were a few scene I really liked, but scenes here and there, no matter how good, won’t make for a great episode.
I have a technical question. Why did they get a folded US flag? He was not in the military, serving his country. Wouldn’t his coffin be draped with the state flag? I have seen that be done on many occasions for police officer’s funerals. I thought since he served his state first, he would get the flag of the state of Hawaii?
You know, I’m sure that was not the desire effect, but I had a good laugh at those IA officers. Especially the one doing the questioning. His rapt attention and demeanor, hanging on Chin’s every word, like it was oh so interesting what Chin was telling him, cracked me up.
Loved how Chin found his love for shotguns. That was cute.
And there was another thing that totally cracked me up. Kono as a teenager. I’m sorry, but putting on a wig and stupid shorts, trying to drink beer and being reminded to wait until being of legal age, does not make Kono look like a teenager. This was simply ridiculous. It had me in stitches. Couldn’t you have simply left her out?
Oh, of course not, she gave the hint about the tattoo. Jeez.
You know what made me really angry and shaking my head? The further questioning of Chin. What the heck was the point of it? The guy yelling at Chin and all?
It was just stupid. Gabriel had been investigated, there was no link to the murder, he even had an alibi. It really didn’t matter what Chin thought. There was no proof and therefore nothing to be done.
Why questioning Chin about it? There was no cover-up and those guys knew that. I’m even madder now that I know Chin didn’t kill the man he thought for 15 years to be the killer of his father. He arrested him.
This whole investigation is nothing but a set up for a future storyline. And that is what’s bugging me about it. This case/episode was simply not solid. There was no basis for this investigation.
And I don’t care if IA can launch an investigation with or without evidence, I simply felt this was a cheap shot to built a case for future use. This was really weak.
Now Kono asked the question I was wondering about the whole time. Why would Chin cover up the murder of his father if he thought Gabriel was the killer?
Because he was in love with Gabriel’s sister. ROTFL. Really? That was what the writers want to base this whole investigation on? This was just getting better and better. I’m sorry, but I can only take this with humor. This whole episode so far was so pointless.
And now we get to see Steve being questioned. I think he was the only one who kept his cool. But that is really no wonder, he was trained to keep his cool in any situation. I highly doubt those two clowns could break Steve McGarrett.
But, Steve, I do have a question for you. Would you really be the first one to arrest Chin? What about the murder he did commit? He did kill an unarmed person in cold blood. Did any of you ever investigate that, or were you happy to take Chin’s ‘Delano’s dead’ and closed the case?
If IA wanted to investigate Chin, and actually get him for a crime, they should look into that murder. Then they might be able to put Chin behind bars. But I truly wonder if Steve would be able to arrest him.
So, after they couldn’t find any evidence for the cover up, they wanted to find out if Chin had been a mind reader. Come on, show, how is this even a legit question? “Did you have any idea if he would become a drug lord when you gave him a free pass”?
Seriously? That was what this about, if Chin knew what was going to happen to Gabriel in the next 15 years? Now it was getting totally ridiculous.
After this we’re back to the present day case. Five-0 frees the kid of the tortured dead guy, but are too late to also save the mother.
She was already taken by Gabriel who wanted her to get money out of the deposit box at the bank.
I must say I really liked all the scenes from that case. Great work from the guest actors, and the stunt coordinators. Some really great fight scenes.
Even though I wonder what took Steve so long to get up to the roof, or was he standing and watching the whole time? Hardly.
“I’ll catch you later.” Yeah, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of this stupid investigation.
Why was Steve called in a second time?
At the end we have Chin at the beach, remembering his first meeting with Malia. I loved the very last picture with Chin at the beach with the beautiful sunset. That was true beauty.
But to be honest, I didn’t care much for the scenes with Malia. We already ‘saw’ that in 3.02 when Chin told Danny about it. That was a perfect description of it, and so beautiful, I really didn’t need to see it again. In my eyes nothing could ever top his words at night on the beach. This actually took away from the magic they had created back then.
So, what’s left is my verdict.
It seems this episode had some scenes I truly liked and enjoyed. Some were really great. But I can’t give a good verdict just based on a few scenes.
It is such a shame that this whole ep was so boring and dry. DDK did such a great job and it could have been such a great episode. But in my eyes it wasn’t.
This whole murder-Chin’s-father came totally out of the blue. We never even heard of that before. And the explanation of Chin doesn’t want to bother other people with his problems? Please, that is just BS.
This whole ep was created as an ‘in’ for a further storyline, and it showed. That is my complain about it. This was not an episode that was bound to happen because the overall storyline dictated it. It was simply pulled out of thin air. And that is never a good idea.
The episode was simply not round as a whole.
And I’m not even complaining about the lack of Danny or Catherine, or Steve and Kono for that matter. There was simply nothing for them to do, other than look stupid as a teenager, act good during the rest of the ep in Kono’s case; and look great in a suit, run around and shoot up a street in Steve’s case.
Daniel Dae Kim did a great job with all his scenes. No doubt about it.
William Sadler was so good to see again, I so wish that character wasn’t dead.
Christopher Sean was a really great guest star, and did a wonderful job as Gabriel.
Robert Knepper was superb as the IA Officer, even though he made me laugh when he shouldn’t have. But I truly liked him.
Brian Thompsen’s IA Officer was completely useless. He was just sitting there probably for the protocol as a witness. But if he was there or not didn’t make any difference. What an ungrateful role.
But I’m really sorry to say, this is an episode I will probably never watch again. It was simply not interesting. I never felt any connection to the case in the present or the murder in the past.
I was very tempted to give this just two badges, because in my eyes, it really missed a lot of its potential. But, DDK really was great in it. And I simply couldn’t overlook that. So it barely made it up to three badges. But I must say this was, for me, the weakest episode of all seasons.
I’m sure most of you will disagree with me. 🙂 That’s fine, there is always the next episode.
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