5.07 – Ina Paha
When McGarrett is kidnapped by Wo Fat, he experiences various realities. While his team searches for him, Steve is interrogated by Wo Fat and subjected to drugs that cause him to hallucinate; if perhaps his and his friend’s life had taken a different path.
CBS translated Ina Paha to If Perhaps
The episode was written by Peter Lenkov and directed by Larry Teng.
His work on Five-0 so far:
I’m pretty sure you know that I don’t like the wasted time of ‘previously on Five-0’? But how could scenes from The Pilot ever be wasted time? I mean, come on. THE PILOT. An episode that I have watched so many times I can’t even tell you without being embarrassed about the number of viewings. But I bet I’m not alone with that. 😉
In my eyes, one of the best pilot episodes ever made. If not the best. I can’t recall a better one without seriously thinking about it.
What’s your favorite pilot episode of any TV-show? Maybe even one that never made it into a series? Let us know in the comments.
Anyway, these three minutes were time well spent. And a great ease into episode 100. The switch to present day Steve was flawless.
And can I just say that I prefer the man Steve from 2014 to the boy from 2010? Not that he wasn’t great back then too, but today he’s all grown-up so to speak. 🙂
Three minutes into the show and we leave everything we have learned and known in the last four years behind, and enter a completely new reality.
John McGarrett didn’t die. HPD got to him in time and he was saved.
I can tell you, back in 2010 when he had been killed I was like WTF!? They killed the main character’s father in the first minutes of the show! I was totally shocked back then. And sad. I would have loved to see Alex O and William Sadler work together. I liked them on Three Rivers and had been looking forward to seeing them again. But the show had other plans and they never shared any screen time.
So, this was kind of a dream come true. I was really enjoying this alternate reality, which, I can assure you, I’m not a friend of in general.
But my enjoyment changed to worry with the next scenes. We find Steve barely conscious in a white room. And just like Steve, who slowly comes to, we wonder what happened to him. He had obviously been shot and puncture wounds were evidence of the use of IVs.
By the way, I think Alex O is perfect in any wake-up / coming to scene. He makes it perfectly real. His performance back in 4.19 was brilliant with all the little gestures, and here it is no different. ESS from AOLww pointed out that there is also a great wake-up scene in The Back-up Plan; it might be worth watching that movie again. 😉
The confusion and disorientation showed on his face.
And my confusion surely showed on my face.
Just like in the pilot they mirrored a few frames. WHY? What is the meaning behind that? Just a mistake? I don’t believe that. So many people watch these scenes before the release of the episode. They simply can’t tell me they didn’t see this. And it’s really easily fixed. So, I ask you, why did they mirror those scenes? Is that some kind of twisted reality we haven’t figured out yet? Did any of this really happen? And if, which version? Does this mean there is a alternate Steve running around in some weird alternate reality? Is PL plotting something way more intelligent and clever than we ever gave him credit for? 😉 OR am I just interpreting too much into a simple coincident? But in my opinion, there are no coincidences. And as Chin said if there are, they need a lot of planning.
And to make it even weirder, he’s wearing almost the same clothes as in 101 and he ends up with the same injuries. Graze on the upper left arm, cut above the left eye, split lower lip. Only add-on in 5.07 is the shot to the head. Only – lol.
In The Pilot it’s the scenes at the end.
And here, in episode 100, it’s also when he gets up after being injured.
Four and a half minutes and the credits roll. Guess it will be a slightly longer review. And as a side note: I’m sorry, Cokie, there a slightly more pictures than your three suggestions. I hope you can forgive me. 😉
Welcome Sang Min, always a pleasure to see you. And look, still wearing the purple shirt from The Pilot. Love it. Not the shirt, but, you know…
So, let me get this straight. None of them was able to get in touch with their boss. They haven’t heard from McGarrett even though a planned OP was going to get down. And they what? Think he’s taking the day off? They don’t find that rather weird? If I wouldn’t be able to get my partner, friend and boss on the line while on the job, you can be sure I would at least have one member of the team work on his absence while the others work the crime of the week.
But of course that is just me, who worries for a fictional character. I’m not part of a bunch of cops who obviously don’t have a man to spare to look into Steve’s disappearance.
Anyway, we get the COTW out of the way rather quickly, which was, in my opinion, a good move. Would have been completely ridiculous to have any kind of investigation on the side.
The decision to maybe go looking for Steve was taken out of their hands when Danny got the call from HPD about the abandoned Marquee.
Can someone tell me why on earth Steve decided to put on clothes he hasn’t worn in years and use his dad’s old unreliable car to go to work in? And why didn’t the car look like the real one? It was full of dust and not black at all, or dark blue or whatever the original car is. Steve would never let it look like that, he’s always taken proper care of it.
But, whatever the reasons, Steve was snatched out of the car, which was shot up, and taken by unknown suspects as the team soon found out.
Somebody took Steve. And I bet they all suspected who that someone was.
By the way, people often say as a Navy SEAL he should be able to avoid being taken hostage. I think that is nonsense. He for sure would not be taken if he were on a mission with his team, but if someone targeted him, then it wouldn’t matter if he’s a SEAL or not. If someone would single him out and plan his attack at the right time, Steve, SEAL or no SEAL wouldn’t have a chance to avoid getting captured.
No matter how highly trained one is, with the right plan you can take anyone hostage.
Back in the white room Steve is still banging on the walls. Without any success though. But a moment later the room darkens and a projector starts rolling a film. On it are John with Mary and little Stevie as they are playing down on the beach. Really cute scenes, and it’s obvious that Steve is shocked to see them.
But are they even real? What kind of drugs was he given? Is he already hallucinating? And if not, who got a hold on these old family films?
I loved it how his shadow was right in this scene, how he was part of the group on the beach.
The video show didn’t last long; gas filtered into the room, rendering our hero unconscious.
So, now we see some wild drug induced hallucinations created by Steve’s subconscious. I absolutely loved them. I love how Steve’s mind enhanced all the traits of his friends and himself to, at times, funny proportions. I will tell you in detail what I loved about every single one when we get to them.
But let’s start with the first one. I absolute loved how he pictured Danny. I guess he mixed what he sees in him with what he wished Danny had. In my eyes, Danny was over the top, yes, but still in character most of the time. Danny is in their relationship the out of control one. The one who never has his emotions and his actions in check. The one who beats up suspects, who shoots and even kills unarmed men. I thought it was hilarious how far Steve’s subconscious went with this character. Yes, I also thought that Danny was totally stupid. And he for sure wouldn’t be this happy go lucky guy, no matter if he were still with his wife or not. He would still be that kind of nasty whiny, bitchy character most of the time. But I loved how Steve wanted to see him happy and loving Hawaii. And how he made him all touchy. Danny was a very hands on guy, constantly touching Steve as much as possible. Loved that.
And I loved what kind of high opinion Steve has of Chin. Seeing him as the future chief of police in the rank of a captain. Very cool, and I think it perfectly reflects Steve’s real respect he has for Chin.
Also loved Grover, as the tourist demanding to get his clubs back.
And, of course, Duke was just Duke. So cool.
And I loved how he portrayed himself. As the cool, collected by the book officer. He for sure is all that, but with immunity and means he let some of those traits fly out the window. 😉 And I loved how he showed that the real/or maybe not real (who knows) McG let his emotions out.
And I for sure loved the relationship between McG junior and senior.
And from the artistic point, these scenes were great with all the little flashes in them. and later all the subtle hints that something was not right. Steve often stopped and looked twice, like he knew something was kind of off. Or the extremer form when his hands were shaking. All that was brilliantly done.
And did you notice that they used the ‘wrong’ uniform from The Pilot without all his medals on it? I always wondered why his uniform looked different in 1.01, in 1.02 had his medals all pinned to his uniform. Did this already has something to do with the strange alternate reality?
Oh, and did Duke roll his eyes at Detective Williams? LOL
We finally get our first hint at what is going on. We find Steve in a room that is in total contrast to the white room. It’s more like a dungeon. He’s bound to a chair and obviously drugged out of his mind, in pain, confused and has in general no idea what is going on.
I really liked it how he referred to himself as a cop and that they would come looking for him. Loved it.
Oh, and as a little tip for the kidnappers, they should be careful with the IV lines, too much air can kill Steve due to an embolism. Not a good idea to not clear the tubing before pumping someone full of drugs. Looks more dramatic on TV with all the bubbles in there of course. 😉
Now we get the next character from the show, and I was laughing my head off. Is that how Steve really sees Jerry? As a total nutjob? I loved it. Of course, I did. I find Jerry mostly annoying at best. So, this, I totally loved.
Maybe Steve doesn’t see him as a nutjob at all, just as someone he doesn’t know how to handle. As someone who needs help to find his way in the real world. It’s all free for interpretation. 😉
Did you notice that they were driving around ON the streets? Not in that ‘poor-men’s-car’ thing they normally do? Back in The Pilot they were also out on the streets. All those little details I totally loved.
And this scene? Well, I still believe Danny wouldn’t be this happy guy who came to Hawaii on his own free will, but OK, fine, if Steve wants him to be this happy and changed person, who am I to complain? Maybe this Danny wouldn’t be such a bitchy, nasty friend, trying to hurt the people he supposedly loves at every corner. OH, Sam, shut up. Stop ranting about Danny, even the alternative Danny. LOL See, talking to myself, guess I fall into the Jerry category. 😉
OK; where was I? Right. Danny. So, finally he’s allowed to drive. What happened to the Mustang from The Pilot? Danny drove a Mustang, not a Camaro. Guess Steve likes the Camaro better that it made it into his halluzination.
“I’m seeing somebody. Hopefully we will get there someday.”
It is my firm believe that he was talking about Catherine. First of all, he was with Cath during the original Pilot, and second, I’m sure she is foremost on his mind. And even drugged up, I know she would be the one he would want to be with.
I thought it was a really nice touch to bring Jenna into this episode. I’m sure Steve had long forgiven her for what she had done to him. And this was the first time, I think, that he realized that something was not right. The look he gave her spoke volumes.
Now, here come the only scenes in this episode that were simply awful. Kono on TV. Ugh. But does that mean that Steve doesn’t see any cop material in her? Does he think she shouldn’t be a cop at all? Or does he think she was so good that hadn’t she injured her knee she really would be a world champion?
Well, as you know my opinion of Kono, I’ll go with the first option. Oh come on, don’t get your knickers in a bunch, ALL this is free for interpretation. It’s Steve’s hallucination while drugged up to his gills. Believe whatever you want by all this. I bet I know what some of the people think about touchy Danny. 😉
I think the next scenes were totally over the top, and I think it means that Steve knows Danny never worked out all his problems from Grace’s killing back on 9/11, and that he for sure didn’t work through his other issues.
Does Steve really see him as this completely out of control freak? No, of course not, but I think his jumbled mind throws all kinds of things together, things he might have done (threatening suspects / Steve never actually physically harmed a suspect), Danny might have done (actually harming suspects / murdering people), and this is the result of it.
After these scenes we go back to Steve in the present, in the real Five-0 world. And it’s obvious that he’s way worse off than the last time we saw him. There is no telling what the drugs are doing to him besides giving him bad hallucinations. He seems to be in physical and emotional pain.
It can’t be easy to act in those traumatic scenes. They are, I’m sure, emotionally and physically draining. The human body has an amazing ability, if you want to call it that. You can think yourself sick. (The opposite is also true, the mind can heal a body.) Try that at home if you don’t believe me. You can make yourself nauseous by just imagining it. It’s true. If you act it all out, you will get sick to the point of puking. Now imagine acting such intense scenes out. They are highly demanding on the body.
Of course, nobody is out to hurt Alex, the torture is just make believe, but keep in mind that accidents do happen, and actors can get hurt. (True, you can also break your leg by getting out of bed, so this is part of the job, but still.) I have no problem watching torture scenes or other violent acts because I know they are not real. But at the same time I always pray that no one gets hurt while doing their job.
That said, I think not just the emotional scenes were a joy to watch Alex do his thing, but the physical stuff was also absolutely stunning. Putting it all together is something not everyone can do. This highlights the talent Alex really has. He has given us many examples of his acting skills, but I agree with Peter Lenkov that this was his best work on Five-0 so far. It was fascinating to watch.
Unfortunately, he’s on the wrong show, or wrong station, to ever get any recognition for it. But I’m sure the people who are important know what he can do. And that is all that counts. I have no doubt that, with his dedication to all he’s committed to, he will get his chance to shine many more times. On this show and on every endeavor he might tackle after Five-0 has run its course.
Twenty minutes into the show and we start with the really heavy stuff. Water boarding might not look like it is too bad, not as bad as being beaten up or maimed in other ways, but it is worse in many ways. The victims feel like they are drowning, and it can be a real danger when they inhale too much water. It is a terrible form of torture, one that doesn’t leave obvious scars but can be as debilitating as any other form of physical violence.
OK, just to make sure that I understand this right. Wo Fat kidnapped Steve to ask him where his father is? Steve has to go through all this because Wo Fat thinks Steve knows where his dad is?
What kind of crappy reason is that? First of all, why on earth would anyone think Steve has that kind of information? And second, why would Wo Fat even care where his father is? He doesn’t even know him.
I’m sorry but this was just stupid. But not to fear, it gets even better, meaning more stupid. 😉
Back at HQ Five-0 tries to figure out where their leader is held captive. For that they hope to get help from Sang Min.
Why is he even running around almost like a free man? Why is he not back behind bars after he fled from prison? Will he be pardoned?
Yeah, I’ll admit it, I’m still hoping that Adam is really the big boss of the islands. Maybe he will be the next master mind and bad guy? Please? That would be so cool. Has fooled everyone for like forever. Maybe he’s even worse than Wo Fat. I would love that. 😉
And back to more water torture, which Wo Fat seems to enjoy. He seems to get some sadistic enjoyment out of Steve’s struggle and pain.
When Wo Fat is obviously not satisfied with what Steve is giving him as answers, Steve is again drugged and thrown into the white room. Where Steve has to watch the report about his mother’s demise. But they don’t keep him awake for long. The next dose of gas knocks him out. It’s interesting that every time he’s in the white room he loses a part of his clothing. It’s almost like strip poker. Not much more he can take off after this time.
Next drug-dream is another hilarious one, but also gets them the information they are looking for. I think it’s kind of cool that Steve is working on solving a crime in his hallucination, just like he would in the real Five-0 world. What I mean is, it could have been anything he was dreaming up, why his father’s killing? Was is because he was snatched out of his dad’s car? Or was the trigger the movie he was shown in the beginning? Whatever it was, I think it was really cool.
Danny and Steve go to Halawa visiting Kamekona. Huh, does Steve think he really belongs in jail? Well, to be honest, I said a few times they should investigate Kamekona a bit more. Take a look at what he’s really doing behind their backs. Does he still have that truck full of guns he had back in 1.24? He was really cool when he was undercover with Sang Min; back then he sold it pretty good that he was just playing the good guy and making the big money behind Five-0’s back. Who said that was not true? Maybe Steve has his doubts about him.
Is it too much to ask to see the Gag Reel for this scene right now? And can we please get that Strip’A’Gram too? 🙂
Again we have the special camera effects for the switch back out of the hallucination. I loved all the little details in this episode, like the blown pupils from the drugs.
You know it’s the second time that Wo Fat tortures Steve for answers he can’t give him, simply because he doesn’t know. He really should learn to believe him.
But thanks to the drugs we get to see a really cool shoot-out between Wo Fat and Steve and Danny. Lots of bullets flying around, explosion and a really cool move to shoot Wo Fat. Great choreography and stunts. Kind of like as in The Pilot with all the containers, but still very different.
I found it interesting that the burn marks found their way into Steve’s hallucination. I would have thought Wo Fat would have manifested himself in Steve’s mind without them.
I love it how choked up Steve asked the dying Wo Fat what his father ever did to him. That was so full of raw emotion.
Don’t you think it was kind of odd what Danny said about wearing uniforms only if they go to a ceremony? I mean, this is Hawaii, it has lots of military there. AND Steve is Navy, so why would he say that to him? Did he think that was funny? Sorry, but that joke I didn’t get. If that was because Steve used to say not to wear a tie in Hawaii, then this was really lame. Because, uniform, tie, Navy, Steve… you know? 😉
Anyway, we again got touchy Danny who couldn’t get enough of touching Steve any way he could. 🙂 And please remember later what he’s saying about Steve joining HPD. We’ll come to that again.
One other thing I found odd. Why would Steve say he could get used to be chauffeured around all day. THAT would never happen. 😉
The transition back to realSteve again was really good. And Wo Fat found his way back to his torture instrument of choice. Back in season 2 he also used the cattle prod on Steve.
I’m sorry, but this is what Wo Fat’s, Steve’s and Doris’s connections is all about? She raised Wo Fat for a few years as her own son? That’s it? That is just laughable. That is the big secret she couldn’t tell Steve or anyone else for that matter? How ridiculous is that?
That is all they could come up with? Shaking my head here. I mean, I don’t really care, the Wo Fat storyline was getting boring long ago, and I never cared what their connection was. But this is really lame.
Anyway, we have to sit through a few minutes of Wo Fat telling his story. Yeah well, use the time to catch your breath, or something. 😉
At the end was that a tear or sweat rolling down his cheek? Whatever it was, it made this a very powerful scene.
You could see that Steve made a decision at this point. He would either get free or die trying. He was not going to sit there any longer and take any more torture. I loved that display on his face.
And I certainly loved the fight with Elsie. That was very cool. I so missed the hand to hand combat. It was such a long time ago that we last saw something like this from Steve. And he’s so darn good with it. Hand to hand is my favorite action, way better than any shoot-out or chases. OK, a chase on foot with hand to hand after would trump this. 😉
This was a great fight, very original with the man half tied to the chair, and fighting a woman. Very cool.
After this fight to the death McG goes all MacGyver on us. 😉
And another great attention to detail when he takes a sip of water from the pipe. It was quite some time ago that he had something to drink last.
Back at HQ the team is still waiting for any news from Adam. Good thing he actually came through with a possible location.
The team is on its way, meanwhile Steve is on the best way to save himself. The ensuring fight is one of the best I’ve seen on TV. Really, really well done. Congrats to Alex and Mark, and to the stunt team for keeping them safe and making them look good. Great work all around.
While the two men fight it out, the team is almost there for the final rescue.
I absolutely loved the final confrontation with both going for the guns. What great scenes. They both fired their guns at the same time, but I guess Steve was in a better position to hit his target.
But Wo Fat also got Steve, but just with a graze in the head. Well, I think that is bad enough. At least it was enough to knock him out.
Do you remember that I said we’re coming back to Danny’s offer to join HPD? John and Steve talking on the beach made me think what John meant when he said he’s glad that Steve’s back home. And Steve agreed. Did he take Danny’s offer in his hallucinations and joined the police force and stayed in Hawaii?
Anyway, I loved these scenes. A recreation again from The Pilot. Just instead of Danny we get his dad. I really liked it.
Finally the team found Steve. When they entered they had no idea if their friend was even alive. I loved how Danny called out his name. There was worry, fear and a little hope in it. Very well done.
The next scenes absolutely killed me. It broke my heart when I watched Steve realizing that his father was dead. That was so devastating. I found these emotional scenes actually harder to watch than the torture ones. Strange as it sounds, but I think this hurt Steve more than all the torture he had to endure.
He had been in such a happy place just seconds ago, to wake up and realize it was not the reality.
That was some brilliant acting, because frankly, you never realized that was not real. I was completely there with Steve going through the emotions. What a perfect scene. Just awesome.
Can you believe it, Wo Fat is dead. Really dead, at least according to Peter Lenkov.
Was that a wise decision to kill the main villain? Well to be honest, I think it was.
Wo Fat hasn’t been in season 4 (not counting the five seconds in the finale); he hasn’t been the main villain for quite some time now. The show doesn’t need him. I’m glad that storyline is finally over. It was getting ridiculous how often he escaped. I’m glad they finally listened to Alex to just shoot the bastard. 😉 Though I must say I will miss Mark Dacasco. He was a great Wo Fat. Since nobody really dies on H50, there is a good chance we will see him again in flashbacks or something.
Besides there are enough villains in this world to take over his spot. Who knows maybe his father steps in now, or finally Adam will reveal his true nature. Still hoping.
But seriously, just because in the old series Wo Fat was there until the end, that doesn’t mean he need to be in this one. This is the new show. Today a lot of things are different. I for one am glad this storyline is finally over. And in my eyes, it is in no way an indication for the final season. On the contrary. Now we can get something new, something fresh, something exciting. Not the same old Wo Fat story all over again.
And his death gave us another great scene. Steve looking down at Wo Fat. There was so much in his look. I’m always fascinated what Alex O can say without any words. Amazing.
We close the episode with the song you already know from the previous post and the montage of important scenes from all seasons. I think that was very well done.
I really like all the scenes they used and am very happy that they didn’t cut a certain character out of it. 😉
Great song for this montage. It’s not a hit song for the charts, but certainly a great song for this purpose.
So, what is left is just my verdict. I guess you already know what that will be. I think this episode was just freakin’ awesome. More than worthy the 100th episode.
I loved it from start to finish. Sure all the things I said before this episode still stand, but that has nothing to do with this very different episode. I see this as a stand alone one.
I always loved The Pilot, and it had been my favorite episode the whole time. But this one might actually be the one to push The Pilot into second place. The verdict about that is not quite in yet, but I think it just might happen. 🙂
Brilliant episode, with lots of funny flaws, like the ridiculous Wo Fat story, or the totally over the top Danny. But I don’t really care about any of it. This was for me perfect entertainment.
With the absolute brilliant Alex O’Loughlin. He was amazing in this one. I mean, he’s great in every single episode, but this one just blew me away. He took it all to a whole new level. And every praise he gets is more than deserved.
I even liked everyone in this episode, they all did a great job. They all contributed to this in their own way.
All around very well done. Congrats on this fabulous episode. It made me fall in love with this show all over again.
Thank you for that.
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And please remember, I don’t write reviews with the claim to be objective. This is how I perceived this episode. If you disagree… that is just fine. I don’t claim in any way that my opinion is the right and only one. This is supposed to be fun, so, don’t take any of this too seriously. Always remember, this is just a TV show.