5.13 La Po’ino
Five-0 must find a kidnapped patient infected with a contagious and lethal strain of bird flu which the culprits intend to weaponize.
CBS translated La Po’ino to Doomsday
Airdate: January 30, 2015
As we already knew from the promo, Joe White would be back. Even though I don’t trust him, I truly like him. And I do believe that he really cares for Steve. He is a complicated, but interesting character who has many layers, and I love to see more of him. So, this was a win before the episode even started.
I was curious how their first meeting would go. I mean, does Joe know what has happened to Steve? Does he know that Wo Fat is dead? Does he know about the relationship between Wo Fat and Doris? I’m sure that are all questions Steve wants answers to.
But will the right time for all this come during this episode? I highly doubted that. PL likes to drag everything out, some for so long that at least I lost interest in a lot of questions he brought up over the years. So, my hope is that these two will have a talk soon.
I think it’s really great to see how the military still supports the filming of Five-0.
Joe brings a fatally ill patient with him. That was the first time I wondered about that. Why does Joe bring him to Hawaii? OK, he works Private Security now, but the patient was working for the Air Force. Wouldn’t the military, or CDC be in charge of his care and transport?
Anyway, the group is on their way to Tripler when they are ambushed in a pretty spectacular way. Of course not before Joe and Steve can at least start talking about what’s on Steve’s mind. Not that it gets them anywhere. 😉
After the attack and getting out of the mangled car Steve’s in pursuit of the high-jacked truck with the patient in it. But despite his best effort they escape.
Don’t you also worry about Steve this season? I mean seriously, how many hits can he take before there will be some serious damage? This season alone he was shot, beaten, drugged to the gills, electrocuted, water boarded, beaten some more, and who knows what else. And now adding a serious car crash to the list. I think it is time to have either a nice long vacation, or a serious physical and mental break-down. Not sure what I’d prefer. 😉
A question on the side, did Alex get hurt during these scenes? There’s a bandage above his elbow that has nothing to do with ‘Steve’.
After a short stop at Tripler to get patched up, and to deal with a totally annoying partner, they are back on the case.
I had a really good laugh seeing these two guys lifting ‘something’ onto the gurney. That for sure was not a body. A mummified body maybe, but surely none of the shot officers or technicians. It’s like when people carry empty suitcases in scenes. That looks equally ridiculous.
In my eyes, the scenes with the family were a waste of screen time. They contributed nothing to the show. That was again the show trying too hard. And I knew right away we would get another scene later with the boy thanking Joe for saving his dad. Ugh. SO predictable and lame. Sorry, but that didn’t evoke any positive emotions in me, just annoyance with the constant father and family issues.
It was good to see Max again. Except for information about what he might be near last, the dead guy didn’t reveal his ID to them.
I loved seeing HQ from a different angle. Normally we only get the front view, this was something new.
Thanks to the woman from the CDC we learn how the bad guys got their information about when the patient would be transported. Even though I must admit, it is all a bit illogical. That attack had to be timed down to the second, or they would have failed, and I doubt they would have the information about the exact time-frame and route. But who wants to think about how logical anything on Five-0 is? Guess at times one really has to suspend belief.
You know, seeing the idea with the bees the X-Files came to mind. They used bees to spread a virus in “Fight The Future”. Although those bees had to sting someone to infect the person. Poor Scully was one of their victims. Turning her into an Alien, well, kind of. 😉
Thanks to Homeland Security they find out who their dead terrorist is. Not sure though why they needed Joe’s contacts for that. I mean, wouldn’t Five-0 simply ask them and they would share the information if it was about a terrorist threat? That was a bit strange, but I guess they needed to have Joe doing something.
Now we get some action with Lou, Steve and Joe. I just love how Steve and Lou’s relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and friendship. It was again very clear that they are a great team. Steve’s words about Lou at the beginning to Joe are surely true, he’s not just a great addition to Five-0, but also a great friend to Steve.
They not only take down two of the terrorists, but also free their hostage, and figure out what the main bad guys plan might be. And most importantly they find out who he is.
So, I guess they altered the virus? Or why would that poor guy have that kind of reaction right away? Incubation time was anything from a few hours to 21 days. Surely not just a few seconds.
In the commentary of episode 4.08 Chi and Alex said that the scenes at the smart table are normally done in one day, and that they don’t like it that much because of the amount of dialogue they have to learn for the scenes. Well, I’m sure that is not easy, but I truly like those scenes. There is not much action, but for some reason I greatly enjoy them standing around and discussing the case. Or at times something not case related. Whatever they are doing at HQ, I love those scenes.
And here it’s not different. Love seeing them brainstorming.
Their research and brainstorming leads to the location of the terrorists and the kidnapped patient.
I must say I can only shake my head at the wardrobe department. They let Kono take part in the take down of a terrorist group in those shoes? Seriously? I mean, her clothes are ridiculous most of the times, but these shoes in that scene? But Five-0 is not alone in that regard. Just thinking about how Beckett runs around on Castle makes me laugh out loud. No detective of any kind would run around like that.
I guess after this scene Kono got stuck in the mud with her shoes, or something. After this she was never seen again during the fight with the bad guys. 😉
Kudos to the stunt department for this episode. There were too many great scenes to list them all. Way to go guys.
I loved the following scenes. It showed that even though their relationship is kind of strained, complicated and they don’t really trust each other, they do care deeply for each other. Steve would be devastated if something happened to Joe, and I think Joe really would do anything to protect Steve.
And I loved how Steve and Joe’s training came through in this episode. Neutralize the threat at all costs. Risking their own lives to serve the greater purpose is not something stupid in their eyes. And that’s what separates these men from the boys.
See, what did I tell you? I knew this scene was coming.
I think it’s an interesting view Steve has of his fatherly friend. He never let him down, just kept a lot of stuff from him. Other people might think he let him down. In a way, I guess Joe did let Steve down. But I also think Steve learned to separate the love and admiration he has for his mentor and friend from the ‘business’ part of their relationship. Everything regarding Doris and Wo Fat and the whole mess with Doris’ death and abandoning her children needs to be separated from Steve’s feelings for Joe. I’m glad he can finally do that. It gives him the ability to ‘not trust’ him, to ‘investigate’ him. Something that he wouldn’t be able to do if he couldn’t compartmentalize his love for Joe and the rational part of dealing with him. If that makes any sense.
He loves him, but he doesn’t trust him. At least not in the sense that he tells him the truth. I’m sure he does trust him on a very different level. I’m sure Joe will keep lying, but he would also give his life for Steve. As I said, their relationship is very complicated. But that makes it interesting, and I’m actually interested to see where this is going.
So, what did I think of 5.13? I really enjoyed it. It had great action, a good case of the week, great scenes with Steve and Joe, and great scenes at the smart table. I love seeing Steve and Lou working together. Even better when we see a bit more of Chin in the mix.
For me, this was one of the best episodes this season.
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