McGarrett and Williams stakeout a woman’s apartment after she escapes following a diamond robbery.
Directed by Daniel Dae Kim
CBS translated Kuka’awale to Stakeout
First viewing 😉
So, tell me again, why is McGarrett in therapy? So that he can work through all the trauma he suffered over the years? OH, that’s not the reason? Well, in a way it is. He has to suffer through working with the total whack job Danny Williams. A real person, contrary to the non-human killing machine McGarrett. A person whose life’s goal obviously is to insult and assault his work-partner.
What the heck was this even about? There was nothing new there. Danny is miffed because Steve drives his car? How original. Danny is miffed because Steve has control issues? Well, news-flash for you, Mr. Williams, born leaders tend to like to be in control. It’s a requirement to lead.
Oh, yeah, Danny has a real problem with Steve not opening up to him. Yeah right. Would you open up to a person who calls you names all the times? Who simply doesn’t show any real interest in how you’re doing? No, you wouldn’t. You would open up and talk easily with a friend who is interested in your well-being, who listens to your nightmares, who gives honest and sincere advice, like Grover did. Seems to me that Steve doesn’t have a problem sharing his feelings, he does that… with the right people. Which Danny surely isn’t. Danny should think about why his ‘friend’ doesn’t share his thoughts with him. Maybe he would get the idea that he’s the reason for it.
What I found really sad about this episode is the fact that they missed such a great opportunity. Again. It would have been so cool if they would finally let Steve vent about all the bad mouthing he had to take from Danny for five years now. There were a few moments where he said he wasn’t listening to him anymore, and that he was tired of his passive aggressive behavior.
It would have been so great if they would have talked about Danny’s abuse toward Steve over the years. But what did we get instead? That Steve drives Danny’s car and decides what to eat. How freaking boring old is that!?
I am so tired of Danny bitching and whining after the fact. When Steve asked if he liked Indian, why the heck didn’t he speak up and said “Hey, you said *I* could pick dinner tonight”? Why the heck did he wait until after they ordered and ate the damn food? Same with the car. If he wants to drive his damn car, than man the fu%% up and drive that stupid thing.
But no, he likes to rant and rave about all of Steve’s so called weaknesses and flaws. What about his faults? Not one single word. Not one.
Even letting the cat out was not his fault, because he had to leave the window open because Steve made disgusting eggs in the microwave. Danny’s never at fault, no matter what happens.
I just don’t see what Danny has to endure from Steve that is worth any therapy session. Where on the other side Steve is attacked by Danny on a regular basis. Danny believes he is oh so superior to Steve. And all their ‘problems’ lie in Steve. He is a very sad little man, in my eyes.
WOW, that sounds like I hated this episode. Well, after the first viewing I did. I couldn’t get the therapy session out of my head. I couldn’t get over the fact that Danny told Steve that he’s not a human being with real feelings. That he’s a coldhearted killing machine who doesn’t even know how to use words.
I couldn’t get over the fact that he said this in an official setting, and not over a beer in good fun. No, during an official therapy session. That is what he really thinks about his so called best friend. That is behavior that is, in my eyes, not acceptable. Not from a friend, a brother or whatever. And it is something no one should have to listen to. A good therapist would have spoken up then. That is not just deflecting, that is insulting and abusive.
At that point I so wished Steve would have gotten up and left. Maybe that would have made an impact on Danny. Maybe that would have made him think before speaking. That would have been a great ground for their stakeout and really working on their issues. Or better on Danny’s issues, whatever they are.
What we got though was Danny insulting, and Steve taking it. That is just lame and not realistic.
And with that said we come to the second viewing, which I did with Steve’s words in mind. “I just don’t listen to Danny anymore”. 😉
That is really good advice and made it bearable to watch again. There was still a lot of stuff in it I found neither funny, nor good. But it also made me see the good parts. And there were some of that too.
I even laughed out loud at some scenes. I loved the first introduction of Mr. Pickles. Danny almost shrieking and shooting himself, and Steve pointing out he should maybe react like a grown man. ROFL.
“I love cats … Who doesn’t love cats? … They are awesome … Like little adorable Ninjas … They’re fast … They are smart … And they are cute and cuddly at the same time.”
Aww, Steve, you are such an adorable Ninja yourself.
The category Danny put Steve in was only half right. The first part fit Steve perfectly, but the weaknesses? So far off.
Not naturally in tune what others are feeling? What? Seriously? Just recently Danny said about Steve he likes to fix broken toys. Steve is the one who is always trying to fix the people around him. He’s the emphatic one. He is very in tune with the people around him. Even in this episode he sent Jerry to fix the old lady, and he didn’t do it to get the ‘thief’ of the fern.
Difficulty expressing emotions? That’s also not true, he just does it with the right people. See above. 😉
Difficulty accepting criticism? Sorry, but he wouldn’t be in the place he is if that were true. It’s a huge part of his training to take criticism and make the best of it. I guess it’s important who criticizes him and how. Danny’s criticism can’t be taken seriously.
The story about Steve playing guitar was really nice. Even though I wondered, first, why would the star quarterback suddenly develop stage fright? That was kind of odd. I mean there are so many things Steve is passionate about, he is doing almost everything in his life with a passion not many people have. But of course this story gave us the opportunity to see Steve with a guitar and Danny to do something nice. Now we only need to see Steve play it.
So, that’s it, right? Ah, I almost forgot. There was a crime of the week. Well, to be honest, that was one of the worst COTW ever. Not even worth mentioning. When the bad guy got in the car I knew how this would play out. Down to the lesbian love affair. Only part worth mentioning due to its absolute ridiculousness was the shoot-out. Come on, guys, get back to the basics. This was so very over the top, it was downright stupid. And of course SuperKono saves the day again. Ugh.
So, what did I think of DDK directing? No idea if he did a good job or not. I don’t think any viewer is qualified to measure if he did a good job or not. I certainly don’t know enough about directing to assume I have the right to give a verdict about his directing skills. That I will leave to the people who have worked with him and know what they are talking about. The end product looked good though.
I will however say that I hope he won’t direct on H50 again. Why? Because I want to see him! I like him way too much to not have Chin in the episode. I would love to see more of the actor Daniel Dae Kim on a regular basis on Five-0. And directing takes a lot of time. Time he can’t spend on acting in an episode.
So, what is my verdict for this week’s episode?
I really, really don’t want an episode like this again. For me, Five-0 is not about Steve and Danno. Never was. I don’t think they are the heart and soul of the show. Absolutely not. Maybe they were in the beginning, but Danny is just too annoying to tolerate him any longer. Every pairing is better than Steve/Danny. By now their conversations are old, boring and repetitive.
Maybe I feel this way because I think the writing for them is mostly bad. Same old stuff again and again. No evolvement on Danny’s part.
For me, Five-0 is about solving crimes with character stuff sprinkled in. NOT at the center of the episode. I love to see some personal stuff, I love to see them off duty. But this was really too much. It felt forced without a real purpose. They completely failed to work anything out. Again Steve was the one to give something. He opened up, but Danny never ever acknowledged any faults on his part of their relationship.
It was again just picking on Steve. Despite all that, this was a good episode. But there was really nothing awesome in sight. Not even on the horizon.
Sorry, but I need more than a damn attractive, talented man and an adorable cat to give this more than four stars.
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