6-05 Ka ‘alapahi nui
Five-0 must interrogate members of a stunt bikers gang to find a killer who escaped by jumping his motorcycle from one roof onto another. Also, the team prepares to race in a Tough Mudder competition, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Oct. 23
CBS translated Ka ‘alapahi nui to Big Lie
WRITTEN BY: David Wolkove & Sue Palmer
DIRECTED BY: Eagle Egilsson
What a great start of the episode with the team training for the upcoming event. That was a lot of fun to watch. They all looked really good in their training attire.
Kudos to the wardrobe department to put all of them in clothes perfectly fitting their characters.
I do have a question about Lou. So, if he got an excuse from his doctor to not run in the race, how come he’s fit for field duty? Wouldn’t he be a risk as back-up in a situation where they had to run? OK, 10 to 12 miles is a different number than running after a suspect for a couple of hundred yards. But still I wondered.
And I also wondered about Danny. He probably wouldn’t be allowed to participate after the procedure, but maybe I’m wrong about that.
Who wasn’t wrong was Lou. His conclusion that Danny is the weakest link in the team is, in my eyes, more than correct. Not just from the physical aspect, but more so from the mental aspect.
And how dare the show not showing us wet Steve?! Come on! And, Lou, what the heck had gotten into you keeping Steve from jumping into the mud. Darn it. 😉
As I said it was a great beginning.
The teaser was not quite done, we also had to deal with the COTW before the credits could roll. So, off we went to a deposition taking place in an office overlooking the city. A biker comes in, on his motorcycle, and shoots up the place. Killing the victim of the week. By the way, that was a great camera shot.
And after being done he left in a rather unusual way; by jumping from one building to the other.
OK, those were good scenes, but I do have a few problems with that scenario. First of all, how did he even get up there? Just think about the logistics getting with that bike into the elevator, turning around inside of the elevator, then getting out on the right floor. And what, all doors on the way were automatic doors? And furthermore, getting in the building on his bike would surely be called a breach, so why weren’t they shut down right away? And after getting out of the office, they said the elevators were shut down so no one could get out? What, only going down was shut off, but not going up?
But my biggest problem is with him getting off and over to the other roof. Without a ramp? Over the at least two or three feet high balustrade? Yeah, right.
You know, I love the ideas they are coming up with. But they need to think this through. I don’t expect any stuntman to really do this kind of stunt. No, but I do expect for it to be in the realm of possibilities. This was not. Not without a LOT of preparation that this guy did not do.
Anyway, totally enjoyed watching it. 😉
And it got even better. Steve coming out of the shower. I loved those scenes. Well, for one, because it was Steve, but really, I love seeing him outside of work. And I liked the phone call. Was it Catherine? Maybe. Maybe she’s already in trouble and needs his help. Or she just wants to hear his voice. Or it is not Catherine but someone else, like Joe or Doris. But I can’t imagine why these two would call and not speak. Doesn’t make much sense. Catherine not talking does make sense. Kinda. Or maybe it is someone simply messing with him. I guess we will find out… eventually. At the speed Five-0 normally reveals such things, probably in season eight or nine. 😉
Oh, and did you wonder what’s in all those pill bottles in the background? The little white one looks like ‘real’ meds, like a pain killer bottle. But the rest more like vitamin supplements? Any ideas?
Anyway, loved the scenes.
OK, the next scenes made me laugh out loud. Why? Because all the glass was shot to hell, but not even one bullet hit any of the windows. They were all intact. How amazing is that? 😉
They start their investigation, thinking of who would be interested in silencing Harper. I must say, they had some truly amazing shots in this episode.
Didn’t you also think that something was not quite right with the wife and the daughter? I couldn’t put my finger on it right away, but I didn’t buy their story.
“Riding a motorcycle like a normal person isn’t dangerous enough.” LOL – Nope, Lou, guess riding a bike in a civilized manner just doesn’t cut it for some.
Great stunt-work by some great bikers. Kudos.
Kono and the baddie. I even enjoyed these scenes. Wow, will wonders never cease?
And we learned that this was not about any Samoan operation. So, what was really behind the murder?
Busted. Really cool way to ride a bike, but don’t try that at home. 😉 It took a little long, but I guess they had to show off their moves, so I’m good with it.
Of course this bust lead to Chin and Steve interrogate one of the gang. And I don’t think I need to tell you how much I love watching Chin and Steve working together. Or Chin and Lou, also a great team. And of course Steve and Lou; although we had many great teams in this episode, Lou and Kono was also really great. Matter of fact, I think this is the very first episode ever that I really liked Kono. Did I just say that? LOL
I guess it is a crime not to know Top Gun. But seriously, there are a few films you just have to have seen. No matter what your age is, or if you don’t think those films were any good. 😉
After more digging and following the paper trails, we figure out how much Harper stole from the company. Only question is where did all the money go? He didn’t spend it. That’s when I knew what was going on. Wife and kids somewhere else, and living a double life. Ha!
Cokie later told me that they actually said that at the table. Never heard Lou saying Messer had a wife and a couple of kids. Guess I was too happy to have figured it out to really listen to what they have come up. 😉
After that we get a second bust with more bike stunts. It got a tiny little bit repetitive. But I’m not really complaining… yeah, well, maybe I am. 😉
I’m sure if I would ever be in that blue room, I would confess to everything that Steve asked me. Well, maybe I would take my time though. 🙂
Now with a name they very quickly figure out what is really going on. And that is where my real problem with the COTW lies. Come on, that was so very weak. The daughter has her father killed because she figured out what he did? That is so very lame. And totally unbelievable. That was one really weak motive. (I know they didn’t figure that out at this point, but skipping ahead a little here.)
OK, Danny is back in an episode and I have to complain about him again. Darn it, can’t he be, just for once, act like a normal person? Why do the writers keep writing him like an ass? I just don’t get it. What am I even talking about? First, about the ride in the car, while Steve tries to figure out what happened. Did Danny never hear about hashing out theories and ideas, it’s what normal people do. You use a partner as a sounding board, it’s how you come to conclusions. Why was he so pissy about Steve asking rhetorical questions? Doesn’t he get the concept of voicing ideas out loud to come to results? I thought that was poorly written because it was neither funny not left it Danny in any kind of good light. Very strange.
But what really angered me was the totally stupid behavior when they were going after the suspect. What was that all about? They were in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. If Danny can’t handle driving fast or going after that suspect, he should not be doing this job. He was most annoying, and totally out of line with what he was saying about Steve.
I’m sorry, but he again was written as a total idiot, and a person not fit to do his job.
After more car chasing and another great stunt the bad guy was dead and the accomplice, or more likely the instigator for the hit, in custody.
All in all, there were only victims in this episode. Harper being killed, the first wife losing her husband and daughter, the second wife losing her husband and the kids their father, and even the killer was a victim in a way. Another young life wasted for the wrong love.
And now we come to what most of us were waiting for. The race. OK, despite the fact that they had great pictures, mixed with really nice scenes, I was a bit disappointed by it too. It would have been great if we had seen more video footage instead of the still pics. YES, it was very well done, but still I would have loved to see them doing the obstacle course. That would have been truly awesome. But I guess it would have been also dangerous for the actors to do that, so, I’m good with knowing they are OK and we got those great pics to enjoy.
Very nice pep-talk by Lou, nice of Kamekona to offer ten percent to give to charity.
- the COTW was rather weak
- the stunts and action superb
- some scenes were truly great
- Steve was just as awesome as ever 😉
- I even enjoyed Kono
- I loved the team work
- I loved how they managed to get Max, Duke, Kamekona and Flippa into the episode.
- I loved the missing Jerry 😉
So, yeah, I guess this was the first episode of season six that I will give an awesome. It was not perfect, but it was so very enjoyable that good or great simply doesn’t cut it this time.
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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.