6.13 – Umia Ka Hanu
While Grover travels to Chicago to finally get a confession from Clay Maxwell about killing his wife, Chin and Kono are held at gunpoint by two killers who have no idea they are cops, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 22
CBS translated Umia Ka Hanu to Hold The Breath
HUH! You know, it doesn’t happen often, but I actually don’t know what to say. Or let’s say I don’t know what to say that doesn’t make me look like a total jerk, and make me break my own rule to be friendly and respectful on this blog.
WTF was this? Let’s put aside the absolute powerful and brilliant performance by Chi McBride for a minute and look at this storyline.
This absolutely and completely ridiculous, over the top, out of left field storyline of going to Chicago to beat the snot out of his former partner and best friend. In order to get a confession. And if that doesn’t work, let’s demolish his house to find some hidden cash. Right.
There is NO way in hell that he would get away with any of this. And there is my problem with this part of the episode. I have no problem suspending belief on occasion. But this goes too far.
I can kind of live with Danny being a man who killed someone in cold blood. Legally he would most likely get away with it. A good lawyer would get him off. Morally, it was totally wrong. But that is another story. I can live with that storyline.
And I can live with the storyline that Chin killed someone in cold blood. Legally there isn’t a shred of evidence to get a conviction. Morally? So very wrong.
Both acts were kind of understandable, but nothing will ever make it right.
Grover did not kill his guy, but in my eyes, what he did is even worse. He PLANNED this, to the last detail. He assaulted Clay, he drugged him, he held him captive, he assaulted his girlfriend, he held her captive. He destroyed private property.
No matter what he found, none of that is usable in court. Or for IA. He on the other hand, should be held responsible for his actions. Any first-year law student would get him behind bars, and Clay off the hook. Heck, any person who watched two episodes of Boston Legal would get Clay off and Lou behind bars for a very long time.
(Yep, still one of my favorite ‘Law-shows’ of all time. I LOVED Alan in court.)
So, what is the plan here? Getting rid of Lou? That would be a real shame, because he is the best addition they ever came up with.
And by the way, why the hell did Lou wait all this time to go to Chicago? All this time he was consumed by his thoughts of getting Clay? Well, to be honest, he hid that very well.
But knowing Five-0 and the ‘brilliant’ writing, next week will all be well, Clay behind bars and Grover back in Hawaii as if nothing ever happened.
I can only vote absolutely awful for this part of the episode. But awesome acting by Chi McBride.
So, there was another part of the episode. Well, that didn’t give me much either. Why? Because nothing had any backstory whatsoever. It didn’t have a beginning, middle and end. Those were just random scenes thrown together.
Let’s start with the surfing. Why can’t we see them actually surfing? We all know that Scott Caan is really good at it, Alex can surely stand on that darn thing, and I’m sure DDK and Grace could do it. A couple small waves… manageable by all of them. So, why not showing that? It would have made this a whole lot better.
Speaking of surfing. Is it a custom in Hawaii that there are surf boards lying around for everyone to use? And after you just leave them on the grass somewhere? I didn’t see any kind of rental shop there. They just dropped the boards and were done with it. I found that very strange.
Very nice scene of Chin asking Steve how he was holding up. That fits Chin’s character really well.
The next thing I found very strange and call very bad writing was the quote from ‘A Few Good Men’. You don’t change a person’s character just to get a good line in. Steve stealing a wave? He was the one who taught Danny surf-etiquettes, he told him that you don’t steal a wave, ever. And now he does it? That was just thrown in to use that line. Bad writing, in my eyes.
The cargument? Forced and ridiculous, a waste of time. Nothing more to add to that.
Getting to HQ; winner, winner, blabla? Is Steve channeling Kamekona now? WTF! I DO like a funny and loose Steve. I love that he has lighten up a little. But this is not him. The zen-moment… that was him. And later worrying about his people, that was him too.
Chin and Kono. You think it was a good way to show how to safely drive in a car? No seat belts, hanging your feet out the window? Sorry, but you can show being relaxed and having fun in a more responsible way. And it looked ridiculous to boot.
And yes, Chin, everyone knows. 😉
I’m not going to go into the stupid plot of having these two killers taking Chin and Kono hostage to dig the grave. Chin had a great opportunity to take out one of them. Instead of jumping him when he lost his gun, Chin ran. Seriously? That was a monumentally stupid move. AND if one gets closer than three feet of you, it is easy for any trained person to get the gun. These two thugs shouldn’t have been a match for either Kono or Chin.
Of course, if they would have taken them out, we wouldn’t have Steve saving the day, and Danny tagging along.
This part of the ep was between poor and OK for me. Some nice views of Steve, which kinda saved it for me, but I don’t think I’ll ever watch this episode again. Not even with fastforwarding through most of it.
So, really interested to see how you saw this episode.
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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.