6.21 Ka Pono Ku’oko’a – Five-0 goes on a manhunt when a deliberate chemical spill enables six dangerous inmates to escape, including Kono’s husband, Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, April 22
CBS translated Ka Pono Ku’oko’a to The Cost of Freedom
Sorry we are this late to the party, but we were both really busy. And now without further ado… our review.
Again, this is a joint effort by Cokie and me. Cokie’s in italic.
A warning before reading it, we have some fun with some of the obvious, well, glaring ‘flaws’ of the episode. That does not reflect our verdict. So, just enjoy the little fun and sarcasm before you scream bloody murder.
The opening bit with Steve rushing to Kamekona and Nahele’s aid. Well, I would have been royally pissed had I been Steve. That was low for Kame to make Nahele make the call, knowing that Steve wouldn’t say no. And all for a jack. Maybe Kame needs to invest in AAA.
I thought those were cute scenes, and it again showed how much Steve cares for that boy. He looked and acted pretty worried. But you are absolutely right. That was really low, even for Kamekona’s standards. Using the teen like that, just so he can get an easy fix at no cost. I found Steve and Nahele cute, but couldn’t find the humor in Kame’s action.
On the other hand, it gave a great intro for Nahele to be in the story. And we knew we would see him again. More about that later.
I read a few ‘complaints’ about this episode of Five-0 being too gross, too bloody, too much gore. I totally disagree on that. I wish Five-0 was a show that aired later, so we would get more of this. For me, Five-0 is a crime show first, and I really miss that. I admit, I have no problem with violence on screen. On the contrary, Five-0 has been too comedic and ‘family-friendly’ lately for my taste. But, as I said, that is just my view. So, I was very happy with the scenes of the bus, and the injured and killed lying around. Not talking about the nonsense of the six guys getting away without much of anything to show for being in an explosion like that, but about the aftermath of the actual explosion.
And I’m even more OK with that creepy guy, who was on a short-lived killing trip. But about him later too.
You know, upon reading that was the first I really thought about how gory the show was. I didn’t mind it at all. Yeah, it is a crime show; it needs blood and guts. 🙂 It didn’t bother me either, but yeah, 6 men happened to walk away with mere scratches while everyone else were dying or dead? That’s over the top drama. 🙂 But it is what it is.
I love Steve’s speech and how they did the Overlay on the screen. It was different and I liked it. I wonder how many times Steve had to give that speech? Alex did a great job.
Yes, another great scene. One for the gag reel, I’m sure. If they didn’t do the speech after they filmed it that is. I also liked how they introduced us to the six baddies. Well done.
So, our six escapees are on the run. And they ran like hell with a huge head start (Steve said so), but Five-0 leisurely walks through the park and still caught up with them. And NO HPD in sight.
Yes, and not only did they lolly-gag around, walking like they were on a scenic hike, they TALKED the entire way. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some things that they might have needed to discuss, but I’m thinking about words like “covert, stealth, the element of surprise…” things like that. And let’s face it, they were none of that.
Steve is a SEAL. He knows how to do this. Why don’t the writers remember that fact and let him act accordingly? OK, that’s one gripe.
Yes, absolutely. It often seems that they have dumbed down the SEAL in Steve. I guess it’s for our benefit. Well, I have to tell you, I would rather see the real SEAL, acting like his training would dictate than this soft version.
But OK, I guess I can live with it. He did look great. So, there is that. 😉 Yes, that is a definite win!
Since we’re griping, starting with your number one. Here is my first gripe. Yeah, yeah, all you Danny lovers might skip ahead. LOL
You know, it would be kind of ok for Danny to voice his opinion like he did if they were having a brainstorming and everyone gave their opinion; you need different views doing that. But that was not the case, and even then you do it in a questioning way. Not with certainty like Danny did. And most of all, Danny only whined about Steve not saying he was right. What kind of childish and annoying behavior is that?!
A good detective gathers evidence before he jumps to conclusions and wants others to agree with it.
Danny always jumps to conclusions without having any facts. Two occasions spring to mind right away. In 3.22 he beat up a suspect because Danny knew he was guilty, which he was not. And in 4.07 he was convinced beyond a doubt that the killed undercover cop had been turned, which he had not.
In these and all other occasions Steve, and the others except Danny, kept an open mind. They considered the possibility but did not take it as facts, which Danny does all the time. And that is the act of a bad detective.
YES, you sometimes have to listen to your gut, but you still have to check all other possibilities. Like Steve did in 3.08. He was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the psycho psychologist was the killer, but he still investigated all aspects of the case.
But whatever you believe, whether Danny is a good detective or not, the writers fail to write him as one. Have been for a long while. And I wonder what their plans are. Because this Danny is annoying as hell.
Yes, Danny whines. A lot. And he jumps to way too many conclusions. And wants his way. Have I mentioned that he’s annoying? Well, he is. And I really don’t know why he is written this way.
Why was Adam allowed to keep his prayer beads on that rope? Any personal items, even religious ones, that could be used to kill oneself or others would be taken from the prisoner. Would they not?
OK, definitely another gripe… NO, he would not have those beads. He could have hung himself or strangled a guard, had he chosen to do so. But if that had been the case, he couldn’t have played Hansel and Gretel in the forest, leading them through the trees.
Oh, come on, how stupid was that?! How obvious can one person be? And none of the guys saw that! Jeez.
Now, another question. Was Adam’s prison attire striped because he was in solitary and the other baddies were in the general population? Or was he in the GP and all the crazies were in solitary?
There is logic behind their different colors. The striped ones are in jail, the orange ones in prison. A jail is used to temporarily detain those who are suspected or convicted of a crime. It is used for the short-term, usually to hold those awaiting trial or to hold those convicted of low-level offenses that have sentences of one year or less. A prison is a facility that holds convicts who have committed crimes the legal system deems especially serious for more long-term sentences. HUH, that makes me wonder why Steve wore orange in 2.01?! Anyway, Adam has a relatively short sentence, at least in comparison to the others, and the killed Adam-look-alike (ROFL) was awaiting trial if I remember correctly.
Does that answer your question? 🙂
Why, yes it does. More information than I ever needed about prison, but Thank you. I could never go to jail because I just can’t do those wide horizontal stripes.
How convenient for the six baddies to find all that stuff, like the campfire and ax.
Apparently miracles happen in the middle of that jungle.
So, our creepy cannibal cracks open the chest, cuts out the dead guy’s heart, eats it, and only has some drops of blood on his pant leg to show for? He should be covered in blood from head to toe after that feast.
And we have another gripe. He would have had blood all over his hands, face, teeth, chest, everywhere. He was an insatiable monster and I have to say, the guy they cast for him was good and quite deranged looking and acting. But yeah, just drops of blood on his leg? And only Adam saw that, which was also a stretch.
Nah, that was not a stretch, come on. They were too blind to see Adam placing those beads right in front of them, and they saw nothing. How do you expect them to see some tiny speck of blood?
ROFL at the two baddies taking out Adam. Why separate and why wait so long for the kill? Oh, yeah, so Duclair could come out of nowhere and save Adam’s sorry ass. So they can be even.
Well, that’s just good writing… right? I have to admit, I liked Duclair in this.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Adam survived, because without him Kono would have NO story whatsoever on the show.
I have to admit that I did like seeing a bit of doubt in Kono. She knows what Adam is capable of and was concerned that he had “jumped back over” to Gabriel’s side. But I’m so tired of all the goo-goo eyes Adam and Kono have for each other whenever they are together. Enough is enough.
Yes, I agree. I always felt their relationship feels forced and not real. I never felt the love. J Let’s talk a moment about Adam. I still hope he’s the mastermind bad guy. Please let him be that. Some people say he always showed what a good guy he was. I have to disagree. He used his father’s blood money to ‘clean’ his business. You can’t get clean if you don’t get rid of it all. And how was he a good guy when he kidnapped Kono, had a gun on Steve, kidnapped and tortured Joe? All the acts of such a good guy. Nope, I don’t buy it. He took advantage of his father’s money, connections and empire to get to the business top. Those are criminal acts, whether you want to see it or not.
BUT, I totally disagree with Danny’s words of ‘once a criminal, always a criminal’. That is just monumentally stupid. People do change, people do make choices. We don’t know yet what choice Adam will make in the long run, but to say he will always be a criminal are the words of a stupid person. Oh, yeah, right, Danny’s words.
Back to the scene… And how did Duclair even manage to light that guy up like that? You know, human bodies don’t tend to go up in flames without a good amount of accelerator. And where the heck did he get that from? And how did he manage to douse the baddie with it before setting him aflame? And then he magically appears behind the second baddie to put him to sleep?
Obviously prison uniforms are not made with flame retardant fabric. And yes, he loved to start fires, but he wasn’t even around the fire they had built when he set the guy on fire, was he? See… another miracle.
Best not to think too much about any of it and just enjoy the stunts.
Duclair and Adam ran off right after knocking out baddie no. 2, who tied him to the tree as a menu for our cannibal? Maybe our cannibal did it himself while the fake cop was still unconscious?
But that was such a good scene with Cannibal popping the buttons of his shirt.
Yes, I give you that, it was great. That guy was creepy with a capital C.
I personally found it a stretch that Jerry thought Adam and the other guy looked alike. I mean, yeah, some of the same characteristics, but I’m not buying it. That was another miracle in my book.
Since I’m terrible with faces, I kind of bought it. But I would buy that Superman and Batman look alike. LOL
If you think Superman and Batman look alike, we really do need to talk. I just hope you recognize me at the airport…
Loved the look on Steve’s face when he was told that Nahele’s father was one of the dead. And, of course, he would want to tell him.
That was a great scene. At least it was great to watch Steve getting the news and immediately thinking about telling Nahele. I don’t like that they solved the Nahele problem like this. That was way too easy. And I wanted to see Steve confronting Nahele’s dad, arresting him. I wanted more out of this story. More than getting his dad killed.
And we come to the last scene, the one that made the episode an AWESOME for me. Steve telling a broken teen that his father was dead. And letting him know that family is more than blood relations; just like Steve has had to learn over the past six years. They both were wonderful in that scene. Have I mentioned lately that I love Nahele? I do wish we could have seen the scene when dear old Dad was arrested by Steve. It’s a pity all we got was “Meet me at the house”. I wanted so much more. Now that storyline is over. I do hope Nahele is on more though.
That was such a great scene. And I loved how they went outside the office; it felt like they were giving them some privacy for this moment. I loved it. It was perfectly shot. Some scenes are not meant to be to be ‘in your face’. The difficulty of telling Nahele was wonderfully captured. Had we been a close witness, I think the scene would have lost it’s power.
And the ending was just perfect. I just hope they will follow up on this. There should be more to their relationship now. I hope we will see that. Knowing the show, most of it will happen off screen.
But they have two gems there on their hands. The scene when Nahele told Steve of his great day with Kamekona was so sweet. These two have great chemistry, I truly hope the show will use that.
And yes, I love Nahele.
My vote. The show was GOOD. I was intrigued even though there were plot holes and things that just wouldn’t have happened the way they were portrayed. But it kept my interest and I was really trying to piece together the who, what and why of this episode. I like it when I don’t have everything figured out. But I will definitely give it an AWESOME grade because of that last scene. It pretty much left be breathless.
And that is good.
I’ll give it an overall great. I was very well entertained. I can overlook most of the flaws and plotholes. They were actually quite fun. Great episode with some awesome scenes.
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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.