7.02 – No ke ali’i wahine a me ka ‘aina
Five-0 must work with rogue MI-6 agent Harry Langford (guest star Chris Vance) to find a terrorist planning to cause nuclear reactors across Europe to meltdown. Also, McGarrett and Danny ask retired FBI profiler Alicia Brown to help them find their serial killer vigilante.
CBS translated No ke ali’i wahine a me ka ‘aina to For Queen and Country
As usual let’s start with your vote.
And here we go again with the previously on. The show decided it didn’t need one for the premiere, months after the last episode of season six aired, but now, just a week after the last episode we need to be reminded how that one ended? Seriously, who is this for? The ones with an attention span of a hamster? Or the millions of new viewers? Yes, put in sarcasm font here. We really don’t need this waste if screen time.
But I guess we simply have to live with it, and that is a real shame. Instead of writing new scenes, new dialogue they simply recycle the old one.
And yes, this will always be a pet peeve of mine.
After another wasted minute of precious screen time we are introduced to Alicia Brown. A retired FBI profiler, very reluctant to join forces with Five-0. I really liked those scenes. I loved Steve’s clever play to get her to work for them. He looked for her weaknesses and played her perfectly. Well done, Steve.
And no, this wasn’t a waste of time at all. I’m really looking forward to learn her story.
I must confess, I thought the woman had something to do with it. I thought she was a counter spy, or working with him, or something like that. So, the show got me there. 😉
It was a bit easy and simple to get to the diamonds, but a very cool scene taking out the three bad guys. Although at this point we couldn’t be sure if the James-Bond-wannabe wasn’t a bad guy himself. And I wonder why he didn’t lock the door after he got into the room. That was pretty sloppy.
Very nice tone of the scenes. Nothing too spectacular, but they had a movie-like feeling. Well done.
I know many people enjoy this Chin-storyline. But not me. Not really. I do enjoy the little actress; she’s very good. Very refreshing to the often really bad performances by kid actors. And she’s cute, too. And of course, Chin is great with her. But I don’t see Chin at a point in his life where he could be a dad to a little girl. How would he even care for her? Remember, he’s a member of a special task force. How would it be possible for him to take care of the little girl in a way that would benefit the both of them?
It’s a nice fantasy, but unless he gives up his job, or has a partner at home taking care of the girl, it should stay a fantasy.
And now we come to this week’s crime scene. I love it how Steve greets the cop at the door. He’s always doing that with the HPD guys, or CSU guys. I never really see the others do that; I remember Grover greeting one of his former guys. But Steve is the only one who always greets and thanks the HPD guys, at least that we see it. I really like that about him. That shows style and character.
I like Kono’s new wardrobe, way better than all the skimpy, two sizes too small stuff she normally wears. Nice change.
We learn that the apartment had been tossed, someone had obviously been looking for something.
Despite the good luck charm, hers obviously had run out.
And here is our temporary ME again. I wish they would mention Max somehow; even if it was just to let us know that he was doing OK on his mission.
182,88 cm. ROFL. If you don’t get that joke, well, too bad you don’t know the metric system. (OK, still scratching your head? 1,8288 m are 6 ft. But no agency or anyone for that matter, uses millimeter in giving a height. 6 feet would be 183 cm, or 1,83 m. And the metric system doesn’t use a period to separate. It’s 182,88 not 182.88) I always wonder why they don’t have people knowing these things. One time H50 had a mug shot with the metric system in the background where the head alone was almost a meter in height, making up for half of the entire body. Or when they have foreign speaking people on the show, doesn’t matter what language, I wonder why they don’t use people who can actually speak that language.
Anyway, moving on. They learn who was with the victim last. But was he also the killer?
So, was our spy really just after the diamonds, or was there something else going on? Since we already saw him and Steve working together at some point in the episode, it was pretty clear that more was going on.
See, that is what I often don’t like about the press releases and photos CBS releases. They often give away import plot points. I find that annoying.
Ah, Steve, I’m sure you guys will have more luck with getting Langford than Interpol. Nice scenes at the smart table. Most of the time I really enjoy them standing around and talking about the case. And this was no exception.
So, Steve’s little plan had worked and former FBI Agent Brown worked on the case, presenting her findings. You have to hand it to her, what she had accomplished in that short amount of time. Wow. 😉
I really do like her, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing her and Steve working together.
She is barely done giving them her findings when they find Langford. Which leads to a nice chase and a good fight.
Pretty much the very first time that I like a scene with Jerry that didn’t involve Steve. 😉 That was a fun scene. Grover’s faces are almost as good as Steve’s.
Loved the scenes in the blue room. Funny and to the point.
And another great and humorous scene at the smart table. See, if they could use Jerry like this all the time, I would really like him. 😉
So, now they know what they are really after and a plan is quickly formed.
OK, let’s get the blabla and the, for my taste, way too long dance scenes over with and jump to the scenes on the roof.
They learn what they need to know and hop on a plane to Europe.
It looked like Steve really wanted to fly that plane. He surely was a bit nervous, but he was in control. Those were some great scenes, and I really liked Langford. I hope we will see Steve as the pilot rather sooner than later.
After not finding the holy grail, sorry, the graystone, on the guy, they needed to get some answers from him. And fast.
After they learned what the plan was, a meltdown of the nuclear reactors all over Europe, they needed to get answers, like right now. As a side note it seems like PL likes to play the nuclear card. First a bomb going off and now he again deals a nuclear threat.
Effectively threatening the guy was enough to make him tell them everything he knew. Next they overpower the bad guys and shut down the program. World saved, right?
Nope, wrong. Our friendly spy was kinda doing his own thing. But not for long. 😉 I’m sure we all hoped this would end differently than the last time we saw Steve in a setting like this.
What was still missing was the take-down of the bad guy behind the terrorist attempt. And it didn’t take them long to find and eliminate him. I liked that Steve talked Langford out off killing him. Revenge is not Steve’s game. At least not like that. He never followed that road.
And now we come to one of the most important scenes, one that I bet was discussed quite a bit. 😉
What I take from this is that Steve knows that he had already met the right one. That there is only one person in his life that he let completely in. And it makes total sense, he had been with Catherine for a very long time. They had been together long before we ever met Steve. They had times apart and even a time where they had broken it off and Cath had been with Billy. But they had found their way back to each other. Because they are right for each other.
Well, Steve said there is no chance for getting her back. And even that makes sense from his point of view. But that doesn’t mean in any way it is true.
Steve might even still think that Cath took on the OP because the relationship with him wasn’t enough for her. He knows that she lied about her whereabouts and what she was about to do, but he doesn’t know if she meant the other stuff and that the mission was a great excuse for her. We know that she was devastated to leave him. But Steve doesn’t.
So, he might very well think that she really left him. Especially after he told her he couldn’t wait for her. Which I’m sure he regrets by now.
Just wait until he sees her again. He will know soon enough that he has every chance in the world to get her back, and to finally be happy. With her.
And now, the writers’ really have lost their minds. The George Cross? Seriously? By the Queen? I have barely any words for such stupidity. I didn’t know that US citizens are part of the commonwealth. Or I simply missed the part were the task force members were declared British citizens. Those are the only ones awarded this honor, you know. Might be useful for the writers to at least try and check what they are writing about.
This pulled the episode down tremendously. I really have learned to look the other way, but if you use real life things, then please do your homework.
I feel you can’t suspend the laws of physics or make up something stupid like this. In a way you dishonor the real recipients. Only Harry would have been eligible to receive it. And that would have been a way better scene.
My verdict: It was a good enough episode and I felt well entertained, but I was also a bit disappointed. The episode had some really great scenes, and most of them were entertaining. There was none that I would classify as too stupid or boring, some way over the top stuff like the Queen, yes, but other than that I could live with most of them. The Kono-dance-part could have been shorter though. 😉
But the episode felt like good scenes stringing together. And I think that was the problem. They didn’t really manage to string it together. It didn’t feel whole, smooth and like one well edited piece. It’s hard to explain, but for me, the ep felt like many good scenes shown after one another. It was lacking a concept, in my eyes.
And I would have liked it a lot better if this would have been a continuation of last week’s episode. The governor said the killer put the fear of God in all of them, ridiculous in the first place, but none the less. So, why isn’t this case an absolute priority? Why do they have to deal with a normal homicide? That made no sense.
Most of the time I ask myself why were they involved in that particular homicide anyway? Don’t they have better things to do? I mean, come on, how often did a case start out totally harmless and there had been no reason whatsoever to involve Five-0, the elite task force.
And this episode was one of those cases. Why were they called in to a normal homicide instead of pursuing the chess-piece-killer?
And due to all these more or less big flaws I lean toward a good instead of a great. And it was nowhere near an awesome.
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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.