7.04 Hū a’e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile
Five-0 must find McGarrett and Alicia when they are kidnapped by the serial killer they’ve been hunting, on HAWAII FIVE-0.
CBS translated Hū a’e ke ahi lanakila a Kamaile to The Fire of Kamile Rises in Triumph
Raise your hand if you are part of the minority who did not anticipate this to be at least a great episode. If you were part of the group of people who didn’t even want to watch it due to a missing member of the show. Or part of the group who can’t make fun of something you love. You are one of those? OK, leave now please. 🙂
All the others, I hope you will enjoy this ride about what I think was the best episode this season so far. OH, giving a verdict right up front? We don’t do that on this blog. 😉 Well, best so far… that might still be just a great.
I apologize in advance for the picture-spam. It got kinda out of hand. Uhm, guess the pretty overwhelmed me. Yep, that is my excuse.
Before we begin with the review let’s take a look at the ratings. Which are really good. One of the reasons why there is already talk about a season eight. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Still early season seven. Long way to go. A lot can happen in the coming months.
Credit for the picture to CastingThe808, thank you for posting it.
The following table does not include any of the demand services, or 7-day-replay, or whatever else the heck they count these days. This is just to get a slight overview of where the show stands. And please remember, as the new president Moonves has said, even more important than the American market are the international sales and other venues like iTunes, amazon prime and the likes. That is where Five-0 makes big money.
Let’s take a short look at the new show Peter Lenkov is helming. Well, it certainly goes down fast. In my eyes, not a surprise. It just has bad dialogue and a lead that just doesn’t bring it. We will see if it can hold at least the numbers it now has.
But really, what are numbers saying about a show? One of the most watched show, Bull on CBS with 13 Mio viewers last week, is boring has hell. The third episode was the last I will watch despite the fact that I really like Michael Weatherly and normally love all law related shows. So, you can’t know why people tune in or what they will be faithful to.
45 seconds of previously on. Really, Show? You really think anyone is even remotely interested in it, or needs it? Come on. And then we even got more old footage, they repeated most of the scenes in the shrink’s office. Enough is enough. Seriously.
But I guess we can complain about it until we’re blue in the face. TV-shows will continue to use it to cheaply fill the 43 minutes a normal show has these days.
Before we go to the footage from last week we learn a bit about former Agent Alicia Brown. Although learning about her is not the right word, we already knew what she was doing before she retired. So we only saw her in action. But honestly, I could have gone without it. I knew about her daughter and that she had been killed by a serial killer when Steve first looked at her picture. I mean, maybe I have watched too many crime shows, but Five-0 is not known for their subtlety. It was practically shoved into our faces.
Anyway, we visit Alicia Brown’s past. Seeing her daughter at Quantico. I thought those scenes were very strange. Not easy to have a relative teach at the academy where you study, but then to be called out like that, and reacting like the daughter did… very strange behavior on both their parts.
Or was that supposed to be a dream sequence?
Before we really start this case/episode we see Alicia being dragged over the floor with a huge knife sticking out of her back. Huh. Seeing that I thought she should be toast. With that knife in the back. Just saying. 😉
Oh and by the way, there must have been some heavy bleeding with all that blood on the floor when her wound was in the back and she was dragged on her belly. It all was probably free flowing down her side onto the floor. Sure, no problem, blood loss like that is perfectly OK.
Uh, and look how deep that knife went in. Boy, she should be dead.
Uh oh, before the credits we hear Steve in the background calling out to Alicia. That can’t be good. 😉
OK, let’s talk about the 16 hours earlier. The stabbing was the present time. When we switch from the present to the doctor’s office they say 16 hours earlier. But when they come out and walk to the truck, Steve says he will brief his team. Then Chin said he talked to Steve two hours ago about meeting at HQ to be briefed about a possible suspect. But that is the same time the two are already missing. Meaning they are in the shrink’s house, half stabbed to death. But they say it happened 16 hours after the meeting with the shrink. HUH?!
Maybe we should forget about the time?
So, they talk to Dr. Gray and Alicia is not holding back with her suspicion. And she calls Dr. Gray out on it. The question is if the direct approach is always the best way. It would have been better to first look into this Dr. Gray before practically accusing her of anything.
But that again brings us back to the time-line. Steve tells Alicia to stand down until he briefs his team and they come up with an approach to the new development. But I guess that briefing never happened, and she went straight to Dr. Gray’s. But she left with Steve, where did he drop her off? How did she get to Dr. Gray’s house? And what was Steve doing until Alicia called him and he sped off to Gray’s house?
Why the heck didn’t he brief his team? Where the heck had he been, why did they say 16 hours? ARGGGGG.
OK, calming down, getting back to the scene. 😉
During these scenes we again got footage from last week’s episode, again cutting off another minute of new material.
I thought it was way too obvious to have a book on medieval chess in her office, the only thing more obvious would have been the chess game with the missing pieces. OH, right, I forgot, that we will find at her house. (How do I insert an eye roll here?)
So, while Alicia and Steve are at Dr. Gray’s office, or maybe stabbed at her house, I’m not sure, the rest of the team is off doing other stuff.
Kono and Lou are at Kamekona’s, testing his latest culinary disaster. You know, that story line is not getting better if you show it to us in every episode. And can someone please make these strange guest appearances by football stars stop. Who needs those scenes? More waste of time. I love Chi’s enthusiasm, and being a fan-boy, but seriously this was completely irrelevant. And only took up time.
And we learn that it won’t be four months after the surgery that Adam gets out of prison; he gets an early release. But I guess with what Steve is doing anyway, it shouldn’t be a problem going surfing with Adam.
I said during the last few episodes that I could go without all the scenes with or about Sarah. Well, this time it didn’t bother me as much as it did the previous times. She is cute.
But still, I’m not convinced Chin is the right place for her. And what did bother me was that he met with Coughlin to ask a favor. Excuse me, but all is good and forgiven? He didn’t have to face any consequences for his misuse of the taxpayers’ money? Or the misuse of power? He just kept his job and all is business as usual?
And most importantly, Five-0 and especially Chin just forgave him like nothing had happened? Oh come on.
And all the time I was wondering where the heck is Steve? What is he doing? Why isn’t he briefing his team? I mean, Gray’s office was at HPD. That is not that far away from their HQ. Shouldn’t he have made it there in mere minutes? Ugh, again with the timeline.
OK, these following scenes don’t make any sense time-wise. Steve is driving around, maybe to HQ? Who knows. And Alicia is calling him from Gray’s house. Really, I think this is the most crewed up timeline they ever had.
Anyway, Alicia tells Steve that she’s in their suspect’s house and found evidence that strongly suggests she is at least involved in the killing. So, after telling her to get out of the house he hurries to get there.
Of course it is way too late when he arrives at the house. Alicia has already been stabbed and Dr. Gray is waiting for him.
What can I say, sloppy work by Steve not to clear the house. How could she sneak up on him like that? And why the heck did he switch his gun to his left hand and pick up the phone with his gun hand? That is something he wouldn’t do. What was that?
And now we get another stab victim. Seriously, show? Did you see how Steve was stabbed? Do you have any idea what kind of damage that knife would do?
Do we really want to talk about the stupid, STUPID idea to stab two people in the back thinking they would be OK? Yeah, guess we do. Because, honestly, this complete disregard of any medical facts totally freaks me out.
This was major. I mean, come on, it is far-fetched enough that Steve is running around not even two months after life threatening injuries, and I’m not even talking about the stupid liver transplant. Nope, now he gets stabbed in the back and is just fine. Please.
Do these writers even know how to use Google, or ask their freaking consultant about anatomy of the human body!?
You cannot just stab a person in the back and expect him to do all the stuff these two were doing. There would be fractured ribs, nicked lungs, nerve- and muscle damage.
Just look at the picture what kind of devastating damage Steve would suffer with a stabbing that high up next to his shoulder blade, with the knife deeply embedded in his body. And look at what serious damage Alicia would suffer with being stabbed in her lower back. Major organ damage for her. Her chances of not bleeding out would even be lower than Steve’s.
I must say though, at first, Steve played the stab victim really well. Great stuff. But then he developed super powers and defied all odds.
But I guess we really, truly need to get used to this absolutely stupid writing about medical stuff. Guess it would be best to simply ignore it in the future. Sigh.
OK, so Steve and Alicia get stabbed and are pretty much incapacitated. For now.
ROFL, seeing this picture, his poor liver was probably nicked from the back too. Look at how deep that knife sticks in him. Ugh.
And now we’re two hours after Steve called Chin to brief him, put present time, which was 16 hours after they saw Dr. Gray. Ugh, I give up.
Yes, Steve would never be late. Being on time, exactly on time would be ingrained in him. For him it wouldn’t just be common curtesy to be on time, but essential to his being. So, if he’s not there, they know something must have happened.
I loved how worried they all looked but especially Lou. His quiet request to get a trace on Steve’s phone spoke volumes. Absolutely wonderful how all of them brought the script to life.
While the team tries to find Steve, or better his phone, Steve is being dragged next to Alicia. The following scenes were really good, and Steve’s portrayal of someone being injured was excellent. Just ignore the severity of that knife wound for the time being and enjoy Steve on the floor. 😉
And wasn’t his scream just dreadful. That must have hurt like a bitch. Loved his acting here.
Is this now another dream sequence or did this really happen? I guess it is another flashback to learn more about Agent Brown.
Pretty fast it was clear that Dr. Gray is a really disturbed person. But I must say, I wasn’t freaked out by her. It was also really clear that she wouldn’t be the one killing Alicia and Steve. Something else must be going on.
I liked their little mind games, first Steve/Gray and later Alicia and Gray. That was fun to watch.
I wonder though why she knocked Steve out. Was that just her sadistic side coming through, just for the fun of it? Just because she could? Because she didn’t hit him hard enough to knock him out for good. He came to pretty fast. It didn’t serve any purpose. Not that I minded though. 😉 Poor Steve.
Tell me something, when did Dr. Gray pack that package, and gave it into the mail? And even more importantly, why? That doesn’t make any sense at all. Why the heck would she keep the phone on and mail it someplace? Why not turn it off, take the battery out and throw it in the pool? Or whatever.
That was just stupid writing. Of course, if the writing wouldn’t be stupid they wouldn’t know how to find Steve and Alicia. But it was stupid.
Hmm, it seemed that Dr. Gray had all the time in the world. I wondered why she wasn’t worried that someone might actually be looking for her two captives. She didn’t seem to be in a hurry at all.
That, of course, gave us some more mind games, now the before mentioned Alicia/Dr. Gray.
I thought that Alicia was a bit too confident, and that after she warned Steve that Gray wouldn’t react to logic, that she still tried to reach her on some level. It should have been clear to her that it would be to no avail.
And finally we meet the King and Queen, the ones who will kill Steve and Alicia, or at least will try their best.
That brings me to my next serious question. How did Gray and the pair meet? And when did Gray decide to kill Steve and Alicia? Did she get in contact with the pair? And how did she do that? Classified ads? I mean seriously, how did these three people come together?
So, let me get this straight, they didn’t know where that package came from? Why? I mean if you get a package picked up at your home, your address will be in the system, if it is on the package or not. We live in the age of scanners and stuff like that. There is no way they couldn’t find out her address. Another stupid part of writing. But it gave us Chin and Kono aimlessly driving around the neighborhood, waiting for Jerry and Lou coming up with an address. Do you see shaking my head? No? Well, I do.
As a side note, it was pretty much the first time that I didn’t mind Jerry. This time he had a purpose. Not like last episode when he was in the episode for no reason at all.
OK, here is my point. The parcel has a bar code #947283982. Why the hell didn’t they simply scan the code on the package and take a look into the system? Why the heck all this stupid stuff at HQ?
And now we come to another screwed up time line. How the heck did they get out of the house in time? And not even leaving behind any signs of stabbing two people. Lots of blood on the floor, you remember?
And here comes the second most stupid scene or move in this episode. WHY the heck did she torch Steve’s truck? That made zero sense.
OK, I get that Steve needs a new ride every once in a while, but why killing his poor blue truck? I loved that blue thing. And I’m not so sure the new silver one and I will become best friends. LOL
No, seriously, what were the writers thinking? Probably not much at all, other than, let’s make a lot of noise and give them a big boom. Doesn’t matter that it will be totally stupid.
See, shaking head here again.
Steve was obviously hurting back in that truck. Well, duh, stabbed in the back. Remember? Well, the actor remembers for a little while longer, but soon even he will forget all about his poor back. You’ll see.
But before we get to that, the baddies tell their life story. Why do they always do that? Anyway, we learn that Alicia is scared of drowning. Well, guess then it is a good thing that she has a SEAL by her side.
I wonder if the baddies know who Steve is. If so, the most stupid thing will get a little bit more stupid. But we’re not there yet. Nope, still in the van. Talking and having fun all around.
No, seriously though, I really enjoyed every scene with Steve and Alicia tremendously. Don’t take any of my complains seriously. It is just for the fun of it. They were absolutely great together and an absolute joy to watch. Guess it didn’t hurt that Steve/Alex looked his best.
The team tries to find Steve by questioning the neighbors, and at least they know they are most likely using a green van. Will it be enough to put an alert out? 😉
It is really not very nice to aim Steve’s own gun at him. And now we’re getting to the most stupid part of the entire episode.
You want to kill a person. OK, fine, I get that. But if you are professional killers, or even just wanna be killers, wouldn’t you make sure to find a bulletproof way to kill the people you wanna kill? They want to drown Alicia. I understand that. But seriously? You throw her in the water with a freaking SEAL by her side? How stupid can people be?
They should at least have shot him. If they wanted him to suffer and helplessly watch her drown, shoot him in the shoulder, or both shoulders. Geez. Don’t throw him in there first and leave. What kind of stupid plan was that?
Anyway, Steve is on his way to a nice swim. He tried to take them out on the way, but fails. I will attribute that to his head- and back injury. 😉
Oh, and why didn’t they take them there together? Made no sense.
Ups, forgot the tape. 😉
Absolutely great scenes in the cave. That was great work by both actors. Let’s not talk about both characters doing all that stuff with deep stab wounds in their backs, but who cares about such minor things. I’m not sure if that seaweed, or whatever that was would be that strong. But I’m no expert, and frankly, I don’t really care.
They got some great underwater and in water action, and they got out. That was really a lot of fun and great scenes.
And who wouldn’t want a guy like Steve next to one in a situation like that. No wonder Alicia clung to him like she did. But I thought that was also very in character for someone who was afraid to drown. Really, all this couldn’t have been better.
Who are these two? Surely not Chin and Kono. 🙂
While the team works on helping Steve by getting the killers, Steve and Alicia are working on getting out of the cave.
After taking out the bad guys, Kono and Chin rush to help Steve and Alicia, but those two have saved themselves already. All they need is a blanket.
Well, and I hope a trip to the ER. Or has the water really such healing powers? 😉
I thought that were really sweet scenes. I really wish we would see Alicia again. She could be a great friend to Steve, they have wonderful chemistry. I think these two would go along great as friends.
After all the excitement we visit Chin and Sarah again for a moment. Sweet, but I think they should have left that out. It would have been better to see her again in the next episode or so.
OK, I ranted about the poor truck already, but of course we need to see the wreck. Ah man, I really loved that truck. Darn it.
So is Steve right, or will we see her again?
So, this could have been it, right? Nah, not quite. Dr. Gray got away and we see her meeting her next victim?
Ok, guess it is time for my verdict. As I said in the beginning I think this was the best episode this season so far. It will even make it into my top ten. Probably. I think. 😉
There was a lot that could have been better written, more researched, more realistic. But honestly, I think that are expectations that this show will never fulfill.
I did enjoy this episode immensely. It was such fun to watch Steve and Alicia. Great scenes. And one of the best parts was that it was focused almost completely on one case. No side story, no character doing something else for most of the episode. I loved when they have one case and everyone works on that.
That is what Five-0 is for me. A crime show. With some special twist, yes, but first and foremost it is a crime show for me. I want to see that awesome leader of the special task force leading his team, doing some awesome SEAL things. I don’t want to listen to constant whining and bitching about stupid stuff. I want action, fun and yes, character stuff too. But in small portions at the right time.
I guess you all expect it and I won’t disappoint you, let’s talk a minute about the missing member of the task force. Dannoying.
I am so, SO glad he was not in this episode. His totally over the top fake worry and panic would have ruined a perfectly rounded episode for me.
There was absolutely nothing missing due to his absence, and with him there it would not have been this good.
Why? Because all those so called bromance scenes feel forced, for years now. There is no bromance there, if you ask me. It’s annoying and getting on my nerves. It hinders the flow of the episode. If it is not there, like in this episode, it flows way better. Everyone with Steve is better and feels more natural than Dannoying. Remember, this is my opinion. Has been for a few years now. And I do not want to argue this with anyone. You don’t feel that way. Fine by me, I don’t freaking care, so please keep from telling me (or anyone who has the same opinion) how stupid and monumentally wrong we are.
And please for the love of God, refrain from saying all fans love McDanno, and see it as the most important part of the show. Because I know a lot of people who don’t think so at all. Speak for yourself, not for others. Use I, not we. Sorry, but one of my pet peeves. 😉
Back to Dannoying. One question; he seems to get a lot of vacation time (NOT talking about SC’s contract of lesser episodes, but about the character). When will the others get time off? We never saw them taking any vacations, or even personal or sick days.
Dannoying is constantly doing private stuff while the others work their asses off.
It is ridiculous by now. I mean how many cheerleading events can there be? How often can he go to Jersey?
And that is where SC’s contract cuts into the show. Get Dannoying a different job on the task force, or with HPD. With not being there so often he simply can’t be a full-time member. I think it would benefit the writing for the show.
I can’t wait for the reason for his absence they come up with for episode 150. I’m sure it will be hilarious. Or they won’t mention it at all.
Anyway. I thought this was an outstanding episode, and therefore it gets an awesome from me.
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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.