7.18 E mālama pono
MacGarrett and Danny finally track down the missing uranium, which has been used to build a bomb located in the middle of the jungle. Now, they must carefully extract the unstable explosive through treacherous terrain before it detonates, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Feb. 24 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS translated E mālama pono to Handle with Care
I must confess, this episode has me pretty much at a loss for words. I loved some of it, I laughed at some scenes, and I shook my head the rest of the time. Mostly shaking my head though. Oh boy. What the heck were the writers thinking?
We start the show with the obligatory previously on… Well, this time it was OK since the uranium had been lost for quite some time. 😉
Then we see the task force raiding a warehouse, but instead of anyone being arrested they are blown up. Huh. Honestly? I thought those were cool scenes and all, but what a waste of time and money. This served no purpose at all. How cool would that have been if it had anything to do with the actual case. Or any case in a future episode. What a pity to have such a great scene that leads nowhere.
And that brings us to Steve and Danny standing in front of a class, explaining the finer points of police-work. Why they were both there is completely beyond me. Either one alone would have been way better.
So, Steve concludes their lecture, but of course Danny has something to add. And here comes my first big problem with this episode. You know, there are often times on Five-0 where you have to look the other way, or suspend belief. And that is mostly fine. This is, after all, just a TV-show. Here to entertain us. And most of the time they manage to entertain me. But there are lines you just don’t cross. If you do, it is not entertaining any more. It’s embarrassing, annoying and simply wrong.
Danny’s behavior, questioning and insulting his boss and partner in front of the class? That is disgusting. And utterly and completely unprofessional. And, in my mind; simply crosses the line. And Steve? He should have put him in his place. He should have simply said: “We will discuss this after we’re done here. Any more questions from the class?”
Let’s talk about the horrible breach of privacy Steve did, the reason why Danny can’t trust his partner anymore. See the sarcasm in this? I hope so.
First of all, on your work desk, there is no privacy. If you don’t want someone to read something, don’t leave it laying around. It’s not like Steve looked into a drawer. And I’m sure even Danny knows that Steve would never do that, because that would be a breach of trust. Glancing at a list on the desk? It’s ridiculous to get worked up over it. You can’t not read, just like you can’t not hear. It’s an automatic reflex. You see, you read. Simple as that. That is not snooping.
This whole conversation was ridiculous in the first place. But at that time and place? The worst a person can act.
So, what was this list even about? Things Danny would like to do when he retires. Huh. OK. A couple of weeks back I wrote that I wouldn’t even know what Danny likes, and it seems that Steve was just as puzzled by that list of likes. 😉
Let’s talk about the retirement for a moment. Do I wish he would retire? You bet I do. Do I believe that is what is going to happen? I have no idea. But let’s look at the facts for a moment, or at least what we think we know. SC misses five episodes completely and at least five more are Danny-light at this point. SC never made a secret out of his dislike of doing the show or being in Hawaii. That is fine, it’s his choice.
We have no idea if, or under what conditions he signed (or will sign) on for season 8. I do believe that he will not work more than he does now. I think he will work less or even none at all. So, this might actually be the first step into that direction. And frankly I would be foolish and naïve to think just because he later says he’s not going to retire any time soon, that that is what is going to happen. Any time soon on Five-0 can very well mean at the end of the season.
But you know, whatever SC and PL, or the network, or whoever makes the decision about Danny’s character will decide, it’s fine by me. I will deal with whatever will happen. That won’t change my wish for him to be gone though.
I think it is very legit for people to wish for a character to change, or if that is not possible, to go away. I just don’t want to have to listen to this whiny, tiny character any longer. If he would be portrayed as an actual professional, someone who doesn’t act like a jerk all the time, I would gladly have him in the episodes. But it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. And I really wonder why. Because there were episodes where Danny was actually good and likable.
The Steve/Danny relationship has never been something that I particularly liked. It’s not an important part of the show for me. On the contrary, I mostly dread those moments. There is other good stuff on this show that I truly enjoy; but all the carguments and bromance moments can gladly go away. Or be replaced by actual grown-up conversation between Steve/Lou or Steve/Chin. Anything’s better than Steve/Danny. But that is my opinion, I’m sure many others love to see them. That’s fine and doesn’t concern my opinion in the least. I always find it hilarious when people say everyone loves Steve and Danny. Uhm, no, not everyone does. I know many who clearly don’t. And I always wish those people would simply speak for themselves. Like I do. I don’t like Danny. Period. I’m not going to tell anyone what or who to like. 😉
OK, after these embarrassing moments and a few tiring minutes in the car Steve heads home. Uhm, why does he go home? Does he have the day off? I mean, I just thought it was odd that he went to his house. Of course, if he hadn’t poor Sang Min would have bled to death. And yes, sarcasm again. 😉
I really don’t like Sang Min. I LOVED him in the pilot. That was such a great performance. But all his appearances after that were just getting on my nerves. Nothing against the actor, he does a great job. But the character? Nope, not for me. And can someone tell me why he isn’t in jail? Anyway, Steve comes home while on the phone with Chin. Discussing the supposedly snooping around in Danny’s office. Please have mercy.
And then he sees blood on the door in the study. Uhm, Steve, don’t you think it would be wise telling Chin!? You know, your friend and colleague who is ALREADY on the phone with you? No, Steve tells him he has to call him back. Facepalm right here…
So, Steve follows the blood trail, just like Max did in 2.01 (who by the way was clever enough to call 911), and voila finds Sang Min nearly passed out in his kitchen. Déjà vu with the scene from 2.01. I just hoped we wouldn’t see Sang Min sleeping on the couch. I think I would have screamed.
No, instead we get our new ME. Who I really like. No, no but coming. I really like her. 🙂
She patches San Min up, and even endures his stupid remarks. What an asshole. Sorry, but there is just no other word for him.
Huh, Steve has prescription pain medication in his desk. And it looked like it wasn’t a full bottle, which means he actually took some of them. I wonder what they were prescribed for? I see a tie-in coming. But I’ll get back to you on that.
SM tells Steve what he had been doing that got him shot. Maybe I’m wrong, but did he just confess to yet another crime he committed? Just saying, you know.
I had a good laugh seeing him running away. But I wondered how he was not killed in that scene. Seriously. And another thing, why was he there in the first place? Why did he need to go down there to look inside that container? Makes no sense to me.
So, Steve sends Lou, Chin and Kono down to the harbor. The crime scene is being processed and fingerprints are lifted. Of Desmond Abati. A wanted terrorist. And again, we go with the metric system that they again mess up. 😉 I think it’s hilarious. Abati was just 5 feet 5 according to his metric height of 167 cm. As if.
After some more scenes and talking at the smart table they come up with a game plan. Chin and Kono will check out Nadim Tahan’s place while Steve and Danny check out the possible safe house or terrorist camp. Since there are no roads in and out, they will skydive in. Before we come to that let’s talk about a minute about the road not leading in.
As we learn later Abati is able to get to a road in mere minutes. So, how were there no roads leading in and out? I mean, yeah, I really like the idea of Steve skydiving, although I wished he would have done that in his free time. But this was rather ridiculous. They had a wonderful big drop zone, I wonder why they didn’t fly in there by helicopter? And don’t tell me it would have alerted the terrorists.
Steve and Danny did that anyway with their loud chatting while traipsing through the jungle.
Speaking of traipsing through the jungle. Some of their conversation I actually enjoyed. It was ridiculous how this came about and doing it while trying to find a terrorist camp. But their conversation itself was fun.
Not so fun was their encounter with said terrorists. Maybe Steve and Danny should take lessons from them how to sneak up on someone. They for sure didn’t come at the elite task force member while loudly chatting. Sarcasm. You get that, right?
So, they are led to the camp, with Steve still narrating for Danny’s benefit. And us I guess. Suddenly they lose one of the guards and can overpower the two remaining. And take out all but one terrorist. Abati can flee on his quad. And one of the baddies can activate the bomb before he dies.
Can I just say that I loved Steve in all these scenes? Yeah, I know, nothing new here. But I think he was just great. He was pushing for a solution the whole time, while his sidekick did nothing but ask stupid questions and tag along. If I heard him ask “what are you doing” one more time, I think I would have thrown something at the screen. Even in the most obvious scenes he asked that.
I get that Danny is not able to handle such situations. That he is scared for his life. I do understand that. But it was clear that Steve was just as scared and worried. But the difference is that Steve moves past his fears. And that is why he is the leader and head of Five-0, and Danny should not even be in law enforcement.
Steve spoke of team work in their lecture. There is no I in team. But all I heard from Danny was I, I and I again. “I didn’t need to hear this.” “I didn’t need to have this in my life.” Did he ever stop to think that maybe Steve needed to say all those things in those situations? No, he was all just about himself. The whole universe revolves around Danny. At least that is what he thinks. And I think that is a very sad view.
A friendship should be handled with care. But what Danny is doing is nothing like that. He tramples on friendship and partnership. That is how I see it.
But back to our two heroes in the jungle. Steve comes up with the only option, they have to get back to the drop zone. Thankfully, after just a short argument Danny comes along.
I loved Steve in the truck. Loved his worry and his openness. Great scene.
Meanwhile, Abati took about five (or less) minutes to leave the completely isolated jungle and find a perfectly good road, and even a police car. Imagine that.
Little question here. How did he log into the computer? Aren’t they password protected? And how did he know who to look for? How did he know Sang Min?
Anyway, he found Sang Min, who then organized his departure. They went down to the harbor and Five-0 shot him. And imagine, ALL that happened before Steve and Danny had reached the drop zone in their really remote location.
Back in the jungle Steve and Danny were on their slow way to the clearing. Of course, every five minutes a new obstacle was in the way. See above for who I wanted to shoot the whole time. So Dannoying.
But as I said, some of it I enjoyed.
And when they finally reached the drop zone, they finally have cell service. Imagine that. 😉 Well, bad news, Steve won’t be able to disarm the bomb. Bummer. What followed were some of the dumbest scenes Five-0 ever produced. Oh my goodness.
I won’t even talk about the car battery. Or why Steve even took the ‘rods’ out. One simple turn and the screws would have been free.
Danny could have ran away from the truck, and Steve could have simply followed shortly after. He would have gotten further away running than wasting their time with getting the bomb off the truck and putting the battery back in. This was all just totally dumb.
And if they used the truck, why the heck did he flip it? Why not simply driving those thirty more seconds and be far enough away. And why didn’t the truck flip over from the bomb blast. Just ugh.
So, finally, the bomb exploded and our two heroes are only slightly injured. And no, Danny will not name his restaurant Steve’s. 😉
The same evening they are all at Steve’s. Getting dinner served by Danny. Nice training run. Grover get a phone call. Wonder why he was called and not Steve, but whatever. Of course Steve’s spidey senses are up and goes to talk to Grover to learn that they were the target. Dun dun dun. 🙂
I bet they won’t follow up on this right away. Probably at the end of the season.
They also didn’t follow up on last week’s ending. I think that was cut out due to time issues. This whole episode felt very choppy, with very odd cuts.
OK, what is my verdict for this episode. Oh boy. Steve was a pleasure to look at. That is pretty much all that I enjoyed. I don’t think they could have been more stupid if they tried to. Or more unintentionally hilarious.
But since I did enjoy some of it, the episode will get an OK. Barely.
If you want to read a really great, and wonderfully written review go HERE. 🙂
A special thanks to my friend Cokie who took a look at this before I posted, she demanded that I took her snarky remarks out. They gave me a really good laugh.I truly hope she will give us some of it in a comment though. 😉
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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.