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Continuing with season 12...

LABYRINTH
This episode was written by Paul Playdon, who wrote only 2 other episodes in the early seasons (both of them excellent) - "The Reunion" and "Wednesday, Ladies Free". While this one clearly isn't on the same level as the other 2 it's actually quite good by season 12 standards. In fact as I watched it I kept wondering why I don't have it in my top 5. I had considered moving "A Shallow Grave" into the top 5 but I think this one is even better. I like how twisty the plot is (hence the title) and yet it's not confusing or riddled with plot holes. Basically it's not a confusing mess, which it could have easily been. You have to pay attention watching this labyrinth unwind which is a nice plus. The performances are all good - James Olson, Lyle Bettger, Ted Hamilton (who uses a lot of "bleeding" in his Cockney speech, including "don't you go running off, ducks" lol), and especially Tricia O'Neill in a dual role as Christine/Lisa. The clue about the red nail polish at the end was a nice clincher (almost COLUMBO-esque) but one wonders why Lisa didn't pick up on that beforehand - she seemed pretty clever with everything else and that red nail polish definitely stands out. Maybe she was in a hurry but that was definitely an important miss on her part. I like the opening over Waikiki with the "Top of Waikiki" revolving restaurant in the foreground. The score is by Robert Drasnin who scored a number of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE episodes. Director Barry Crane directed a number of M:I episodes as well.

Looking forward to see how "School for Assassins" holds up. I used to like it.


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Well just watched "Bored, She Hung Herself"...The quality was rather lousy, resembled a grainy VHS tape, but nonetheless, was able to view it...Simple Google search brought up that long lost episode...

In my view, it's not too controversial (besides she didn't hang herself, she was murdered)..There were some drug references, but again, i can't see why it was banned....The guy whose usually the coroner in H5O episodes was not in this one, played by someone who i didn't recognize...I did recognize the guy who played the victim's father (he was William Smithers, who was in the Steve McQueen movie, "Papillon"...Overall, a good episode...


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Ringfire, I think the early problem with Deadly Persuasion is how would Stevens know about the nerve gas location. How did he know about it? It's highly improbable he would read about it or hear about where it was stored. He also worked alone meaning he had no inside friend information. No girlfriend in the laboratory. This important deadly gas was easily removed from the glass case and taken. It seems to me there should have been a padlock on the glass case or some kind of combination lock like a safe or some kind of ringing alarm. The watchman did a quick check and moved along. It might have made it more suspenseful had Stevens taken the deadly gas and a ringing alarm sounded. He would be racing back to the crane as the security guard discovered the theft. I thought Kario Salem was an effective actor and quite likable as Stevens.The psychological episodes I think were not necessary. This was in its essence Stevens revenge on the death of his father blaming Danno. He did an excellent job framing Danno on using Danno's gun killing the informant. I understand what you are saying though. Here Today, Gone Tonight, Journey Out Of Limbo etc are enjoyable episodes even though there are some highly improbable aspects. JC

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“Some of the silly story episodes mentioned are otherwise still entertaining to watch and sometimes the stupidity of the premise actually adds to the pleasure (or reduces the displeasure) of watching the episode.”

I agree with John. “Here Today, Gone Tonight” is a prime example! It’s 4 stars all the way for me. “Journey Out of Limbo” is another one! I mean what are the chances that the plot that Danno stumbled onto during his time off while out horseback riding is the same one that Five-O is currently working on involving the arrival of a Korean dignitary?? It’s slim to none but it’s nevertheless VERY entertaining!


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I think my impression of "bad" episodes has more to do with lack of appeal rather than just credibility of the premise. The episodes that turn me off are those with the combination of bad acting, dead pan performances, poor "pacing" of the story and weak or inappropriate musical score.

Some of the silly story episodes mentioned are otherwise still entertaining to watch and sometimes the stupidity of the premise actually adds to the pleasure (or reduces the displeasure) of watching the episode.


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I don't understand the difficulty in grasping how Brad Stevens (who's shown to be something of a genius student) knew about the nerve gas or where it was stored. It's not spelled out for us how he knew but it doesn't seem like something that should be beyond our mental grasp. Could be a myriad of things. He could have read about it, he could have overheard something, he could have paid someone for this info, etc. Where there's a will, there's a way. Same thing goes for the crane scene at the beginning. You give a person a rope and if he's determined enough to accomplish something he'll lower himself on said rope down onto a roof from a crane. I don't think a person needs to be a stuntman to accomplish that. He may not be graceful or agile going about it but he can do it. Again, where there's a will, there's a way.

Seems to me that each season has a dozen or more episodes that tend to really stretch credibility and often we don't have too much of a problem with them. I just don't think this particular episode is one of those.


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Now watching "McGarrett is Missing"..if there was engine failure on a Cessna, why is the prop still moving? The prop should be stopped...continue with your night (insert smiley here)

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OK, watching "Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb?" I noticed the first unit responding to the first explosion is a stock shot of Officer Olena responding to the Lotus in "Pig in a Blanket." How many times have shots/audio from the latter episode been used? I know the audio/video of the hospital for Officer Olena a couple of times ("Banzai Pipeline" being one). Thanks MeTV... Things that make you go "hmmm."

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I wouldn't place Deadly Persuasion in the 1 star or bomb category but it could be considered "bad" from the insult to ones intelligence question. The problems with Deadly Persuasion start early. There is no possible way as a young CRMJ student that Stevens could know about the nerve gas and lab at Kern Industries. No way! This stretches credibility. Plus his acrobatics and ability to move about the crane. It states nothing about his work other than he attends college classes. I think it would have worked better if Stevens was a watchman at Kern Industries or had some kind of internship work there. Then, he could have monitored the HFO team during his shift. It's also powerball lotto odds that Danno would happen to give a class lecture to the same class Stevens was a student. Stevens proved to be an intelligent and resourceful offender but slowed down by this psychology mumbo jumbo. Why use this psychology angle? A straight ahead revenge storyline would have worked just fine. Danno also pressed his luck confronting Stevens who was perched atop the building. He could have released the nerve gas killing everyone. It worked out though. Deadly Persuasion has enough good points to avoid the bomb rating. JC

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Journey Out of Limbo??? NO WAY!!!!! It’s my second favorite of season 5 after the Vashon trilogy. It’s a series favorite for me! Deadly Courier is also one of the best from season 11. Both have very good scores too - Richard Shores and John Cacavas, respectively.

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There are a few seasons where I would be hard-pressed to nominate even one episode as "bad." I just looked quickly, here are mine, based on the ratings which I already gave:

1 - The Big Kahuna (not really that bad!)
2 - To Hell with Babe Ruth
3 - Dear Enemy
4 - None
5 - Here Today ... Gone Tonight
6 - None
7 - A Study in Rage (1½ stars)
8 - None (Deadly Persuasion is close)
9 - Let Death do Us Part (also To Die in Paradise)
10 - When Does a War End? (and several others)
11 - Deadly Courier (and several others)
12 - A Bird in Hand (and many others)

The think the way to determine which episodes are really bad would be to ask: Does this show insult my intelligence?

Using this criteria, I think there are several others which would qualify for a "bomb" rating. If I go through the shows again, I will probably be handing out this "award" like hot dogs at a picnic.


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I think the weaker or bomb episodes Classic HFO are worth exploring in a 10 or 12 episode list. Some have been suggested on the forum over the years. When Does A War End?, The Kahuna, To Hell With Babe Ruth, Voice Of Terror etc. It would be interesting to know how some of the HFO regular forum posters believe what are some of the worst episodes in the series. Maybe, picking 1 out of each season. I know Season 10 has a few as well in Seasons 11 and 12. I wonder if some believe Deadly Courier & Journey Out Of Limbo deserve to be on the list. JC

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Yeah I never had a problem either with “A Bird in Hand” or “Clash of Shadows”. In fact I always thought by season 12 standards both were pretty good.

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Plenty of great discussion last day or two on the forum. A lot to digest. On some of the bomb and lower ranked Classic HFO episodes. I think Why Won't Linda Die? would have to be in my Top 10. Several reasons starting with a weak script. The Canadian Parliament official death by the car was strange and it looked in the middle of nowhere. Who in Hawaii would want to kill him? What enemies could he possibly have in Hawaii? They had the letter correspondence from Miss Forbes. Not many other suspects. The episode kind of painted itself into a corner. Either 1 of the sisters must be the killer. McG was slow on the uptake as Diana & Linda could never be interviewed together. Diana would have some kind of reason. Linda's out for a while or on her stewardess shift. I think Sharon Farrell did an outstanding job acting playing both sisters parts. Two opposites in personality. Ending left too many questions. I probably liked A Bird In Hand and Clash Of Shadows better than Mr. Mike did. Will have to add Season 1 Not That Much Different into the Top 10. The anti-war students were snotty towards McG and plenty of questions. Just not a great episode. Maybe, Big Chicken can give his two cents on his most disliked Classic HFO episodes. JC

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With regard To Hell with Babe Ruth, there was an episode of Hawaiian Eye with a very similar story. If Mark Lenard had been replaced with a Japanese actor like in this show, it would have not insulted my intelligence so much.

[from my review of To Hell with...]

There are some interesting parallels between this show and the third episode of Hawaiian Eye (a precursor to Five-O by about 10 years -- in fact, the earlier episode was broadcast almost exactly 10 years before). The Hawaiian Eye episode, written by Steven Ritch, is entitled "Second Day of Infamy". Yatto Mitsuki, a Japanese officer, was part of an espionage team which landed in Hawaii before Pearl Harbor. After a confrontation with the local authorities at the time, he received a head wound which resulted in amnesia. He has been confined to the Oahu Mental Hospital ever since, and when he escapes at the beginning of the show, Hawaiian Eye (a Honolulu detective agency) is hired to find him. Mitsuki doesn't know that the war is over, and when he sees the the Pacific fleet is no longer in Pearl Harbor, he wants to warn the Japanese authorities, figuring he will be handsomely rewarded. After escaping from the hospital, Mitsuki tries to track down his former contacts, but is unsuccessful, except for his old girl friend Sumiko Natago (played by Miiko Taka, whose main claim to fame was as the love interest of Marlon Brando's character in the movie Sayonara). Stealing some dynamite from a construction site, Mitsuki tries to blow up a fuel depot, but is stopped in the nick of time. One big difference with this earlier show is the lead is actually played by a Japanese character actor -- Yuki Shimoda, who does a very good job.


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John, I kinda like "Why Won't Linda Die?" (directed by Jack Lord). On my last rewatch last year I actually found it quite enjoyable, a step up from how I had remembered it. "When Does a War End?" on the other hand was a step down from how I remembered it.

Mike, in that article about Jack Lord I wonder if his secretary Margaret Doversola isn't referring to Sharon Farrell as being the actress whom Jack called "unlady-like" and gave a dressing down in his office about her behavior. Apparently he had a serious problem with foul-mouthed women (I don't blame him). Doversola says the actress played a policewoman in the 11th season. I wonder if she didn't mean 12th season, which would most certainly mean Sharon Farrell, and of course we know she and Jack had some serious clashes. I don't recall any actress playing a policewoman in the 11th season. There was Carol Lynley in the 10th season. Sharon did guest star in the 11th season in the aforementioned "Linda" episode but she wasn't a cop in that one. Any ideas?


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Mike, "To Hell with Babe Ruth" might be a bomb by early season standards but compared to something like "Tread" or "Kahuna" it's a classic! Mark Lenard is really my only gripe about that episode - as you say it's a completely wretched performance! But I like everything else, including the plot of bombing Pearl Harbor again. Also the teaser is effective with the ninja and the killing of the guard. It starts off suspenseful enough. It's only every time Lenard opens his mouth (which unfortunately is a lot) that the thing goes off the rails.

I read that article about Jack. Very interesting. The writer is former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hanneman. Of course I immediately became curious when I saw the last name and sure enough he's related to our very own Nephi Hanneman. They're brothers.


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RINGFIRE
Agree on The Kahuna. It would have to rank in my Top 5 of Worst Classic HFO episodes. Up there with Why Won't Linda Die?, When Does A War End?, Killer Bee, To Hell With Babe Ruth and a few others. It starts out as an interesting mystery with the mysterious deaths of the 2 young Hawaiians. I liked the funeral scene. The Doctor played by Miss Crosby visits McG. Nobody has much zeal to investigate. It's a very weak script. I think the manner of death might have hurt the episode. Say the young people were murdered by hanging or gunshot wound or something...Maybe Kimo and Truck could have some more leads through forensics. The type of weapon used, some fingerprints on the rope, etc. Instead, they did not have much to go on when they arrived. Only the 2 young people died from breathing some kind of rare toxin. Truck's radiation poisoning and the sight of the Kahuna continued the unraveling of the episode. It was good to see Don Knight as the villain. Even Don Knight couldn't save this patchwork script. Both HFO 4ever and Ringfire brought up interesting discussion about Karl in Voice Of Terror. JC


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An interesting article:

http://www.midweek.com/jack-lord-secretary-knew/


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Recent episodes of Five-Zero have left me scratching my head, saying "What motivated the team to get involved with this case?"

I think this question could be asked of a lot of the original show's episodes as well.

Here are some typical reasons:

- The governor asks McG to investigate as a favor to one of the Gov's friends (this is a major reason in the last 3 seasons of the original)
- The governor asks McG to investigate because there is a threat to the tourism industry
- The governor asks McG to investigate because there is a threat to shipping goods into Hawaii
- Someone from the team is kidnapped or in peril

Can you think of more reasons?


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The shows which I have given a "bomb" rating to (no stars) are these:

To hell with Babe Ruth
When does a war end?
The kahuna
Clash of shadows
A bird in hand...

I think there could be several others...


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THE KAHUNA
This one for me was always the ultimate nadir of the series (alongside "The Moroville Covenant")- a total turkey. In recent years season 10's "Tread the King's Shadow" has joined this turkey club (lol, no pun intended). Anyway after this rewatch "The Kahuna" is as bad as I remembered - still a turkey. Totally boring! What I always remembered about it was Kimo and the lady doctor stuck in this village and Truck wandering around in pain, thinking he's under a kapu curse. Sure enough it's just as I remembered it. Really crap plot. Even McGarrett doesn't want to get involved in this one and stays back in Honolulu. And what's with this fictitious Lono Bay? They could have at least used some real place like in earlier episodes. Where was this filmed anyway? Anyone know?

The only bright spot comes towards the end where Don Knight reveals himself as the baddie and goes all psycho on Dr. Lynch. It's actually pretty funny watching Don do his schtick ("fair dinkum", "twitch and I'll blow yer bloody head off" LOL!) and his facial contortions are priceless, but he's such a good actor that he makes it work. The jeep chase that follows is pretty good too, especially when the jeeps drive over the camera (something that they did all the time on THE A-TEAM and which I always loved). The score by Morton Stevens is good too. But this is all at the end. Unfortunately the vast majority of the episode is dull as dishwater.

I don't know if this or "Tread the King's Shadow" is worse. I've still to check out "The Moroville Covenant". Come to think of it "Sign of the Ram" is pretty terrible too. So these are some of my picks for all-time stinkers.


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I disagree that McGarrett made Karl think he was in control. The whole time McGarrett kept threatening Karl that if there was to be no give-and-take then he would just walk away and hand the situation over to the SWAT commander, which seemed to terrify Karl and cause him to freak out time and time again. Each and every time McGarrett threatened to walk away Karl would cave in and give McGarrett what he wanted. So it seems to me that McGarrett was very much in control and Karl knew that. Unless he was too psycho to realize that.

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I think Karl was feeling his oats by the time McGarrett came up the hill dressed as Mark. As such, his defenses were coming down.

* McGarrett had let him think in their radio communications that he, Karl, was in control and that the police were helpless in their fight to subdue him.

* Officer Sally Dean was near dehydration and no longer was offering much resistance.

* Karl had killed the officer with Truck and had injured Truck so that he could offer little resistance, especially since he had handcuffed to the front of the police car.

* Almost certainly, after so many hours, Karl was tired and ready for the situation to end. That he thought he was about to receive his money and a jet off the island made him that much more ready to believe that the man approaching him in Karl's clothes was Karl.

I find the scene very credible. "Voice of Terror" is one of my favorite episodes. When something seemed weak, such as McGarrett's seeming weakness in the communications van, we later saw that it was leading up to an unexpected show of strength. In short, McGarrett was following the age-old method of "Brer Fox, he lay low" in Joel Chandler Harris's story of Brer Fox's scheme to capture and make a meal of Brer Rabbit. Indeed, the judicial system made a hearty meal of Karl & Co.


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I guess the best thing about Voice Of Terror that it was suspenseful. The HPD officer and Truck bungled the 1st attempt to end the situation pretending to be hikers. Karl had the vehicle situated where he could see all possible police attack routes. Plus he had Truck as a hostage. I remember thinking how McG,HPD and the HFO team could capture Karl without the police woman being injured or killed. This could have been a better episode. JC


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John, I'm actually really surprised that Karl (Cal Bellini) didn't see that it was McGarrett under that cap, along with 2 other cops pretending to be Stephan and Gino -- I thought this was really obvious. I mean why would the real Mark be walking up the hill raising his fist (their signal) while looking down at the ground instead of up at Karl? Ins't that suspicious that it's not really Mark under that cap? But ok maybe I can let that slide. But how in the world is it that Karl can't recognize that the 2 other guys on either side of McGarrett aren't Stephan and Gino??? They aren't even wearing disguises or hiding their faces! Are we supposed to believe that they were able to find 2 cops on a spur of the moment who are almost identical to Stephan and Gino?? I mean these guys got pretty darn close to Karl. This wasn't like a football stadium away that he couldn't recognize them. So this was another thing that bothered me.

I actually just rewatched the episode again and I guess it's good enough to stay in my top 5 for the season, but it still could have been much more than what it was. Cal Bellini raving on the radio to his followers all over the world to rise up and commit acts of sabotage and blow stuff up was so ridiculous! He looked like he was having an orgasm LOL!


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Ringfire
Agree on A Shallow Grave. It's a very good mystery and 1 of the better Season 12 episodes. The actor was excellent and the scene when the psychiatrist or psychologist had to revive him...That was amazing and intense. He was seeing these pictures and memories. It was also good to see the husband & wife. Two HFO alumni during the 12 seasons. I'm glad Jack Lord decided for Year 12 even though some of the episodes weren't as strong as previous seasons. Voice Of Terror was intense and Cal Bellini yelled plenty. It probably would have been better if he didn't shout so much. I liked the ending when McG pretended to be 1 of the comrades. That was intelligent thinking. This would have been a good Danno episode with his sharp shooting prowess. JC


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A SHALLOW GRAVE
Now this one was actually better than I remembered. I really liked the idea of this young man coming to visit Hawaii supposedly for the first time, without even having any recollection of having been there before as a wee tyke. What's more - he even witnessed a crime as said wee tyke. All these fragmented images and flashbacks all of a sudden come flooding back as soon as he's back in Hawaii. I do think the coincidence that the criminal Phil Coleman (John Ireland) who was involved in said crime 20 years ago JUST HAPPENS to be released from prison at the exact time our young protagonist comes back to the islands is pretty ridiculous! But other than that this was basically a very good mystery. Maybe I should move this one into my top 5 as a replacement for "Voice of Terror". I distinctly remember all those flashbacks with the mannequins even as a kid and always found it kind of creepy. All in all, a good solid season 12 mystery. Good score by Don Ray too, especially with the trombone interval theme (heard in "Image of Fear" too, which I also liked).


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Continuing with my season 12 viewing (you can read my earlier reviews if you go back a few pages)...

VOICE OF TERROR
This is one I was really looking forward to - I remember it being a highlight of the season and I especially wanted to know if it would eclipse "Though the Heavens Fall". I remembered these 2 being very close. Well, after this rewatch it turns out it didn't eclipse the former. In fact it wasn't as good as I remembered, whereas the former remains as I remembered it. I guess my taste buds have matured since my teens and so the episode just lacks whatever I thought it originally had. I'm sure I liked these crackpot revolutionaries taking hostages plots when I was younger (still do) but the problem is that this one is just a poor imitation of what we'd seen earlier. This one doesn't have a patch on the People's Attack Group from "The Young Assassins" (that was a REAL tense episode!) and what's worse is that the villain here is totally annoying! He's supposed to be really crazy and ruthless but with his over-the-top raving and screaming he made me flash back to the likes of Nagata from "To Hell With Babe Ruth" (SHUDDER!!) This totally kills any real menace that the villain is supposed to have. Maybe Cal Bellini isn't a very good actor (he was alright as Bobby Tamara) or maybe the character was just badly written, who knows? I agree with Mr. Mike that Bellini's female comrade-in-arms is a dead-ringer for sometime guest-star Luanna Costello. I was gobsmacked when I saw in the end credits that it wasn't her. I don't want to sound like the episode is downright bad - it does have some good stunt work (the director is Beau Van Den Ecker), especially with the car chase, the score by Michael Isaacson (his only one) is pretty good, and there's some tension in a few scenes - but it could have been much better with a stronger villain, even if the plot is a rehash of earlier stronger plots. The ridge where the hostage situation takes place looks to be above Hanauma Bay and that road looks like the one featured at the beginning of "Nightmare in Blue". Can anyone confirm?


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Last night's show reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#17


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Here's yet another book, this one about both the original H50 and the remake. I haven't read it, so I can't vouch for it, but if you want to take a gander . . .

Cheryl Holler. A Fans’ Guide to Hawaii Five-0. Tomahawk Press, October 2017. http://amzn.to/2D41il6


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Here's my hat toss in the ring for future Hawaii Five O episodes. Army Of Terror. A few retired military members and some new current active military types kidnap several millionaires to fund their private army. They utilize the millionaires bank accounts and cash to fund their terror attacks. An alert Jerry traces some purchases and the terrorist group next target Hawaii. Kamekona visits the Big Kahuna to prepare for battle and wisdom against this dangerous foe. McGarrett paints himself green and hides in a forest as the HFO team triangulate one of the criminals phone calls. Captain Van Hooke and the gang's luck runs out when Danno neutralizes 1 bomb with red licorice and masking tape. Van Hooke's prints are discovered and Danno traces Van Hooke and the army to the Forest hideout where they plan to take out the Hawaii Diamond Exchange. McG is captured and placed with the millionaires. Grover from the roof drops a large shark net over the criminals as they squirm. Jerry places the bomb on a small plane like Flight of The Jewels where he guides it into the ocean. It explodes with no injuries. McG cell phone is traced to the forest and everyone survives after a brief firefight. Question Of The Day: What is your FAV Season 10 episode Classic HFO? JC

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The story lines are getting way to stupid. Adams one man task force is as bad as it gets. The restaurant story is bad also, but at least it has some comic value. The crime of the week was not top quality and the writing was awful. How could those parents not see through the transparent pumping for info from "the kids"? It seems to me that the writers are being paid in fast food burgers, beer and weed. They don't deserve anything more for shoveling out this rubbish week after week. Enough already! Hire some real writers that can produce some sort of intelligent story.

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I'm not going to spend a lot of time discussing the recent H Five-Zero episode this past Friday. I saw on your site that you rated it as being worthy of 1 and a half stars [subsequently downgraded to 1/2 stars - MQ]. Honestly, I would have given it zero stars. Three stupid and distinctly different plot lines wedged into an hour's episode, not even substracting the 17 - 18 minutes of commercials is moronic.

In addition, I noticed that the way the episode was edited by Lenkov's crack writing/producing staff, one plot would be interrupted almost in mid-stream with action going to another plot. Much as if the staff members who edited this awful episode did not take their A.D.D. medication.

I noticed that you posted a statistical analysis of how much each plot by percentage made up the entire episode. One almost never had to do that with the original, and much superior 5-0 at least through the first 8 or so seasons. Most episodes contained only one plot and if there were two they were masterfully woven together unlike the mess that is the current version of H 5-nothing.


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As for the Magnum reboot, I hope this isn't going to be just another new-age show about a bossy woman belittling a man. I hope the new Magnum is strong enough to put she-Higgins in her place. If so, it could be pretty good. If not, we can watch Netflix and see uber-bossy women every day of the week. Sheesh!

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S08E16 (last night's show) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#16


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[My prediction for a "next" season show on the MostlyFive0 blog...]

McGarrett and Catherine, who has returned to Hawaii, finally decide to get hitched, but they sneak away to City Hall to do this, because they want to surprise everyone. Kamekona and Flippa are the witnesses. While they are away, a gigantic bomb explodes in Five-Zero headquarters where everyone else who you don’t want to see on the show ever again is investigating the latest crime of the week and they are all killed. When McG and Cath return to headquarters, of course they are sad, and much of the show consists of flashbacks as the two of them attend a huge funeral for everyone who died.

The next week, the show is renamed McGarrett and Wife featuring McG and Cath who investigate crimes on the islands, many of which are of a light-hearted nature. Kamekona and Flippa continue to provide comic relief.

[A reply to my posting: Have you considered the dilemma you have presented to the McDannos? There will be anger at Steve for not asking his BFF Danny to be his Best Man. There will be anger at Steve for marrying Cath instead of Danny in the first place. Indeed, there will be righteous anger.They will boycott the new McGarrett and Wife. The power of the righteous is righteously powerful. This must be handled with tact and sensitivity.]

My further reply:

The feelings of the McDanno types, a niche fan base at best, will not be taken into consideration with the rebranding of the show to McGarrett and Wife. After all, Boy Wonder astounded the TV ratings types by putting Five-Zero on a Friday where it attained (I hate to admit this) respectable viewership, despite the fact this evening was traditionally regarded as a graveyard where no show would succeed. Once again he will put a feather in his cap by creating another reboot (of sorts) which will appeal to Friday night’s old (in multiple directions) fossil demographic.

Which leads to another question: will he put the remastered Magnum P.I. also on Friday, thus achieving a reboot trifecta?


Added: March 01 2018 08:49:23 AM
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How long does it take to binge-watch every episode of Classic Five-O?

https://www.bingeclock.com/s/hawaii-five-o-1968/

(Some interesting options available...)


Added: March 01 2018 08:43:39 AM
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Anyone know anything about this book?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0956683487


Added: February 28 2018 09:40:48 AM
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From the press release for the show on March 9th:

“Adam’s mission to take down organized crime on the Island goes sideways when deadly chlorine gas he was using to bait a big fish falls into the wrong hands.”

WTF? Really, WTF? Have the writers totally exceeded themselves in coming up with an utterly absurd idea? (Aside from the fact that Adam escaped from his middle-of-nowhere prison…)

I first read this quickly, I thought that maybe Adam exposed himself to chlorine gas because he was cleaning the toilet in his house since Kono is not there to take care of this and accidentally mixed bleach with ammonia. (Yes, this is sexist, but this is in keeping with the usual writers’ attitude.)

OK, I got that wrong. But who or what can you “bait” using CHLORINE GAS? Chlorine gas is REALLY obvious (not to mention dangerous) if it’s in the air and can kill you very quickly!

Hmmm, maybe the evil yakuza boss Hideki has a fish pond full of koi, and Adam is trying to “bait a big fish” so Hideki will be sad that one of his expensive fishies has been stolen or killed? But Wikipedia doesn’t say anything about how koi are attracted by the presence of CHLORINE GAS … they are more interested in “a wide variety of foods, including peas, lettuce, and watermelon.”

If “big fish” means someone like Hideki or an even “bigger fish to fry” (heh heh), then you would probably try to “bait” them using 1) a large-breasted nymphomaniac or a well-endowed hunky guy (depending on the sexuality of the “baitee”); 2) bags (lots) of money; 3) bags (lots) of fentanyl which can be sold at a huge profit; or 4) complete and utter power over the entire universe (something which Adam would be hard-pressed to produce, I suspect).

Oh well, at least this gives me something to get excited about (NOT) as far as next Friday’s episode is concerned…


Added: February 25 2018 09:47:55 AM
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Right Grave, Wrong Body is 1 episode that I'm glad was brought up in score and the like. Very solid episode. The Identity Kit gets a workout. A strong Cioffi performance HPD man trying to find the stolen gun. Watson plays excellent villains and great in this role. This is an underrated episode as Classic HFO has so many top shelf ones. What are your FAV moments in Right Grave, Wrong Body? JC

Added: February 22 2018 03:46:11 PM
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It does sound like that particular composition of “The Long Wait” that’s on the official soundtrack is from LEOPARD ON THE ROCK, even though it was first heard in ONE FOR THE MONEY. It actually starts at the :35 second mark on that track. Before that we actually hear the “Cocoon” theme from the pilot that I mentioned in my earlier post, when Hennessy and later McGarrett are suspended in the Cocoon.

Added: February 21 2018 07:40:41 PM
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Hi, Inglewolf, I haven't heard from you for about 6 years! Send me an e-mail (link at bottom of discussion forum page) so I have your current e-mail address.

I doubt if any of the season sets have the "Play All" option other than the one you mention. I checked the second and third seasons, and the only "All" option has to do with the Episode Promos, which continues up to the 9th season.

After that, there isn't a "Play All" for the promos. I don't know if there were any promos for the last three seasons. You can see some of the disc menus for seasons 10-12 here:

http://fiveohomepage.com/fiveo-stuff.htm


Added: February 21 2018 03:51:14 PM
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Glad to have been of service, H50!

Added: February 21 2018 02:25:02 PM
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Thanks, Glenn!

Added: February 21 2018 12:29:01 PM
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THE LONG WAIT was also heard in the second season episode, LEOPARD ON THE ROCK, when the daughter of Savang was preparing and almost shoots Kono.

This is the original Mort Stevens composition as heard on the Five-O soundtrack album.


Added: February 21 2018 09:21:12 AM
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That's the one, Ringfire! Thank you!

Added: February 21 2018 03:47:48 AM
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H50 1.0 FOREVER, I just remembered that "The Long Wait" also plays at the end of "Right Grave, Wrong Body" when Five-O is moving in on Charles Cioffi in his apartment as he's watching them from his upstairs window. Is that the season 7 episode you're thinking of or another one?

Added: February 20 2018 10:53:12 PM
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Sorry, I never unveiled my stars for A Gun For McGarrett. Would give this episode a strong 3.5 out of 4 stars. In accordance with Mr. Mike's 4 star system. It was a Classic episode to me for several reasons. Marnie the art shop owner was very beautiful and sweet. She was the perfect "Gun 4 McGarrett." It was an intelligent plan. Savage also excelled his role as the criminal mastermind. He was 1 of my FAV villains with his accent. It's also a good Frank episode. His informant with his info helped the case to find who was behind it. One of the diuscussion forum regulars made a salient point months back. He/she wondered if McG picked up that Marnie and Savage had similar accents. Can't remember if McG vocalized this. Marnie did ask McG some questions at dinner but it wouldn't be that out of order. Learning about someone like a 1st date. There's a scene I missed before when Marnie takes a cab. Five-O team doing their surveillance. She meets Savage which ties them together. Question Of The Day: Do you enjoy Season 4 or Season 5 Classic HFO more? JC

Added: February 20 2018 09:38:30 PM
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Ringfire, it is heard in a Season 7 episode that I watched recently, but I can't remember which one. I should have written it down. It truly is a beautiful piece of music.

Added: February 20 2018 07:01:22 PM
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