by Mr. Mike » Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:00 pm
by Fred » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:41 am
Regarding the latest episode, my honest opinion is that the previous episode (MI6 Agent) was 10 times better. This week's crime of the week was totally disinteresting other than the carport humor of Danny using the elevator to get down to the bottom first. And I'm not into the mystery chess killer plot at all. The woman playing the FBI profiler is creepy looking. And while the Valera surfing plot was heart wrenching, it has nothing to do with the base element of the show. At least the previous had a lot of twists and entertainment. Checking IMDB's current rating, it's 8.8 for the show. The previous episode id 7.5. So, I guess I'm in the minority on the ratings.
I do have two items of observations. When Kono drops off the surfer at her alleged apartment, you can easily see the Dillingham Fountain in the background. The fountain was prominent in the original show's stock footage of McGarrett driving past and in the episode "The Grandstand Play" tour bus scene. It's located at the East end of Kapilolani Park, near the foothills of Diamond Head. I'm not sure there's any homeless encampment there. It's a fairly nice area with the exception of the now decrepit War Memorial/Natatorium nearby.
Also, when Kono takes Valera surfing, Valera is hesitant. So Kono chides her about taking her to the South shore to the kiddie type waves or however she called them. That seemed to be a reference to that they were on the North shore where the waves are more formidable. However, they were actually just South of the Dillingham Fountain location. On the South side of the fountain are apartment buildings followed by the beach. You can see the apartment buildings in the background and the side of Diamond Head. I don't know if there is a specific surfing area called "The South Shore", but they were definitely the South shore of Oahu, where the waves are more docile than around Sunset Beach or The Pipeline on the North Shore.
Kono popping out the bag was pretty good, but how could she not move at all in the bag during the time of the exchange giving away her being in the bag? And what chance does a handgun have against 5 automatic long guns? Also, if she was in the bag, her eyes must have dilated to the darkness. When she popped out of bag, she should have been blind to some degree, like walking out of a movie theater into the bright sunshine.
I would have rated the show at a 1 to 1 1/2. And the MI6 episode at 1 1/2 to 2.
by todd » Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:22 am
I don't like when Five-O drops a new character on us with a heartbreaking circumstance, and we're supposed to care about them.
That's not how it works.
It was hard to care about Rosey's plight because we had never seen her before. Sure, it's sad to see a woman missing her legs and the toll it took on her life, but that's not what Five-O is about. If they're going to write human interest stories like this, we need to know and care about the character first.
Compare this to the other Kono-cares-about-someone episode recently, where she meets Hirsch's dad. We already knew Hirsh fairly well by that point, so his relationship with his elderly dad was moderately interesting.
This Rosey story was not interesting at all, and in fact seemed forced.
Reminds me of the Carol Burnett episodes, where suddenly we had to care about McGarrett's previously-unseen aunt and her cancer. Again, big yawn.
I agree with the IMDB comments regarding Kanya Sesser's acting. It was absolutely dreadful. Props to the show for giving a major guest role to someone disabled, but the girl absolutely could not act. I have a pretty high tolerance for bad acting on TV, but this was bad to the point of distraction. It sounded like she was reading her lines off cue cards.
Like Mike said, they wasted WAY too much time on this.
Wasn't a big fan of the crime of the week, either.
And yes, I also noticed they were not really surfing on the north shore.
I have to concur with the previous poster. I preferred the ridiculous James Bond episode preceding it. Yes, it was dumb, but at least it was interesting and something different. This episode had an unmemorable crime and a long, boring human interest story.
Of the four episodes broadcast so far this season, my ranking from best to worst is: