S07E21 - Journeys to Chicago and Another Crooks' Island

by Mr. Mike Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:07 am

Last show we had Five-Zero flying around in a police helicopter very obviously despite the fact that the bad guys said they didn't want any cops involved and it's not like the bad guys were deaf. Then three shows ago we had bad guys living in a jungle where there was no easy access for cops! DUH!!! So what is with this show? Both of these plot elements. You have to wonder are the writers thinking so much about going on holiday that they are this lazy? I'm surprised that the entire Five-Zero team didn't parachute into the camp.

I didn't like the Grover stuff either, though it was well written and well acted. You will notice that at the end of the show, we don't know if Grover really was a "rat" regarding his fellow cop. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't!! I found this whole angle of the episode VERY hard to take after the way Grover acted in the episode where he came to Chicago before, which was a show I totally hated.

And then there was the business about Jerry getting his badge finally for service above and beyond the call of duty. Some people have strong opinions about Jerry getting his badge -- see https://mostlyfive0.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/badge-no-badge/)!

by Mr. Mike Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:15 pm

Reviewed: http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log7.htm#21

by todd Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:40 pm

Not a very good episode.

WAY too much time wasted in Chicago. Writers couldn't decide if this was supposed to be a male bonding experience between Grover and his son, or Grover's struggles to deal with being shunned by his old Chicago PD friends. Turned out they tried to do both, and these segments dragged. Would have been a lot more interesting if they kept the Chicago segments short. How many times did we need to see the same shunning done over and over again by cops we had never seen on the show before?

Regarding the crime of the week, it bothered me the entire time how Shioma and her henchmen inexplicably let the Five-0 team live. Why? They killed lots of other people on that island, as evidenced by those hanging bodies. Why put the dangerous and capable Five-0 team in a cage? Why let them live even after McGarrett attempted to trick them and fight the henchmen? File this one under "Bad guys capture good guys and let them live for no other reason than to keep the main characters alive."

Was also disappointing to see that Shioma and her main assistant were captured OFF CAMERA by Duke's men. Why? Talk about an anti-climax. Reminds me of the pathetic way Gabriel Waincroft finally perished (in a hospital off-camera).

The whole doctor's office scene seemed to have been a lame excuse to have Alex O'Laughlin sit around with his shirt off, in order to pacify the female audience, some of whom watch mainly to gawk at Alex.

Regarding Jerry and his badge... I read that weird blog fiercely objecting to it. I don't understand the vitriol. There are many law enforcement officers with badges who don't do physical police work. Jerry has easily earned the badge, given all the things he has done for Five-Zero. I'm kinda neutral on Jerry. I don't love him, and I don't hate him. I like him better than I liked the Max character, who I felt was inserted in the show just to appeal to the geek portion of the fanbase. Jerry is less geek and more weirdo conspiracy theorist.

Haven't watched episode 22 yet.