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Old 10-04-10, 05:43 AM
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Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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When an escalating gang war spills into the stands of the local high school football game, injuring several bystanders and killing a gang leader, Five-0 uncovers an unlikely partnership between Samoan gangs and a mainland mob.


WRITTEN BY: Carol Barbee (Jericho) & Kyle Harimoto

DIRECTED BY: Paul Edwards (Lost)

It's only been 2 episodes, but I dig this show alot. Love the scenery, jokes and it's just fun escapism entertainment.

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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Promo for tonight (pretty vague)

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Old 10-04-10, 06:34 PM
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

I'm hoping they'll scale back on the Hawaiiana 101 but I doubt it. All that ground was covered back during Magnum PI's run. I'm waiting for the episode where SPAM plays a key role in solving a crime.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Yeah the episode titles with the Hawaiian names are a little annoying.

I'm waiting until Danno complains to McGarrett about eating short ribs & macaroni for the xxth time and wants a burger for a change.
Old 10-04-10, 09:09 PM
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Hopefully this episode will be an improvement over last weeks.

If they slow the show down a bit (less needless chases, fast dialogue, shaky camera movements and quick cuts), stop composing shot's where the Chevy cars are the focus over the characters, and tone down the music, this could turn out to be a decent show. If not, then not even my man crush on O'Loughlin will get me to stick around for this show in the long run.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

So ...is Grace Park's character "Kono" or "Kona"? The original character played by "Zulu" was "Kono", but the pre-show hype was that the producers "feminized" the name to "Kona". However, it sounds like they're calling her "Kono". The IMDB currently lists her name both ways on their "Hawaii 5-0" page.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

^Per wikipedia she plays: Detective Kona "Kono" Kalakaua

I guess it's a nickname, like Danno.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Fun episode. The hour flew by fast. And yes Blu Man, they did tone the episode. There was only 2 shootouts (both minor) and this episode had a little more detective work and character development involved. I liked that they introduced Kona and Chin Ho's cousin and gave a little more back story about Chin and him being accused of being a dirty cop. I would like to see Sid again in a future episode.

I met the co-writer of this episode Carol Barbee a few years ago at a TV/Comic covention in Los Angeles when she was showrunner on Jericho. Very nice lady and I'm glad she's continuing to get work. I assume she probably got this gig from working with Alex on Three Rivers last season.

James Russo must be typecasted by every casting director in Hollywood as a mobster. I'm sure he doesn't mind getting the work.

Again, show looks great in HD and I love the scenics around Waikiki. When I went to Hawaii a few years ago, I went to that International Market Place where McGarrett chased that guy early in the show. It's pretty much just a tourist trap with junk souvenirs.

And to top it off, we get Grace Park in a skimpy red robe undercover as a cocktail waitress.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

During the final scene did it look like the editing was off or was it maybe my feed. Seemed like there were multiple takes and Scott Caan jumped at least twice.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

This case doesn't seem like it would fit in with a "Special" police unit and could have been handled by the regular PD.

If they are going to really get into the Hawaiian scene they need a little more underlying racist comments towards the "Haoles"
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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This case doesn't seem like it would fit in with a "Special" police unit and could have been handled by the regular PD.

If they are going to really get into the Hawaiian scene they need a little more underlying racist comments towards the "Haoles"
I think this case was handled by the Governor's Task force (now that they finally call it 5-0) because it involved the Triads, which is a Chinese mafia and has international ramifications.

Did anyone notice in that Football home video at the end that the player who was supposedly McGarrett had his last name blurred out on the back of the jersey?
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Good episode. I'm really enjoying this show.

And I REALLY enjoyed Grace Park in that outfit.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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This case doesn't seem like it would fit in with a "Special" police unit and could have been handled by the regular PD.
I would expect there's going to be no rhyme or reason to their cases. For example, they handled that case in the previous episode that would obviously be a federal investigation.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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I would expect there's going to be no rhyme or reason to their cases. For example, they handled that case in the previous episode that would obviously be a federal investigation.
Yeah, you can't expect too much realism from a show like this. I remember a Law & Order episode when Lenny and his partner were investigating a subway gassing. I doubt that kind of thing would be left to a couple of city homicide detectives.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

I'm pretty sure a governor can't give you immunity to torture guys who have been shot, or put American citizens in shark tanks either.

Don't think too much! (Or, go watch Boardwalk Empire, then when you don't want to think too much, come back to Hawaii Five-O.)
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

This show just has a ton of style, and is simply fun to watch. I look forward to it every week.

I liked the suddenness of the shootout, though it looked like a referee was down. I must have missed that if they mentioned other people were hit.

I also like Scott Caan a lot. He handles the humor and the emotional stuff well, but I've liked him since Ocean's 13 specifically...really nailed the humor in that one.

Looking forward to next week!
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

I've really enjoyed this show so far. They have excellent cast chemistry, especially for a new show. It's not realistic, but it is entertaining.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

I haven't had this much fun watching a show since Las Vegas.
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I haven't had this much fun watching a show since Las Vegas.
That is a GREAT comparison.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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So ...is Grace Park's character "Kono" or "Kona"? The original character played by "Zulu" was "Kono", but the pre-show hype was that the producers "feminized" the name to "Kona". However, it sounds like they're calling her "Kono". The IMDB currently lists her name both ways on their "Hawaii 5-0" page.
I don't mind the fact that they made her female. But it's a horrible disgrace that she doesn't weigh 400 pounds. We'll probably never hear her say things such as this actual line of real dialogue that I recently heard while watching my season 4 DVDs: "You better keep those dogs away from me! If they bite me, they might get rabies!"
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

MUCH better then last week. Decent episode, I liked how they slowed it down quite a bit and focused on the cop work and character relationships while still giving the audience the action they demand. Its my hope that the show will continue along this path and not revert back to the style of last weeks episode.

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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

Not sure how many more episodes we will watch.

Nauseating camera work, chases and shoot outs that happen jumping from scene to scene, weak chemistry with the cast. Are they even "police" at all? They simply seem to be the Governor's hired vigilantes.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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...weak chemistry with the cast.
Are we watching the same show?
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

The 'chemistry' seems rather forced to me, at least between McGarrett and Dano.
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Re: Hawaii Five-O -- "Malama Ka Aina" -- 10/04/10

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Are we watching the same show?
If you consider weak, forced dialog, constant references to cousins and dirty cops, New Jersey, unseen ex-wives and inane banter about nothing as "good" then I can see why you are happy.

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