By Wayne Harada
Monday’s (Nov. 7) “Hawaii Five-0” started out big and promising: a plane containing a corpse crashes on the North Shore, where surfers are in the sea, so natch, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) respond.
It ended with CBS’ “Five-0” attracting 9.95 million viewers and 3.0/8 18 to 49 demo, a skosh behind ABC competitor “Castle,” which pulled in 11.27 million with a 2.9/7 18 to 49 demo, in prelim Nielsen ratings without the DVR delayed viewership tally.
Yet another disappointing finish for the Hawaii-filmed show.
Getting back to the episode: McG interrupts Danno, who is watching a creepy flick on the tube. Bizarre, right, but intriguing; the action opening turns into somewhat geeky ploy, with Danno in a rather seedy new apartment and tuned into a seedier movie.
Then Max Bergman (Masi Oka) examines the dead woman, and encounters Jeff Morrison (Greg Grunberg) and mutters that he thinks he knows the guy from somewhere. It’s an in-joke: Grunberg and Oka are former mates on NBC’s “Heroes.”
So now on “Lapa’au” (Hawaiian for healing), as the episode is called, we get a “Heroes” reunion, to couple with the growing “Lost” reunion of Jon Gries (playing Liam Miller, a cancer patient using medical weed) and Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly). Only Terry O’Quinn (playing Lt. Cmdr. Joe White, but not in this segment) was missing.
It’s clever fun on one hand, but distraction on the other. Like, is “Five-0” trying to be the super bowl of reunited TV stars? The bid is on, for sure.
Perhaps the “Lost” connection should be in the writing department, where a bit more mystery and a bit less history could up the ratings numbers.
Amid jungle searches at Kualoa (now, here’s another “Lost” link) and chases in Chinatown, there was a local lingo moment: “Pakalolo,” or pot, to the uninformed.
Funniest scene: McG in the back seat, while Danno drives his new canine pal, who occupies the front seat.
Brownie points for the attention to aerial cinematography: "Five-0" spares no expense to get terrific shots of the oceans, the city, the jungles from up high.
For me, the raid of a warehouse housing exotic animals hit a sentimental note; the site is the former press building of the former Honolulu Advertiser, now the HQ of “Hawaii Five-0.”
So what's your take on Monday's show, the shrinking viewership, the "Heroes" and "Lost" reunions?