'H50' finale wins hour, sets up third season

May 15th, 2012
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The finale of “Hawaii Five-0” won its 9 p.m. hour Monday (May 14), leading the pack with a 2.7 rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demographics and a viewership of 11.3 million.
The CBS show, themed “Ua Hala (Death in the Family)," was the lone in the slot drama this week, because its chief contender , ABC’s “Castle,” ended its season a week ago and the network filled the time with “Bachelorette,” a 90-minute reality show starting at 8:30 p.m., which pulled a 2.5 adult demo. NBC’s “Smash” followed with a 1.8 adult demo.
So Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin, looking and playing tough like in season one) and crew owe a debt of gratitude to “Castle,” which was not on the Nielsen radar Monday. Good timing!
But yes, "Five-0" was a solid drama-rama, admittedly action-packed, with
on-the-edge-of-your-seat intensity.
Like, the watery fate of Kono (Grace Park), with duct tape on mouth and limbs and dumped into the ocean in the final minutes; and Malia (Reiko Aylesworth, as the medic-bride of Chin Ho), injured and bleeding; and Capt. Vincent Fryer (Tom Sizemore), gunned down in an alley; and Max Bergman (Maki Oka, the coroner), taking a bullet but providing a valuable clue about the shooter — a woman.
So there was frustration to spare: Danno (Scott Caan), about to face a custody court battle with his ex next season regarding the custody of daughter Grace (Teiler Grubs); the heavy load on Chin Ho’s (Daniel Dae Kim) shoulder, about who to save (Kono, at sea, or Malia, fighting for her life), the result of the bad deeds of Toothpick (Karl Herlinger), who provided more menace than Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos, not in the finale)... with challenging logistics and a reboot of the dirty-cop charge at the height of Chin Ho’s personal crisis.
Oh yeah, and the surprising but unseen identity of Shelburne, the source of agony and angst for Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) all season, finally revealed in a single-word utterance by Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) as he opened a door in Japan ... as the show closed its doors till fall.
A lot of goofy complications and trauma, for sure, involving shootings, chases, explosions and suspicions, but all the disruptions and painsolidified the core of the “Five-0” credo: family, caring, sharing.
Bring on season three!
Any thoughts to share?

6 Responses to “'H50' finale wins hour, sets up third season”

  1. theDman:

    Good to see that they re-gained some ratings, although the competition admittedly was not there and maybe not fair to draw any conclusions on. I only had time to watch the first half hour, looks like I missed a lot in the second half.

    Their first and last episodes have been good, for both seasons...it's the in-between episodes that need more thought and focus.


  2. Manoa Mist:

    I wish the best for the show, and enjoyed seeing the beauty of Hawaii on the screen. But I've stopped watching. Kinda complicated now, so many characters - most of whom I care very little about.
    Except Kono, of course. Me likey Kono.


  3. Lowtone123:

    I thought it had a lot of action but too complicated with so many stories going on at once. I liked the drama with Chin but lacked basis (because you were a dirty cop and you got away with it, really?) I was a little disappointed that it was Fryer who got it because the hype was that H50 was losing one of it's own and he not exactly that close to anyone at H50. I'm looking forward to season 3 so we can finally find out who Shelburne is and see how Chin/Kono/Malia get out of this one.


  4. AniMatsuri:

    Did I call it or what? Grace Park's Kono is going to wash up dead next season and they'll spend some time chasing after the one that set up the imposssible choice that Chin had to make. Maybe they can bring in Tia Carrere as someone who helps Chin get the killers.


  5. cruisecontrol:

    I think Kono will somehow survive her watery grave. Perhaps a story line next season will deal with the strained relationship between Chin and Kono as a result of Chin's choice to help his wife instead of his cuz. That was a tough choice to have to make.


  6. Sandra:

    The Season Two finale of Hawaii Five-0 was absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!