By Wayne Harada
“Hawaii Five-0” needed a Hail Mary Monday (Feb. 18) night to soar and score, but alas, “Castle,” its chief competition, prevailed at No. 1 in the 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland) timeslot.
With a Pro Bowl football game as a backdrop, the CBS procedural failed to score as the ABC drama — airing part one of a two-parter — pulled a 2.2 in the adults 18-49 rating, up 2 per cent from last week, and 9.67 million viewers, compared to “Five-0’s” 2.0 per cent demo and 8.99 million viewers, down 5 per cent from a week ago.
The shrinkage and the loss ought to be major concerns for CBS, but producers seem oblivious to viewer response questioning problematic scripts.
CBS’ lead-in comedy shows, in the two-hours preceding the Hawaii-filmed series, topped their respective slots — “How I Met Your Mother,” with 3.4 demos and 8.85 million viewers, at 7 p.m.; “Rules of Engagement,” with 2.8 demos and 8.4 million, at 7:30 p.m.; “2 Broke Girls,” with 3.4 demos and 10.11 million, at 8 p.m.; and “Mike & Molly,” with 3.1 demos and 10.33 million, at 8:30 p.m.
"Five-0” was middling and worrisome.
The show needs to pass, punt or run to score big and cross that goal line.
The latest episode, themed “Pā‘ani (The Game),” offered challenges and potential, but the show fumbled, with more of the same-old, same-old.
The bromance thing, with Danno (Scott Caan) and Steve McGarrett, has become an overdone irritant; the two argue about anything and everything, even fave footballers, and it’s overkill. Pass, already. Too predictable.
The romance thing, with Steve and Cath (Michelle Borth), is lukewarm and unconvincing. Punt, already — or maybe go for a quarterback sneak. Make it happen, at least once in a while.
The guest-role thing, with the likes of Larry Manetti (Rick, from “Magnum P.I.”), Pat Monahan, from Train and Arian Foster from the Pro Bowl, needed more work. Manetti can’t sing, so why make him? Monahan can sing, so why didn’t he? Foster could’ve figured in a real (well, reenacted) gridiron situation, not just pass on a key clue. Run with it, please?
What the show does very well, week after week, is stage an awesome opening sequence that’s swift, sleek, sensational — and that chopper offering aerial views and camouflaged soldiers in a tactical drill had the kind of emotion and commotion of great drama.
Too bad what followed was the customary awkward plotting with lack of definition and plenty of unnecessary linkage. Like, Nick was a pal of McG’s dad?
The show still needlessly drills into the past, mining for more character options and morsels of gold, with little relevance. Isn't it time to really open the playbook and, gulp, replace the coach?