By Wayne Harada
“This is so stupid,” Danno tells McGarrett, while having one of those quibbling bromantic carguments in the final moments of “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night (March 25).
The banter, however, was not in their Chevy, but in a chopper emblazoned with Kamekona’s mug and piloted by, yes, Kamekona. The shrimp wagon has gone airborne!
How stupid was that?
With his stupid comment, Danno Williams (Scott Caan) might have been critiquing the filmed-in-the-islands CBS episode, themed “Hoa Pili (Close Friends),” which had a lot to roll your eyes about and little finesse in execution.
Really, can Kamekona (Taylor Wily) easily secure a license to fly? C’mon ... a shrimp truck on terra firma is his gig. (Even stupider than making Michelle Borth a roller derby jammer, as in last week's episode).
No wonder Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) had a quizzical look throughout the wobbly episode. There was a dead shark, a dead body in the submerged shark cage, a boat torched by an arsonist, a torched home, a dysfunctional brotherly relationship, a questionable and unnecessary return of Leilani (Lindsay Price), the soul Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) once rescued (she gives him her phone number here, suggesting a “Call Me Maybe” incidence in the future). And whoa — communal acts of kindness (suspects and victims and the “Five-0” team united in kokua) to cap the curious episode?
Not all was bad; “Five-0” projects the best aerials week after week; Haleiwa and the North Shore looked exceptionally beautiful. And McG had a terrific kick-butt encounter, chasing and fighting, and knocking down barrels to halt a baddie.
But alas, two other carguments with Danno (yawn) ... Enough, already.
And what up with the closing tribute to “Magnum P.I.”? Mentions of TC and Rick and the bad theme-song rendering by the chopper passengers, including Dr. Max Bergman (Masi Oka)? Only thing missing were a Tom Selleck mustache and his classic aloha shirt. A strange homage that further reflects the lack of control or imagination by the writers; does “Five-0” aspire to be the updater of Hawaii-filmed shows and characters? Puzzling and shameful.
And did you catch the “Hal Lewis” name on a license midway through the episode; oops, a real-life person (the late radio deejay J. Akuhead Pupule) unintentionally resurrected?
With such an all-over-the-map and random perspective, no wonder “Five-0” wound up second to ABC’s “Castle,” which dealt with a murder with the victim winding up in an industrial cake mixer, with NBC’s back-from-the-hiatus “Revolution” in third place — with a stunning midseason premiere including the unexpected death of a regular — an indication that it’s ready to do battle and become a threat in the weeks ahead.
The Fast National overnight numbers (live and same-day DVR viewing) at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Mainland):
ABC: "Castle" (10.7 million viewers, 6.8/11 18-to-49 demos and share).
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0" (8.2 million viewers, 5.2/8).
NBC: "Revolution" (7.25 million viewers, 4.3/7).
“Castle” also was the 18-49 leader in the hour, with a 2.7.
UPDATED NIELSEN NUMBERS
............................................. 18-49 demos...Share...Viewers (millions)
NBC's Revolution............ 2.6 ......... 7 .......... 7.03
ABC's Castle.................. 2.1 ......... 6 ......... 10.57
CBS's Hawaii Five-O........ 2.1 ......... 5 ......... 8.61
Besides the return of NBC’s “Revolution,” the evening included the relaunch of “The Voice” on NBC and the continuing saga of non-star “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC — all worthy lead-in shows for the hour. CBS’ slate of Monday comedies all featured new episodes — should have been a positive lead-in for “Five-0.”
Prediction: Though “Five-0” and CBS have a deal for syndication with TNT next year, the imminent issue is: Will the show now be struggling to maintain No. 2 in the time slot, or slip further into the No. 3 slot when “Revolution” finds its legs and make a bid to out-do No. 1 “Castle”? Could happen.
What’s your take?