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The hand grip says it all on 'Hawaii Five-0'

April 12th, 2014




A firm hand grip — amid a concrete jungle of building rubble from a bomb blast — said it all on Friday’s (April 11) “Hawaii Five-0.”

Stunned, grey-with-ash and injured but still with a fighting spirit, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) were the epicenter of this non-traditional procedural entitled “Ku I Ka Pili Koko” (Blood Brothers).” Non-traditional, since the focus of attention was the two dudes isolated amid concrete rubble — another side of Hawaii.

There was blood — and lots of brotherhood — with some of the bromance carguments uttered in an environment of dust and cement blocks and grey gook everywhere. McG and Danno are trapped amid the rubble, with Danno a bit more seriously hurt than McG.

In what would traditionally be a typical cop’s day, trying to bust a weapons operation, this one turns into a search and rescue effort to locate and retrieve the duo buried amid the crumbled building.

So this was a personal storytelling outing. But  there were some bumps.

Overnight TV ratings have become a see-saw ride for the island-based “Hawaii Five-0.”

Up, down, up, down.

“Five-0” was the most-watched show in its 8 p.m. (9 p.m. Mainland) slot, with 9.09 million viewers. In the coveted 18 to 49 age demographics, “Five-0” slipped a tenth from last week, to a 1.3 rating, behind ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which had a 1.6 demo (down from a 2.0 a week ago) and  fewer viewers at 6.49 million..

These Nielsen figures are preliminary, subject to change.

The evening’s most-watched show was CBS’ “Blue Bloods” in the 9 p.m. slot (10 p.m. Mainland), with 10.97 million viewers and a 1.5 demo rating. And perhaps inspiration for the partnered two shows (at least at the network level) — there’s a bounty of brotherly love  on Tom Selleck’s hit show.

Back to “Five-0:”  Trapped workers amid the ruins of a bombed building are jewels for breaking news on TV, so the situation here should have included a media component —  and concerned reporters wondering about the fate of McG and Danno.

The pair’s isolation brings McG and Danno closer than ever. The handgrips, the handshakes were unspoken displays of trust and aloha — remember, there were multiple grasps — and McG’s SEALS training enables him to comfort and aid his partner in time of need. Amid the agony and the injury, this was a time for give-and-take, teasing and nagging, sharing and caring.

Overall, there was more see-sawing. CBS and ABC were tied in the 18 to 49 demos with a 1.3 rating, but CBS had more viewers than ABC — 9.24 million vs. 5.62 million.

So goes the Friday see-saw ride.

And it was frustrating for McG, when his cell phone had no reception amid the ruins. But Skype does? A real inconsistency.

The  bombing stirs the other “Five-0” team members into action and reaction. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim), Kono (Grace Park), Grover (Chi McBride) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) are all aboard. Ditto, Max (Masi Oka). Widespread community concern about the fate and wellness of McG and Danno.

There were secondary elements galore: Chin and Kono continuing their workplace bonding after her long absence from the roster.

And Danno bonding with his love interest Amber (Lili Simmons) but not with his daughter Gracie (Teilor Grubbs), who unexpectedly interrupts the couple’s private moments.

And screen time for outgoing character Catherine — McG asks her to make reservations for a sushi dinner — was a nice personal touch, but raises beacoup questions about her end-of-the-season departure: how tight is the relationship? Will she recur in the next season? Do they break up and go separate ways? Or, gulp, will she be killed, as many shows handle an elimination?

Stay tuned.


'Five-0' has a reunion, but attendance is slim

April 5th, 2014


 Jorge Garcia as Jerry Ortega, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly.

It was a fan-built episode for CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0”  Friday (April 4), with viewers deciding plot elements which script-writers used to play out the episode. While Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) is attending his 25th anniversary high school reunion,  an alumna is murdered.

The show was entitled “Ho‘i Hou (Reunited),” challenged by elements suggested by fans in an earlier network promotion to determine story points: the setting would be Chin’s Kukui High School reunion; a macadamia nut heiress would be killed with a 5-inch stiletto (high heel shoes), a toy rocket will be one of the evidence pieces and a giant maze would be a factor in the pursuit of an alleged suspect.

But many fans weren’t watching, skipping the reunion, with “Five-0” amassing 9.52 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour (9 p.m. Mainland), according to preliminary overnight Nielsen ratings. It was the most eyes tuned in, ahead of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” with 7.19 million, but “Shark” led the 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating, compared to the 1.3 rating shared by “Five-0” and NBC’s “Grimm” in a tie. The numbers reflected a glide and a slide — “Five-0” down 7 per cent in the 18 to 49 demo from a 1.4 from its last new episode, and “Shark” tanking 10 per cent from a 2.1 demo for its last fresh show.

The evening’s top drawers were CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” in the 9 p.m. hour (10 p.m. Mainland), with 11.40 million viewers, and its 1.5 demo was up 7  per cent from its last original episode; “Shark Tank” had the best demo score (1.9 rating).

Overall, CBS had the most viewers, 9.473 million; ABC had the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.5 rating. It's been this way for months.

Could have been a middling week for Friday viewership — any argument is possible — or the naysayers are right: Friday is where the action isn’t. Where, in the past, shows often go to, before cancellation.

No, “Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” are renewed for another season, so not to worry.

Worrisome, however, is the ongoing concern of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and that Shelburne mess involving his mother Doris McGarrett (Christine Lahti, not in this episode, just name-dropped). The quest for answers take McG and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) to Cambodia, and since there’s no car for commute, they have their cargument in cargo plane as they head home. This, after checking out an empty coffin in the jungles of Oahu, which is supposed to be Cambodia.

Roosevelt was cast as Kukui High this time. Wasn’t Iolani the stand-in, in season one?

And Jerry Ortega (Jorge Garcia) is Chin’s reunion buddy — a pair of dudes not very comfortable schmoozing with their high school crowd.

But that yearbook glimpse was cute and on target: one was deemed “most likely to be abducted by aliens,” the other “most dependable.”  Would you have known who had the description if you missed the show?




Truth or consequences: Malaysia Airline ad real or fake?

March 21st, 2014

Is this a real Malaysia Airlines advertisement, or a cruel joke? Can't verify...

Whatever — this is making the rounds on the Internet. Unintended truth-in-advertising, or someone's bad humor, in light of the disappearance of the jetliner?

What's your take?

Malaysia Airlines Advertisement comes true

Ad agency would never have thought this will come back to haunt them !"Wherever you go no one will ever know"【搭乘马航 了无行踪】

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Life's a beach — especially in Hawaii, says Trip Advisor

March 18th, 2014

No need to travel far to enjoy some of the best beaches — Hawaii has one of the Top 10 best beaches of the world and claims seven of the Top 10 American beaches, according to the just-out Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Beaches.

Conclusion: For those still facing chilling temperatures elsewhere, a trek to Hawaii might be the cure for the overlong winter blues. Beaches on all of the major islands are represented in the listing. But no Waikiki Beach? No matter — lots elsewhere in the state.lanikai

The Top 10 beaches of the world:

* Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
* Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
* Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
* Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
* Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
* Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
* Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles
* Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, pictured, right
* Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
* Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

The Top 10 American beaches:

* Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
* Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
* Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
* Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
* Wai'anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
* Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
* Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
* Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
* Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida
* Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


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Shudders! The Shelburne issue resurfaces on 'Five-0'

March 15th, 2014

Just when you thought “Hawaii Five-0” was making strides, along comes the prospects of the return of the Shelburne story line in Friday night’s (March 14) episode.

Say it ain’t so. Enough, already.

The relaunch of the Shelburne arc comes when Jerry Ortega, the adorable theorist played by Jorge Garcia, discovers that red Champion toolbox while staying with Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) home. On the bottom of the red box — you know, the one that McG’s dad owned  and the center of a niggling uncertainties — is a bizarre code and a misspelled “Shelburn.” Without the e.

With Jerry as an announced regular player for the upcoming fifth season, there’s every reason to believe that Shelburne, linked to Mama McG (Christine Lahti), also is ready for prime time again.

She’s been absent, while the scripts have scurried along with more relevant weekly tales. A turnaround is anticipated, darn it.

This, as “Five-0” held on to the No. 1 viewership in its time slot  matching last week’s showing with 10.06 million and a 1.4 rating in the 18 to  49 demographics, though “Five-0” trails “Shark Tank” (1.9 demo,  down from 2.1 last week) but ahead of its 7.42 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen overnight ratings. The numbers, however, are expected to be adjusted since CBS and ABC pre-empted or delayed  some shows due to sports programming, with final numbers due Monday.

The episode, themed “Ma Lalo O Ka ’ili (Beneath the Surface),” also brought back the Mama Williams (Melanie Griffith) character and her spouse (Tom Berenger), amid her divorce issues and his attempts to keep the flame going. The parents of Danno Williams (Scott Caan) get much too much time as third-tier characters on a police procedural.melanie

The key storyline involved two youths, Tommy (Booboo Stewart) and Kelly (Conor Leslie), as abused teens with checkered pasts, on the lam for petty crimes — forcing beaucoup cop chases, flying bullets, and an unnecessary killing of Tommy with a not-so-cool but not unexpected fate for the “victim” that Kelly tried to become, and who obviously wasn’t more than a lying manipulator. So the system works, somewhat — she gets her due, but a question arises: why weren’t McGarrett’s orders to hold fire followed?

There were some usual rituals with a twist or two — a special bromance brewing between Jerry and McG; a veil of secrecy and scrutiny, involving Mama Williams and Danno; and icy bravura not from Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) but from the Cuz herself, Kono (Grace Park), when she admonishes Kelly, “You get nothing,” with cunning sarcasm.

You go, girl! And welcome back.

Not so the implied international spotlight on Cambodia (remember Korea?) regarding the renewed magnification of a tired issue revolving around Shelburne, whatever the spelling.

Oh, and the evening’s best performers:

  • CBS' “Blue Bloods” had the best viewership, 12.02 million viewers.
  • ABC's “20/20” and “Shark Tank” tied with the  best 18 to 49 demographics with a 1.9 rating.
  • CBS had the most viewers, 9.72 million.
  • ABC posted the best 18 to 49 demo, 1.6 rating.