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8.25 – Waiho wale kahiko

McGarrett and Five-0 discover a Russian spy ring hiding in plain sight when a Russian nuclear attack submarine appears off the coast of Waikiki. Also, Tani is conflicted by her unnerving discovery at Adam’s house, on the eighth season finale of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CBS translated Waiho wale kahiko to Ancients Exposed

To quote Lou Grover: “WHAT?!”

This was the season FINALE? Seriously? Boy, what a disappointment. Over the course of the last seasons we had some really good finales.

Remember the cliffhangers from season 1 to 3? They were all great in their own right. After that they kinda switched to non-cliffhanger episodes, which is fine by me. But at least they had been entertaining, and could be considered good episodes.

But this one? It had some entertaining scenes. And one awesome scene, but in general it was just a dud.

I have to agree, this one was lacking in many ways. I so wish 8.24 would have been the season finale.

I can’t suspend belief in a manner that would be required to enjoy this absolutely ridiculous storyline. I just can’t.

A Russian submarine practically on the beach of Waikiki? I have seen quite a bit of nonsense over the years, but I think this one takes the cake.

We had to suspend belief a few times, or look the other way regarding reality. And that is all good and fine, I mean, after all, this is just a TV show. But it’s not a scifi show, or a fantasy. It’s a darn police procedural. And I think it should at least try to stay on the path of somehow believable. That is my opinion about Five-0. I have often enough said I watch it for the action, for the crime, for the team, and mainly because of the main character.

I don’t want or need outrageous, stupid fantasy action or plot lines. Just give me a good crime, good detective work, some action and I’ll be happy.

This was not it.

What she said. This was NOT. IT.

I still don’t really know what the purpose of this episode even was. A mutiny on a Russian Sub, a Russian killer revenging his parents’ death? A spy ring and sleeper cells on Oahu? WTF?

OK, enough general ranting, let’s rant about particular parts of the episode. Or praise a few scenes. I mean, nothing is all bad, or all good for that matter.

Let’s start with what I truly hope was the last we have to endure about the stupid, STUPID restaurant business. Finally, Kamekona steps in. Haven’t we been saying this for months? Please, let him have it, make the two idiots (and with that I mean Steve and Danny) silent partners. They don’t have time for more anyway.

As leiCa said, “let’s RestauRANT”. Please, if we see the restaurant next season, let them be sitting in it having drinks. Even though they are part owners, I’m sure Kame will find a way to charge them regardless.

One question though, where did Kame get all that money from? Remember, he already invested a sizable sum into Hirsch’s business, so the question isn’t that far out there. Where did he get the money from? Surely not from selling shrimp in his shrimp truck.

Kame is a ‘get-rich’quick’ kind of guy, but I guess he does know how to turn a profit. First shave ice (which, my friends is not anything I need to try again), on to a shrimp truck, helicopter, cleaning service and now a restaurant. He is a business man. But $250,000 lying around the house is a lot of change. I hope for Steve and Danny’s sake that there are no marked bills in those suitcases. First, because I don’t want Kame to have stolen the money, but secondly, I don’t want it as a storyline in Season 9. Let Kame and friends run it as he sees fit.

It was really nice to see Nahele again, and I hope he will have a bigger part in season 9. He is a great young man, and I hope we will see more of him in the future.

I have loved Nahele since we first saw him. I wish he would have a more frequent role next season.

Another hope I have is that the phone call from Joe indicates that they will keep in closer touch than they obviously had the last months. It would be very nice to see him more often. First, I like the actor, and I also think Joe is a great character. One who is important to Steve. So I hope we see him more often in season 9.

True. Steve and Joe have a past. Some bad and some good, but isn’t that like all of our pasts? Joe has been a very important part of Steve’s life for a long time. I hope to see him again.

After this over five minute intro we come to the actual case. But first a bit of scenery. And do you know how cool it is to say “I’ve been there, seen that, climbed that too.”? It’s even more fun to watch it now after we had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful islands.

I squealed at the TV and paused it to look at those scenes. I know I’ve said it before, but when I see the beautiful scenery, I am amazed at how wonderful it all was. Oahu is truly one of the prettiest places on earth.

Anyway, on to the crime of the week. However ridiculous it was. OK, seriously, you don’t have to be an expert to know that it would be impossible for a sub like that to come that close to the beach of Waikiki. I am pretty sure that they would have been detected long before they were even close, not even to talk about the shallow waters around the island.

That is totally true. But let’s take it one step further. This island is the command post for the entire Pacific. That sub could not have “snuck up” to where it appeared. The Navy would have known it was there, hundreds of miles out. And to actually know exactly where it was is so silly. Right in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the lagoon.

Yeah, that is a totally suspend belief. Up there with “the claw”, although still, I think the claw wins hands down.

But these scenes gave us “Fun With Flags”. It was such fun watching the filming. Oh, and by the way, if you look closely you can spot us in the scene. McBear and Cpt. Lou, too. This was filmed on our last day. Our flight was in the afternoon, so we spent the morning at the Hawaiian Village and were very surprised to get another chance to see them working on the last episode.

We all had a great time. 😉

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Yes, we all had a great time. I’m going to have to use a magnifying glass and look for us.

I will admit, while “Fun With Flags” is pretty implausible, it was fun to watch. We heard Grover’s booming voice order the police to get those people back, but the rest of it was only seen. We watched Steve doing his flag routine and I hoped he was really saying something with them that wasn’t obscene.

And now, I have something I want to complain about. Remember when we discussed 8.23 and our viewing of filming? We talked about the rude man who kept taking video after the crew asked him to stop? Well… he was back. I so wanted to go up to some of the crew members and rat him out. Here’s the story.

At this filming, the spectators were right next to the lagoon at the Hawaiian Hilton. The “set” was along Waikiki Beach there at the Hilton. They had come in and filled the set with beach chairs, beach towels and beach bags for all the spectators in the scene. Once the sub had been sighted, all those people converged on the spot where Fun With Flags was being performed.

They would film a take and when they ended the scene, the extras would spread back out so they could rush in for another take. As curious people do, when they were filming the scene, these extras in the scene were taking photos.

OK, so that was the scene. Lots of extras milling about. In addition, there were several people watching the filming that day. We were asked to stay on the lagoon side of the sidewalk away from the filming. I would guess between 50 and 75, maybe more. I looked around and near the back of this group, I saw the man who had been taking video the previous Tuesday. He was wandering around in a polo shirt and shorts with his cell phone out. A few minutes later, I saw him again… only this time he was on the opposite side of the sidewalk by the beach scene the crew had set up , his shirt off and a beach towel draped around his neck. The next time they called for the extras to get ready, he ran with them, cell phone in the air, and I’m guessing he was filming it the entire time.

I so wanted to rat him out. 🙂

So, back to the show. Steve, after playing around with the flags and getting nowhere, takes a zodiac and drives out to the sub. And actually boards it. Yeah, right.

From here on the story goes totally from one place to the other. It was just boring blabla, and bouncing from one scene to the other. Somehow it was missing structure. I don’t know, but for me this was just running around filling the time.

Only nice thing was to remember that Jerry had been injured. He was rolling around with a scooter.

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Another thing I liked was that Grover mentioned that they were having Duke’s review to learn what will happen with him. I’m glad they addressed this and was hoping to hear something by the end of the show.

Then we’re getting to the best part of the episode. The fight. Wow. Now that was great hand-to-hand combat. Awesome.

That fight was absolutely amazing. I was tired at the end of it. 🙂

Although I do wonder where the heck the other four had been during that fight. But I guess we are not supposed to think about such trivial questions. 😉

We probably aren’t supposed to question it, but that really bugged me. Tani and Junior had already engaged with the guy on the second floor, called in their position and then Steve comes up the steps. They had to have been nearby when the guy jumped Steve. They fight and fight and then fall through the window and NO ONE is even close to the room? I find that so totally unreal. And then, only after Steve has the guy in the fountain and manages to roll off and collapse on the concrete that Danny wanders in the room and looks out the window as if he is totally bored with life. Which is art imitating life, I suppose. But after that awesome scene, that was such a let down.

Arrests are made all around and all is well again on the islands.

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We end the episode with Tani telling Junior about the gun she found in Adam’s house. Huh, I wonder why it is even a question to her if she has to tell Steve. And how did she get the gun into the system and tested without telling where it was coming from?

True. She had the gun tested for ballistics, right? Why the heck did she put it back in the kitchen drawer? For the effect of showing Junior?

And the past few episodes I have been warming up more to Tani. But in this scene, once again she demonstrates that she has problems realizing she is on an elite task force. She should be above the law even in instances involving friends. And family. Although I don’t think Steve is one bit ignorant about things pertaining to her brother. I’m glad Junior didn’t hesitate when he said she had to let Steve know. But seriously, if the gun was tested, it would have been flagged to the open murder case of Adam’s sister. Everyone would have known at that time. This just made no sense.

And Junior, you are wrong about Adam. He participated in many crimes before. He is not what you think he is. Mark my words.

I totally agree. He kept his father’s money hidden all this time. Who knows what else is hidden on that island.

So, with that we end the season with an episode that was not a worthy season finale. In my eyes, by far the worst of all seasons.

I agree that it was the weakest, lamest cliff hanger we have had. But I still have 8.24 in my memory. McBear also gives it two paws up. He went into total SEAL mode after he watched it.

And I mean total. 😉

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