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‘Hawaii Five-0’ dives in to solve murder at sea

‘Hawaii Five-0’ dives in to solve murder at sea
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    McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), left, and Danny (Scott Caan) try a dangerous rescue in order to save Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), Junior (Beulah Koale) and Tani (Meaghan Rath), who have been despatched to examine a murder in a distant, underwater lab.

For Hawaiians the ocean is an important a part of our on a regular basis lives. It feeds and nurtures our households, and it provides us respite from work and societal strain. But each Hawaiian is aware of to by no means flip their again on the ocean. While we love the ocean and all it supplies for us, we respect its energy and may. We know it could finish our lives with its waves or depth.

In this week’s “Hawaii Five-0” the ocean holds all of the secrets and techniques for the Five-Zero staff in their case of the week. While this isn’t an uncommon state of affairs for a present based mostly in our island state, it’s unusual to have the murder sufferer have been dwelling, fairly actually, at the underside of the sea. The episode, titled “Ke iho mai nei ko luna” is Hawaiian for “Those above are descending,” which in fact refers to the truth that Five-Zero has to descend from the floor to the underside of the ocean in order to solve their case.

The title is predicated on an olelo noeau, or Hawaiian proverb and poetical saying, which metaphorically means “A fog is beginning to settle.” The phrase is claimed to be used when “one is beginning to feel the effects of the awa he has drunk.” Awa is the Hawaiian phrase for kava, “a shrub with green jointed stems and heart-shaped leaves that is native to the Pacific islands.” Its roots are the “source of a narcotic drink of the same name. When drunk to excess it cause(s) drowsiness.” Interestingly, it is also the Hawaiian phrase for “fog or mist” and figuratively it may imply “tragic misfortune or ordeal.”

While the title provides us what actually and symbolically occurs in this week’s episode and the tragic misfortune of demise, the story was not as deep, excuse the pun, because the title appears to convey. Based on a narrative by Johnny Richardson, with teleplay by Rob Hanning and Sean O’Reilly, the episode focuses on a case of the week that was approach too convoluted and ridiculous to even be entertaining.

Thankfully, there are a number of moments that helps salvage a few of the episode, as Karen Gaviola’s course stored the tempo shifting and the appearing on par with what we anticipate and love. The essential forged didn’t deviate from their private character arcs which stored the episode satisfying sufficient for followers. Add in the truth that McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) saves the day, and the group works collectively to solve the case, there have been different parts to assist make the superfluous major storyline extra palatable.

SAVING GRACE

Actually there have been a few options from the episode that have been nice. The opening scene was precisely what we would have liked after final week’s Danno (Scott Caan) drama, the place he virtually misplaced his daughter, Grace (Teilor Grubbs), in a near-fatal automotive accident. McGarrett arrives at Danno’s home to see Grace as she is recovering. Grace begs him to take Danno as he’s “up in my business all day. Checking up on me, bringing me food. So much soup,” Grace says to her Uncle Steve.

While McGarrett commiserates with Grace, he does clarify to her that her father was upset and felt helpless after her accident, so “now that he’s got you back home, he wants to take care of you. And he’s gonna do everything he can to get you back on your feet,” Uncle Steve explains. Grace understands and tells him how a lot she loves her father for taking good care of her — however she wants to breathe somewhat, if not for just some hours. Her hungry uncle agrees to assist her, if she provides him considered one of her pancakes.

It’s a darling scene between McGarrett and no-longer-little Grace. Grubbs has superbly matured from the candy little woman we met in the primary season, who Danno nonetheless affectionately calls “Monkey,” to a stunning younger woman with a great head on her shoulders. In the previous few seasons she was made to be a little bit of a brat, however this time round her character is extra mature and eventually grasps that Danno’s overprotective nature has extra to do with love, than the will to management her life.

Grubbs handles her father’s neurotic, however comprehensible, response to her virtually dying with allure and beauty — a trait we have now all the time liked about each the character and the actress. It’s good to see her being allowed to play Grace as extra grownup than contentious teen. It can be even higher to see extra of Grubbs in the present as an lively a part of the general storyline than only a recurring character. Now that she is extra of an grownup, maybe she may be much less in the sidelines as simply part of Danno’s character arc.

A WATERY MYSTERY

As McGarrett is about to eat his pancake reward from Grace, his telephone rings, and he has the right alternative to drag Danno out of the home and provides Grace the break she wants from soup and Danno’s vigilant watch. Noelani (Kimee Balmilero) has referred to as McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) to a criminal offense scene at Makapuu Beach, the place their sufferer, Professor Jason Kamaka (Ken DuBois) is discovered together with his throat reduce. McGarrett additionally notices his physique exhibits indicators of large decompression.

Noelani agrees together with his evaluation of how Kamaka was killed and explains that he died earlier than he hit the water and when he surfaced his physique principally obtained the bends. “It’s like when you shake up a bottle of soda and then remove the cap. This guy literally exploded from the inside,” Noelani explains. McGarrett additionally concludes from the severity of his inner bleeding and the marbling of his pores and skin that Kamaka should have been very deep — greater than 150 ft. Danny succinctly surmises — he’s dressed in his greatest enterprise informal and there’s no dive gear to be discovered.

As the 2 examine what Kamaka had been concerned in, they discover he had left his place at Oahu State the place he was a professor of oceanography till three months earlier than, when he took a depart of absence to work in a deep-sea analysis lab referred to as the Neptune One. Kamaka and three others have been learning the consequences of Kilauea Volcano’s lava move on marine ecosystems and was being funded by rich entrepreneur, Claude Nostromo (Reed Diamond).

The staff deduce that their crime scene and their suspect has to be on Neptune One. The crew of the Neptune One is made up of Kamaka, Jim Walker (Jeff Galfer), Linda Brady (Angela Lin), Marcus Nash (performed by Hawaii actor Moronai Kanekoa) and Nina Kane (performed by Katie O’Donovan, who has additionally been Meaghan Rath’s stunt double). They are a “dream team of oceanographers and scientists, and one of them is a murderer.”

McGarrett decides that he and Danno are going to run level from Five-Zero headquarters and Junior (Beulah Koale) goes to take lead on the underwater mission and take Tani (Meaghan Rath) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) with him to Neptune One.

JUNIOR ON POINT

As Junior takes level on the mission, we additionally obtained a bit extra of his backstory in the episode, which was one other constructive aspect in the storyline. Before getting a name from Five-Zero about their new case, Junior goes to see his mother and father at their household house and has an disagreeable run-in together with his dad, Natano Reigns (Eric Scanlan).

Junior helps to repair their deck and pop seems as he’s working solely to criticize Junior’s work — utilizing the incorrect wooden, by no means sticking round to end something, all the time having an excuse and being too busy to keep. It looks like an previous argument, one Junior can’t win, and one dad is unwilling to let go. Junior leaves, telling his father he doesn’t want to make up an excuse, “You’re enough,” he says as he dumps his device belt into his father’s palms.

The scene is painful, and it appears as if previous wounds can’t be healed. Both Koale and Scanlan deal with the scene nicely — by no means letting it get overly melodramatic. They permit the ache shared between the daddy and son to seep into the scene. At the top of the episode, Junior returns to his mother and father house and with out phrases, he takes the hammer his father gives him and collectively they return to work on the deck. It’s a stupendous gesture that maybe Dad and Junior will make amends and work to restore their clearly broken relationship.

MCGARRETT AND DANNO DIVE IN

Between the scene with McGarrett, Danno and Grace; and Junior and his dad — the episode was solely mildly fascinating till Junior, Tani and Adam get to Neptune One and begin to lose oxygen. The trio work out the murder occurred as a result of Kamaka realized that the analysis lab was actually in search of a uncommon earth factor referred to as yttrium, which is a key element for microprocessors, microchips and cellular chipsets — all issues made by Nostromo’s firm. Kamaka was going to expose the reality of their “research” and was murdered to hold it quiet.

Yet as Junior, Tani and Adam solve the case, there’s one member of the employees who isn’t truly working for Nostromo, however herself — Nina Kane. And it appears she needs to promote the situation of all that yttrium to the very best bidder. Kane takes off with Five-Zero’s submersible, their comms and the one method again to the floor. She additionally tampers with the oxygen ranges, and Five-Zero and the opposite scientists are all in hassle, with no approach to message McGarrett.

Junior figures out a approach to ship a message to the floor utilizing a transmission buoy, however he calls it a hail mary at greatest. Grover (Chi McBride) realizes they’re in hassle when he finds their comms down, and alerts McGarrett and Danno. They instantly head out to the coordinates of the place the Neptune is situated and get Grover to contact the Coast Guard evacuation vessel. They get Junior’s message and understand they’ve little or no air left and McGarrett decides to free dive two oxygen tanks to them to allow them to final somewhat longer till the Coast Guard can attain them.

Danno, in fact, thinks this can be a horrible concept and promptly asks his greatest pal how he’s going to maintain his breath to get down there and never going to explode coming again up out of that depth. McGarrett explains he’s going to exhale all of his oxygen on the best way again up. It’s a dangerous dive, however one McGarrett accomplishes in order to save his buddies and the opposite members of the Neptune One group.

While we all know that McGarrett goes to save the day, Danno doesn’t look too positive. When McG resurfaces Danno is past relieved. And so are we — the dive was the good a part of the episode, and positively helped to make this off-base storyline a bit extra likeable. We all the time love when McGarrett and Danno dive in to save the day — and this time they “descended from above” to save their buddies. It’s all we will actually hope for — associates who will swim out to save us, even in the roughest of seas.


Wendie Burbridge writes the “Five-0 Redux” and “Magnum Reloaded” blogs for staradvertiser.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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