Moving the story along
“Lanakila” was a great story of jailbreak, revenge and redemption. The action scenes, car chases, helicopter crashes and shootouts are great, but what carries this episode is the underlying stories that advances the overall arc, as the writers flesh out the characters even more.
We first meet Mary Ann McGarrett (Taryn Manning) at the airport holding cell. Her run in with the law automatically raises our suspicion that she isn’t the saint and savior that our hero Steve is. She misses her father’s funeral because “something came up”, and by McG’s tone we know that they have a strained relationship.
We also meet Catherine Rollins (Michelle Borth), the Way-Too-Good-Looking-To-Be-In-The-Military Naval intelligence officer aboard a carrier. We all know now that she’s McGarrett’s love interest and ace in the hole for intel.
Aside from these introductions, the writers further develop the main duo. The writers pitched it perfectly to Scott Caan, and Caan knocked the ball out of the park with the “aneurysm face” dialog, but they went further than that in the restaurant scene. Carrying over from the “everyone likes hippos” dialog in Episode 2, Danno tries to give his partner good advice about human communication, and how his partner is cool with a gun in his face, but not so much with human interaction. When the waitress comes to ask what they want, he responds flatly, “Shane Dawkins”, then slaps his badge on the table. Classic. Cool under the gun yes, interviewing suspects, no.
Finally at the end, as McG wheels Dana down the hospital hall, she says about her fiance that “Everybody deserves a little forgiveness…” This ties the story back to McG and his sister…he seems to forgive her for missing their father’s funeral, but is there something deeper than that he needs to forgive her for…?
The Great Escape – Hawaiian style
Allright, I seriously hope that the braddahs at Halawa Correctional Facility didn’t see this episode. Dawkins sure as hell made that escape look easy…no tunnels to dig, no lengthy stand offs. All he needed was a willing Corrections Officer to bribe, an unwilling Corrections Officer to take hostage and some caulk. The Shawshank redemption would have been only a 30 minute movie if escaping was this easy. Fortunately a CO friend of mine told me that while amongst the prisoners, guards are not armed with guns.
One of the things I know somelocals will complain about is the artistic license the show producers are taking with geography. The night the episode aired originally, my facebook page seethed with comments from friends like “Ok, he’s driving where? And then he ended up where? OH MY GOD THAT’S SO RIDICULOUS. I’M NOT WATCHING THIS ANYMORE.” Without boring non-locals with the details, car chases jumped erratically all over the island in this episode, and the north shore of Molokai looked suspiciously like Kaneohe (a town on east Oahu), since you can see Chinaman’s Hat island clearly below the helicopter (seen in Episode 11, Palekaiko). To the kama’aina: this is television, use your imagination. 😉 The inaccuracy of Hawaii Five-0 car chase scenes will not grind our tourism industry to a halt nor will it confuse tourists since they don’t know any better, so go easy. 😉 If you want, you can still mess with their heads by telling them that pineapples grow on trees and that they should trade in their U.S. dollars for sea shells because that’s the currency we use.
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0″ Episode 4, Lanakila
1) Halawa Correctional Facility houses the greatest criminal minds and escape artists of Hawaii.
2) Braddahs still don’t like Haoles. But they like the Haole’s sister.
3) So, you want to watch a live feed of your car chase from a highly classified Navy spy satellite? There’s an app for that. Only .99 at the iTunes store.
Did you notice…?
Lemonade and mayonnaise are key ingredients for jailhouse hair coloring. Did you also know that it’s an old jailhouse secret that ground radishes and milk make an awesome ointment for hemorrhoids? Nutritous and relieving at the same time!
When McG asked Kamekona to watch his sister, he said “Shoots, small kine.” “Shoots” means “sure!” in pidgin, “small kine” is slightly misused here, and means “a little bit”. A better word to use would have been, “garans”, short for “guaranteed”.
Morning radio DJ Michael W. Perry is the game show host.
The ‘apapane that Dawkins scares off in the Molokai forest is a rare Hawaiian honeycreeper. The feathers of this bird was used to adorn capes and helmets of the Hawaiian ali’i (royalty).