Originally posted November 4th, 2010 with some minor edits today.
Recap of “Ho’apono”
This episode stood out a little better than the previous few before it…no clunky pidgin lines, and not as much bantering as the other episodes. I myself liked because it showed a little more of the military presence in Hawaii. Unfortunately, it featured the post deployment consequences on a Navy SEAL (Adam Beach) just returning from overseas. Conversely, guest star Robert Loggia reminds us what we respect and admire about the military- honor and duty. As Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Ed McKay, he initially comes across as a wanna be action hero holding on to his glory days, but the truth of the matter is that he bears the regret of surviving the Pearl Harbor disaster that his shipmates didn’t. More revealing was the fact that he personally knew McG’s father, which I hope is an angle the writers revisit. Oh and yes, a shirtless McGarrett doesn’t hurt the ratings, either.
I love McG’s hostage negotiation method…razzle dazzle the hostage taker with a lot of big words and guilt: “Dammit Graham, he’s bleeding from the head and he needs a band aid for his boo-boo for God’s sake! He needs to have his cat scanned too! And can’t you see he’s overweight, he needs some nutritional counseling, his blood sugar monitored and his blood pressure checked! And look at this poor woman, she obviously needs to have some Spam and eggs or she’s going into a diabetic coma! Graham, you’re a SEAL for God’s sake…so put down the gun, and let’s settle this like real men. I’ll take off my shirt, and we’ll negotiate by arm wrestling.”
Quotable: “Who’s that, your wife?” -Ed Mckay to Steve McGarrett on the phone with Danno.
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii 5-0” episode 7, Ho’apono
1) If anyone turns up dead in Hawaii, again suspect the Triad, Sons of Samoa, human traffickers, Filipino Sinn Fein, or the Russian mob/arms dealers/psychotic business execs. They are the only perpetrators here in Paradise.
2) “You must be this tall to ride and/or join the HPD”. Did you notice the SWAT team members who escorted the handcuffed SEAL outside of the Battleship Missouri? Braddahs might have been the SWAT team’s sewer, tunnel or air duct specialists. (I kid! Nothing but love and respect for those HPD officers.)
3) Skip the Battleship Missouri Tour and go on the LOST Tour instead.The day you show up for the Mighty Mo you might end up a hostage. However if all hell breaks loose on the LOST Tour, there’s a big black smoke monster coming after your ass.
The following Pearl Harbor post was originally posted December 6th, 2010, “A date which will live in infamy”.
Remember Pearl Harbor…
Sunday, December 7, 1941 – A mother in Manoa puts a flower in her daughter’s hair as they get ready to go to church. A gas station owner flips his sign over to say “OPEN” in Pearl City. A farmer in Kailua throws feed to his chickens. A sailor on the USS Arizona rubs his eyes in his sleep rack and wonders why he woke up so early on a Sunday morning. Little did they know that high above them, the Japanese bombers with their monotonous drone descended on the waking island from the north, east and west…their target, Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor.
If the initial metallic raps of machine gun fire didn’t rouse the sailors, the shattering jolt of torpedoes hitting broadside and bombs scoring the decks of the ships did. My grandmother told me that as a young teen, she remembered being awoken by the sound of explosions rolling across the harbor, rattling her plantation house in Waipahu. Looking outside the window, she saw the explosions in the harbor and rolls of black clouds stretching into the sky.
…through the eyes of Steve McGarrett, Sr.
But how brilliant would it be, to deepen the rebooted Hawaii Five-0’s mythos, to actually tell the tale of the last few days of Steve McGarrett, Senior’s life? Did he help Chin Ho Kelly’s grandfather solve a case? Could he have defended Kawika’s (Kala Alexander, “Ko’olauloa”) grandfather against an attack from drunken sailors? Or maybe he helped to protect Kawika’s grandmother. Did Mighty Mo tour guide Ed McKay (Robert Loggia, “Ho’apono”) have a hand in any of the elder McGarrett’s adventures…?
In narrowing the degrees of separation between the current characters, the writers have a great opportunity for strong storytelling by telling the elder Steve McGarrett’s story in the days leading up to the attack at Pearl Harbor. Racial strains, police corruption, crime…to see all that transplanted to another era with the predecessors of our Five-0 team could potentially be a huge success. Yes, it takes a play right out of the Lost playbook with flashbacks, but the writers have unlimited potential and I do hope they pay further tribute to those who died at Pearl Harbor. They’ve already mentioned in three separate occasions that Steve McGarrett, Senior was aboard the Arizona…but what exactly did he do…?
We still Remember Pearl Harbor
In the end, more than 3000 Americans died or were injured. In Hawaii, if your family goes back at least three generations, someone in your family could tell you what they were doing that day or give you a first hand account of taking action. Because of that, we in Hawaii may have a more intimate attachment to the war rally “Remember Pearl Harbor”. Take a minute tomorrow, December 7th, to remember those who died that day.
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