Meet a new team member, lose two others? I guess its still safe to say that in the second episode this season, things are still a bit hinky.
As always, there is good and there is… not so good. Let us discuss.
— Danny and his zingers of ultimate win – oh Danny, never change, sweetie. Fanboying over Steve’s “cleaning up nice” with his suit? Telling Lori that Steve doesn’t play well with others. Let us not forget the lovely Steve and Danny “your whining could be heard a mile away” while on horse back – because no way is Danny gonna be put on a horse and not bitch. Is that classified as a cargument if on horseback? Saddleument?
— “How long have you two been married?” – Thank you, Lori! Best line of the episode. Period.
— Steve and his Women’s Day mag – Take notes, Smooth Dog.
— Jenna Kaye – Did she rock or what? Making with the mad skillz searching out all the facebook profiles for the kidnapped girl, telling Steve to get off her back AND still doing her nefarious work for her REAL boss man. *insert evil laugh here* She left fast, however. Maybe Wo Fat needs her elsewhere…
— Lori Weston – “Babysitter?!” Okay the look on Steve’s face at that line was priceless and I kinda want to hug Lori for saying it.
–Bruce Davidson – Hey we only saw him for five minutes but he always makes what little he has to work with WIN!
— Steve on horseback – C’mon, what’s not to like about Alex O and his awesome with the stunts? As one who used to teach riding lessons, I can say with all authority, not bad, Alex. I do enjoy seeing how far he can push the envelop with the stunts for Steve McG’s superman status.
— Showcasing other islands – I LOVE that they are branching out to the other islands in the chain. It’s not O’ahu Five-0!
— Making eyes at Lori and the forced ‘Date” talk – Okay, you got a bunch of boys working together, you throw in a stunner like Lori Weston, there are going to be some googoo eyes. Did it have to be so obvious? I mean, Danny making the “she’s cute” comments, not surprising, he said the same about Jenna. But I could have done without the “date’ jokes from Chin and Danny during the coffee stakeout. C’mon show. They work together. Let’s not drown the audience in forced tension, please. If Steve needs a woman, find him one that’s not on his team.
— Under-utilization of Tom Sizemore. After all the hype, I thought he’d be in more scenes.
— There were some clunky lines and scenes that fell flat. The case was engaging enough, and everyone did what they could with what they had to work with, but there were a few times the flow stumbled.
— Kono – So…what? Are we going to lose her too? I know Chin’s big dilemma this season is getting Kono back on the force, but I’d hate to see all of her scenes relegated to standing around being depressed and surfing.
The Verdict: Coming down off the high of the premiere, a B- episode.
This had great action, but feeling out Lori Weston’s character sort of threw off the rhythm. I guess if she’d just come in and the mistrust was there, it would have been better, but the semi-flirting made it look like Steve can’t make up his mind – is he attracted to her or does he mistrust her? Some lines and scenes fell flat where they shouldn’t have and the jury is still out on Lori Weston. German did a good job, but her character has yet to prove herself. I need to see her work with the team more before I make a decision on her merits as a character.
Again, you’ve got great guest characters like Sizemore and Davidson, use them! Its easy to get mad at Kono’s story line or even Jenna’s, but we’re just seeing the tip of their larger stories. Patience, grasshoppers.