Log in

No account? Create an account
07 July 2012 @ 09:01 pm
Review of 1.05 Ko'olauloa for H50Land Comm on DW  

Review of 1.05 Ko'olauloa

This review is for one of my favorite episodes from season 1 - 1.05 Ko'olauloa, which actually refers to the northern part of Oahu. Google told me so it must be true. (This could also be episode 1.06. There is no consensus among websites as to whether or not to count the pilot as 1.01. Some places do. Some places don’t. That’s not too confusing, is it?)

This episode taught us a lot about Hawaii and our favorite Hawaiian crime fighters. It also gave us excellent insight into Kono and her back-story, an element that is always welcome (and was sadly missing in season 2 if you ask me, which I know you didn’t. But we don’t tune in for ‘crime of the week’. We tune in for the crime fighters!)

The episode starts at the Coral Prince Surfing exhibition/Super Bowl. Sadly before the episode gets really started, Ian Adams – founder of Coral Prince – is shot and killed while surfing. Kono witnesses the murder of her mentor and is understandably distraught by it.


Announcing the exhibition/competition is Ian’s longtime business partner, Carlton Bass, played by Kevin Sorbo, who as we all know was Hercules in a former life. (As unfair as it is, I have a really hard time taking him serious in this role when all I can see is his Herculeness.)

The Five-0 team discuss the murder, Steve and Chin waxing poetic about the surf report from the morning. Apparently reading the surf report is a lot like reading the weather for us haoles. Their discussion leads them to determine that not just anyone could make that shot.

Steve, Chin, and Danny follow Kono up to the Coral Prince House, where the surfers and their coaches live from October to January. “Excuse me,” Danny says. “They have coaches? What do they tell them? Not to fall off their Styrofoam toys?” Oh Danny, Danny, Danny.

One of the surfers asks Danny where he “bought it.” Danny has no idea what the surfer is asking him, pretty sure he’s not, in fact, speaking any form of English. Steve finally puts them both out of their misery and tells the surfer “Danno don’t surf, brah.” Danny is vexed by the entire exchange. Nor does it help when Chin tells him to wear flip flops next time.


After doing their investigation thing, they decide that the shot was fired from Papaukea Ridge above the houses, where there are no roads. Naturally, Steve’s reply is “No don’t need no stinkin’ roads.” Witness their need for no roads:


Steve does his pirate spyglass thing and says not just anyone could make this shot. (The whole time, I was thinking “you could.” But that’s hardly germane, is it?) They also discover that the area where shooter was is Kapu land.


In the meantime, Danny tells Kono she has to listen to the bossman and leave like he told her to or he’ll end up with Constipation Face. Oh noes. We don’t want that! Kono tells Danny that Ian Adams was the man who made a difference in her life and she has to repay him for that. She can’t do that sitting in her office.

So instead she goes out and finds her old friend, Ben Bass, who is now with Ocean Savers. (Is that right? Well, hardly matters.) Turns out she and Ben have history. Not as much as Ben would have liked but, you know, kids!


I adore Ben Bass. Some people have said he’s bland or like vanilla ice cream or I Don’t Even Know what. But I think he’s adorable. So adorable in fact that when I saw this ad for Once Upon a Time, I decided I needed to watch it:


Here he is as Prince Charming:

I mean – adorable. (I subsequently stopped watching OUAT for lots of unimportant/ uninteresting reasons. He wasn’t one of them, just FYI.)

Also in my pursuit to fully understand the back-story of all the Avengers, I discovered he was in Thor:


Yes, he looks kind of silly but he’s BFFs with a God. What do you expect? (Spoiler for Thor 2: In looking for this picture, I learned he will not be in Thor 2. OUAT is taking too much time and he can’t work it in. You’re welcome.)

Be that as it may, I think he’s adorable. And so did Kono.

Chin does a search of all the Kapu, two of whom have criminal records and a grudge against Ian. Danny can’t understand why they care about a Surf Club. Steve finds his mainlander ignorance amusing. Chin thinks they need to get a room.


Despite what Danny thinks, he and Steve don’t go to find them. They go to the Tropics Bar at the Hawaiian Hilton.

“It’s a strategic op,” Steve tells him.

“What I like best is how you said that with a straight face,” Danny informs him. (This discussion about the ‘strategic op’ is close in goodness to ‘Open The Door.’ Very close but not quite up to those standards. Yes, I have ‘strategic op’ bookmarked on youtube too!)

This is when we meet Kawika who is none too fond of Danny. Then he goes toe-to-toe with Steve. Not such a great idea if you ask me.

But Steve does look hot here!

Here’s Danny looking cutely worried about the mano-a-mano between Steve and Kawika:


After the weenie wagging is finished, Kawika tells Steve and Danny he’ll bring Levi and Diego to them, even though they are no longer Kapu. And Danny can pay for the Blue Hawaiians. (Please note, that during this scene at the Tropics Bar – a.k.a. the strategic op – Danny eats the pineapple from his drink. True, he thinks pineapple on pizza is blasphemy but at no time does he refuse to eat pineapple. Can we stop writing stories where he hates it and/or is allergic to it? Please?)

Steve and Danny go to the parking deck where Kawika said the suspects would be delivered, an hour ago, Steven. And Danny’s tongue is the same color as his shirt. Danno is not pleased.

“Island time, Danno,” Steve responds calmly in his laid-back Hawaiian way when Danny points out they’ve been waiting for an hour.


Levi and Diego are delivered, an hour late, at which time they tell the two Haole cops that they were with their Parole Officer when Ian was killed. Danny speed dials Manny who vouches for the two former criminals. (Yes, he speed dials their PO. I have nothing to add to that.)

They have no choice but to let them go.

While the strategic op was taking place, Ben has taken Kono to Tent City where lots of people live by choice. They aren’t homeless meth heads. They just don’t have several million dollars to buy a house.

Ben likes living there, with the peoples. He takes Kono into his tent to show her a picture of them as youngsters.


Kono tells him “he got all the girls,” to which he replies “except the one I wanted.” Their long delayed kiss is interrupted by motorcyclists riding through tent city and setting fires. Kono round-house kicks one of them! Don’t tell me she isn’t bad-ass!! Ben scares them off with a rifle shot.

Kono got a partial plate which leads them back to Levi and Diego who run when Steve and Danny come to talk to them. This chase leads to fabulous dialog:

Danny: Okay. I have a daughter.
Steve: Trust me I know this road.
Danny: This is not a road. A road has asphalt, two lanes. This is dirt on a cliff, okay? It's a long way down.
Steve: Scared?
Danny: No. I am not scared. I am rationally concerned.

Rationally concerned! Bwhahahaha….

This is also where Danny gets out of his car window and points his gun at their suspects. I don’t have a screencap of that but I do have this screencap that shows up all the time:


Except it was never in the episode. Why not??? How hot do they look in this picture??

They capture Levi and Diego who refuse to talk to the haole cops. “We aren’t afraid of you.”


That’s when Kawika shows up, who they are afraid of! They tell them that Carlton Bass’ dude paid them to shoot up Tent City.

At some point, they had arrested Ben Bass for Ian’s murder but I’m not sure when. Doesn’t matter ‘cause he didn’t do it! Although they do discover that Ian changed his will to leave everything to Ben! (The plot thickens!)

Turns out – yadda yadda yadda – does it really matter? I didn’t think so. Carlton did it. Bad bad Hercules!


Kono wants to Book ‘em for which Danny is grateful. Steve tells Danny that when he says “Book ‘em Danno, it’s a term of endearment.”

“That’s fine. I like it. Do it every day,” Danno replies.

“Really?” Steve says with a happy face.


Not many things I wouldn’t do if it meant I got this happy face!!!

At the end, they hold a watery ceremony for Ian and scatter his ashes in the ocean.  I love the ending with the circle of surf boards and the music. And Kawika is there!


The song that is played is Hawaii ’78 by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. You can hear it on youtube here.

And that wraps up this edition of Your Illustrated Guide to Hawaii Five-0.

I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5. I do love it and would recommend it to anyone. Good dialog. Excellent character development. Pretty music. Bad-asses on motorcycles. The word Papaukea which I think is beautiful. (I kept hoping Ben would come back but it wasn’t to be. Oh well!)

Current Mood: tired
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on July 8th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Kevin Sorbo is like my guilty pleasure. I loved Hercules and I'm pretty much with you on that score. I only see him as Herc.

Anyhow, I've met the man twice now and he's as nice as can be. Gives great hugs! Like I said, guilty pleasure.

Loved your review!
Are 6 dogs too many?: beautifultkeylasunset on July 10th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
That is so funny! It's nice to know he's so nice. And you have to admire a man who can give great hugs!

Thank you for the kind words. They are fun to do!
a geek in such the wrong way: H50-all the boyshaldoor on July 8th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Great review! I never know what ep is what, so 1.05, 1.06, Hawaiian name, whatever! As long as you give me the rundown in such an amusing and wonderful way with all the lovely pics, I'm a happy camper! go, you; this was delicious! ;-)

Fact: I never watched Hercules ever, despite it being made in NZ. Should I consider that a failure? However, Kevin Sorbo always seemed like a nice guy - fancy him turning out to be the bad guy! ;-)
Are 6 dogs too many?: backhoetkeylasunset on July 10th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
It seems like you have to count the pilot, right? The show wouldn't make any sense without it. So this one would be 1.06. I like that they use Hawaiian words for the titles but it makes it almost impossible for me to know which one is being referred to.

Thank you so much for the lovely words!!

I watched Hercules intermittently. I liked it well enough I suppose. You aren't any kind of failure for not watching it!! I promise.

malfoy_manor12: D&S: football gamemalfoy_manor12 on July 8th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
This was a great episode!
Kevin Sorbo will always be Hercules to me too!

“After the weenie wagging is finished…” LOL

And look how happy Danno made Steve at allowing the “Book ‘em Danno”s!

I loved the ending song too, it is so haunting!

Thanks for the review!

Are 6 dogs too many?: my danno heartstkeylasunset on July 10th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words!!!

You know Steve and Kawika were mostly interested in who had the biggest one!

Danno loves his Steve, that's for sure!!

thank you again!!
--♫ Anna--: The Boysrocsfan on July 8th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I am smiling now! Your write-ups are so terrific!

I adore the way Steve's face lights up when he smiles at Danny at the end. That's almost an Alex-smile, not a Steve-smile.

I agree that Steve could have made that shot. I'm surprised he didn't add that line himself.

Are 6 dogs too many?: danno happytkeylasunset on July 10th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Steve's face does light up!! He loves his Danno so!

Thank you so much!!! And I have to say I am still loving your LJ user head! It is perfect!!!

Highlander IIhighlander_ii on July 8th, 2012 05:32 am (UTC)
haha - you review kinda like i do... =)

I've met Kevin Sorbo too - nice guy. XD But yeah - Hercules will follow him forever.

but this - Can we stop writing stories where he hates it and/or is allergic to it? Please?

I don't read a lot of fic, but why would ppl ascribe an allergy? Just b/c he said Hawai'i is a 'pineapple-infested hellhole' doesn't mean he doesn't like 'pineapple' - it just means he doesn't like the islands that happen to have an abundance of the fruit. A fruit which, btw, is amazing if you can get it fresh and cut it yourself! =)

v. fun review!
Are 6 dogs too many?: pineapple ringstkeylasunset on July 10th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, 'pineapple infested hellhole' turns into allergic/hates pineapple. Drives me more crazy than it should. Like it matters! Which it doesn't at all.

It's so nice that Kevin Sorbo is a good guy!! I hate when I find out celebrities act like jerks around their fans. What's up with that?

Thank you for the kind words!!!
Highlander IIhighlander_ii on July 10th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
I have *heard* that Mr. Sorbo is slightly *less* polite and kind when his wife is w/ him, but I've only met him when he was by himself, so have no first-hand knowledge of that.

side note about celebs: Avery Brooks is AWESOMESAUCE-AND-A-HALF! =)