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Hawaii Five-O Review: "Na Me'e Laua Na Paio"

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I don't like Jenna Kaye.

I know she's new and it will take some time for her to develop, but the introduction of Larisa Oleynik's character did not endear her to me. In fact, I'm a little shocked that McGarrett would allow her to join his investigation after her little sob story about why she was chasing Wo Fat.

Larisa Oleynik on Hawaii Five-O

"Na Me'e Laua Na Paio" was filled with little problems, making it feel like a filler episode. Its sole purpose was just a deliberate way to pepper some interesting things around a fairly run of the mill story. Or at least that's what it felt like when Hawaii Five-O splits its focus on two things at once.

If this had just been about McGarrett and Agent Kaye, or if it had just focused on the story regarding the murder of the man at the comic book convention, more could have been accomplished.

There were some interesting twists and turns in what was meant to be the main plot. It veered from the convention and brought back a murder from a few months before through some seamless detective work. But when will the convenience of a suspect suddenly confessing when faced with all the evidence stop being used?

It was as if the writers realized they had to wrap things up.

Even though the suspect asked for a lawyer, the sudden pressure from the Five-O for him confess automatically worked. Obviously, there had to be time to get to the little showdown between McGarrett and Wo Fat, but there are other ways to go about it.

The comic book convention was a bit of a backhanded compliment to geeks. Mostly because no one really said anything negative, but not one person in the background of the event was dressed in just jeans and a T-shirt. I know some of the people involved in this series have been to a similar show. Not all of us geeks dress up. And furries? Really? I thought it was a comic book convention.

Also on my nitpick list has been the blatant product placement. Between the Bing mentions, and persistent flashes of the Chevy logo, it's beginning to feel like commercials taking place during scenes. It's not cool, and it's starting to get on my nerves because there is nothing even remotely subtle about it.

Even though all of Wo Fat's appearances have been brief and cryptic, I have to respect a villain willing to openly face an opponent. McGarrett is in for one bumpy ride now that he knows about Wo Fat, but that should make things more exciting for the rest of us.

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Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Wo Fat said not to dig as McGarett might not like what he finds. I believe Wo Fat is actually McGarrett's 1/2 brother.

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I was sooooo looking forward to the new shows. What a let down. Why do writers take a successful storyline and group and screw it up. Harry's Law, here I come.

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Francine, I'd watch Alex read the phone book, that man is so hot. Sadly he didn't lose his shirt once in this episode.
The product placement that got me was the sail that was being pulled up and it said "Hilton" on it in huge letters. I remember thinking "oh they must let the crew stay at the Hilton for the free advertising".
Overall it was a good episode,to me it's good looking people solving crimes while throwing amusing quips at each other. And this episode provided that. I also enjoyed seeing more of Chin/ Kono and less of Danny's annoyingly whiney family.
Not thrilled with the new girl, she's pretty mousy, both in looks and actions. I just hope McGarrett doesn't turn out to be a "man-ho" and hop in the sack with her.
Love Wo Fat, it was a great ending.

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I have to agree with your review. Of course, I have a very hard time with this show anyway. I'm sorry but why is Hawaii 5-0 involved with EVERY crime on the island? That's stupid to me. The new character was boring and the actress - not very good. I've also got to say I'm not an Alex fan so his acting in this ep? Not good at all. Why does everything he does sound like he's reading the lines?

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WOW! I don't think I've seen you be this negative about an episode before. Usually, I agree with you, but not this time. I actually like Jenna, backstory and all. Admittedly, it was a bit mundane and run of the mill, but I thought it was well played. I would like her to have a little more backbone when it comes to her dealings with McGarrett, he needs someone who is seen more as an equal, but I thought is was fine.
As for the product placement, I figure that is just part of the deal and tend to ignore it.
I did like the twist and turns in the "A" storyline. While I consider myself a geek, I have never been to a comic book convention, thought I, too thought the furries were out of place. Was I the only person less than happy when the "Captain Sisko" character asked if they had ever seen a brother on the Enterprise? Next Generation had African American males in leadership roles --Jordi LaForge and Worf.
What bugged me, was the fact that Wo Fat, a native Chinese, spoke English with a Japanese accent and cadence and not a Chinese one.
Thing is, I can pick anything apart, but I thought in the overall, this episode was good.