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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Shelburne, Revealed!

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I would venture to say that the most talked about mystery this season on Hawaii Five-0 has been who - or what - is Shelburne, which Wo Fat has been chasing and/or afraid of. Sadly, this buzzed-about question turned into the the most disappointing reveal ever this week.

For months we've been agonizing, hypothesizing, analyzing, and theorizing about Shelburne, and our reward is this?!? Oh, yeah, it’s a code name and I used it when I killed Wo Fat’s father. Why the heck did we need to be tortured with that for this long? 

Leading the Dangerous Way

Okay, that letdown aside, this week’s episode offered several good things that helps soften the bitter taste Shelburne is going to leave. First, Rachel and Grace were back. I’m not sure if Claire van der Boom is really pregnant, or was recently so, as she kind of had that “new mom” glow about her. I was crossing my fingers that she would tell Danny the baby was really his. Alas, it was not to be. 

Second, all you anti-Lori readers got your wish because she stayed in the truck while the rest of the team went into the warehouse. That’s not to say us pro-Lori people weren’t happy, as she and Kono going to get Sang was great. I'm still a big support of Kono and Lori's girl power.

While we're talking about Lori, it looks like the series has finally found a look for Lauren German. Her hair is longer and darker, and she is dressing with influences from Kono, Steve and a touch of Danny. I know I’m in the minority, but I’m really hoping we see German added to the opening credits so she is confirmed a long term Five-0 member.

Is anyone disappointed that Joe is going into hiding? I know I’m not. After the months of cat and mouse over Shelburne and the disappointing reveal, I’m ready for him to not be the focus - at least for a while. Then again, Joe called someone a few episodes back about Shelburne. I suspect it was Hiro Noshimuri, but it could be a loop hole for a better answer to this ongoing question.

Speaking of the Noshimuri family, now that Adam no longer thinks Joe killed his father and Steve asked him to help with Wo Fat, many Ian Anthony Dale fans may get their wish to see Adam more often. While comments on the last episode exploded with discussion over who was better looking, Alex O'Loughlin or Dale. I’m going to freely admit to having a budding man crush on both of them and let you all take it from there. 

Steve McGarrett Receives Call

Did anyone else catch the attempt to patch the plot hole with the flashback to 1992? If you’re not familiar with the plot hole in question, there has been a discrepancy pointed out between comments made on the first season when Steve was the high school quarterback and the first episode this season when Joe and Steve discussed why Steve’s father sent him away when he was a teenager.

The flashback attempted to patch said hole by showing Steve as a junior in high school getting sent off to the military academy. However, as Steve was the “star quarterback,” it was still a bit thin given that most quarterbacks are juniors or seniors, not sophomores. Maybe it’s different on the islands. 

Overall, it was a good episode for tying up a lot of small bits of information and landing flat on one big one. Let's see where the show goes from here.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Martinelli

@Zia - I know he did not mention Malia by name but I think Chin will have some problems at home. You're right, someone needs to have a stable home life and I also think it's about time for Kono to do something with her personal life. She's the only one not having a life outside H50. (Lori does not count.) :)

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@Zia...Don't forget Kono had to go through the same stuff Chin had to go through. Her time off HPD was shorter, but the danger she was put in was greater.

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@Martinelli.....I remember the interviewer asking PLenkov why did he take Chin off the market. PL responded saying that after all the stuff Chin went thru with his Uncle and HPD that they wanted to put him into a good place, but that doesn't mean everything is going to be great. I don't think he mentioned Malia specifically. I guess episode 2.16 when he gets in trouble with the governor is what he meant by that. I hope Chin has a happy home life, someone on the show needs to have a stable home life.

Martinelli

@kelly - Your welcome. @Lena, Zia - I hope I'm not mistaken but Lenkov said Chin's life won't be shiny and bright all along, he's going to have some problems with Malia. Am I right?

Amazingalex

@lena...absolutely no problem. I was wrong. I always thought they were to inform us who was starring in that particular episode. Now i know. Thanks for the correction. :) I just cannot wait to get into the new episodes. It feels like it has been forever...!

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The interview was great. As I said before we all read into things differently, especially when we read them, as opposed to hearing the person say it. It makes a big difference. Although, you can get some differing opinions there also. PLenkov also explained one of my pet peeves, with the re-runs. He said that they know at the beginning of the season when they will be pre-empted and when they will need to put in re-runs. This time of year is where there are a lot of re-runs, and its not because they are behind, its just what the schedule is for shows today. He indicated that he knew this frustrated people and that he hopes people stick with the show. He explained this is why they give out some of the information ahead of time to let people know what's coming up and hopefully they will watch the episode.

Immunity5o

I have listen to the interview Peter Lenkov had with Mike Buck was one hour long really nice the best part for me was round 34 min when Peter said that we would be happy how it go's between Steve and Catherine and it would be put a smile on our face and that they are working it out with Michelle to have her more on the show I jump from my seat of happiness. Is it February 13 yet! wanna see these two lovebirds!!!!

Immunity5o

@amazingalex..Sorry that I have to correct your post to @jeffrey... but the sides you mean are the Press Release which we get for every episode and we indeed know who starts in it. Sides are casting calls which will send to Casting Agency so people can do auditions for it, or if the producers want a special actor for a part like Tom Sizemore then the sides will send to his Agency's and in these sides stays mostly with who they will play the part. That Lori is not in the 2.18 sides means sofar nothing maybe she doesn't have to play a part with a guest star. We have to wait for the press release for 2.18 for we know for sure! Again my apology that I correct your post.

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@martinelli.. thank you.

Amazingalex

@martinelli.....EEEEEEEE!!! I am sooooo happy. It has been tooo long since we saw a shirtless steve, ha ha!! Seriously though I really like katherine with steve. It does sound like they are trying to keep her on. Thank goodness! I think she is such a good actress and so beautiful. I cannot believe she cut her hair though, she had gorgeous hair. @jschoi....yup. You are not the only one. I was seeing red for a minute there. I really need to chill!! :) From what I am reading the interview was actually really good.