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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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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (179 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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@Breazy........The press release for 2.14 said Nicky Chang was played by Dante Basco.

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@martinelli..This is what I think is gonna happen. I think chin will get into trouble but I think ultimately lori will be fired because she was hired specifically by the governor to keep the team in check. No way any of the four will go so we shall see.

Martinelli

Amazingalex, this is a quote from examiner.com: "There’s a February sweeps episode where Chin nearly triggers an international incident involving a possible radiological weapon – getting in big trouble with the lieutenant governor – all while struggling to think of something special to get his wife for Valentine’s Day. How about just staying out of prison, pal?"

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Can anyone tell me who played the gangster Nicky (the one who had the flamethrower) his voice n face look/sound familiar but I can't place them and I didn't see him listed in the credits

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"2.16 :“I Helu Pu*� – When Five-0 nearly causes an international incident while on a case, Lt. Governor Denning tells them one of the team members will pay for it with their job, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Feb. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(*I Helu Pu is Hawaiian for 'The Reckoning')" Oh,thats sounds interesting. Seems more and more likely that Lori will go. Can't really see any of the main 4 losing their jobs and she was meant to keep them on the straight and narrow.

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I don't like Lori because she's dull and uninteresting and she adds nothing to the show at all. I don't blame it entirely on the writing, its also down to how Lauren played the character. It's up to the actors to bring the character alive. Grace hasn't been given the most stellar of writing but yet I love what she does with what she gets. She was only on screen for a few minutes and I loved her. Same with Alex, their personalities shone through, I don't get anything from Lauren. I think she was just miscast in the role.
Alex had 2 shows cancelled after a year and he had to just go out and find something else. If Lori does go Lauren will have to do the same, its the nature of the business. As others as have said I'm sure Lauren will be fine, she's probably earned more than I earn in 5 years years since she's been on H50.

Amazingalex

2.16 :“I Helu Pu*� – When Five-0 nearly causes an international incident while on a case, Lt. Governor Denning tells them one of the team members will pay for it with their job, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Feb. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(*I Helu Pu is Hawaiian for 'The Reckoning') Courtesy of martinelli's blog.

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Lauren German was vibrant, full of energy in Human Target. I loved her, adore her there. When I heard that she would play the female McGarrett I expected her to impress as she did in Human Target. Lori unfortunately is dull. She isn’t doing anything special. As I’ve previously said I like her physical appearance and therefore I would like her to stay. What I want though is Lori to become more energetic and interesting.

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I suspect it's too late to resurrect the character of Lori, the damage has been done and a lot of fans would never be able to watch her without remembering. Lauren got good reviews for her latest movie, so she clearly does have a forte. I think she was just miscast in this role. She failed to make an impression in the first few episodes when she had a major role (I cite the scene with the Alzheimers mother and the scene in the dive bar as unfortunate examples), and since then she's not been given much to work with dialog- and character-wise - probably not her fault, although if she'd been better-suited to the part she might have made more of it. It can't be much fun for Lauren knowing her character is so unpopular with many fans. I hope that TPTB solve this by letting her move on to something more positive that suits her better, and don't try to flog a dead horse and carry on with the Lori character.

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@Zeo (cont.)...........But, after a couple of episodes an actor looks at what is best and acts accordingly. Lauren did not change until it was too late. The damage has been done, and I do not see them repairing it and changing peoples perception. They blew it, not all LG's fault, but some. She has a voice, if she does not use it she will not last in the industry.