Hawaii Five-0 Review: Marching In

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Kalele: Faith.

Welcome back to Hawaii Five-0, Ed Asner! The veteran actor is not the first to have appearance in the original series and then come on board 30 years later in the same role. However, he is the first one who we actually watched in both universes, as "Kalele" aired a clip from 1975.

Ed Asner on Hawaii Five-0

Beyond the depth that was added by the use of this flashback, Asner's portrayal of August March was very well done. I did not see him double crossing Angela at all. And it was really needed given that I had guessed from the outset that Angela had faked her own kidnapping.

Did anyone else catch the ever-so-slight change they made to the McGarrett lineage from the previous series to now? March said "There was a young officer named McGarrett who transported me to prison, I offered him 100 grand to help me." But in the original episode, McGarrett was a full detective, not a young officer, and Jack Lord was in his 50s at the time.

I'm okay with the change, though, given that Alex O'Loughlin was born in 1976, when Lord was 56 years old. I'm surprised they didn't play the original Steve McGarrett off as his grandfather. Especially given that William Sadler - who portrayed Jack McGarrett, Steve's father - was born in 1950 and it would have fit in the timeline.

Mary hasn't appearance since November - on the episode where they busted Kaleo (Jason Scott Lee) - and  then she turned up here and suddenly they have reason to go see Kaleo? It's either way to coincidental, or the writers need to expand their range when attempting to tie in earlier episodes from this series.

Finally, I have to admit that Captain Fryer has grown on me. Maybe Tom Sizemore has finally settled into the role or maybe I'm softening on him as he grows a little hair. Either way he had one of my favorite Hawaii Five-0 quotes this week.

What did everyone else think of the outing? Are there any other characters/actors from the original series you would like to see turn up?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Peter Lenkov just tweeted "relax, fasten your seat belts, it's gonna be a fun ride." Ohhhhh I think we are in for quite a season ending...I officially cannot wait!


@martinelli....I think it might be Lori, I believe she has 1 more ep left on her contract. As long as it's not one of the core 4 I'm ok, it's bound to happen someday but it's to soon. I don't want to consider the other choice, but it was rumored for various reasons that she was leaving last year. One of those rumors, if it's true, I would be very happy for her.


@Martinelli..I love joe. That would be so sad for steve. He is his second father, can you imagine the emotion if it is joe. ALex is gonna have me crying like a baby. I hope it is not him. But your right it could be, especially since he has another show now. I am already sad.


@Amazingalex - I know who you are referring to but I don't think so. Just remember, Lenkov said the Shelburn case is coming back at the end, so I think Joe did something again. Maybe he's been in Japan and Wo Fat found out and killed him.


@zia..I guess we wont really know till we hear he is back. But I think that sounds like when he would return. the beginning of april. Wow so according to the press release the show ends the season on May14th. Seems that have to get filming pretty soon. Although only 23 episodes so that means they have only three more to film in eight weeks. Pretty doable. @martinelli..It could be joe, that would make me sad. But I think it is someone else.


Breaking news about the finale - H50 goes on a manhunt when one of their own is killed in the line of duty. My guess is that's Joe.


So the Australian clip said Alex would be back for the first part of the crossover, then they are filming that this week. If what I found on spoiler TV is right, then Alex won't be back until they are filming 2.22 the first week of April. Let the rumors begin.


I got this off of spoiler TV. I don't know if this is right or what Amazingalex read. I guess this is the next thing to talk about, when is Alex coming back: Blue Lagoon is scheduled to film on Maui the first week of April … A walk-on role for Brooke Shields‘ original co-star, Christopher Atkins, is in the works …
And that same week should find Alex O’Loughlin back on the set of Hawaii Five-O along with bosom buddy and stand-in Sam Gould, who really knows his way around a film set … He’s the son of actor Elliot Gould. Great news: The show’s been renewed by CBS for a third season … Way to go!


@lena..hugs back!! :)


@jschoi God bless you for having the strength to overcome your problem. I, for one, admire your determination and stamina. Keep up the great work. I'm sure you know just how stupid, cruel and insensitive people are. Please don't let one tactless person ruin your coming onto this forum and sharing your thoughts. Please don't fade into the background, stay here and share with us. Life is a daily struggle for most people regardless of what's happening, or not, in their lives. I'll keep you in my prayers for your continued success. I certainly hope that Alex will take all the time he needs. My hope for him (and you) is complete health and happiness.

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Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

Kono: The airline gave us her cell phone number, but it goes straight to voice mail.
Steve: That makes sense right? If she's been kidnapped.
Danny: You trying to convince us or yourself?
Steve: Maybe a little of both.

You can't own a wave, and while we are on the subject; Spam is not part of any food group that I care to recognize and last but not least, an appetizer should never ever, under any circumstances be referred to as "poo poo."