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Hawaii Five-0 Review: ...Or Die Trying

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After a strong mid-season return last week, "Olelo Ho'opa'i Make (Death Sentence)" veered all over the place - one moment, impressing with gorgeous fight choreography and action movie-level production values; and the next, presenting the least plausible prison riot that I have ever seen in my TV-watching life.

Throw in some unreleased Jimi Hendrix songs, and, yes, it was a lot to process. But ultimately, it did satisfy... even if there was enough discussion of Spam for it to officially count as a subplot.

Can Chin Escape?

Why did Frank Delano's brother kidnap Chin and stick him in a prison, instead of just taking him out behind the barn and shooting him? I don't know; why do super-villains slowly dip secret agents into enormous vats of acid instead of just taking them out behind the barn and shooting them? Because it looks cooler, and it's more fun!

This episode was Hawaii Five-0 at its action movie-est, and for the most part, I dug it. The hand-to-hand fight choreography was seriously beautiful (Chin's moves in the infirmary especially knocked my socks off), and I enjoyed Kaleo's transformation into a terrifying prison boss. Chin's stabbing was completely unexpected, Sang Min spun some excellent Hawaii 5-0 quotes, and the 5-0's siege of the prison was a gas (I liked that even Kono's SWAT outfit is something that could be described as "beach casual").

I did get stuck on the aforementioned prison riot, though - there seemed to be about ten staff members, all of whom looked like elementary school teachers and none of whom carried guns, in this supermax prison. Who is guarding this place? Paul Blart, Mall Cop?

And were they all on board with falsely imprisoning Chin?

I also got stuck on Sang Min. Call me a naive fool, but I was really feeling for the guy after his Say Anything moment outside his wife's house last week. His handing Chin over to Kaleo felt a little bit out of left field - or maybe I'd just prefer that it was. I thought the Redemption of Sang Min was under the way, turning him into yet another cuddly TV "he's not really a bad guy!" criminal. But Sang Min remains a bit more complicated, and what he's going to do now that he's on the outside and in possession of a police officer's outfit is anyone's guess.

Lindsay Price (who my fellow thirty-somethings may remember as the girl that Steve Sanders got pregnant on original recipe Beverly Hills 90210) did a fine-enough job as Leilani the prison nurse that I hope to see her again. God knows Chin could stand to have a light romantic subplot, after the year he's had.

The police-officer-stuck-inside-a-prison is a classic action trope (Jean-Claude Van Damme's Death Warrant is all that's coming to mind for me right now, because I am a classy individual - but there are many, many others), and it was fun to see the show play with it. I wouldn't mind seeing them run through some other classic action tropes as well, now that you mention it. Can somebody get McGarrett a bus that will explode if it goes under 50 miles an hour, maybe?

What is going on with Sang Min? What do you think is going to happen now that he's escaped? And what's your favorite "cop stuck inside a prison" movie?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.4 / 5.0
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I don't understand watching a show on TV that was made as an action show, knowing that, and then complaining about it being too violent. There are 8pm shows that show just as much if not more violence than H50 ever has. There are other types of shows to watch. The show has a mixture of action, character developement, and humor. That's what it should be. I thought the action was great. I'm not one who looks for TV as reality, so I enjoyed the episode without worrying that it might not actually happen. Loved Sang Min, glad to see him escape to be in a future episode sometime. I'm glad they finally did show Chin dealing with his wife's death, I was starting to worry about that myself. Another episode tonight.

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A superb episode -- this is what happens when you have a superb cast to work with.... Said it from Day 1, this H50 cast is so loaded with talents and I just love how they here and there spotlight one or the other -- Chin was just magnificent and the choregraphy for the fight scenes -- WOW.... So realistic, I was in tears for Chin....And yes, looks like a perfect way to introduce a new lady in Chin's life... Bravo to the writers.... I love your show and how you bring in various episodes to spotlight one on the team -- gives them an opportunity to show everybody what they are made of...
A great great show --- please keep it going for years and years --- I'm in love!

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So people say that this episode had too much violence. How can u expect not to be violent if in that prison were full of thugs, killers and murderers. They could never be softy, they are violent guys with thirst of revenge. Besides most crime procedural shows on TV they have lots of violence as well. What kind of no-violence will people wanted to have on last nite episode? Try to talk to prisoners not to riot and mutiny, if there were hundreds of them inside and the police could not handle all fo them at the same time? Everyone is against violence sure and we all prefer to have a non violent life. But they they are a team who fight crime and crime can be brutal and violent, what else do u expect?

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"Olelo Ho'opa'i Make" deserves more than 3 stars! Granted, everyone has their own ideas as to what makes a great H5-0 episode! For me, it's usually the character-driven story lines. But every so often, we need an adrenalin-filled episode with guns, explosions, helicopters and riots to feed our collective thirst for all things bad a**! The return of SuperSEAL Steve in full, well, SuperSEAL mode, made me nostalgic for Season 1 all over again! Loved Sang Min - may the mullet R.I.P. He'll pop back up again soon, I expect. DDK knocked it out of the ballpark. Kono and Adam are without a doubt the hottest couple on television at the moment - that bubbly bathtub scene? Could it get any hotter? But trouble is certainly on the horizon for those two! Really, Kamekona? Spam breakfast burritos? Ew. Looks to be a great episode tonight with the return of the gov and Danny's custody hearing finally airing! Best thing of all last night was everyone getting to watch the episode together - #H50 Ohana is the bess!

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I hated it. Too much rampant violence -- shooting first? double ugh and yes I know prisons are violent; that's why I prefer my own (nonviolent) life. Ugh. Now I know another way to dis someone. Thanks SO much [meant to be sarcastic]. An extremely implausible twist. Sicko. [More than usual.]
I did like the Sang Min evolution -- it made sense to me for him to double cross Chin to save himself at the crunch. Smart guy. I hope he appears again.
The girl -- sure, why not?

William e bruce

(Cont)over. Warden Grier I could see why he said what he did to keep 5-0 out, but will there be ramifications?
Chin held his own against the bigger Kaleo. Yes in the Laundry room he had help from Sang Min. I knew Chin would help Leilani against the 2 inmates. Kaleo stabbing Chin and Sang Min stopping him and saying use him for leverage was good, and the call would have gotten out the location of Chin. At the end it seems Leilani(BeverlyHills90210) is close to Chin. To soon?
Komekono's Breakfast buritto was fun to see.
Didn't hear at end if guards were ok, or anything, or is Warrick was arrested.
Also Kono being suspicious of Adam can't end well.
Good episode. Wonder if the special showing was scheduled from an earlier time this season that maybe the Sandy Hook incident pre- emted it?

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This was 10 stars all the way!!! From start to finish I was on the edge of my seat. Sang Min didn't turn on Chin he was trying to save them both by his ruse. Sure he escaped but that's what he does and chin knew he didn't turn on him he tried to save him, but sadly only his mullet was left:) Why wouldn't Delano put him in jail, his brother believed he was dirty and he went to jail for being dirty...everyone knows cops don't do well in jail even in real life. Riots are just that riots, mass chaos that doesn't make sense and you have enough jailbird thugs they can over power anyone who is caught off guard. If you remember from season 1 only the tower guards are supposed to be armed to preven the convicts from becoming armed in just such a situation...see I pay attention:)
As for Kono and Adam I am torn, but remember the brother had her gun...who did he kill with it...hmmm. Peter Lenkov did say Chin would be in a dark place and he is delivering people just need to be patient, just like last year when everyone spazzed over poor Lori replacing Kono...patience people, it is a storyline taking shape. Now I see on the boards the same people are crying over Kat, get over it people, Steve needs a soft side and she brings it.

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Wow - another new episode tonight (Monday)~ Thanks, the things I learn from you all!
Yay - great ratings, thanks for posting Walter!!
Yahoo - LOVED seeing ANOTHER Baldwin brother step up to carry on their criminal ways.
Good episode - tons of action, like season 1. Always good to see Sang Min, love that guy, both good and evil. And speaking of good/evil, nice moment with Adam TILL Kono clones his phone. Hmmmm..
See you all tomorrow!

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A question : Why thhis page give this episode a 3 and last week episode who I thought it was not that good it was given almost a 5? For me yesterdya episode was much better than last week and the reviews speak for themselves. Ok there were some fans that say that the prison mutiniy was totally unrealistic and they say how come Chin could not get a hands of some ward keys to escape. For me is that the scene was made that way in order for us to see Chin struggle more for his life and not have it that easy for him to escape. We had to see Chin trying to escape and use any means possible other than to open a door with a key, that way it give more time for the team to plan a way to help him, also. Also Chin did not know the way of the prison, San Ming did know so Chin was helpless there he could act as he was a cop, he just could not do it. About San Ming well you all know he is some kind of antoehr member of H50 to say it in a way, if he escaped is because im sure he will return at some point in the show, otherwise the writers would have killed him already or making him escape could also mean the end of San Ming. But it also could mean he may go back.

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It was to easy for Paul Delano(actor played a same style jerk in Cold case), and associate could get Chin. It was to easy to sneak him in prison to even with the help of dirty guard, C. Warrick. It was nice of Danny and Steve to subdue him. The shrink (DR.Harriette Palmer) surprised me. But it is nice to know he is still in mourning and grief. He should be. I hope it keeps on going. We talked a couple weeks ago about how he seemed happy, and it was kinda quick. I was worried Komekonas Copter would be damaged by the rioters. They used "nice" guns to not kill or maim, but in all that chaos I guess that is why they could get in and back out. Sang Min helping, then turning Chin in was typical. I thought though he would be taken to the Guard shack and one could sneak out a call. But now he snuck out as a guard. Will Kono track him down?
I know Steve and Danny didn't have to interrogate Paul Delano, but it would have been fun to watch.
Dukes smile also made me happy when the team flew over. Warden Grier I could see why he said what he did to keep 5-0 out, but will there be ramifications?
Chin held his own against the bigger Kaleo. Yes in the Laundry room he had help from Sang Min. I knew Chin would help Leilani against the 2 inmates. Kaleo stabbing Chin and Sang Min stopping him and saying use him for leverage was good, and the call would have gotten out the location of Chin. At the end it seems Leilani(BeverlyHills90210) is close to Chin. To soon?
Komekono's Breakfast buritto was fun to see.
Didn't hear at end if guards were ok, or anything, or is Warrick was arrested.
Also Kono being suspicious of Adam can't end well.
Good episode. Wonder if the special showing was scheduled from an earlier time this season that maybe the Sandy Hook incident pre- emted it?

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

The first time we met, you hit me across the face with an ashtray. Now that we're even, you can trust me.

Sang Min [to Chin Ho Kelly]

Chin Ho Kelly: Who put me in here?
Sang Min: Someone who wants you to suffer before you die.

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