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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Imi Loko Ka `Uhane’

One hour of my life I’ll never get back

Posted April 30, 2013 by Myong Choi

Remember Susan Powter, that practically bald, platinum blonde fitness freak from the ’90s? Remember what she’d yell out whenever she was on TV? “Stop the Insanity!” That’s what I felt like screaming to my TV while watching last night’s new “Hawaii Five-0” episode, “Imi Loko Ka Uhane.” I mean, really, what is up with these gimmick shows this season? Victoria Secret models, Dog the Bounty Hunter, the Mad Libs episode where audiences chose the ending, and now this – a show within a show.

Guest star Aisha Tyler plays talk show host Savannah Walker, who’s somehow allowed to follow the 5-0 team for 24 hours. There is just so much wrong already with this concept. Seriously, this show lost me before the opening credits. And what a shame too because the return of Wo Fat could have made for a much more compelling episode if done right. Instead the writers chose to bring back the primary villain of the last three years in this horrible episode.

Here’s this week’s look at The Good, The Bad and The Weird.

The Good

  • The Kukui High School Fighting Nuts get another mention.
  • Charlie Fong talking up his role on the team to the talk show host. Nice moment to shine for Fong.
  • Yup, that’s it folks.

The Bad

  • Aisha Tyler is so annoying. I don’t know how she continues to get work.
  • So the Governor allowed a talk show to follow his elite crime fighting task force around with cameras? No friggin way. I know “Hawaii Five-0” is just a TV show and the audience is supposed to suspend disbelief a little for the sake of entertainment, but this is just going way too far. This show took the concept of reality, wrapped it up in paper towel, aluminum foil and paper bag, put it in a locked safe 100 feet underground, poured concrete around that safe, then buried it and put a fence with barb wire and electrical shock sensors around the area. That’s how far from reality this show was.
  • How is the 5-0 team ever supposed to go undercover now that their faces have been plastered all over TV? Oh wait, since Aisha Tyler’s the host I doubt many were watching.
  • Savannah asking the 5-0 team why she has to sign a safety waiver. Really? Did you not say yourself that this was the State’s elite crime fighting task force? What did you expect they were going to be doing? Rescuing cats from trees?
  • Yeah, let’s just talk about our most high-profile case about global terrorists in the car in front of the TV camera. There’s no way that would ever compromise a classified investigation.
  • “Lethal Weapon 2” called. It wants its jumping into the pool scene back.
  • Seems like an awful lot of work to steal money plates, bury them in the Koolau mountains and then have to tattoo a map of the site on your body to remember where you left it. I guess a safety deposit box at the bank wouldn’t have done the trick?
  • If I was an audience member at that Savannah Walker talk show taping, I’d be thinking to myself, “This show blows. I wanna see cool celeb guests like Howie Mandel!”

The Weird

  • The Big Bang Theory guys made better use of a 3D printer when they made action figures of themselves.
  • What was with Kono talking in a ditzy blonde manner when interviewed on camera?
  • Why do the 5-0 guys always slide images from their huge tabletop computer screen to the much smaller monitor hanging from the ceiling? Is it just for the sake of the TV viewers because I’d think they’d get a much better view of all the info just looking down.
  • Charlie Fong’s first name is Che? Who knew?

Thankfully, this seemingly endless season without a focus or direction is coming to an end soon. To quote Doctor Sheldon Cooper, “Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season until we were grateful it ended.” I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that.



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  1. UncleBullet
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I changed channels after I got sick of listening/watching the annoying Aisha Tyler for about 10 minutes.  If she was acting, she did a good job of making me hate her.  The writers are going to have to come up with better scripts.

  2. MyongChoi
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

    @UncleBullet I totally agree with you. I didn’t like Tyler at all. She just seems to talk in this condescending manner all the time. The whole concept of the episode was so ridiculous. Like you, I wanted to turn it off but my duty to recap the episode accurately made me stick through til the end. LOL

  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    MC:  You know with all the crap the writers have been putting out, I likened this one to a SNL sketch!  I could not believe they resorted to such silliness for a supposedly “dramatic” show.  The shameless  Kamekona plug, Max’s gushing over Savannah and his cravat in another scene with hair gel was laughable.  I couldn’t wait for the next scene to see what other idiotic stuff they were going to show….this was like watching Dog and Beth… even Animal Control Officers of Texas is better than this…LOL

  4. MyongChoi
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave Same thoughts here AD. The writing is getting more amateurish by the week. Why are we still watching? LOL

  5. Melissa808
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    1. Are you SURE they don’t mean for the show to be campy? Xena, Warrior Princess? No? If you watch it like that kind of a show, then it’s amusing. Sort of. 
    2. I went on the HPD ride-along program as a journalism student and we actually went to an undercover drug bust. Cool stuff for class! I wonder how that same ride would have been if I took it today, with my iPhone? This episode was like an over-the-top version of that, with a lot of exaggerated dialogue. Fun campiness! LOL

  6. MyongChoi
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    @Melissa808 The tone of the show has never been deliberately campy during its 3 season run. I think if audiences are seeing it that way then it’s even more a testament to the ridiculous writing we’ve seen. No, this show has now entered “wanna be serious, actually is farcial” territory.
    And after doing the ride along, I bet you thought to yourself, “I’m gonna start a blog now!” How did that work out by the way? ;)

  7. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 6:42 am

    @MyongChoi MC:  If we don’t watch we can’t throw stones!  Besides, it is your job to be the H50 critic along with Wayne Harada.  LOL  You know a young perspective and an old perspective…wait! you both hate the show’s writers…!  I watch it because “Elementary” is on Thursdays…..

  8. MyongChoi
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

    @Annoddah_Dave I love Elementary! One of my favorite shows!

  9. Posted May 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve always thought that the character of Max was a little over-the-top eccentric, but he never pegged me as the kind of professional that would break all kinds of protocol all to impress his schoolboy crush of a TV host…  That whole scene, starting with him wearing a wireless camera to the crime scene, all the way to him relaying his findings to her in the damn broom closet was beyond ridiculous.
    Of course, the absurdity didn’t end there, but that was about when I wrote the episode off.

  10. Melissa808
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    @MyongChoi I hate you I hate you I hate you!

  11. islandgirlinnc
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Three words: jumped the shark. That’s what my hubby said. I seriously told him that Aisha Tyler is the worst actress I had ever seen. She was horrible on her supposed talk show. Just the way she was narrating to her audience was making me gag. Also, I cannot believe they would put a major storyline like Wo Fat in this episode. If it wasn’t for the fact that I live in SC and miss seeing Hawaii, I would stop watching the show altogether.

  12. MyongChoi
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

    @WERUreo I can tolerate Max’s character as long as they don’t get too silly with him. Masi Oka isn’t a strong actor and his deficiencies are exposed even more when forced to stretch with the silly side gags they’ve given him such as dressing him up in costume several times in Season 2. I think he was at his best playing modest and shy when he had that bank teller girlfriend that one episode.

  13. MyongChoi
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    @islandgirlinnc Yeah, Tyler was absolutely horrible. Like I said in my post, I don’t know how she continues to get work. And yeah, Wo Fat, as stretched out as his storyline is at this point, deserved better than that.

  14. Terrysagirl
    Posted May 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    This show jumps the shark every week, so I no longer expect otherwise..  I think Melissa808 is correct – the show has given itself over to camp and we either go with it or hate it. Or both. :(    
    You’re right that much of this episode was unbelievable but as it seems to be the direction the show is heading, I’m starting to just shrug it off.  Like Savannah telling her audience she was going to be riding along with the elite task force and but then was surprised they didn’t deal with petty criminals like shoplifters. Say, what?  Oh, well.  This is the new Five-0, I guess  One thing I have to mention though, you ask how will the Five-0 team go undercover now?  They haven’t really done that for a while now.  They stood up with the governor in front of TV cameras last year, plus being a high profile team on a small island?  They can’t really go undercover.   Or maybe a fake mustache will work.  As far as having a camera crew go along on an operation, that’s been done in real life more than once. As a matter of fact, wasn’t a television show cancelled after it was sued for showing people who hadn’t been convicted of crimes? And that was real life.
    And given that Aisha Tyler was supposed to be an annoying talk show host, I think she did a pretty good job.

  15. MyongChoi
    Posted May 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    @Terrysagirl You and Melissa could very well be right that the show has given itselfmover to camp. Ifnthat is indeed the case, it’s really sad.
    I still don’t think Tyler’s talk show host was supposed to be annoying though. I think it was just her personality coming through.

  16. Posted May 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Aww, no recap for last week’s episode?

  17. MyongChoi
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    @WERUreo So sorry but I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. But thanks for reading. I know that I’ve been slacking a little this season but I promise a recap for the last 2 eps. Please keep reading!

  18. Posted May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

    @MyongChoi no biggie. I was just curious what you thought of it. It wasn’t quite as campy as the one before it. Totally understand getting behind watching the episodes, though, based on the quality we’ve seen this season.

About Myong Choi

Born in Korea but a Hawaii resident since the age of 1, Myong Choi is a diligent engineer by day and an enthusiastic fun seeker by night. His appreciation for film started with watching bloody and violent Shaw Brothers kung fu films at Empress Theatre at age 5. When not catching up on the latest or greatest films he’s following K-pop trends, outside hiking or playing basketball, or inside enjoying an ice cold beer with friends.

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