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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Kapu’

Three possible endings = one certain dud

Posted January 15, 2013 by Myong Choi

After taking a short break for the holiday season, “Hawaii Five-0” returned last night with “Kapu,” featuring not one, or two, but three possible endings. The show left it up to viewers to select the villain out of three potential suspects, sort of like a Mad Libs for TV. Too bad us viewers in Hawaii were left out of the fun due to a concept called time zones. So did this gimmick result in an entertaining episode?

Let’s find out in The Good, The Bad and The Weird.

The Good

  • Frat boy singing “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. Yeah, that’s right, that’s a good thing. I used to listen to this song on repeat when it came out in 1999 and have sung it at karaoke numerous times since. If loving a boy band song is a crime, may Kono take me away right now.
  • The return of my favorite recurring character Sang Min. This guy is so boss. And I loved how they showed his heart by revealing he escaped the feds just so he could see his wife and kid again. Aww…..
  • “Check out those lapels. Tony Montana style” – Sang Min commenting on his new clothes. Sang Min is a “Scarface” fan? I didn’t think it was possible to love this character more.
  • Hey look! That’s Nonstop’s own fashion expert Tyson Joines playing a camera happy college student!
  • This time they brought back a “Lost” actor I liked. Jeff Fahey plays a botanist looking for a medical cure in Niihau.

The Bad

  • Um, Oahu State University? That name doesn’t even make sense. Oahu is not a state.
  • E-Train. What was the reason for including this Jersey Shore reject and even worse, why is he smarter than the 5-0 squad? What are the writers doing to this show?
  • “There are 300 people with key card access to that lab.” – Chin Ho. “Then everyone of them is a suspect.” – McGarrett. Oh, really? Doi! Please stop spelling everything out for us viewers. It’s so insulting.
  • So the producers decided to garner interest by having the viewers select one of three possible generic endings. Hey, how about this for an innovative idea? Just write one good one.

The Weird

  • A hundred shots of beer in 100 minutes? Psh. Child’s play. Come on, I thought college students were supposed to be challenged.
  • Hmm, the suspect is described as a 5-foot-2 woman with brown hair and dark-colored eyes. Good luck. You just described 85 percent of the women on a college campus in Hawaii.



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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