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Ma Ke Kahakai

I know I've been kind of absent on LJ lately, mostly because work is eating my face, but in the little free time I've had in the last 6 weeks I've fallen hard for Hawaii Five-O.

It's fun to see the fandom exploding over the epic love story of Danny and Steve, and while I certainly enjoy that aspect of the show, I'm actually in it more for Kono and Chin, so I loved that they both had significant plotlines last night.

Basically every time Kono cries, I cry, so I loved all her emotional scenes last night: having to break the news about his father's death to Ando James Kyson-Lee; her reaction when the little boy gave her the special knot that had been passed down from grandfather to father to son; and especially her reactions to all the family stuff, finding out why Chin had kept silent about who really stole the money. I love how fiercely protective she is of him, and how much she wants his reputation to be cleared, even though he himself is at peace with it.

And Chin! God, someone stoically taking the fall for someone they love is one of my absolute bulletproof kinks, so that whole storyline just completely blew me away. And the fact that not only did he take the fall for his uncle even though it meant being shunned by his whole family, but also that he had to visit his auntie secretly that whole time--*sobs*. The fact that making a sacrifice for his family alienated him from his whole family just really kills me dead. (I almost couldn't watch that scene where he walks into his aunt's house and all conversation stops, I had such a sympathetic shame reaction). I really, really wish there was more fic about Chin in this fandom, exploring his motives and choices, and I hope this episode prompts more of it. Especially because it's clear that the way he made peace with his choices was by adopting 5-0 as a surrogate family. And the parallels between his uncle stealing the money to save his aunt and Steve and Kono stealing the money to save him are interesting ones, especially since ultimately the black-market kidney didn't save his aunt. I wonder if that's foreshadowing something about the end of the season?

Of course I also enjoyed the Steve/Danny shenanigans, though mostly they made me laugh. It completely cracks me up, for example, that Steve doesn't seem to be able to relax and enjoy nature without immediately tying everything to the Wo Fat plot. (It reminded me, in fact, of the episode where he goes spearfishing with Chin). I also laughed like a hyena when Steve ended up splinting his own arm and then investigating the murder while he was waiting for Danny, because SERIOUSLY? I mean, there's tough navy SEAL BAMFing, and then there's just being a hilarious over-the-top parody of BAMFness, and for me this fell into the second category. Especially because the dude got HIT IN THE FACE with a seriously big rock, and didn't seem to even be bruised, much less concussed--and apparently a broken arm doesn't prevent him from (a) rock climbing or (b) throwing down with a suspect, even if it does (hilariously) prevent him from having to investigate fish.

(And can I say, btw, that I now want Rachel Ray* or Sandra Lee* to show up as bad guys, as long as they're running through the entire Food Network cast? I did adore Masaharu Morimoto singing karaoke, though).

This episode did leave me with a few questions, besides the one about whether Steve's head is just so hard that rocks can't affect it. To wit:

1. Were Danny and Steve taking a personal day for their date hike, or are Kono and Chin just workaholics who hang around headquarters on the weekends?

2. What else does Steve carry in that magical pack besides rope, duct tape (and presumably climbing shoes)?

3. Is the black market Chinese kidney going to end up being traced back to Wo Fat, somehow? (My guess is yes).

4. Is there some reason why they didn't show us Steve and Danny's wedding? (I mean, seriously--how else can you interpret the "I heart you" and Danny being completely incensed at that waitress hitting on Steve)?

5. Why does Kamekona always, always make me laugh? (Ok, I actually know this--he's like the Hawaiian version of my brother J., down to the shaved head and sense of humor). My real question, though, is when did Kamekona become an official member of 5-0, since he's clearly now accompanying them to office outings.

[Warning: irrational hatred alert] *Edited to explain: These two in particular so Steve or Danny could SHOOT THEM IN THE FACE. That would be very satisfying.[/Irrational hatred]

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ghostrunner7
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
There was a freak rainstorm during Steve and Danny's wedding. None of the pictures came out well so they can't show them to us.
norwich36
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! I like this theory.
starry_dawn
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
HEE. I'm so glad more people are watching this show, because it's the best one to have come out of the fall season. It's just unfailingly charming, and always interesting (plot-wise), so there's never a dull moment. I particularly like the character dynamics, and I wish we got to see more of that. Oh, well... that's what S2 is for, right? ;)

ITA about being in it for Kono and Chin, although Steve and Danny are hilarious to watch. I think the "I heart you" moment must have been improvised by Scott Caan, because there's really no way they would've written something that cheesy in, right? I also think that last scene was a way of making up to the fans for not having any hospital bedside moments, heh. (I kind of love how they subverted that whole thing by having Danny be completely apathetic about Steve getting his head hit by a rock, breaking his arm and almost falling off a damn cliff. Whatever!) The fish scene was fabulous, though, especially because Steve called Danno "babe", and I have no idea again whether it was scripted or improvised by the actors.

I love how fiercely protective she is of him, and how much she wants his reputation to be cleared, even though he himself is at peace with it.

Grace Park does emotional really, really well... I wonder why they don't give her more of that stuff. That entire car scene was moving, and I love that they're writing Kono as someone who is so personally affected by someone else's trauma, even if that person is close family. You don't see that kind of family bond often these days. I hope their relationship is explored more (assuming neither dies by the end of the season), and we get to see Kono try and fix his relationship with that long-lost girlfriend, too.

This episode did leave me with a few questions, besides the one about whether Steve's head is just so hard that rocks can't affect it.

LOL. What with Alex o' Loughlin constantly being chastised by fandom for his "wooden" acting, this made me crack up.
norwich36
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
I particularly like the character dynamics, and I wish we got to see more of that.

Yeah, definitely. I go back and forth on the plots--sometimes I'm interested in the crimes, sometimes I'm really not. I'm still catching up on back episodes, and some of the ones early in the season frustrate me because big plot complications could have often been solved if someone picked up the telephone, or called HPD for backup, or something. I definitely get more into the plots when they focus on the core characters.

I think the "I heart you" moment must have been improvised by Scott Caan, because there's really no way they would've written something that cheesy in, right?

I think DDK tweeted that many of Steve & Danny's lines are improvised, and I can certainly believe it.

The fish scene was fabulous, though, especially because Steve called Danno "babe", and I have no idea again whether it was scripted or improvised by the actors.

I like the idea of Steve picking up Danny's verbal tics, whether that is scripted or not.

I love that they're writing Kono as someone who is so personally affected by someone else's trauma, even if that person is close family. You don't see that kind of family bond often these days. I hope their relationship is explored more (assuming neither dies by the end of the season), and we get to see Kono try and fix his relationship with that long-lost girlfriend, too.

Ok, I have seen the spoiler that there is going to be a death before the end of the season, but if they kill Kono or Chin, I am giving up on the show. (I really doubt they will, though. My bets are Step-Steve or whathername, the CIA operative they introduced a few episodes back). And yeah, I definitely want to see this relationship explored more. Generally I love how much this show focuses on different kinds of family relationships, not just among the core 5-0 members but even in the victims and criminals we see every week--that's one of the most compelling things about the show, as far as I'm concerned.

What with Alex o' Loughlin constantly being chastised by fandom for his "wooden" acting, this made me crack up.

HEE! I don't necessarily think he's wooden (he's far better in this role than he was on Moonlight), but I do have to say it was the fic rather than the show that first made me love Steve.
starry_dawn
Apr. 13th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm still catching up on back episodes, and some of the ones early in the season frustrate me because big plot complications could have often been solved if someone picked up the telephone, or called HPD for backup, or something.

Haha, yeah. I'm constantly yelling at the H5O team to NOT announce their arrival to a criminal when they're at a distance at which the criminal can run away. What's wrong with a little sneaking up action, huh?

I think DDK tweeted that many of Steve & Danny's lines are improvised, and I can certainly believe it.

I went and read his live tweets from yesterday! Too funny, especially the one about how they have to roll their bodies all over the fancy H5O table if they want to tweet from it. ;)

I like the idea of Steve picking up Danny's verbal tics, whether that is scripted or not.

Me too! I also enjoy laughing over the fans who got all excited when Danny first called Steve "babe", that is, until he proceeded to call EVERYONE ELSE (including the crooks of the week) the exact same thing. LOL FOREVER. But it's definitely fun to watch the characters pick up each others' habits.

Ok, I have seen the spoiler that there is going to be a death before the end of the season, but if they kill Kono or Chin, I am giving up on the show.

Same. To be honest, I don't see the show working without any one of its four leads.

My bets are Step-Steve or whathername, the CIA operative they introduced a few episodes back.

There seem to be lots of hints that the Governor will bite it (and it will certainly be impactful for the show, because H5O completely depends on her), but the CIA op seems likely as well, especially if it turns out she's a mole or something. Who's Step-Steve?

HEE! I don't necessarily think he's wooden (he's far better in this role than he was on Moonlight), but I do have to say it was the fic rather than the show that first made me love Steve.

I think he's a pretty decent actor, and feel like it's just another case of the fun, wisecracking character overshadowing the "normal" one. Something similar happened with Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley on TVD as well, that is, until they gave Stefan some really juicy plotlines that gave Paul a chance to really show off his talent. I think AoL has a lot of range, but just doesn't get to showcase it as much with Steve. He's a perfect fit for the character and the show, though, so I'm pretty pleased with him as the lead.

Side note: Are you still keeping up with TVD? I haven't seen you post anything about the show in a while now.

Edited at 2011-04-13 01:57 am (UTC)
norwich36
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Oops, not Step-Steve (hah, I've been reading too much fic) but Step -Stan, that is, Grace's stepdad. Because I think they seem to be moving in a Danny/Rachel reconciliation way.

But probably more likely is Jenna (the CIA agent, I actually looked up her name) or maybe Kamekona? I don't see how it could be the governor, though--5-0 wouldn't exist without her support, I don't think? Unless the big cliffhanger is going to be whether 5-0 continues to exist or not.

And yeah, I do think AOL can act, it's just his character who's supposed to be a little closed off.

I'm still watching TVD, but I think we mostly tend to like different characters, so I haven't been commenting on your reviews (no squee-harshing coming from this direction!), and I haven't been really in review mode for a while. Though I'm terrified about who that show might kill off--I can't think of any death that wouldn't break my heart, and I don't think anyone is truly safe except Damon, Stefan and Elena.

starry_dawn
Apr. 14th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Hmm, I could see them killing off Step-Stan, but I don't think anything much would come from it. We've only seen him once, and he's really not made enough of an impression to make for an impactful death. Maybe for Danny, but definitely not for the rest of the team. And I definitely don't see them offing Kamekona! He's the comic relief! I don't think the show's going to be killing off a comic relief character until at least S3. That's too much tragedy for the first season. ;)

I don't see how it could be the governor, though--5-0 wouldn't exist without her support, I don't think? Unless the big cliffhanger is going to be whether 5-0 continues to exist or not.

Yup, that's what I was thinking. And they could get a new governor for next season, someone who would be more of an antagonist. It would give them something for a season-long arc.

I'm still watching TVD, but I think we mostly tend to like different characters, so I haven't been commenting on your reviews (no squee-harshing coming from this direction!), and I haven't been really in review mode for a while.

Really? Who do you like? Tell me, I wanna know! :) And really, I don't mind squee-harshing as long as it comes from people whose opinions I value, and you're definitely one of them. :)

Though I'm terrified about who that show might kill off--I can't think of any death that wouldn't break my heart, and I don't think anyone is truly safe except Damon, Stefan and Elena.

We're 100% agreed on this, though. I'm not even thinking of who's gonna be dead by season end, because it's just a terrible thought to think of continuing on without any of the main characters right now.
norwich36
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Well, I'm a big Damon fan, and an off-and-on Damon/Elena shipper, so I think that would probably be a source of disagreement. (Though I'm also a big Damon/Alaric person--part of the reason I go back and forth on Damon/Elena). But I pretty much like all the characters on the show, with the possible exceptions of Tyler.
lijucity
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
I hope you will keep updating your content constantly as you have one dedicated reader here.

norwich36
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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