‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Kapu’

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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.

 

6 comments
islandgirlinnc
islandgirlinnc

My husband and I finally watched this episode. When they were discussing the girl at the 5-0 headquarters and showing her IDs on the computer screen. McGarrett confirmed she was 5' 2" when looking at her HDL. In actuality, the HDL showed her height was 5' 4" as my husband pointed out. Oops!

jmecky216
jmecky216

I have a problem with your criticism of O'ahu State University. Many other universities follow the format of (Blank) State University without the (Blank)  actually being the name of the state. For example, Ball State, Jacksonville State, Evergreen State,  Kent State, Wright State, Chicago State, and Boise State. Overall, I do agree that the episode sucked, though.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  This one was pretty weak even with the "chose your villain" schtick.  I liked the idea of Niihau as a location, although I never been there so.  I assume that the aerials are that of the island.  However, my impression was that it was relatively dry.  Maybe need to google map it with satellite view.  Sang Min is pretty good, although the dialog alludes to his wanting to connect with his ex-wife.  If it were me, I would have had him wanting to connect with his son more....as this would parallel with the botanist seeking a cure for his son.  It makes for a moralistic theme of parent willing to do anything for their child.  Noticed that the extinct plant was of the hibiscus genus...heck there are tons of hibiscus species throughout the world and cloning would have been easier than going to Niihau!  LOL!  We get to see Kamekona as the taste tester for the room service shrimp....what a waste of film time when they could have showed how Sang Min overpowered the two guys to escape the hotel confinement.  Notice no uniform officers.  Very little if any "bromance" stuff.  How come no Masi?  He usually has ghoulish humor lines for the acid bath victim.  According to the website the "Boss" scenario won the East Coast and the "Student" scenario won the West Coast in the voting for the ending.  What was weird for me was how dressed up Sang Min's ex-wife, kid, and boyfriend(?) were eating dinner at home.  Who does that in Hawaii unless you are entertaining the Sultan of Brunei?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @islandgirlinnc Haha, whenever they show the graphics on their magic computer at HQ I usually freeze frame the screen to see if there are any easter eggs or intersting names in the text, but I missed that one! Good catch!

 

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @jmecky216 Hmm...you're right. When I was writing my recap last night I was thinking of the more prominent schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Washington State, et al. I forgot about all the smaller schools with "State" in the name.  Thanks for pointing that out.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_Dave Good thought on Sang Min wanting to see his son instead of his wife. That's the kind of simple change that can be made to the script to tie things together better. And yeah, there was absolutely no need for Kamekona to be in that scene except that he hasn't been in the last few episodes IIRC so they just put him in there.