Life around #AlexOLoughlin – a week in review (7 – 16 Feb 2017)

I hope you all are having a great week! And to set us into the mood for what will hopefully be one of the better episodes of the Season of Hawaii Five-0, a look back at the past week and a ½ around Alex. Not much happening, but at least we got some new stuff to post.

As always a big Thank You to those individuals who were so generous to post their pictures during this week.

Life on the Set:

  • From the set this week

safeish   SAFEISH Five-0! Oh the rough life of @denisesanders9481 We recently caught her packing parachutes on the set of Hawaii Five-0 and hanging out with #alexoloughlin and @scott_caan for some skydiving stunts for the show. @hawaii_five0_official #screenactorsguild #dano #hawaii #hawaiistagram #hawaiilife #skydiving #bookemdano #stuntman #pacificskydiving #tandemskydiving #hawaiiantourism #hawaii50 ##hawaii5o

safeish-on-setPeter Lenkov also posted this picture, which would suggest that the two partners will do a tandem jump in an upcoming episode.

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plenkov  This is certain to make you smile… and then some. #h50friday #h50@hawaiifive0cbs

 

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Translated from Japanese: If you go to the Cessna pilot experience at the Honolulu airport encountered Hawaii5-0 shooting. And stevemcgarrett 撮reta Cono photos Pat! -0
  •  On the set of Episode 7:15
Check The Gate – trained studio animals (10 February) Our local doctor and his mules got to play around on last Fridays episode of Hawaii Five-O (ep.715). Joined here by the always accommodating Alex O’Loughlin.
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Fan Photos:

michellem7346   Got to meet #stevemcgarrett on the set of Hawaii 5.0 in the Northshore 😝😁 #luckyday #hawaii50 #tvshowset #myalohatimes

from-michelleThank you Michelle, it is such a great picture

Promos for this week’s episode:

  • Catch the information and discussion about this week’s new episode here:

7.17 Promo Pictures

7.17 Press release

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Alex, Family, Friends & Colleagues:

ajofficial    Jams & Mad Faces with my mate Alex O’Loughlin. This is the guitar he played in #augustrush.

alex-aidenAiden posted this picture below, of them in March 2013. Looks like they both grew up a bit since then. 🙂

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Aiden looks very young here so maybe this picture was not taken 4 years ago, but rather taken when he first appeared on H50 in 2010.


Most ‘interesting’ search for the week:

  • romantic ways to distract a guy from his work
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  • sexiest man alive alex o loughlin
  • is alex o’loughlin a nice guy

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Next Week:

  • I am not sure about where exactly they are with filming, because we rarely get information from the directors these days. And they are also filming a crossover with MacGyver, which I am not sure where it will fit in with the episodes. But according to calculation I would guess they finished up filming Episode 7:20 this week and moved on to 7:21. Hopefully we will get some information about some of it soon. Maybe somebody can help us out to get back on track?

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Enjoy your weekend!

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Sex on legs ……..

Question: What would you consider to be the secret to a successful relationship?
Alex: (Laughs) I was hoping you were going to give me some tips!

OK, look, it’s so cliché, but it’s true: honesty and communication.

And a good sex life.

– Alex O’Loughlin, Women’s Health Magazine, January 2012

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The Steve McGarrett Story – No #159 (Epi 7:16)

Before we start

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I guess different opinions about this Valentine’s episode clearly come from which glasses one is wearing while watching it. By that I mean people being team Lynn, or team Cath, or team McDanno mainly, and what these different groups desperately wanted this episode to be. For myself there are no expectations for Steve’s love life going in any specific direction. And I think relationships and girlfriends on the show, are used and abused by the writers for whatever story they need tell at that time. In other words, not really important stuff for a procedural cop show.

In the end I found this episode more entertaining than what I thought it would. If you just take it as some holiday silliness, there might have been a few giggles and laughs in there ……

Just for some fun I add this question posted by somebody on twitter who I have not seen on #H50 tag before.

I guess the answer was loud and clear here? As it stands now: 94 RT’s for McRoll and 32 Likes for McLynn (And as a truly unbiased viewer in the case of these 2 ships, I did not RT or Like.

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Over the course of this season, Paula and I have been discussing on a number of occasions, that we feel that there is a lot more of Alex in Steve this season than before. It is as if Alex just decided to have some fun as being himself with Steve on occasion. I kind of had the feeling that this was an episode of Steve much closer to Alex than to the Navy SEAL Steve we met in Season 1

The actor adds he is happy to jump out of a plane or roll a car, but he would like a chilled episode every so often. “A vacation episode would be nice,” Alex says, “where all McGarrett does is sit on the beach and gets served mimosas and get his feet rubbed.” – Alex O’Loughlin, TV Week, March 22016

We have read in articles that because of their busy lives,  Alex and Mrs O like to do the staycation thing and that they on occasion book into one of the hotels on the Hawaii for a weekend of fun. And I am sure Alex visits the spas at these hotels on those occasions. Actors are so used to all the make-up and treatments their skin needs for their job. I think Alex is no stranger to all this pampering, and knows a lot about all these beauty treatment and things. You can see he had loads of fun doing this episode, especially filming it just before Christmas break.

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You can also see the fun-loving Alex, channeling his role models as a teen growing up during the 80’s, coming through with that headband during the Yoga class.

Sarah Carter tweeted: ” that look was al Alex 🙂 “

(You will know what I am talking about if you grew up during the Rambo, Karate Kid, Staying Alive, Jane Fonda years)

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My random thoughts with some “wisdom” from the Koala Smartass:

It is as if this episode did not know what it was supposed to be. (And here I am shamelessly stealing some great phrases that I saw all over social media in regards to this episode)

  • Prologue to some bad porn (Those giggling handholding girls with Danny and his cheap glasses on the balcony)
  • A swingers weekend (Adjoining rooms and switching teams – although not sure which way the switching would have gone)
  • Some S & M going wrong (aka ‘safe words‘ not working – Danny was clearly in unbearable pain)
  • Or just the5-0 Shades of Danny Williams
  • The mandatory yearly shipper-baiting episode with a side slap to say they have girlfriends across the table (With Steve stroking Danny’s ear so lovingly)

Koala Smartass:

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  • Crime Of The Week: Lynn and Melissa organising a double valentine’s date/day for their respective lovers.

Koala Smartass: Bazinga!

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  • Question for the week: Is it wise to cast friends as lovers? Can there be good chemistry? It looked like Steve was on holiday with his sister. Actually Steve looked more seductively at his sister Mary in Episode 1:05, than what he ever looked like when looking at Lynn during this episode.

Having said that – Steve and Lynn acting more like brother and sister could mean any of a number of things:

  • The actors as friends feel self-conscious and do not know how to play a couple of lovers.

Koala Smartass: But this can’t really be true, because they managed to look like lovers in previous episodes.

  • Okay then maybe they want to show us that Steve and Lynn is not 100% in this relationship at all. But that could be because of one of a few reasons:
    1. Lynn seems to be more into Melissa
    2. Steve is still too much in love with Cath
    3. Steve is actually really in love with Danny
    4. Steve is just a bad lover and Lynn don’t want to really be lovers with him anymore.

Koala Smartass: Wow! What a mystery and major story arc for the future might the writers be setting up here? #sarcasm Maybe Steve should have attended “The Method” classes?

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  • The character of Lynn, just as with Ellie, had the potential to be a really good addition to the show when she was initially introduced. Working with delinquent children; I really thought that there could be opportunities to work with Five-0 and give her character some meat other than just being in Steve’s bed. I expected their relationship to build and become better and not go backwards as it seems to be at the moment. They have known each other for more than a year now, but Lynn never matured and neither did the relationship. She  just turned into a giggling teenager. Lynn seduction moves and body language reminded me of some insecure teenager trying to be coy. And when she accuses the inquisitive and engaged it the fun Steve when he asked questions, of ruining her Zen, she looks more like someone on some serious drugs, than a pissed off girlfriend?

Koala Smartass: Questions I would like to ask. Was that what the actress was told to do? (Just like the childish attempt at flirtation moves she made when stripping for Steve during the previous Valentines episode) Was that what the writers wanted? Or did the actress and director get it wrong?

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  • Why is a seemingly gay dude trying to teach insecure straight guys “The Method” of how to hook up with girls? That alone should be a clue to these hetero guys that he is a fake. I think Kono could have been kinder and just advised him to get out from the closet rather than to chase unattainable women.

Koala Smartass: Ouch!

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  • I found the people playing the young boy’s parents really bad actors. And they did not even look like they could be his parents at all.

Koala Smartass: I always wonder if that was a casting faux pas, or if the director failed at coaching the unseasoned extra actors on the set. Or maybe the editors just included the wrong clip.

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Things that really went wrong in this episode:

  • NOT seeing Steve in full length, wearing those white pants.

Koala Smartass: Yes, that was a lot a like a lover charging you up for weeks, just to let you down at the climax. (Oops did I say that out loud?)

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  • NOT seeing Steve getting his moves on.

Koala Smartass: Maybe Alex’s back was too sore for bed-action scenes and the stunt guy did not want to do stand-in for all that heavy breathing?

 

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Since the message boards on IMDb will be closing down in the next few days, I thought just to post one person’s perspective about the episode from there here:

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Friday nights show was a disgrace. This queer-baiting has got to stop! Steve had more physical contact with Danny then he had with his date. Asking him if he wanted to switch teams? And what was up with him practically fondeling Danny’s ear!? Adjoining rooms? Facials at the spa? Frisbee into the ocean? Using their “immunity and means” to break into that kids room to get back a non-existent pair of $20 sunglasses? Steve should have bitch slapped that whinny idiot. What, taking a day off from work means you leave your brains at home? And the crime of the week was just absolute nonsense. No wonder they don’t show previews of the upcoming show. What a disappointment.

 

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  • “Life lessons” I thought the episode tried to teach us:
  1. If you want to treat somebody (on Valentines or special days), find what they actually love doing and organise something along that line for them, not what you would like to do. Spoiling them with what they love, is real love.
  2. Surprises that need a lot of organising, rarely end up being great.
  3. Spending loads of money on something while trying to be romantic, does not always guarantee results.

Koala Smartass: Oy, you have gone deeply philosophical again.

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And that was Steve’s  story for:

Hawaii Five-0 – Episode 7:16

Poniu I Ke Aloha (Crazy In Love)

Written by: David Wolkove & Matt Wheeler

Directed by: Jerry Levine

To be continued  …….

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Slide show of screencaps from the episode:

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#H50 7.16 – Steve´s pecs and biceps

Silly episode, but at least we got nice McTreats 😀 A “relaxing” day at the beach, still, we could have used some clips of him sunbathing and surfing. I got a bit carried away with the amount of skin we were treated with. Here´s my take on the epi. Enjoy!

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The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 158 (Epi 7:15)

 

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I have really been struggling to find anything (good or bad) to say about this episode. Other than usual, this time I even kind of looked through what others had to say and complain or comment about, just trying to get something to say or respond to.

And then going through some old posts of ours, I came across these words from Alex, and I agree fully with him. Any story, however dark it might be, needs a mix of humour to make it more human.

There’s a lot of serious stuff that we do in the show. A lot of crime solving, a lot of bad people in it. You’ve got to have humour around the edges, to lighten it up. Otherwise it’s too much, it’s too intense. It’s too, you know….. And I enjoy being part of that too.

– Alex O’Loughlin, Press day interviews for Belgium TV, Sept 2011

But it made me wonder, are they trying to add too much humour? Is it just around the edges or are they trying too hard? Or is the balance just right for this type of show?

At first while watching this episode, I had the feeling of the Hawaii Five-0 from Season 1 and 2. And then BOOM, I realised the two stories are not related and we have this split episode thing from Season 6 again. 😦 And things got distracted and rushed. But regardless of anything I am saying from here on, I actually enjoyed this episode. And I apologize in advance that this post maybe got a little more philosophical and critical than the usual fun. And it looks like in the end I had a lot to say …….

So many of the episodes lately, felt like filler episodes. And once again it felt as if it was just made to fit around the schedules of all the main cast members, rather that just a crime story playing out normally for itself and entertaining us.

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Just some random thoughts while I watched and read ……

  • I have seen many complaints about Grover and the kids and the pancake scene being useless. My question is, was it more useless than many of the other opening scenes on every episode? Don’t we normally have a scene, with nothing related to the actual crime, that introduces it? And some of them are pretty lengthy as well.

Koala Smartass: Question remains, are they always too long and useless, or was it just this time? Would you not rather have something about the team and the ohana being used, than just some random people?

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  • I have said it a few times before, but I think the writers either are too lazy to think how solving the crimes should play out, or they think we are bored with following the story of solving the crimes. For many episodes in the past few seasons it is as if they rush through the stories, leaving us disconnected from it.

Koala Smartass: Think I have said this before, but this is not Columbo you know? And we live in an era of fast food and lack of focus on just one thing. People do not want to concentrate. Who have to  be able to tweet without losing half of the story, you know. You are a bit old-school by asking for substance.

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  • Maybe I am just stupid, but I want to be drawn into the story of these once off characters and care about what happens. I wanted to care about Alana and her love for her dad. Don’t tell me somebody who was sheriff all her life, just suddenly turn that bad. Show us what happened and why she felt that it was her only option to kill the girl to protect her dad. What if there was more to the family? The story could have had so many more layers than just a middle aged woman we lead a good life, but in a moment defends her dad. To her he must have been as a good man, regardless of what he did as a 19-year-old soldier 72 years ago. Did she always know who he really was? Where is the full picture?

Koala Smartass: Maybe you just expect too much?

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  • Over the past 4 seasons since Scott Caan started on a reduced filming schedule, most of the time people complained and say they want to have an explanation given in every episodes of why Danny is not there. Sometimes there were actual things they could use and many times no excuse at all. But then the writers started writing weird excuses as part of the show …. But really this time they really came up with one of the worst excuses ever – Steve leaving Danny to solve Kamekona’s labour dispute, after they just said that it was not their jurisdiction? Well, most of the excuses this season have just been utterly ridiculous. Danny is loading the car, Danny is tired and will go fetch the kids and go home now, Danny went away with Melissa for a quickie after he came back from ‘loading the car’ in Mexico. (Well maybe at least that last one did randomly mentioned the existence of the ever missing girlfriend, Melissa, again)

In my opinion – if Scott is not there, just don’t mention Danny. They do not try to explain why, when any of the other actors or characters are not around or missing during the investigations. Why explain his absence?

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And please, before anybody jump on their high horses and say I hate Scott CaanI don’t. It is his choice and maybe his fans should support him for that.

I also can’t stand it if Alex is not around for a big part of an episode, and we often complain a lot if we do not see much of him in that episode. That is just because we are missing him, because we watch for him. But if Steve’s absence can’t be explained within the flow of the story, I feel they don’t need to bother with some stupid excuse to justify why he is not there. He just is not there ….

Koala Smartass: Yikes, you really have a strong opinion about this, don’t you? Maybe you should have just suggested that the show should have dropped him after Season 3? After all, main cast is main cast and not support cast for random episodes. And fans are invested in characters and want to see and follow the show for the ones they like.

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  • Although distracting and utterly stupid, I kind of liked how they had this whole story with Kamekona and his workers and everybody from Five-0 coming to him for different reasons, and how his daily life goes by as “snitch” for Five-0. It kind of made a connection with the team in the whole split cases episode.

Koala Smartass: Yes, it is great that the characters of the show have a “normal” daily lives and a personal stories. It helps us to know them all as people and connect with them and see how they connect. Just a pity the fringe characters in the show many times have more story of personal lives than the actual main characters like Steve.

  • And the shark fin / big game hunter story – why did we not see arrests for the restaurant owners who sell the soup etc? There were so much more of this story to tell. Definitely important enough issues, that it could have been all on its own as a story.

 

Koala Smartass: Apparently the writers have so many stories they still want to tell, that they have to cram as many as they can into one episode now. #sarcasm

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  • What concrete evidence did they really have to arrest Alana? Was there any physical evidence linking her to the crime? She might have aided  a criminal (her Nazi dad) to get away. And he might be too old to be able to hit somebody to death and get rid of the body, but is that evidence of her guilt? It could have been anyone.

Koala Smartass: This is the story or “Book’em Danno” – how they get there to the booking of the perp and after that actually convicting the person, with a good case that they have built, does not matter. You should know that by now. This is just kick-ass “Five-0” NOT “Law and Order” or “CSI” after all.

  • And is the aging program on a computer really sufficient evidence to arrest somebody for war crimes? I would think more physical evidence and investigation would be necessary for that? Not just the heartbreaking story of an old man who did not even know his persecutor’s real name.

Koala Smartass: Messing with the sentiment in the show again?

  • Oy, for me playing  “What a wonderful world” seemed and felt a bit inappropriate. Nobody won and nothing was wonderful.
    1. A man who was stupid as a teen in the army of a very bad man, did some atrocious things, which his young impressionable mind thought was part of the job – and he should account for that. He tried to do retribution for that for 72 years, but without a proper trial and a conviction and punishment, that will always fail.
    2. His daughter who seemed to have been a law-abiding and general good citizen up until now, paid for her father’s sins, and became a murderer.
    3. And a young woman carried her grandfather’s burden for so many years and went searching for his tormentor. What did she gain by trying to confront or shoot Tomas herself?  Was she any better for trying to be a vigilante and without a trial, kill this man? She, not only lost her own life, but also gained nothing. Would that really have meant anything to her grandfather had he still been alive, that she found this man, just for her to lose her own life over this?
    4. Poor Bill not only lost some of the few friends he had in his very secluded life, but he also had to learn that they were bad people.

Nope show, that is not a wonderful world. No matter what sentiment of justice you want to carry.

Koala Smartass: Society have rules for a reason. Trying to take the law into your own hands is never a good idea. I hope that that was what the show actually tried to say, and not that finding such a war criminal after so many years, at such a high cost, made the world a wonderful place.

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Just as a last thought, I want to mention how much I loved the last scene between Steve and Bill. It was heartbreaking stuff, and Alex and Max Gail played it perfectly. Such a pity that this type of subtle display of great acting (or just being your character), rarely get any praise from the producers, while praise for overacting for playing it large in some obvious scenes by others, are shouted all over social media.

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Just know this Alex, we see you!

And hopefully some producers will soon see you and your dedication to your craft, and cast you in great projects in the near future.

And that was Steve’s  story for:

Hawaii Five-0 – Episode 7:15

Ka Pa’ani Nui (Big Game)

Or maybe it was “Itzhak’s Choice”

Written by: Helen Shang

Directed by: Bryan Spicer

 

To be continued  …….

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