We continue our story from here
Earlier this year after this episode was first broadcast, I already wrote my feelings about it. This episode is mostly about Steve’s horrific time in Afghanistan and his story can’t really be separated from the events of it. This is the link if you are interested to read it:
The story in short: Cath gets a call from a family in Afghanistan, who helped her in the past when she was injured. Their son got kidnapped by the Taliban. She decides to go there and help them to find the boy. Steve travels with her and in the attempt to free some kids, Steve gets caught.
(I feel the need to add something here, that I also said in my review earlier. I have seen so many people saying that Cath let Steve be captured and left him there, when she could have taken on the two men who captured him and saved him. But any attempt from her to shoot at them, could also have killed Steve. You do not shoot in the direction of captors, if you are not sure that you won’t also hit the person they caught. She was on foot and far away from them. I guess they think she should have run after them – to where beats me every time) In my eyes, they were actually stupid not to attack her. She was vulnerable, alone and with the kids to protect……. )
Cath calls Danny for help and the military launches a rescue operation and save Steve’s life, just as he was being set up to be beheaded. With it a dangerous terrorist who was presumed dead, gets killed with his men.
Although Cath saved a number of children, the boy (Najib), who she wanted to save, was not with them.
I think it must be a very traumatic experience for anybody to survive what Steve did. No matter how good your training was, something like this must rip at the very core of a person’s being……….. And I think even acting it, must be a disturbing experience
After being rescued, Steve has to accept the fact that he can no longer help Cath to find the boy and needs to return back home.
Cath phones, and says that she is okay. She wants to and needs to stay there to try and find the boy…… And Steve does not have any other option, but to accept her wishes.
Unfortunately Steve’s story is closely related to this episode. With it effectively came the departure of his longtime lover and colleague. Because of the sad circumstances surrounding this development in the story, I personally would have liked to see a more clearcut ending to it. And nothing is more clearcut and final, than killing off a character. It might have been hard for Steve, but maybe not as cruel as waiting for someone you love. And maybe less cruel towards the fans of Cath and the Steve/Cath romance, by making them believe that there is still hope for it to continue further down the line…
Many question the fact that Steve is not trying to help Cath and bring her back. But he was told in so many words by the CIA and the Military that any attempt like that, will have dire consequences for him. And trying to get others to help her, will be against her wishes and would actually maybe put her life in more danger. Not to mention that knowledge of that will also have severe consequences for her and her relationship with the military.
It is actually refreshing to see that Steve, as a man, can respect Cath’s needs and her decision well enough, to let her do her thing. He did not leave a colleague behind on the battlefield. He is just granting her, her wishes. This is how I feel what an attempt from him to “save” her, would look like 🙂
I have always seen Steve as a man who respects the abilities of the woman in his life, and it seems I was right……..
This was our tribute to Steve’s lover and friend ……Aloha, Cath…..
And this was Steve’s Story for:
– Hawaii Five-0: Episode 421 –
Makani ‘olu a holo malie
(Fair Winds and Following Seas)
Story by: Peter M. Lenkov & Ken Solarz & Eric Guggenheim
Teleplay by: Eric Guggenheim
Directed by: Jeffrey Hunt
(2 May 2014)
To be continued here