The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 140

We continue our story from here.

There is nothing majorly wrong with this episode, but there was also nothing really exciting about it. I have watched every one of the Hawaii Five-0 episodes many times. Some because I wanted to, and some because I needed to for posts. This episode is one of those that I will only ever watch again if I need to. It was entertaining to see it once, but that is it. But maybe that is what a TV procedural should be, once-off entertainment and nothing more.

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Things I liked about it.

  • Seeing Toast again. I loved how the character has grown over the seasons even though he has only been in four episodes.
  • I loved to see how Kamekona’s character has grown over the seasons as well. Together with his expanding businesses he has come a long way from being an ex-con turned informant and with each season growing to be really a big part of the show.
  • I also love how they have found real concrete things for Jerry to do. His character could have just been strung along like most of the female characters on the show are, but they have actually really found excellent and clever ways to incorporate him in the show. He actually developed from some sort of a recluse into someone who would go undercover with confidence.

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But all this leaves me with a question. I just wonder where the real growth for the main characters are? Am I too harsh to think that “guest” or part-time characters have grown more than the main group? Of course they have grown since the beginning, but in relation to minor players, has it been good enough?

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Things I did not really care for

  • Taking focus away from the main story with the sideline story of the marooned friends. Don’t get me wrong, I think the boat trip was an interesting idea for something to create some fun. But unfortunately without any connection to the rest of the characters, it just meant nothing to the story overall.
  • As a viewer, I failed to feel any connection with the villain’s motives and methods. There was just something missing in the details of this weeks’ story.

It was very generous of Toast to be so nice to these guys and to take them on a trip to the mainland. What can his motive be? They actually owe him one. Or is he trying to use Steve as his wingman?

For me it is really sad that the writers come up with some interesting ideas for cases and even side stories during every season, but most of the time the stories lack meat around them to really grab me as a viewer. Maybe this show was not meant to grab us, but just entertain us a bit with some mindless short-lived fun ……..


But then of course there is Alex! He grabbed my attention 5 years ago, and has been entertaining me ever since …….

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And that was Steve’s  story for:

Hawaii Five-0 – Episode 6:22

I’ike Ke Ao (For the World to Know)

Written by: David Wolkove

Directed by: Bryan Spicer

To be continued …….



Filed under Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett

5 responses to “The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 140

  1. Brooklyngirl

    It was a good episode – that stalker guy was very creepy. Unless I missed it, was it ever explained why he was so hellbent on making her pay for what she did – was there a connection between him and the victim – son, brother, nephew?? Or was he just a crazy vigilante? They dropped the ball on that aspect of the story line this week. I really like Toast and think he’d make an excellent partner to Jerry!! Hope they bring him back next season! The boat escapade was cute – some lightheartedness after that scary story.

    Regarding your “growth” question, out of all the main characters, Steve has grown the most. He was such a hard ass the 1st season; trusting no one, looking over his shoulder all the time. It took him a while to build the trust and relationships that he now has with them. I know Steve’s the one I’d want watching my six.

    I’ve read comments about how little Danny is in the episodes and how the bromance seems to be dying. I like Danny (especially when he keeps his obnoxiousness to a low roar) and prefer it this way. I enjoy seeing Steve working with the other team members as I do Danny, it’s interesting to see the different dynamics of those relationships come out. Maybe they’re both getting tired of the relentless bickering and are changing things up a bit. More growth??

    Loved the ending! Seeing Steve playing Poopy Penguin and loving it and watching Danny sleep on Jerry’s shoulder was priceless!!


  2. gracenotpark

    This was a so-so ep for me. Some parts were exciting–the opening was attention getting and the take down was briefly adrenalin-filled–and I did enjoy seeing Toast back and now ever so sophisticated…Hee!…but I really didn’t enjoy the 3 amigos unexcellent adventure. It seemed rather cartoonish and also rather ZzzZzz…even Kame fell asleep. And kinda a major fail for me that they gave no motive and no methodology to the major perp…why he vigilantes and how he finds his victims. So that story just felt so disconnected aside from the actual physical drama of it. I too loved McG winning at PoopyPenguin. He’s an adorable cross between a SEAL and a kid in that scene, 😀


  3. Much to my own surprise I did enjoy the Three Stodges turned The Waltons so not stranded. Loved Max’ “Oops” at the end. Yes, they where cartoonish and ridiculous (Ouzo is not flammable folks 😉 )
    The COTW was scary and I loved our multitasking, he’s got the moves McG! And I loved that we saw that this badass, tough, dangerous Navy SEAL is still a big kid in the inside. Outwards he’s a ninja predator, inside he is cuddly.


    • Um, half of my post disappeared..
      >They were cartoonish and ridiculous, but they made me smile.<
      And I've lost all hope to see anything about Steve's storylines anytime soon. Maybe hopefully S7!


  4. Kimphin1

    I completely agree with you FOYeur, the ratio of growth for the minor characters is exponentially greater than that of the major characters. The fact that the minor characters are all quirky comic relief probably has something to do with it.

    The beginning was terrific, I thought – very creepy and suspenseful, sadly it didn’t hold up – in the middle of it I had to ask someone if I missed why or HOW the perp was finding out the info. I’ve long felt that this is a major flaw of the show – these potentially great storylines that they just can’t properly tell.

    Luckily though, Alex << still hotter than the sun!


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