Last week the filming of Season 10 of #H50 officially started. A few weeks back some scenes where shot in LA and Peter Lenkov confirmed that it was an episode written and directed by Alex O’Loughlin.
From what we have seen so far, it looks like this episode will be broadcast later in the season – not sure yet at which number it will be. On the script it is called Episode 10:01, but that is just because it is the first episode in production for the new season and not because it will be the first one broadcast. Of course we will keep you posted on when it will be.
There’s been a few comments about the episode, but I do not want to spoil too much of that for those who don’t want to know. However there is one spoiler that I want to share, because it kind of ties in with something that Alex said in the past.
From Christine Lahti on Twitter:
From this post by Christine, it looks like she is in Hawaii shooting scenes of Doris for this episode, written and directed by Alex.
- From an interview, nearly 6 years ago:
Franck: So Steve’s mom keep tricking him. How much compassion should and will he have with her?
Alex: This is an interesting question because. I don’t know what they have planned. I haven’t seen any scripts that reflect it, but when they do write something, I am gonna have a part to do with it, because this is an extremely painful topic for this man, or for anyone.
You can’t write something that dramatic, like a woman who faked her own death for 20 years and then coming back and then leave again. You can’t write it haphazardly. You have to be very careful when you write that because ….. I know it is like a cop show and stuff, but if we are talking about things that would affect a human on an emotional level, it could potentially kind of destroy someones trust with women forever. So it’s a tough one. It is something that is just pushed down for now.
This interview was recorded in November 2013, at the press day in LA. You can read the full interview here: Alex with Franck Ragaine from TéléStar
To put the interview into perspective we need to clarify the time frame in which it happened – It was recorded near the beginning of Season 4. Doris left at the end of Season 3 with no real explanation to Steve, and by the time of the interview, it was clear to fans that she was not coming back any time soon.
In fact we heard about her doing stuff behind the scenes for Steve and the team, and we heard about her interaction with WoFat during the years that follow, but we only got to see her again during the rescue mission of WoFat’s father 3 years later. It was a kind of weird stand alone episode, made to celebrate 150 episodes, but it did not really explain anything.
However this is how Alex explained his thoughts about Steve and Doris in that episode:
TVGuide.com: Do we get to see any more of what McGarrett finds in the box from Doris?
Alex: Not to my knowledge. To me, the way that read and played was that it was like Doris said, “Look, I left a diary there of my deepest personal secrets and I want you to read it. I want you to know who I was. I want you to know who I am. I want you to know the things I haven’t been able to tell you, the things you might not know. I want you to have those. I want you to have that piece of my heart.”
So, it felt like a really beautiful movement in the correct direction for this relationship between mother and son. It felt like a great thing of trust from her, and it felt like an olive branch. Like her just saying, “Look, when I say I want to give you transparency, I really mean it. Here’s me showing you that.” So I think that [scene is] a lot more about their relationship and what happened in the relationship between these two than any government secrets or anything.
You can read the full interview here: #AlexOLoughlin : Some more thoughts shared about #H50 Episode 7:07
Even though Alex had these nice thoughts about what happened, it still kind of left us with no real reason to think there is any form of closure to the story.
During the panel at the Paley Fest in March this year, Peter made a comment about Alex writing a script. He mentioned that there were eight pages of dialogue in it, with the focus of it on the characters.
And that brings me back to the heading of this post. Adding thoughts from over the years together, and thinking that maybe Alex got his chance to write some carefully written story about Steve and his mother Doris.
One can only wonder – Will this be wrapping up their story? Will Steve’s trust in women be restored? Will there be any real answers? Or will this all be just another random story of Doris, leaving us with more questions about her motives and doubts about where her loyalties and love lies ……… ?