It was a real entertainment pleasure to watch how every sentence and picture of this episode was cared for and conducted by Actor Director Alex O’Loughlin.
A pleasure which also caused me pain on a few different levels ….
Before I say anything else about this episode I just want to make one specific mention about Kurt Jones and the great cinematography! He and Alex make a great team to create visual effect and storytelling. (if he would also just spell Alex’s name correctly on his IG posts, that would be great – sorry but I have to mention it because it bothers me (a lot))
- Then also the stunt team, great work (as usual on the show).
- Flow of the episode – great writing and editing. (Every time I had a question, it was answered in a later scene.)
- In this stand alone rogue episode, giving the whole team at least something to do and integrating them in the story – very well done to the writing and directing of that.
- Having real Ex Navy SEAL’s around as friends to portray the operation going down – a great luxury with great professionnel effect! And you can see the real life camaraderie among the 4 of them (Alex, Beulah, Stephen and James). I especially enjoyed the few moments of humour which they provided for the episode.
jonesydop Always amazing working with Navy SEALs. I have so much respect for what they do / did for our country. And to have guys that know how to “Run Guns” is a pleasure to behold as a shooter. I’m proud to have these guys in front of my camera and to call them friends. Mahalo for your service boys. Now let’s hit the range 🤙🏻🤙🏻 #NavySEALs #Devgru #specialoperations #cinematography #cinematographer #DP @murthaskouras
And of course great material written for some stellar performances by Alex and Christine (and everybody else who played a part).
Every time over the years whenever mother and son met, the two of them were nothing but a pleasure to watch.
Thank you for that Christine! You made Doris real.
@HawaiiFive0CBS the remarkable #alexOLoughlin, @HawaiiFiveOCBS The remarkable, dreamy #alexOLoughlin, my favorite TV son, wrote and directed and starred in this killer episode last night on #cbs Now on @cbsAllAccess.
The thought that stuck to my mind after agonizing about the outcome of this episode –
A Television procedural show with fantastic character based story moments from time to time (like we got in this episode), but never any real story arcs that run a course.
Sadly, the timelapses and lack of continuity and building up of the characters for a satisfactory development and storyline (arcs), just does not exist on the show.
With all the beautiful screen capture from the episode, I will just leave you with a few more random thoughts and quotes about Steve and Doris from past and present episodes …..
When exactly did mother Doris McGarrett die? That day twenty eight years ago in Hawaii when she blew up her car and left her husband and children thinking she is dead? Or now in her son’s arms in Mexico?
Steve in 2010: You know, I never would’ve left the island. I never would’ve joined the Navy. Or missed every holiday, every birthday, half of Mary’s life. The day that car exploded, it made me who I am. (Epi 1:13)
If we should ask Steve whether he would rather never have known that she was still alive, or suffering the agony of having her for a while, just to see her leave again and refusing to return.
What would his choice be?
I am not ready to lose her, Junior. I just pray to God my decision to go in there is the right one.
The episode took us on a rollercoaster ride of whether Doris could be trusted or not. And whether she was worthy of love or not?
Although her actions landed him in that situation, she also ended up saving his life twice during the course of a few minutes (even while in the agony of being mortally wounded) and also refusing to reveal who he is to her. We can maybe say that her last action in life was saving her son.
- Just so you know, Shelburne outfitted that sub and Lucia’s Bentley with audio and tracking devices. She stayed on target till the end. She did her job.
I Just wish she realized all she had to do was get on an airplane and come home.
From the minute that woman walked out of my life, the only thing I’ve ever wanted is to have her back in it.
So I don’t know how I feel, but I do know that we don’t get life on our terms, Danny. It’s life on life’s terms or not at all.
What did Alex accomplish with this episode? I guess it is in the eyes of the beholder. And each one of us will see what we want in it, depending on the perspective of where we stand in our own lives.
Was it an easy way out for a character that served no real purpose after her dramatic entrance? Or was it the only real way her torturous story could have ended?
For me there were no real answers to why and how Doris ever existed, like so many things on H50 that we will never know. Her history was that she was there as loving mother for 15 years of Steve’s life …… she “died” ….. she returned as a plot device to explain Wo Fat’s existence and death and Steve’s torture at his hands (twice) …… and then later used in a weird story to celebrate 150 episodes ….. and then what was the purpose of her character from there on?
Earlier this week, somebody here said that Alex most probably wrote this episode out of necessity for his character and his story. Did he really wrap up his mother’s story and give satisfactory closure? Or did he just kill the ghost of Doris past, to prevent her from being just another plot device along the road somewhere when needed?
Steve: I was tortured over Shelburne! I was tortured! Joe, Jenna Kaye paid with her life. I deserve answers. I want answers. I want them right now! (Epi 2:13)
I guess neither Steve nor us will ever get those answers now …. (or did he find it in her diary and just left us guessing?)
Alex in 2016 (Interview for 150th 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.
Song after Doris died:
(Click on the link to listen)
While I was watching it and seeing Doris physically and metaphorically being wrapped up, I felt this desperate need to know the meaning of the words of the moving song ( Gortoz A Ran) by Lisa Gerrard & Denez Prigent also used in the movie “Black Hawk Down” that they were playing during the scene.
Translation of the lyrics:
I’m waitingI was waiting, waiting for a long timeIn the dark shadow of grey towersIn the dark shadow of rain towersYou will see me waiting foreverOne day it will come backOver the seas, over the landsOver the lands, over the seasTo steal me on the trunksIt will come back full of sprayIn the dark shadow of the black towersWill come back the blue windTo breathe my wounded heartI will be pulled away by its blowFar away by its stream to another landI will be pulled away by its breathFar away by its stream, wherever it wantsWherever it wants, far away from this worldBetween the sea and the stars
- I’m Sorry about your mother Commander ……