The famous arguments between Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and partner Danny Williams (Scott Caan) started off the Season 5 opener of “Hawaii Five-0” on Friday. At least that was one positive spot in a ridiculous and unrealistic season premiere. The stunning scenery at the top of Diamond Head was spectacular. The rest of the story borderlines on the brink of an infamous TV idiom known as “jump the shark.”
This is certainly not the first time “Hawaii Five-0” has gone all guns blazing in an action-packed, non-stop premiere utilizing CGI. In Season 3 Wo Fat, McGarrett’s nemesis, made an outlandish escape in a car caravan, and then dropped underwater, that was something from “Transformers.” The only difference being that scene wasn’t constantly carried throughout like in Season 5’s first night.
In the episode of “Aʻohe Kahi e Peʻe Ai” (“Nowhere to Hide”) a military drone is on a rampage throughout Oahu, first killing a young couple where the guy was going to propose to his soon-to-be fiancé. It never happens. Next this roaming CGI drone visits Queen’s Surf Beach where a crowd gathers, then open fires on the assembly. Only a handful of beachgoers die, thankfully a low number in fatalities, yet the injured victims, the ones they quickly scanned over, were reminiscent of really bad crisis actors.
After that incident the island is under martial law. Everyone must stay put in their hotel rooms and homes. Now Waikiki and the rest of Honolulu are literally desolate. That’s truly an unrealistic scenario to pull off as being believable if ever there was one. It gets even more outrageous. Mr. Conspiracy Theory, a.k.a. Jerry Ortega, is now a part of the main cast this season. Jerry has figured out a way to take out the drone. There’s only one catch, they need the Five-0 Task Force as bait.
This is where it gets into plain silliness. Jerry acts like a grown kid playing a video game taking down the drone. During the chase scene the drone is firing upon Danny’s vehicle. In the real world the car would be totaled completely and so would the passengers. That’s not all…a private jet lands on a street to pick up the drone’s mastermind. When it crashes no buildings or other structures are even damaged.
The last scenes did set the viewer’s up for some interesting storylines in future episodes. Alot of changes went on in the latter half of Season 4. It almost seems like a different vibe has been added to the show. Has the Hawaiian crime drama on CBS finally reached its pinnacle at the start of a fifth season? Only time will tell.