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Also... the ending has McGarrett scaring Mantalban, pretending the Japanese cops are "bushido" to scare a confession out of him.

I seriously doubt that would hold up in court. Cops can generally lie to suspects, but this was more than a lie in that they put Montalban under threat of duress. Confession tossed, although they could still prove by other evidence that he had Mary Travers killed.


Added: May 06 2018 09:38:27 PM
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Samarai...

While I greatly enjoyed the episode -- Montalban was great in pretty much any 70s guest spot, including Columbo -- there's a silly element of the opening act. We see "the bushido" taking a shot at Mantalban as he's arriving in court.... with everyone pausing as the shots were fired and then just going about their business 3 seconds later. Had this happened IRL (in real life) court would have been canceled, etc.


Added: May 06 2018 09:32:08 PM
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Ray-Good points on Death Is A Company Policy. I think something that interests me is the part where Chris is looking at the pictures again. He's watching the computer flick through and stops on Runny's girl. Then, he stares at it and later leaves. It's tough to understand. Manoa stated she was already knocked off but Chris goes to the protection area and sees what he thinks is her. Then, did McGarrett have 1 of the young police women pretend to be her? Did he realize going back to HFO computer that they were different women? That he was tricked? Can never understand that part. There's plenty to like about Death Is A Company Policy. I probably enjoyed how the writers write the scene where the letter from beyond the grave states the 3 ways to nail Manoa. Each incrimimating item was eliminated or destroyed. I also agree the implications were not good for the DA or Five-0. One had to be the leak. Good idea investigating each other. Fair to do. Bryce Halsey doesn't waste time. Chris and Manoa were quickly liquidated. This episode was ahead of its time. JC

Added: May 06 2018 05:36:38 PM
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Friday night's show (S08E23) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#23


Added: May 06 2018 05:30:05 PM
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Death is a Company Policy:

I kind of started enjoying the various renditions of Eureka! with that bizarre super computer they were working with. Over and over again we see one of the teams (and at the end just Chris Lahani) sit down and look at pages and pages of documents wizzing by. (How they were supposed to be studying these pages with the pages flashing by so fast is beyond me.) So we'd hear a "click... click.... click... click..." as the computer is running through the pages, and then ultimately someone's like "Hold it! Go back to that document that just flashed by for three microseconds!" So funny.

But I did quite enjoy the episode. George Chakiris was great in the role. It's too bad he couldn't actually be a real Five-0 member. He'd have done well.


Added: May 06 2018 10:29:14 AM
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V for Vashon: The Father

Couple of things about this episode:

Rose Nylund's boyfriend secures an Australian hitman, Don Knight, to take out McGarrett. Knight arrives and starts tracking McGarrett. What is hilarious about this is that McGarrett is being so careful, looking around when he comes out of places, taking the second cab not the first, etc. AND YET EACH TIME KNIGHT IS SITTING RIGHT THERE. We see this a lot in the series, where someone is being careful to look around to make sure he's not being tailed, and almost inevitably the person tailing him is in plain sight. (It happens again in Death Wish on Tantalous Mountain when Diana Muldare is exchanging the envelope with Frank Brill, and she's looking around, and yet Ben/Chin are standing right above her.)

Then we have McGarrett who basically figures out Knight's scheme in no time flat. And they learn that Knight has booked a room across the street from McGarrett's office. McGarrett's comment, immediately after learning this? "See? Vashon buys the best." Er, "the best"? You just figured out his plan in about eight minutes.


Added: May 06 2018 10:24:07 AM
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Indeed, John. Yesterday (May 4th) exactly 40 years ago was the sad day when our man Chin Ho was killed and his body dumped on the Iolani Palace steps. "A Death in the Family" is definitely a season 10 highlight! Reni Santoni (Dirty Harry's first partner Chico Gonzalez) as Jimmy Rego was a punk you loved to hate and gave McGarrett the opportunity to utter the legendary line "Don't you EVER call me cop, the name is McGARRETT and the title is MISTER!"

Right oooooon!!! :!cool:


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Ray - one reboot that I liked (granted it was a trilogy of films) was Star Trek. They captured the spirit of the original and yet gave the new cast enough leeway to make it their own. I am biased, I like the new cast. There are enough elements for me to believe it to be Trek.

But you are correct, there have been some clunkers of reboots and it's too bad because they all had potential to be something better.


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It's the 40 year anniversary of Chin Ho's untimely death in A Death In The Family. That Rego was an interesting villain but he should not have killed Chin Ho. He became a loose end for Pahoa and McGarrett wanted him for murder. I've watched it several times over the years. There are a few flaws in the episode although I would give it a positive review. Maybe, they could have had a secret button or gizmo for Chin to press if he was in trouble. Maybe, Chin Ho should have delayed meeting this mysterious man. Made some kind of excuse until the police would have been in position. A sad ending for Chin after 10 seasons. I liked watching Suzy as an amateur detective finding Rego's gun for example. What did you Classic HFO forum regulars like and dislike about A Death In The Family?

Added: May 05 2018 03:18:47 PM
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On the reboot of Magnum PI..... I want to be excited about it but has there been a single reboot of a 70s or 80s action show that has actually been good? The new Five-0 is beyond terrible. Knight Rider was bad. MacGyver was/is horrid.

Even the reboots that have been movies have been bad: e.g., Charlie's Angels; CHiPS; Starsky & Hutch; Miami Vice. The first problem is that most of the reboots aren't even serious action films; they tend to turn into bad comedies.


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Ringfire-I enjoyed Clash Of Shadows. It's a pretty good episode Season 12. Mr. Mike didn't enjoy it but I thought it was good. I liked that fire in the building and Kimo was looking through the charred tenants for clues. The episode was before it's time. There appears to be an upswing on these kinds of groups. The ending was cumbersome. It's a shame because I had to take at least 1 star off. Bochner is 1 of my FAV actors. Interesting episode. JC

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Continuing with season 12...

CLASH OF SHADOWS

Not a bad episode but maybe I'm just a sucker for Nazi-themed stories (although this one isn't nearly as good as season 11's "A Distant Thunder";). It was good to see Albert Paulsen for the fourth and final time on this show (he was such a fine character actor) playing the Nazi war criminal. He was pretty good but admittedly his German accent was pretty comical - basically pronouncing every "r" sound as a "w" sound (so "rather remote" became "wather wemote" :D ). Reminded me of some cartoon character LOL! It was also interesting seeing Lloyd Bochner again, after seeing him just a few episodes earlier, playing an aged and white-bearded Israeli (or should I say "Iswaeli" LOL) ambassador. It was basically just a cameo. We only see him in 2 brief scenes on the phone with McGarrett.

Another treat was seeing the Anderson Estate (the MAGNUM PI estate) as the hideout of Paulsen's Nazi war criminal. I believe it's featured again in the finale "Woe to Wo Fat" as Wo Fat's secret base??? So sad that it has been demolished a few weeks ago. :!cry:

The score by Duane Tatro wasn't bad either, with hints of a marching sound.


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Well, Glenn Cannon was a professor of theater at the university of Manoa in Hawaii, so I imagine he would know a thing or two about acting. Besides he did do some acting in a few films prior to his stint on Five-O.

Added: May 03 2018 03:26:37 PM
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I like how Manicote needles and nags McGarrett after his important witness is shot on the balcony and falls several stories. That's in Bait Once, Bait Twice. He keeps putting the guilt trip on McGarrett until McG gets angry. LOL!!! You think 1 of these discussions...McG would just give him a good knuckle sandwich. I agree Cannon was a very good actor. He was kind of an agitator. He did not hesitate to have McG indicted even on flimsy evidence. Some friend but Manicote would be with McG to help him clear his innocence. JC

Added: May 03 2018 01:43:49 PM
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Hi Ray.

Second your comments about Glenn Cannon. He had some chops. As for the others I’ve always felt that, aside from the location shooting, the use of local actors gave the show its verisimilitude. A lot of them , like Kam Fong, were, at best, pretty good community theatre calibre performer. They certainly weren’t pros and this air of amateurism made the show feel natural.


Added: May 02 2018 07:37:22 PM
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