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Some good remarks on Face Of The Dragon. Plenty going on here with an imposter, plague, Canebreak, etc. I always felt sorry for Tompkins the Artist. He's just working on that cliff and he's getting shot. Wrong place and wrong time for him. I think 1 of the biggest weaknesses of Face Of The Dragon...Not anybody in the family would know he's an imposter. You would think 1 of the family would notice difference in looks or voice or something. There's enough interesting things in Face Of The Dragon that I would give it 4 stars out of 6. Oh usually has good performances on his Classic HFO episodes. Like seeing him in the episodes. JC

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I'm on time this week!! It's the 50th Anniversary of "Face of the Dragon."

The premise seems simple enough - an imposter trying to steal a top secret military weapon - but alas, things get complicated fast and Bubonic Plague is thrown in as well.

Not one of my favorites but there are highlights and some cool nuggets to chew on, such as watching the multiple agency coordination happening in the governor's office when they realize they are dealing with Plague. This sequence gives us some insight into the hows and whys the Five-O office works within its universe. We don't see this coordination in that many episodes because they take time and the episodes don't always have that kind of time, so it's nice to see it happen in front of the camera for once rather than assuming it happens when we're not looking :)

Even with the seriousness of Plague and possible stealing of a government project, there is some humor. I've had a lot of shots in my life - all about being in the military - and some of them really hurt! Still, our favorite cops laugh at each other when they all flinch as the needle goes in. Ouch!

All that being said, there are several problems. For example, why doesn't anyone in the family not recognize Lewis Shen is an imposter? I think I remember it's been awhile since they've seen each other but still! I take it this family isn't that close. Another issue, as Mr. Mike points out in his review, how Shen gets a hold of Canebrake. Did he sabotage the chopper carrying the equipment and if so, how did he accomplish it? Also, how did he know the EXACT location of the crash? Was he following from the ground!? Definite head scratching going on.

As far as the Plague goes, this is the first of two episodes dealing with it - S06E03, "Charter for Death" was the other. There are a couple of curious happenings between these two episodes. First, Oahu isn't necessarily quarantined in this first episode, at least not the way it is in "Charter." It was talked about first and foremost between the governor and McGarrett but that was missing in this episode, unless I'm not remembering and that could very well be the case. Second, McGarrett must have a faulty memory because in that second episode he says something to the effect the last time he saw the Plague was during the Korean War. Uh...what about this episode? :)

Finally, Horace Sibley is just a slime ball to me. These are the guys who are literally parasites in the world - making money smuggling people, aka human trafficking. This episode aired in early 1969 but human trafficking wasn't really seen as a problem until the 1990s - so crazy that Five-O was ahead of the power curve on this one and another reason to like this series so much!

I'm sure there's more I can write about for this episode but I can't think of it right now! :!cool:


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Hey Ringfire - les not foget Reed Diamond as Meldrick Lewis's partner Mike Kellerman on the great 90s policer: Homicide. For he was under the command of our man & ‘King O' The Hill’ star Yaphet Kotto as Lieutenant Giardello.

Chicken agree with you the 'Up Tight' psychedelic hallucinations really make that ep most memorable. And great info, as always Mr. Mike, in your revamped review that the tripped out tunes were provided by non-other than legendary surf guitar outfit The Ventures.
After recent re-viewin, Chicken was a bit surprised at how good UP Tight actually is. While he played a psychotic scientist & seasoned con man, among other Five-O portrayals, Professor Stone definitely Ed Flanders' most iconic Five-O role. While not your usual Five-O villain, Prof. Stone is a counter-culture McGarrett adversary like anti-establishment rich kid turned museum heister Arnold Potter in Kamehameha Blues. And Stone and Steve get to mix it up verbally n philosophically. Steve-O take a big gamble reachin for that gun at the end. An Chicken dig Steve sayin “we’re cops not judges.”

Since he reach “the central experience” without psychedelics, judging by his relationship with Donna and Edie’s diary entries to her beloved guru, seems Stone handin out speed is more a way for him to score with college age babes than fight the “rotten establishment.”

Bobbi – Chicken feel for Danno in this ep too. Too bad his boss Steve McGarrett seems as tough a guy to work for as the real life Jack Lord. When Steve-O tell Danno: “let’s keep the next one from slipping away.” Like Steve Crowley would say “Man, what a burn. What a burn!” :D


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Wasn't Kaye also played by James Gregory in the pilot, "Cocoon"?

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Hey ringfire! Long time, no see--since our "Simon & Simon" days on the IMDb board.

I wrote John Stalker, but meant Bill Edwards. Oops on me.

Dixon played Jonathan Kaye in one episode: S3's "To Kill or Be Killed."


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Mike, I saw you mentioned Reed Diamond as a guest star in the latest Five-Zero. You might remember him as Charles Logan’s right hand man in season 8 of 24, who ends up getting killed by Logan at the end. Yikes!! Never thought I’d see Logan get his hands *that* dirty!

Steven, I don’t recall who Robert Dixon was and I don’t think John Stalker ever played Jonathan Kaye. But you missed the most obvious one - Bill Edwards!


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Of the numerous actors to have played Washington DC operative Jonathan Kaye: Robert Dixon, Tim O’Connor, Joseph Sirola, John Stalker, and Lyle Bettger. Joseph Sirola is my favorite.

In the latter-season episodes Kaye is limited to sitting behind a desk and being portrayed by Five-O stock players. What a waste of a once superb supporting character.

However, since Joseph Sirola--or anyone else--did not regularly appear as that character, it would have been more interesting--to me, anyway--if Jonathan Kaye had been like “Number 2” in the Patrick McGoohan series, "The Prisoner." Sure, Kaye WAS played by different actors, but it was not meant to be noticed. Jonathan Kaye was a mysterious Washington, DC operative, and it would have made him all the more so had he been portrayed as such.


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Nice review Mr. Mike of the latest episode. I'm going to feebly attempt to throw some real science out - what about this underwater lab creating its own oxygen? They had to do it with the Apollo program when landing on the moon.

I get they were trying to create tension but just reading it gives me a headache! Thank you again for your time and energy Mr. Mike - wowsers! Their pseudo-science comes off as stupid. Why put an underwater lab together and expect to operate for two months without creating its own oxygen? They would have been better off with an "Apollo 13" scenario with a malfunctioning scrubber - that would have made more sense!

On top of that, if the investor is such a mega-bucks rich dude, there had to be something more than just a bunch of canisters providing oxygen. As you stated, poor planning. If it's a case of a bunch of canisters, we're talking about "A Capsule Kidnapping" (S08E21) from the original Five-O. As far-fetched as this latter story is, it sounds far more plausible than what was dished out Friday night. Proving as JC wrote earlier this week, watching some of the newer stuff on TV there are definite shades and influences of original Five-O interwoven, whether anyone wants to admit to it or not.


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Ringfire - I agree the effects are necessary, they give the episode that extra zing. They just get on my nerves and it's me. :) Also me, I really feel for Danno in the episode because he felt like he was so close to saving Eadie. Unless he climbed down, which she didn't want any part of, there was no way he was going to get her. :!cry:

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Friday's show (S09E13) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log9.htm#13


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Michael Timothy, if the house in UpTight is Sunhala then it’s the same house as Honore Vashon’s residence, plus a bunch of other episodes. How to Steal a Masterpiece I believe and Welcome to Our Branch Office I think. That pool is very distinctive! I took a few pics outside of Sunhala on my Oahu visit this summer. It’s a very beautiful place with lots of lush green foliage acting as a wall along the front of the property. Next to the front gate on the white wall it says “Sunhala”. I have a few pics if Mike wants to post them somewhere. But the roof of the house is brown, and I always thought the house in UpTight had a white roof. Unless the roof was changed since that time.

Bobbi, those psychedelic swirling effects and the trippy music is exactly what gives UpTight its appeal. I think it would be a lesser episode without them. It would be just another drug themed episode and we had plenty of those.


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Michael - thanks for that info! It's neat to read these stories as it becomes even more fun to watch.

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Cool information Michael Timothy about the Up Tight house and pool. I've always liked seeing it. Donna's appearance in the pool was a nice scene. Up Tight is an episode I've enjoyed more over time. It's amazing 50 years later the Classic HFO episodes have been discussed with great reverence and passion. HFO was ahead of its time discussing Vietnam War, WWII War horrors, stories of native Hawaiians, serial killers, etc. Some of the best written stories of any crime drama. Every once in awhile I'll flip around and watch some crime drama. You usually see something from HFO stories whether trying to find a batch of tainted heroin Trouble In Mind, searching for a dangerous serial killer I'll Kill'Em Again or The Skyline Killer, or some kind of biological attack like Three Dead Cows At Makapuu. Indeed, Classic HFO has earned its place as 1 of the greatest crime dramas of all time. JC

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House with pool seen in "Up Tight" episode-this house is located on Kahala Avenue, a few blocks West of Jack Lord's condominium residence. The house had been known as Sunhala and was initially owned by the Sun Oil Corporation where it was used as a retreat and perk for corporation executives. It was converted to a private residence years before Five O aired, and remains in the same family that owned it during the run of the original show. It was selected primarily because of the pool facing the ocean-which apparently was a rarity back in the day. The owners additionally were socialites and philanthropists who knew, and socialized with the Lords. Indeed, Jack would stop by on occasion for a social visit, to unwind and to get away from being Steve McGarrett. My friend William is the nephew of the owners back in Five O days, and has shown me personal family interior shots of the house when he would travel for a visit. It IS the same house as seen in the Up Tight and subsequent episodes. The house would be made available when his aunt and uncle would travel to the mainland. The house always received complete new carpeting -wall to wall-after every shoot and apparently the arrangement worked out well for all. That pool, however, never was quite the same after Donna's swim..........

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Jasper, here is an answer (sort of) to your question:

S08E12 (1/5/18) - An FBI agent is making trouble for the H50 team, threatening to override their authority. When there is some implication that Adam's return to Hawaii was connected to the death of Michelle Shioma, McG visits the FBI leader and tells him of Adam "I trust him with my life." Later, there is a lot of trouble. Adam comes to see McG, who says, "I need your help. I want you to head up a special division within the Five-0 Task Force that focuses solely on organized crime on this island. Now, you got the connections. You know how these guys think. You know how they act. I want you to help me find who did all this. Now, listen. I know it's a lot for me to ask you to walk back into that world..." Adam tells him, "No, Steve. You don't have to convince me. I'm in."

[There is a whole bunch of other stuff which happens before and after the above. Go to my review pages for the eighth and ninth seasons (see links at top of forum pages) and search for "Adam" if you are interested.]

S09E06 (11/2/18) - Danno throws water (literally) on Adam, who has passed out on his couch [drunk out of his mind because Kono has finally given him the boot] and then relates his own tales of misery from when he got divorced from Rachel. Danno then offers Adam the "full meal deal" to join Five-Zero, an upgrade from the level where he was just "helping" the team. [Don't ask me why Danno suddenly decided to do this.]


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Can someone please help me? I cannot find anywhere or didn’t see an episode that transitions the Adam character who was a convicted felon to what appears he is now, a Five-o agent. Thanks!

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Up Tight is a late 60's HFO episode exploring the Speed/LSD use of young adults and the deaths caused by their consumption. HFO as usual were ahead of its time exploring how these drugs could have deadly results. HFO becomes involved when a young woman Eadie jumps off a cliff to her death after a trip. Danno tried to save her life before she jumps leaving Danno "Up Tight". I think Danno going undercover was the wrong move here. A young female HPD officer probably would have been less suspicious. Similar to Joyce in Full Fathom Five. The professor/drug supplier/guru turns out to be a Dr. Stone. The attractive blonde Donna links to Stone thanks to Danno meeting Donna on the beach. Donna's parents have some wealth it is assumed with the nice house and pool. Donna's involvement in this drug scene is strange. I enjoyed the symmetry of Eadie and Dr. Stone both ending up on the cliff. Eadie could not be saved but Dr. Stone was rescued off the cliff. I would give Up Tight 4 stars out of 6. It's not in my Top 50 Classic HFO episodes but has strong memorable moments. Eadie on the cliff jumping to her death, Donna's motorcycle trip,Donna's experience on the hospital ward, Dr. Stone's intense forced trip by the grieving father. There's some excellent casting Donna and Dr. Stone. This Up Tight is an episode I could increase it's star rating with future watches. JC

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Dang! I'm two days late! January 15th was the 50th Anniversary of "Up Tight." I think this is the first episode I watched in full when MeTV aired Five-O in the Fall of 2017. I know I watched the teaser sequence for sure.

Anyway, we're dealing with the suicide of Eadie Hastings and all the entanglements going with it. Another case of speed cutting a life too short and it's happening a lot on Oahu, at least according to McGarrett.

Re-reading Mr. Mike's review, I can't disagree on the points made about the undercover operation Danno goes through. He's lucky he wasn't snuffed out. With the task force/elite unit being as high profile as it supposedly is, it's any wonder the Five-O team members are even slightly successful in ANY undercover operations. One would think there's no way, they would be picked out too easily. This is before considering how clean-cut Danno is to boot. He is literally a fish out of water and it shows.

I had to laugh at the mention of Donna smoking in the hospital ward too. When I was growing up, I remember there was an indoor smoking area in the hospital at Fort Knox - talking early to mid-1970s - but I'm pretty sure they didn't allow it in the wards.

The trippy stuff does get on my nerves, I think it's because it hits you over the head. The swirling color and the music is just weird. I know they did it on purpose but it's nerve-wracking nonetheless.

I still like this episode though and it shows the series was still going through some growing pains. That being said, I do find one thing hilarious - Eadie and Donna.

Those exact names show up again in S04E20 - "Cloth of Gold." These were the names of the girls on either arm of Wallis when Danno asked them where they were when Fred Akamai Loy was killed. Wallis was already freaked out because now both of his partners were dead and Danno made it worse in his best sarcastic manner. I found myself nearly on the floor laughing the first time I watched. It makes up for the undercover ops in "Up Tight."


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This Friday's #H50: Adam, Junior & Tani travel to the bottom of the ocean when murder takes place in an underwater lab. But who will Tani flirt with? Title of the show should be "Ka mea e hanaʻia ma lalo o ka wai i noho ma lalo o ka wai" ("What happens under water, stays under water"), LOL.

https://bit.ly/2RzebzG

By the way, underwater goings-on in next episode bring to mind M Station Hawaii, post-Classic #H50 production which had a pilot directed by Jack Lord, but was not picked up by any network:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/mstation


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I wonder what the title for the Paleyfest panel will be for those 3 shows: "The Reboot Genius of Boy Wonder, Peter Lenkov"?

Pictures and reports of the 1996 Mahalo Con get-together in Burbank are here, by the way:

http://www.fiveohomepage.com/mahalo-report.htm


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Louise Sorel is now 78 years old! She was 33 when "Try to Die on Time" was filmed.

She's apparently still on "Days of Our Lives".

Regardig Paleyfest, I wonder which Five-Zero stars will be there.

They had one for WKRP a few years ago. I know this because I am a big fan of that show, and saw the panel questioning of the stars. However, notably absent from the panel were Gary Sandy (Andy), Frank Bonner (Herb), and Richard Sanders (Les). Gordon Jump had already passed away. The panel consisted of Tim Reid (Venus), Howard Hesseman (Johnny), Jan Smithers (Bailey), and show creator Hugh Wilson (now deceased).

Is it possible that Five-Zero's will have only some of the stars?

Stuff like this really makes me appreciate the Five-O convention we had in 1996. I regret not attending the Hawaii portion, as it seemed like too much of a hassle at the time. But it was great being in a small convention environment and interacting with the stars (minus Jack Lord). My girlfriend (22) and I (24) were the youngest two people there!


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Thanks for those links Mr. Mike - there is only one I would be interested in and I'll be in Seattle on March 16th for Emerald City. :)

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To me Sorel is more bitchy than sexy. But I guess that’s just me. Doesn’t do it for me. :!thinking:

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There is only one reason to watch Try To Die On Time -- it stars the very sexy Louise Sorel. She was also in two episodes of Kojak, one of which was a two-parter...

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PaleyFest is an annual television festival hosted by the Paley Center in the Los Angeles area. Founded in 1984, the festival, held annually in the spring, features panels composed of the casts and prominent creative talent from popular television shows. The panels field questions from a moderator and a public audience and often present exclusive content from their respective series.

Look who is "featured" at this year's festival (yawn!):

https://twitter.com/CBSTweet/status/1084872309481959424?s=19
https://www.paleycenter.org/2019-paleyfest-la-presale/
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/09005628AC322B91


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Todd - I'm with you! The other part that annoys me - there seems to be this habit of not disarming some suspects they are about to arrest! Agh!

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Bobbi,

Yes, it annoys me to all end when Five-O shows up to arrest murder suspects, and they don't bother cuffing them (or even getting them in a state where they can't run or attack!)

Every time I'm just waiting for something bad to happen, and it often does.

The best known example of this involves Eddie from "I'll Kill 'Em Again", who jumps out the window to his death!


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I don't waste much time on to Try To Die On Time. It's layer after layer of convolution. The writers sure made this thing too complicated. I will give it points for creativity. A macabre lottery with bettors forking over $10,000 to win a jackpot of $240,000. They probably killed Harry off too quickly. Harry is portrayed as quite a character. I wished he had been around to the 25 minute mark or 30 minutes at least. It might have been more interesting if Harry went to HFO in the beginning. He would have talked to McGarrett outlining the entire lottery game and his death sentence. The entire episode would have been suspenseful because they would have to place surveillance on 20 different people. Any 1 could kill Harry during the episode. I liked the Foxton and McBain characters. Would probably give Try To Die On Time 4 out of 6 stars for the creativity. JC

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Thanks Todd for your comments. Like Ringfire, I agree it's an interesting episode and even with the flaws, it's still pretty good.

It's been a little bit since I've seen it but isn't this one of the few episodes we see the Five-O team show up to a crime scene not in their suits? Almost like, "Aha! You guys DO leave the the office once in a blue moon!"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but at the end, doesn't McBain make a run for it after Danno tries to cuff him? It doesn't last long as McGarrett wrangles him pretty quickly. If so, it's not the only time a suspect gets away as they're being arrested/stopped.


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Todd, I agree. It's a confusing episode but still quite interesting. That's the thing about season 6 - even the lesser episodes are still very good.

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I watched Season 6's "Try to Die on Time" on this very rainy morning in Los Angeles.

Definitely an interesting episode, and one of the "mystery" variety, where we don't learn the killer's identity until the final few minutes.

Mike described the plot as "complicated", and that's an understatement! There's no way such a plot would see the light of day 2019, as editors would have had a field day with this one.

They crammed a ton of plot into these 48 minutes, thus leaving some unexplained points.

Scotty McBain was attempting to set up Diane Foxton for her father Harry's murder, but it seems the entire plan was far too complicated to work.

The "gimmick" of this episode involved the terminally ill Harry Foxton setting up a lottery, where 24 people bought $10,000 tickets, and each was assigned an hour of the day. The winner would be the one who had the hour Harry died. The prize would be $240,000, equating to about $1.3 million today.

Harry had ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), but claimed he had cancer. It's unclear why he lied about his illness, given that both would be terminal.

Harry intended to kill himself and win his own lottery (bought through a proxy), believing he would die between midnight and 1am. However, McBain shot Harry's doctor (who gave Harry the suicide pill) dead, then took McBain and hid his body in a hot room, thus attempting to throw off the coroner, allowing Diane to win and become prime suspect.

McBain hired wiretapper/hitman Doug Listie to do his dirty work, but it's never made clear how Listie managed to break into McGarrett's office to bug it. It seemed all of Listie's break-ins had the same recognizable M/O, yet somehow the same wasn't noticed for McGarrett's office? (This was never explained.)

They also didn't explicity explain why Harry's doctor was murdered, but presumably it was so he wouldn't talk about the suicide pill, and give away that the time of death couldn't have been 10:30am.

All of the serial numbers on all the equipment used in the crimes (including guns) were stamped multiple times, but this particular detail was also never explained.

McBain was eventually tricked into showing up to retrieve tapes from Listie's hidden van, after McGarrett realized his office was bugged, and they set him up.

These "office bug" episodes actually annoy me, because they assume the bug has a spectacular range. Unless McBain/Listie were camped out very close to the Iolani Palace (unlikely), they couldn't have heard every word McGarrett was saying.

Doc was especially grumpy in the episode, for no apparent reason. At one point he complains, "This isn't a paradise, it's a shooting gallery!" He seems annoyed that McGarrett wants an exact time of death for Harry.

Despite the flaws, I still enjoyed the episode, and give it 3 stars.


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Cool find, Mike! It's none other than Lawrence Dobkin (General Oban from "Year of the Horse";) as Trump!

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Mr. Mike - read your latest review on Five-Zero. I agree, based on reading your review, not watching the episode because I don't watch the "new" one - Gracie recovered much too quickly to go home. A former co-worker is recovering from a concussion in real life and she says it's the worst injury she has ever had. I believe it's been at least a month.

Now I get it that this is all fiction and there's time compression and such. Is it me or does there seem to be a lot of missed opportunities to really dig into some meaty stuff? Are the writers suffering from ADHD - I ask seriously because they seem to have the attention spans of gnats and expect the audience to be the same.

As I'm rewatching the original Five-O episodes there were missed opportunities there as well but not nearly as bad as what seems to be happening in Five-Zero. At least with the original, there are lots of implications of things happening off-camera. Could there have been better character development in some episodes? Of course! Could something have been expanded upon while another dropped altogether? Yep!

However, in Five-Zero this seems to be par for the course - and one of the main reasons I don't watch. As Ringfire pointed out, they're throwing stuff against the wall and seeing what sticks. That's perhaps the scariest of all.


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I'm curious what Classic HFO fans and HFO Discussion Forum regulars think are the Top 3 or Top 5 episodes in Season 1 (1968-1969). My quick 5 would be: 1. Yesterday Died... 2. King Of The Hill 3. Deathwatch 4. Full Fathom Five 5. The Ways Of Love Samurai 5B. Here's something from a Classic HFO episode to solve: Z ILMA, ZI LMA, ZIL MA. JC

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Press release for upcoming episode!

McGarrett and Tani are summoned to the Governor's. The Governor is pissed by some of Tani's recent antics in dealing with suspects and tells her so. Tani's reaction is to leap over the Governor's desk and punch her in the mouth, then trash her office. McGarrett is horrified. Episode title is "No ke aha lā wau i hoʻolimalima ai i kēia kanaka pupule?" (Hawaiian for "Why did I hire this crazy person?")


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Latest Five-Zero episode reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log9.htm#12


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1950's TV episode featured a salesman named "Trump" who wants a wall to prevent the end of the world:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-trackdown-1958-tv-series-the-end-of-the-world-episode-build-wall/


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"I don't know, just throwing stuff out there and sees what sticks"

Don't worry, Bobbi. That's exactly what they're doing.


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I have watched 5-0 since the original. Tonight was the worst..... let's take the 5-0 team for personal use.... Danno (the worst part of the show) daughters wreck takes the big part of the resources while Tani feels the need to help her brother. another joke of an episode... and again.. get rid of Scott Caan. He is the worst

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I love it Ringfire!! While they're at it, maybe they can travel back in time and abscond with a Space Shuttle and rejuvenate the U.S. Space Program!

I don't know, just throwing stuff out there and sees what sticks :D


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Also coming up...

Junior, Tani, and Adam travel to the moon where Big Chicken’s grandson is cooking up some bad smack in a meth lab. They bust him not because of a fingerprint on a stolen carburetor but because of a fingerprint on a stolen satellite. A satellite which emits a deadly toxin which can eradicate all human life in the galaxy for the next 567,986,653,777,986,035,738,746,873.99 years!!


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CBS press release:

Adam, Junior and Tani travel to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean when a murder takes place in a remote underwater lab, and the killer may still be on board, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 18

Oh, please!


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Todd - thank you for your take on last week's episode. I enjoy your insights and I'm glad you're willing to share them with us.

These poor Hercs - I wish people would understand they don't have the same range as a 747 or A320.


Added: January 11 2019 12:45:39 PM
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While Mike and I often disagree regarding the so-called "A-Team" action Five-Zero episodes, I found myself in full agreement with him, regarding Season 9/Episode 11.

There was no time for a crime of the week. As Mike stated, the entire 43 minutes should have been dedicated to this international adventure, as they were cramming a lot of action and a lot of plot into a short time.

The crime of the week was also very flawed, as the remaining Five-Zero team (Tani, Grover, and Adam, with Jerry curiously absent) mostly spun their wheels in their investigating. Suddenly a deux ex machina development came out of nowhere, to result in an arrest and a mountain of evidence against the perp. The "interrogation" by Tani and Grover was pontless, as the two of them were speaking and didn't seem to be making any effort to get a confession. It just seemed like pointless grandstanding.

The international adventure team consisted of McGarrett, Danno, Junior, Catherine, Bond-clone Langford, and two other characters you'd never have expected. Commander Wade Gutches, who hadn't been seen in 6 years, suddenly came out of retirement for the mission, because he was a "friend of Joe's". The other was Frank Bama's daughter, Lucia, who would pilot the plane both ways to Laos. Bama was played in the past by Jimmy Buffett on similar adventures, and presumably Jimmy wasn't available this time. However, Lucia, while talked up to be a bad-ass, has no real role in the episode. Gutches looks like he aged 15 years, even though it's only been about 6 since we last saw him. Actor David Keith is 64 years old, but looks older. He actually looked a bit young for his age in 2013, hence the appearance of rapid aging!

The Coast Guard plane doesn't make a lot of sense for the mission. I immediately thought it couldn't cover the distance to Laos, which I estimated at over 7000 miles (Mike came up with a more precise distance, which is 7,418 miles). Indeed, Mike found that the plane had a maximum range of 2600 miles!

That brings me to my next point. Why did they fly Danno, Junior, and Gutches all the way from Hawaii to Montana, just to immediately send them back the other way towards Laos, on a place which had to stop to refuel anyway? (The answer? Because they wanted a "team being assembled or the audience" scene near the beginning of the show!)

There was a brief love scene (in a flashback) between McGarrett and Greer which looked awkward.

Speaking of flashbacks, there is no attempt to make McGarrett appear younger in these 2002 flashbacks. That bothered me in recent episodes, and it bothered me again. Alex O'Loughlin is a good looking guy, but he can't come to close to passing as late 20s. With the big budget given to this show, they weren't able to at least TRY to make him appear more youthful? (They made the same mistake with Joe, who looked like an old man in the 2002 scenes, when actor Terry O'Quinn would have just been 50!)

The casino scene in Laos was mildly interesting, though their slick plan turned into bull-in-a-China-shop obvious when McGarrett and Catherine sprinted out of the casino in order to "secretly" follow their person of interest!

It is unclear at the end of the episode if they ended up killing Omar Hassan, the man responsible for taking the contract out on Joe and four other of McGarrett's former colleagues. Hassan actually wanted to be killed once captured, but McGarrett wanted to "break the cycle" of sons avenging their fathers, as Hassan himsef had a wife and toddler boy hiding with him. Still, Hassan told McGarrett that he would kill him eventually if let go, so what was McGarrett to do? We never got an answer. All we found out was that Hassan gave up Greer's location (why?)

Greer was finally killed by Catherine, but only as she was about to reveal the real reason she betrayed her country and former colleagues. She was shot dead because she was in the process of pulling a gun while starting to explain. It is possible she was pulling the gun as a suicide move against McGarrett, possibly about to reveal that she turned bad because McGarrett broke her heart many years ago. Will we ever find out? Probably not.

I had a feeling from the beginning of the show that Catherine would kill Greer, as Five-Zero (and other mainstream shows) don't like to show men killing women, even if women are the "bad guys" in the story.

The "dating now versus dating in the 1980s" debate between Tani, Grover, and Adam was actually kind of amusing. I'm actually right between Adam and Grover's age, and I can actually relate to how drastically the world of dating has changed, even though I was somewhat ahead of my time and met girls online as much as 30 years ago! The days of love letters and long phone calls are mostly over, replaced by "swipe left/right" apps and brief text conversations. As Grover said, "Just because something is newer doesn't mean it's better." I agree!

Mike mentioned that Langford is "2 inches shorter than McGarrett", yet fit into his tux. It's true that the two actors are listed just 2 inches apart, but I don't believe it. Often men under 6' lie about their height, especially in the world of acting. 5'11" usually means more like 5'8-5'9". Men over 6' tend to tell the truth about their height, as they are already "tall enough" and don't feel the need to embellish. I think it's likely that McGarrett is about 4 inches taller. Mike, I bet both of us would tower over Langford if we stood next to him (you're a bit taller than me, but we are pretty close)!


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John, I strongly disagree. Yaphet Kotto was superb and gave an Emmy-worthy performance! He was also excellent in MIDNIGHT RUN - I loved his Alonzo Moseley! :D

He's also one of my absolute favorite Bond villains - as Dr. Kananga in LIVE AND LET DIE. I love Yaphet Kotto! I've never seen him give a bad performance.

PS: I also in general prefer the acting of yesteryear to the so-called acting of today where everyone mumbles and whispers under their breath. Is that supposed to be more realistic? Not to me. So give me Kotto's supposed overacting on Five-O every day and twice on Sunday over what passes for acting today.


Added: January 09 2019 06:26:01 PM
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I've been watching the first season episodes on the night of their 50th anniversary too. I'll be devils advocate since I never thought much of this episode.

The best part of the episode is the aerial and distance shots at the beginning of the Pali etc. A lot has changed, I visited a friend last spring (surfing mishap)at that hospital, the original building is still there but surrounded by lots of extensions since and the trees have hidden it from the Kal highway.

A few things put this episode low on my list...

First the story isn't that interesting and I wasn't impressed with McG's outbursts, out of character for his character. I found the acting bad in general, including Kotto who seems to be over acting throughout.

Second, having the whole story happen in the hospital takes away the visual interest (perhaps why the starting long shots were so prominent). A big part of what I always loved about H5O was seeing the scenery (be it the mountains, beaches or even the slums of Chinatown) and people of Oahu.

This episode strikes me as one of those episodes that was written perhaps for another TV show and was made to work for H5O.

By the way Kotto is still alive and I remember him from Midnight Run, didn't like him in that either for the same reason.


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Agree JC. A big risk that paid off. I'm also hard-pressed to figure out a better way for them to execute the solution they had. I meant to put that in my comments as well last night.

Added: January 09 2019 12:52:49 PM
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Bobbi, your descriptions and thoughts on King Of The Hill encapsulate some of the best I've heard on this episode. It is a brilliant masterpiece episode. No question about it. McGarrett indeed is in an impossible situation. An armed and well-trained Marine Auston is holding a seriously wounded Danny hostage. Plus, the cardiac patients recovering or are just out of surgery. This Auston also will receive an important award in DC. McGarrett just can't go guns ablazing down the corridor and shoot and kill Auston. I was a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy years ago so I enjoy the scene when McG goes to assist Auston and Danny. Really what choice did McG have but this option. I know over the years I've heard it was a dangerous thing for McG to helicopter in and enter. He could have shot and killed McG. It worked and Danny was saved. No harm to the Marine. Intelligent writing, outstanding acting, suspense...King Of The Hill earns 6 stars ****** from me. JC

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OK, in my time zone I have about 20 more minutes! It's the 50th Anniversary of "King of the Hill."

This is one of my favorite episodes. McGarrett is backed into a corner - a man down, literally, and we see him in rare form. He loses his cool with just about everybody, desperate to save Danno who has been shot by a Marine on his way to Washington to receive a medal for his actions in combat. Chin says, "It's a big one too." or something to that effect.

So McGarrett and Five-O, along with HPD and hospital staff - although the latter to a lesser extent - have to figure out a way to save Danno without killing the Marine. A tough assignment under the best of circumstances, which these are not. In particular, the hospital puts major restrictions on McGarrett's efforts - no tear gas, no gunfire. Well, crap!

McGarrett does manage to pull it together and the solution they come up with is a flash of brilliance, as far as the story goes. The execution was a bit hokey, in my opinion, but it worked. They are trying to work within the confines of Auston's delusions. This is the only explanation I can muster for McGarrett being in a corpsman's uniform.

Those same flashbacks/delusions made me a bit crazy at times but I get why they're there. They illustrate "the short circuit" happening in Auston's brain. As the doctor says, "There's no logic."

The story moves pretty good even with the addition of the other patients on the floor - such as the man whom McGarrett performs CPR on or the lady who needs dialysis. I agree with Mr. Mike on the location of the Emergency Room. Why on the third floor? Obviously for dramatic effect but in reality, an ER on the third floor is ridiculous. After all, flying a helicopter to a building with the ladder slung under it or a chair flying out the window makes for far prettier camera shots than if the ER was on the first floor. However, you could have had a bunch of other people involved and it would be much more chaotic!

Once again, I appreciate Mr. Mike's review and the 12 photos chosen give an excellent overview of the episode. Thank you Mr. Mike! :)


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On King Kamehameha Blues: I would say I enjoyed the first half of KKB. 4 intelligent college students (Arnie-The Mastermind, Diana-His girlfriend, Eddie, and Johnny) prepare and execute a daring theft of the King's yellow cape from the Bishop Museum. Eddie and Johnny scale the Museum and drift down through the skylight on a rope. It's skillfully done as the muscular Johnny sets up a tripod while Eddie is suspended from it. He drifts out over the stage and captures the yellow cape. No doubt it's a brilliant theft. Museum guards patrol the place and there's a sophisticated alarm system activated if somebody triggers it. One of my FAV parts of KKB as McG & the Curator talk about the alarms and security while Ernie simultaneously are discussing how to steal the cape and bypass the alarms. I would say the first half 25 or 30 minutes are of high quality. There's plenty of planning and it's well executed the way the college students work the stealing of the cape to perfection.
However, the 2nd half of KKB is very mediocre. The episode paints itself in a corner. Sure, the college students have the cape but what can they do with it. An alert policeman remembers noticing a car near the museum during his patrol. It quickly leads to the perpetrators and then a quick legal search of their premises is conducted. No cape! Amnesty for the return of the cape comes and goes. The unlikable and obnoxious group receives their just desserts. The strongman Johnny the only Hawaiian grows a conscience and believes giving the cape back could be the answer. He's outvoted 3 to 1 and later goes to HFO to tell them about the whereabouts of the cape. McG retrieves the cape before it is washed away out to sea or destroyed.
I would give this episode 4 stars out of 6. Arnie is an intelligent and interesting character. The theft of the cape and the planning and execution are well-detailed and well-done. Too bad the 2nd half drags down the episode. Maybe, the KKB episode would have been more interesting if they investigated an old retired cat burglar or a retired syndicate man. Or even a recent ex-con who lived near the museum. The episode quickly locks onto the 4 college students thanks to the HPD cop's information. JC


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