Hawaii Five-0 season 8 debate: Should Catherine Rollins return?

Catherine RollinsShould Catherine Rollins return to Hawaii Five-0 season 8? Sooner or later, we know that the subject is going to be broached, so we might as well talk about it a bit now. Catherine is a longtime favorite of many fans out there; however, she’s also not altogether popular in other circles. She’s probably the most polarizing character on the entire series. We’ve heard strong opinions about her either way, and nobody seems to be down the middle in terms of their appreciation for her as a part of the show. (Michelle Borth does a great job playing the character, regardless of however you feel about Catherine herself.)

Now, let’s get back to the question at hand: Is the time right for another Catherine appearance? So far, it doesn’t feel like she’s going to be coming back any time soon on season 8. There hasn’t been any discussion of that subject, and we feel as though if there was some chatter about it from the writers that it would’ve been brought up before now. There may not be an immediate need for the character, given that Steve McGarrett has romantically moved on for now, and there are already some talks about him maybe exploring something coming up with Alicia Brown.

Could there be an opportunity to explore further “closure” between Steve and Catherine? Sure, but there also comes another question with that: How much closure does someone need? You also don’t always get that in real life and Hawaii Five-0, while fantastical in their action sequences, does a great job at tackling real life issues in a very relatable way. We do think that it is important that she comes back at some point because her value to the show long-term is enormous, but we also don’t think that there should be a timetable on it. With there being new series regulars coming on board plus a larger role for existing characters, there is a lot going on here as it is. Trying to throw her into the mix at the moment could end up making the show a little too overwhelming at a time when things are in flux.

As for when we could end up seeing Catherine stop by the show, we do have a few different suggestions:

1. The finale – Maybe there’s a case where her specific expertise could be of use, and she finds a way to come back and help out. If Steve feels like progressing to another level with someone else, this could be a good time to see her again and throw that wrench back into the mix.

2. A milestone episode down the road – Anytime that you can celebrate the show’s long-term legacy, it makes sense then to bring back people like Borth and Masi Oka. We obviously want to say Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park here too, but we don’t foresee them coming back in the immediate future.

3. Completely by surprise – We do think that there is something to the show just bringing the character in completely out of the blue, and not telling anyone that it’s happening in advance. If you are seeing her in the future, we wonder if there’s a way the show could do it without anyone knowing? It would be challenging given that fans know where to look for cast members in Hawaii, but it could be interesting.

Do you think that Catherine Rollins should return to Hawaii Five-0 in the near future? Share in the comments!

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