In this edition of our ongoing Midseason Report Card article series, we’re putting the focus on a show in Hawaii Five-0 that, from the start, approached this season with ambition. It kicked off with a tribute to the original series pilot in “Cocoon” and, beyond that, told a great story in the 200th episode that gave us a sense of McGarrett’s grandfather and a lot of the history that was present there.
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More than anything else, what Hawaii Five-0 season 9 brought to the table was entertainment from start to finish. We’ve gotten a chance to see some of the boldest stories to date in between the “Cocoon” revival, a story inspired by superheroes / vigilantes, and then also the midseason finale that featured one of the longest shootouts that we’ve seen on the series. That shootout ended up leading to the death of Joe White, a longtime recurring favorite among many diehard fans of the series. This was a big swing creatively from the writers to really accelerate the story in some interesting ways as we start to move forward now into the second half of the season.
Some other great things about the first batch of episodes we want to point out include getting a chance to dive into Grover’s family life, seeing the Junior – Tani relationship progress in the heat-wave episode, and also touching back on Jerry’s childhood in a rather-fun way at Halloween, in an episode that was in some ways reminiscent of Stranger Things.
Were there any missteps?
We did not necessarily like the way in which the series handled the Steve – Danny restaurant story, mostly because we spent so much time on it only for it to be more or less wrapped up within the span of a single episode. Still, we’re glad that it could still have a role in the future with Kamekona helping to run it. We also, of course, would like a little more of Adam, but given he only recently returned to the season, there will be more of this to come.
As a whole, we would say that Hawaii Five-0 season 9 delivered a really solid first half of the season with a lot of really-fun stories and also some interesting twists and turns along the way. The show continues to be one of the most consistent out there in terms of not only knowing what viewers want, but then also finding a way to deliver on it after the fact.
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