Posted May 21, 2013 @ 6:26 PM
De-lurking to say that the finale was a mess. I find it so disappointing because I'd really like to see this show survive and it won't if the writers persist in making the characters do stupid things. Details matter in a police procedural. Yes, I know, Five-0 is not real police, but at this point any tv audience knows there are rules for collecting admissible evidence. I'm looking at you, Kono. An audience knows that in any police jurisdiction in the world, Steve and Danny would have been suspended immediately for that idiotic car chase in the opening for reckless endangerment of the public.
Wo Fat would have not been allowed hot and cold running visitors and if so, Steve should have been alerted to every visitor he got. Surprise Doris visits would not exist. Wo Fat would not have information about anyone, let alone who and when, would be about to stage a massive break-in to kill him.
In any semi-real context, there's no way Steve would have not taken the extra few minutes to get Doris' latest string of lies, accompanied by her hot, salty tears. Oh, I do dislike that character and the alternating mulish scowls and wretched weeping. Please, get rid of her, already. If, as it seems, her big secret is that she's Wo Fat's mama, we can count two sons that she's screwed up.
If Kono doesn't return, I will probably stop watching on any regular basis. Ian Anthony Dale is gorgeous but he's wasted on this show. Kono looks good with Adam, but I never once got the feeling that their love affair is more than a plot point. I couldn't care less about Danny's love-life and I don't even care about Grace. Steve's relationship with Catherine is a big yawn. She's just there to provide intel that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. If Commodore Dress-Whites shows up next season to make a lame love triangle, I'll care even less.
Ultimately, it boils down to this: Every time the show steps outside the core group of Steve, Danny, Chin Ho and Kono to get into friends and family (one exception: Kamekona), the writers screw it up. They make their marquee characters stupid and unlikeable. They introduce poorly thought-out relatives, lovers, adversaries and blasts from the past. All those outside people are there for is to be put in jeopardy and for manufacturing angst and melodrama. They make their stars repeatedly forsake duty, training and common sense for emotional reasons that aren't adequately explained.
Now we've got this dumb cliff-hanger and it doesn't make me impatient to see next season's opener. I'm actually dreading it. That is not the way to win viewers and ratings.