Hawaii Five-0 Season 6 Episode 1 Review: “Mai ho`oni i ka wai lana malie (Do Not Disturb the Water that is Tranquil)”

Hawaii Five-0

After the events of the last season, I expected to immediately see something related to Five-0. For a second I had to make sure I wasn’t watching Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t worry, we’re still in Oahu, the case of the week just took us back about 150 years. This episode of Hawaii Five-0 featured a lot of unnecessary bloodshed, so let’s work our way through.

Hawaii Five-0‘s sixth season premiere follows the murder of Keanu Carson. The deceased was researching a missing novelist who disappeared while interviewing Byron Washburg, the last surviving pirate of a crew that targeted the islands in the 1880s. At the same time, a painting which once belonged to King Kalakaua is stolen. Jerry figures out that the painting was actually a treasure map (yes, X marks the spot). The X in this case actually leads the team not to treasure, but to the deceased professor who accidentally fell to his death before he could discover the treasure. This may seem like a dead end, until the killer’s hideout is found and everyone realizes that it was the frame of the painting that held the key to the treasure’s location all along. Bodies and bloodshed are strewn about in the quest for this treasure, and in the end it was all a hoax with a bunch of worthless junk in the chest.

While the case of the week may have been fun, Gabriel’s threat is very real, and he puts it into action immediately. The incredibly heartwarming scene at Adam and Kono’s wedding reception is replaced the next day by terror. Gabriel is all malice and self-interest, and what he wants now is all of Adam’s assets for himself. Any other circumstance, Adam would gladly do what he had to do to get Gabriel to back off. The hitch is that if Adam gives Gabriel the money, the Yakuza will come after Adam, as he had already promised it to them as a last breaking of the ties with his late father’s illegal business.

Like I said, Gabriel is all malice. He takes great pleasure and no mercy torturing Kono in front of Adam, who finally gives in. Kono escapes her captor too late to help Adam, who is shot by Gabriel after the transaction has already gone through. So now Kono and Adam have no defense and no way out of their debt to the Yakuza. They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, but I don’t think they were referring to the happy couple having a price on their heads.

No doubt Gabriel will continue to be a source of terror as the new Big Bad of the series, and we will watch that play out over the course of the season. Next week we’re going to try to regain some sense of normalcy, as Steve plans to propose to his longtime love Catherine. Until then, Aloha.

[Photo credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS]

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