So here it is, faithful readers — the season ending of “Hawaii Five-0.” I know this is what many of us have been waiting for, and with the last two new episodes adding to the anxiety of the wait, we are now faced with the interesting dichotomy of wanting our questions answered and with the fact that many of us do not want the season to end. But alas, we know that all good things come to an end — at least, we hope, only until September. We’ll find out on Wednesday, May 18th if our favorite show will be renewed for another season, but all signs are pointing toward the return of our Five-0 Team being a GO.
And after nine months of getting to know our team, their strengths and Achilles heels, who they love and what drives them to do the things they do — we are hooked — but we always seem to want more more MORE. For most of us, tonight will be a mix of euphoric sadness, a paradox that often can cause some of us to go a little crazy — and believe me, I’ve seen it happen. In all my years of being on stage and working on sets, after you close a show or wrap a movie, you’re often so happy it’s over, so you can move on with your life, do something different, see your family, move on to another project — but you are also incredibly sad that you won’t see these fantastic people everyday and spend time with them, talk to them, laugh and cry with them. Oh, sure you promise to keep in touch or you promise to call or do lunch—but it’s still not the same. Euphoric sadness. It’s the only thing I can think of to describe how we’re going to feel tonight. Excited and thrilled we’ll get our answers, but sad we’ll have to wait several months until we are reunited with our Five-0 heroes. We’ve been with them for so long — laughed and cried with them, made them part of our ‘ohana, so it’s going to be a tough three months.
But we have faith that when they do return, we’ll be pushed and pulled in many emotional directions and perhaps even face more anxiety than we did this season. I know I shouldn’t suggest this, I know you all are now saying — NO, no more twisting up my belly into knots “Hawaii Five-0” writers! But you know they will. We probably will have more Wo Fat and Jenna Kaye — I mean, that thread is just not going to end tonight. We may get the answers to our Champ Box questions, but Wo Fat is here to stay. And I’m pretty sure we’ll have more Taylor Wily as our shave ice funnyman Kamekona for the comedic storylines — and perhaps to add a bit of seriousness, as we will see in tonight’s finale. It also seems we’re going to have more Claire Van Der Boom to continue or conclude Rachel and Danno’s relationship. I know the jury is still out on whether fans like what is going on with our exes, but I’m sure she’ll be making a season two appearance — along with cutie Teilor Grubbs as Gracie.
I hope we see more local talent like Augie Tulba — perhaps Kekipi will get a chance to fly McG around for a change — and the commanding Duane Char as Chairman Akahoshi to wrap up what happens to Uncle Keako and the Chin Ho Kelly scandal story. I know Chin gets reinstated to the HPD tonight — or at least that is what they want us to think in the explosive trailer they teased — er, tormented — us with at the end of last week’s episode. But my hopes for next season may be premature, because I don’t get to see the episode any earlier than all of you do. And trust me—I’m on the edge of my seat just as much as you are.
So let me end this pre-finale blog with a little breakdown of the title of tonight’s season ender, “‘Oia‘i‘o,” which CBS has translated to mean, “trust.” It actually means “truth or fact,” but it also can mean “faithfulness” which if we think about this entire season, with the tenants of the Five-0 Team having been loyalty to family and being faithful to each other, this works as a season ending title. We have to have faith that the truth will come out—the truth of Wo Fat, the truth of McGarrett’s mother’s death, the truth of McGarrett’s guilt or innocence in whatever he’s being framed for, within this season ender, and we have to trust that the writer’s will reveal the truth to all of us.
It’s why we will continue to tune in next season, because we have faith in the team and trust that we’ll continue to enjoy the ride.
Redux Side Note:
The Pulse is hosting a “Hawaii Five-0 Finale Viewing Party” at Apartment3, Monday night from 7 to 11 p.m. Come down to 1750 Kalakaua Avenue, third floor of Century Center, and join me and other Pulse bloggers and Star-Advertiser writers, as we celebrate the end of the season and watch “‘Oia‘i‘o” at 9pm. More details on the Honolulu Pulse page: http://www.honolulupulse.com/bars-clubs/watch-the-five-0-season-finale-with-the-pulse. You’re all welcome to join us.
I’ll be posting a review of “‘Oia‘i‘o” and the party later this week. So as always, be there, aloha.
Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama. Reach her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Five0Redux and Twitter @WendieJoy.