The “Hawaii Five-0” and “NCIS: LA” crossover event concluded Tuesday night, with the Five-0 Task Force hitching a ride to Los Angeles to work with the NCIS Special Agents in order to find nine vials of Smallpox before a crazy doctor starts a worldwide pandemic. The investigation into finding the missing vials that left Hawaii at the end of “Pāmake Loa,” was more cerebral than physical in the “NCIS: LA” episode “Touch of Death.” Less car chases and gun battles, until the very end when the co-teams caught the fanatical doctor who wanted to spread Smallpox in order to save our planet. I know, I was a little confused as well, but no matter. I didn’t watch the show to learn about infectuous diseases or potential outbreaks. I really watched it to see how nicely our Five-0 team play with others.
Yet after Monday night’s “Hawaii Five-0” set up of the crossover plotline with “NCIS: LA,” I woke up feeling a little out of sorts. No, don’t fret kind readers; I wasn’t feeling the effects of Smallpox exposure, it was more like a feeling of longing. Perhaps you all were feeling it too—then I realized what it really was—I was missing McGarrett.
Now, I have always been more of a Five-0-Team-as-a-whole fan, but after watching the Team work without him for two episodes, McG’s absence was painfully obvious. Danno’s sarcastic quips and attempts at levity with Sam and Callen just seemed to fall short without McG to round out his humor. And even though the crossover episode focused more on the “NCIS: LA” cast, naturally, I still felt a little hole with McGarrett being left out of the loop.
If this was the first time you have ever watched “NCIS: LA,” or its big brother “NCIS” with Mark Harmon, you may not be used to their type of crime investigation. NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and is an actual department within the US Navy. Their mission, according to their official website, “is to investigate and defeat criminal, foreign, and terrorist intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps, wherever they operate: ashore, afloat, or in cyberspace.” The two NCIS shows mirror the real mission, and are similar in nature, although “NCIS: LA” seems to do more undercover work and use more high tech toys than “NCIS” to solve their cases. Even the Five-0 Team’s Magic Table is put to shame by the gadgets used by Tech Operator Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) and NCIS Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith).
I did like the “NCIS: LA” characters, and found that they shared a few similarities with our Five-0 Team. LL COOL J as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna is McGarrett with a bit of Danno humor, though not as sarcastic. I think that type of humor belongs to Detective Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen). Danno and Deek’s hair showdown was priceless. Between too much hairspray and bulletproof comments—those two give new meaning to Hetty’s “cheeky” comment. Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) is the “matriarch” of the NCIS: LA Team, and while she may not be a physically large presence, she runs the show. Chris O’Donnell as NCIS Special Agent G. Callen is more like serious and calm Chin Ho Kelly, with a dash of McGarrett daring. And Special Agent Kensi Blye is strong, smart, and holds her own among the boys, just like our Kono.
But if the “NCIS: LA” crew ever start looking for replacements, I hope they leave our Five-0 Team alone. We’ve had enough re-arranging, additions, and missing-in-action characters this season. And as for me, I’ll take a “tad bit cheeky” over “pillow-styled” any day.
Redux Side Note:
Only two more episodes left for Season Two of “Hawaii Five-0.” May 7 is “Ua Hopu” where we will see the return of McGarrett and his arch-nemesis Wo Fat. May 14 is the second season finale, “Ua Hala” in which Joe White returns and the Five-0 Team faces another kidnapping and death. The tension continues until next week, folks, so hang on to your bulletproof vests.
Wendie Burbridge is a published writer, playwright and a teacher of literature and fiction writing at Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama. Reach her on Facebook and on Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/WendieJoy