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Favorite ‘Five-0’ stunts

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Most “Hawaii Five-0” viewers know the main elements that separate “the men from the boys” in any police procedural are action scenes and stunts.

In this week’s repeat of “Hoa Pili,”
directed by Jeff Cadiente, there was a big stunt scene where the Five-0 team get into a big ol’ brawl, and Kono dropped a shipping container onto the bully bad guys. When I spoke to Cadiente about a month before they wrapped filming season three, he shared the ins and outs of “Hoa Pili” and how much he enjoyed directing the episode.

While Cadiente loved directing, he also included “ʻŌlelo Hoʻopaʻi Make” (Death Wish) and “’Ōlelo Pa’a” (Promise) on his list of favorites from season three.

 "Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) faces a death sentence in “ʻŌlelo Hoʻopaʻi Make." (Courtesy CBS)
“Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) faces a death sentence in “ʻŌlelo Hoʻopaʻi Make.” (Courtesy CBS)

“ʻŌlelo Hoʻopaʻi Make” was the episode where Chin Ho Kelly is kidnapped and left to die in Halawa Correctional Facility, and has to rely on Sang Min to help him get out of a very messy situation. It was among my favorite episodes as our “Five-0” heroes have to rely on each other rather than the prison authorities to get their man out from behind bars.

The episode was a non-stop stunt scene from the start, as McG and Danno have a car chase showdown with Paul Delano (Daniel Baldwin), while Chin is fighting it out inside Halawa with Guard Warrick (Matt Gerald) as well as with former HPD Detective Kaleo (Jason Scott Lee). Then McG, Danno, and Kono take to the sky in Kamekona’s shrimp helicopter to swoop in like a rogue SEAL team to save Chin. Meanwhile, Chin has just faced a Kangaroo court held by Kaleo’s lackeys, Joao Caetano and Dave Lockhart (Hawaii actors Troy A. Ignacio and Kila Packett) both former captures of Lt. Kelly.

Chin, wounded after being shanked and winded after wringing Kaleo’s neck is, of course, saved when the team invades Halawa. The ending scene was pretty epic, with big guns a blazing and everyone getting to take out their anger for Chin’s kidnapping onto a sea of orange clad baddies. For me– one of the best action episodes of the season.

Cadiente’s other favorite, “ʻŌlelo Pa’a” (Promise), was the episode where McGarrett and Catherine (Michelle Borth) make their way to North Korea to find the remains of one of McG’s SEAL buddies, Freddie Hart (Alan Ritchson).

 A SEAL training scene from "ʻŌlelo Paʻa." (Courtesy CBS)
A SEAL training scene from “ʻŌlelo Paʻa.” (Courtesy CBS)

Cadiente had his hands full with this one, as there was two different gunfights with the North Korean Combatant (Vince Shin) and his crew, and we see McG and Hart jump out of a plane as well as endure SEAL training under the stern eye of Joe White (Terry O’Quinn). I know some folks didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t the entire team joining McG on this trek to North Korea, but for the action fan, this one was top notch.

Two other episodes that I talked to Cadiente about were “Hookman” and “Ke Koa” (The Warrior). “Hookman” was the episode that “Hawaii Five-0” took great pains to remake the classic 1973 episode, and Cadiente said he looked at each shot frame by frame so he could set up the stunts so that they matched up.

I watched the classic version of “Hookman” before I wrote my review, and I could see how meticulous Weller was in his directing the 2013 version, and how well Cadiente re-did each stunt. It was pretty uncanny to see the modern hearse come through Diamond Head in an identical shot as the 1973 version. And while motorcycle cop Ben Keoki (Grant Patrick Moniz) may have been on a new bike, the stunt — complete with screaming widow and the expelled casket — was nearly identical.

Add in the massive shootout at a house located behind Leahi Hospital, between the HPD and red herring Don McKinney (Charlie Murphy), and the ending standoff between the Hookman (Peter Weller) and the ‘Five-0’ team — the episode was filled with enough action to help modernize the classic, but keep much of the original version intact.

 "Jason Koger standing in for "Hookman" Peter Weller." (Courtesy Jason Koger)
“Jason Koger standing in for “Hookman” Peter Weller.” (Courtesy Jason Koger)

“Ke Koa” was another great episode that Cadiente was proud of, as he said “we worked hard to keep the Lua scenes authentic.” Between the Lua scenes and the MMA pool fighting, the episode was another action filled episode. Add to this list, “Hana I Wā ‘Ia,” (Scandal) where Wo Fat tries to stare McG into crashing his helicopter while Danno takes shots at the tricky mister, and “He welo ‘oihana” (Family Business) when Momma McG and Little Stevie repel à la “Mission Impossible” down an elevator shaft in order to break into a building and steal back Momma’s many secrets — all hot stunts that deserve mention.

I can’t leave out the season three opener “Lā o nā mākuahine” (Mother’s Day)’s-day/ which started off with the great rescue of Kono by Adam (Ian Anthony Dale), and kept up the stellar action when a megatron crane arm flew over Wo Fat’s prison transport van and reenacted a scene from a James Bond film so he could escape once more from McG’s grasp.

If that was not enough action for us, the amazing gun fight between the ‘Five-0’ team and Frank Delano (William Baldwin) and his henchman Toothpick (Karl Herlinger) right on Ala Moana Boulevard was awesome, especially when Kono jumps onto Toothpick’s car and shoots him through the windshield. Super action, hot shooting, awesome drama; all great hallmarks to good stunts scenes that are not only fun to watch, but propel the story along in an entertaining and thoughtful way.

I know I could probably find at least one or two scenes in every episode that are amazing. I’m sure you all are thinking of a few yourselves. Tell me what are your favorites and why. These are my own, with a little help from Jeff Cadiente, who I’m sure is cooking up more action for all of us to enjoy come Sept. 27. I know whatever Cadiente comes up with, it will be worth the wait.

 Egan Inoue visits Alex O'Louglin on set to tell him, "It's my turn to drive, Alex." (Courtesy Egan Inoue)
Egan Inoue visits Alex O’Louglin on set to tell him, “It’s my turn to drive, Alex.” (Courtesy Egan Inoue)

Redux Side Note:

On Wednesday, July 10, “Hawaii Five-0” celebrated the start of their fourth season with a traditional Hawaiian blessing at their new studio at Diamond Head. Egan Inoue visited the “Hawaii Five-0” set on Friday, July 12, to spend time with friends Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, who both train with Inoue at his training center in Mānoa. Inoue was on set to support his friends and shared several pictures with fans.
Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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  • Damn girl! How can I pick my favorites when you and Jeff have pretty much already named them all??? LOL

    I have to agree with you 100%, whatever Cadiente has come up with or comes up with in the future, it’s always great, breathtaking, mind blowing and awe inspiring. I watch my TV and have asked myself over and over again, “how do they do that on a TV show? This looks like a movie!”. The action for this show is always superb and it’s what caught my attention and my love right from the start, right from the pilot.

    I just can’t wait for Season 4 to see what the great writers, directors, and actors have in store for us. And I can’t wait to see how Jeff and his team bring all the great ideas and words from paper to my TV screen. I have no doubt I’ll be clinging to the edge of my seat again all this season.

    Oh…and don’t forget….. #TGIFive0 !!!!!

  • I adore all the action sequences in this show! Jeff Cadiente is the BEST Stunt coordinator on television today. Okay, so H50 isn’t Game of Thrones, with millions of extras to get in position or scenes in the frigid north or red weddings to film, but as far as police procedurals go Jeff does a fabulous job making things look real! The one scene that comes easily to mind for me is from Season 1 – Steve’s fall from the apparently very high cliff and his subsequent broken arm. All during the scene we were lead to believe Steve and Danny were very high up the hillside, but in the Season 1 DVD special features, we find out that lo and behold, the ledge was about 5 feet off the ground! I didn’t have a clue! That is the magic of excellent stunt coordinating!

    And there are tons of other instances all throughout the 3 seasons. I guess I’ll get on Linda’s bandwagon and proclaim that I can’t wait to see what Jeff and #H50 will have in store for us in Season 4! Thanks, Wendie!

    • Lynnette- I so agree! Jeff knows his stuff and his stunt team are top notch. I need to see the deleted scenes/special features- but I’ve seen stunt shots before and just been amazed at how they turn out on film. Can’t wait myself for Season 4. Thanks for reading and commenting! Aloha, Wendie

  • I agree with all your choices and as always enjoy reading your thoughts! The amazing stunt work is what put Hawaii FIVE-0 in a special class…I look forward to seeing more in season 4!

  • Wendie! really enjoy reading “leisurely” your column on the weekend- yeah its an “adjustment” but one that is gonna fit in NICELY with H50 shift to Friday! thank you!!!

    • Thanks for reading Dina! It will be a change for all of us moving to Friday and then doing all of our fan reading on Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully everyone will come along to the Redux on the weekend. Thanks for reading:) Aloha, Wendie

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