‘Hawaii Five-0′ Recap: Episode 1.02, ‘Ohana’

Episode Title: “Ohana”

Written By: Sarah Goldfinger & Paul Zbyszewski

Story: When counter-terrorism expert Roland Lowry is abducted on his way to pass off some highly sensitive intelligence, the Hawaii Five-0 squad takes the case and searches for his whereabouts. But team leader Steve McGarret (Alex O’Loughlin) and partner Danno Williams (Scott Caan) continue to butt heads, as Chin-Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) tries to keep his cousin Kono (Grace Park) happy on the eve of her police academy graduation.

Graduation Day: Slowly but surely, “Hawaii Five-0” is shaping up to be a solid series. It’s still early days, but the show’s second episode brought a tidal wave of action-packed excitement and thrilling guest stars, showing that the series has plenty of promise.

First tip of the hat goes to the opening sequence, a classic “dad gets kidnapped while talking to his kid on the phone” scene. Security intelligence expert Roland Lowry is abducted by European terrorists for nefarious purposes, and it’s up to McGarret, Danno and Chin-Ho to track him down. Meanwhile, Kono is stuck with the relatively easy task of watching after the hostage’s child, but when the hostage’s girlfriend turns out to be a sleeper terrorist operative, things get a little tricky.

Kono’s plot was off to a shaky start, but an excellent fist fight with her terrorist rival and a brutal rematch near the episode’s end saved the day for the “Battlestar Galactica” vet. In contrast, I do have to admit that I’m worried that Kim is being underutilized as Chin-Ho, but I can’t say it isn’t great seeing the actor resume his badass Agent Baker stance from the days of “24.”

Also worth a round of applause is the dynamic between Danno and McGarret, which is seemingly getting better with each episode. O’Loughlin’s cold exterior is beginning to soften under the heat of Caan’s snarky attitude, and their chemistry is only bound to strengthen as the season pushes on. McGarret gets further props for his quick thinking move to fingerprint his suspect using his own blood. Cool stuff!

There’s no way we can close out the rehash without calling out two very special guest stars. “Freaks and Geeks” alum Martin Starr played computer hacker Adam “Toast” Charles, a character that I can only hope will serve on a recurring basis. Plus, the brilliant Peter Stormare of “Fargo,” “Prison Break” and a host of other classics made a great appearance as the terrorist mastermind. My hunch is that we haven’t seen the last of him.

Next Wave: The team faces off against a shark, hot women in hot cars and football stars in next week’s episode of “Hawaii Five-0.”

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