SPOILER ALERT: This text comprises particulars about tonight’s sequence finale of Hawaii 5-0.
After 10 seasons, CBS says farewell to the reboot of Hawaii 5-0… or extra appropriately, “Aloha”, which is the title of the ultimate hurrah of the reimagining of the Leonard Freeman traditional sequence. Within the sequence finale, it seems to be like every part has come full circle for McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) as he says “goodbye” — not “goodbye” to his ohana.
The episode continues McGarrett’s journey with this mysterious cypher his mom Doris left behind — and it seems that Wo Fats’s (Mark Dacascos) diabolical spouse Daiyu Mei (Eugenia Yuan) desires it as a result of she is aware of one thing in regards to the mysterious cypher that McGarrett doesn’t.
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With the intention to get the cypher, Daiyu Mei kidnaps Danny (Scott Caan) and her goons torture him. They meet in the midst of nowhere (as you do) and he or she strikes a cope with McGarrett: the cypher for Danny. Earlier than he agrees, he asks her to show that he’s not useless. By the magic of face time (related to right now’s social distancing), McGarrett sees Danny tied up and bloody, however he warns him “Don’t belief her!”
McGarrett agrees to the deal. He offers her the cypher and he or she offers him the coordinates to the place Danny is being held captive by her goons. As McGarrett and Lincoln (Lance Gross) rush over to Danny’s location, Daiyu Mei makes a name to her goons and makes certain that when McGarrett will get there they’re welcomed by Danny’s useless physique. Appears to be like like McGarrett ought to have paid consideration to Danny’s warning.
Fortunately, Danny escapes and places up a very good battle in opposition to his captors however is severely injured whereas doing so. McGarrett and Lincoln discover him and instantly convey him to the hospital — nevertheless it’s not trying good.
As McGarrett prays within the hospital chapel to take him as a substitute of Danny, Lincoln says, “We have to work out this cypher mess earlier than it’s too late”. McGarrett agrees and sends him and Quinn (Katrina Legislation) to trace down a contact that is ready to decipher the cypher — however once they lastly get to him, he’s useless. Daiyu Mei strikes once more! However that doesn’t cease Lincoln — he has one other contact that would assist them.
Quick ahead to an indeterminate period of time later and Lincoln calls McGarrett and says, “Hey! We decoded the cypher and its coordinates.” McGarrett plugs it into the coordinate search machine and it seems they’re coordinates for a cemetery the place his mother is meant to be buried. In fact, everyone knows she faked her demise — and even that’s nonetheless up within the air. Within the coffin is a bunch of cash — and Daiyu Mei’s boys have taken all of it.
Within the last showdown between the 5-0 crew and Daiyu Mei’s posse, McGarrett comes head to head along with her and he or she breaks it down. With the assistance of a flashback with acquainted faces together with Wo Fats, Victor Hesse (James Marsters) and a McGarrett’s captive father John (William Sadler), she claims that Wo Fats deserved that inheritance that was within the coffin. They share a banter forwards and backwards as we see a flashback of his father overwhelmed and certain as Wo Fats tells him he desires one thing from McGarrett — which is clearly this cypher. It seems that her demise might not have been staged in any case. It was all a plan in order that Wo Fats — and now Daiyu Mei — may get that cash.
“You might be your father!” Daiyu Mei tells McGarrett earlier than he tells Lincoln to e book her.
Per week later, Danny is on the mend and he shares a second with McGarrett, who is about to go away the island to “search for peace.” The place that’s, it isn’t actually recognized. One after the other he says very tearful goodbye to everybody within the 5-0 — even the canine is unhappy.
When he boards the airplane Danny texts him “Miss you already” after which he seems to be up and he’s greeted by — shock! — Catherine (Michelle Borth). Seems she’s the one which helped Lincoln cracked that cypher. He takes her hand and he or she joins him on his journey to search out peace.
We talked to govt producer and present co-creator Peter Lenkov about saying “aloha” to his 5-0 ohana, how the journey has been for the present, the nice shock of the present’s success and the way he squeezed out actual tears and emotion from the solid in one of many last scenes of the present.
DEADLINE: How has this 10-year journey for Hawaii 5-0 been for you? And as a reboot, have been you shocked wtih its longevity?
PETER LENKOV: For me, to start with, and I inform individuals this on a regular basis, I don’t assume I’ll have a greater expertise than I’ve had on this present when it comes to kind of just like the casting magic that we had, location, simply every part, the help of the neighborhood. I don’t know if I’ll ever have that once more. I’m seeing a variety of it kind of repeat itself with Magnum P.I. in Hawaii. Reboots, traditionally, they don’t final lengthy and I believe we received actual fortunate as a result of I believe we actually stored nicely and we’re in most likely the most effective location you may have for a tv present. These two substances most likely actually are the explanation that we’re profitable. However yeah, even individuals come to reboots with very skeptical, however I really feel like we took the themes and spirit of the unique and did one thing recent with it. We honored the unique and I believe individuals noticed that as not only a rehash of one thing, however an growth on the model and for some motive, 240 hours later, individuals are nonetheless keen on it. We’re fortunate.
DEADLINE: The ultimate scene had a variety of tears from the solid. I’m guessing a few of these are actual tears.
LENKOV: I had instructed the solid and crew two hours earlier that the choice was made that the present was not coming again. All the pieces you see there in that scene, together with the canine, was so actual. You nearly needed to think about that the canine sensed it. (laughs) However every part you noticed in that goodbye was actual tears and real affection and emotion for one another.
DEADLINE: Nevertheless it was all nonetheless scripted?
LENKOV: It was scripted, however what got here out of their mouths and the emotion was not. I instructed them [we weren’t coming back] throughout a break within the day as a result of I knew the press knew about it. I didn’t need our solid and crew to find out about it by way of the trades. I needed to have a dialog with them. I instructed them after which two hours later we have been capturing this scene. I believe it’s, for me, the most effective scenes we’ve ever shot as a result of it was actually them processing the expertise and it got here up nice.
DEADLINE: Did you try this on goal?
LENKOV: It was meant to elicit a efficiency. You don’t need household studying one thing within the information — you need to inform them personally. I didn’t need them to listen to that from anyone however me. That was actually about stopping them from getting the dangerous information on a headline and on social media.
DEADLINE: Was this the ending you envisioned for the present?
LENKOV: The ending I needed really occurred in Season 7 after I thought that 12 months might have been our final 12 months. That was a dialog between Jack Lord and McGarrett. It’s a scene the place I didn’t assume the CGI was that good, however I wanted to place it in as a result of I assumed it was going to be the final 12 months of the present.
I all the time felt the tip recreation was going to be some happiness. Positive, McGarrett is a cheerful man — he’s received a household, however he’s suffered a lot trauma over 10 years that I all the time felt that the tip recreation can be him having an actual relationship with Catherine, retiring, sitting on that adirondack chairs with Danny — all these issues that may equate to happiness for him have been all the time part of kind of the finale for me.
If you already know the present nicely, you already know that he got here to the island following shedding his dad and the thought of leaving the island simply to get some air and to breathe, get just a little little bit of a distance from it after which return, was all the time one thing that I assumed he wanted. He’s not saying goodbye to all people on the finish. He’s coming again, however he simply must get away for a bit. Identical to individuals have to recalibrate, he’s by no means actually left. I imply, he’s been doing the identical job for 10 years and he retains transferring ahead. I believe he wants a second to replicate and breathe.
DEADLINE: After 10 years of a present that has persevered, what have you ever discovered?
LENKOV: That could be a laborious query. I imply, for me, I used to be all the time taught that whenever you write tv, it’s characters first. That’s actually an important factor going into each episode. It’s by no means been extra clear to me that folks comply with a present for characters. I don’t assume they actually keep in mind week to week what the plot is, however they do keep in mind what your characters are doing and that stroke a chord in my memory how vital sturdy characters are on this present.
DEADLINE: The present has garnered a loyal fanbase. All through its run, how do you navigate what you need for the present and what the followers count on?
LENKOV: Social media has modified a lot. You’re interacting with followers every single day. It’s jogged my memory to kind of keep true to story and hopefully the viewers will present up. Over time, there have been many individuals with many concepts of the place the present ought to. You attempt to keep true to your kind of imaginative and prescient with out getting swayed. There are characters that audiences beloved and never beloved. I’ve all the time thought if I received to place blinders on and maintain transferring the path I need to transfer in and never get swayed. For me, it’s having a imaginative and prescient and following by way of on it and hopefully the viewers follows you within the path you’re main them in.
DEADLINE: McGarrett didn’t say goodbye for good, which leads us to consider that he might come again. Contemplating the earlier Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. crossover, can we count on to see some characters in future episodes of the latter?
LENKOV: 5-0 and Magnum P.I. exist in the identical universe and I’m hoping to proceed what we’ve achieved within the first couple of years of Magnum, which is to have characters from 5-0 seem from time to time. Hopefully, if there’s availability, I’d love to determine a approach to get them at one level or one other on the present.
DEADLINE: Would you be open to having a standalone Hawaii 5-0 reunion present sooner or later?
LENKOV: I can’t think about that not taking place sooner or later — And I’m going to be an enormous fan of it. I’ll be watching it. If it occurred sooner and later, I’d like to be concerned in it. If it’s 20 years down the highway, I think about I’m going to be sitting on that Adirondack chair looking over the sundown. I imply, something may occur. The model is so sturdy, I believe what Leonard Freeman did with 5-0 simply actually resonated with individuals and I believe the placement, individuals can’t get sufficient of that location.