The Complete Ninth Season
review by Bobby Blakey
When they announced they were premiering a new take on the series Hawaii Five-0 in 2010, I honestly didn’t think it would last. To my surprise I really liked the series and its direction. While the show was a reimagining of the original it has brought in actors and characters from the original series to keep it connected. Now it is getting ready to head into its tenth season and what better way to prepare than to revisit season nine?
Hawaii Five-0 follows an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett are Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, a relocated ex-New Jersey cop who is committed to keeping the islands safe for his children; Captain Lou Grover, who formerly headed Hawaii’s SWAT unit; Jerry Ortega, the islands’ local conspiracy theorist; Tani Rey, a bold, recent police academy graduate; Junior Reigns, a former SEAL who comes to McGarrett looking for a job.and Adam Noshimuri, a friend with old ties to a deadly crime family. Helping them is Kamekona, a local entrepreneur who has his pulse on the Island; Sgt. Duke Lukela, a trusted member of the HPD; and medical examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha. The state’s brash FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.
I was worried if this series was going to make it after the cast shake-up prior to its eighth season since the two actors leaving were such pivotal characters to numerous ongoing stories. While I was not a fan to the way it was handled on and off the screen, I give the show credit for making it work and instead of recasting the characters they brought some fresh new faces. IT took me a while to get invested in them, but this season dives right into their lives and offered up some great stories for them. As with the previous seasons this show keeps bringing some great action and cases to the show making it constantly fun to watch. While these elements are great to watch it’s the characters that really hold it together. The banter between McGarrett and Williams is always fun to watch but will say it seemed toned down some this season as the other characters got more time to shine.
This show has always had reoccurring cases and characters while also maintaining the case of the week structure. This season was no different, but mixed up a bit more than usual in my opinion with one of my favorite episodes following the history of a gun through all its crimes and connecting it to the current case and team. Sure it is a bit far-fetched on some level, but it was well written and just worked. They also hit their landmark 200th episode which is a pretty big achievement for a show I never thought would last and now can’t wait for the next season.
This set includes all 25 episodes of the season as well as bonus content including deleted/extended scenes, gag reel, and so much more. Grab your copy of Hawaii Five-0: The Complete Ninth Season when it hits DVD on September 10th from Paramount and CBS Home Entertainment.