Lots of series falter in their sophomore seasons, but such wasn’t the case for “Hawaii Five-0,” which really found its footing now that the Five-0 team has meshed. The action picked up this season with the temporary addition to the cast of Terry O’Quinn (Joe White) for a story arc in which the mystery that led to the death of Steve McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) father was explored but not solved as we still wonder who, what, or where Shelburne is. It also opened the door for several more episodes with ultimate bad guy Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) — who also provided some additional eye candy to the show — as he carried out his villainous deeds.
And while “Five-0,” like most procedurals, was focused on the cases each week, we had some nice family time as well when McGarrett’s sister was framed for trafficking conflict diamonds — a crime she didn’t commit, Danno’s (Scott Caan) daughter was kidnapped, Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) took the plunge and got married and Kono (Grace Park) reunited with a childhood boyfriend.
With all that behind us and the end looming near, we checked in with executive producer Peter Lenkov to get his take on “Hawaii Five-0’s” second season before the finale airs on Monday, May 14 at 10/9c on CBS.
Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish.
My approach was very simple: Outdo what we did last year. Take the audience on the ride of their life… and end up on a mind blowing cliffhanger. And all I can say on the eve of shooting the finale: Mission Accomplished.
Preview Monday’s All-New Episode of “Hawaii Five-0”:
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Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn’t have the time, forethought or resources?
Not sure I can put my finger on anything disappointing. We worked very hard this year to build on the momentum of last season… tell better stories, explore the islands, get to know our characters better. And I think every challenge we threw at our cast and crew they met with incredible results. I’d love for us to continue to grow our audience. We have an incredible core fan base, hardcore 5-0 fanatics, and I hope they can help spread the word to those who haven’t seen the show yet.
What should fans look forward to next season? And if you haven’t gotten that far yet…what would your dream season be?
We’re continuing to expand our family in big ways. One is the addition of Michelle Borth joining us full time for season 3. We’re also planning some big stories, fun mind boggling mysteries, trips to other islands … and have already sat down with our stunt team to discuss some cool action for next year.
What were the high points of the season?
Fan reaction is top of the list. The following we have has really made the job fun. It’s exciting to see the feedback in real time and on Tuesday mornings… and it seems by that reaction that we’ve done our job this year. As far as high points, I think the season as a whole, I truly think we got better with each episode. I’m so proud of our cast and crew.
Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so, what?
I love ’em all. I truly do. If I didn’t, I couldn’t do this job right. But if I had to pick, I mean, if McGarrett had me in the rendition room cuffed to the chair and I was forced to answer, I’d probably say the end of episode 210 — seeing our family come together to save McGarrett, then ride off into the sunset on that chopper, I literally had tears in my eyes. Again, it made me feel as if we all had done a great job developing these characters. I felt these people truly did care for one another… that they were Ohana [extended family], and that nothing would tear them apart. Kudos to our actors — they make us care.
The “Hawaii Five-0” season finale airs Monday, May 14 at 10/9c on CBS.