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Sometimes it is difficult to tell where a season is going to end up, even as it moves closer towards the finale. The beginning of Hawaii Five-0’s eighth season was about finding a new groove with new team members. By midseason, this task was accomplished. Moving forward, it seems to be about setting things up for a time when Steve McGarrett won’t be leading (McGarrett’s portrayer Alex O’Loughlin has expressed his desire to leave the show soon due to the physical strain of the stunt work). While we have been introduced to some fresh faces, the most likely candidate to take up the mantle would be Adam Noshimuri. Given his past, he’d have an uphill battle gaining the trust of those in legitimate positions of power. He’s got the experience, he’s got the connections, but can he handle the pressure?
Take Adam’s current assignment, which is to smoke out the head of a crime syndicate who ordered the hit on a federal agent. What scares Adam is that this mysterious person is someone the late Michelle Shioma feared, and someone Hideki, the current head of the Yakuza, won’t cross. Adam put Jessie undercover so they could smoke out this mystery person on two fronts, but it’s only made him more reckless and anxious. Adam and Jessie’s plan to prove their worth to Hideki hits a huge snag when the liquid chlorine they steal, and hand over, ends up in a third party’s hand. At least in Hideki’s hands, they had control over the situation. There is no telling what a third party would do with the chemicals. I’m not sure what could...
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