Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Review “Hookman” – A Madman Returns From the Original Series

Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Episode 15 Hookman

In this episode of Hawaii Five-0, called “Hookman,” the series retells a story from the original about a mysterious sniper that going after cops that also happen to be close to Steve.

I almost wish that I had seen the original version of this episode. It would’ve been interesting to note the similarities and to see how they re-filmed certain scenes, etc. On the other hand, since I haven’t seen the original version, I can go ahead and review this one based on its own merits.

Overall it was another great episode. If I hadn’t known it was a remake, I still would have enjoyed the story of the Hookman and his personal vendetta against the cops that not only put him in jail, but took his hands as well. I did wonder what beef he could possibly have with Steve, but when they revealed that Steve’s father was on that team that took down the bank robbery, it all made sense.

The episode gave us a lot of intense scenes and action, plus just enough comedy to keep it from being a complete downer. Also, I like that every character got a chance to play their part in this one, even Charlie the forensics guy came out of his lab to help them in the field. The only drawback I can think of in the entire episode was the fact that they killed Stoner. I realize that’s probably what happened in the original, but I think it might’ve been cool if he had gotten away so that he could come back again. Then again, the Five-0 team probably has enough enemies.

My favorite bits..

Yet another great song to start the episode. Nice.

Love the retro title cards.

A bullet engraved with the victim’s name. This guy is arrogant.

“The question is not whether he’s going to kill again. The question is how many people are on the list.”

Okay I know I’m probably way late on this, but it JUST occurred to me that “Robocop” is playing a guy with two mechanical hands. That is awesome.

“Damn, what the hell happed to your hands?”
“I cut myself shaving.”

Steve telling Danny about how Keoki used to set a place at his dinner table and keep a light on in case his wife came back.

“Time slips away, Danny.”

Danny reassuring Steve that Keoki knew he cared about him.

“Excuse me, did you think that was going to work, or what?”

“Hey, hey, hey! If you want to get shot, I’ll shoot you.”

“You done?”
“I’m done, why?”
“Cover me.”

Danny screaming the difference between cover and concealment to Steve.

Danny pointing out that of course he was okay, because he took cover like any normal human being with any common sense would do.

Max figuring out that Ookala wasn’t shot in the fire fight.

Charlie using a nifty machine to figure out exactly where the sniper was.

The governor advising Steve not to make it personal, and Steve pointing out all the ways that it already was.

Yep, totally saw that coming: next bullet is for McGarrett.

“All you need is a bed, right babe?” – LOL, I just love it when Danny calls Steve that.

“Is he off his meds or does he always act this way?” – I noticed that Steve didn’t bother to answer.

Danny and Steve ducking that bullet just in the nick of time. Whew!

“You got your belt on?”
“Of course I’ve got my belt on, you’re driving.”

Ah, nothing better than a cargument during a high-speed chase.

Danny suggesting that maybe Steve should let him, the pursuit-trained police officer, drive because he was 1,000% better driver on city streets. You know, I’m inclined to believe him.

The absolute silence they gave us before Stoner went into the water.

“The hand. That’s fantastic work, but we do have to find the rest of the Tin Man.”

Stoner calling Steve on his own phone. This guy is definitely bold.

Danny screaming at Steve that it was very “him” of him to not listen to reason and draw a sniper’s fire.

Steve accusing Danny of being worried about him and Danny arguing that he was actually worried about his car. Yeah, right.

“There are a lot of things on this planet I am worried about. Losing you in a combat situation is not one of them.”

Steve looking up to find the fallen officers, and his father telling him he was proud of him. Whoa.

What did you think of this episode of Hawaii Five-0? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • alavenia

    Awesome episode, I only saw about 15 minutes of the original and looks like they did a pretty good job filming exactly at the same locations, thanks for the great review!

  • Chris1215tine

    Loved this episode. The carguments are always such fun and I would agree with Danny too – leave overland, off road stuff to Steve but let Danny do the street driving.

    Add my thanks to your great review.

  • Keith

    You forgot to mention my favorite fellow Canuck showing once again that Canadian girls know how to kick…er…I mean make the shot when it counts.