The crossover of "Hawaii Five-0" with "MacGyver" is an original mix (2023)

In seven seasons and 162 episodes, "Hawaii Five-0" has crossed over with another CBS show only twice: once in season two with "NCIS: LA" and last week with the rebooted version of "MacGyver." A "crossover" in television parlance just means that two shows will share characters and a special story in one episode; or they will start a story in one series and cross over to end the story in another.

Sometimes a crossover is planned when a show is new in prime time or to help boost the ratings of one or both shows. When Five-0 was filmed“Pāmake Loa” (Hawaiian for “Touch of Death”)A crossover with "NCIS: LA," Five-0 was in its second season. “NCIS: LA” was in its third season, but as the first spin-off of the hit TV show “NCIS”, its viewership surpassed that of Five-0.

The 2012 crossover event began on Monday night at the original "Hawaii Five-0" time slot and ended on Tuesday with theEpisode “NCIS: LA”, "Touch of death". In both episodes, Danno (Scott Caan) and Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) join forces with NCIS Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) to find nine vials. smallpox. stolen by a fan who wanted to create a global pandemic. The investigation led Callen and Hanna to Hawaii to work with Task Force Five-0, and then Chin and Danno followed the duo back to Los Angeles to help NCIS save the world from certain and painful death.

The episodes aired at the end of a turbulent season for "Hawaii Five-0" as series star Alex O'Loughlin had just taken a break from the show to deal with personal health issues. The event seemed to help bring Five-0 in to a new audience, as well as boost ratings at a time when the star of his was obviously absent.

However, this season's crossover with "MacGyver" appears to have been well planned and ably handled by executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov, who runs both shows. The configuration was gradual but determined. Jack mentions that his friend Steve McGarrett might have information on Dr. Madison Gray, who is brought up after he and Mac stop a serial killer who resembles the Zodiac Killer from the 1960s. In "Hawaii Five -0", Chin investigates the Phoenix Foundation as if the two programs exist in the same "universe". Lenkov suggested. So it came as no big surprise when a crossover of the two shows was announced in early February.

This became the episode "Flashlight," written by Lindsey Allen and directed by Jonathan Brown, which aired last Friday, March 10, in the regular "MacGyver" timeslot before "Hawaii Five-0." Last December I wrote how“MacGyver” is the perfect introduction to “Hawaii Five-0”,and that the "pairing" of the two shows created more anticipation and viewers for both. Still, some fans were a bit concerned about the combination of the two action shows. Especially since McGarrett wouldn't be in the episode "MacGyver" and seems to be the clearest connection between the two shows. In the Five-0/Phoenix universe, Jack, an Army Delta Force soldier, obviously worked with Navy SEAL McG on some covert missions. Before “MacGyver” premiered in September, Lenkov posted many “behind-the-scenes” photos from the set, and one included a rifle with “ALOHA” painted on the barrel. The Rifle was set in a flashback scene of Jack in Iraq, which was supposed to allude to his relationship with McGarrett.

While the episode paired the entire "MacGyver" team (Mac, Jack, Riley, and Bozer) with Task Force Five-0 members Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalākaua. They unite in Hilo after an earthquake shakes the island of Hawaii. As the teams work together to help with the search and rescue efforts, and after some pretty strong aftershocks shake the team, they also discover that there is a group of scientists trapped four stories below the surface in a building that is about to collapse. blow. collapse around him. Add to these problems a group of Chinese special forces who won't lend their good Samaritan hands to help the efforts, but are there to steal a high-tech, super-secret spy bullet.

This leads to Mac and Kono trying to save the scientists, while Jack and Chin search for the Chinese mercenaries. I loved how the two couples naturally converse to get to know each other and at the same time reveal information about themselves.

Still, we all tuned in to watch the Mac create something out of nothing. And Mac really succeeds with his "macgyvering": creating a way to recharge a generator using a defibrillator; make a concrete cutter with water, sand and a liter bottle; and the installation of a radar to find bodies behind the concrete. He also creates a rising platform with cables and stuff (sorry, he's the scientist, not me), so the scientists go up the elevator shaft to get to the lobby from where they're trapped in the basement. I love how smart he is, but he still doesn't make the scientists feel foolish for not finding a way out of their deadly situation.

On the other hand, Jack is perfect as the "muscle" of the Phoenix team. At first I thought this was more of a position he plays on the team, but when the concrete needs to move, he pushes Mac aside and he, Kono, and Chin move the heavy piece. And when Mac says "I don't like guns, but I love lasers," I realized that he really was Mac's protector. His constant questions about Mac's birthday throughout the episode were really nice, and I was glad. when Jack gave Mac the birthday party he deserved.

And yes, Kono and Chin are right: Mac and Jack remind us of a certain couple from "Hawaii Five-0." They may not "charge" as much as McG and Danno, but they are pretty close. I loved when he told Chin and Kono to pick on McGarrett and called him a crybaby. Everyone laughs, and so do we, because we know it's true. But we wouldn't have McG any other way.

The other two members of the team also help with earthquake relief: Riley recreates the Internet for the islands with a small computer and a muscular local boy (Rome Flynn). And Bozer adorably saves a dog by "Boz twisting" a small splint for the lost and injured pup's leg. Bozer also befriends the other Five-0 'ohana member who has joined the rescue efforts, Kamekona (Taylor Wily), who brings his super 'ono shrimp dishes to feed the workers.

There were a lot of great moments in the crossover and at the end, when Mac, Jack, Chin, and Kono are all on the beach together, and Kono gets shot by Mac, that's true friendship. And when Mac invents a way to deflect the smart bullet by using Chin's laser sight to change his direction, well, that's invention at its finest. I love that he promises to fix Chin's eyesight with resistors and gum, which I would have stayed to see.

But instead, hugs are exchanged, well, at least between the men, just like Kono and Mac. It was so sweet when Jack said to Kono, "We should hug," and she just held out her hand to say hello. I'm sure there will be a time when Jack can get that hug, because I think Five-0 will pay Team Phoenix a visit in the near future.


There seemed to be a bit more Hawaiian language in the "MacGyver" episode than I expected. Here are some translations of "Lantern" that some of you may have missed.

>> When they are looking for the scientists and think they hear someone calling, Kono yells "Kulikuli!" which means "shut up!"

>> Chin's "prayer" when they have to find a way to get the scientists out and try to prevent the building from falling on them, Chin says, "Ha'aheo i ka miki'oi o ke kai o Lehua." This means: "Ha'aheo dances through the clear and calm waters of Lehua" or "one can do things well when he is calm." Kono says, "Literally, it's a warning not to undertake what you don't have the ability to accomplish," which I assume has a similar sentiment.

>> When Kamekona is trying to cheer up Bozer, who is upset that Riley seems to like Kalei a lot, the IT guy at base camp says, "Ka he'e o kai uli kā pae ka ʻalaʻala." What it really means: "Deep-sea squid has a peculiar bulge." It is intended to "mock excessive corpulence."

>> When Kono and Mac are in the building trying to save the scientists, and the aftershock brings down part of the building and separates them, he tells her to go outside and tell Jack and Chin what he's going to do. She tells him, "A hui hou MacGyver," which means "until we meet again." This is a common phrase that we use to say goodbye in a not-so-definitive way. I think she used that instead of "aloha" because he wanted to give her some hope that he would get out of that building and he would see her soon.

>> Kīlauea Iki, the scientist's hike who offers to climb the elevator shaft first, is actually a day hike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

>> Vog is volcanic smog or “smog or fog containing volcanic dust and gases”. It's pretty common in Hawaii, and while I don't know if it can stop radar from working, it sure is terrible to breathe and see on our horizon. But like most types of pollution, it creates the most beautiful sunsets.

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