I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of the new Hawaii Five-O. I'm old enough to remember the original and I really hate remakes. I only watch the new show online if I'm really bored. Or if James Marsters is a guest star. I was bored last night so I watched Monday's episode which was called Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio.
What's up with that anyway? Is there some secret place where you can find out what the titles mean? Does anybody have a link to a Hawaiian to English translator?
Anyway, back to my rant.
The main crime of this episode is the murder of a man in a superhero costume. Why oh why is Masi Oka playing another comic book nerd? Oops. Back to the story. Turns out “Spectacucon” is in town. Danny and Steve go to look for the victim's girlfriend.
There is no real reason for putting the victim in a superhero costume. No reason they have to go look for the girlfriend at the con. The sole purpose of the scene seems to be so Danny can ogle a girl and make stupid jokes – he says “What up Dog” to a furry in a dog suit. Grrrr.
Then comes the following conversation with a convention goer in a Starfleet uniform (above):
Danny: Ah, Captain Kirk, can we ask you a couple of questions?
Trekkie: It's Commander Sisko.
Danny: Excuse me?
Trekkie: I'm Commander Sisko from DS9. Ever see any brothers on the Enterprise?
Trekkie: She was a sister and she answered the phone. I'm a Commander.
I'm sorry but that crack about Uhura pisses me off. She was a black woman who was fourth in command. IN THE 60s. Props to Gene Roddenberry who fought to keep her on the bridge when the studio wanted her gone.
As someone WITH a communications degree, I'm going to say flat out that being head of communications on a ship involves a lot more than “answering the phone.”
And as for no black men on the Enterprise what about Geordie Laforge?
I do not believe that and real Trekkie would have make those comments.
I'm tired of TV shows plopping a convention in the middle of an episode for no reason other than to say, “Look at the freaks.” I'm especially tired of them taking shots at things they don't know anything about and getting it wrong.
I have a sense of humor about my fandoms. I love Big Bang Theory. I loved Galaxy Quest. I just think if you're going to disparage something you should disparage it for things that actually happen instead of spouting off the usual stereotypes.
So what do you think? Are comic book/sci-fi/fantasy fans being misrepresented? Is it funny when they are? Has any show gotten it right?