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"Hawaii Five-O" Nightmare in Blue (1974)

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Exceptionally well done and rather brave for 1974

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
20 April 2011

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This is a very brave and well made episode of "Hawaii Five-O". I say brave because it tackles the topic of rape--and does a good job of it. In fact, the show was so well done I score this one a 10.

The show begins with a woman having a flat tire on an isolated road in Oahu. Along comes what appears to be a cop (John Beck) in an unmarked car and the woman is relieved. However, she doesn't realize the man is NOT a policeman. He subsequently rapes and murders her--dumping the body down a hillside. Apparently this is not the first such crime the guy has committed--but one in a string of rape/murders in recent weeks. The only clue they have to go on is that the car that the killer drove had new tires on the front as well as the brand of tires.

Eventually, another woman is raped but this time, inexplicably, she is beaten badly but survives. Unfortunately, she has a horrible husband who is more concerned with her keeping quiet than anything else. Nice guy, huh? And so, under pressure from her husband, she refuses to cooperate with McGarrett. Had she, the next rape/murder would not have possibly occurred.

Five-O does get a bit of a break, however, as they learn that the sicko is either a cop or posing as a cop, as a stakeout brought him out of hiding--but unfortunately, the lady posing as the next victim thought he was just a cop in the wrong place--only later did she realize he could have been the killer.

Can Five-O catch this despicable jerk? Will the surviving victim summon up the courage to talk? Tune in and see.

There are a lot of pluses going for this one. Foremost is that it takes rape out of the realm of a taboo and brings it to light--something very much ignored at the time. It also handles it well--being very direct and brutal but also not sensationalistic, either. It also has an interesting (and rather sad) twist at the end that works well. To me, perhaps the biggest plus was the acting of Katherine Justice as the victim of chance. She was great and emoted well--pulling off a tough role with lots of grace and conviction. I also liked that the producers cast the very handsome Beck as the rapist/murderer as it went against the myth that such people are ugly old misfits who are ill-adjusted and cannot get a consensual partner (how ridiculous). Also, you might recognize Beck. Aside from having features that are similar to a younger Jack Lord, you would recognize him if you've seen the original "Rollerball", as he played Jonathan's friend, Moonpie.

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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

I sure hope the writer received protests

Author: mannd1068 from United States
27 December 2010

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The story premise was good, however, the 'compassion' for a woman who had been raped was NIL. In the episode McGarret said that he had extreme compassion for a rape victim, yet when she was unable to talk due to fear of her attacker who was dressed as a police officer and she had been screamed at by her husband how they would hurt her and protect their own. McGarret told her that any rape and death that happened after this was with her blessing! Later he left a book filled with mug shots of potential suspects and we watched her struggle with her fear and finally look at the pictures. When she was able to identify the man, she had her husband call 5-0, but they had just caught and killed the rapist/murder and McGarret told her not to bother. I hope that woman groups and rape help/groups protested to the writers over their treatment of a rape victim.

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