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Hurricane on the Bayou (2006)
The before and after of a major storm on Mississippi Delta, New Orleans.
Supported by the Louisiana Tourist board this IMAX tells the story of the bayou, swamps and canals that are created by the Mississippi river Emptying into the gulf. Mostly told through Cajun Fiddle Artist Amanda Shaw (around age 14) and Tab Benoit two famous musicians on the gulf coast. They both grew up on, live, work and play here. Their home (region) was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. (Their actually homes/houses were indeed destroyed). This documentary should be accessible to all age groups. Schools certainly. Spoiler? The story involves mans alteration of the natural water flow and how it may have effected (or lack of effect in the way of a buffer zone) the strength of the most expensive hurricane in US history, Katrina. There is plenty of beautiful footage of the wildlife of the swamps. And that wonderful Louisiana music. This is cut of course by the photos of the storm and destruction that followed. As with many IMAX films there is an ecological or environmental message in the story.
10,000 Pardons, you are busted!
Over a few months three GI's were killed in action in Vietnam and their widows received ten thousand dollars each in insurance. The three woman are dead too, the latest one run over by a jeep. All 3 woman work at the same lounge. Coincidence? No way baby. Danny goes undercover as a GI, Chin and Kono do some research and McGarrett questions the suspects. Murder? That's gonna take an awful lot of proof. "Well that's my bag." McGarrett says.
Familiar face, but what's his name? Long time actor James Hong stars as James Watanu, a city clerk. He was in at least 4 episodes of 5-0 (different characters), other familiar faces Harry Guardino as Sgt Sims, and Barbara Luna as Yoko. Also that was pre-MASH Loretta Swit killed off at the beginning before the wave and famous opening song started.
Hawaii Five-O: The Big Kahuna (1969)
Pele Haunts Uncle Kalakua
Uncle Kalakua is the last of Hawaiian Royalty on the Island. He lives on a big, valuable estate in a castle. One night he sees the Goddess of Fire Pele come to him to either kill him, or remove him from his property. The old man is still very superstitious so he is scared. He fires off his rifle and gets arrested. At the governors special request 5-0 investigates. Kono is related to Uncle Kalakua so he gets a few more lines than usual in this episode. One in particular is quite funny. They are staking out the castle one night and Chin Ho says, "What's the matter Bro, You look like someone has a gun to your head, you don't think Pele is real do you?" Kono says "I haven't believed in Pele since I was four years old, (pause) Right now I feel four years old!" This first season episode involved some insight to the old culture of Hawaii; King Kalakua was indeed an actual royal ruler of Hawaii in the 1800's. But even better, this episode has some beautiful scenic shots of the mountains and skyline of this particular island. It is no wonder this show boosted tourism for Hawaii and made people tune in each week. There are also some special effects when the "spirits" show up.
Hawaii Five-O: King of the Hill (1969)
The Vietnam Flashback Episode.
Danno brings a marine into the hospital with a head injury from a baseball game. The trauma causes the Marine, played by Yaphet Kotto, to think he is back in Vietnam and the surrounded by the enemy. He grabs a gun and seriously wounds Danno. Then with the gun he takes over the critical wing of the hospital and no one can get in, or get to the other patients because the Marine thinks everyone are Viet Cong, And that they shot Danny. Steve has to try to figure out what the Marine is seeing, and how he can save Danny and the other critical patients on the floor. The episode is filmed so that we get to see what the Marine sees as he "flashes back" to Vietnam. One minute we are in the hospital room, then after some psychedelic colors we are in taken to the war. Perhaps this episode enlightened a lot of people as to what war can do to a person. I know that whenever I hear of a person having post-traumatic stress I remember this episode. I don't know if it's correct, but it does leave an impression.
There is even a fascinating use of a helicopter in this episode. Oh, and a not quite correct use of CPR by McGarret on a patient.
Hawaii Five-O: Deathwatch (1968)
"Five -0 , Your'e just boy scouts" "I'm a dead man."
"Deathwatch" was another interesting episode with another guest appearance. This time Nehemiah Persoff, as you can see he has quite a history in TV and film. In this story he is Harry Cardonus, a friend of a mobster. But Mobsters friends can't be trusted, and McGarrett needs him to testify against Harry's back stabbing buddy. Will Steve McGarrett bring down the Mobster, who by the way was involved with the murder of his friend, the DA whose widow, is about to deliver a child? So they both hole up in a hotel room until the trail the next day. Harry is convinced he is a dead man. Not even 5-0 can protect him. And a lot happens in those few hours, despite all of McGarrett's men, attempts on his life threaten the entire hotel. Will he live to testify? Will Steve and he become friends waiting it out? Entertaining character play between the two in the hotel room, despite some "whatever" happenings. Wait, McGarrett's got an idea!
We all want Peace Baby.
A visiting General is on the Island and the flower children just want him to read their "Peace Magazine" and the world will be all right. But there is a shooting into the crowd. It is assumed the assassin missed the General and the leader of the peace group is dead, right in front of McGarrett. McGarrett has to convince the flower children he is a "Peace Officer" and not the enemy, they really are "Not that Much Different." In the meantime, they have to convince themselves that all their members are peace lovers too. Hawaii 50 played out in the Sixties and Seventies with subjects that mirrored the times. Another murder, with interesting characters as always, and a police "Special force" that stood around a lot and waited for their boss to tell them what to do so he could solve the crime and keep the island safe for tourist.