So, I've been festering and percolating over here in my semi padded corner watching and trying not to be dismayed by what I've seen. But, guess what? It's not working. Let me add, that this is just my opinion and by the time the season actually starts things might seem different but at the moment this is how I feel and my fannish heart is bleeding.
I love my Five-0, and by that I mean how they were characterised (and lets not talk about the potential clusterfuck of Rachel's pregnancy) and behaved in Season 1.
Yet there seems to be a revolving door for trick pony guest stars at the get go for Season 2. I'm not saying they're not awesome. I'm not saying they don't add anything because they probably will, but what happened to the team? Look at all the BTS photos you've seen, I can count on both hands the number of times I've seen Chin, and I haven't seen Kono anywhere but at the blessing. That can not be good.
Just remember with everything I am about to say I am sure both actresses are perfectly lovely, talented, charming women, but their characters and placement in MY show, that is what I have issue with.
So while we're on the subject, Lauren, the first new girl? Way to endear her to the fandom TPTB. Every set of photos I've seen she's either the one with Steve, or somewhere near him like she's some sort of unneccessary satellite. The fact that I don't care to seek out her character's name sets off warning bells in my head. I haven't even seen working scenes with her yet and I am finding myself referring to her as 'her'. That, my friends, does not bode well with ongoing endearment. The thing that disturbs me the most is that there is more of her with Steve then there is of Danny with Steve.
She is rapidly attaining Val Kilmer status with me - for those of you who don't know me? I still haven't forgiven the Kilmernator for murdering Goose in Top Gun, for you purists Tom Cruise receives similar affection.
And then there is Danny's new 'girl'. Way to rewrite everything you have taught us about Danny in past episodes CBS. Danny is the team's moral high ground. He has morals and ethics and standards and he's not afraid to wave them in the face of anyone who doesn't measure up. He sure as hell doesn't go around flagrantly violating every moral standard he's thus far proudly upheld. So, in episode 1.23 heconfesses to having an affair with a married woman (that it's Rachel is inconsequential), in 1.24 he's running away with Rachel whom he's apparently impregnated and by episode 2.2 he's already in a place to hit on a new woman? He didn't date at all in Season 1 and how long had he been divorced? I don't care that the pregnancy could all be some big horrible trick she played on him but I'm not sure the Danny we know downshifts quite that fast.
And IF the actress is pregnant, who cares, shoot her from the chest up, stand her behind furniture, hell have him talk to her on the phone not in person. RL pregnancy is no excuse to dick about with characterisation of one of your leads.
I know you all know that I like guest stars (as much as you all hated him I liked Rick Springfield, , and I like semi-regular recurring characters, but each set of new BTS photos makes my heart sink a little bit more.
Take these for instance = Behind the Scenes
AoL never looks happy anymore, and when did he graduate to umbrella holder? Lets see, if someone else needs a brolly, they have two arms and a heartbeat, do it yourself, he's the star FFS, he might not behave like it, at least treat him like it. It's called respect people, thats what the crew is for.
Two things CBS.
1. You can't ramp up the Bromance to the point of adorable Airhearts and then retcon us. It doesn't work that way. You put it out there, you can't take it back. It's the heartbeat of this particular show. Not romance, not even the case of the week. the Steve/Danny relationship is what keeps us all hanging on. We're all mostly sensible adults, we know that Steve and Danny are not going to merrily jump into bed on screen, but who exactly was it harming for them to flirt so outrageously?
Sponsors and narrow minded bigots might have loud voices but you'll find they aren't the bulk of your ratings audience. You'll find that the bulk of your viewers want the bromance and the gay overtones that the redneck schmucks find so offensive. Don't believe me? Fine, let the ratings decide, but don't say I didn't warn you.
2. H50 is not Castle. Never has been and it never will be. Both shows have very different audiences and are very different, whilst both being bloody good shows. Don't try to make 5-0, Castle, you will fail, miserably. So you didn't make the ratings you projected, big deal. You didn't tank and you held your own. By introducing romance you're not attracting the Castle fans, you're actually repelling the fans you had last season.ETA
Just to be clear, I don't mind them having significant others, but if there is any more time spent on hearts and flowers and bed/shagging time with said significant others than Steve had with Catherine in Season 1 then it is TOO
much. Double dating and continuing the bromance flirting at the same time? Of this I heartily approve.
So, in short, If it's not broke, don't fucking fix it. The "fix" might just be what breaks it.