Baywatch Hawaii made its debut and I must say that the show has not improved at all from last season. The premier episode
Aloha Hawaii was extremely weak to start off the season. Another remake from an old episode. The more talented cast
of Mitzi Kapture, Kelly Packard and David Chokachi have decided not to return to the show for their own reasons.
The Executive Producers have decided to return to the mistake made during the 7th season. This season revealed very weak
acting on part of the main cast with the exception of David Hasselhoff and Jason Brooks. Gone is Classic Baywatch
and its California beaches in which it was built around. Say goodbye to those famous red swimsuits and rescue cans, which
are now collectors items. We won't be seeing the Buchannon home or Baywatch Headquarters either.
We now see the disappointment of yellow swimsuits on the women and red knee shorts with drawstring piping around the
waistband on the men. Much of the weak plot just didnt make any sense at all. I have thought of at least fifty ideas to give
Mitch good, solid reasons to move to Hawaii and start a Training Center. The reason they gave us just totally clashed with
everything he has ever wanted.
The episode started out in Hawaii with Mitch sitting on the beach with a growing beard and bandana tied around his head,
like some silly, middle-aged gang-banger. He was supposed to be depressed with his life. It's something that a longtime fan
of the show couldn't possibly buy into. Mitch rescued a Hawaiian family and the little girl named Hina (Janel Parrish) was
saved, but was rushed to the hospital in a coma. His reasons were not valid as Mitch spoke to a Hawaiian lifeguard named Kelelie
Rock Keaweamahi. Mitch called him Rock (Vince Klyn).
His dad passed SEASONS ago and although Mitch loved him, they just couldn't see eye to eye and as a result,
did not have a close relationship. After his father died, Mitch was not shown mourning, but shown getting on with his life.
He came to peace with it two seasons later in the Father's Day/5th season episode. And his stating that Hobie was
gone off to college wasn't good either. Mitch wanted Hobie to go to college even though the teenager did not want to. Mitch
had claimed that he didn't know how to talk to him any more. No one bought this! Mitch and Hobie are close
and have had heated disagreements since Hobie was just a little thing. You'd think that there was in invisible umbilical cord
attached to them! But now as time has it, Hobie (Jeremy Jackson) had been pushed out of the picture for a younger model.
Let's face it, last season during the shooting schedule, Jeremy was considered washed up at 17 for the role. To keep a young
image, David Hasselhoff and the little boy who portrayed Tanner Sloan (Cameron Finley) relive the Mitch/Hobie days. It is
enough to make your stomach curl. Where are my TUMS?
And the Alzheimer's dilemma was finally addressed here. Mitch's mom, Irene Buchannon (Anne Jefferys) was diagnoised with
Alzheimer's Disease way back in the 6th season. Mitch and Hobie should have been taking care of her until it got
too difficult as Alzheimer's patients get extremely violent due to confusion. But for some reason, this fact was discarded
in the 8th season's Diabolique. Irene didn't have the disease and was taking care of little Ashley (a scary thought).
Mitch went on with his life as though his mom was a healthy woman. Now the disease had resurfaced as one of the excuses to
become a recluse in Hawaii. This REALLY makes your stomach upset!
And Mitch said that he still thought about his ex-wife. I couldn't see a problem here. He could see Gayle any
time he wanted. Although they divorced YEARS ago when Hobie was little, they remained close friends for the sake of their
child. They care about each other. He had come to terms with it enough to have meaningful relationships with other women.
He married Neely (Gena Lee Nolin/Jennifer Lynn Campbell) and broke up with her. So, I couldn't see what he had to gripe
and whine about.
The whole concept of him running a Training Center was illogical to me. Mitch shunned responsibility of running
anything. He couldn't stand being a Captain with Baywatch. I couldn't imagine him opening and running a Lifeguard Training
He whined to Rock about the little girl and how he had made mistakes. He thought that she was caught in a rip current,
but was in a lava tomb. And the girl was now hospitalized in a coma. Rock told him that he didn't know that there were rip
currents, caves and lava tombs around the rock pits and about the waves that broke against it. Mitch told him that he
had lost his confidence and didn't think that he should be on the beach any more. Mitch went to the hospital to check on the
girl's condition. There was no change. After swimming off some of the frustration, he visted Rock who was on duty in his tower.
Mitch wanted to talk to him, so Rock got another lifeguard to watch his tower. He told Rock that the little girl's
incident had an impact on him and gave him the scoop about his Lifeguard Training Center. He wanted to open it here in Hawaii
to handle any given situation.
Mitch had many situations with victims. He had been through this remake before. Seasons ago, it happened with two little
boys who were brothers. He had the decision of following procedure and saving one over the other first. He went through Traumatic
Stress Syndrome. The scenes in the water and hospital were the same, right down to placing his necklace in the little
girl's hand. The other episode had Mitch giving his mother Hobie's lucky marble to place in the boy's hand. And
they would have to throw in the birthday for Hina, as for Bobby, it was his 10th. He had been through a lot of problems with
rescues, but none had made enough of an impact on him to get him to quit his job and pack his bags for Hawaii to open
a Training Center.
Mitch got Jack "J.D." Darius (Michael Bergin) and Jessica "Jessie" Owens (Brooke Burns) from Los Angeles, Allie
Reese (Simmone MacKinnon) from Australia, a nineteen year old named Jason (Jason Momoa) who was sent down from Galveston,
Texas and a Hawaiian lifeguard named Kekoa Tanaka (Stacy Kamano). He wanted lifeguard Sean Monroe to run the Center.
Later, Mitch visited the hospital to see if the little girl had improved at all. Her father was there. He apologized
that he wasn't able to save her. Hina's father (Ben Wong) told him that he did save her because she was still alive and stop
mourning that she was dead. She was alive and was going to have a birthday party. She was going to be 12 years old. He was
invited. Mitch informed him that he would be there. He said that he didn't even know her name. The girl's father told him
that her name was Hina.
Everyone arrived at the Training Center and when J.D. was already dressed, looking for Jessie, he walked into
one of the rooms to find Kekoa topless. She hadn't pulled up her swimsuit. He had called for Jessie and stopped in mid-sentence.
He kept staring with no effort to look away. Give us all a break here! Children watch this show and this scene was unnecessary.
Kekoa turned around to face him with no effort to pull the suit up completely! She even smiled at him while saying that Jessie
wasn't there. And all the while, J.D. spent that time listing over her large chest. She was the only lifeguard that was totally
SHAMELESS. This character didn't impress me at all and came across as sleazy. It was bad enough that she was awful in the
acting department. And for the J.D. character as well. J.D. knew that he was as guilty as sin when he caught up
with Jessie. He just should have told her about the incident so that she would already know about it. She shouldn't
have to hear about it later from someone else in particular, if the situation presented itself. But J.D. chose to keep looking
at Kekoa, while she exchanged glances.
A Hawaiian lifeguard named Kai (Kala'i Miller) confronted Jason about his Hawaiian heritage. Jason wanted nothing to
do with it. It was apparent that he was all for himself.
After everyone arrived at the meeting, Sean asked Mitch how he wanted it handled. Who was to say what. But Mitch wanted
him to handle the whole thing. Sean reminded Mitch that this was his show. He put the money together and set it up. Mitch
had confidence in Sean. He could handle it. Sean told Mitch that he wouldn't let him down. Mitch said that he already knew
that. It was the reason that he picked him. Mitch claimed to have responsibilities back in Los Angeles to take care of. He
would be around to advise as much as possible.
Why would we expect to see anything else? Mitch claimed that he was so affected by this little girl's accident that he
opened this Lifeguard Training Center, but wanted someone else to run it. Where was dedication and drive from this
girl's condition for him to run the Center? It would have made more sense for Mitch to run it and have two assistants
to help in his absence.
Sean started the meeting and gave them the speech introducing himself and that he had ten years of experience at
L.A. County and five years in Hawaii. They were setting up a Lifeguard Training Center. Before any lifeguards were
to be invited to the team, they had to know the waters. They must be trained until every member was proficient. He told them
that the training would be difficult and dangerous. And that Mitch picked him as team leader. Mitch picked them as members
of the team, he didn't. He emphasized that it would be an elite team and that every team had a WEAK LINK. He would find
that Weak Link and send him or her home. He did challenge them as if they knew that they were the Weak
Link, to do him a favor and leave now. He looked them all over sternly and then said that training started tomorrow.
Each one of them wondered who the Weak Link was. They each assured themselve that it wasn't them.
Later, Rock brought Mitch to Hina, who was out of the hospital. She seemed healthy and fully recovered. She gave
him a lei that her mother made for him for saving their lives. Hina told him that as long as he kept the lei, that
his soul would be in their keeping. It was made out of feathers in which Rock pointed out were for royalty. Hina then reminded
Mitch about her birthday party and Mitch told her that he would be there. After he left, Mitch looked a bit closer at
the lei. Rocky told him that it was a great honor.
Too much emphasis was made on this Weak Link. If you were invited to be a staff member of the Training
Center, just train the lifeguards well and let them train others. If you had to go through an elimination process waiting
for a mistake for you to get sent home, why even bother with the training in the first place? As I mentioned before, combined
with weak acting, the script should have been tossed as it was just as bad as the actors' Cigar Store Indian or even
better, Cardboard appearances. The highly touted new writers could have come up with fresh, original stories.
The only thing new was the title change for the show and even that was partially borrowed material. For future episodes, I
hope that the writers have come up with something more interesting to watch. My Score: 1 Rescue Can
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