Hawaii Five-O

Season 12 Episode 20

Woe to Wo Fat

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 1980 on CBS
7.1
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Woe to Wo Fat
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To investigate the disappearance of three scientists, McGarrett disguises himself as a colleague and finds himself up against his evil nemesis Wo Fat.

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  • poor and Illogical ending

    1.0
    The Fight scene was totally terrible. Maybe based on a comic book!

    It shows Wo Fat taking a file out of his shoe---presuedely he will escape and Mcgarret will chase him unnessary cliff one thing Wo fat has not only screwed up missions but has also allied himself and tried to kill a envoy who could be Mainland China other words Jail could be the safest place for Wo Fat!!!!! It would have been better toe the ending to be that after Mcgarret leaves, a "Guard" comes to Wo fat and tells him he will let him "escape" but instead poisons Wo Fat. .this epsiode was just a few months short of the premire epsidoe 12th year anniversary.moreless
  • A lousy ending to the series for me. One point of this finale seems OK - the idea of satire. Unfortunately the episode fails to build on that and dies on the vine.moreless

    1.8
    McGarrett and Wo Fat have a final unlikely showdown on a "mysterious island".



    Since no one has reviewed this finale yet, I figured I should get an entry in. In many ways, its sort of obvious that since the series had run out of gas that this final entry should be tongue-in-cheek. I don't disagree with that approach. But the fun spy and sci-fi fantasy that is seen in the very first pilot TV movie is completely missing.



    It just doesn't work. There are many fan sites where you can read how this episode is lacking, and I won't repeat the many flaws they point out. Logistically, its most odd that McGarrett and the scientists are controlled by a mysterious "gas" that takes away their independence but otherwise leaves them unaffected. Totally strange as McGarrett is able to breathe the gas but still is aware enough to keep his disguised "secret identity" hidden. Forget the "star wars" laser that Wo Fat wants, this gas alone could enable him to take over the world. And of course that is the main point, world domination - but in this installment Wo Fat is not allied with communist China, nor is he seeking to overthrow whatever "fools" want to guide China in the "wrong" direction. After twelve years he is reduced to a comic book character that simply wants a deadly weapon for its own sake.



    This is why the episode is a disaster - its not light-hearted and at the same time its way too serious for the script - suddenly the idea of a Hawaiian police officer in mortal combat with an international criminal just becomes a cartoon. Sadly, there's nothing here of note other than the writers actually trying to close the series with continuity.moreless
Vito Scotti

Vito Scotti

Bill Baskin

Guest Star

Pat Crowley

Pat Crowley

Dr Elizabeth Fielding

Guest Star

Terence Knapp

Terence Knapp

Dr Lindquist

Guest Star

Khigh Dhiegh

Khigh Dhiegh

Wo Fat

Recurring Role

Lyle Bettger

Lyle Bettger

General Dexter

Recurring Role

Wayne Ward

Wayne Ward

Philip Duvenal

Recurring Role

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