Wo Fat 2.0 now No. 1 criminal mastermind of all time

On the May 16 season finale of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0, it was revealed that Wo Fat controlled the Governor of Hawaii. That means he controlled the state. Now, criminal masterminds like to try to take over the world, or least signficant parts of it. But they fail. The revamped Wo Fat, it appears, has taken more territory than his mastermind colleagues. Therefore, he must be the No. 1 criminal mastermind of all time.

You scoff? Well, consider the following:

— Original Wo Fat. He tried to take over China (in the Nine Dragons episode of the original Hawaii Five-O). FAIL. He tried to develop a Star Wars-style weapon system two years before the Reagan administration announced such a project in the original Five-O’s final episode. He couldn’t even recognize that Steve McGarrett 1.0 was right in front of him wearing a fake wig and goatee. BIG FAIL.

— Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE. He tried to “inaugurate a little war” between the U.S. and Soviet Union so China could take over (You Only Live Twice). He tried to conduct an auction where nuclear supremecy would go to the highest bidder (Diamonds Are Forever). FAIL.

— Karl Stromberg (The Spy Who Loved Me) and Hugo Drax (Moonraker), each tried to kill off the world’s population and they would take over. FAIL.

— Franz Sanchez (Licence to Kill) had off the president of Isthmus to leave him alone. You could argue he had de facto control of the country except he got killed off by the end of the movie. FAIL.

— GALAXY tried to take over the world with a weather-controlling maching (Our Man Flint). FAIL.

— BIGO tried to take over the world in Matt Helm movies. FAIL.

— Thrush tried to take over the world in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. on multiple occasions. FAIL.

— KAOS tried to take over the world multiple times on Get Smart. FAIL.

Clearly, Wo Fat 2.0 is on to something. Instead of a grand goal (taking over the world, taking over a country), he has broken it down to smaller, accomplishable parts. Of course, he did kill the Governor in the May 16 episode, so it’s not entirely clear his control over the state of Hawaii will continue. Still, being an accomplished criminal mastermind, he may have a Plan B. The beauty of Wo Fat’s situation is *nobody knows he has control of Hawaii* except Steve McGarrett 2.0. And McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is in jail for the Governor’s murder.

Also, Wo Fat didn’t take over just any state. He took over “our extended finger into the Pacific (Ocean),” as the Governor (that is the original Governor from the original Five-O pilot, played by Lew Ayres) put it. That’s not to be confused with the Governor (Jean Smart) who was under Wo Fat’s control in the new Five-0

This is even more impressive because Wo Fat 2.0 (Mark Dacascos) have probably has *less than 20 minutes of screen time* all season long.

It should be noted that Robert Short and Danny Biederman, who tried to develop a Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie in the early 1980s, had a storyline where Thrush had taken over the world (economically) but nobody knew it. That project, though, never saw the light of day, so it doesn’t count.

Congrats, Wo Fat 2.0.

Well, that never happened on the original Hawaii Five-O

The producers of the new Hawaii Five-0 doubled down big time with the May 16 season finale. Nothing like that ever happened on the original 1968-80 Hawaii Five-O show.

If you didn’t see it but intend to see it on DVR or Comcast On Demand, then stop reading now. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. (UPDATE: The episode is on the CBS Web site and you can view it BY CLICKING HERE.)

(SPOILERS APLENTY FOLLOW)

The Governor (Jean Smart) was allied with Wo Fat. Steve McGarrett 2.0 (Alex O’Loughlin) dresses up like a ninja, breaks into the Governor’s residence (for the second time in the episode). The Big Kahuna confronts her, admits her role in the conspiracy. Then, Wo Fat (who hasn’t been seen in several episodes except in still pictures) tasers McGarrett. Wo Fat then kills the Governor with McG’s gun and slips out of the residence. McGarrett’s under arrest, arrested for the Guv’s murder.

Meanwhile, Danno’s ex-wife is pregnant and is leaving Hawaii. Kono is also in trouble with the law. Chin Ho (evidently wisely) accepts a reinstaement offer from HPD. Five-0 doesn’t exist anymore. “To be continued….” it says at the end of the episode.

By contrast, in the old series, the Governor (Lew Ayres in the pilot, Richard Denning for the rest of the series) was a figure of virtue. Jack Lord’s McGarrett absolutely never pulled a gun on the Guv, nor was the Guv aligned with Wo Fat. Different era, different plot lines.

UPDATE II: A trivia note. Over the past several episodes, McGarrett was getting mysterious letters with pieces of evidence that had been stolen from his house. It turns out an aide to the Governor was sending them, to help McGarrett (she got killed at the start of the May 16 episode). The “Steve McGarrett” handwriting on those envelopers matches McGarrett 1.0’s handwriting in the original show. It was shown (appropriately enough) in a Wo Fat episode of the original show, The Ninety Second War.