Last week we introduced the team at the heart of H50. This week we’re going to introduce the support crew – the recurring characters who in some way assist the team with the crime of the week. This is another trip back to season 1, to rediscover the first time each member of the the support team appeared in an episode.
We’ll kick off with Kamekona because he was introduced to the audience in the pilot and he has featured in around half of the episodes to date. Kamekona is played by local actor Taylor Wily, also known as Teila Tuli and of Samoan descent, who was a champion sumo wrestler and mixed martial artist.
Chin is pretty sure Kamekona can give the team a name as a starting point in their investigation into people smuggling on the island. This is how you ‘pay’ for information from Kamekona:
Kamekona is a terrific addition to the show, I think. He provides some great comedic moments and it’s nice to have a local as a recurring character as well as an Hawaiian actor with an ongoing role. Sometimes he helps out the team with information and sometimes he’s just around for the lighter moments. We’ll feature more of Kamekona in future posts.
The next member of the support crew to be introduced is Dr Max Bergman, the medical examiner. We first met Max in episode 1.5 (Nalowale) when the team was called in by the Governor to investigate the disappearance of the daughter of the US Ambassador to the Phillippines after his other daughter is found murdered. McG and Danny meet the Governor at the ME’s office to the sound of beautiful piano playing coming from the next room (by the way, it’s actually Masi Oka playing which I think is pretty cool).
This is McG’s WTF? face:
The Governor explains the Max is a ‘tactile thinker’ and music is part of ‘his process’, hence the piano in his office. He’s possibly a savant, a genius, says the Governor. McG and Danny are not so sure but the Governor tells them they just need to trust her on this one.
This is McG’s face as he listens to Max’s explanation. Classic.
I thought Max was nicely played in his first episode, giving the audience some insight into his mannerisms and the way he interacts with people, setting his character up for some interesting times ahead. I have grown to love Max and I think it’s great to have a quirky character in the show. I can’t wait to feature his best moments in future posts. Oh, and in his opening scene, he apologises for using a double negative so the English teacher in me loves him right off the bat :).
The final member of the support crew to be introduced is Charlie Fong, a HPD forensic scientist. According to imdb, Fong’s first appearance was not until episode 1.22 (Ho’ohuli Na’au), where Rick Springfield’s fashion photographer character is murdered. As Alicia said to me, it’s hard to believe that Fong didn’t join the show until late in season 1 as it seems like he’s been around from the very beginning!
Brian Yang, who plays Fong, was interviewed in 2011 and he had this to say about his character: “I just take it episode to episode. The writers do what they do and each episode is its own little journey. I come in to help the team along when necessary. It’s fun. Each time, I get something different. I guess for both the audience, and myself, we’re kept on our toes. I was on the Warner Bros. lot not long ago and found out that the Charlie Fong character is actually based on a lab scientist who appeared on the original series!” This nicely sums up his character, don’t you think?
Anyway, Fong’s first encounter with the team is with Kono, and this scene is really cute. I love these two together. Fong gives Kono the good oil (that’s Ozspeak for the lowdown) on the explosion that killed Renny Sinclair. He makes forensic science look very sexy!
They get to work together in this episode, collecting samples of gas for the investigation and following up on other forensic leads. Fong jokes with Kono throughout their time together about her failing to remember where they know each other from – adorable!
This is Fong’s ‘nope-you-guessed-wrong’ face:
Finally, at the end of the episode, Kono finds out about her first meeting with Fong. It turns out that Kono was Fong’s first kiss, at his cousin Kelly’s 10th birthday party. He apologises for his braces cutting Kono’s lip although Kono remembers him as a pretty good kisser. This scene could not get any more adorable if it tried:
Episode 1.22 was a terrific introduction to Fong as he had some serious screen time and he had great scenes with Kono. According to imdb, he has only been in 17 episodes to date. I sure hope we see more of him!
We hope you come back next week to check out our post on Danny and McG’s loved ones – Cath, Grace, Mary and Gabby.
(Source of quote from Brian Yang: http://www.blogher.com/busy-actor-brian-yang-air; screen caps from screencaps at aithine.org.)