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If "The Ninety-Second War" Were Produced Today

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 15, 2017 at 8:50 AM

Speaking of McGarrett’s relationship with authority figures, take a look at his relationship with the governor and other authority figures in “The Ninety-Second War.”

McGarrett is found in an overturned car with a known crime lord and a briefcase containing $2 million. Yet, the governor has faith in him to have been set up and allows him to leave the Islands and fly over the pole to Switzerland. There, Interpol’s Karl Albrecht has faith in him to go to the bank where the funds were deposited to conduct an investigation. The military has faith in him to participate in the investigation from the Diamond Head bunker. The Soviet Union has faith in him to work with their agent, Colonel Mischa Toptegan.

Wow! People surely did have a lot of faith in their fellow human beings in the days before Watergate! “The Ninety-Second War” aired on January 11, 1972 (produced in 1971). The Watergate break-in began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972.

So, how would “The Ninety-Second War” play out today?

McGarrett would be placed under arrest even before he was extracted from the overturned car. The governor would hire an outside interim Five-0 chief while the Office of the Inspector General investigated not only McGarrett, but everyone on his team. Because deposits were made to a Swiss bank account in McGarrett’s name, the Feds would join in the investigation. McGarrett’s lawyer would not be given access to the lab results that showed how the accident was staged. McGarrett would go to trial, where no one would believe a word he said, because the whole scenario was too outlandish to be believed. Hopefully, his lawyer would negotiate for him to be incarcerated in a federal penitentiary on the mainland, because if he went to O‘ahu State Prison, he wouldn’t survive a month!


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Reply Honu59
1:03 PM on January 15, 2017 
Good speculation! You're probably correct. It's a good thing that "The Ninety Second War" occurred before Watergate. As it was, all this faith in McGarrett shows the value of conducting one's life with very high moral character and values. This was Steve's reputation. It earned him the utmost respect in his colleagues and even in his enemies.