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Dear Peter Lenkov,
Firstly, I want to say thank you for bringing Hawaii Five-0 back to life for is. I didn’t see the original as I was just a kid when it was on, but I love your version so much than I can’t imagine watching a different version.
Steve McGarrett is a great character, and Alex plays him so well. You can feel the knife edge upon which he lives his life. People leave him, like all the time, but he sucks it up,and tries to be the best friend/colleague/surrogate uncle he can, no matter what. Losing Freddie, dealing with Wo Fat, finding and losing and finding and losing his mother - frankly, I’m not sure how he hasn’t lost his mind. He’s calmed a little as the years have passed. He no longer blows locked doors up with hand grenades and doesn’t dangle people from rooves. I miss crazy Steve sometimes, but I also like how he’s grown into the island’s protector, not just the man trying to blow bits up.
Danny is awesome too. A man who was just plain angry at the beginning, frustrated by his moving and Rachel taking his Gracie, and everything. Scott Caan played the death of his partner-Grace so incredibly, and the whole storyline of where Gracie got her name was unexpected and beautiful and heartbreaking. Danno has also calmed a little, though his rants still entertain us regularly. They’ve seemed a little bitter this last year, a little more broken and truly angry, and Steve’s retorts have had this same edge. And while the finale did ease some of this, the argument at the end still held a chilly bite that seems out of character for these two.
But, Peter, I think I’ve figured out why.
In season one, Steve was crazed with revenge and pain. He lost Freddie and his dad quickly, and was helpless both times when he is usually never helpless. When he met Danny at first, he saw a chance to help someone. It was the same with Chin and Kono. His previous helplessness was eradicated because now he could restore the lives of these three broken people. And it worked - to begin with. Wo Fat did his best to ruin it, but the team remained strong.
In season two, we saw Danny give up his chance at family to save Steve. I was naive back then; I saw a friend help a friend, a brother help a brother. Danny lost the tie (which Steve appreciated), and in the season opener we got to see another one of those looks that these two share. You see, even at the beginning of season two, they had nailed wordless communication.
At the end of season two, we lost Steve for a while. While we all know the real reasons for Alex’s absence, we also commend the way it was handled in the script. Chasing down his mother was perfect, because you see, Steve had fixed his friends. Now he needed to fix himself. He couldn’t save his father, so he tried to save his mother.
Throughout season three, we watched as Steve and Danny bickered their way through car chases and gun fights and barbecues. I was still naive. I fell for CBS’ marketing of the ‘bromance’, and enjoyed watching my boys.
Season four began to hurt. Danny, terrified of small spaces and trapped in a building, while Steve patched him up and found a way out. There had been declarations of love between them before, but this one was IT. They meant it. Yet, Danny walked away with Grace and Amber and left Steve to walk into a trap. Danny turned his back on Steve. And I cried. I understood now.
Season Five was incredible, and Steve finally taking down Wo Fat was perfectly timed. The battle was epic, the rescue orchestrated perfectly. Steve, sobbing over his father, with eyes only for Danny despite the rest of the team being there. Just like when they rescued him from Korea, or Danny flew to Afghanistan or any other moment where one life hung in the balance. Danny loves Steve. Not as brothers; it goes deeper. Alex and Scott play it that way, with lingering looks and touches that cross an appropriate boundary. They stand close to one another, they share space and thoughts and family. When Danny lost Matty, Steve was there to put him back together. When Steve lost Danny to a foreign prison with little hope for his rescue, he put Danny’s life above Chin’s and pulled out all the stops.
Steve loves Danny too. Not like brothers.
Season six was painful, though. A brocation which just gave Danny more ammunition to pull away from Steve who flirts his was through half an island. (I exaggerate, I am sad) Yes, Cathering left Steve-again. But they aren’t meant to be, because if they were they would already have been. Their relationship is one of convenience, one of comfort and familiarity and, for Steve, was the only ‘home’ he had for a long time. But she is family, not his lover, not the other half of his soul.
Danny was excited Steve was going to propose. Because he wants Steve to be happy, because he wants him to have a chance at family, because he doesn’t think he’s enough.
We battled through season six. We were given small moments of the two of them together which rekindled the flame of our shipping hearts, but we were also given anger and bitterness and pain.
And then Danny gave part of himself to save Steve. Despite it being a risk to his own life, despite risking leaving his children without their father, he gave of himself. Because he loves Steve. They are family.
So, Peter, I guess you are wondering why I’m writing. From things I have read, from viewing figures, from the pessimistic place I have come to in my life, I am certain that this season you are about to bring us will be our last. We are on borrowed time. CBS is letting these incredible actors, who bring to life these fantastic characters, finish out their seven year contracts.
We, the fans, need you to be brave. Scott thinks there’s plenty of emotion between these characters, Alex knows it has so much more space to grow. Steve and Danny share longing looks, and hugs, and frustration with their own fears. If this is our last hurrah, if this is the last chance we get to see these two live happily ever after, then why can’t it be together? Steve and Danny are not ‘bros’, nor are they brothers. They love each other in almost every way imaginable.
We know Steve goes above and beyond (Chin’s story in the finale confirmed what we already knew, Steve is an softy!). But he is also a military man who lived under the oppression and bigotry of DADT, a SEAL who survived wars and battle, and he carries so many scars. Please, Peter, let them find their happiness with each other. You see, Danny has his own scars too. They are neither of them perfect, but they are perfect for each other. They each understand the other’s baggage, they know what has made them into the men they are, they compliment each other-two halves of the one whole.
I guess what I am trying to say is, screw the network and tell your stories. Maybe, just maybe, making one of the most obvious gay relationships in television history become canon will save the show, with breathe into it new life, will bring to it a whole host of new fans. Peter, you are respectful of us shippers, of the people who cannot live without constructing new endings and new beginnings for these characters for whom we care so much.
Please, bring us our McDanno. Prove that you don’t have to be gay to love someone of the same gender, but that in fact love transcends gender and stereotypes and just is. Hawaii is all about peace and love.
Let Steve and Danny have theirs.
Kindest regards, warmest of wishes, and a few rainbow coloured prayers,
PREACH IT, SISTER
Wow. Well written and respectful. Oh, please make it come true next season.
Worth the read, then spread the message
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