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Updated: January 03, 2017 - Added bit are at the end of the section
User Name/Nick: Mitch
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E-mail: rogue_nomad @ outlook . com
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Character Name: Steven J. McGarrett
Series: Hawaii Five - O
From When?: Season 2 – Episode 22
Inmate/Warden: Inmate. Steve McGarrett was known as a highly respected and decorated SEAL, with strong morals and a drive to get any mission accomplished doing whatever it took. These traits are fantastic in a military career, but outside of the military, Steve’s drive to achieve the goals he sets for himself have made him reckless often putting him, his team and civilians in danger. In refusing to wait for backup, Steve has managed to get his partner shot and injured, along with several suspects and fellow police officers either shot or killed. When chasing down leads in an investigation, Steve has no concern for witness rights or the law, often putting them in dangerous situations.
Because Five-O is highly successful in cleaning up the criminal element on the islands it’s become easy for those he works with to convert to Steve's way of thinking. Each team member has done or contributed to acts they previously were against. One team member has ended up dead; another resigned when she realized how far she’d gone. The others have assisted Steve in large-scale thefts, abuse of witnesses, and creating international incidents, none of which Steve sees an issue with as it has gotten the job done. Steve still tentatively respects authority but when he does not agree with the decisions being made, he skirts the issue and finds ways to create loopholes or simply does what he wants and deals with the consequences later.
Part of Steve’s focus and drive comes as a way to refrain from dealing with emotional issues that he has little to no ability to handle. He suffers from abandonment issues and repeated betrayal from those he loves and trusts. After being tortured and the events that followed, Steve’s ability to cope are severely strained and no longer sufficient. Not being able to ask for help, without word or notice to his team, he takes off on his own. Steve needs someone to reign him in and help him find an understanding and balance between his actions and resulting outcome on the smaller scale, that the ends don’t always justify the means, while also assisting him in finding a better way to cope than to repress.
ETA 1/03/17 - Escape and Mutiny Attempt: The above can also be seen on the barge, particularly during his escape attempt with Quentin and the mutiny attempt with Steve Rogers, both in November 2016.
Steve's morals are founded on the belief that doing what is right is worth the personal cost. We can see this in his strive to be the best he can possibly be in everything he does, usually by over-achieving. When he was a boy it was in attempts to gain his father's approval, then he joined the Navy and became a SEAL. This has resulted in Steve's personal expectations of himself are to deliver no matter the personal cost, he's willing to make the sacrifice without a second thought. It's not that he necessarily means for others around him to do the same, because he doesn't ask for that nor is it a conscious realization that he gives this expectation, but those around him do tend to fall into this trap. His team, as mentioned above, raise their personal expectations to match his, and it appears that Quentin does as well. Quentin didn't expect the escape attempt to work, but he believed it was the right thing to do, regardless of the personal cost to himself. That he paid dearly, Quentin seems to feel it was still worthwhile. When Steve looks at what Quentin did, he's proud of him and respects him more for it. He doesn't feel that what Quentin did was his fault, he didn't ask or pressure Quentin into doing it, nor would he have looked poorly on the man for not doing it, but he didn't stop to question if it was really the best thing for Quentin to do. Steve has no regret for attempting this escape; it upsets him that the Admiral demoted Quentin but he doesn't regret what they did - they were doing the right thing.
With the mutiny that happened immediately after this escape attempt helps to bring more clarity to Steve's way of thinking and the problems that come from it. Attempting a mutiny was the right thing to do - the torture and abuse that happens on the barge needs to stop. Yes his main reason for joining the mutiny was to find escape - Mary is his number one priority and getting her off the barge comes before all else, BUT that Rogers had intended to stop the torture and abuse and allow those who wanted to find redemption to do so, and those who just like the barge to stay supported Steve's decision to join in. The personal risk to him attempting the mutiny, and he only seen the risk to himself and the other mutineers, was worth the attempt.
- That the bond would not have broken and the inmates could have been stuck there, perhaps dying in open space, was not something he considered and he's on the fence if this would have been worth the risk of trying. He thinks this is the worst case scenario and that they would have figured out some way around this.
- What happened with the Enclosure brings about many things, some conflicting:
- The Enclosure was believed to be disabled. They were working on the panel to open a door to get to the interior part of the ship, not to reactivate the Enclosure. He did not foresee this as a possibility. This on it's own is not an issue for him.
- That the Enclosure took what was programmed into it and exposed the entire barge to those programs all at once... Steve is mostly annoyed here that people were stupid enough to use the Enclosure to play out such horrors. This is a prison ship where the madman in charge often runs them through hell - why give him extra ideas, your deepest fears, or anything to make matters worse. He blames those who programmed such things into the Enclosure.
- That people suffered as a result of his mutiny attempt - regardless of why or how or who as at fault, this Steve regrets. There was no way he was able to see this was a possibility in advance, but that it did he regrets. His ultimate goal is protect the innocent from those willing to take advantage of them, and while technically no one on the barge is innocent, those who did not take part in the mutiny should not have had to pay for the attempt. That they did bothers Steve. He regrets he didn't know this information in advance and had he, he would not have attempted the mutiny but tried to stop it. When he apologies, this is what he's apologizing for. Only this.
- The fallout from the mutiny has seriously adjusted his view of the barge and the wardens.
- The wardens Steve had seen as virtually good people who ended up in a bad situation and are trying to make the best of it. Yes in the end they got a deal but back home people got paid to do a job, this was no different. He believed that if they were presented with a way to make things better, the well-being of those on the barge would take precedence to their deals and they would do the right thing. After the mutiny it was made very clear to him that this was not the case. The wardens are either here strictly for their deals - regardless of any consequence; like the barge and while they won't do anything to change it - if something happens and Steve can break the bond that holds him there, they will take him wherever he wants to go; they complain about the barge and say they want a change but will only help with that change if it's 100% guaranteed and at no cost - so never likely to happen; or are willing to do something and end up paying when for it dearly.
- Worse was the dismissal Steve felt from the wardens - a pat on the head telling him that they understood why he tried but lectured or yelled at him when he tried to say anything. It became clear that they really have no idea why he tried and have no interest in knowing.
- As a group Steve has lost all respect for the wardens. Individually those who he already had a relationship with he still trusts in certain aspects but he's very leery to expand that trust.
- When it comes to the barge in general, Steve doesn't see how he can possibly achieve redemption. He still doesn't fully understand why he's there so he's got no idea what to even try to fix. When he looks at the wardens and those who have been redeemed he doesn't understand why some are their or succeeded so how can he possibly achieve what he doesn't understand?!
- Now because so many are happy or at least okay with how the barge operates, any escape attempt that may jeopardize them is no longer an option, taking most forms of escape off the table.
- The barge, to Steve, is now something to be endured until the admiral gets rid of him. Or until Mary graduates, then he'll ask the Admiral to let him go. Either way, he's given up.
- Steve's nature is to be friendly and helpful, that doesn't change but after the mutiny he's locked away a large part of himself.
Abilities/Powers: Steve is human with no special powers.
Being a highly decorated Navy SEAL with experience in Naval Intelligence, Steve is a natural leader who exhibits an above average intelligence with an interest in forensics. He’s multilingual, being fluent in English, Hawaiian, and the most popular Asian languages - Korean, Mandarin and Japanese being his most fluent, he can get by in many of the others. He is able to fly both a plane and helicopter. Physically Steve has high stamina and endurance for pain. Once he sets his mind on something he’s very determined and will push his body to the limits to achieve the desired results.
Steve is well versed and deadly accurate with various firearms, including a sniper’s rifle, both in operation and care. Trained in martial arts, he’s highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and excels at close quarter combat or in handling multiple assailants. Growing up surrounded by ocean, the water is one of Steve’s first loves and he is an exceptional swimmer and diver. He also enjoys nature and has excellent wilderness tracking and survival skills.
Steve is also trained in Special Operations Combat Medic Course
Personality: Steve for the most part is a good man. He believes in being honorable and in doing the right thing, no matter the cost, with an understanding that sacrifice needs to happen for the greater good. When his friends need him, he’s loyal and dependable; always willing to offer a hand or do whatever he can to be supportive. One day, in the future, Steve will make a good warden on the barge.
Raised in a home where his father’s attention was not easy to come by and emotions or feelings were never discussed, Steve strove to be the best that he could in every aspect to obtain his father’s approval. Being dismissed by his father at fifteen without reason and shipped off to military school, Steve turned his focus there. Graduating with honors, becoming a SEAL, and then Naval Intelligence, Steve became the best there was with commendations and medals. The loss of his mother, and virtually his sister and father was not something he ever addressed and the feelings of abandonment where compartmentalized away.
Having been part of a military establishment since he was 15 years old shaped Steve and how he views the world around him. Accustomed to leading he’s quick to take charge and dive into the action but his focus is generally narrow and solely on target. This often results in putting the safety of himself and those around him, his team, or bystanders, at risk. Being highly capable himself and accustomed to working with others who are equally as capable, Steve has little to no understanding of the danger and will downplay it when pointed out.
Away from the military Steve found others that he trusted and relied on would betray or abandon him, leaving him confused and without understanding. Often their betrayal left Steve feeling guilty, as if he’d done something to deserve their actions or that he was not good enough. Not having a way to deal with or protect himself from such events, Steve represses and isolates as a defence. This leads to him feeling insecure and uncertain when it comes to dealing with others in an unstructured fashion. Together with his abandonment issues Steve compensates for by attempting to over achieve. Unfortunately he often feels like he falls short and perceives those shortcomings as failures. Steve is extremely loyal and will do anything to help but does not ask or accept help in return, instead becoming very secretive and detached when he requires assistance. Unsure of appropriate responses he’ll push forward an air of confidence or smugness.
When focused, Steve is dedicated and determined to achieve his goals. Whether his goal is swimming five miles before breakfast or bringing to justice the perpetrator on the latest case, he attacks the problem with a single-minded seriousness. When with friends, he will relax and become easy to smile or share a joke. Once he feels secure in a relationship, he enjoys winding up his friends to get a reaction but never in a malicious way. He’s loyal but keeps his thoughts and emotions hidden, although things he feels deeply about do tend to come out in his actions or facial expressions.
Steve’s solitary and devoted focus has also leaded him to knowingly be reckless or disregard the rights of others. In one case he used a suspect’s bullet wound to take a fingerprint before hanging the man off a roof threatening to drop him if he didn’t talk. Witness have been allowed to be tied to the roof of a racing vehicle, been tossed in a shark tank, and in one case Steve used a grenade to open a door in closed quarters. Steve’s intent is not to injure these individuals but to scare then into compliance. This has occasionally backfired when chasing a suspect on a high-rise construction site that resulted in the man falling to his death.
Because Steve methods are often able to produce positive results for the greater-good those who work near him start to find their line between right and wrong become blurred. It becomes easier for them to disregard the law and civil liberties. They've committed theft, do not request warrants or respect due process and have narrowly escaped causing international incidents. Initially his team was strong to push back on Steve when he breached these areas but that lessens over time and they begin to take those liberties themselves. It's not only Steve rubbing off on them but he is often the one with the initial idea that they get behind and willingly play a part in. Governor Denning hires a skilled profiler from Homeland Security to assist in this area but after several months on the team she finds herself losing her ethics and she leaves the team.
Several months back, a member of his team, Jenna Kaye, betrayed Steve. She arranged for Steve to be captured by Wo Fat where he was tortured before Wo Fat killed Jenna in front of him. Not long after his life long mentor, Joe White, turned his back on Steve, not including him on vital information that had gotten him tortured. Steve started pulling away from his team and isolating himself. Physically he pushed himself hard but gradually lost weight and appeared to become ill. When Joe disappeared, Steve left his team a note and went off alone in search for answers.
ETA 7/27/16: It's important to keep in mind Steve's military background, one that started when he was at a very impressionable age. He was trained that achieving the mission is the number one goal above all else, (the only time Steve will deviate from this is if someone he values is in danger, and then he will put them first - regardless of the cost). In the military the mission is to bring X to justice. If he's required to kill or torture in order to achieve that goal, then it is an acceptable action. An example of this is seen in an episode after Steve's canon point but it's clear it's something he had done during his service - a lower level terrorist is taken, tied and gagged and left to find by a fellow terrorist with a live grenade under him. When said fellow terrorist goes to help the tied terrorist they are all killed as a distraction so that he can get in close to the terrorist he was after.
Steve does have a good set of morals however and he will only torture those he deems deserve it - meaning he will not take a mission report or anyone else's view until he's gathered enough evidence and made his decision. This is not the case for the person he's after, that he defaults to the mission - unless he encounters contradictory evidence, it's for those he uses to get to that person. In the military he had less concern, association was enough to condemn a man, but in civilian life (Five-O) he is certain those he threatens are guilty.
The lives of the people he goes after, and those who prevent him from getting to them, have no value to him. The greatest punishment for someone is to rot in a prison cell because the military must justify the goal of the mission - this is how he was trained, he understands and believes in this mindset. The lives that are lost, injured or threatened along the way are collateral damage and as long as there is a justified reason, this is acceptable as long as the goal is achieved - again, behaviour taught and supported by the military.
It may seem that Steve is being reckless in his actions, but he is just acting and behaving in the way he was trained. This is second nature and natural to him. What we see while he's working with Five-O is more controlled and careful version than we would have seen in the military. This makes it difficult for Steve to understand why others find him reckless. He is in complete control and is already being careful. What's the problem?!
Barge Reactions: Steve comes from a fandom that is based similarly to our reality and will not likely initially believe the situation he’s found himself in. Instead of focusing on that however he will quickly ignore it for the things he is more familiar with. Other species on the boat will initially be met with some side-eyes or apprehension but unless threatened that will quickly fade. Steve is accustomed to interacting with people from various cultures, backgrounds, races, etc and will be respectful of differences. Being on the Barge itself will remind him of being on a Navy Vessel and he’ll adapt quickly there as well.
The biggest hurdle I see for Steve will be his place on the boat, being an inmate. He’s proud of his military background and sees himself as a good man. I expect him to resist the idea that he needs to change his approach to anything.
When it comes to floods and breaches, Steve will be there to help out., very task driven and determined. Those events will give him something to focus on, outside of his circumstances, and he’ll likely look forward to the challenge they present.
Path to Redemption: Steve being career military it may seem natural for a warden to establish a relationship with him as a commanding officer. While Steve will respond appropriately to this type of arrangement, at least while he either respects his warden or cares about the consequences, it will not get through to him. Should his warden feel that Steve is becoming out of control however, pulling rank would then be the quickest way to get his attention and under control, (again as long as he respects said warden or cares about the consequences).
Steve needs someone to be on an equal playing field as him, to become friends, show trust and respect, and demand him to give those things in return, and not allow him to pull into himself. Challenging him as needed and not backing down when Steve inevitably pushes back. Showing him approval in the details instead of the ultimate goal would also help him to adjust his focus, and on the flip side disapproval where he goes beyond the limit being more important than the end goal. I’d like to say not allowing him to accomplish a goal from time to time but providing approval on the smaller aspects would be useful but Steve, being goal-driven, will not take this easily and will likely miss the point of the lesson the first couple times and become difficult to deal with. Perhaps something to work up to.
A sign Steve is becoming emotionally overloaded is when he pushes himself physically and starts to take unnecessary risks with his well being. He needs someone who can recognize that pattern of behavior and to pressure him into talking. Steve will try anything not to open up, but will if he’s exhausted his resources and has no other option.
Water is one of Steve’s big motivations. There was a reason he joined the Navy and it wasn’t completely because his Grandfather died on the Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Steve loves being by the water and swimming, it recharges his batteries. Over the last two years he’s started each day with a five mile swim and not being able to swim or be around the water will get to him after a while.
ETA 7/27/16: Coming at Steve's behaviour directly will be met with a lot of resistance. Not because he's necessarily meaning to be stubborn, if you are the right person he's actually quite willing to listen and try to understand your point of view, but his resistance comes from lack of understanding of a completely foreign viewpoint. He was raised military and the direct approach is attacking twenty years of conditioning. If you choose to approach this way you will need a strong argument and a willingness to be patient and to get into a deep discussion with viable examples of what he should have done differently.
Or you can approach his behaviour indirectly. Once Steve's trust has been earned, he is willing to discuss issues in detail. He will listen to other point of views from those he respects. If he's given something to think about, it can alter his perception and behaviour, and help to show him where he's gone wrong. Situations cannot be general. Saying he's reckless and people die do not impact him as they don't mean anything. Pointing out that he hanging the Serbian mobster over the side of the roof before all other reasonably quick methods of finding out who he was had been exhausted was unnecessary and unprofessional on the other hand will get his attention and get him thinking.
While Steve doesn't hold value in those he deems collateral damage his opinion can be changed. In the pilot episode he arrested Sang Min who was a human trafficker. Over time Sang Min becomes an informant and eventually (after Steve's canon point) Steve will go to great lengths to defend him and allow him to socialize with and start to become part of his ohana (family). On the barge he has made friends with inmates, those he trusts and will defend, even though he knows they have done terrible things. A question could be if he'd killed one of them how would they have had the chance to fix things. This could be an angle to approach.
If you have access to his file, talking about how he's negatively impacted his team may be used to show him how his behaviour impacts and alters the behaviour of those around him. Danny tied a perp to the roof of his car and drove wildly around town to get information from him - which Steve was proud about but not something Danny ever would have done as part of the HPD. Danny is likely the one who has changed the most, and while Steve doesn't see this as a negative thing, Danny would have a hard time going back to the HPD after working with Five-O. As would Kono, who is the rookie on the team and who is highly influenced by Steve. Lori and Jenna both paid dearly from their actions resulting from being around Steve too much. Lori's was a direct impact which clouded her judgment and admitted to doing things she felt strongly against and needed to get away from him. Jenna is more indirect as she was willing to risk everything to find her fiance to begin with, but we can see her slip further away the longer she is with the team and eventually she betrays Steve and loses her life.
As mentioned above because Steve gets results he is seen as a decorated hero in the military and because he is making the islands safer, the people of Hawaii sanction his actions. He is known, by both the people and criminals, as being fair and willing to listen. This makes a hard sell that he's doing anything wrong or needs to change. Steve has lost civilians as well as police officers who have either been in the crossfire or who have gotten in the way. While yes they are collateral damage, he does feel some guilty that someone innocent or a cop was killed or injured. He doesn't focus on these people but they do exist. Getting him to acknowledge them or see their, or that of their families, perspective can hit home. Be prepared, he is going to come back with the big question of 'what should I have done' but again, he's stuck on the big picture without taking the time to contemplate the smaller one.
The goal of the barge isn't to stop him from stopping terrorists but to get him to understand that his actions impact others and he is responsible for that. It's not just those who are terrorists, or of the like, that he's impacting. He needs to feel like he's being heard and not dismissed. As soon as he feels dismissed the conversation is over - this is what he's learned by both his father and military training, dismissals end conversations.
ETA 1/03/17 - What he needs to graduate:
- Steve's focused on the big picture, he needs to learn to break things down and see the smaller picture and realize that sometimes those smaller goals are equally, and can be more, important.
- The ends justify the means - he needs to consider the consequences if those means don't play out the way he expects. Is the outcome really worth the costs? He's started to realize this on his own with the mutiny. Steve is military and a lot of the cost analysis were done above his head and he was given the mission as worthwhile to move forward, he's used to dealing with situations on the fly and in the heat of the moment but not stepping back before it begins to look at all possible outcomes and the risks attached, before even starting. Quentin's escape attempt only had a 10% chance at working and that did not take into consideration the bond between inmate and the Admiral - was it really worth trying?
- Personal sacrifice - he needs to understand that because he believes he's doing the right thing, other people take on his mindset. Steve has very little to lose, other people tend to have more - is what they are sacrificing worth it. This one needs care because Steve has very low self-worth and will easily martyr himself for a cause, especially if he deems the others shouldn't take the risk. It's not his decision to make if they should (which he will need to learn as well, he is a control freak so making this decision for others will be a natural thing for him), but he still needs to take their sacrifices and risks into account before he encourages them or he moves forward.
- Self worth - Steve needs to learn that he is not a tool for others to use when needed. He puts his needs below everyone else's. He won't speak up generally on his own behalf and he will allow others to use him. He's made a small amount of progress here by telling Scott that he was ending their friendship due to his perceived view that Scott didn't really care about human and was only focused on mutants or those with abilities. The situation with Scott came out of Steve feeling very adrift, attacked, and hurt emotionally on multiple levels, he's likely to regret this at some point and not realize it needed to be done. Getting Steve to talk about this, or something similar, could help him make the needed realizations. That he will not ask for help for himself is another avenue that plays into his lack of self worth that should also be addressed. He'll ask for help if someone else will benefit, but not if it's only him.
- Learning to fully trust and rely on others. This one may come naturally as part of working with a warden, as I doubt Steve will fully realize any of the above unless he learns to trust and rely on his warden to help him. Part of this though will be adjusting his mindset on the wardens in general, and how their priority is their own deals even at the cost to the inmates still makes them people deserving to be wardens.
- Steve has a reputation of not listening, but that’s not really the case, he’s willing to listen but he has a military view point and little civilian understanding or personable skills to fall back on. He needs concrete examples in situations he’s familiar with to process and understand. When he offers an example he’s not trying to be difficult, but provide a situation to work with so he can find that understanding. What he needs here is some understanding of civilian interactions, he's learned a couple by being on the barge but has had mixed results in implementing those. Misunderstands and inability to communicate on a personal level are an issue to be addressed.
History:History – Steve’s Journal
Note: Small Canon Divergence at the end of the history. In canon, Five-O arrive and stop the Yakuza from killing Steve and Wo Fat. To give Steve a death scene, Five-O do not arrive in time.
Sample Journal Entry:
Well, I suppose this could be worse.
[ Steve’s in his room. Taking a break from working out. He’s finished the round of sit-ups and is about to move to push-ups. ]
The food is better than most prisons I know of.
[ But first a quick water break. One has to stay hydrated after all. ]
Treatment here is better too. So far torture doesn’t seem to be part of the daily activities.
[ The glass is emptied in one long swallow. ]
And there’s no orange jumpsuits. That’s always a plus.
[ Shifting can be heard as he moves into position for his next set. ]
Then again, I am dead. That’s never a good thing.
Stopping at the entrance to the dining hall, Steve takes a good look around. His eyes fall briefly on every individual in the room before he assess the layout making note of ways to get in or out and the best vantage points. Once he’s satisfied with his knowledge he moves to the buffet line, with a cocky air in his step and his chin held high. Almost like he’s challenging and warning off anyone who might try to approach.
Vaguely he notes the food selection is better than the last time he was in prison. Still, it doesn’t really matter as long as it meets his body’s nutritional requirements… and isn’t laced with anything. He doesn’t focus on that last bit. If it is there’s nothing he can do about it.
Not really paying attention, Steve adds food to his plate that he expects equates to a balanced meal. Enough to keep his body fuelled without worrying about the flavor. Right now he’s more focused on everyone else in the room.
Once he’s got enough food to satisfy him till the next meal he finds an open seat. It’s specifically selected so that he’s away from the others where his back is to the wall and he has a decent view of the ways in and out. One of the spots he deemed to be a good vantage point when he entered. Next meal he’ll select a different one.
He certainly doesn’t trust anyone here and he doesn’t know what the others might know about him. All he knows is he’s supposedly dead but he’s been given the chance to find redemption. Redemption that he didn’t even know he needed, that he doesn’t believe he actually needs. Regardless, he’s here and should anyone have a problem with law enforcement he’s going to be in trouble being in gen-pop. With that in mind he eats with his eyes up and watching the room.
Special Notes: None.