Hawaii Five-O' premiere review: The new season's fun surprise

The new Hawaii Five-O could have been just another gussied-up TV re-launch (no, I’m not a big fan of 90210). Instead, Hawaii‘s premiere episode was fun: Swift, sometimes funny, well-cast, especially in the supporting roles. It’s sure not anything approaching revolutionary TV, but right now, it’s solid 10 p.m.-Monday entertainment.

It bears remembering that the original Five-O, which aired from 1968 to 1980, was not classic TV, either, although it, too, was fun. But you’d be hard-pressed to find any enduring moments of high drama in the Jack Lord version – that’s one reason why most people remember only three things about the show: its theme music, Lord’s triumphant catchphrase “Book ‘em, Danno!,” and Lord’s haircut, which waved like the surrounding palm trees.

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