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Hawaii Five-O 1.01 ''Pilot'' Recap

I'm about to severely date myself, but I remember watching the original Hawaii Five-O along with a whole batch of classic series like Dragnet, Hunter and The Equalizer when I was a kid. Mostly, my commentary on it at the time consisted of joking about how James MacArthur's Danny Williams was always the one who had to imperil himself first. Now that I'm old enough to actually do more than take potshots at the original, there's a remake for my generation. My first thought? Hoping it wasn't the next L.A. Dragnet. We open during a prisoner transport in South Korea, where then-Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin, who's still going to be  the guy from Moonlight  to certain people no matter what he does) gets a desperate phone call from his father, who's being held hostage by Victor Hesse (James Marsters), the brother of the man he's transporting (Boondock Saints, Norman Reedus). Moments later, the transport is under fire from an unmarked helicopter (start humming that Soul Coughing song now) and the whole situation gets as horrible as it could possibly get, culminating in both the loss of Hesse's brother and the murder of McGarrett's father. Wow, that's harsh. To Read More  Click Here .

Hawaii Five-O 1.01 ''Pilot'' Recap

I'm about to severely date myself, but I remember watching the original Hawaii Five-O along with a whole batch of classic series like Dragnet, Hunter and The Equalizer when I was a kid. Mostly, my commentary on it at the time consisted of joking about how James MacArthur's Danny Williams was always the one who had to imperil himself first. Now that I'm old enough to actually do more than take potshots at the original, there's a remake for my generation. My first thought? Hoping it wasn't the next L.A. Dragnet. We open during a prisoner transport in South Korea, where then-Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin, who's still going to be the guy from Moonlight to certain people no matter what he does) gets a desperate phone call from his father, who's being held hostage by Victor Hesse (James Marsters), the brother of the man he's transporting (Boondock Saints, Norman Reedus). Moments later, the transport is under fire from an unmarked helicopter (start humming that Soul Coughing song now) and the whole situation gets as horrible as it could possibly get, culminating in both the loss of Hesse's brother and the murder of McGarrett's father. Wow, that's harsh. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

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. To Read More  Click Here .

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. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

HAWAII FIVE-O ''Pilot'' Advance Review

I was lucky enough to attend the Comic-Con 2010 panel for CBS's much anticipated new series, HAWAII FIVE-O and ever since then I've been eagerly awaiting its arrival on my tv screen this fall. Thanks to the good folks at CBS, fall came a few days early as I got to see an advanced copy of the pilot. The first episode centers around the forming of an elite crime task force, led by Detective Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Laughlin). He's a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who comes back to the Island after some time away following an incident involving someone very close to him. Wanting to catch those responsible for his loss, McGarrett decides to partner up with Detective Danny Danno  Williams (played by Scott Caan), a man who doesn't like sand or beaches and is only in the sunny state because his ex-wife moved there, taking his daughter with her. Rounding out the team are Detective Chin Ho Kelly (played by Daniel Day Kim) and his freshly-graduated-from-the-police-academy niece, Kona Kalakaua (played by Grace Park). To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now