Hawaii Five-0 Season Premiere Review

by on September 21, 2010

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Hawaii Five 0 Logo

The opening for the season premiere of Hawaii Five-o finally arrived!  The opening teaser scene was a riveting, action filled scene that led to the opening credits that was the perfect, modernized version of the classic TV series old opening.  What a wonderful homage to the original.

Det. Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is offered a position to lead a special law enforcement task force that can take what ever action is necessary to get the job done.  The Governor wants Hawaii cleaned up.

The episode moved along at a good developing pace as McGarrett takes over the investigation of his father’s murder and along the way, first recruits Det. Danny “Dano” Williams (Scott Caan).

After their first suspect “interview,” they head off to recruit Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) to return back to the force and join McGarrett’s special task force.

Chin leads them to recruit his cousin, Kona Kalakaua (Grace Park) onto the team.

The episode advanced nicely, and we were introduced to a great “Cliff Notes” version of each character’s background… not too much, not too little.  It was just enough to give each character credibility and reason.

Hawaii Five-O Alex O'Loughlin

I love the premise that Hawaii Five-0 is back but this is a different era than when the 1968 TV series aired.  Back then audiences were hugely loyal to a show.  In this era, shows have to stay as sharp as possible to stay at the front of the pack.  CBS knows that and let Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter Lenkov meld this new take on the ageless classic.  The chemistry of the characters in NCIS is a perfect example of how a show stays relevant with the viewers.  I didn’t see this dynamic between characters in Five-0 like I have in NCIS.  At least not in this premiere episode.  Admittedly, it’s the first episode so I’m definitely hanging out and giving it time.

Hawaii Five-O Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Looughlin, Grace Park

Hawaii Five-O Daniel Dae Kim, Alex O'Looughlin, Grace Park

But it is a police procedural with what looks like great actor chemistry between O’Loughlin and Caan with their quirky interactions in small filler scenes.  I’m not fond of the fight choreography editing that took place in the final scene and I hope that changes.  It was a bit distracting, though I liked the martial art style that seemed to be employed in the scuffle.

Hawaii Five-0 promo with Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan

This show needs to stand out with it’s writing.  They need to pace themselves, make us care about the characters and the team.  We already know that “Dano” is a loving father with an “ex” zilla for a wife.  Now, we need to learn more about everyone and watch the long-term planning and writing kick in and see just how far this new era Hawaii Five-0 team will go to get the job done.  A refreshing new angle, indeed.

I think they’ll do just fine.

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Jenny C. September 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I couldn’t believe I found myself watching this one…giggling over the original theme aside (that I remember vaguely from childhood), I enjoyed the banter between McGarrett and Dano, the episode moved along nicely, and overall I was pleasantly surprised by the hour. I doubt the series will enjoy the same run the original did, but for now I too will plan on coming back to see what’s next.

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