Episode Reviews

Hawaii Five-0 Pilot

'Hawaii Five-0 team tries to come up with a name'

Hawaii Five-0 returns in a new incarnation with fast cars, fun dialog, and great scenerey that many viewers came to expect of the reboot.

I had never watched the original show as it ended before I was even born, but despite that I was well acquainted with the concept and was even familiar with the theme song, which they thankfully kept the same. The first episode deals with the events that cause Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) to return to his native Hawaii and form a new elite police team called “Hawaii Five-0.” Other members of his team include the reincarnation of Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim of Lost), Kona “Kono” Kalakaua (Grace Park of Battlestar Galactica). Masi Oka is slated to appear as Max Bergman, the Coroner.

The cast itself is amicable, with decent chemistry between Caan and O’Loughlin. The show itself seems very cut and dry as a procedural action drama where our team goes in and out hunting down criminals that have taken up roots in Hawaii. Whether there will be a overriding story arc and villain like the original series or if the series will survive for 12 seasons like its predecessor is still up in the air, but I have a feeling that fans old and new will enjoy this series for some time.

Other Thoughts

  • Both McGarrett and Williams get shot in the first episode, with Williams getting shot on their very first outing.
  • Originally, they had rerecorded the theme music with a rock based style, but all of the reviewers and test screeners hated the fact that it was different. They went back in an rerecorded it using the original score.
  • The warehouse of the former Honolulu Advertiser building serves as the show soundstage.
  • The original series used the letter “Oh” in the title, while this series uses the number “zero.”

By Kien Tran

Based in Dallas, Texas, Kien Tran is an avid television enthusiast. After spending hundreds of hours wasting away on a couch, he decided to actually do something creative with his hobby and created this very blog.

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