So after all the hype it was finally time for the Hawaii Five-0 premiere. From the first few minutes to the opening sequence. I was floored. I mean wow. This is TV? Either my expectations were low or this was some high production quality TV. The title sequence, though updated, echoed the sequence of the original series, with the new McGarrett on the Ilikai, the shot of the Lady Columbia statue at Punchbowl, and the camera fixed to the police motorcycle zipping through Honolulu at dusk.
Right off the bat, the characters are engaging. Alex O’Loughlin, as the new McGarrett with his military background goes for expediency, while Scott Caan’s Danny Williams tries to keep McGarrett within the lines of acceptable law enforcement. The biggest difference between The New Series (TNS) and The Original Series (TOS) is the fact that both McGarrett and Danny are both Alpha males, each trying to assert themselves over the other…this is going to make for great TV. This is a far call from James McCarthur’s Danno, who was definitely the subordinate. Daniel Dae Kim, off of the sixth season of Lost plays Chin Ho Kelly, who shares a past history with the McGarrett family, but carries with him the reputation of being a crooked cop. Grace Park returns to TV to play yet again, a former male character Kono Kalakaua (played by Zulu) reinvented as a female, like her role as Boomer in Battlestar Galactica. She is a former pro surfer turned cop and is cousins with Chin Ho, learning the ropes and earning her keep.
The screenplay, chases and fighting sequences definitely play out like a movie, with very high production quality. The episode ends leaving the overall season’s story arc a wide space to play out…what else is in the red toolbox? Did Victor survive being shot and falling into Pearl Harbor…? We’ll see!
This list evolved out of the smart (a$$) comments that came about from discussions with other locals…so some of this might fly over the heads of you Haoles, so just bear with us. 🙂 It goes without saying that Hawaii Five-0 is a TV show. It’s not meant to be real. Some of the portrayals of Hawaii, locals and Hawaiian life will definitely irk and offend some, but come on… if you wanted reality, watch Jersey Shore.
And now, “Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0” Episode 1, Pilot
1) Shave ice is a delectable desert for the most discriminating of palates.
2) We talk the “bird” [pidgin English]. CA-CAW! 3) Hawaii is a hotbed and hub for international terrorism and human trafficking.
4) We don’t like Haoles. I mean, we *really* don’t like Haoles.