2010 Fall TV Premiere Week: 10 Thoughts On…Hawaii Five-O Review

It wouldn’t be a new TV season without a remake of an old television show. This time CBS has decided to remake Hawaii Five-O. The original show ran from 1968 to 1980 and starred Jack Lord. Just your typical cop show ahead of its time set in Hawaii.

Here is the synopsis of the new Hawaii Five-O straight from CBS:

HAWAII FIVE-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays after Hawaii’s governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protege of McGarrett’s father. Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department’s elite. McGarrett vows to bring closure to his father’s case while the state’s brash new FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, is determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.”

My First 10 Thoughts on the “Pilot” Episode of Hawaii Five-O:

1. Alex O’Loughlin is decent in the starring role, but I still don’t think he has a lot of “star” power, despite his recent starring role with Jennifer Lopez in The Back-Up Plan.

2. They seem to be banking too much on the “stars”.

3. We never really saw much of Scott Caan’s comedic side in the pilot, which I still think he is best at.

4. Daniel Dae Kim is the luckiest man alive to appear on two TV shows back-to-back and have both filmed in Hawaii.

5. Didn’t see as much as the Hawaii landscape as I would have liked.

6. Plenty of action, but where is the humor and “witty banter” they promised.

7. Nice for them to continue the “Book’em Danno!” tradition.

8. They tried to set up a season-long story arc that will lead to the characters developing more throughout the season.

9. Still it just seems more like a new version of CSI or NCIS, just set in Hawaii.

10. Fairly easy timeslot with only second-year Castle and another NBC show Chase to go against, so I can see it succeeding but the first episode certainly didn’t blow me away or anything close to that. Solid enough.

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