Some cheesy stuff, some wow stuff, some well acted scenes. By the way, speaking to the post-55 demographic: You have decent viewer numbers, so you if you want your old timey shows, then you're going to need to pony up the money and buy what sponsors advertise, that's the only way you'll get respect. Grace Park is absolutely gorgeous! I had never seen Alex O'Loughlin in anything before this series, and he knocks the ball out of the park with his modern, over the top, somewhat Neanderthal McGarrett, who pushes the law to the limit to win. Frankly, I don't know what reviewers here are complaining about since we're actually getting a detailed origins story up front, which the writers didn't even bother with the 1968 original. I think the show is fixable, but they'd better do it soon. In one episode, we learn more about where all four of them than we did in the original series from 1968-80.
I can't imagine anyone else having their roles. You find out little bits here and there and already starting to get a better understanding of how a character is the way he or she is. Respect has to be earned if it's supposed to mean anything and it allows for more, not less, character development later on. The original Hawaii Five-0 was unique. When recreating characters from an original series, it's inevitable that there will be viewers who object to the substitutes. It ain't here in this show! Now for the pilot episode.
Why change the sex of Kono? Eitherway, I find that the relationship between Steve and Danno is quite entertaining and adds much needed comic relief, considering this is a cop show filled with drama. It's a fine line to walk, but the writers did an excellent job in the pilot. It's a great cast and so far the story lines are very good. Something ha ha will be thrown in there when you least expect it. There are some differences regarding the character's lives, but that's fine, as long as every episode has the spirit that it's had so far.
Wasn't McGarrett suppose to be part Hawaiian? Hawaii is an exotic backdrop for any show but the original Hawaii Five-0 introduced it naturally as the action took us from the mansions of Kahala to the slums of King Street and to such places as the campus of the university, Kapiolani Park, the Iolani Palace, the Punchbowl Cemetery, and the hotels of Waikiki. What kid tries to say their dad's first name before learning daddy? Why include an abbreviated version of the original theme music? The strongest element this new series has going for it is a well written plot; the dialogue could be crisper but as characters develop and writers get a stronger feel of the material, that might happen. The believability of some legal situations are a bit dodgy. The actors aren't Hollywood good-looking. It sucks because you can see the distance between them, when they are at blows with each other. It's like stumbling out of bed in the morning not exactly sure what you're going to do that day. I can't wait for season 7! Now we are introduced to the new Five-0 and what a pleasant surprise! A guilty pleasure you say? The plots of each episode move very quickly, and I am able to pick up new things watching an episode a second time.
Excellent action sequences, great gun fights, some entertaining relationships developing between the characters, and you know what? He didn't even lead the team in this show. The white actors were all wrong! It would be interesting to see Jean Smart, the governor, a bit more, but that might politicize the cases a little too much. There are also seemed to be to much gun play and not enough acting. I resent the attempt to use it to gussy up an otherwise conventional show that on its own might not last a year. Pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less. Why call the two leads Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams when their age, appearance, mannerisms, behavior, and above all their relationship bear no resemblance whatsoever to Jack Lord and James MacArthur? Love Hawaii, love the scenery but not sure that is enough to keep me interested week in week out. Beating a prisoner to get information out of him? Them's my creds and my advice is to ignore the reviewers here dissing the show because it isn't like the original.
I didn't expect this show to be totally like the original series because, hey, this is a new day. He hasn't the same charisma. There were great guest stars too, including Hal Holbrook, Ed Asner, Hume Cronyn, and even Helen Hayes. The Hawaii locations look great in high-def and it's interesting to see how much Hawaii has grown since the original series went off the air. If the producers want to use the original theme song, then why shorten it? Danno is a hothead who is always going over the top.
The finale was awesome and as usual, I loved every minute of it. Makes for a fun show which also does not take itself too seriously. My ten year old daughter could write better stories than this. The way it is now, I won't be watching it. I also like the more combative Danny in this version as I always thought the old Danny was more of a doormat. Keep up the great work guys and you've got a watcher here! A few roll your eyes moments, but that keeps in part with the way the original was.
He also acts typical-Italian with the hand gestures. The idea of making Kono a girl is also a great idea. If you're a fan of the original series, your take on this revamping will probably depend on how much a purist you are. This show feels like the antidote to all those forensic, gritty, supposedly realistic crime dramas out there today. . Unfortunately, episode two has just confirmed my fears that the producers have gone for the easy option of buff guys and gals, nice scenery, nice cars and lots of noise in place of a decent story and any attempt at character development.
I've never seen the original series, so that's why maybe I like it so much, since many who've watched both the original and remake aren't very happy. Having said that…the series would work better if it had created new characters. But then again it is not a documentary. Daniel Dae Kim is fine in his role. The editing is a shambles, it's so crappy in the action sequences. Don't get me wrong, James MacArthur's Danny was well acted, but that version of Hawaii Five-O was written about and around one person. All four of the major characters were well chosen and show a great range of emotions, allowing for considerable character development.