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. The pilot begins with an interesting premise that offers thorough background information on the origins of the team. 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. The editing is a shambles, it's so crappy in the action sequences. It sucks because you can see the distance between them, when they are at blows with each other. . I didn't expect this show to be totally like the original series because, hey, this is a new day.
It seems unbelievable that her character would land a job like this, fresh out of police academy and with no real police experience. My take: I like it because it's fresh. My brain can't take it! Some of the dialog resulted in an approving chuckle from me. Jack Lord as Steve McGarret. My ten year old daughter could write better stories than this. Bring in Patrick Jane for an episode, then they can all chase Red John around Oahu or an hour, or is that too 'Mental' for ya Brudda? This show feels like the antidote to all those forensic, gritty, supposedly realistic crime dramas out there today. As far as some of the elements people have been bitching about like the governor offering full immunity to his group, so what? Outdoors: That's just how they roll on that island.
If you never watched the original series, give this one a chance. Hawaii 5-0 2010 is no crime drama, and it's not meant to be. The believability of some legal situations are a bit dodgy. I think the show is fixable, but they'd better do it soon. Excellent action sequences, great gun fights, some entertaining relationships developing between the characters, and you know what? Other guy is kicked out of police force because they say he took bribes, but he says he didn't then McGarret just let's him back in? If you were a fan of the original, you won't be disappointed at all.
When recreating characters from an original series, it's inevitable that there will be viewers who object to the substitutes. I like this series a lot. 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. Also, Adam recruits a new confidential informant, Jessie Nomura; Tani gets a devastating call; and McGarrett tasks Pua to find his and Danny's stolen tools. In one episode, we learn more about where all four of them than we did in the original series from 1968-80.
Oftentimes the show gels between the pilot and the follow-on episodes since there's so much time in-between to refine it, incorporate feedback and develop even more on-set chemistry between the actors. Watch and see, I won't be watching. I remember with particular pleasure the the three part series on the Vashon crime family and the attempts of first Harold Gould as the father and then Luther Adler as the grandfather to destroy McGarrett because of the death of the grandson. 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. The dialog and some of the background setup Danno's family situation, for example was a bit too cliché.
Face it folks, action, quick cuts and tight editing are here to stay. The actors aren't Hollywood good-looking. I haven't missed a single episode, and eagerly await it every week! Tani and Junior are assigned to walk the beat as uniformed officers for the day, and Adam is framed for the murder of the crime boss he has been tracking. 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. How could she pass a background check if her cousin had been kicked off the force for taking bribes? He didn't even lead the team in this show. Yep, it's called story-arc remember the key he found in the tool box? But they are a good match with the scripts. I think this is a great reboot.
Molokai, Kauai, and rural areas of Oahu have all been displayed in a beautiful radiant fashion. 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. It's a great cast and so far the story lines are very good. McGarret shows up and the governor just gives him carte blanche to do whatever the hell he wants no matter if it is legal or not? But what I did expect were story lines with meat to them. The 4 main actors are excellent and they have a good chemistry together.
What kid tries to say their dad's first name before learning daddy? I'm also excited because this episode was quite good and it was only the pilot. I thought that the first episode might be a one off in terms of a formulaic plot development and story line and that it could only get better. I can't wait for season 7! Hire more qualified people, it's worth it. The fresh takes on the original characters are a breath of fresh air. It's like stumbling out of bed in the morning not exactly sure what you're going to do that day.
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. Pure entertainment, nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes things just go boom. Also, when Junior falls and is trapped in a ravine, he reflects on his estranged relationship with his father. All in all, I'm very much looking forward to the next episode. 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. 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.