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Pilot View: CBS' new drama, 'Hawaii Five-O'

Editor’s Note:  We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews, and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

Based on the '70s hit by Leonard Freeman, "Hawaii Five-O" focuses on a new elite task force, created by the governor of Hawaii. Naval officer-turned cop Det. Steve McGarrett returns to Oahu, where he grew up, to investigate his father's murder and stays to head up the task force. Joining him are: Det. Danny "Danno" Williams, an ex-New Jersey cop; Chin Ho Kelley, an ex-Honolulu detective who was wrongly accused of corruption; and Kono, Chin's cousin, who just graduated from the police academy.

Who's in it: Alex O'Loughlin ("Moonlight") as McGarrett, Scott Caan ("Ocean's Eleven") as Danno, Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost") as Chin, Grace Park ("Battlestar Galactica") as Kono and Taryn Manning ("Drive") as Mary Ann McGarrett.

Who made it: Peter Lenkov ("CSI: New York") wrote the script, and the "Fringe" and "Alias" producing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman is behind it.

Thumbs up: It's a little weird to see Oahu as anything else but "the island," especially with Daniel Dae Kim standing in it, but the pilot shows it off nicely. O'Loughlin and Caan seem to be having a good time together, and any time you have Jean Smart in a scene is a good thing. (She guests as the governor). "Lost" fans will love seeing Kim alive and well and speaking great English.

Thumbs down: Highly color-saturated and contrasted a la "CSI: Miami" and not sure it's necessary. While the murder of McGarrett's father is intriguing, the slave-trafficking story in the episode was not compelling.

Verdict: This could work if the writers can remember that Hawaii is not the exotic locale it was in the '70s and focus on character development.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez


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O'Loughlin in another CBS show?

Epic fail.

The man canNOT act.

Uh... no. No, no, no. This is not Hawaii Five-O. That is not McGarrett. That is not Danno. This whole show is something else.

It's like "Burn Notice", only set in Hawaii. Maybe it's OK as something else, and maybe I'll even watch it (the chick looks pretty yummy), but I'll really have to turn down my disbelief settings whenever the characters identify themselves by name. Or act the way they do. The old Hawaii Five-O made you believe the characters were really cops, working hand in hand with HPD. This new show makes them look and act like rogue Blackwater guns for hire.

Hopefully CBS will give this show more than a few episodes to get established. I'm really feeling sorry for Alex O'Loughlin---2 prior series for CBS and both canceled after just a few weeks. Good luck, Five-O cast and crew.

Oh, that's just TOO funny...

On an island of "less than a million people", these guys are going to do the Undercover Cha-Cha each episode?

That's bad enough on NCIS: LA, where there are at least a couple million people, but this is too much already.

Waste of a part for Bill Sadler as the lead's father.

What's the next travesty? A remake of Magnum, P.I.?

This remake might work with those who don't remember the original television series starring Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, but he was such a dominating character...kind of like George C. Scott playing George Patton...that I just can't envision this being succesful.

I'm sure that it will be very technically proficient and that the scenes of the locale will be very beautiful (after all, it is Hawaii), but if this has any chance to succeed, it has to be a different kind of series than the original. If it is going to have any chance, the script and character development are going to have to be excellent...and even then its chances for success are still going to be iffy.

I'll watch it at first just out of curiosity, but it's going to be a while before I could ever warm up to this...if ever.

There are certain roles that simply can't be reprised and Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett may be one of them.

Judging by the actors' names, it appears that the producers decided to make a series about Hawai'i without any native Hawai'ians. Are you kidding me? In 2010? Maybe during the original run this would be believable (even then, I thought there was one native Hawai'ian among the cast), but not today. I would be interested if they would explore cases related to actual Hawai'ians and explored the poverty that is hidden from most tourists. No, apparently if you hire a couple of people who look "Asian," that is good enough.

So wha, brah? You nevah like see?

More importantly ... who'' get to play Wo Fat?!

"apparently if you hire a couple of people who look "Asian," that is good enough."

Well, to be fair, they don't just look Asian, they are Asian(Americans). They're just not Hawai'ian. That's the problem.

Great casting. Show set in Hawaii, and only two who are cast as Hawai'ians.
Apprently the LEOs on the islands have no skill or knowledge and could not be recruited for this special task force.
I'm also willing to bet that Grace Park will eventually become the romantic interest of one of the cast members, after all there is no way she would have been written in as Kim's love interest--heavean forbid that.
Way to CBS you've done it again.
Next will be a show about Lakota reservations starring Swedish transplants who selflessly donate their time and save the tribe.

Hope there's more east asians and pacific islanders since they make up over half of Hawai'i's population. And the majority of that is Japanese, korean, filipino, and hapa.

Let's reflect what's actually here, not what's in London, or New York. We live in the Pacific, not the Atlantic. Hope Hollywood is honest, or this show will be another boring whitewashed version of the US mainland.


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