Hawaii Five-0, Season One (2010)

Friday, December 9, 2011

During the summer of 2010, the promotion for the fall television season was constantly playing promotional spots on TV and this show, popped up in a lot of articles. It interested me for more than one reason, none of which had anything to do with the original series. 

All young Steve wanted was to grow up to be just like his policeman hero of a father. To him, no man stood taller, and someday, Steve was going to be just like him. Since those long-gone childhood days he has since been estranged from his father and Steven McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) is now a distinguished Navel Commander. During his pursuit to rid the world of vicious criminals like the Hesse brothers, Steve’s father is used as leverage for the younger brother’s release and murdered when the prisoner is killed. Angry without another thought save for revenge, Steve returns home to Hawaii to bury his father, and is offered lead on an undercover task force with direct authorization from the governor. Although the Governor (Jean Smart) is determined to win Steve over, he refuses her cryptic offer, and promise of unlimited support and immunity because he knows the man who brutally murdered his father – he knows how this man operates which suggests that Hesse is already long underground – and cannot be touched… But that was before Steve met the equally dedicated Detective Williams.

Newly transplanted from New Jersey Danny ‘Danno’ Williams (Scott Caan) doesn’t like Hawaii’s climate but he moved to be close to his young daughter. He and Steve clash from the very beginning and neither one of them likes the other, but then Steve recants his refusal to form a specialized branch of law, he taps Danny as one of his team members forcing the pair to work together if not get along. Determined to bring his father’s killer out into the open, Steve brings in an ex-cop, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) accused of taking bribes and stealing evidenced drug money and Chin’s cousin, Kono (Grace Park) – a former surfer turned rookie cop to see the job complete.

Re-booting a classic TV series that is so well remembered is a challenge – and a risk. Producers need the right hand scripting it, a capable cast and network backing in order to make a go of anything. Fortunately, this show checked off each requirement. NBC tried to make a modern Knight Rider successful only to fail miserably, while more recently ABC tried their hand at making a 21st century Charlie’s Angels top the charts – again without success (after a mere three or four episodes, ABC pulled production on the show). The fact that Hawaii Five-0 impressed so many fans was perhaps surprising to critics – even though a great number of them were actually impressed by this stylish and suspenseful re-boot.

Although the first episode hooked me on this series (the casting and characters are phenomenal… but I’ll discuss them later) I was somewhat disappointed, rare as these instances were, over the course of season one although in all likelihood, it probably only stacks up to being a handful of instances – if that, which caused me to feel this way, but, whatever the reason behind them, a few cases weren’t nearly as captivating as they could have or should have been. One episode (“Belief”) never did intrigue me like I wanted it too – its premise is a personal one for Danny, and personal stories are always up my alley but I think the dissatisfaction was because it moved at such an alarming rate. Most of the cases that Five-0 gets are quick solves because that is what they were created for – they were authorized out of nearly non-existent resources and were formed in order to solve not only, cases on a timetable but also by going the unusual routes, the methods that most cops wouldn’t and couldn’t touch.

Throughout this entire freshman season, I was continuously impressed with the acting. This show doesn’t skimp on its humor either. Alex and Scott were great together, but Alex especially emanated a wonderful leadership position. I liked how he handled the majority of the situations; even in tragedy, he always gets results. Even the villainous characters are phenomenal – they make us detest them without lifting a finger; their expressions and demeanor speak volumes all on their own. I don’t know how other fans felt about her, but I also loved Danny’s ex (early days, peeps. Early days). Played by Claire van der Boom, the actress did a wonderful job with her character and I liked the interaction between her and Danny. Her character is nothing like what fans are led to believe of her before we actually get to meet her on-screen. The insinuations and actual first impression are two different things entirely, and I liked that. Even though the young actress who plays their daughter is adorable, she doesn’t have the talent to act well… or not yet, anyway.

Filming actually did take place in Hawaii and as a result, crews do a splendid job of featuring the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and their culture. It isn’t hard to recognize why this show made such an impression on the viewing audience last season – it can compete with the best of the long-running shows that have been given multiple seasonal renews. I only hope this one is given the same opportunities.

My only complaint about this show? I am going to be on pins and needles until season two appears on store’s shelves!.Your thoughts about this retooled Hawaii Five-0 crew are most welcome - don't be shy, share below! 
(Content: the show is Rated TV14 because… there are bomb threats, kidnappings and shootings, although none of which are depicted graphically. The pilot episode opens with a bang and tense situation. There are some shots of lifeless bodies and some swearing. One scene begins with a couple tangled up in the sheets; they share some sensual banter – another scene implies a brief extra-marital fling. A lot of immodest clothing is often an accessory “must.”) 


  1. I had heard about this new show and haven't had the chance to see it or see how it was doing. I had liked Alex O’Loughlin from when he was in Moonlight, so now I am definitely going to have to check this new series out. Thanks!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVED season 1 of this show. Season 2 got off to a bit of a rocky start (just a heads up), but ever since the Halloween episode this year the show has hit its stride once again. Glad you are enjoying it too!

  3. I love this show. So glad you dug it.

  4. Jeanine - you should check this one out. I thought it was phenomenal! It has its faults but there is a lot to be admired... I haven't seen the original but I am guessing I'd prefer this updated version.

    Believe it or not, it did really well with critics which was unusual - I am so glad it did because I am hoping it will get an extended run on CBS.

    A lot of girls say that they saw this just because of Alex's part on Moonlight and I think most of them <3 this!

    So glad you stopped in Jeanine - do so again soon. =)

    Ruth - oh, goody! I am glad you enjoyed this one! I knew you liked Alex (from your Back-Up Plan review), so I wondered if you saw this.

    I am half-pleased and half-annoyed at what I am reading about S2. Considering how S1 ends, I am not surprised it starts a bit rough - hopefully it will continue on its smoother run throughout the remaining episodes. So glad to know that! Thanks, Ruth!!

    Juju - me, too! I just loved this show - definitely one of my most favorites. =D

  5. I enjoy this series on the whole -- it's action packed, has a sense of humor, and is a lot of fun. I just got my parents hooked on the first season. =)

  6. I thought it was a phenomenal first series; yes, there were a few things I didn't like, but mostly I loved it. My mom liked it but dad... I don't know that he enjoyed it as well as mom and I. =)

    Cannot wait to see S2!

    PS: love your new profile pic. ;D

  7. I am totally in love with this tv show! Ever since I started watching it a short while ago, I can't stop :) Every episode leaves me wanting to the next episode to just hurry up and air so I can watch it - one week between episodes is entirely too long haha. The whole series just keeps taking different twists and turns and (spoiler alert) the main guy from Knight Rider shows up in Season 4 - He and Steve have me at a tie :p I hope they come out with as many seasons as Burn Notice. I'd watch every single episode!

    1. You and I both, Rachel! This is definitely one of my very favorite shows on television today. Steve, Danny and the whole gang are too fun.

      I'm currently watching and enjoying S3 and loving any and all S4 spoilers! Thanks for sharing what you're thinking of the current season; I'm all ears for any snippet spoilers I can get. :)

      Oh, me too! I hope this outlasts Burn Notice. That show ended far too soon.


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