We all know the theme tune, we all know the catchphrase…but how many of us actually ever watched the show! Hawaii Five O was a sixties cop drama set in Hawaii which has recently been remade and updated. The original was iconic but I have to admit not one which I ever tagged “Must See TV”.
The new show, which is airing at the moment on Sky One, focuses on a new Police Task Force, named “Five O”(after one of the characters football shirt number at High School) created by the Governor of Hawaii especially for ‘high priority’ cases. The Governor convinces the returning Hawaii native and former Navy Seal Steve McGarrett to head up the new team. McGarrett is desperate to find the killer of his father and this becomes the first case. His ties with the Navy start to unravel throughout the series, with various former colleagues making appearances including a potential love interest that is very good with Satellites.
McGarrett is joined by Danny “Danno” Williams, who has transferred from New Jersey to be near his daughter and struggles to adapt to his new surroundings. Rounding out the team are two native Hawaiian police officers.
The cast is led by Alex O’Loughlin (playing McGarrett) who spent one season on ‘The Shield’ and in the lead role in the cut short Vampire series, ‘Moonlight’. Scott Caan who plays Danno comes from the world of films such as the Oceans 11 series. The native cops are played by Daniel Dae Kim who cannot esacpe the Island after ‘Lost’ and by Grace Park who was last seen in ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and shorter roles in ‘The Border’ and ‘The Cleaner’.
The show is produced by the highly respected Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who previously worked together on ‘Alias’ and ‘Fringe’, shows that they shared with “Uber” Producer JJ Abrams.
Despite my initial feeling that the cast was made up of other show cast offs they all gel well together. The two leads particularly play off each other really well; in contrast to the NCIS LA pairing of Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J (a pairing that feels forced and awkward). Caan and O’Loughlin play like they have been doing this for years.
The show moves at a fast pace and makes great use of technology. The main offices have a great huge IPad like Computer Table and many TV screens. It combines the technology of casework with believable action scenes such as car chases and plenty of guns. The US audience is well catered for.
The first nine episodes show off the Islands of Hawaii. A lot of the criminals are locals or people attracted to the Island for its Money. The show tries to make Hawaii look like a hotbed for Drug Crime as well as Gambling, and they also introduce the idea of Gangs on the Island as well. And of course we have plenty of Grass Skirts and Surfing!
The show is currently running on Sunday nights on Sky One in the UK and on CBS in the US where the ratings have been slowly going down since a strong premiere which pulled in 17 million viewers. It still attracts around 13 million per episode which should lead to a second series.
My recommendation is that if you like cop shows that are fast moving and aren’t too tied down by police work then you should like this. Also if you were a fan of the original then you should at least check it out. There should be a DVD release but no news of a date for this yet.