A new Hawaii Five-0 will be making its debut on CBS September 20, as the 2010 television season gets underway. The original Hawaii Five-0 starred Jack Lord and James MacArthur, and the new version of the classic TV show stars Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim. Perhaps in recognition of the new take on the old show, Spike TV has been showing episodes of the original Hawaii Five-0, and I’ve been watching.
Without having seen a single episode of the new Hawaii Five-0, here are my thoughts about the old-and the new-shows.
So far the two series seem on par, at least as far as the male leads go. O’Loughlin and Kim are, at least to this TV viewer, as good looking and TV-charismatic as their predecessors were.
I hope the new Hawaii Five-0 is on the air for at least half the time the original was (12 years, from 1968 to 1980). Alex O’Loughlin has been in a couple TV series that didn’t last long (Moonlight, Three Rivers), and he deserves a good one. And because he’s such a good-looking man (as is Daniel Dae Kim), so does the female viewing public.
I also hope that the clothes in the new Hawaii Five-0 are better than those in the original. I’ve seen nearly neon green and reddish-orange pants, dresses with crazy cut-outs showing what was probably at the time a risky amount of skin, and Hawaiian shirts that don’t impress me nearly as much as Magnum’s did.
I hope the new version of Hawaii Five-0 will pay better attention to investigative procedures. In one of the shows I watched, Steve McGarrett picked up a glass that contained poison intended for a witness with his bare hands (fingerprint technology might not have been then what it is now, but it was in use). Then, after that attempt on the man’s life, McGarrett ordered room service from the hotel, which he allowed the witness to eat.
If that makes you think to yourself, like I did, “if they tried to poison him already, they knew he was there and had access to him, why wouldn’t they poison the food, too,” you’d be right. That’s exactly what happened. C’mon McGarrett and the rest of you Five-0-ers!
I hope Alex O’Loughlin’s version of “Book him, Danno” works as well as it did when Jack Lord said it.
It may sound like I’m not a fan of the original Hawaii Five-0 TV series, but that’s not true. Although I don’t remember if I watched when it was originally on TV, I’ve really been enjoying watching the old episodes on Spike.
And I’m looking forward to seeing the new version, too. If I could set my DVR that far in advance, the timer would already be set so I don’t miss a single episode of Hawaii Five-0, 21st century style.
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