The 2010 version of Hawaii Five-0, which debuted on CBS on September 20, is in many ways very much like the television show that was on the air from 1968 to 1980. It’s also different in many ways.
Hearing the theme music and seeing the visuals-big waves, surfers, the beach-as the show opened, I almost thought I was watching the original series, and it was a pleasant case of déjà vu.
Watching the new show however, I knew I wasn’t in the 70s series anymore. The first minutes of the first episode of the new Hawaii Five-0 were filled with action and quite a bit of bloodshed, which seemed to be setting the stage for a much more violent television show than its predecessor. A lot of people got shot in the first episode, and many of them died.
The new Hawaii Five-0 may not actually be any more violent than the original television series; it may have just seemed that way. The feeling of this show is darker than the original, however. This is one of the more major differences between the original series and the new version.
Although I am vaguely familiar with the original series, having seen the latter portion of its original run, and reruns through the years, I didn’t know the history of the characters and the team; seeing this in the new incarnation was one of the most interesting parts of the show for me. In fact it was considerably more interesting to me than the story line, which revolved around the murder of McGarrett’s father.
I found myself really liking Danny Williams, played by Scott Caan, and the slightly antagonistic interaction between him and McGarrett, as they first meet and begin working together. As the episode progressed, I continued to like him, perhaps even more than McGarrett, played by Alex O’Loughlin, which surprised me considerably, because I am an O’Loughlin fan.
It was only the first episode, and there’s always a lot of set up that needs to be done in first episodes, introducing characters and situations, so I’m willing to give the Hawaii Five-0 storylines the chance to impress me more than the characters did. And I’d love to give McGarrett another chance to wow me, although I did enjoy his version of the iconic “book him Danno.”
I want to be a fan of the new Hawaii Five-0, and I think I am. The next couple of episodes will seal the deal one way or the other.
Hawaii Five-0 airs on CBS.
Hawaii Five-0, CBS, September 20, 2010