HAWAII FIVE-0 “Pilot” Advance Review

Hawaii Five-0 Pilot Review

I was lucky enough to attend the Comic-Con 2010 panel for CBS’s much anticipated new series, HAWAII FIVE-0 and ever since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival on my tv screen this fall. Thanks to the good folks at CBS, fall came a few days early as I got to see an advanced copy of the pilot.

The first episode centers around the forming of an elite crime task force, led by Detective Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O’Loughlin). He’s a decorated Naval officer-turned-cop who comes back to the Island after some time away following an incident involving someone very close to him. Wanting to catch those responsible for his loss, McGarrett decides to partner up with Detective Danny “Danno” Williams (played by Scott Caan), a man who doesn’t like sand or beaches and is only in the sunny state because his ex-wife moved there, taking his daughter with her. Rounding out the team are Detective Chin Ho Kelly (played by Daniel Day Kim) and his freshly-graduated-from-the-police-academy niece, Kona Kalakaua (played by Grace Park).

I never saw the original series, but I think we’re all familiar by now with some of its more recognizable elements – the theme song for example, as well as the phrase “book’em Danno”. Without giving any spoilers away, I think it’s safe to reveal that both make an appearance in the pilot, which I’m sure will make fans of the original series happy to see homage being paid appropriately.

One of the things I really liked about Hawaii Five-0 was the way that it dove straight into the action within the first few minutes. If you’re looking to relax and get to know the characters, maybe see surfers riding waves or babes in bikinis.. um yeah, not so much. Rest assured, that stuff does come along eventually but the first scenes set up why McGarrett decides to stay in Hawaii and it’s not exactly pretty.

I also liked the stunt work on the show, and let me just say that there are quite a few stunts that had my jaw dropping on the floor. I haven’t the faintest clue how many of them were done by the actors and how many were just cleverly made to look that way, but all of them were fantastic. I also couldn’t get enough of the stunning Hawaiian landscapes that showed up in many of the scenes.

Within one episode, Hawaii Five-0 manages to introduce all of the characters and gives them a chance to interact enough that I felt I wanted to see more – especially from the partnership between McGarrett and Danno. At first, the two of them don’t get along, like, at all. But eventually they find some common ground and begin to respect one another. I thought it was interesting how, by the looks of him, Danno seems like he would be the rebel of the two, but it’s really McGarrett who doesn’t like to follow rules.

Overall, I really liked the pilot episode and basically, Hawaii Five-0 had me at Aloha.

What? Oh come on, how was I supposed to resist that? 😉

Don’t miss the Hawaii Five-0 premiere tonight, September 20, at 10pm on CBS.

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