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Hawaii Five-O: Season 1
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FILMED ENTIRELY ON LOCATION IN HAWAII, THE SHOW FOLLOWS STEVE MCGARRETT, HEAD OF AN ELITE STATE POLICE UNIT INVESTIGATING 'ORGANIZED CRIME, MURDER, ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS, FOREIGN AGENTS AND FELONIES OF EVERY TYPE'.
There's plenty to like about Hawaii Five-0, the late '60s cop show debuting on DVD by way of this seven-disc set including all episodes from the first season, along with the two-hour pilot that preceded it. Like the music, featuring Morton Stevens' popular theme song. Or the lovely Hawaiian scenery. And let's not forget "Book 'em, Danno," the signature line delivered (although not nearly as frequently as one might expect) by star Jack Lord's Steve McGarrett, not to mention Lord's perfect hair and wrinkle-free slacks. As for everything else, let's just say that Hawaii Five-0 has not aged well. Some of that is inevitably due to the infinitely more sophisticated production values of the series that have followed in its wake; Five-0's technology, sets, and other practical elements are laughably primitive by current standards. Problem is, the cheese factor extends to pretty much every other aspect of the show as well. Most of the action sequences are utterly tension-free, and the pace is frequently glacial, with interminable scenes bogged down by talky exposition. The dialogue is risible: McGarrett refers to one adversary as "a dirty, double-dealing fink," while the so-called hippies who populate the islands utter the kind of idiocies that could only have been written by cubes whose closest contact with the counterculture came from TV commercials for Hai Karate men's cologne ("Looks like splittin' the scene was real cool, baby" is but one egregious example). Lord does a decent job as the stiff-but-heroic McGarrett, variously described as "a hardhead," "an organizational misfit," "a brilliant operator," and "a rebel," but by and large the acting (including guest shots by Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, Gavin MacLeod, and Yaphet Kotto) is wooden. Story-wise, "Cocoon," the pilot, features an intriguing premise wherein U.S. intelligence agents undergo sensory-deprivation torture before spilling their secrets; elsewhere, the elite Five-0 team deals with jewel thieves, gold smugglers, kidnappers, gamblers, murderers, mobsters, all-purpose "criminal masterminds," and even "Red agents" spreading the bubonic plague. In sum: with its light (if not quite frothy) tone, Hawaii Five-0 will offer harmless escapism to some viewers, especially those with a nostalgic bent. Others, however, will long for more substantial fare--you know, like Deal or No Deal. The DVD set includes a single bonus feature: "Emme's Island Moments: Memories of Hawaii Five-O," a retrospective with James "Danno" MacArthur and other cast and crew members. --Sam Graham
Beyond Hawaii Five-0
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- All 24 episodes from the 1968 season on 7 discs
- The original pilot movie "Cocoon"
- 45 minutes retrospective with James MacArthur"Emme's Island Moments: Memories of Hawaii Five-O" featurette from 1996, hosted by Emme Tomombang and James MacArthur
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It's a series about the Main (island) of city reality, as hard as any, with all the trouble. Its opening scenes offered bold, exciting music and visuals of exciting modern island life, with visuals of the still old, then, green landscape, nature, beautiful clear water, warm climate, sunshine forever and more to offer, on the smaller (outer islands). It enticed city folk to go to a warm climate that stayed mostly the same all year. Not long after its beginning, it put Hawaii on the larger map, drawing tourists and viewers alike. But even earthly paradises have enticements of their own, and law and order must finally push in.
This show revealed both sides of the coin, the modern with its typical modern city issues of crime, lawlessness of every kind, poverty, the older-the breakdown of traditional family, and "growing" problems equal to all others, and came as a shock to many viewers.
It enticed with a slice of heaven, on a green patch of land-called tourism. And it worked...as well as keeping viewers coming back to the show itself with its theme music, car chases around the island to get the (island) bad guy, sunshine glaring, which is easy to watch. And of course the handsome Jack Lord as McGarrett, Island native, Kono, and James MacArthur as Book'em Danno!
This show is fun to watch, as I continue on toward its ended series.
This first season, originally broadcast in 1968, is interesting, quirky, and entertaining. Steve McGarrett, the head of Hawaii's Five 0 division, is of course the main focus with his no-nonsense approach to police detective work. He's willing to go to any length to catch the crooks. This includes some undercover work that sometimes borders on the ridiculous, yet succeeds because of McGarrett's boyishly honest sacrifice to put himself on the line. Check out the episode, "Six Kilos", where McGarrett teams up with the bad guys on a Mission Impossible-like heist to steal heroin for an unknown crime boss.
The scenery is of course beautiful, the Hawaiian settings, whether on the beach or in the city and suburbs, are lush with blowing palm trees and Southern Pacific skies. Its so very interesting to view the world of the late 1960's, with the cars, the clothing and the hairstyles. In particular, I found the female of this time period to be very alluring, despite or in fact because of the fact that the dress styles were more modest and appealing, more womanly I would say. McGarrett is obviously attractive to the ladies, but he doesn't mix police work with pleasure, unless he's putting on the act.
There are some strange moments in this season as well, such as Ricardo Montalbon playing a Japanese guy with very odd/fake looking eyes. They must have realized how silly it looked right? The depiction of the 1960's hippies was also quite amusing, such as in the episode "Up Tight", which includes some psychedelic drug scenes that are truly spaced out man. This counter culture topic was better handled in the episode "Not That Much Different" where a murder upsets the politics of a group of hippies running "Peace" magazine.
Overall, I had a fun time watching this show. Jack Lord as McGarrett and the supporting cast, were all very good. The Hawaii flavor and the 1960's time period were so cool, just like McGarrett, not the ugly American at all, rather the type of man that used to be the America hero.
So far I’ve bought DVDs of forty shows. I’ve found some fine shows, such as Matlock and Trapper John, which I missed the first time around.
One of the most pleasant surprises to me was the rediscovery of Hawaii Five-0 starring Jack Lord as state police Chief Steve McGarrett. If you watched the first five minutes of that show, you were hooked by immediate, intense drama. It was much more than just, “Book ‘em, Danno.” This was a truly excellent show, probably the best mystery-suspense thriller of all-time.
It was an extraordinary cop show, even though some members of the cast were inexperienced actors recruited locally in the Honolulu area to give the show a more authentic sense of place.
Jack Lord was terrific as the relentless McGarrett. The show even had a super villain in the Chinese Red commandant Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh). The friction between the clever Dhiegh and the relentless McGarrett remained unresolved at the close of the show’s twelve seasons.
Here are the ten shows I watch most often in a delightful fare of prime-time DVD viewing: 1. Little House on the Prairie; 2. Touched by an Angel; 3. The Closer; 4. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; 5. Bonanza; 6. Hawaii Five-0 (the original show with Jack Lord); 7. The Dick Van Dyke Show; 8. Highway to Heaven; 9. Wings; 10. Jackie Gleason’s Honeymooners. This list features at least one show from every era of TV.