Sticking: Hawaii Five-O

Posted on January 12, 2012


Last year, Hawaii Five-O relaunched. The original show, starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, ran for twelve years (1968-1980), and who can forget that awesome Morton Stevens theme?

Plus, the cast has a long line of genre appearances. Alex O’Loughlin, who now plays Steve McGarrett, played a vampire in Moonlight. Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly, was in Lost, of course, but real sci-fi nerds remember him as the telepath on the Bablyon-5 spin-0ff, Crusade. Grace Park, who plays Kono Kalakua, was in the recent Battlestar Galactica series. Masi Oka, who plays Dr. Max Bergman, was in Heroes.

Of course, Scott Caan, who plays Danny “Danno” Williams, was in Gone in 60 Seconds, the Ocean’s Eleven movies, and he’s the son of James Caan – which is awesome all by itself.

We Watched It

Scott McGarrett is a Navy SEAL and the son of a Hawaii police officer. When his dad is killed, McGarrett comes to Hawaii to investigate for himself. He’s soon getting help from a New Jersey detective (Danny Williams) who followed his ex-wife and his daughter to Hawaii, a disgraced cop (Chin Ho Kelly), and the disgraced cop’s cousin (Kono Kalakua). They track down an arms dealer. The governor decides that Hawaii needs an independent strike force pursuing organized crime, terrorism, smuggling, and other high-level crimes. She forms the Five-O task force, with McGarrett as team lead.


Hawaii Five-O is popcorn television. It’s fun. It has great scenery and locations. The people are pretty and fun to watch. The episodes are fast-paced and exciting.

Guest stars have included Larissa Oleynik (Third Rock from the Sun), James Marsters (Buffy and Angel), Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King), William Baldwin (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), William Sadler (Demon Knight), Tom Sizemore (Strange Days), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat), Sab Shimono (The Shadow, among many other things), David Keith (a long list, including Firestarter), and Mark Dacascos (The Crow TV series, and The Chairman of Iron Chef America).

Most recently they added another Lost alumnus, Terry O’Quinn


This show really hasn’t had a chance to deviate from its initial formula. Mostly, they solve a case each week. There are some multi-part episodes. There’s an ongoing mystery surrounding the death of McGarrett’s father, but nothing that interferes with a newcomer enjoying the series.


What reboots have you enjoyed?

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