A few roll your eyes moments, but that keeps in part with the way the original was. But they are a good match with the scripts. Had the producers started fresh with new characters, but kept the spirit of the original formula intact, there would be less tendency to compare the two series; each would stand on its own merits. It's a fine line to walk, but the writers did an excellent job in the pilot. I like that they're in their 30's and not all 90210 on viewers. My brain can't take it! The 4 main actors are excellent and they have a good chemistry together.
The only thing missing is the persistent over-acting from Jack Lord, but that's a good thing. Watch and see, I won't be watching. Having said that…the series would work better if it had created new characters. Grace Park is absolutely gorgeous! Overall verdict: no better than the other crime dramas currently on the air but certainly promises room for improvement. Would it deserve to be called 'Hawaii Five-O'? I had never seen Alex O'Loughlin in anything before this series, and he knocks the ball out of the park with his modern, over the top, somewhat Neanderthal McGarrett, who pushes the law to the limit to win. Why call the two leads Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams when their age, appearance, mannerisms, behavior, and above all their relationship bear no resemblance whatsoever to Jack Lord and James MacArthur? Their acting ability and range would allow for big screen versions of the show. The new reboot of Hawaii Five-0 is first rate from start to finish.
Actors: Main 3 are cookie cutter, nearly identical birth years. But then again it is not a documentary. Them's my creds and my advice is to ignore the reviewers here dissing the show because it isn't like the original. Face it folks, action, quick cuts and tight editing are here to stay. Hire more qualified people, it's worth it. . The building of the characters.
Like a lot of people we were looking forward to the new series of Hawaii 5-0 but i have to say that after 2 episodes i am not sure i can watch it again. Some cheesy stuff, some wow stuff, some well acted scenes. All four of the major characters were well chosen and show a great range of emotions, allowing for considerable character development. The believability of some legal situations are a bit dodgy. None of the lead characters share strong chemistry, although with further episodes this might improve. I've never seen the original series, so that's why maybe I like it so much, since many who've watched both the original and remake aren't very happy.
I can't wait for season 7! I resent the attempt to use it to gussy up an otherwise conventional show that on its own might not last a year. Now for the pilot episode. Hawaii is an exotic backdrop for any show but the original Hawaii Five-0 introduced it naturally as the action took us from the mansions of Kahala to the slums of King Street and to such places as the campus of the university, Kapiolani Park, the Iolani Palace, the Punchbowl Cemetery, and the hotels of Waikiki. Other guy is kicked out of police force because they say he took bribes, but he says he didn't then McGarret just let's him back in? The writers and producers have a long way to run with this thing. All he did was stand back and watch as Danno had tantrums.
Also find all the previous episodes of Hawaii Five-0. This show feels like the antidote to all those forensic, gritty, supposedly realistic crime dramas out there today. Unfortunately, episode two has just confirmed my fears that the producers have gone for the easy option of buff guys and gals, nice scenery, nice cars and lots of noise in place of a decent story and any attempt at character development. The Hawaii locations look great in high-def and it's interesting to see how much Hawaii has grown since the original series went off the air. If you're a fan of the original series, your take on this revamping will probably depend on how much a purist you are. Daniel Dae Kim is fine in his role.
I thought that the first episode might be a one off in terms of a formulaic plot development and story line and that it could only get better. That detracts, and makes it a little hard to buy into it. The strongest element this new series has going for it is a well written plot; the dialogue could be crisper but as characters develop and writers get a stronger feel of the material, that might happen. It's on location on beautiful Oahu, with little studio time in it. You find out little bits here and there and already starting to get a better understanding of how a character is the way he or she is. Cons: The filming of a fight sequence, taking on the bad guys was terrible.
Frankly, I don't know what reviewers here are complaining about since we're actually getting a detailed origins story up front, which the writers didn't even bother with the 1968 original. His chemistry with Scott Caan makes the series. While the pilot and first few episodes didn't take advantage of the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii quite enough, they sure have made up for that over the season. Now as I look back, I find that the original I can't even watch anymore. Guy who's been convicted of taking bribes has a cousin who is now in the police force? If they had made a show identical to the original I would have probably turned it off half way through. The editing is a shambles, it's so crappy in the action sequences. Respect has to be earned if it's supposed to mean anything and it allows for more, not less, character development later on.