Tube Watch: Five Reasons I Watch Hawaii Five-0

Monday nights are actually one of my favorite week nights. Y’know why? ‘Cause it’s time for my favorite show of the season. Yes, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I LOVE Hawaii Five-0! I’ve only seen maybe one episode of the original, so it’s not exactly a nostalgia thing apart from the memorable theme song. Here are five reasons why:

1. The great ensemble cast

If you’d say I have a crush on Alex O’Loughlin, then you wouldn’t be wrong 🙂 His role as Steve McGarrett certainly the main draw for me initially as I was a big fan of Moonlight, but now I love the entire members of Five-0. I adore Scott Caan as Danny ‘Dano’ Williams, his tie-wearing, Jersey-loving attitude is the perfect antithesis to the sports nut and intensely bad-ass McGarrett. I also love the fact that this show had not one but TWO Asian actors in the major roles, LOST’s Daniel Day Kim as the disgraced cop Chin Ho Kelly and Battlestar Galactica alum Grace Park as Kalakaua, who’s also Chin’s cousin, as the youngest Five-0 recruitee. The four of them have a wonderful, dynamic camaraderie and they look like they enjoy each others’ company on the set.

2. The fun action-packed episodes
The fast-paced script keeps the show moving swiftly — perhaps almost too quick to follow all the details of some of the more complicated cases — that it’s never boring. Though not every episode is created equal, you can always rely on a decent amount of suspense along with the witty banters. The episode where Chin is strapped with a bomb necklace kept me on my toes and was awesome to see the team rally to save their beloved partner. It certainly helps that all of the cast look believably fit for all the physical stuff.

3. The humor
I love that O’Loughlin and Caan have a great chemistry together. Looks like they’ve been best pals forever when they make the show because their friendship feels natural. Despite the constant teasing — Danny often thinks Steve is a bit of a neanderthal for his brash, shoot-’em-up temper, and Steve always makes fun of uptight dress code as the only cop in Hawaii wearing a tie on the job — y’know they like each other a lot and would probably take a bullet for each other. The witty banter between them are the show’s highlights I always look forward to.

4. The continuing storyline

O'Loughlin w/ Taryn Manning

Though every episode has its own unique plot, there’s a constant thread of McGarrett’s back-story involving his father’s murder that makes for a good character development. I like how with each episode, we’re given a bit more clues that would hopefully get Steve closer to finding his dad’s killer. There were a couple of episodes of Steve’s visiting relative finding out about the tool box left by their dad that ended up getting her kidnapped. I don’t know if they’re going to bring back Taryn Manning as the straight-talkin’ kid sister in future episodes. I sure hope so, because I think she’s one of the better guest stars on the show (eons better than Rick Springfield!). Oh, I also like the main suspect of the case, a guy by the name of Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), who proves to be a sinister villain that REALLY gets under McGarrett’s skin.

Besides Steve’s ongoing case, there’s also the subplot about Danno’s young daughter and ex-wife who live on the island, which keep us guessing whether they’d get back together. The stuff about Chin-Ho’s past and the real reason he’s kicked off the force is pretty intriguing, too.

5. The gorgeous, escapism island setting

I’d like to think that the island setting itself sort of distinguish Five-0 from the run-of-the-mill crime procedural show. The show might as well double as a Hawaii tourism video as every episode it makes me want to book a trip to that amazing island. The gorgeous beaches, the big waves, the lush mountains… the Hawaiian scenery is practically the star of the show itself. I also love that they use local actors for most of the recurring cast members, my favorite has got to be the big jolly teddy bear of a guy Kamekona, played by amateur sumo wrestler Taylor Wili. He makes me smile every time he appears on screen.

So there you have it. Five-0 is entertaining, enjoyable,  and fun! What else could you ask for on Monday nights?

Are you a fan of the show? If not, what’s YOUR must-see show(s) this season?