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?

34 thoughts on “Tube Watch: Five Reasons I Watch Hawaii Five-0

  1. Ted S.

    Yeah I watch the show regularly too but the last few episodes were hard to sit through. Especially the ones where Dane Cook and P. Diddy guest starred on, wow those were awful episodes. I hope it finishes the season on strong note, if not I might stop watching it. Also I hope they actually get some good actors to guest star for next season.

    1. Oh I’m totally w/ you Ted, both Cook and Diddy were awful, I sure hope they’d never appear again! I think Diddy probably was a fan of the show and he obviously had the power to invite himself to guest star in it, ahah. Rick Springfield was terrible, too, so far the only good one was Taryn Manning. I think the season finally looks pretty gripping, Steve gets arrested?? I definitely gotta see what’s happening there. And yeah, I hope they have better guest stars next time.

  2. hehe

    I only watched half of one episode before I turned it off. Maybe I was a bit harsh on it. Maybe i am still too fond of the original to let go of a classic show for a remake. But then again I loved both original and reboot of BSG…hmmm?

    I might just give this a go again. Glad you love it though Ruth, I would love to go to Hawaii.


    1. Oh no, it can’t be THAT bad, Custard. But then again I don’t watch the original so I I’m not comparing it to that version. Well obviously BSG is a whole different league and from the clips I watched, I definitely prefer the contemporary ones by Ron Moore.

    2. PrairieGirl

      Custard, you are not alone! I’ve only seen about 10 minutes of Steve and Dano together, but the “witty banter” between their characters just seems overwritten and sarcastic. Who really talks that way? Well, I’m not the demo for the show anyway, so I’ll leave it to the kids. I do give an A+, however, to the setting in Hawaii.

      Speaking of Hawaii, how about a remake of Magnum P.I.? That’s a show I could really get into ;-D

      1. Well, we’d have to agree to disagree then Becky, but that’s ok, we don’t have to agree on everything, right? 🙂 The show is geared to a younger demographic, you’re right about that, as they say, this ain’t your mama’s Five-0.

        A remake of Magnum P.I.? Oy, I don’t know about that, but whatever they do, they must NOT bring back those dumb short shorts! Seriously, no man should ever run in those, no matter how great their legs are!

  3. wulaaaaan.....

    Ever since a certain cable TV program stopped airing Castle without any notice in advance, I switch to this series and was instantly hooked! Now I watch this show regularly with my mom. She’s a huge fan of the original 🙂

    1. Hey Wulan, are you from Indo? I think I’ve seen you over at Novia’s blog 🙂 Glad you like this one, I think my mom liked the original too, but I’ve only seen bits and pieces of it on YouTube. I much prefer the remake though.

  4. I actually have a bunch of tv stuff to catch up on because i haven’t had time to watch them all(they are all on my dvr). I’ve been able to keep up with Nikita, Smallvile, and the Vampire Diaries but the rest i haven’t found time to watch them.

    But for me, my top shows right now are Fringe,Nikita(Last episode was amazing, and i can’t wait for the finale), The Vampire Diaries, and the Killing. Supernatural may get back to that spot depending on the quality of the last 2 episodes which i haven’t found time to watch yet due to school(I plan to watch them all after i am done with my college semester).

    I may do a tv related post after watching them.

    1. I don’t have time to watch much tv either, Julian. Five-0 is the only one I watch right now, w/ CHUCK only when Timothy Dalton was on. I’ve been meaning to check out NIKITA, that looks really good, plus it’s rare to see an Asian actress in a leading role on tv. I might watch the season finale of Smallville just out of curiosity sake.

      If I had cable, I might check out Being Human (the US version), alas I’d have to wait until it’s available on Netflix.

      1. I really want to the original version of Being Human but unfortunately it is not available for streaming on netflix(Unlike Skins)

        And i record all the shows i watch. If i didn’t have a dvr i wouldn’t be able to watch nearly as much tv as i do

        I really want to catch up on The Killing first because Custard watches it too, and i haven’t been able to discuss the recent episodes with him.

        1. I think even if I do have a DVR I won’t be able to watch ’em all. Glad to see you and Custard are bonding over a show, that one isn’t something I’d be interested to watch though.

          P.S. Your latest post is great btw, quite thought-provoking. I’ve had my shares of bewilderment about some directors who are widely-loved by people, too.

          1. Yeah, i quickly figured it wouldn’t be your cup of tea

            And thanks for the compliment on the post. I honestly don’t think there is a single director out there that every single person likes, so it was interesting for me to see the responses. I didn’t realize it was going to be though provoking when i posted it 😛

            1. It’s cool that you were honest w/ how you felt. You’re right, when it comes to directors/actors, to each their own, so it’s interesting to see people’s answers on the post.

              1. Thanks. I was a bit afraid to voice my opinion on Malick as i realize he is highly regarded among most bloggers from what i’ve seen, but thankfully that fear was unfounded.

                And i will try to think of something movie related to post to celebrate my graduation. Hopefully i will be able to think of something.

  5. mcarteratthemovies

    My only beef with this show is the same beef I have with most cop shows: there are no ugly people. Seriously. Everyone on these shows is hot and thin and impeccably dressed. I mean, I’m all for escapism, but throw in a chubby girl now and again to make me happy!

    1. Ha..ha.. I know! But as Julian says, virtually EVERY show has that same problem, and it’s not only are they all good looking, they’re all good looking CAUCASIANS 🙂 Now, speaking of chubby, you don’t think the 300+ pound Kamekona is chubby enough for you? He..he.. I think he is so adorable… oh, and that woman who’s the CIA agent, definitely NOT ugly but she’s more of a plain jane compared to people in shows like Gossip Girl.

  6. Funk

    Have seen Five-O a few times and it’s not to bad, glad they kept the same song, I’m really not a fan of cop shows at all, but I do like Grace Park, she was really good in BSG.
    About the only show’s I watch other than sports are Smallville, Doctor Who, Camelot, and Game of Thrones.

    1. Hello Dave, glad you like this one. So Boomer was your fave BSG character… why am I not surprised? 😉 I’m sure she’s a lot of the guys’ favorite, he..he.. but her role in BSG is quite complex. Oh, I’m definitely gonna watch Smallville’s series finale this Friday, though I stopped watching after oh I don’t know, 2nd season. I really want to see Game of Thrones, that one looks REALLY good, plus I like Sean Bean!

      1. Funk

        Ya, Boomer was my 3rd favorite on BSG.
        If you like Sean Bean then you like him in Game of Thrones, has a pretty good part and in alot of scenes. You should check out some of his earlier works he did with the long running “Sharpe” series, that takes place during the Napoleonic Wars, I think it was like 15 total shows strung out over 12 years or so, but pretty good, most episodes where 90 minutes.

        1. Oh I hadn’t heard of that one, thanks for the suggestion, Dave. I don’t know when I’ll get around to watching ’em though. I have yet to find time to see Horatio Hornblower that you suggested before 😦

    1. Ahah, so true! But she’s always been skinny even in BSG, she looks like one of those people who has trouble gaining weight (so jealous!)

      1. I’m actually one of those people who have hard time gaining weight…which doesn’t help in the manliness department. I have been trying to work some recently tho

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