AUSSIE ALEX MAKES THE ROLE HIS OWN
THE ‘‘blue steel’ gaze is the same, but comparisons between Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett and original actor Jack Lord should end there.
While Lord, in all his 1970s polyester glory, put the character (even the state of Hawaii) on the map, it’s a sexy Aussie who drags this iconic series into the 21st century.
‘‘This is not Jack Lord’s Hawaii Five-O, it’s mine,’’ O’Loughlin says. ‘‘First of all, Jack Lord was a man without a past, but from the pilot you’ll learn so much more aboutmycharacter.’’
A Navy SEAL who returns to Oahu to avenge his cop father’s murder, McGarrett is in control, pulling together his crack squad of divorced dad Danno (Caan), exiled cop Chin Ho Kelly (Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim) and rookie detective Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).
For traditionalists, the wave-riding theme song is back, as is McGarrett’s arresting slug, ‘‘book ’em, Danno’’.
While the line riles Caan, who begged producers to can it, executive producer Peter Lenkov insisted the ‘‘touchstone’’ stay.