Making waves again
Classic cop drama HawaiiFive-0 from the 1960s gets a reboot.
Classic cop drama Hawaii
Five-0 from the 1960s gets a reboot.
IT has one of the coolest, if not the most memorable, opening tracks for a TV show. Hawaii Five-0, the popular police drama from the 1960s, is back on the small screen with a new force, and brand new attitude.
It’s not exactly a “remake”, but an updated version of the 1968 original.
Hawaii Five-0 (2010) still moves along the same basic storyline, and the characters are more or less the same. Heck, even the theme song almost sounds the same!
In the show, the central role, Steve McGarrett, a Navy SEAL officer, returns to his home state of Hawaii after the death of his father. There, the governor of Hawaii persuades McGarrett to stay on, and head a special task force in the police department that his late father had started.
On the unit are Detective Danny Williams aka Danno, a street smart cop from New Jersey who moved to Hawaii to be near his child; and Detective Chin Ho Kelly, an ex-cop who was trained by McGarrett’s father, Jack (so named in honour of Jack Lord, the actor who played the main character in the original show).
McGarrett is played by little-known 34year-old actor Alex O’Loughlin from Australia, whose first major movie role as Jennifer Lopez’s object of desire in The Back-Up Plan was a flop.
The rough-cut Scott Caan, also 34, plays Danno, a wise-cracking, macho yet loveable guy who is having a bit of a problem adjusting to island life. It’s a perfect fit for Caan, who is used to playing sidekicks that stand out more than the hero.
Meanwhile, Lost’s alum Daniel Dae Kim, 42, takes on the role of Chin. The Korean American was actually the first actor to be cast in the show.
Another Korean American, Grace Park, plays Kono Kalakaua, a young (although Park is actually 36 years old) rookie detective fresh out of the academy, and a cousin of Chin’s.
Fans of the old Hawaii Five-0 might be a little confused with this fact – in the original, Kono was played by a big African-American actor by the name of Zulu.
Show producers of the modern version have said that changing the character’s sex, and adding Park to the cast, fit right into the mood of the new show. This is probably the only big, and obviously noticeable, change made.
Another slight difference would be the opening track. It actually sounds exactly the same, although the new version does sound snazzier, mostly thanks to modern-day sound and music technologies.
In fact, three musicians who worked on the Morton Stevens score way back in 1968 were included in the recording of this new one so that nothing much is changed.
Still, there are some hardcore fans who have complained about the length of the opening track, which has been shortened by 30 seconds.
Nitpicking aside, overall, Hawaii Five-0 is fast winning over fans, old and young, in the United States, where the show premiered on Sept 20, 42 years after the premiere of the original. In Malaysia, the show will make its debut this Sunday on AXN. n HawaiiFive-0 (2010) premieres this Sunday at 9pm on AXN (Astro Channel 701); the encore is on Nov 16, 9.05pm. It airs subsequently every Tuesday at 10pm. OriginalHawaiiFive-0 (1968) airs on weekdays at 6.15pm. The original stars (from left) Jack Lord (Det Steve McGarrett), William Smith (Det James Carew), Sharon Farrell (Det Lori Wilson), Moe Keale (Det Truck Kealoha) and Herman Wedemeyer (Det Duke Lukela).
New faces: (From left) Scott Caan, Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim of HawaiiFive-0.