Mak­ing waves again

Clas­sic cop drama Hawai­iFive-0 from the 1960s gets a re­boot.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - T MOVIES - By MELODY L. GOH

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.


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