Orig­i­nal Hawaii Five-O fun, es­pe­cially the great scenery

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - JEN­NIFER NIXON

What is it? Hawaii Five-O, com­plete se­ries, 161 episodes on 72 disks from CBS DVD When? Now

How much? $179.98 Com­plete se­ries? Isn’t it still go­ing on? That’s the re­make. We’re talk­ing about the orig­i­nal se­ries that ran 19681980 — the long­est-run­ning crime drama in TV his­tory un­til Law & Or­der broke its record.

Hawaii Five-O, ver­sion 1.0, was an episodic se­ries that fol­lowed the ad­ven­tures of Capt. Steve McGar­rett (Jack Lord) and his spe­cial task force in Honolulu.

McGar­rett, a for­mer Navy of­fi­cer, was ap­pointed by the gov­er­nor (Richard Den­ning) and was com­pletely ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing the peo­ple of Hawaii (and the U.S.) from the bad guys.

Un­der his com­mand were de­tec­tives Danny Wil­liams (James MacArthur), Chin Ho Kelly (Kam Fong), Kono Kalakaua (Zulu), Duke Lukela (Her­man Wede­meyer), Ben Kokua (Al Har­ring­ton) and as­sorted other law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Work­ing to­gether, they tack­led crimes like mur­der and smug­gling while also tak­ing on the oc­ca­sional “di­a­bol­i­cal master­mind” plot with wider-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions. The lat­ter usu­ally in­volved McGar­rett’s arch neme­sis, Chi­nese agent Wo Fat (Khigh Dhiegh).

All of this was done against the stun­ning back­drop of Hawaii, where the se­ries was filmed.

How is it? This is one of the bet­ter ex­am­ples of 1960s-’ 70s episodic crime dra­mas. It’s not as in-depth as to­day’s shows — the char­ac­ters’ per­sonal lives are mostly ig­nored — but it’s en­ter­tain­ing, well-made and, over­all, a fun show to watch with its mix­ture of hu­mor, drama, ac­tion and lo­cal color.

The fact that in­ter­na­tional smug­gling rings, spies and or­ga­nized crime are thrown in with the run-of-the-mill mur­ders and rob­beries makes things a bit more ex­cit­ing.

Ex­tras? Just pro­mos for most episodes, a se­ries promo, and a mu­sic video by Track Masters with Punch­line and Taj.

New this week: Bil­lions, Sea­son 2; The Black­list, Sea­son 4; Bull, Sea­son 1; Ju­manji, com­plete se­ries; Leg­ends of To­mor­row, Sea­son 2; Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies, Sea­son 10; NCIS: New Or­leans, Sea­son 3; Once Upon a Time, Sea­son 6; Po­lice Story, Sea­son 2; Rhoda, Sea­son 4; Riverdale, Sea­son 1

Next week: Blue Bloods, Sea­son 7; Brook­lyn Nine-Nine, Sea­son 4; Iron­side, Sea­son 4; Lu­cifer, Sea­son 2; NCIS: Los An­ge­les, Sea­son 8; Su­per­girl, Sea­son 2; The Walk­ing Dead, Sea­son 7.

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