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My heart is in, HI - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 18:19:21 (PDT)
OK, ladies, the guys opened the door wide for us, now it's our turn. If you want to see a picture of our favorite hunk (not a guest star), go to www.life.com, search for Hawaii, and click on Celebrating Hawaii's Five-O. This "article" was featured on CNN.com a week or so ago in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. Have patience going through the pictures, and look for the picture of Jack Lord in a red blazer. Enjoy!
Huntington, WV USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 17:43:34 (PDT)
Top 5 hunks? Hm... I can think of a few besides the obvious ONE.
My heart is in, HI - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 16:43:10 (PDT)
Nadja: Why don't you "get back at" Ringfire and start a discussion on the top 5 hunks to gueststar on Five-0?? There are a few ladies here on this site (Five-O Lover?, Barb from Chicago?) with which you could debate that topic. Ringfire, I'll check out Marsh tonight and get back to you. Luna's face (and figure), however, is indelibly etched in my mind so I don't need to review "A Thousand Pardons" again.
Raleigh, NC USa - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:20:40 (PDT)
Awww guys, not again. I remember that subject from, let me guess, 4 weeks ago. I thought you're finally through discussing every skirt-wearing being of the show ;-)
Berlin , - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 13:20:15 (PDT)
It's not such a no-brainer for me. I love Marsh's beautiful big eyes and her tall statuesque figure. Great legs too! I think she's prettier on the face than Luna. Luna just acts more sexy and is more of a flirt in "A Thousand Pardons".
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 12:38:14 (PDT)
No contest for me... Luna in A Thousand Pardons. Altough Linda Marsh is not hard to look at either. Great scene in Force of Waves when Danno tells her he knows she is/was married to her accomplice. Her reaction is priceless.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 12:32:01 (PDT)
Re hottest Five-0 babe, yes I'm referring to the whole series. I just happen to think that 2 of the hottest babes both appeared in season 2 - Luna and Marsh! Can't decide between those two. Of course Marsh was lookin' hot again in season 3 in "Force of Waves"! As for Anne Archer, yes she was definitely beautiful! She's actually someone you would settle down with in a jiffy. Lovely girl. But I'm not sure I'd call her a "babe". So that's why I'm thinking Luna or Marsh.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 11:45:44 (PDT)
""Mark Lenard, your favorite gueststar on 5-0". Hey, Big H, do I detect a hint of sarcasm there?" :-)) But, you are right, Ringfire, we slammed Lenard enough...although he did have some decent performances in other 5-0 roles, it's just that his showing in "Babe Ruth" has to take the prize as one of the worst in the series (the makeup didn't help). As for the hottest babe question, are you talking about JUST season 2, or the entire series?? Two completely different questions....Barb Luna HAS to be in the top five babes of the entire series...
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 09:39:12 (PDT)
Hey Ringfire, with regards to H-5-O babe, how about Ann Archer from "Beautiful Screamer"....When this episode use to air on TV, remember when after Walter strangles the girl on the tennis court, he went back inside & had a toast before the the opening credits rolled...On TV version, they kick out the entire toast part...Thank goodness for DVD, no more H-5-O on regular tv... And how about the girl who the crazed killer thought was Judy Moon from "Draw me a Killer".....
Pittsburgh, PA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 09:04:56 (PDT)
So who is the hottest Five-0 babe? I'm having difficulty deciding between 2 "super-hot" babes from season 2. Barbara Luna from "A Thousand Pardons--You're Dead!" and Linda Marsh from "Sweet Terror"! Both are very beautiful and hot, hot, hot! Linda Marsh is especially statuesque! Great figure!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 08:22:47 (PDT)
Here is another "free deal"! I have a paperback copy of Jay J. Armes ("Hookman") autobiography to give away. He touches briefly on his Five-O appearance (I think) and there is a photo section. Sorry, but this offer is limited to people in the USA. E-mail me if you want this 100% free book!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 07:04:58 (PDT)
I do remember the Al Michaels episode, as when I first saw it in reruns in the early 1980's, I picked him up immediately. Michaels was doing play-by-play for a local Hawaii baseball team, a minor league team, when he got the role, he was living and working in Hawaii at the time, I believe the episode was in the show's first year in 1968, but not sure, someone will post to let me know if I'm right or not......I always wanted Hawaii to have a pro sports team, but you can understand with the travel to and from the states for the other teams, and for the Hawaii based team why that would be a difficult thing to pull off.
New York, NY USA - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 06:18:25 (PDT)
Al Michaels plays a defense attorney in Run Johnny Run... the Cristopher Walken episode. He does have a few lines.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 15:12:31 (PDT)
Couple other Five-O things on my mind.....Does anyone remember the episode where sportcaster Al Michaels played a defense attorney?.....He doesn't say a word, he's only introduced by McGarret to the prisoner...I wonder how he got that part...Perhaps he was working for a local Honolulu TV affiliate... About the theme...Though the theme is constant, there are definite TWEAKS in it as the seasons progressed....I think the original theme as used in the first season is the best.... One of the coolest hikes/walks in Honolulu is a trail on the windward side called the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.....Was that where the end of "Murder is a Taxing Affair" was filmed?...Any other episodes done on that trail?....That road has long been closed to vehicular traffic, but it is a must do for any visitor to Oahu....
Pittsburgh, PA - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 14:22:14 (PDT)
Let me clarify that. On Track 13, it segued into the memories theme. In "The Last Eden," it did not.
My heart is in, HI - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 09:07:08 (PDT)
Nadja, I watched "The Last Eden" (season 3) last night and heard the haunting melody from the first part of track 13. It segued into the memories theme. Last week, I asked Mike whether the entire track came from "A Death in the Family (season 10), where Chin Ho is killed (because of the Oriental and funereal nuances). Clearly, it came out much sooner, which surprised me. I really like track 13, though. It is very sad, yet it really appeals to me.
My heart is in, HI - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 08:27:26 (PDT)
No, I'm wrong. That's of course the "memory theme" and different from Track 13. Sorry. Seems I have to search again ;-)
Berlin, - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 05:06:52 (PDT)
I just listened to the Don Ray scores again and I found out that track 13 is from "Singapore files". It's where Nicole and McG going to bed and he is asking how she is up there.
Berlin, - Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 04:48:25 (PDT)
Kathy has a whole section devoted to pictures showing McGarrett smiling. Take a look: http://katmeyer.serverpro2.com/Capture_Gallery/capture_gallery.html
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 19:20:31 (PDT)
Check out this clip. In Secret Witness, when McGarrett tries to give Bok (Mark Lenard) a suitcase of money to entrap him, the music is momentarily like Star Trek: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/video/lenard.MP4
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 17:48:47 (PDT)
"We will be white swans..." - Oh God, make it stop! URGGHHHH!! I already have shivers going down my spine. Thanks a lot, Kumiko! LOL!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 22:50:54 (PDT)
Ringfire good call on the Dan Bok character from Secret Witness. I always liked Mark Lenard in that ep. Almost makes up for Babe Ruth... "We will be white swans..."
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 18:31:22 (PDT)
"Mark Lenard, your favorite gueststar on 5-0". Hey, Big H, do I detect a hint of sarcasm there? Anyhoo, I don't have so much a problem with Lenard as an actor (granted I've never seen him in anything outside of Five-0 and I'm no Star Trek fan) but he was HORRRRRRID in "To Hell with Babe Ruth"! As for his other Five-0 roles, I've no problem with them. He's actually good as the Russian spy Rogloff in season 5's "Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die?" and I especially loved his smug gangster Dan Bok in season 6's "Secret Witness"! I'll be looking forward to season 10's "Pirates" as well. I haven't seen that eppie in over 10 years! So, really no problem with Lenard. It's just his Nagata character in "Babe Ruth" that makes me wanna puke!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:56:42 (PDT)
There were various episodes in which Steve had a love interest, including the pilot, "Cocoon" (Nancy Kwan's character), Season 2's "The Singapore File"; Season 3's "Time and Memories," with his old flame as a murder suspect, as well as Season 5's "Thanks For the Honeymoon," with Margo (Carol Lawrence). Coming up on DVD: Season 7's "A Gun For McGarrett." And two episodes in Season 10 where Steve flirted with reporters: "The Cop on the Cover" and "My Friend the Enemy." Another flirtation: Season 11's "Horoscope For Murder," with astrologist Agnes DuBois (Samantha Eggar).
Pembroke Pines, FL USA - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:55:30 (PDT)
Rich: I'm afraid that I didnt' give you enough info when I referred to John Ryan, since that is a commmon Irish name. No, I was actually referring to John Joseph Patrick Ryan...we know him better as Jack Lord, aka McG himself. I think the fact that they had a character in season 10 "You don't see many Pirates" named James Ryan was probably just a coincidence. But, (Ringfire and Rich), on the topic of William Smith, everytime I see his chiseled face and monster biceps I think of his role as Falconetti in Rich Man, Poor Man, as the merchant marine sailor whom Tom beats the hell out of until he loses an eye. He was one mean dude in that role. Also, on McG's laughter, I think there is an ep from seasons 1-4 where either Chin or Danno makes a commment about Kono's girth, which draws some subdued laughter, but I can't for the life of me remember the ep. When Kono gets stuck with the needle, his expression is priceless, and Chin and Danno's laughter seems far from acting! I think they actually stuck Zulu with that needle to get his authentic reaction....and finally, Ringfire, speaking of the season 10 ep, "Pirates" , Mark Lenard, your favorite gueststar on 5-0, gives a much improved performance as a Coast Guard commander assisting McG with the search for a hijacked freighter.
raleigh, nc usa - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 10:13:01 (PDT)
Rich, the episode you're describing (about the guys getting "needled") is season 1's "Face of the Dragon" - the bubonic plague/Red Chinese episode. As for Castillo from MIAMI VICE, Edward James Olmos actually did guest-star in the season 9 episode "Ready...Aim" - I've never personally seen this episode. I'll be awaiting season 9 on DVD. That's the only episode from that season that I never saw.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 09:18:08 (PDT)
...and, of course when Filer shoots the camera with the water pistol, priceless :-) !
Berlin, - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 00:24:02 (PDT)
Another funny scene where McGarrett laughs out loud is in "Over fifty? Steal!" when Filer makes it look like all of the detectives purchased one of the used devices and McGarrett says: "Kono, you're under arrest!"
Berlin, - Friday, August 28, 2009 at 00:18:32 (PDT)
Hey ringfire, I completely forgot about William Smith in "Red Dawn"....I was in my teenage years in those 1980's, & I remember going to see Red Dawn at the theatre...That film's premise was a good one, but that movie was a dud... Another funny moment (not with Steve M.) occured in an episode where Chin, Danny, & Kono were exposed to something & they had to get blood drawn....Kono must have been afraid of needles & when the nurse went to him, he had this face of fear & Danny & Chin busted out laughing....Not sure which episode this was, but I'd say it was 3rd. or 4th. season...Maybe that was "Three Dead Cows at Makapu"???... Back to Steve...The only episode I can recall where he had a love interest was around the 76-77? season where a girl named Kathy (I think that's her name) was killed in the beginning of the show...Then there are flashbacks rest of the way...The episode concluded with Steve (in a suit) arresting the guy on the beach, he jumped in the water to get him... I think there is one Detective who was actually more serious than Steve McGarret, Castillo (Edward James Olmos) from Miami Vice....
Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 21:26:33 (PDT)
If you want to see Jack Lord with a huge grin on his face, check out the ending from The Bark and the Bite: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/video/bark-end.MP4 ... the reactions of the people in this scene look like McGarrett's final line came as a total surprise. Also the end of Deadly Courier where Danno realizes that he "struck out" and everyone breaks into a huge grin (this scene plays like an outtake) -- http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/images/deadlycourier.jpg
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 19:34:53 (PDT)
I began watching episodes of Five-O with my wife this year. She had never seen any. As I watched the opening intro with music, I suddenly remembered the girl who ran on the beach and turned around for the camera. I now know she was Elizabeth Logue. I told my wife how I thought she was something in 1968 when I was a HS Freshman in Indiana. She looked much younger than she really was, as I now realize she was old enough to be my Mother. My daughters thought that part was funny. Ironically, I read she died in 1988 in Santa Monica. I worked in Santa Monica in 1988. It is a small world. Needless to say, we are hooked and anxiously awaiting Season Seven. Last, but not least, you have a great page.
Billings, MT United States - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 18:59:14 (PDT)
In "FOB Honolulu," McG laughed aloud with Mischa Toptegan at the airport over the line "I don't greet every visitor to Hawaii, but I always greet KGB agents" and Toptegan's insistence that he was only there on vacation.
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 15:59:17 (PDT)
Let's not forget William Smith in that supreme cheese of a movie from 1984 - RED DAWN. He plays the Russian colonel lecturing his fellow comrades on how to capture those high-school rebels. Smith in a Russian accent "If a fox stole your chickens... would you slaughter your pig because he saw the fox? No. You would hunt the fox." LOL... ahhh... the 80s!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 15:38:26 (PDT)
Hey Big H thanks....BTW, when you mentioned John Ryan, is this the actor to whom you were referring. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752636/ He was in alot of 80's action movies... Switching gears, earlier I mentioned MaGarret rarely making deals, ok, how about another rarity, MaGarret busting out in laughter....One of the only times I can remember him laughing hard was the episode where Chin Ho mispronounced La Jolla, CA (MaGarret got a kick out of that one)...Does anyone remember any other time MaGarret was amused??... Alot of talk lately about season 12...I'm sorry, that season was dreadful....Except for "Flight of the Jewels", there were few bright spots that season....I still can't picture William Smith in the show...I always think of him in 2 roles - he's the guy Clint Eastwood fought in "Any Which Way You Can", & he had a VERY brief role in "Conan The Barbarian" as Conan's father....
Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 14:32:08 (PDT)
If anyone would like mp3 files of the original Hawaii Five-O sound track album, send me an email and I'll be glad send them to you. These were transferred from a 180 gram LP. The sound quality is superb. There's a total of 12 tunes. BradFL1164@aol.com
FL USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 13:50:18 (PDT)
Oh, "Thanks for the Honeymoon" was so-o-o-o out of character - all around. Not only did McG make a deal with a criminal, but he turned his back on his work in order to spend time with his old flame, Margo. I'm surprised the governor didn't sack McG for that one. He should have.
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 13:19:47 (PDT)
McGarrett says he doesn't make deals but occasionaly he did. One example sticks out in "Thanks for the Honeymoon". He and Manicote agree to allow Patty Duke and her boyfriend out of jail to get married, in turn for their testimony to put away Menola. Then they get cold feet and her husband is killed and she almost dies..
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 13:03:15 (PDT)
More on season 12: I probably saw it more than than the other later seasons (8-11) because it was shown every Tuesday night around 1984-86 or so as "McGarrett" on the "CBS Late Movie" and I was able to tape most of them. The season is not horrible, but definitely not up to 5-0 standards of previous years. Minimal clever plots, no real devious villains, etc, just bland late 70s standard crimes like Barnaby Jones. Mr. Mike's site has a very obscure article on Season 12 and the most interesting thing I got out of it was that Jack Lord claimed James MacArthur did not tell him he was leaving in time, causing them to re-write season 12 scripts to take Danno out (which MacArthur denied). Lord also claimed they planned to add the new season 12 staff before MacArthur announced he was leaving (which I find hard to believe, why would they add three new people to what was the season 11 team, especially William Smith who was hired to replace Danno). Another interesting statement was William Smith thought he and Sharon Farrell could take over the show in future seasons with Jack Lord scaling back his participation (!). As much as people joke on the one-liners from Ben, Chin, etc.. from earlier seasons, season 12 proves that Jack Lord was not the whole show.
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 12:43:59 (PDT)
In "Cocoon" McG offers a deal to the Nancy Kwan character. I think that is the only time he ever does. And besides, Detectives can't offer "deals". That up to the DA. What is the episode where McG is arguing with a guy n his office who works for another agency and says to him, "I will pull my men out NOW!" That is one of the most ferocious lines McG ever uttered in the annals of the show. And one more thing, go to YOUTUBE and check out the outtakes of the 1979 Aloha Parade, where McG was the grand master. it the closest to the "real" McG you ever will see.
n/a, n/a USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 12:31:46 (PDT)
Rich: I think (Mr. Mike, et. al, correct me if I'm off here) that someone tried the yoga hanging technique from "Bored" and the results went awry (read: death occurred as it frequently does when one hangs themselves). And, I have watched Five-O upteen times in syndication but never recall seeing "Bored" in any rerun -- legal issues probably, since it was omitted from the original dvd season's release (causing an uproar among true Five-O fans.) Switching topics, I watched "Up the Rebels" last night, the first ep from Season 10 also courtesy of Mr. Mike...(quality was good/decent, btw), and during the ep, McG interviews Father Costigan (Steven Boyd) and they close out their conversation by exchanging some latin phrases (and some rather interesting looks at each other). Anyone good Catholics out there know what those phrases meant? Sorry, but I couldn't even understand the pronunciation enough to write it down and google it later. Also, just fyi, one of the rebels' "go-between" who is murdered later in the ep is named James Ryan....JL's real name is John Ryan -- coinkydink?? (James Ryan is credited as Jim Ryan in the closing credits)
Raleigh, NC USA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 09:28:35 (PDT)
In the 12 seasons of the show, one could probably count the times on one hand that McGarret made a deal....He NEVER made deals w/the criminals...Of course, the criminal should have said "well, doesn't the DA decide if there is going to be a deal or not, not you McGarret"?.... What is the story of the controversial "Bored, she hung herself" episode...Did that episode only air one time?...Was it ever aired on re-runs?...Did anyone here see it?...I'm surprised it caused such an uproar...
Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 08:11:04 (PDT)
Re: Nadja's remark, "And I had a hard laugh for the first time watching the show and that was when McG says to Tony Alika: "And now get out of here before I report you to your Kahuna" Very funny :-)" . . . That was a classic line. I like the grin on McGarrett's face when he says it, too. It's on par with his grin as he turns from the cell after locking up Wo Fat at the very end of "Woe to Wo Fat." Fantastic!
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 17:24:49 (PDT)
Hey Five-O Lover. I also watched season 12 recently (Thanks to Mr.Mike :-) ) and I agree with you that McGarrett showed a strange emotionality in this season, joking with Kimo like he never did with Danno per example. And I had the same thought that he couldn't really distinguish McGarrett from himself anymore and we'd see more of Jack Lord. And I had a hard laugh for the first time watching the show and that was when McG says to Tony Alika: "And now get out of here before I report you to your Kahuna" Very funny :-) I too missed the true team and I must admit that I didn't like Sharon Farrell much even if she has had hard times in her life. That eventually has nothing much to do with the fact that she acted like a teenager most of the time. Anyway, asides from "Bird in a hand" which is really lame-o, I don't think season 12 is that bad.
Berlin, - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 16:30:59 (PDT)
All time favorite show!!!!
Winnipeg, Mb Canada - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 15:06:04 (PDT)
I recently watched the episodes of Season 12, courtesy of Mr. Mike. Here are my impressions, and they are all over the board. First, some background information. Previously, I had seen some of the Season 12 episodes on late-night re-runs, but that was quite some time ago, so the episodes were essentially new to me; I remembered only “A Lion in the Streets” and “Woe to Wo Fat.” My first impression as I started to watch the episodes was how much Steve and the governor had aged. The episodes I had watched just before these were from Season 6, a full six years earlier, so, of course, changes stood out markedly. Then, of course, I missed the Five-0 team I had known and loved: Danno, Chin Ho, and, yes, even Kono, whom I will always miss. He was a lovable old teddy bear. Then, of course, I missed the McGarrettmobile; that is, the 1968 Mercury Park Lane. Steve was still driving it in Season 6, after all. The Marquis just doesn’t have the same pizzazz, if you know what I mean. I really missed seeing Steve speeding through the streets. In fact, I noticed that, only later in the season, was he shown driving on more than a driveway or parking lot. I began to wonder if he had been having trouble with his eyes, so that he could not drive then. After all, in his will, he left legacies to both the Lion’s Club Eye Bank and Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs. Some of us have commented on how Jack’s eyes appeared different, how his eyes sometimes did not seem to focus together, etc. Does anyone know about this? Early in the season, I felt that Jack had lost his feel for Steve McGarrett. With an all-new Five-0 team and so forth, I got the distinct impression that everyone had thought Five-0 was over after eleven seasons only to have it picked up for another season. Faced with another season, everyone leaped into action to put everything back together but with a noticeable lag time before they built back up to full steam. Did this happen? I don’t know. Could someone tell me about this, please. At any rate, I was left with the impression that I was coming close to seeing the real Jack Lord. Being curious about what he was like as a person, I enjoyed this, although it did not help Five-0. As the season progressed, however, Steve began to emerge, and the last half-dozen episodes truly reflected Steve McGarrett. Now, to the music: More good music all through the season. I wish I knew how to copy the music from the DVDs and put them on CDs to listen to as I write. Time and again, I would hear a passage and think, “I should be taping this.” Sometimes, I wonder why only one song from Five-0 won an Emmy. I would rate at least a half-dozen from the entire series as award-worthy. It was good to see actors who have appeared in earlier seasons; e.g., Andrew Duggan, Kas Garas, etc. They had aged, too, of course. I genuinely enjoyed watching the episodes from Season 12. Fewer than usual were what I would call top-notch, but I still enjoyed them. I’m glad to have had this opportunity to see them – just in case CBS/Paramount doesn’t take us all the way to the end with the remastered DVDs (I hope they do!!!!!). Speaking of remastered DVDs, the need for remastering was noticeably visible. Clearly, these episodes had been shown many times. The wear and tear was very noticeable; in fact, some episodes were so dark that it was hard to see them. The sound in some episodes was very worn, too. So, we definitely need for CBS/Paramount to continue their remastering efforts. Someone here uses the handle “Five-0 Forever.” I agree. Five-0 Forever. When the day comes when DVDs are phased out in favor of a new medium, my first step will be to convert my Five-0 DVDs to the new medium. I hope never again to be without a way to watch Five-0, not even Season 12.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:04:24 (PDT)
Season 9 on DVD can't be too far away. I'd rather get the official release with improved picture and sound quality. I guess I'm a patient guy and 6 seasons are more than enough to keep me happy for now.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 13:48:47 (PDT)
Time is up! All 3 copies are spoken for ... however, other copies are available at "Mr. Mike's Typical Non-Rip-Off Rates." ":-)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 12:56:47 (PDT)
FREE OFFER! OK, here is the scoop, sports fans: I am making DVDs of season 9 episodes from my own VHS tapes. These include Nine Dragons, the best Five-O show EVAR, which is sourced from a Columbia House tape (which I hope CBS/Paramount will NOT use, because there are actually quite a few scratches on the print in a few places). I am giving away THREE copies of the complete set of DVDs COMPLETELY FREE as soon as they are finished, which should be in the next day or so. How to get one of these three sets: e-mail me (you know how to do this). Oh yeah, there is a small catch ... you must actually watch these DVDs, preferably as soon as possible, and report back to let me know if there are any problems.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 11:16:36 (PDT)
Five-O Lover: You don't need to do a search, the badge is right there on the front of the home page....and wouldn't it be cool to have one of those babies to flash to the next cop that pulls me over for a stupid seat belt violation!!! Also, (quickly) I have to side with Ringfire on the Babe Ruth ep...Lenard makes my spine vibrate whenever I suffer through that ep...check him out in the Star Trek movies (post-tv series)...he's just as stiff and nauseating.
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 09:39:07 (PDT)
Actually, the site that sells Five-0 badges is called The Collector's Armory (www.collectorsarmory.com). When you reach the home page, use their search engine to look for "Hawaii Five-0." The listing comes up complete with a way to enlarge the picture to study the details. Not all of the details are authentic; i.e., the state seal leaves a lot to be desired. But, then, the state seal on the badges used by the Five-0 team may have lacked the same details. i don't know. Still, it's worth a gander.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 04:39:14 (PDT)
Authentic Hawaii Five-0 Gold Badges are once again available on line for $39.99 each + shipping ,,, Google- Hawaii Five-0 badges... I think it was under The Badge Armory or something like that... Aloha from "Hooters" restaurant/bar in the Aloha Tower .... And to all you unbelievers, Five-0 is alive and well in Honolulu...
Honolulu , Hi - Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 22:44:10 (PDT)
"Still, I must disagree with those of you who fault Mark Lenard's performance. Actually, I found it to be some of the best acting in the entire series." Really??!! WOW!! JUST WOW!! I don't even know where to begin. You call it some of the best in the series whereas for me it's probably the worst in television history, never mind the series. I'm honestly speechless. NOBODY in real life acts the way Lenard acted! Not even a mental case!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 20:10:24 (PDT)
I just watched "To Hell With Babe Ruth." One kooky episode; that's for sure. Still, I must disagree with those of you who fault Mark Lenard's performance. Actually, I found it to be some of the best acting in the entire series. Imaging playing a man who has been in an insane asylum for 28 years. Nagata doesn't know how to drive a car and goes up on the curb. He carries too much anger to skillfully maneuver the car he is stealing from between parked cars and starts ramming them (I found myself wondering whether Mark Lenard had fun acting out that scene). Nagata looks at his image in a mirror but sees himself twenty years younger. His daughter tries to set his thinking straight, but it doesn't even register. Nagata was a classic mental case, and Mark Lenard portrayed him expertly. It's just sad that there actually are people like Nagata. So very sad.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 12:12:49 (PDT)
"Just Lucky, I Guess" - great season 2 episode! Some really powerful acting there, especially Albert Paulsen as the sleazy Charley Bombay and John Randolph as the scared Marty Sloane. But the way McGarrett pushes Sloane into a confession at the end with Bombay witnessing all this is totally ridiculous! I mean we see criminals getting off on the most minor technicalities, but THIS... oh boy... THIS one is just begging to be thrown out of court! When McGarrett is yelling at Sloane, the poor man is sweating so badly that you're not sure who he's scared of more - Bombay or McGarrett. Talk about police coercion! That case shouldn't have even seen the court room. At the end you're totally unconvinced that Sloane saw Bombay's face out on the terrace when he tossed the girl off. Also, it's pretty far-fetched how McGarrett automatically assumes that Sloane saw Bombay. McGarrett accuses Sloane of holding out right from the very start. He calls him a liar from the get-go! I'm like "Sheesh, Steve - cool it." This guy is obviously worried about the scandal back home. That doesn't mean he actually saw anything out there. He was hiding and it was dark. He simply doesn't want anyone to know that he was with a hooker. In any case, Steve grills the poor man to death at the end until the guy can't handle it any more and blurts out that he saw Bombay. A second later when Bombay is escorted from the office, McGarrett and Sloane look like they're old navy buddies. All smiling and nudging each other, "We sure showed him, didn't we?" I'm like, "Oh please, McGarrett was ready to beat you to a bloody pulp just a second ago." Now you're best buds all of a sudden? Despite that, a powerhouse episode! Paulsen's performance of a lifetime!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 11:54:14 (PDT)
Thanks five-0 lover...I remember seeing "Doomsday Flight" back at a Movies Plus store MANY moons ago and I didn't rent it...Who knows, perhaps someday it will make its way to DVD!... The Museum of TV & Radio in Los Angeles (actually its called something different now) has an episode w/Jack Lord in its archives from this TV series from 1955.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047713/
Pittsburgh, PA - Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 11:36:39 (PDT)
Hi, Rich! Jack played a very McGarrett-like character in "Doomsday Flight," which came out in 1967, the year before Five-0 kicked off. It was a made-for-TV movie and dealt with a cross-continental flight with a bomb on board. Jack played the role of Frank Thompson, the FBI agent investigating the matter. If the role had allowed him to display more spunk, he would have been McGarrett, even then, for he definitely showed signs of having the same steel-trap mind. You're right that you can't rent it. It has been out of production for many years and is available only in VHS format. You can find tapes through Amazon's private sellers or on Ebay, usually at good prices. In the past few months, more and more of these old works, including television series and TV theater episodes (Kraft, Alcoa, etc.) have started to become available. Again, Amazon is a good place to search; so is Ebay, although there are dedicated websites that sell these old classics. It takes some digging, but more and more are becoming available all the time.
My Heart is in, HI - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 14:06:02 (PDT)
Has anyone ever seen the 1966 movie starring Jack Lord called "Doomsday Flight"?....NETFLIX does NOT have it, so probably won't be able to rent it anywhere....It is supposed to be the first movie that deals w/an airline high-jacking... You can rent Five-O from NETFLIX...It's neat because you don't even have to rent the entire season, you can select certain episodes if you only want to watch certain episodes from a particular season....I just rented season 6, Vols. 1 & 2..."Hookman" is on Vol. 1 & is still my favorite episode....Vol. 2 has a good one called "Murder is a Taxing Affair"...There's an error in that one...In one sequence, the crooked IRS agent is being followed by McGarret & Danny...When he looks back, it shows McGarret & Danny in a car, BUT it is a stock photo from season 1...I paused it, they are noticably younger... One thing about Jack Lord...Was he ever on the Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson, or Mike Douglas, etc?...He seemed like he was astonishingly private & rarely (if ever) did interviews or appeared on TV shows.... It's funny, I first became addicted to Hawaii Five-O in 1991, "King of the Hill" was the first episode I saw & from there, the rest is history....This Dec., will be my 12th. visit to the Hawaiian Islands, my fascination with Hawaii all started with Hawaii Five-O...
Pittsburgh, PA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 12:58:45 (PDT)
It is noted in the analysis of Season 12 that by now Jack was using cue cards during filming. Does anyone know when this started and could this have been a foreshadowing of his future illness?
Buffalo, nY usa - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 12:47:22 (PDT)
I agree. The more I think about a re-make and the more I try to envision other actors playing the role of McGarrett, the whole thing just doesn't seem very do-able.
Seattle, WA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 10:33:26 (PDT)
"I know I've spoken in favor of a remake in the past; however, since reading what others have said since then, I've come to wonder whether a remake is needed. Let's face it: Leonard and Jack did it right the first time." My sentiments exactly, Five-O Lover. It's hard to recapture that magic once the genie is out of the bottle....
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 09:13:47 (PDT)
I know I've spoken in favor of a remake in the past; however, since reading what others have said since then, I've come to wonder whether a remake is needed. Let's face it: Leonard and Jack did it right the first time. That's why no remake has worked before now. I'd rather have CBS/Paramount issue the rest of the 12 seasons on DVD and let us enjoy Five-0 as we know and love it. Besides, there is no McGarrett besides/beyond Jack Lord. He was an Irish cop straight from Brooklyn with a love of women, poetry, and outfoxing the criminal mind. In short, Steve McGarrett was Jack Lord - and vice versa.
My heart is in, HI - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 07:06:09 (PDT)
If they decide to do a re-make of 5-0 and they do not go the McGarrett son's approach, I think Gary Cole is the perfect fit to play a McGarrett type. No one can play Steve McGarrett except Jack Lord, but they may be able to say that he is related to McGarrett.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 24, 2009 at 05:42:27 (PDT)
Brolin would be a good choice, he has the "McGarrett-like" look. But I dunno if he would want to be tied up with a TV show, he seems pretty active as a movie star at the moment.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 21:20:53 (PDT)
I'm still going to throw Josh Brolin's name out if ever a feature film is made. Take a look at this pic: http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/rodriguez-tarantino-make-brolins-unsuccessful-audition-tape_1046138. On a side note, I was at a medical facility troubleshooting their computers the other day and my iphone rang; I've captured the short , H5-0 intro from season one as the ringtone. Of course, everyone in the room recognized the music and decided my nickname I needed a nickname. Now if they have a computer emergency they call and ask for McGarrett. I got the best nickname a person could ask for, all due to a ringtone!
Wakefield, MA United States - Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 11:42:07 (PDT)
There's a very big difference between MOVIE and TV-MOVIE. Tom Selleck is definitely TV-movie material (although I agree with Mr. Mike that casting him would be a very bad idea - the man is Magnum for crying out loud) but he's no movie material, especially now! Even in the 80s, his movie career was nothing to write home about. If they do a big budget movie they would have to cast a prominent star like Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford, etc. Selleck would definitely not work. No studio would back that choice. Of course, I personally don't care to see any Five-0 remake (movie, TV-movie, tv-show, reboot, etc.) - I'm perfectly content with my DVDs and I know that magic will never be duplicated. Can't be done!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:26:54 (PDT)
"It's all that sweat and blubber and the way he stares at you while licking his lips that make him look like a slimy cobra that's about to pounce on you. You might say KUDOS to Gavin's blubber!" Ringfire..I hope this is not an indictment of obese people in general, just that Chicken's obesity is offensive due to his living off of his slimy occupation?? I think that GM dropped all that weight later. Also, Mr. Mike, I think he was referring to Selleck as McG in a movie remake, kinda like the James Bond series changes lead characters every now and then.....this may still be a stretch for true 5-0 fans, but like, in the tv remake???...imposssible!!!
I already rec, tons of SPAM!!! - Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 09:54:10 (PDT)
To see Jack Lord as a very psycho you have to watch the "Route 66" ep. "Play it Glissando". There he is playing a kind of paranoid jazz trumpeter. Great episode, great performance. As for Big Chicken, I'm always impressed how Gavin McLeod is playing this guy. Before I become obsessive about H50 I only knew him as Captain Stubing of the "Love Boat" ;-) And the difference is sheer unbelievable. But about his sweating, I'm not quite sure if this was maybe involuntarily and they made use of it. He was a rather big guy and Hawaii has a tropical climate ;-)
Berlin, - Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 03:13:58 (PDT)
I am a big Five-0 fan and always have been. It's about time to get this movie deal going. I think Tom Selleck would be great in the part of McGarrett. This was my all time favorite tv series and it is well overdue for the movie version. I've seen many remakes of a lot of tv shows that can't, couldn't and won't come close to 5-0's success. A movie version of this fantastic series will be a great hit(if it is done RIGHT). Looking forward to the next step in this shows future. [I don't understand why Tom Selleck should play the part of "McGarrett." McGarrett was played by Jack Lord -- HELLO! Selleck does have a certain brand identification as Magnum, P.I. Considering Selleck is 64 years old, it wouldn't be an impossible stretch for Magnum to be the boss of Five-O, though there would be a "lot of 'splainin' to do." - MQ]
Baltimore, MD US - Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 01:30:34 (PDT)
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hawii 50 many years ago. I'd like to get a cASSETTE TAPE of themusical introduciton to each program, or a veido cassette. Please tell me how I may get these items. Very kindly Yours, Howard Marsh Email: howardmarsh [at] suddenlinl [dot] net [What do you mean "each program"? Do you want the beginning of all 278 shows? If you just want the typical main title sequence, go to http://www.youtube.com, there are versions of the opening theme there. If you want to download these to your computer, do a Google search for "download youtube videos". - MQ]
Howard O. Marsh
Sulphur Springs, Texas USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 20:12:35 (PDT)
About a young Jack Lord on BONANZA, yes I remember that episode well - being a BONANZA fan and all. It was from the show's first season (1959-1960) - the episode was called "The Outcast". Yes, he did a great job as the villain of the piece. From what I understand, he played mostly villains on TV throughout the 60s before finally landing the top cop role on Five-0. Of course he also had his short-lived Western STONEY BURKE in between all that.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 18:58:45 (PDT)
"I just think his profuse sweatiness and "blubbery-ness" is somewhat distracting". Again, WOW! To me that's what makes him all the more memorable! It's his sweat and blubber which really accentuate his vile and seedy persona. Can you imagine Big Chicken as a gaunt, wiry, strung-out lookin' fella? He just wouldn't have the same gravitas. Even if he was average-looking it wouldn't quite do it. It's all that sweat and blubber and the way he stares at you while licking his lips that make him look like a slimy cobra that's about to pounce on you. You might say KUDOS to Gavin's blubber! As for the remaining supporting cast (Danno, Chin, Kono) being extremely bad in this episode I just don't remember them acting anymore hoaky/cheesy than usual.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 18:54:03 (PDT)
My take on this Bullet for McGarrett is business is like this: either Han had committed some terrible transgression or he had just deviated from the "radical commie" way by hanging around a white woman (racial purity and all that). Either way, he had to be done away with, or made an example of for others to see. By the way, I have decided to lend my talents for "anal-ysis" to another show from around the same time as Five-O: The Invaders. See http://www.mjq.net/invaders/ (this is just the beginning). Also, I am seriously thinking of working on my own video dubs of Season Nine, since it's gonna probably be October 2010 before we will see this season!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 17:43:00 (PDT)
Hi Everyone, First time poster, and I had to tell you all this today. Came across an old episode of "Bonanza" on TV Land today at 5 PM EST, and 12 noon Hawaii time, which featured an extremely young Jack Lord playing a very bad guy who meets his demise at the end of Ben Cartwright's gun after his lady love turned him in. It's the youngest that I've seen Lord in anything, and he's very good at playing a psycho. I came into the show late, so I don't know the NAME of the episode, but worth a look for those that are interested in seeing Jack at his earliest.
New York, NY USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 17:38:37 (PDT)
Ringifire, I did say Jack's performances were up to his usual standards, and yes I agree about the whole character study/ interaction, but it's most of the other characters that are either laconic or overly dramatic. Yes, Gavin as BC is good as his seediness and sliminess is very believable, I just think his profuse sweatiness and "blubbery-ness" is somewhat distracting. Sorry, just a personal observation. However, seriously Danno, Che, and Kno's performances (albeit admittedly brief as this ep is a vehicle for Jack primarily are sooo ridiculously poor it's really laughable. Hey, again, not an indictment of the show in general, and I do like this episode, it was more a commentary on how certain elements of the show (and eps in specific) jump out at me now that I have watched them a few times... I can only imagine how Mr Mike views some of this stuff after he has watched them hundreds of times... Then again, like I said, the reason it's one of my top 3-5 fave shows ever, are the specific things I am pointing out here in my post.
Millersville, PA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 11:21:57 (PDT)
"But it still feels like some sloppy writing. Especially since they never clear up this point - why Han was actually killed." I consider it more of an intentional enigma by the writer rather than sloppy writing. Many times in "spy" yarns things don't line up 1-2-3, and I kinda like it like that too...forces you to use your grey cells. To me, if Han had been the primary and only target, Wo would have sent one of his pro henchmen to do it quickly and cleanly, leaving little or no clues for McG to trace. Kudos to you, Ringfire, for bringing up the important question on that particular ep.
Humid City, NC USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 10:01:17 (PDT)
Sorry, GK, but I agree with Ringfire. Big Chicken is one creepy character - he makes my skin crawl - but Gavin Macleod plays him perfectly! I know I wouldn't want to be in the same room with Big Chicken. I don't think I want to be in the same room with Gavin Macleod when he's playing Big Chicken, either! HAPPY 50th STATEHOOD DAY, HAWAI'I!!! ALOHA!!!
My heart is in, HI - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 09:19:30 (PDT)
Wow, GK. I don't even know where to begin. Basically, I disagree with every point you made regarding "The Box". Not only is it one of my all-time favorite episodes but I actually think it's one of the best acted in the entire series. It's a real character study in that small room! Probably McGarrett's most powerful acting! And Gavin MacLeod as "Big Chicken" is probably my all time favorite Five-0 villain. Forget Wo Fat. MacLeod delivered 2 Emmy deserving performances if you ask me. You really want to punch the guy in the face every time he speaks. Like McGarrett said, he's such a despicable "sweaty dope-pusher". I'm always entranced watching this episode! McGarrett's interaction with "Big Chicken" is what drives this episode! Instant classic!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 09:08:21 (PDT)
"I also laughed my @$$ off when Danno is taking the makeup sample from Karen's locker and leaves his smudgy fingerprints of makeup all over her locker door...well double DUH!!!" Very good point, Big H. In fact, I never noticed this before. Not until I saw it the second time on DVD. When I did I was like "What the...?? Wipe those smudges off, you idiot!" Could he have been any more sloppy? Sheesh. Agreed on the hypnotic music that Farrar uses on Joyce - great stuff! Richard Shores, I believe. Every time I watch that scene I myself start drifting off to sleep. There's definitely something there in that music. Plus, the hazy photography also helps!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 08:57:34 (PDT)
Re-watching series 1 again after being away from it for a lengthy period, and man is it just me or is the acting in the ep The Box especially cheesy and, well, just plain bad ? Jack's performances are decent, but James seems to be mailing it in a lot in this one (watch how badly he sells it when he takes over for McG and is outside on the bullhorn and says, "I'd better go call the Governor", truly laughable, and I almost burst out laughing when Danno tells the "media" that Mcgarrett has gone "inside" as trade bait for all the guards who were hostages. It's hilarious how quickly the reporter's all jump and hit the myriad of telephones that are in the "war room" (most looking entirely unconvincing that they are dialing let alone breaking a big story). Also, Gavin Macleod's performance as Big Chicken (where did they come up with these lame "bad guy names" back then ???) is notable more for his voluminous poundage and sweating more than for his outstanding acting. Also, how many times do they say the name Charlie in this episode, must have been at least 75 times ? :o) Ahh, but this is why we all love this show in the end right ? Cheezy stories, sometimes lame as hell acting, and good ol' fashioned old school nostalgia... Not criticizing, just poking a little good natured fun that's all. GK
Millersville, PA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 08:53:31 (PDT)
Yes, it is still a good ep despite the muddy plot re: Han. I esp like the fight at the end. McG really gets the worst of that engagement with Dr. Farrar until the bullet intended for McG catches him instead. I also laughed my @$$ off when Danno is taking the makeup sample from Karen's locker and leaves his smudgy fingerprints of makeup all over her locker door...well double DUH!!! Speaking of H50 music, Farrar uses some really freaky moon music to relax and seduce his new "student"...it would be neat to have it included in any 5-0 music cd that we could pester CBS to create. Who is leading that project anyway??
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, August 21, 2009 at 05:24:09 (PDT)
I suppose that could make sense, Big H. But it still feels like some sloppy writing. Especially since they never clear up this point - why Han was actually killed. They leave it to our imagination which only makes it all even murkier. The fact that both Han and Wo Fat are Maoists/commies only makes it more illogical. As for killing Han because he's getting too close to Karen, well, like I said that feels like a stretch. That's basically us trying to make sense of his killing because it sure doesn't make sense on any other level. The political tie-in would have been the most ideal. Like I mentioned, make Han into an outspoken critic of Communist China and the plot makes perfect sense! This personal relationship between Karen and Han just doesn't feel very compelling. I always saw Han as being the REAL target, not just a nuisance that needed to be eliminated. Perhaps there were other REAL targets as well (aside from Han), but once McGarrett sent Joyce undercover and Wo Fat got wind of this he changed his agenda and made killing McGarrett his top priority. Overall, an excellent episode DESPITE the muddy Han story-line which, no matter how you rationalize, is never quite satisfactory.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 13:33:39 (PDT)
I think the first instance where I recall hearing the 'bonging bell' cue (Track 13, taken from "Cloth of Gold") was in the season 3 episode "The Late John Louisiana'. Definitely a memorable one. Many of the Richard Shores cues are my favorites, including ones from season 2's "40 Feet High...", season 3's "The Second Shot" and "And A Time to Die", and season 7's "We Hang Our Own", among others. They were always very jazzy and cool.
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 12:03:19 (PDT)
Re: Bullet for McGarrett. How about a dry run?
somerville, ma 02145 - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 10:37:53 (PDT)
Ringfire: I'll take a shot at this one (no pun intended)as I rewatched it last night. We find out early that (1) the Maoist was a former love interest of the girl, and that (2) he pressures her intensely to get back together, and (3) Dr. Paul Farrar has taken his place. Farrar needed her "undivided" love attention if he was to gain and maintain her confidence to work the hypnotism, and he saw that the Maoist was trying to move in and break that established "emotional connection", so he was basically sacrificed (in doing this (killing the Maoist), he also finds out if his hypnotic trance is strong enough to compel a murder, before the "real important assassination" is commissioned by Farrar). Danno also speculated about the Maoist's "loyalty" in his opening comments. I humbly theorize that this plot by WoFat had a higher goal initially, which could have been to assassinate a Hawaiian dignitary (beautiful college coeds can easily get close to those types), but she bungled the Maoist killing by dropping her purse at the pool, which leads McG straight to her. Farrar couldn't let her lead McG to him, so he signals to her over the phone to commit suicide, but she panics and runs in front of Beau Van den Ecker's truck and the results are the same -- dead. And once WoFat finds out there's an undercover lady cop in Farrar's psych class, the "project" gets shifted from killing a Hawaiian dignitary to "A Bullet for McGarrett." Ok, Ringfire....shoot holes in that!!! :-))
Bang!!, You're DEAD... - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 09:45:58 (PDT)
Ringfire, I think McMillan said it best when he told the Asylum Killer in "Til Death Us Do Part" (McMillan & Wife, season 1)... To paraphrase, the trouble with writers that they don't recognize the implausibility of their own plots.
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 08:58:03 (PDT)
Hey, anyone care to take a stab at my question that I posed regarding "A Bullet for McGarrett"? I'm itching for an answer!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 08:11:15 (PDT)
Hey Mike, Don Ray's Track 2 is definitely the "navy theme". The "military theme" is slightly different (Track 14). The "navy theme" is heard whenever we have a Five-0 episode that is done with the cooperation with the U.S. Navy. I believe its first use was in season 4's "Follow the White Brick Road". I don't believe we had an episode prior to that one that was done with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 08:08:29 (PDT)
The "masterpiece" score is really great. Sometimes it reminds me of "Ninety-second war". I never had the chance to watch the episode until yet so I don't know actually what's happen but the end of the score is sooo sad. I can't wait to get season 7 eventually.
Berlin, - Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 00:11:36 (PDT)
Hey, I thought you guys were supposed to tell >me< where these cues were from! Track #13 has the "bonging bell" noise, which was heard in Cloth of Gold (4th season episode, one of Zulu's favorites), and maybe some others?
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 17:46:21 (PDT)
I'm really enjoying the music downloads, too, Mike. A question. What episode is Don's file 13 from? Is that from "A Death in the Family," when Chin Ho was killed?
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 14:46:16 (PDT)
Hey Mike, Thanks so much for posting links to the Don Ray music clips as well as the HOOKMAN & MASTERPIECE suites. I was able to download them with no problem - I sure hope something can be done to get this great, classic TV Music released in the future...:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 12:46:42 (PDT)
Question about my favorite season 2 episode - "A Bullet for McGarrett". Why does Karen Adamson shoot Richard Han (in the teaser)? I know she was hypnotized by Paul Farrar (Eric Braeden), who in turn receives his orders from Wo Fat. The trouble is that Richard Han is supposed to a Maoist, "part of a commie spy ring" (as Danno refers to him). But isn't Wo Fat also a commie? Isn't he also part of the Chinese spy ring? What danger does Han pose for Communist China? He's a commie himself! Why eliminate him? It would make more sense if Han was an outspoken critic of commie China, so they sent Wo Fat to silence him. Can anyone shed some light on this? It just doesn't make any sense!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 11:16:29 (PDT)
Five-O Lover: Mr. Mike knows my real name b/c I've dealt with him privately (off-site), but Big H just stands for Big Hotair...lol....on the topic of music, I think I have mentioned this waaay back, but we have some new folks to the site in the last year, but I have an original 45 rpm of the Ventures doing the Five-o theme (who else does??). I really wore it out when I first got it back in '68(or so)...it has a crack in it but is still functional. If it were only in pristine condition, it would be a collector's item. Mr. Mike...wanna add that music to your goodies list?
Raleigh , NC USA - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 10:21:43 (PDT)
Some time ago, I created my own soundtrack CD for Five-O, which I subsequently revised after I incorporated the Hookman and Masterpiece suites. You can see the tracks here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/fiveost.jpg ... This CD contains the Capitol soundtrack from my own stereo LP as well as excerpts from the show which include dialogue and soundtracks. This CD even includes "boring liner notes"!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 01:09:31 (PDT)
Big H, do you mean to tell us that's not your REAL name??? I thought we were all using our real names. I'm using mine!!!???!!! LOL
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 20:29:08 (PDT)
Any H5-0 cd composite would HAVE to have the Filer theme to be considered complete, IMHO. I have to agree w/ Glenn that the best way to get ALL the themes and in the highest quality would be to petition the powers that be to get on board with us. I'll be happy to add my name (ahem, my REAL name, that is) to any petition. Besides, my evening downtime is consumed by fantasy football right now and I would have very little time for scanning the eps for great music. I would only be able to do 1 ep per night, at the most.
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 14:52:23 (PDT)
Like I stated previously, I think the best way to try and get the FIVE-0 scores released is to go the "petition" route - perhaps, we can start one here and when it's ready, forward it to CBS, as well as ALL of the varius soundtrack labels. I know for a fact that the UCLA Music Library in CA houses ALL of the original FIVE-0 audio reel tapes, but it is up to CBS to give it a greenlight - BTW, I saw and heard some of the tapes, myself, including the complete HOOKMAN, the FIVE-0 Pilot, NINE DRAGONS and OVER 50? STEAL (by Morton Stevens) during an August of 2000 visit to the library...the tapes ARE there - we just have to get something going here first to make a CD release possible...:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 12:30:09 (PDT)
One more favor to ask... anyone have the Lewis Avery Filer theme composed by Morton Stevens? It's a real GEM! Mr. Mike? Might you have it?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:56:31 (PDT)
One more favor to ask... anyone have the Lewis Avery Filer theme composed by Morton Stevens? It's a real GEM! Mr. Mike? Might you have it?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:54:50 (PDT)
The legal side of things notwithstanding, of course.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:43:38 (PDT)
Big H, the task might be made easier if several of us went in together on the project. Each of us could take 1 or 2 seasons. Then, someone with knowledge and capability could tke what we scan, clean it up, and put it on CDs for us. So, whaddaya say? I'm game!
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:08:47 (PDT)
That Hookman mp3 was first-rate. It seems a shame that CBS is sitting on a virtual treasure-trove of great music in H50 but won't take action to release it. It would take a good deal of scanning all the eps to extract the best music but in time it could be done and would be well worth it.
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 09:16:04 (PDT)
Linden Chiles also played a congressman running for re-election (who's involved in illegal arms dealing) in the second season of my childhood favorite show KNIGHT RIDER! The episode was aired in 1983 and was called "Merchants of Death" where KITT goes against an advanced attack helicopter which fires "sledgehammer missiles"!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 08:36:51 (PDT)
If you think some of the playing of multiple roles by the same actors on Five-O got out of control, you should check out The Invaders. In season one Linden Chiles played the brother of the series' main character, David Vincent. In season two, he plays the nephew of the head of a publishing empire! This is similar to "Governor" Richard Denning playing the treasury agent Philip Grey in show number 6 from season one. Chiles also appeared in Five-O as the politician who was at the center of Chain of Events, the V.D. episode.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 20:38:16 (PDT)
Thanks! I will go back and re-watch it.
Houston, TX - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:52:40 (PDT)
John the episode is called is this any way to run a paradise from season 4
Stephen R. Dunn
Burt, NY USA - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:48:50 (PDT)
I am trying to identify an episode. All I recall about it was that it ended with the bad guy cornered in what looked like a sugar cane field, which was then surrounded by what looked like every squad car in Honolulu. McGarrett and Chin (or was it Kono?) are standing off to the side when the cane catches fire. (Presumably, by the bad guy.) Kono then throws what look like a Hawaiian mask into the flames and the episode ended. Anyone recall anything like that? Thanks!
Houston, TX - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:32:35 (PDT)
Someone mentioned in an earlier post about wanting the music from Hawaii Five-O. I have the original Hawaii Five-O soundtrack album by Morton Stevens. My copy is in mint condition. I can transfer it to CD if anyone wants a copy. Here's the tunes on the album. 1. Hawaii Five-O Theme 2. Call To Danger 3. McGarrett's Theme 4. Front Street 5. The Long Wait 6. Blues Trip 7. The Floater 8. Interlude 9. Operation Smash 10. Beach Trip 11. Up Tight 12. The Chase / Hawaii Five-O
Lake Wales, FL USA - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 10:39:23 (PDT)
Watched "Forty Feet High and it Kills!" (I'm rewatching the excellent second season) last night and couldn't help but laugh at the street names that McGarrett plots out on his transparent map and passes on to his men in their cars who are trailing Wo Fat's man at the end. I noticed that Mr. Mike mentions in his anal-ysis that the street names are bogus. I looked them up - none of them are really bogus but none of them actually cross one another. For example, when Danno and Chin shoot Wo Fat's first man as he's breaking into the Magnum, P.I. estate (in Waimanalo) to get the professor's insulin and then he's making his getaway in the car it's obvious that he's traveling down the windward side in Waimanalo along Kalanianaole Hwy. Then he pulls into a shoulder to get to a pay phone and collapses. Chin Ho then calls for an ambulance and gives them their location - a street which is near the Ala Wai Golf Course! What??!! I thought they were in Waimanalo. Then when they're tailing Wo Fat's second man from the pharmacy to the docks, McGarrett tells one of the cars to proceed to the corner of "such and such" and "such and such". The problem is that the one street is in Pearl City while the second street is up near Kaneohe (on the other side of the island)! No way do these 2 streets cross! It's basically like that with all the intersections that McGarrett plots out in this episode - none of them actually cross. Anyway, you gotta love Richard Shores' score in this one - it's got a real sense of urgency to it!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 08:06:03 (PDT)
I looked up "Shockproof" on IMDB and Al "Doc" Eben is indeed listed (in an uncredited role).
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 07:54:03 (PDT)
Tonight I am watching this 1949 film noir called Shockproof. It stars Cornel Wilde as a parole officer who falls in love with one of his clients. When she shoots her old boyfriend, Wilde runs away with her and finds employment in an oilfield where the boss, Joe Kobiski, is none other than Doc, Al Eben, with a peculiar Italian-sounding accent. You can see him in this screen shot (he is the guy in the middle): http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/images/eben.jpg
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 20:35:34 (PDT)
I've been listening to Morton Stevens' and Don Ray's music, and I'm floored! Certainly, it draws us into it as it plays in the background on the program, but that's doing it a grave injustice, for it stands astonishingly well on its own. What a crying shame Mort or Don or CBS or somebody didn't publish these on an album. I know we've already said this here, but listening to them really brings out the point.
My heart is in, HI, and soon I will be, too. - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 19:27:14 (PDT)
Thanks, Mike. Exactly what I was looking for!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 13:46:50 (PDT)
The Hookman MP3 comes from a Morton Stevens demo tape that I had several years ago (unfortunately, I only have one side of this tape now, and the tape itself has disappeared). This info was revealed further down the page, by the way. There is another Five-O score excerpt on this tape which is from How to Steal a Masterpiece: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/music/masterpiece.mp3 As far as the Don Ray stuff is concerned, go to http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/donray
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 11:09:01 (PDT)
Thanks, Mike. BY the way, where did you get that "Hookman" mp3 from? Also, I seem to recall that you had (at least I think it was on your site) quite a few Don Ray clips. I think you even asked questions whether or not anyone could identify which episodes were the first to feature those themes. There were 16 Don Ray clips. I can't seem to find them now on your site.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 21:48:50 (PDT)
Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As..." if you are using Windows. Otherwise, cut and paste the link directly into your browser.
Vancouver, BC Canada` - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 19:40:13 (PDT)
Hey Mike, I'm getting the "Forbidden" page when I click on the Hookman mp3 link.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 19:14:06 (PDT)
Agreed, Mr. Mike. Will Kuluva was also quite bad. Same as his Asian in "By the Numbers". Any ideas? Is Kuluva actually African American? He sure looks like it. But as bad as he was, he actually seems to shine when compared to Mark Lenard. To Kuluva's credit, at least he doesn't overact. His performance is pretty subdued. And limited. That makes him bearable. But seeing Lenard ranting over and over and over and over... I tell ya... I wanted to throw something at the screen. Worst case of overacting I've ever seen in my life! It wasn't even slightly amusing... just unbearably HORRIBLE!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 19:03:14 (PDT)
Great. Thanks a lot, Mr. Mike :-)
Berlin, - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 08:54:34 (PDT)
I have made this a clickable link so if you right click on this (at least with Windows), it will give you an option to save it.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 08:20:11 (PDT)
Wow. Is it maybe possible to download it? I'd like to own it :-)
Berlin, - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 08:02:08 (PDT)
Speaking of music from Hookman, what do we have here? http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/music/hookman.mp3 Oh my goodness!!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 07:18:18 (PDT)
Lenard is indeed very crappy in this episode, but Will Kuluva, also playing a Japanese, is equally bad, though his part is rather insignificant by comparison. The scene where he has committed hara-kiri is particularly awful. I had an interesting discussion with a certain Five-O actor (who shall be nameless) about white guys playing Asians several years ago which caused this actor (not known for being demonstrative) to use a VERY, VERY bad word! The actor, who had misunderstood me, said words to the effect that as an >actor< someone should be able to play Asians or whatever ethnic group ... which I agree with ... if they play it WELL (Alec Guinness comes to mind playing an Arab in Lawrence of Arabia ... but playing an East Indian in A Passage to India he was a bit much to take, becoming reminiscent of Peter Sellers' hilarious impersonation of an East Indian in "The Party"). Let's face it, if some white actor played a "Negro" in blackface, even back in the 1970s, he or she would have been run out of town. What is the difference when playing someone in what is called "yellowface," like Charlie Chan? On the recent issue of Breakfast at Tiffany's on DVD, there is a mini-documentary about Mickey Rooney's portrayal of a Japanese in this show (which >is< very offensive, even director Blake Edwards was not too comfortable with it) ... in this documentary, there is a discussion carried on by various politically-correct Asian-American types (which is very well-balanced). It's surprising that the DVD producers even allowed such opinions to be uttered in comparison with the feel-good documentary about composer Henry Mancini in the same DVD set, for example.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 07:03:18 (PDT)
Ok. That's it. And the award for the WORST EVER performance on this show goes to Mark Lenard for his gut-wrenchingly awful, stomach-churning performance as the disillusioned ninja Nagata in "To Hell with Babe Ruth"! The episode itself is not really that bad but Lenard's performance is so unfathomably putrid that he alone makes this episode practically unwatchable!! It goes way beyond his hideous makeup. It's his "performance", or should I call it "twitchy rant", that totally decimates this episode! In the show's 12-year run I've never encountered anything even close to this mess.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 14, 2009 at 23:03:18 (PDT)
I, too, would like to know where to see and/or purchase Jack's paintings. I own two of his lithographs but was unable to purchase all that I wanted in the auction. Any ideas???
My heart is in, HI - Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:42:04 (PDT)
Hello Ms. Freeman: What a great pleasure to have found your website! I just started re-watching the series on DVD's (when I came to America from Italy in 1968, it was the first Police Show I ever saw- eventhough at the time I was not speaking any English- I still remember it as if it was yesterday... Many years after that I was lucky to work as a Set P.A. for 10 years so now, I appreciate also the OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION VALUES... they don't make them like that anymore... I came across your Website because I was trying to find out where I could admire some of Jack Lord paintings- I have gone all over the Internet to research under the name of John, Joseph, Patrick Ryan but- most people- even in the Production Community- don't even know that he was a professional painter. I THINK YOU OF ALL PEOPLE, CAN HELP ME FIND THAT INFORMATION. Please: make my day! Best Regards and all the very best to you-I am sorry Mr. Freeman did not get to see the complete success... Maria Grazia Stanfield, e-mail: astillmotionpicture [at] mindspring [dot] com
Maria Grazia Stanfield
Atlanta, GA U.S.A. - Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:49:47 (PDT)
Any local's know the approximate location/neighborhood that the house in Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born might be in. I've been rewatching Season one and it struck me how beautiful the neighborhood was in the scene where Danno is out back with Mrs. Trinian. Could you imagine looking out your back patio door and seeing a massive volcanic mountain view such as that house did ? Was just curios if anyone living in H, had any idea where that neighborhood might be... Thanks
Millersville, PA USA - Friday, August 14, 2009 at 08:09:19 (PDT)
Well, as far as CBS goes, there have been a few CD's put out, such as the two BERNARD HERRMANN AT CBS released by PROMETHEUS RECORDS as well as another CD, CBS WESTERNS, put out by FMS. Nothing is impossible, so maybe the petition idea may help. The FIVE-0 music is LONG overdo for a release, so let us all try and make it happen....:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Friday, August 14, 2009 at 06:54:16 (PDT)
According to a record producer I talked to several years ago, Capitol would not license the Five-O soundtrack unless it was the only thing on a CD. This is dumb, because it's only around half an hour long. As far as the other music from the series is concerned, I spoke to Lukas at Film Score Monthly, and he described CBS as "impossible to deal with." Composer Don Ray released a promotional LP which contained several tracks of his Five-O music. I don't know if he retained the rights to his own music (I doubt this). Morton Stevens also released a promotional recording which contained short suites from Hookman and How to Steal a Masterpiece, as well as some other music from the show.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 20:10:32 (PDT)
Another CD label which could release an album of Hawaii Five-O music is La La Land Records. Have visited this website a few times and find it to be one of the best fan websites for any TV show. CBS/Paramount have done a great job with the DVD boxsets so far. They're taking a lot of time and effort with the packaging and presentation of the episodes, the menu screens and the Jack Lord episode promos. I'm hoping that this idea of a new Hawaii Five-O TV series does happen.
Kingswinford, United Kingdom - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 16:39:10 (PDT)
Me too. I love that score from "Highest castle, deepest grave" for example.
Berlin, - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 13:49:51 (PDT)
I would love to have a CD of some of Five-0's music beyond what Morton Stevens recorded from the Pilot, Season 1, and Season 2. There are easily 10 or 12 outstanding melodies through Season 6 and, no doubt, more beyond that. Make my vote "yes."
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 13:46:13 (PDT)
I was wondering if we can put some kind of "petition" together to get the the original FIVE-0 TV Scores released - there are a few soundtrack labels out there, such as BUYSOUNDTRAX, INTRADA, VARESE SARABANDE & FILM SCORE MONTHLY. Perhaps, if we can put something together here and send it to these labels, maybe they will look into it. What do you think, Mike??? Thanks...:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 13:04:46 (PDT)
The address is:510,18th Ave., Honolulu HI 96816. It's right on the corner Diamond Head Ave. Yes, they shoot it there but not from the beginning. But I'm not sure when they moved.
Berlin, - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:16:12 (PDT)
Hey, Nadja. Do you know the exact address of the Diamond Head studio? This is where they filmed the Five-0 office interiors, right?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:55:30 (PDT)
"some of these are definitely the tunnel which goes into Diamond Head Crater"... and which is btw direct across from the Hawaii Film Studio at 18th Ave.
Berlin, - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:30:45 (PDT)
Yeah, that's what I noticed too, Mike. About the Diamond Head tunnel. They would show that tunnel at least once every season in some capacity. As you pointed out, "Hookman" was one. "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave", where Bill Edwards is making his getaway before the explosion, is another. Also "For a Million - Why Not?" is another - the armored truck heist takes place inside/outside the tunnel. Then there's "The Ninety-Second War" when McG and Jonathan Kaye enter the tunnel - of course there the story really did involve entering a top-secret military installation inside Diamond Head Crater. As for Makapuu, you know you're there when you can see the large black rock cliffs (maybe even spot the lighthouse) and you can always see the light-colored stony Manana Island (Rabbit Island) which is just across from Sea Life Park.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:16:23 (PDT)
Ringfire, I suspect you are correct regarding Makapuu Point -- the terrain in that area is very hilly, as can be seen in the episode which involves hang gliders. As well, in the episode Thanks for the Honeymoon, the place where Manola commits the murder which Toni (Patty Duke) witnesses looks very much like the place where Hong got knocked off in #24. There are numerous episodes where a tunnel is involved (Hookman, for example) ... some of these are definitely the tunnel which goes into Diamond Head Crater.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:34:05 (PDT)
Ektually, I noticed something pe-culiar when policewoman Laura (Elissa) is looking at the books which have pictures of the cops (as noted in my anal-ysis): In the HPD book that both Laura and Mrs. Burdick look at to identify Stark, all the other cops have two large vertical photos on the right side of the page, one where they are wearing a cap and one without. Stark's page contains one large frontal view of him on the right side without a cap.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:27:47 (PDT)
Rewatched the excellent season 2 opener "A Thousand Pardons -- You're Dead!" last night. I have a question about the location where Harry Guardino causes the death of James Hong. McGarrett says that Hong's body was found at Makapuu, yet the place looks like it's right outside of Diamond Head crater. The scene opens up with Guardino and Hong in the jeep coming out of a tunnel - which looks like the tunnel that comes out of Diamond Head crater! Doesn't look remotely like anything around Makapuu. Can anyone confirm this?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 08:53:43 (PDT)
In reference to the "washed out" cop wannabe having a police light on top of his car, our Oahu tour guide last fall told us that police with tenure can drive their own cars. I guess they have to add the blue light, siren and, of course, the radio to "patch me through to McGarrett."
Huntington, WV USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 17:22:49 (PDT)
They explained "washout" earlier than Duke's remark. They were in the PD parking lot at the time.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:20:06 (PDT)
I do recall Duke saying "Stark? Walter Stark? That's the name on the washout list!". But nobody explains what exactly is the "washout" list. That is what we're debating here. Did he washout (meaning get kicked off the force) for disciplinary/mental issues or did he never make the cut in the first place? If it's the latter why do they have a picture of him in their files? I can't imagine they would have pictures (in full police uniform) of all the candidates who wanted to be cops but never made it.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 14:40:25 (PDT)
I just went back and watched the episode again. In one place, they say he may have been drummed off of the force or else washed out of probation. Later, in Steve's office, they discover that Walter Stark bought two of the tires that have been identified as having left impressions. Duke recognizes the name as belonging to a rookie he says "washed out." So, apparently, the perp failed to make it through his probationary period as a police officer.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 14:16:22 (PDT)
Thanks, donno. That's kind of the way I saw him - he was a cop at some point but got kicked off the force. "Washout" seems to imply that he didn't even make the cut. If that's the case then it would make no sense to have his picture in the police files. Anyway, I did like the fancy condo he lived in. Overall, one of the top episodes of Season SIX! And the Don Ray score for when he's on the prowl (combined with the fantastic angles that only Michael O'Herlihy could master) is downright chilling!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 12:14:32 (PDT)
~ In reference to "Nightmare In Blue", the washout cop seems to have been a police officer at some point, because his photo with him wearing the uniform was in the photo album that McGarrett provided the married woman to look at that was attacked by him as she was recovering in the hospital. Also, the female police officer that encountered him (played by Elissa Dulce) looked through the same compilation of photos and missed him as she was searching through that file. Since McGarrett provided the photo album and the rapist being in it in uniform, it leaves me to believe that he was indeed an officer at some point who didn't live up to the professionalism as a police officer for one reason or another, of which the episode didn't go into detail about. I don't know about police procedures, but I don't think that there would be a compilation of photos of police academy recruits that didn't "make the cut", and them being photographed in uniform. If he was a police impersonator, how would his picture be in that photo album? I conclude that he was a legitimate cop at some point, but left the force for some unknown reason and was either bitter at the force for maybe kicking him out and was exacting his twisted form of revenge, or was just plain sick to begin with and HPD saw the red flags and ousted him for that very reason. If that's what it was, they should have thrown him in the clink and avoided the whole "Nightmare In Blue". But, then we wouldn't have had such a good episode, now would we? Anyway, McG got his man again. Not booked, but got him nevertheless! ~ I love it, and I'm still being there! ALOHA ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:25:01 (PDT)
The 'Washout' cop lived here... http://www.myhawaiicondo.com/hk/esplanade1.html
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 10:09:11 (PDT)
Season four's "Rest in Peace, Somebody" has another cop gone haywire ("washout?"), only he is out to kill the Gov and ruin Mcg in that ep. The killer screams "Tin Idol!!" in McG's ear over the phone, and McG is able to track him down from that phrase....good police work.
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 09:17:33 (PDT)
re "Nightmare In Blue" Maybe he was a rich boy that wanted to be a policeman and didn't make it. He obviously had some major mental problems.
Lake Wales, FL USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 08:54:07 (PDT)
Re "Nightmare in Blue". So does that mean that he never actually joined the force? He flunked out, kept his uniform and police siren, and decided to carry out his fantasy by "playing cop" on a day-by-day basis (using his own personal car)? Does this guy even have a job? Or is he too busy cruising the streets and preying? He seems to live in a rather expensive-looking apartment complex. Where is his paycheck coming from? Can't be the police department, right? Mr. Mike? Any ideas?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 08:06:41 (PDT)
I took it to mean the same, Five-O Lover.
Lake Wales, FL USA - Monday, August 10, 2009 at 17:15:40 (PDT)
Re: "washed out," I took it to mean that he had "flunked out" of the police academy. Is that what the rest of you took it to mean?
My heart is in, HI - Monday, August 10, 2009 at 15:33:48 (PDT)
I remember watcing "Nightmare In Blue" years ago in primetime. It was a bit scary for a 10 year old.
Lake Wales, FL - Monday, August 10, 2009 at 14:47:08 (PDT)
Question about "NIGHTMARE IN BLUE" from season 6. First of all, fantastic episode! I've never seen this episode before in syndication. This episode and "One Born Every Minute" (another great one) are the only two that I saw on the DVD for the very first time. Anyway, about "NIGHTMARE". The rapist cop Walter Stark (John Beck) is supposedly a "washout". What exactly does this mean? Does it mean that he didn't make the cut? Is he an active cop but currently on probation? Perhaps he was never a cop? He seems to cruise the neighborhood as if he was on active duty, he has the police light, he has the uniform. Is he just a "pretend cop" or is he on duty? Is he on the force or not? All I know is that he's on the "washout" list but not much more. Does he have any contact with the police department? Or is he just in his own "fantasy world"?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, August 10, 2009 at 13:51:04 (PDT)
Actually, Glenn Cannon's credentials are most impressive. See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0134197/bio.
My heart is in, HI - Monday, August 10, 2009 at 04:16:49 (PDT)
You're right Rick, I was going by TheBus every morning coming from Kalanianaole Hwy passing the Kahala Mall. Seems I was still sleepy so I didn't notice that building ;-)
Berlin, - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 23:37:23 (PDT)
Glen Cannon, Jack Lord's idea of a co-actor, as he is at least a half a foot shorter then Lord. In some of the episodes with Ben, you can see him (Al Harrington) hunching over on purpose to appear smaller. That must have been weird on the set, knowing Lord was not only the "Star", but the boss as he owned 1/3rd of the show. And after Lenny Freeman passed. it was Jack's baby all the way. Still, thanks for the memories, Jack, we still talking about your show 40 years later.
Palm Springs, CA USA - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 20:05:28 (PDT)
You mention some of the stars that are still alive, but I notice Glenn Cannon (DA Manicote) is not listed. As far as I know, Glenn Cannon is still alive. Thanks.
meridian, ID USA - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 16:13:27 (PDT)
Nadja, we're talking about the Kahala Mall. The bank is on the west side. Kilauea Ave. You would know it if you saw it.
Newport Beach, CA usa - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 15:08:15 (PDT)
Nadja, go to "The Guarnerius Caper" and find the place where Steve is sitting outside in his car, waiting for the KGB agent to come out with the ransom money. That is the Bank of Hawaii at Kahala Mall. A block away is the H-1 at Kilauea and Waialae. This general area is where they think the accident was filmed. As for me, I'm not so sure. You can see a distinct outline of Diamond Head (looking southeast) in the background when Danny, Chin, and Che are looking at the money in the briefcase. For this reason, I'm thinking it was filmed beneath the H-1 closer to Kapi`olani Avenue.
My heart is in, HI - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 14:06:05 (PDT)
Rick, sorry but I don't know any round Bank of Hawaii building. I only know the Ala Moana building: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jassy-50/2908419714 If that is what you mean I'm not correct because this isn't near the Kahala but the Ala Moana Mall of course ;-)
Berlin, - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 12:33:08 (PDT)
~ Aloha, to 'Hawaii Five-O fans worldwide! May GOD bless you all! I love 'Five-O'. All my recordings of the past airings on TV have sustained my appetite for my all-time favorite show, but the digitally restored DVD's are just fantastic, and by far are clearer than 20-something year old VHS tapes. I wait patiently for season 7 to be released in October. ~ I'm being there. ALOHA! ~
holly's mount, nc USA - Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 08:57:44 (PDT)
I think Nadja is correct. I like to identify scene locations also. That spot is just about a block up the street from the round Bank of Hawaii building that's been featured in countless episodes.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 21:30:56 (PDT)
I agree with Deli Waiter about stopping the personal attacks. Nothing can ruin a site like this faster.
Lake Wales, FL USA - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 19:16:55 (PDT)
Five-O Lover.....Last I heard, it was still "in development" as a TV series headed by Ed Bernero (Exec. Prod. of "Criminal Minds"). Haven't heard anything about it being a movie. Anyone else have any updates? Ed, are you out there???
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 10:01:07 (PDT)
To me it looks like the underpass Lunalilo Freeway from Kalanianaole Hwy onto Kilauea Ave near the Kahala Mall. But I'm not quite sure.
Berlin, - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 07:07:25 (PDT)
Does anyone know the filming location for the car accident at the start of "90-Second War, Part I" ? It looks to me like the Ala Moana parking garage between the hotel and the mall.
KS - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 06:39:29 (PDT)
I have a question: Is the new "Hawaii Five-0" (due to come out in 2010) going to be a movie or a television series? References to both keep popping up. Can anyone clarify this?
My heart is in, HI - Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 06:34:25 (PDT)
Sharon Farrell had 3 guest appearances as other characters prior to joining the cast as Det. Lori Wilson. Liked her better as a guest. Not so much as a member of the Five-0 squad. But the problems with the show at that point ran deeper than casting. It would be interesting to know if they talked to Amanda McBroom about the role. She is a singer/songwriter and in '78-'79 besides a few TV appearances she was involved in probably the biggest project of her career. She composed the title song for the Bette Midler movie "The Rose" which was a pretty big deal at the time.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, August 07, 2009 at 12:21:12 (PDT)
AMANDA McBROOM as Off. Sandi Welles! Appeared in season 8's "Loose Ends Get Hit" and season 9's "Tour De Force - Killer Aboard", "Heads, You're Dead", "Dealer's Choice... Blackmail" (where John Ritter played her brother Mike Welles). Yes, Sandi should have joined the team in season 12.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 07, 2009 at 09:48:25 (PDT)
Don't have anything against Sharon Farrell, but I always wondered why (if they wanted a female cop on the staff) they didn't bring back Ofc. Sandy Wells ...I think that was her name. She seemed to have a chemistry with McG. Can't remember that chick's real name (anyone??) LOL...she prob had 3 kids by the time season 12 rolled around...
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, August 07, 2009 at 09:24:24 (PDT)
I remember being bored by season 10's "Descent of the Torches". For a real winner from that season try "Tsunami" - a childhood favorite of mine!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, August 07, 2009 at 06:17:12 (PDT)
Hm... DW, if you keep "talking" like that, you may find yourself in a crowd. All us Five-0 lovers will be gathered around you! LOL. Seriously, go for it!
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 19:58:46 (PDT)
Ixnay on the personal attacks, this is for Five-O stuff. Like how awesome it is going to be when Season 10 is released and I can see my personal favorite episode "Descent of the Torches" in re-mastered DVD glory. Love the cinematography of that show, makes me want to run away to the Big Island and live inside a Lava Tube. Leave all my material possessions behind and sit on my hands and watch the forthcoming breakdown of social order on the mainland. Say hello to Pele everyday as I stroll through Volcanos National Park. Now that is living!
Palm Springs, CA USA - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 17:09:27 (PDT)
Hey, Chris! Could you give us haole mainlanders some background information about this self-appointed governor schtick? Thanks!
My heart is in, HI - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 12:57:07 (PDT)
Oh, great. The self-appointed Governor of Hawaii is back. Outa jail already? Debts all paid? All 32 big ones? Can't be, brudduh.
- Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 10:04:48 (PDT)
Looks like CBS made a mistake with the cover of Season 7 DVD's. They had Al Harrington on the cover. It has since been changed and they have added Herman Wedmeyer to it. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Hawaii-Five-O-Season-7-Box-Art/12423
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 09:39:13 (PDT)
"Cynical and negative." MOI? (Points fingers at self.) Gee, Kimo, you obviously don't get out much (which is a fancy way of saying "read anything other than Guestbook postings"). Go to the main page and work your way down to the reviews of season 12, 11 and even 10. (That said, I really DO like this show, you know.) Yeah, I will admit that Farrell wasn't paid for her appearance ... she just showed up on her own accord. The woman has guts! Though I don't know if she or anyone else was particularly aware at the time of how shitty the last season truly was or regarded as such by fans. But to those making a suggestion that because of her childbirth experience where she suffered some kind of temporary brain damage she was unable to recall details of her tenure on Five-O, this is not true. In the wide-ranging interview which was conducted only two years after the 96 convention, she had no trouble remembering a LOT of things relating to Five-O, some of which would curl your hair. At the convention itself, she was hardly in a vegetative state ... she interacted with the other participants on the panel (picture of this are elsewhere on the site) and seemed to be having a good time.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 09:21:40 (PDT)
"NO DAMES!" was McGarrett's mantra towards women in the field. Apparently all that changed during season 12. Of course I never had a problem with Sharon Farrell or anyone else on the show for that matter. Season 12 was just a subpar season all on its own. Sure, not having Danno hurt things quite a bit (perhaps the biggest drawback) but in all honesty the show was already in a downhill slope since season 10.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 07:43:18 (PDT)
With all due respect to Mr. Mike, I must agree with Kimo. Sharon may not have been a perfect fit for H50, however I have always liked her as an actress. She had real tragedy strike her life like many real folks in this world. You do what you have to do.
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 06:56:06 (PDT)
The 1986 interview pictures of Jack Lord are on James MacArthur's web site at www.jamesmacarthur.com. Go to Articles/Photos/Video and select Photo Index. From there, look down the Television column to Entertainment Weekend (2001). The pictures from 1986 are near the bottom, apparently they were taken at the Hawaiian film festival with Leonard Maltin (sp?) of Entertainment Tonight.
Fairfax, VA USA - Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 05:55:35 (PDT)
Uh, Mr. Mike, (with all due respect on your site) pardon the observation, but isn't this rather cynical & negative for someone supportive of H50 to take? "I assume the fans wondered why she was cast in H50 - she brought a 'pile'... of her autographed pictures. - I assume she was confused with questions - I wondered why she even bothered to show up at this convention." ... I mean, she's a hard working character actress... who experienced a degree of tragedy I wouldn't wish on anyone. And she was part of our favorite show. (well, it's mine) a lil support or compassion maybe? She chose to be there rather than a number of other (more lucrative, or even relaxing domestic) options, so she may share with fans... I dunno. I feel a lil sorry for her.
- Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 01:33:08 (PDT)
Steve D., would you please provide the link to the James MacArthur Web site you mentioned? I would like to see the interview. Thanks.
Huntington, WV USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 19:32:19 (PDT)
The last time I saw Sharon Farrell was on a soap opera about 10 years ago.
Lake Wales, FL USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 16:13:28 (PDT)
This from Wikipedia about Sharon Farrell. "Farrell's career was tragically interrupted when her heart stopped beating for four minutes during childbirth. She incurred brain damage, and was virtually unable to read, write, or memorize. After extensive sessions of re-learning, Sharon returned to acting in the early '70s, her work load increasing as her recovery progressed." Would this explain anything? If she were having trouble remembering her lines... If she did not remember the problems in her Five-0 experience when she attended the convention... I don't know. Just curious.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 15:36:34 (PDT)
I searched through all my old e-mail, and found some comment that said Farrell quit Five-O because of disputes with Jack Lord, but this is totally unsubstantiated. I found an old interview with Farrell where she dishes tons of dirt on Lord (this is an unpublished interview), but she says nothing about why she left the show. At the 1996 convention, Farrell said she was puzzled as to why she was hired to be a member of the Five-O team (so were most of the fans there, I suspect ... I wondered why she even bothered to show up at this convention). I asked her outright a question about whether she was there for the entire season, but this just seemed to confuse her. At the end of the question period, though, she was very nice and autographed a picture of herself for me (she had brought along a pile of these pictures).
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 14:30:47 (PDT)
Thanks Mr. Mike for your analysis of Lori on season 12. It's still a mystery on why she left so quickly; I'm assuming she was canned although I've heard rumors about memory loss and family issues. It's even more interesting that she showed up at the '96 convention - I seem to recall you may have met her. On another note I recently ran across screen shots of a 1986 ET interview with Jack Lord on James MacArthur's web site. Until then I was unaware of any post 1980 pictures/video of JL with the exception of the famous tabloid photo in the late 90's.
Fairfax, VA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 13:46:29 (PDT)
Hey Sandra, that George Kennedy issue was a peeve of mine which I ranted about at some length went I got the season 6 box set. If you were to see it saying next to an episode description "Guest starring Michael Douglas" you naturally would assume it to be THE Michael Douglas, old man Kirk's son. Not some obscure actor who also happens to be Michael Douglas (and who plays "Hot dog vendor #1" in the closing credits for that episode). You certainly wouldn't expect to see his name mentioned on the box unless it was THE Michael Douglas that we all know. Same with George Kennedy. When I first saw his name next to "Death With Father" on the box I was stunned. I KNEW Kennedy did not guest star in that episode! The main haole guest-stars (the only ones that matter, right? LOL) were Andrew Duggan and Peter Strauss! But then I checked and was like "Hey, there is a George Kennedy playing a bit part" but it's obviously not THE George Kennedy of "Airport", "Cool Hand Luke", "Naked Gun" fame. So why even mention this bit player who is obviously not the REAL deal? Sheesh... do they even check their stuff before releasing these DVDs?! I mean there's a reason why Kennedy's name appears in small print after all the MAJOR GUEST STARS in the end credits. Because this guy is obviously a bit player and not the famous George Kennedy! What next for season 7? "'I'll Kill 'Em Again' Guest-starring Lippy Espinada"? LOL! Incidentally, this same George Kennedy has a bit part at the start of season 6 in "Draw Me a Killer" where he plays the lawyer John G. Lott who gets plugged by the schizoid kid Arthur.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 13:32:07 (PDT)
While I am in an anal-ytical mood, I thought I would explore the eternal question of how many episodes Sharon Farrell appeared in during the twelfth season. The answer is here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/season12.pdf ... in order to do this, by the way, I had to run off a set of 12th season DVDs (from my own TV dubs) ... if anyone is interested, they are yours for $2 plus shipping (4 DVDs). Note the producers pulled a number with Farrell similar to what they did with Harrington, who appeared in the last show of season 7. Farrell appeared in the second-last show, but it was actually the second twelfth season show which was filmed.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 13:20:22 (PDT)
also, I watched Hawaii 5-0 for years and never saw the Lord in the show.
where's , there beef - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 12:33:00 (PDT)
I suspect Sandra is thinking of a different George Kennedy (Joe Petroni in "Airport," for example) than George M. Kennedy who was in "Death With Father." Google "George Kennedy" and "George M. Kennedy" and see what comes up, Sandra.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 12:30:06 (PDT)
there are "errors" in probably every single episodes of H50. But George M. Kennedy played Lt. Parish in an ep entitled "Death With Father". maybe you were watching a different series.
Honolulu, Hawai'i, Polynesia - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 12:06:18 (PDT)
I have everyone of the seasons that have been made and I love them. I watch them often. The only error I have really seen in season 6 is on the episode disc five (Death with a Father) George Kennedy is listed as a guest star and he is not on the episode. Otherwise, the episodes are great just as I remember them being a little girl watching Hawaii Five O. Thanks so much for republishing them on DVD. I love them! Sandra
Fargo, ND - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 11:16:28 (PDT)
I had no problem with the link....
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 09:50:54 (PDT)
The link for the anal-ysis is here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/season7.pdf ... you'll have to cut and paste it. Trying to use an HTML link didn't work for some reason.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 09:37:29 (PDT)
I have recordings as well of the episodes from early 90's syndication, back in the days when they were not cut down for extra ads. The season 7 shows that don't have Ben show a fireman with a blowtorch in the opening credits. This same sequence is used in season 8 (with a different version of the opening theme), even though Duke joins the team at that point. In fact, Duke doesn't start getting an opening title credit until season 9.
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 09:27:52 (PDT)
Ok, Mike, maybe on your tapes the opening credits do begin to show McG, Danno, and Chin (basically the season 8 opening credits) midway through season 7. By the way, where did you record those episodes from? Anyway, the episodes as I remember them being shown on our local syndication channel here in Philly a few years back showed the entire season 7 credits as one and the same - McG, Danno, Ben, Chin. By the way, that link that you provided takes me to a Forbidden Page.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 08:48:39 (PDT)
Yeah, I knew the tapes would come in handy ... not that I am throwing out any tapes of shows which are not released yet.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 08:42:53 (PDT)
See, Mike? You need those VHS tapes! Better hang onto them! LOL
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 08:37:27 (PDT)
I actually went through all of my VHS tapes of season 7 last night and checked both the beginning and end credits. About half way through the season, the credits change from the Danny-Chin-Ben ones to just Danny-Chin (with the exception of the last show, see below). It is quite possible that CBS/Paramount, when they remastered the shows for the Family Channel and/or "digital" versions, just used the standard Danny-Chin-Ben ones for the entire season, sort of in the way that they used the title card for James MacArthur identifying him as "Danny," rather than "Dan Williams" at the beginning for seasons 1-4 of the DVD box sets. By the way, I may have over-reacted when I described this flap as "total baloney," but if Obama can say the police acted "stupidly," I can say "total." It's still "baloney," and the point is ... it's hardly a reason to remove Harrington's picture from the box. I prepared a mindless anal-ysis detailing who appeared when, which you can view here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/season7.pdf. Harrington was hardly "phased out," he was let go, plain and simple. (The reason he appeared in the last episode was because that was actually filmed relatively early on.) In an interview somewhere, Harrington said he got the axe because Jack Lord found him "too tall or too something." This is interesting, because Jack Lord was supposedly 6 feet tall, and Mossman is VERY tall (he is taller than me, I would say he is around 6 foot 4).
Mr. Mike (still steamed!)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 08:27:38 (PDT)
Mr. Mike, you wrote that Ben appeared in the opening credits of 11 of the 24 episodes of season 7. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I could have sworn that he appeared in all 24 opening credits. I seem to recall that even after his disappearing act near the middle of the season he was still in the credits all the way to the end. I'm almost positive about this. In fact, that's what always puzzled me - why is he still in the credits when he is no longer in the show? I figured that they didn't want to bother re-editing the credits in the middle of the season. So they waited until season 8 to present us with a new credit sequence (with just McG, Danno, and Chin). But in any case, yeah, that was stupid of them redoing the box cover and eliminating Ben. They could have waited till season 8 for Duke's inclusion - he became more prominent in that season. During seasons 5, 6, and 7 Duke was still part of the HPD. Not a major character! Frank Kamana was never an "official member" of Five-0 so I don't know if his inclusion is warranted. But Ben Kokua is a must for seasons 5, 6, and 7! That's just "pono", right Kimo-sabe?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 08:15:47 (PDT)
I too sent the TV Shows on DVD guys an email about this, noting that Al Harrington had a co-starring credit in season 7 for half the episodes as he did in seasons 5 and 6. Plus, if they did insist on replacing him, the appropriate character to replace him with would be Doug Mossman's Frank Kemana character, who was in the other half of the episodes. Duke doesn't become a team member until season 8. And I wouldn't worry about Five-0 being blacklisted over some type of cover flap. If anything, it reinforces the loyalty and caring of the fanbase for the show. We should continue to see more releases irregardless of this issue.
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 07:58:23 (PDT)
Good e-mail, Mike. Says it all. I hope they "listen" to you.Let's not get them too steamed, though. We still have six more seasons to go. I'd hate for Five-0 to be blacklisted.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 06:15:58 (PDT)
Did anyone take a look at this page at the TV Shows on DVD page mentioned below?
I sent the following e-mail to them:
You posted an update regarding the 7th season box set art work for Hawaii Five-O. According to this update some people said that Al Harrington as Ben was "phased out" of the cast for this season. This is total baloney. Harrington appeared in the main credits for 11 of the 24 shows, and appeared in 10 of the shows themselves [this includes the final episode of the season, by the way]. Although his appearance was the same kind of "yes sir/no sir" part he played in seasons 5 and 6, he was definitely there. This is not similar to season 5, where Zulu had been canned at the end of season 4 and did not appear in season 5 at all. As far as Herman Wedemeyer (Duke) appearing was concerned, he also appeared in 10 season seven shows. Doug Mossman, another Five-O stock player, appeared in >13< episodes as Frank Kamana, another member of the Five-O team (though never formally introduced as such). I don't know what motivated these "fans" to let you know about Harrington ... maybe you should run this by CBS/Paramount again so they can get this straightened out (perhaps they should get all three guys on the cover -- Wedemeyer, Harrington and Mossman?). Oh yeah, I thought that if anyone was bitchin' about this box set, they would have complained about the picture of Waikiki on fhe front, which is a contemporary photo and not one representing the show when it was broadcast. See the Guestbook on my site for "fan reaction" to this.
Mr. Mike (annoyed)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 05:58:34 (PDT)
Re: Nadja's statement, "...getting more sensitive to the subject that there is a culture threatened to disappear sooner or later." I was sadly stricken to read the demographics of Waianae/Makaha on O`ahu and Kona on the Big Island and see that the Hawaiians comprise only a small percentage of the population (about 20 percent, give or take a few). Only part of that is due to the influx of other cultures. Another part is due to Hawaiians moving to the Mainland, Asia, and about in search of higher paying jobs and a more affordable cost of living. The musical group "Makaha Sons" has been touring the Mainland and have written that they are stricken by how many Hawaiians live in such places as New England and Chicago. Perhaps, less surprising is that large numbers live in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. It's almost as if they are trying to find Hawai`i on the Mainland. But, of course, they cannot. Hawai`i is much farther from the Gulf Coast than appears on a map - and it's the rich, Hawaiian culture that makes the difference.
My heart is in, HI - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 04:59:46 (PDT)
Now my two cents before I'll go back to our favorite show: Five-O Lover and Kimo, I agree with your opinion. Actually it's a subject I think a lot of since I was in Hawaii last year and will be there again in October. And what I try to do is to get a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian culture and traditions and be aware of the problems today and lots of people here,my family and friends have to listen to and to learn about it too and getting more sensitive to the subject that there is a culture threatened to disappear sooner or later. What else could I do?
Berlin, - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 01:02:39 (PDT)
Hope to be able to see your documentary, Kimo. The old footage would be nothing short of a gem, I'm sure.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 20:01:27 (PDT)
A couple of comments on Draw Me a Killer: The site lists its original air date as September 19, 1973 (a Wednesday) -- but this is eight days (not seven) after its predecessor Hookman. (Charter for Death, the next show aired, is listed as airing on September 26, which was also a Wednesday. One Big Happy Family gets back into the Tuesday sequence by airing on October 2.) When Arthur blazes away at the end of the show (since Danno is hidden and Arthur scatters his shots, it's hard to figure out what he is aiming at), he is carrying an 8-round .32 Beretta -- and he fires seven rounds. (I know, it's scary that I could know this, but I'd seen the weapon on other TV shows and had also seen it as the weapon of choice for a group of San Francisco serial killers detailed in a book.) Just before Arthur starts shooting, Danno stands beside a doorway in the open. McGarrett is inside the building on Danno's right side, whispering a countdown for Danno to dive for cover. The angle of this shot means McGarrett would have to lunge to his own left to do a shoulder roll and fire at Arthur. But when McGarrett does the shoulder roll and fires, he dives onto his RIGHT shoulder!
Lubbock, TX USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 19:46:43 (PDT)
back when I lived Waiks., the place was fulla those single wall construction 20's 30's homes. And many one and two story level buildings. "the jungle" was full of those. There is a semblance of the jungle, but "progress' continues to enroach. (encroach?) (depends on the roaches.) Anyway, that's one thing I love about H50; shows me my town when i was proud to say its my town. Now not so much. lewers street was my hangout. and the recent el lay -ification of it, in the name of 'revitalization" (just fwew up in my mouf then) ruined it. I have much footage of the area before it was sold to the devil and will release it in a documentary on old Hawaii soon. . So we can 'relive' da good ol' daze.
through the past, darkly - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 19:33:32 (PDT)
You got that right, Kimo. For some people, it's all about money, money, and more money to the exclusion of all else. A few months ago, I wrote on a blog page about a managerial job paying only $30,000. In comparison, a similar job would pay between $60,000 and %75,000 on the Mainland. A hopeful applicant asked how one was supposed to live there on $30,000, when a modest condo costs $200,000. The headhunter replied, "You work two or three jobs." Someone wrote back in response to what I had written and said he lives on Maui and is working five part-time jobs just to pay the rent. The undertone was that there was no home ownership in his future. Last year, I took a picture of a Hawaiian plantation cottage deep in the heart of Waikiki. I can't remember what street it's on, except that it's a cut-through street between Kalakaua Avenue and Ala Wai Boulevard. All around this cottage are medium-to-high-rise buildings: condos and hotels. Then, this single-storey cottage. And I was recalled that, not so many years ago, all of Waikiki was like that cottage. Now, it seems lost and forelorn amongst the monster structures. I'm glad I took a picture of it. I'll check to see if it's still there when I'm there two weeks from now.
My heart is in, HI - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 19:09:06 (PDT)
I meant "Doric columns and glass walls fencing the front from the back with full Roman figures all over."
where's , da edit button. - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 17:37:01 (PDT)
There is haole and then, there is haole. It is not so much a race. But a state of mind. Attitude. In general, locals don't WANT those with millions and millions of dollars. These are the ones that erect hirise hotels. And condos and overdevelop the island. And invest in real estate, absentee owners and their buying up the ever increasing kaka'ako condos blocking out sky, mountains, tradewinds etc... the sad increase in Mcmansions (there is one in Kahala that is relplete with grecian Doric columns and glass walls fencing the front from the back with rman frigures all over. da heck's that?!) So many speculators...And they tear down old beautiful kama'aina homes and structures. And erect megamansions. All the while driving up property values til aunty, unco dem, cannot afford to live in the town and the home they have been in for decades.
so sad, too bad we lost the war get used to it. - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 17:34:57 (PDT)
It's a sad issue, kama`aina v. haole, and it breaks my heart to watch the anger of the Hawaiian people intensify. Yet, I can understand that anger, for Hawai`i seems not welcome anymore to anyone (kama`aina or haole) who doesn't have millions and millions of dollars. Going back to Queen Lili`uokalani's time, it all was handled shamefully. But, then, a lot of countries are saying what bullies the Americans are. Yet, at the same time, if America isn't there, another major world power will be. Hawai`i is, after all, location, location, and location - militarily and politically each side's extended finger into the Pacific. What is the answer? I wish I knew. In the meantime, all I can do is pray for the Hawaiian people, that they don't lose their traditional family values, their love of the Lord, and their aloha spirit. I also pray that they don't surrender their heritage and culture to those who won't make the effort to join in and learn from them. The Hawaiians have a good, strong, and proud heritage, which they should value and preserve from generation to generation. May the Hawaiians welcome non-Hawaiians who simply love the islands and want to share a bit of it while fitting in with the kama`ainas. We aren't all selfish, domineering brutes. Some of us aren't so very different from you, and we despise the ways of those brutes, both in Hawai`i and on the Mainland. How can you tell us apart? By what comes out of our mouths. Aloha ke akua (God is love). Let's cling to that thought with all that is within us.
My Heart is in , Hawaii - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 16:53:53 (PDT)
New update about season seven DVD case artwork at www.tvshowsondvd.com
Lake Wales, FL USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 16:40:51 (PDT)
I'm gonna snag me a few issues of that H50 fashion shoot HI Luxury mag. Nadja, will give ya one when ya visit. Signed by Kono. I mean Kimo! huhuu.
Mister Dobalina, Mister Bob Dobalina - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 14:57:35 (PDT)
I know this usually ain't the place to go into politics, on a site dedicated to tv show entertainment, and I apologize (somewhat) in advance... but... that's one thing us locals thru the years didn't like about the show. Some haole running things spoutin' orders, telling da braddahs what to do... IN the Iolani Palace. I mean the Iolani palace, of all places. The site of the Local Monarchy Government usurped and destroyed by haole transplants. The time of the Overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and Annexation is a sore spot for many kama'aina. When "statehood" celebrations were held at the Iolani palace, by haole, there is an equal and opposite presence of kanaka maoli and I Ku Mau Mau supporters representing the countless many who were against annexation and the later statehood takeover. -- And I recall, that is one of the things Gilbert Kauhi was chagrined about, regarding his role; always sayin' "yes, massah. No, massah. Will get right on it massah!"...
Onipa'a, Standfast & Resolute. - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 14:52:16 (PDT)
Hey, that's great. I like it :-)
Berlin, - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 14:48:11 (PDT)
hahaaa. check dis out. in today's pepah! http://blogs.starbulletin.com/fashiontribe/style-five-0/
Whatchoo tawkin bout, willis ? - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 14:33:33 (PDT)
Ha-ha-ha!! Funny as usual Kimo-sabe! You still got it, bruddah! As for THE LORD, I admire the man for the character that he played. One of (if not THE) finest actor and character on television! Can't help but want to be like McGarrett! As for his personality/pride/various other issues, yeah, they don't paint the guy in a very nice light. Definitely not a guy I would want to have tea with. And certainly wouldn't want to work for him or have him as my boss. I'm too relaxed for such an up-tight guy. I'm surprised that a relaxed Waikiki bruddah like Zulu was able to put up with THE LORD for 4 years. That's quite an achievement! I sure couldn't. And I'm a haole.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 14:29:44 (PDT)
"Scotty, seal this Rock!" "Uh which rock Captain?" "That meteor right over there! No the other one.. yea. THAT one!"
Honey, It's a Lulu - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 13:54:31 (PDT)
Regarding William Shatner and JL. I agree with ringfire. We all know that JL was a complicated person and I guess mainly because he demanded the high standards he has for himself of others too. But that doesn't mean as I said here already that he was a small-minded person who grudges everybody everything or couldn't acknowledge real achievements. IMHO.
Berlin, - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 13:50:52 (PDT)
I loved LUCIANA PALUZZI in "THUNDERBALL"! Yum-yum. Her Fiona Volpe character was the ultimate femme fatale! "Do you like wild things, Mr. Bond, Mr. James Bond?"
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 13:35:41 (PDT)
Season 10, Episode #236, My Friend, the Enemy
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 12:56:57 (PDT)
What episode/season is that, DW?
Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 11:46:10 (PDT)
Tje episode with the Bond Babe, Luciana Paluzzi where she plays a fashion photographer is the one where Jack lets us know his is from Brooklyn. He is bragging that he learned how to make Chicken Caccitore from some neighbor of his in his youth as he is STEALING the woman right out from under Danno, who had previously arranged a date with her for the same evening. Some crack about "Rank having its merits" or something. She was worth slugging your boss over and I would not have blamed Danno for hitting McG with a right cross right then and there. That the ep where she juts her bosom out in a huff in what has to be a classic Five-O moment.
Palm Springs, CA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 10:40:36 (PDT)
Just like Ringfire said....I can't see JL standing at the helm saying,"Scotty, I need warp speed in 30 seconds or we're dead!!" (What a hoot that would have been...talk about cheese...) I remember those Fam Channel eps...sometimes there was so much cut after/during a commercial,... boggles the mind.
Raleigh , NC USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 10:31:10 (PDT)
As Ringfire said, each man was exactly right for the role he was given.
Honolulu, HI USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 10:03:39 (PDT)
You know, God bless The LORD and may he RIP, but sometimes this guy's behavior really boggles the mind. Seriously, why should Jack harbor ill feelings towards Shatner? If anyone, it should be against the producers of Star Trek - they're the ones who gave him the axe! Shatner just agreed to work cheaper. He had nothing to do with anything. Now, knowing Jack Lord's "weird hangups" I don't really doubt what Mr. Mike is supposing. For all we know that may have been true. With Jack, anything was possible - at times it seemed like he was looking for trouble. And we all know that he was a very proud man. But it still makes you wonder why Jack would hold a grudge against Shatner, of all people. Just seems a bit too childish for my tastes. Plus, if you ask me, Lord was too good an actor for a slice of cheese like Star Trek. A ham like Shatner was perfect for that show. Lord, on the other hand, was perfect as the by-the-book cop. Book 'em, Danno!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 07:46:14 (PDT)
That story about Jack Lord on The FBI reminds me of the fifth season episode You Don't Have To Kill To Get Rich, But It Helps, which stars William Shatner. McGarrett and Tolliver (Shatner's character) meet only at the end and are never seen in the same shot. I wonder if the fact that Jack Lord was under consideration for the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek (until he asked for too much control and money and they told him to take a hike) resulted in some kind of ill feelings between himself and Shatner?
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 06:13:30 (PDT)
Does anyone know why Sharon Farrell disappeared in the middle of season 12? They made such a big deal about a woman joining the 5-0 team and then she just vanished. Even her name was dropped from the opening credits!
Fairfax, VA USA - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 06:10:58 (PDT)
screwed the pooch. hahaaa! ---- -- We may not have viewed Mr. Lord as a new yawkuh, but we all knew he was very mainland haole.
across, there universe - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 15:49:47 (PDT)
Season 12 worth getting just to see "Truck" barrel his way through the half a dozen or so episodes he is in. Also of note is the episode where McG treats those around him like Peons, which IMO was the first sure signs of Alzheimer's. And just to laugh at William Smith and wonder how the hell this anachronistic actor managed to land a gig on 5-0. (I keep on expecting to hear the theme to "Hawaiian Eye" every time Smith is in a scene.) Also the way McG kisses up to him is SO out of character, it really drives home the point that Danno should have gotten Steve's job in that last season and McG kicked upstairs to the Guv's office. Yeah Jack Lord really screwed the pooch on that one but in the end it no surprise his ego got the best of him. The one episode Jack Lord appears in "The FBI" he has his hair dyed blonde and never exchanges a word of dialog with Efram Zimbalist Jr, making me think JL was a very sensitive guy. Which is funny for a New Yorker, he ought to be bold and proud right in your face, the loudest guy in the room and not giving a damn, That the secret to my success at the deli, lol.
Palm Springs, CA USA - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 15:44:55 (PDT)
John also gets this wrong."There were some scenes later filmed at the Ilikai pool" for the Ilikai was used often through H50. Room interiors. makai lanai. Lobby. Surrounding area with the Ilikai in b/g. Jeez. It received more footage than most other Hawai'i locales. But that's Heckathorn for ya.
here, there everywhere - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 13:25:05 (PDT)
article should read as: "Jack Lord was still an obscure TV actor (even after at least one hundred TV show and movie appearances) when, as Det. Steve McGarrett, he stood on Ilikai’s 26th floor Penthouse balcony—an aerial camera zooming in on him (for, if you look closely, you see it’s NOT a double in a dark suit, but Jack Lord himself). Lord then turned to pose tousle-haired with Diamond Head in the background
Honolulu, Hawaii No statehood celebration here! - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 13:06:39 (PDT)
The article in "Hawaii Magazine" is excellent! A link there takes you to articles about how the Ilikai has reopened and is offering "Hawaii Five-0"/Hawaii Statehood specials from now to the end of the year. You have to stay there a minimum of 3 days to receive a $50 room rate for the first night's stay + 50% off parking fees. Is anyone planning to go over for the 50th anniversary of statehood? My husband and I are giving serious consideration - especially now that we can stay in the Ilikai. No place but the Ilikai!
Honolulu, HI USA - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 11:54:59 (PDT)
I noticed with the Family Channel and later Hallmark episodes were 41-43 minutes long. The WGN eps were better, averaged about 46 minutes. The sad part of this, alot of good stuff was chopped out of all of the 3 verisons. I love the DVDs looking forward to next set being released.
El Cajon, CA USA - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 11:13:57 (PDT)
I've seen the various views on the box art of the upcoming #7 release, and I'll say this-- even if the box art is not appropriate to the time period, I am still planning on purchasing this release. Why? Because it's "Hawaii Five-O," a series that, through 6 seasons' worth on DVD (all of which I have), has more than held its own. Therefore, I don't give a smoke 10,000 ways from Sunday if the box art does not reflect what Hawaii was like at that time. To me, it is the substance of the series (contained in the episodes) that will draw me to a purchase (as it has of the first 6). That doesn't mean that I will purchase all of the series, however-- based on the fact that the last two were very weak (from what I've heard), I may cut out before then. But, all in all, this #7 release will be a definite purchase for me, because I strongly believe that the episodes will make the purchase worth it, as they have for the first 6.
Fountain Inn, SC USA - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 09:50:24 (PDT)
Interesting article. http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/hawaii_today/2009/7/27/hawaii_five_o_ilikai_hotel
Hawaii, FL huh? - Monday, August 03, 2009 at 08:52:48 (PDT)
I can't beat horse and buggy but I was at the first house in Hawaii that got electricity. a famous landmark in Manoa...
Older than dirt, almost as dark and gritty. - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 16:50:40 (PDT)
If TV stations are showing Five-O episodes which are 45 minutes long, they are probably the infamous "Family Channel" versions. I actually analyzed several of these broadcasts many years ago, and you can read about it here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/famchan-analysis.htm ... the way these shows were edited often makes no sense whatsoever, in addition to inserting commercial breaks in the middle of scenes and all sorts of other weirdness.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 11:50:31 (PDT)
My mom said she had lived from the horse and buggy to the space shuttle. She said that about 20 years ago. Now, she is still alive and well - and 92 years old - and has seen even more technology. Incredible!
Honolulu, HI USA - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 11:33:38 (PDT)
Berlin, - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 11:06:10 (PDT)
To have been "...raised through all levels of technology" a person would have to be very, very, very old. Over two thousand years old in fact. Yes, those of us who have lived through the second half of the twentieth century and into the new millennium have lived through many levels of technology. But not all levels.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 10:54:32 (PDT)
Several TV stations in my area have aired H50 in the past. The problem is, they're edited to 45 minutes per episode for commercials. Now that all TV stations are broadcasting digitally, you could get good picture quality recording on DVD-R, but they would still be the 45 minute edited versions.
Lake Wales, FL - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 08:21:47 (PDT)
Then send them to me ;-) I have no tapes and nothing after season 6. It's a big desert here in Germany in this regard. And to the terrible synchronized and shortened eps they show on TV here I put no value.
Berlin, - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 07:43:19 (PDT)
The only Five-O VHS tapes I will get rid of are the ones which are already on DVD. I have transferred seasons 10-12 from my tapes to my own custom-made DVDs ... which, of course, I will never watch again!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 06:47:14 (PDT)
Mike, don't be too quick to get rid of your VHS copies. Let's make sure CBS/Paramount goes all the way through Season 12 first.
Honolulu, HI USA - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 06:10:35 (PDT)
DVDs have only been around for about 12 years. 12 years after CDs became popular, I would be talking with friends telling them how great CDs were. They would look at me as if I was from Mars, since they still owned turntables and 12" vinyl discs and had no desire to change to the new medium. So there are probably people out there who still watch and use VHS. I recently threw out three boxes of formerly blank VHS tapes via Craigslist, and two people picked them up within a day. No idea what they want to use them for. I have several boxes of Five-O shows which I edited from TV broadcasts, removing the commercials, onto T-160 tapes, which will each hold 3 episodes. Of course, I almost never watched these shows again after spending so much time to re-dub them. If anyone is interested in these tapes, let me know, though the shipping to the USA will not be cheap. Anyone in the Vancouver area, I can make you a deal...
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 05:33:41 (PDT)
LOL does? ok. let her. or him. I do too. I was raised through all levels of technology. And VHS, considering, is pretty new. ("tho now fairly obsolete. Almost.) We lived thru that era for quite a while. Got accustomed to it. I ain't spoiled. Will watch most any media.
Yo ho ho, and a bottle to numb. - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 04:57:54 (PDT)
Kimo, who wants to watch H50 on VHS tape? LOL
Lake Wales, FL - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 18:14:11 (PDT)
We are adults. (well some of us are.) We don't "whine" which is complaining in a spoiled childlike fashion, offering no solution. We're discussing. And I know we don't do it here, but I sure hope we don't hear any "I want my dvds sooner, why can't they release everything right now, on my doorstep! whaaah!" for that doesn't do anything except cast the H50 crowd in an unflattering light. Instant gratification takes to long for the spoiled masses... (Jeez. didn't ANY H50 'fan' tape the damned things on VHS all these years of reruns!?)
Forgot where, I left my Primo Poly Amnesia - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 13:41:40 (PDT)
Re: "We've got...a built in international voracious audience that will eat up anything 'Hawaii'", AMEN!!! Bring it on!
Honolulu, HI USA - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 12:41:07 (PDT)
If we're going to expend our energy whining about something, let it be the six months we have to wait between season releases, lousy cover art or not. That's a worthwhile moan and groan topic.
somerville, Ma u.s.a. - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 12:31:32 (PDT)
right Tombo. Like the Jesse Stone thang. If I can't see a Magnum P.I. movie, or weekly redux, a seasonal new Selleck show will do. A good idea they should initiate w/H50. And we could use the work here! We've got production people chompin' at the bit and a built in international voracious audience that will eat up anything 'Hawaii'. I'm ready.
Angst, In Yer Pants - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 12:25:56 (PDT)
what is the update of remaking of the new Hawaii Five O i still think they should make a few TV movies a year to reach out the audience (do u remember the new version of bionic woman and knight rider)
howell, nj usa - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 08:32:44 (PDT)
Yeah, right and every objection is too late. So let us say the things we didn't like BEFORE. Maybe there is someone responsible out there reading this and can still change something until then ;-)
Berlin, - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 07:10:55 (PDT)
All this angst over a DVD box set cover. Wow! As soon as it's released no one is going to give a darn.
somerville, ma united states of america - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 06:43:58 (PDT)
Ok, KD opened the door, I'm walkin in... These H50 dvd packages are perhaps the ONLY products NOT showing on the front and back covers... what is within the product they are selling! I mean take a look at.. say.. Big Jim Mclain. ahh c'mon. You know the movie. Now, do they use a modern contemporary shot of the Pali? Or Hanauma Bay?! of course not! ok. another one. How about... ummm Hell's Half Acre? Another favorite of all true H50 fans. (for it was shot whre much of H50 was filmed... ) do THEY show a 2005 view of a fully redeveloped Chinatown? Try guess. I'll wait..... Right! No, they do not. They use a screen shot or three from the flick... OR... a cool old soft focus artist's depiction of the major action and character elements of that ONE movie, on the DVD cover. And, It resembles a pulp fiction title procured from the corner five and dime! Very appropriate. Bottom line, the DVD producers are not representing H50 fully... definitely much less than they could be
ahupua'a, in da country - Saturday, August 01, 2009 at 01:03:24 (PDT)
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