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Thanks, Mike. I could have sworn I heard them call it the Polynesian Institute, so I automatically assumed the one in Laie. As for the filming of many a Five-0/Magnum/movie scene in the Ko'olau range, are you referring specifically to the Kualoa Ranch where they shot Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, etc.? I'd be interested in knowing what scenes from Five-0 were shot there... I know that it's mostly a movie site attraction.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 20:29:21 (PDT)
That's right Ringfire, Brigham Young University is practically on the same block as the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. However HPU is located at the north end of the Pali Hwy, and The Valley of the Temples about a mile to its right. Do not confuse this HPU with the one in Chinatown. This one is nestled in the valley of the Koolau mountain range not too far from Kaneohe MCBH. Many a Five-0/ Magnum scene as well as major motion picture was shot in this area. It's picturesque beauty is similiar to that of the far off Waimea valley
Honolulu , Hi USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 19:35:17 (PDT)
Strangers in Our Own Land. The impeccable character actor Milton Selzer as head-case "Lester Willighby". McGarrett: 'so you killed commisioner Manu?' Wilighby: 'the mainland Mob gave me a contract to make tha' hit'. Klassic. Selzer also made regualr apperances on Gunsmoke too.
Cincy, OH USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 17:28:41 (PDT)
Unfortunately, no, Mike. Had no idea where to get Five-0 souvenirs, but I was very detailed in my visits to famous Five-0 sites. Had to visit them all!! Even drove up to the gates of the Magnum, PI estate in Waimanalo (though I was never really a fan of that show). Speaking of which, I read that the Magnum estate was used in Five-0 episodes "Sweet Terror" (where Stoss is staying), "The Second Shot" (Lemirra's residence), "Forty Feet High and it Kills" (presumably where Will Geer is arguing with the 'fuddy-duddy' Englishman). As for the Pacific University, is that a part of the Polynesian Cultural Center? Is that up in Laie or in Honolulu? I attended the AWESOME evening shows at the Polynesian twice but the students there are from Brigham Young university, are they not? Am I talking about 2 different things?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 14:13:44 (PDT)
You are very observent Ringrire- few who have not visited Hawaii would have caught that scene where the Gov meets with Mc Garrett.. I worked Security at HPU (Hawaii Pacific University) a few times and although I do not recall the stairway they went up, but it sure looks like HPU from what I can see. There is no such building at the Valley of the Temples(Modern 2 level)only Ancient Japanese structures. Strange that they would jump from the Temple to HPU and then back again, except to give the institute the Koi pond... I did recieve permission to film my HW saga at the Valley of the Temples should my screenplay ever go into production so I am very familiar with the place and love to ring the big bell. As far as the oceanside chase seen mentioned yesterday at Wimble Point, I surely will be looking for that location the next time I take my Harley around the Island on a Sunday Afternoon. I hope you were able to pick up a few 5-0 souvineers while you were here? Kings Court soda pop shop seems to be the only place left selling 5-0 memorabelia anymore.
Hollywood Ca / Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 09:49:19 (PDT)
Yeah, Mike. I'll have to rewatch that episode (despite its overall lousiness). But if you're sure you recall McGarrett mentioning Kamehameha Hwy then it couldn't be Koko or Makapu'u like I would have thought. That stretch of highway from Diamond Head all the way to Kailua is um... Kalanianalohe... or something like that. Since I don't recall cliffs like that by the ocean on the windward or north side, it must be the west coast. Although from what I've read there is no road to Kaena Pt. Kam Hwy just comes to a dead end at the northwest. Mike, do you know, "Pray Love Remember"... was this at the Polynesian Center in Laie (where they have all the shows!!) or is the Institute/University somewhere in Honolulu. I know the scene with the koi fish was filmed at the Byodo-In Temple, but the scene where McGarrett arrives at the Polynesian Institute and meets the Governor doesn't look exactly like I remember seeing it in Laie. Should be right off Kam Hwy, right?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 09:29:18 (PDT)
Mr. Mike, I am in complete agreement with you about reviewers posting on Amazon. How can you review a product no one has seen yet? I suppose some products do 'tests' with advanced copies, but I doubt that is the case for the majority of these posters.
Shawnee, KS USA - Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 07:21:20 (PDT)
With regard to the incredible chase over what look like lava beds above the sea in episode #21, Not That Much Different, I'm sure a show near the end of the current season of Lost (I can't remember specifically which one) was also filmed in this location.
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Thursday, July 31, 2008
Ringfire, did some checking- The foot pursuit in "Not so much different." Mc Garratt received a call from dispatch that the vehicle they were looking for was at Wimble Point. I tried to find the exact location but it only says it is near Cape lookout. Mapquest was no help there. McGarratt said Kamehameha and something like Alakaea just before responding. I have circled the island so many times I can't remember exactly where it was. Kaena pt is a road no nowhere... sooner or later you hit a dead end. If it wasn't up by Kaenna, with all that cliff erosion maybe it was on the windward side near Koko Head? There is a real big drop just before sandy beach looks similiar near the lighthouse but I dont think it was as spectacular there. Looks like for a split second McGarratt (Or his Double) was wearing brown boots just before he catches up with the bad guy on the ledge. Either way- a daring shot.
Honolulu, H USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 20:54:16 (PDT)
First time here! Aloha! Just came back from O'ahu - 5 week vacation... well... business vacation, but still... WOW! Can you believe it?! And this was my second trip this year! My first trip was back in April for 2 weeks! That's a total of almost 2 months in Hawaii this year! Anyway, by the time I had to leave I felt like I lived on O'ahu forever. What a great place!! Being a HUGE Five-0 fan since I was a kid (and especially now as an adult!!) I just HAD to visit all the places I remember from the show - Iolani Palace, Ali Iolani Hale (Judicial Bldg with Kamehameha statue), State Capitol Bldg (Governor's office), Waikiki Shell, Diamond Head, Makapu'u Point, Ilikai Hotel (zooming right in with my camera to where McG stood at the top balcony), Aloha Tower (I stood at the balcony where Wo Fat stood in "F.O.B. Honolulu"), Punchbowl Pacific Cemetery (where we see Lady Columbia in the opening credits), Tantalus Drive and Round Top (awesome windy roads above Honolulu - used in the season 5 Rico Montalban episode), Sea Life Park (the ransom drop in "The Ransom"). Ahhhhhh.... what memories... By the way... the episodes "Not That Much Different" along with "No Blue Skies" get "turkey-status" from me - my vote for 2 worst episodes from Season 1. Speaking of which, Mike, how do we know that the finale of "Different" was filmed at Kaena Point? Was this mentioned in the episode? I haven't seen it recently... I thought it would be somewhere closer to Honolulu like Makapuu, not all the way on the other side of the island. Just wondering... And does anyone have any ideas where the opening wave on Five-0 was shot? I remember even as a kid being in awe of its size!! Must be a North Shore wave, right? Winter-time maybe?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 17:53:02 (PDT)
Full Fathom Five. Did someone already comment about why Victor Rawlings simply did not go under different aliases everytime he took the cruise out of San Fran? That would have easily prevented McGarrett from seeing the pattern. I guess if he ran into some of the other passenegers under a different name that could have presented a problem for him, like the lady that asked him would he be at the shuffleboard table later. But it seems to me the only folks who had to know would have been the booking agents. He's got all that money he could have easily facilitated it. And then he gets upset with the wife for trying to gank that first victim's ring. Do you agree? Or am I being to anal about the whole thing?
Cincy, OH USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 16:43:10 (PDT)
Thanks Jeff. Mystery solved for me and lesson learned. I have to pay closer attention to details. My faith in McGarrett is restored, although an ex Navy guy like him should know that a Broomhandle is not a rifle. This is a great site.
Hamilton, ON Canada - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 16:01:00 (PDT)
A recent post inspired me to go back and watch Cocoon once more. This is a very different Steve McGarrett. I think its a more revealing portrait of our hero than emerged later in the series. A sexier episode, I wish they would have allowewd for more romance in the series. I admit its more of a James Bondish McGarrett, but there are some elemets of that I like. He appears more rugged and raw and at the same time more fun-loving. Even though we know he's often no-holds-barred and takes no mess off of anyone, he comes off as even more of a renegade and I now see where he gets some of that strength from he has in later episodes. But he's tender too like that night on the beach where he kisses the girl. I don't know how many Gunsmoke fans there are on here but the 2 shows have some parallels. Steve is to Hawaii what Dillon was to Dodge. And there are tons of character actors that appeared nad did excellent jobs on both shows. The Matt Dillon of those early B&W 30 minute episodes is not the same character we see later in that series either.
Cincy, OH USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 13:54:49 (PDT)
Why is it always Joyce? There was Joyce Weber in “Full Fathom Five”; Joyce Bennett in “A Bullet for McGarrett”; simply Joyce in “Just Lucky I Guess”. All three HPD policewomen; all three undercover for Five-O. Was this some kind of inside joke among the producers or production crew?
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 11:20:16 (PDT)
Regarding Alan's question about Marburg's print (or supposed lack thereof) on the gun in Second Shot, Marburg picked up the assassin's gun and handed it to McGarrett after Steve shot the assassin. For someone trying to conceal their real identity, not a smart move. And from McGarrett's perspective (and the stare he gave him at that moment), not smart as "Marburg" was potentially messing up evidence.
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 08:11:56 (PDT)
I've been racking my brain on episode 51 (second shot). I agree with the 'mundane' rating on this site, but one oddity doesn't add up. The breakthrough comes when Chin Ho tells McGarrett that two prints on the pistol have been identified by Interpol, and one of them is not Marburg's. Suddenly McGarrett knows he has an imposter that is going to kill the Dr.. How is it that the real Marburg's prints were supposed to be on the pistol in the first place? Did I miss something? It would be very strange for a reporter who wasn't suspect to have had prints on the gun as well as Ahmed. This was all OK with Five-O until they found it was an imposter's print. Doesn't add up McGarrett! Also of interest is the reference to a Mauser Broomhandle as a rife through the first half of the episode. Finally in his Interpol revelation Chin Ho calls it what it really is; a pistol.
Hamilton, ON Canada - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 07:06:07 (PDT)
Nicholas Colasanto, part 3. The last H5-O episode he directed was #44 - “Most Likely to Murder”. This is another one of my favorites from season 2 and at least a top 15 episodes-of-all-time, if not top 10 contender, in my book. Again, it comes down to great writing, directing, and acting. Tom Skerritt does a fantastic job as Lew Morgan. I was so sympathetic for his character I truly believed he did not kill his wife until he showed up to shoot Gary Oliver. I just wanted this 3-time loser to be innocent! I am also a fan of The Rookies, and Sam Melville does a nice job as Oliver. A great scene occurs when McGarrett shows up at Oliver’s girlfriend’s apartment, kicks in the door, and Oliver jumps out the window. That had to be a stuntman, but what a stunt! Some good opportunities for James MacArthur to grab some screen time in this episode. His scenes with Skerritt in his apartment, at Lew’s home, and finally at the very end of the episode in McGarrett’s office are spot on. The only possible flaws are some of Oliver’s girlfriends. I guess that is what passed for attractive in 1969, but then again he was using them more for money and a roof over his head. This one definitely gets a grade of “A”. And for Nic Colasanto, three “A’s” out of four is pretty darn good.
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 06:08:05 (PDT)
You really have to wonder about the "reviews" on amazon.com when they are posted weeks and months before the DVDs they are referring to are actually released.
With Season 4 of Five-O, which came out on June 10th, there were reviews posted on February 27 and 28 and March 10.
Season 3 was released on January 22 of this year, yet there are four reviews from November, 2007, one from October 2007, and another one from January 2 (a totally stupid review which gives the DVDs 3 stars and says only "I've got a Blu Ray player so I'm not buying anything on DVD. DVD will go the way of VHS. Can we get this on Blu Ray?").
What is the point of these early reviews? No doubt the people writing them get to feel good because they got their name "in print" before anyone else.
In my opinion, people should not be allowed to post reviews until the date the DVDs are released, and this should be restricted to people who have actually purchased the DVDs on amazon.com (you can't post ANY reviews if you have never bought anything through amazon.com, for example).
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I'm a recent new fan of the Hawaii 50 series ... watched it growing up as a kid, but didn't really appreciate it until now and totally hooked on the show as an adult. The DVD releases are really high quality and the episodes have held up well after 40+ years! Have to go with the Season 4 opener "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave" as the best all around episode so far ... great plot, acting, and terrific music score. A classic I can watch over and over again. Thanks for keeping this site going!
Gainesville, VA USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 20:02:04 (PDT)
I just read over on the Superhero Hype website that CBS is working on doing a remake of The Streets of San Francisco. Somebody needs to get off the dime and do something with Hawaii Five-O, film or TV series. All the elements are there to watch. Whatever happened to that George Litto character? Did he botch it?
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 17:28:30 (PDT)
Yes over in the blog you were talking about how bad the episode To Hell With Babe Ruth is. This was so bad it was good. In a weird kind of way. The whole episode was worth it for me when Danno uncovered the cryptic writing and repeated the title of the episode to Steve I think (been a few months since I saw it). The way he said it. "To hell with Babe Ruth?"
Cincy, OH USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 16:24:33 (PDT)
Re the ninth season's "Elegy in a Rain Forest": It may be the best post-Leonard Freeman episode (1974 on), though I haven't seen "Nine Dragons" in quite a long time. MQ's review is great, but I have a long bone to pick. The fact that Attorney General Manicote whips out a huge revolver from his jacket isn't such a big deal; it's what happens afterwards. Danno hasn't gone more than ten steps away when Manicote does it, but either Danno fell into a hole and was stuck there for five minutes of screen time or (naturally) the writer was told to make McGarrett a hero. Danno is carrying an assault rifle and knows how to use it, for heaven's sake! Now for the bone with MQ: When McGarrett sees a gun on a rock, it's Manicote's (he dropped it when he was shot in the leg) rather than McGarrett's own weapon, which was thrown over a cliff a few minutes earlier. McGarrett was carrying an automatic pistol strapped to his hip. I also wonder how McGarrett's bullet can penetrate the big backpack Marcus Lucien is wearing, and how Lucien got extra shells for the shotgun he uses (when he ambushed a cop inside the armored truck, he took his weapon but I didn't see any other shells around -- for that matter, how come the cop and his weapon are in Lucien's reach anyway; shouldn't there be a big metal screen between them?). Ah well ... just a bit of correction for what's the best TV show site on the Net.
Lubbock, TX USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 15:17:59 (PDT)
Michael, I agree with your comments about "Not That Much Different". I should watch that one again some time soon to see if I can spot a stuntman or if it is JL himself.
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 12:47:30 (PDT)
I just watched episode #21 "Not that much different"... The story was not all that great but in the ending Mc Garrett and the 'Peace Loving' murder suspect are running along the oceanside cliffs at Kaena Point. Either that was the most dangerous and daring chase I have ever seen on TV or the shot of the actors and even stuntmen must have been embedded over Blue Screen? First off McGarrett is wearing street shoes and running along the jaggged and slippery cliffs at what appears to be almost Fifty feet over the eroded and crushing Pacific shoreline. I have been there and believe me I got somewhat nervous just standing there... I ventured down those super slippery rock shelfs very slowly and never got a tenth that far. Only the best traction sneakers or hiking boots and some really slow stepping will prevent anyone from sliding off those surf pounding cliffs. 10 thumbs up for Jack Lord and the stunt crew for that one!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:55:51 (PDT)
In "A Time To Die" Kono traces the phone call made by Rhalston to a marine location. At that time, it is revealed that it is, in fact, a boat rental agency and the audience is left to presume that the agency provided the photo's
Henry P Teryak
North Haven, CT USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 11:40:57 (PDT)
I wonder if Amazon is taking orders for Season 5?
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 10:43:10 (PDT)
The Keystone Cops must be running things at CBS if they can't even get a cover right! Collin...thanks for the laugh about JL and his corny preaching! Now, we must allow Jack to wax philosophically every now and then about conquering the crime lords of H-land...it is all part of McG's persona. Boy, Albert Paulsen's portrayal of Charlie Bombay as a slimy sleaze-ball was indeed almost up there with Guardino.
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 10:07:04 (PDT)
No episodic promo for "Over Fifty Steal". Are you kidding me, what a disaapointment !
Henry P Teryak
North haven, CT USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 06:37:01 (PDT)
"A Thousand Pardons..." is my all-time favorite Five-O episode. After having watched the butchered syndicated copy for years, it was great to finally see this one uncut on the S2 DVD. The censored version is so burned into my memory that I still jump when seeing the restored footage, which features very "important" Barbara Luna in a bathing suit screen time!
Miami, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 06:12:11 (PDT)
Yeah, I saw the DVD cover for season five and they should have put Al Harrington's picture on there, instead of Zulu - oh well, as long as the episodes are correct and un-cut, I will be happy...
NEW YORK, NY USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 18:08:09 (PDT)
tv shows on dvd has just confirmed the nov 18th release of season 5. This was my favorite season with the vashon triology, engaged to be buried, or the listener just to name a few of my favorite episodes. there is one small problem with the new box set kono is on the cover not ben kono left after season 4
Burt, ny usa - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 16:32:19 (PDT)
Nicholas Colasanto, part 2. Although Colasanto was best known for playing the character of 'Coach on "Cheers", he directed episodic television for several years prior to that role. After "A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead", he directed 3 more Hawaii Five-O episodes, all in the second season. The next one was the forgettable "To Hell with Babe Ruth". Mr. Mike does a nice job with some well-deserved criticisms of this episode so I won't belabor the issue. I suspect that episode suffered more from bad writing and casting (or bad make-up) than bad directing. The next Colasanto episode to follow was "Just Lucky I Guess". I rewatched it this past weekend. Another great episode due not only to writing but also directing and guest actors. John Randolph, Albert Paulsen and Anne Helm all give great performances, but especially Paulsen. He is as vicious as Guardino was a few episodes before! He plays the ruthless Charley Bombay to the hilt but does not over do it. His performance is quite believeable, especially when he confronts Elaine Joyce in her apartment. The gorgeous Anne Helm is back from season 1, this time as HPD undercover woman Joyce (could this be the same Joyce Weber played in season 1's "Full Fathom Five" by Patricia Smith?) Why didn't Five-O just hire a female full-time? They certainly used them enough. I love McGarrett's exclamations to Marty Sloane about every year Hawaii gets thousands like him on Waikiki and they expect help whenever something goes wrong, like not behaving like they would back home. Good lines (except as Mr. Mike's noted 'preachy' line about "... any man's death diminishes me ...". Stick to yelling, Jack, and leave the preaching to someone else.
Shawnee, KS USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:50:12 (PDT)
Big H: Thanks. And I agree with your assessment of season 3's Trouble in Mind with Harry Guardino. Another fine episode. Last I heard, season 5 won't be out until around November/December. I'm already Jones-ing! I am going back to rewatch episodes from seasons 1-4 and that's why I chose "A Thousand Pardons ...".
Shawnee, KS USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:33:47 (PDT)
Big H: Thanks. And I agree with your assessment of season 3's Trouble in Mind with Harry Guardino. Another fine episode. Last I heard, season 5 won't be out until around November/December. I'm already Jones-ing! I am going back to rewatch episodes from seasons 1-4 and that's why I chose "A Thousand Pardons ...".
Shawnee, KS USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:32:19 (PDT)
Collin: Your comments on "Thousand Pardons..." were dead on (uh, no pun intended). Guardino was first rate. His other performance in "Trouble in Mind" was also stellar. It would be difficult to choose between the two (these are two of my fav eps). Another note to Rob re: the S4 opening theme. I was in high school band with a kid that played trombone, but outside of school he played drums in a rock band. He could NAIL the season 4 Five-0 drum intro to a tee. It was phenomenal to see and hear it played LIVE right in front of my eyes!!! I've got only one more ep left in season 4 and I'm done. When is the S5 release date again?? Already got withdrawals.
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, July 28, 2008 at 09:19:14 (PDT)
There is a comment that the broadcast dates on my "log" pages do not match what is on the DVD covers in some cases. The broadcast dates were taken from Karen Rhodes' Booking Five-O, which, as far as I recall, were further taken from lists circulated by the Iolani Palace Irregulars, which date back many years. FOLLOWUP: Karen Rhodes replied to my query about this issue: "I checked dates -- as I state in the preface of my book -- in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and my local paper, the Florida Times-Union. They all coincided except for a time or two when the show was pre-empted in Jacksonville (where I was living, and where the Times-Union is published). ... It is possible that newspaper airing schedules were already printed (newspapers get these things canned from whatever source) and then the program was pre-empted, so it is entirely possible that the dates I got out of the newspaper were not the ACTUAL date that an episode aired. Well, that's life, and I cannot do anything about other people's local variations."
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Monday, July 28, 2008
Stephen, thanks for the input. Who could play Jack? That's an interesting casting call. It could be an exploration of the "Method" school of acting as Jack did study alongside Brando. It could completely rip the lid off of the paper moon world of TV and show us the "guts" as McG might say. Throw in some lines from the Jack character about dying with a feeble mind and you have some great cinema. And might explain his drive because as far as Five-O goes, he got it pretty damn near close to perfection.
- Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 23:20:26 (PDT)
I had an urge to go back and re-watch some season 2 episodes. To me, this is the season wherein Hawaii Five-O turned the corner into something both special and very good. In watching some of my favorite episodes from that season, I realized that the reason for my enjoyment of this season involved episodes directed mainly by two different men: Nicholas Colasanto and Michael O'Herlihy. The season 2 opener, A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead has become one of my 10 favorite Five-O episodes. A grade-B story is elevated to A+ status by a combination of acting, directing, and cinematography. It appears Jack Lord went on vacation during the hiatus because at least on my TV he appears more tan than usual in this episode. The guest-stars do superb work. Loretta Swit, Barbara Luna, and Harry Guardino are all fantastic. Luna is not only the most babe-a-lious female in the series (as Mr. Mike points out) but she does a great job with a range of emotions. I love her line to Guardino in the bar about ordering a 'screwdriver'. YOW-za! How did that pass the censors? Guardino seems made for his role as Master Sergeant Simms. The dialogue and interaction with Guardino and Jack Lord are some off the best of the series. Some of the camera angles used with the killings of Anna Stockton and Watanu add to the shock factor. And the finale is first rate, shot to extreme effect - almost a 'Wild Bunch' moment, minus the blood squibs. Like I said, A+ episode in my book.
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 17:33:11 (PDT)
I am watching Season 4 again. This version of the opening Five-O theme is my favorite of all of them; the really driving drum solo and the horns really loud & intense! I keep playing it back over & over. One note, Mike: the original air dates on the DVD cases and your original air dates don't seem to jive from Dec '71 on. Like the finale, R&R&R is shown on the DVD case as 3/7/72 but don't you have it as 3/14/72? Just wondering - maybe there were some holiday specials on CBS that threw the dates off. In "Rest in Peace, Somebody" who is the ex-cop taunting McGarrett & Five-O? His voice is familiar... "90-Sec War" - Part I was definitely better than II. The music from Stevens was outstanding. Several episodes, the teasers were really thrilling going into the opening wave, "No Bottles/Cans/People" especially creepy! I liked in "Candy, and a Gun..." how the wave unfolds from the crosshairs after the guy shot the blue light. And Buddy Ebsen was great as the 'naive' professor in "3000 Crooked Miles..." and of course, McGarrett's classic line "aloha, suckers". I look forward to seeing Andy Griffith and the con artist family in "Don't Shoot, I'm Family Crook", that one's laugh out loud funny (for Five-O), especially the end when they try to hustle Ben! "Next: Season 5. Be there. Aloha."
Greenville, SC USA - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 10:32:15 (PDT)
King Crimson, you have a great idea about making a film based on the series itself. I'm not sure how difficult it would be, with all ownership rights by CBS and all. However, a film about Hawaii Five-O and/or its making is a great idea. It would certainly not be an attempt to remake it, just explore it.
Elkhart, Indiana - Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 09:05:23 (PDT)
I just rewatched Cocoon last night for the ump-teenth time. There were some little tidbits I picked up on that I noticed were not in Mr. Mike's review of the pilot, so I thought I would add them here. 1) Soon Tek-Oh's voice is dubbed in the teaser when he says "Ready, sir" (Vic Perrin?) 2) It's May's (the secretary's) birthday. Steve gives her a lei. 3) At times Kono seems subservient to McGarrett, as Mike noted, and at other times he acts like he is the second in command. Danny seems more like an assistant to McGarrett with some specialties, like encryption and decyphering codes. 3) The infamous guitar is laid out on McG's desk when he first arrives. 4) Some paper flies on the floor outside McG's office as everyone leaves following Steve's sarcastic remark, "What are you people all standing around for?" 5) Steve uses the word "au-TOP-sy" after viewing Hennessy's body for the first time. 6) Some of the sound effects used in Wo Fat's chamber sound like they came from the original Star Trek, like the communicator sound effect. 7) Both Nancy Kwan and Jack Lord seem to have trouble with the word "storm", as in "cook up a storm". Is that the word they are using? Also, some interesting photography used in this episode that we would see later in the series, especially from Michael O'Herlihy, like shooting from the ground as people go by.
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, July 25, 2008 at 08:07:38 (PDT)
I have been watching 5-0 since it's inception and I believe I saw most episodes (1968-1980) on their original air dates with very few exceptions, as I fell in love with the show instantly. I continued to watch all syndication as it became available in my area including Family Channel, WOR in New York, WGN in Chicago, Hallmark, 59 in New Haven etc… I taped all the Family Channel episodes as well as 59 and I thought my collection was near complete. I have all 4 DVD seasons and have just finished season 3. However, what has me perplexed is that I do not recall ever seeing "The Ransom" or "The Gunrunner" after 40 years ? Did Family Channel / 59 not air these episodes? (I'll have to go back and check) After 40 years and constant viewing (I've seen "Full Fathom Five" 10 times) I thought I saw them all. Surprised that the answer may be no. Somewhat embarrassing.The only positive thing is that they felt brand new, not knowing the outcome. Has this happened to any other original viewer ? Is any other hardcore fans seeing episodes for the first time? I think "The Year of The Horse" was one of the least aired episodes (of any quality, BORED not withstanding) as I know I saw it only once as a 2 hour Easter Sunday afternoon television movie. Henry
Henry P Teryak
North Haven, CT USA - Friday, July 25, 2008 at 07:12:11 (PDT)
In watching the opening scene in the Grandstand Play (part 1 ), I noticed the archival footage of the Hawaiian Islanders game and 2 questions came to mind. What year did that contest take place? And was that actually Honolulu Stadium with the billboard style signs?
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 06:50:54 (PDT)
Anyone have a copy of the Hawaii Five-0 Pilot that was done in 1997(With James McArthur running for Governor). I want to get a copy and see how bad it is for myself. [Contact me through the e-mail link on the main page - MQ]
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 12:54:35 (PDT)
To Jeff and Ken in Georgeville....not sure if this answers your question or not, but go here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/sounds/bookemdanno.wav To Michael in H-land: How much do those badges cost again? I might be interested in one IF it says "Hawaii Five-O" on it.
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 10:10:38 (PDT)
Does anyone know why seasons 6, 7, 10 did not feature a 2 hour special ? seems strange that those years were omitted.
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 06:33:07 (PDT)
The other direction a filmaker may want to pursue the Five-O movie is to make a film about a the show itself, ie a" behind the scene"s look. Jack Lord's known penchant for perfection would make fine cinematic fodder. A 3rd year episode might be right as Five-O was hitting its stride and there is something special about the year 1970. This could be a "small" film, not the big-budget version that was bandied about. Jack's character is timeless and audiences love to see an arrogant ruthless guy get his way on the big screen. I imagine "name" actors would have to be attached to get it off the ground but it would be a curve ball compared to the other remake movies of classic TV Series.
n/a, n/a n/a - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 02:41:14 (PDT)
Michael Hedges, I would be very interested in the Hawaii Five-O badges if you place a large order for other people on this site. Let me know how long it takes for you to get one. Here is my yahoo.com email address: lumahaibeach50. Notice the email address, I did a lot of swimming at that beach very large waves, and undertow. You had asked about my license plate. As I said, I live in Half Moon Bay California, famous for the Maverick waves that get up to 50 to 60 feet in the winter time. But I have one of the old California Blue License plate still that were made in 1974 with Five O on it. Last week I had guy ask me if I would sell it, told him unless he gives me $10K I wouldn't be interested with silver frame saying Hawaii on the back and Hawaii Five-O. I have a Black Acura TL 2003 inside and out takes premium gas only, if I use anything less then premium, my gas mileage will drop 25% percent. All Acrua's take premium. Let me know about the badges! Mahalo
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 10:30:25 (PDT)
Aloha Big H- Of course I thought about that not wanting to offend thing- but if that were the fact Crockett and Tubs would not have had any Central American drug smugglers or so many bad guts like Valdaz or Castillano and the like to chase in Miami. The Locals here in Hawaii- both Asian and CAUCasian, Hawaiian-Fillipino-Samoan-Micronesian and all the other Pacific Islanders are not that naive as to take it personal, as proven in the Wo Fat Character and many other ethnicly related stories. There are good and bad in all corners of the world... Wo Fat and his enterage of triad members surely would have flowed in the 5-0 style as the bad guys and continued in the 5-0 tradition as was the first pilot ever run where McGarrett was held hostage in "Cocoon." They may even have come full circle that way.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, July 21, 2008 at 17:10:47 (PDT)
I thought Doyle's performance in White Brick Road was Emmy worthy. When Steve cornered him off of the ship and he started begging for mercy is, well, one of those special 5-0 moments for me. I so loved the ending of this episode I have to put the player on repeat. "Don't take my monee that's my moneee!!!" I lost it. And then Steve throws that stack of bills down when they find the guy OD'd. Klassssssic!!!!
Cincy, OH USA - Monday, July 21, 2008 at 14:57:38 (PDT)
Think about it, Michael H. They (producer(s) of 97 pilot) used the "Russian mob" plot b/c of the very point that you made. Ergo, there was no significant presence of Russians there in H-land to offend. And yes, JL was the personification of McG. Any attempt to recreate 5-0 (on any platform) would need an entirely new/fresh leader at the helm, but someone with similar personality characteristics to McG that 5-0 fans could connect with quickly.
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, July 21, 2008 at 10:57:07 (PDT)
I watched "Follow the White Brick Road" from season 4 last night and there were a few things I noticed beyond what Mike has in his analysis of the episode. Two of the guest-stars, David Birney and David Doyle went on shortly after this episode aired to star in a series called "Bridget Loves Bernie". Doyle played Birney's father-in-law. Oddly enough, the cab David Birney's character takes after coming off the ship is equally prophetic. David Birney's character was a cab driver in that B loves B series, and the cab he is riding in says "Bernie's Taxi" on the roof of the car.
Shawnee, KS - Monday, July 21, 2008 at 10:53:17 (PDT)
Hi, Can you tell me if Morton Stevens arranged all the different arrangements of the main titles during the run of the show. Thanks
HECKINGTON, UK - Monday, July 21, 2008 at 04:00:04 (PDT)
Does mcgarret really say "book em dan-O"? if so, give us proof.
Jeff and ken
Georgeville, - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 20:22:29 (PDT)
I found it strange that in the 1997 5-0 pilot they used the Russian mob thing at all! I've been here for quite a while and I have never seen a Russian here no less a russian mobster! Over here the Koreans and The Japanese mobs run most of the massage parlors-hostess bars ect..and the Triad is probably still running things down Chinatown (Maybe). The dance clubs are mostly Hip hop now and probably all the pimps are negro, although the mostly white street walkers mostly come from the coast-nevada-NY ect. So I really don't know why they decided to go with the KGB at all in 1997? Anyway the cold war is over now, but if I see any Russian Subs cruisin Waikiki beach I promise I will let you know!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 13:35:34 (PDT)
I guess talks of a Five-O movie have been going on since at least the mid-1990's and probably even before that. That was when I first started reading about them on the old Hawaii Five-O Usenet. Some pretty good ideas were floated around back then. Except for changes in cast, I think the rest of those ideas could still be used today. I don't know whatever happened to the whole George Litto thing. There was a lot of talk for a while but no action. Given the current situation in Hollywood and how the suits there are scrambling to find something they can sell the public, I'm surprised H5-O has not made it to the big screen yet. Heck, if they can make film updates of My Favorite Martian, Leave it to Beaver, Dennis the Menace, and the Addams Family, they should surely be able to come up with a H5-0 film! And no, the '97 made-for-TV movie that CBS did does not not count. They should not have even used Hawaii Five-O in the title of that mess.
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:36:36 (PDT)
I agree with you, Rob! It's possible that a Hawaii Five-O movie could be made that works, but I think that Jack Lord pretty much defined the show, and attempts to create a movie would be extremely difficult, no matter how it was written, produced, marketed, or who the actors were. Never say never, but I've seen so many failed attempts to make movies based on old shows (like you mentioned). Even when they started making Star Trek movies ten years after the TV series ended, the changes in production, studio management, etc, destroyed a lot of it. I'll just be content in watching the reruns of the original Hawaii Five-O show!
elkhart, Indiana USA - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 10:39:25 (PDT)
The thing about any remake or movie of H5-0 is this. Want to do Miami Vice, fine. Starsky & Hutch fine too. In these shows Don Johnson and Phillip Thomas starred AS Crockett and Tubbs, etc. With 5-0, Jack Lord IS McGarrett. NO ONE else can recreate the role. He so embodied that role it is impossible to recast it.
Cincy, OH USA - Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 08:09:23 (PDT)
Me, like most of us baby boomers in the late 60's-70's and early eighties, we probably spent most of our free time hanging out with friends on the corner, practicing on our drums or guitars hoping to one day become a rock star or if we were lucky going out on a date, so I probably didn't catch very many of the first run shows of Hawaii Five-0 back then... Sure I still remember some from my younger years, but with the new releases on CD and the free ones in syndication and available on line- it's as if I am seeing many of the Five-0 shows for the very first time.- Almost every day I watch at least 2 or three hours of them. It's funny how a little thing like 5-0 can inspire someone like myself to become a Screenwriter and Novelist and even move from Atlantic City New Jersey Via Hollywood to Honolulu Hawaii to pursue my dream as did that one day long ago when I posted my first story ideas on this very same homepage back in 2000-2001... MJQ & Mister Top Cop- Aloha and many thanks from Michael in Hawaii.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 13:05:40 (PDT)
"People say to me all the time, 'Do you like Hawaii?' and I say, 'No, I love Hawaii.' My wife and I really have a deep affection for this place." "I find the people here very friendly. There's a sweetness, a gentleness, a naiveté that is found nowhere else in the world. They are called the 'Golden People' -- a marvelous mixture of Polynesian and Caucasian and Oriental, a strange and interesting blend of bloods, cultures and philosophies -- a unique people. I think 'Golden People' suits them perfectly. Gold doesn't tarnish." "One of our great joys is that we've been accepted here by the Hawaiian people. This year, they invited me -- a Caucasian -- to be grand marshal of the Pa'u Riders in the Aloha Day Parade. This is considered an honor, even for Hawaiians. It was the first time in the history of the parade that a haole has been so honored, and one that I shall treasure as long as I live." ,,,,, These were the words of Jack Lord just before his irriversable illness took hold and his un-timely final last Aloha. A man so full of life when he was with us- but now he is up there with the real Top Man... Unfortunatly the Top Cop was unable to take part in any of the production of the 1997 5-0 pilot because of the severety of his illness- the same of which my own father also died from so long ago. Maybe if he did things would be different in 5-0 Land. ... For those of you who may not know, in Hawaiian Aloha means Hello (love) and goodbye... Aloha Mister Lord from all our hearts.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 12:01:59 (PDT)
Sharing the top slot: The difference is that we all know McGarrett was Top Cop and that Danno was his most trusted and revered sidekick.- What this Dynanic Duo did was work like a well oiled machine. In the 1997 remake they pulled two totally unknowns(as far as 5-0 goes) out of nowhere and all they did was buck each other all the way through the show- I think the one guy really wore out that "And I wanted it done 10 minutes ago" I counted it 3X - a little over done - like that was supposed to replace "Book em Danno" or something as his 'calling card'. I see no reason why Danno was not playing the Top Cop taking the real McGarrett's slot after he retired or something... Nothing personal Mr. Busey- Just my opinion as a Screenwriter/novelist trying to emulate Leonard Freeman's creation.
Hollywood Ca / Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:18:36 (PDT)
Big H: I tend to agree with you about the sharing of supporting parts vs. the 'lead' getting 98% of the focus. I think this was how television was typically handled back in those days, though. Another example is Star Trek. Look how much supporting roles like Sulu and even non regular cast members got to do in the first season vs. later season where it became the Kirk & Spock show, plus occasionally McCoy. The producers of that era seemed to think it was the correct formula to get a good leading man and focus nearly everything on him. Of course, Lord was the best actor of the bunch. But how can you have a show based in Hawaii and not spend more time on the native Hawaiian and the guy with Chinese ancestry? I'm sure after Leonard Freeman died, JL was firmly making decisions about what happened. Another favorite show of mine, Hill Street Blues, broke this mold. It was by far a more ensemble piece of TV than most cop shows. I think James MacArthur is a better actor than H5-O allowed him to be. I would have liked to see some more of Dan Williams beyond the 2-3 episodes we got to see that did focus on him. C
Shawnee, KS USA - Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 07:11:47 (PDT)
For those who are interested, and I'm sure there are many of you, I confirmed with a source at CBS-Paramount today that Hawaii Five-0: The Fifth Season will be released on Tuesday, November 18th. Additionally, they will be releasing a collection of the first 5 seasons in a multi-pack, similiar to what they are doing with Mission: Impossible in October. This news has not been officially announced yet to the media, but will be very soon I suspect.
Denver, CO USA - Friday, July 18, 2008 at 11:45:33 (PDT)
Today's Hawaii Five Oh had Gary Collins as the bad guy. He is such a fine actor! In the last act of the show where he tries to kill his wife, he LOCKS the apartment door from the inside. Then at the last minute before he is going to through her out the patio to the street far below, the Five Oh boys simply open the door and rush in because the door in unlocked. Dang those hotel door locks! :)
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 23:47:35 (PDT)
I was surprised to see Leeann Hunley's name on the closing credits of The Cop on The Cover (#217, thanks for the update!). She is the first of at least three haole mainland actrors to come all the way to Hawaii for a bit part during the tenth season alone ... she later did stints on Days of Our Lives and Dynasty. (Deadly Doubles features Charles Hallahan, who later made his name on "Hunter" as a police captain, and Earl Boen, who did It's a Living and The Law and Harry McGraw at the same time in 1987-88 (he continued with It's a Living for four years and has many guest credits under his belt). Any explanation why the crew went to all that trouble ... were they running short on Anglo-Saxon Hawaiians?
Lubbock, TX USA - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 19:03:20 (PDT)
It would not have been necessary at all to delete Chin Ho's part in the 97 pilot... Remember when Stephen Segal was supposed to be dead but the secret was he was only in a long coma and than 7 years later he's back with Avengance? Chin Ho's actual condition (Alive)could have been masked or covered up in a similiar way to protect him from really being killed by the bad guy. If the writer spent a little time on character development they could have played it off. Gary Busey found God after his near fatal motorcycle accident (His head slammed into the curb& no helmet) From what I know Busey was either stoned or late for shooting call most of the time. That was a big CASTING MISTAKE! As a matter of fact Mc Garrett's replacement was killed of in the first 2 minutes of the show... In my story Chin Ho is a ghost named Shiota and I would not pick Busey in my casting selection. But admiditidly It was an OK story line, but nothing to write home to mom about. I would have casted Tommy Lee Jones for Top Cop- ("The Fugitive" & Alien buster in "Men In Black")I like his style better. And of course Tom Cruise for Danno's replacement (whoever that was?)Oh I don't think they even had a Danno! Both investigators shared the job- STUPID MISTAKE--- That's why the flick Flopped... When I contacted Disney they blew me off and threatened to sue if I use the Five-0 name- hense "Hawaiian Knights" THEIR MISTAKE!!! Star Trek Voyager's "Lifesigns" was my creation!
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:47:42 (PDT)
Thanks, Elvi....boy, I really feel like an ignorant haole now! Checked out the 1997 pilot last night. Not a bad story, but I was wondering if bringing back a dead Chin Ho was the only reason the pilot didn't get picked up (as a series). If so, why didn't Cannell just reshoot those scenes w/o Chin Ho? Thoughts, anyone?
Raleigh, NC USA - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:09:04 (PDT)
Hello Big H, "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Aina i ka Pono" is the state motto of Hawaii and also used on the official Hawai'i state seal meaning "The life (sovereignty) of the land is perpetuated in/by righteousness". Aloha Elvi from Germany
Koenigsbrunn, Germany - Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 06:54:06 (PDT)
I have added a big chunk to my review of #217, The Cop on the Cover. What do you think -- was Joe Moala (the Moe Keale character) really involved or was he framed?
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I love the DVDs, especially the one's where my dad is in them. My dad was an HPD officer who acted in many of these episodes. When is series 5 expected to hit the stores?
Colorado Springs, CO El Paso - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 22:04:48 (PDT)
Aloha Dr. Phil... They don't sell the Authentic 5-0 badge here anymore but check out www. FireStoreOnline. com - You can order a custom badge there but the print is blue over gold, not gold over blue border like the original. If I find a better company to order from I'll let you know- I ordered 2 gold tone shields in Hawaiian Knights logo for theatrical purposes only- collector/Pics on my HP- along with a BP Vest cooling insert... I should receive them in a 2 or 3 weeks. I'll let you know then if the purchase went through without any problems as these are REAL BADGES- not toys. The 5-0 badge(Authentic) has UNIT on the bottom line- My HK badge has SAGA on the bottom line- NOT POLICE or BADGE #- Law enforcement badges are harder to obtain even for theatre since the 911 crackdown on terrorist activity. PD Affiliation may be required to deter impersonating a PO or federal officer.. I would have ordered some 5-0 badges but than you and I would both have to pay for the Air shipping to/from Hawaii. If I get enough requests maybe I could order a bunch more with the Five-0 logo and mail them out- Maybe? each one costs me just under $50... we have 5-0 and book em Danno plates at the International marketplace- is that where you got yours?
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 09:58:28 (PDT)
Collin: You made a very interesting point about 5-0 becoming the "Steve McGarrett" show after season 1, heading into seasons 2 and 3, a point in which I firmly agree. In fact, I think this was one of the flaws or weaknesses of the show. I can understand centering the show around Lord for 1 or 2 seasons to get the series off the ground, but after that it really needed more "character exposure." If you watch very much of Gunsmoke, the most successful tv series of all time, you'll notice that they seldom centered each ep around James Arness, but rather the focus was on fresh characters that would revolve in and out. This kept the show fresh and alive. Not meaning to sound too critical of 5-0 b/c it still stands as one of the best. From what I've heard of Lord's ego, he probably wouldn't have stood for sharing the camera time too much anyway. One question about M Station Hawaii for anyone: at the end of the credits, Lord inserted the quote "UA MAU KE EA O KA'AINA I KA PONO." Can someone help this haole out with an interpretation? MAHALO....
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 09:46:36 (PDT)
Hello Everybody, I just love Hawaii 5-0. When I was a kid I used to watch it on TV (in the German translation). Happily after all those long years, I am moving on to 52 :-)) I can finally watch the DVDs in their original version - and I have also always loved the Hawaiian islands (I was there in 1996 and 2002). Hopefully, they will will release all the episodes. Mahalo nui loa Elvi from Germany
Koenigsbrunn, Germany - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 03:41:22 (PDT)
I think they made it Danny in the credits (which season is that?) because why should the white guy be "Dan Williams" and the other two guys just be identified by their first names--Chin Ho and Kono?
Kent, OH USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 18:51:14 (PDT)
Drogers: I have been collecting the DVDs and being able to watch an entire season so close together has been very enlightening. One thing I noticed early on was that H5-O changed considerably after season 1. In the first season, there seemed to be more time given to the supporting actors besides Jack Lord. Also, the overall approach and style just seemed more contrived. They were definitely trying to find their way in that first season. By season 2, things seemed more firmly established. Jack Lord seemed more comfortable in the role of McGarrett. The overall style and approach just seemed a little more believeable and realistic. As I am viewing season 4, I am finding the pattern or formula of a typical H5-O episode seems firmly in place. That is, nearly every episode centers around McGarrett. The supporting cast get occasional moments to do something, but it really has become the Steve McGarrett show. Whose decision this was is not for me to say. Also, the writing definitely seemed to improve as time went on, although some clunkers still find their way into a season. I have enjoyed all of the seasons, but season 4 seems the most 'Hawaii Five-O-like' to me so far. I am looking forward to seasons 5 and 6. Probably their most successful in terms of ratings, and some very good episodes (Vashon trilogy, Hookman, I'm a Family Crook Don't Shoot, Draw Me a Killer, One Big Happy Family). It will be interesting if they continue releasing the DVD sets after season 6.
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 13:41:01 (PDT)
For Michael Hedges: Michael, you mentioned in your Blog that you were able to get a Hawaii Five-O badge, Can you please put the exact URL down to where we can order it. The reason I ask is, the web page is a bit confusing.
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 11:21:23 (PDT)
Babette, I read your message about Hawaii Five-O Season 5 from what I've been told by a very close friend of mine, that Season 5 will be out sometime at the end of November or mid December of 2008. I just wish CBS would release them all at once. Can you believe this show is now 40 years old and still going? My favorite part of Season 4 is Cloth of Gold. PS I live in California and have 5-0 on my license plate. Met a guy while filling my car up with Premium yesterday, he asked if I would sell the plate to him, I told him for $5K yes I would. Dr. Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 11:08:34 (PDT)
I love .. love ..love the dvd's. I can't wait for season 5. Do you know when that one will come out?
Ms. Pat Duffus
Clearwater, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 09:00:38 (PDT)
The blog mentions the lic plate colors of 5-0 vehicles- I have seen some older plates at the International marketplace with different formatting and color- right now HPD uses a standard Lic plate with HPD followed by the 3 digit unit #. I just watched MQ's disk on Jack Lord shows. I recomend it highly if you'd like to see the real leisurely Jack on horseback and sailing and the beautiful scenery and fantastic Hula dancers at the Hilton Kahala resort (Now owned by a different company from Japan). Also a great interview with Chin Ho about his earlier years and how he got the 5-0 part.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Monday, July 14, 2008 at 19:20:05 (PDT)
"season 4 is terrific. yes, the opening & closing theme has been speeded up, but remember, in the 1970s, most tv series slightly changed their themes every couple years. at any rate, cant wait for H5O season 5! aloha & mahalo!
gastonia, NC usa - Monday, July 14, 2008 at 19:19:14 (PDT)
Does anyone know when Gina Martin may be able to bring back her fanfiction site www.solosojourn? I love the way she writes and the other featured writers. I am having withdrawls!
Omaha, NE USA - Monday, July 14, 2008 at 16:54:37 (PDT)
Can anyone who has recently watched "Odd Man In" or is about to watch it....toward the end of the ep, where Filer is dressed like the drunken old lady, when he acosts the cop and demands attention, listen carefully to his dialogue. Does he let a loud burp rip right in the cops face or not? I've replayed is several times and this is all I can ascertain. (I laughed so hard when I heard that) I thougth this ep deserved at least 3 stars from MQ, but he is correct on one point in his review, and that is that prisoners, no matter how talented like Filer, cannot open cell doors with the ends of spoons. (I work at the NC-Dept of Correction and this info is easily available). If that were true, then we couldn't lock them up fast enough and then they would be out again.
Raleigh, NC USA - Monday, July 14, 2008 at 09:30:35 (PDT)
Season 3. I'm not going to dare compare season 3 to seasons 10-12, but of the four Kono years, I'd say this is the weakest. Rather than go episode by episode, i base this on how often i pop in a Hawaii Five-O episode since season 4 came out last month and so far I'd say I'm watching more season 2 episodes than the rest. That's followed by rewatches of season 4, season 1 and then season 3. What about everyone else with all four seasons on DVD?
Somerville , Mass United States of America - Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 17:59:41 (PDT)
Mike: Didn't have a chance to listen to all the music cues you mentioned in your blog, just the ones you think are from Cloth of Gold because I just got done watching that one. You're right on all three counts, the first one(5 I believe) comes, I think, at the point where the houseboy has poisoned the last of his victims and is telling him why he did it. 11 and 13 are from the opening, the underwater scene, they might also reappear in the later underwater scene, I don't remember. I can't say for certain that Cloth of Gold marks the first appearance of these motifs, but are they definitely from that episode.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 14:01:06 (PDT)
What about the music in the ep "The Joker's Wild" but I'm not sure who the composer was I think it was Morton Stevens. That music in that was pretty cool,,
Reno, NV USA - Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 11:20:21 (PDT)
I need some help with a project I'm working on. I have obtained several stock music queues but I don't know specifically which episode(s) some of them are from. All of them are composed by Don Ray.
You can find the queues here:
Check out the "read me first" file before listening.
I received some interesting e-mail about how the opening shot with Jack Lord on the Ilikai balcony was done. You can read about it here: http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/opening-shot.htm
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Sunday, July 13, 2008
Watched Cloth of Gold last night with some friends. They all seemed to enjoy it, and seeing it again reaffirmed that it's my favorite episode of the series. Here's why. If you haven't seen the episode, read no further(but by all means, go watch it, and fast!!!!) First, the teaser, maybe Five-O's best. We start with the cryptic image of a deep sea diver grabbing something from the bottom of the ocean. What does it mean? It's arresting, and haunting, the way the shot segues from the ocean floor to the aquarium, and the revelers singing Happy Birthday. The party scene is well done, creepy, giving the audience a sense of these effete, idly rich characters and their lifestyle, naturally, without overdoing it with a lot of exposition, and Mingo's death is truly frightening. On to the rest of the episode. Having a trio of decadent real estate con artists being murdered one by one is a great story idea. The viewer just assumes the killer is one of their griftees, which adds to the richness of the revelation when it finally comes. Yet the episode has so much more. This is one of those episodes that uses the show's distinctly Hawaiian locations and situations to the utmost advantage. The dead fish, and Kono's drawing philosophical, and possibly forensic connections between them and the murders is a nice touch. The gradual revelation of the narcissism and depravity of the victims is well done, and relevant to the story's climax. The means of death, the shellfish that inserts poisonous needles into the skin when held by the wrong end, is brilliant(not to mention unusual), regardless of whether or not such an animal even exists. The houseboy, the actual murderer, whose daughter's life was destroyed by the playboys, by their casual manipulation, and discarding, of other people for their own pleasure, is a tragic character, more sympathetic than his victims. The sea chase is exciting. Finally, the line, "How can you arrest a dead man?" and the last shot, of the houseboy's body floating face down in the ocean...in my opinion, the most disturbing closing image in Five-O history. Love it!
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 08:24:02 (PDT)
Thanks SO much for adding Book em and Book em Danno! I've been so curious about that, I love that in your season pages! Makes a great site even better!!!
Kent, OH USA - Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 17:47:11 (PDT)
M Station Hawaii kinda reminded me of sea hunt but it had no steam two thumbs down- Hanged herself had a weird ending - this guys girl was just murdered, he was prime suspect and he celebrated in the end dancing into the ocean-I wanna live! made no sense to me- At first I thought the neighbors wife did it...John Ritter would have played the part much better! Lots more too see though...
Honolulu, Hi USA - Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 09:57:58 (PDT)
I've been watching Savage Sunday (#28) over the last few days. The music in this show is very annoying. You would expect at the beginning when the guerrillas are breaking into the armory that the music would be tense, even militaristic. At the beginning, it starts out like it's going in that direction, but then becomes very cheerful ... in fact, this same perky music is used at the end of #39, Bored She Hung Herself, as the lead character frolics in the surf! These "perky" themes are heard several times throughout Savage Sunday. I like the way the guerrilla leader and his wife at the end are convinced they are going to have a boy ... I doubt if they had an ultrasound treatment to determine this, even though ultrasound was in use in the mid-60's.
I was also watching #26, Forty Feet High, and It Kills. Sabrina Scharf plays the daughter of the kidnapped geneticist (played by Will Geer of The Waltons fame) and she is totally hot (though not as hot as Barbara Luna in the second season opener)! I wonder whatever happened to Scharf (any relation to composer Walter, who scored two episodes, including #238, A Death in the Family)? According to some Internet snooping, she may be a real estate developer in the Los Angeles area.
In this episode there is a little goof. Chin Ho radios a license plate number from one of Wo Fat's henchmen which McGarrett and the team use to track the car through Honolulu. But the number which Chin reported is not the same as the one on the car, seen reflected in Kono's rear-view mirror!
Speaking of license plates, any idea why the plates on Five-O cars in this episode have white lettering on a greenish background, whereas the license plates on cars on the street have black type on an orange background? The white/green combination makes me think of military license plates for some reason -- or maybe all cop cars/emergency vehicles in Hawaii were distinguished this way. Does anyone know?
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Friday, July 11, 2008
Great series!!. Having spent some tome in Hawaii, I enjoyed seeing the scenery again. Acting was great.
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Friday, July 11, 2008 at 13:42:47 (PDT)
To MH....haven't seen the 97 pilot yet, but I did check out M Station Hawaii and while I though the plot was decent, not spectacular, but decent, I think it flopped with the network b/c of the substandard casting. I mean, Moe Keale, Andrew Duggan, Andrew Prine and Jo Ann Harris??? ...a "who's who" list of no-names. I can only remember Andrew Duggan in the pilot and one other 5-0 episode, and of course, Keale (Truck) was part of the cast of the dreaded 12th season that basically killed the show. Oh, BTW....his nickname was "Truck" in the M Station Hawaii episode, too. It must have been his real nickname in real life, b/c he couldn't shake it. To MQ: saw your blog about Sharf, and I think we need to start a vote on the top 10 5-0 babes, if the ladies don't mind, that is. Here are my nominations, in no particular order: Anne Helm, Marj Dusay, Barb Luna, Sabrina Sharf and Loretta Swit. Can you guys add some more names?
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, July 11, 2008 at 13:26:38 (PDT)
I just received my movie pack on DVD from MQ in the mail. I watched the 1997 unaired 5-0 pilot with Gary Busey and found it to be rather good- But 1 hour was definately not enough time to explain how things came about- How did Danno become Governor- (His speech was terrible) Most of all WHO is this NEW guy sitting in Mc Garretts chair-and how was Chin Ho reincarnated. (Remember he was killed?) If I wrote the manuscript I surely would have spent at least a few minutes sliding these unanswered questions onto paper-and film so we all didn't feel like we just walked into a dark room and stubbed our toe before we could find the light switch. All in all it was a good show- good plot and Gary Busey did do a pretty good job considering his "Problems" Buseys dialouge was a tad hard to decipher from time to time but I think the network was a little premature canceling the pilot. All in all I liked it- If they (or Rose had only given me a call I could have turned the basic story line into the well respected masterpiece it should have been... I am an expert at that- I used to watch General Hospital! Thanks again MQ for the DVD's.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 20:11:29 (PDT)
I also downloaded Bored She Hung Herself recently and got to watch it. I actually liked it quite a bit. In addition to dealing with unusual and lurid subject matter, which is usually a mark of Five-O at its best, it also had a neat juxtaposition of conflicting "values." SPOILER ALERT. The young boy's suburban father and McGarrett's psychiatrist friend go on about how the boyfriend is a hippie freak who doesn't share their values, yet the psychiatrist browbeats the boyfriend into a false confession, and the father is a sleazy rapist would-be-womanizer who turns out to be the actual killer! The hippie freak turns out to have better "values" than the establishment types who judge him, which was probably a pretty daring statement for TV of that time. The only thing I can't stand about the episode is the laughably bad ending with the hippie frolicking in the ocean as McGarrett watches with a stupid grin on his face. The more predictable ending would have been better in this case, having McGarrett and the shrink arrive on the scene to find that the hippie boyfriend had ironically hung himself. Then both men would have been left to deal with the consequences of their misguided suspicions and accusations. Stupid ending notwithstanding, a great episode, and worthy of more than four stars! I agree about Nine, Ten, You're Dead, though. A classic. And, Mike, only three for Cloth of Gold? That's my all-time favorite episode, man!
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 06:04:45 (PDT)
MQ: I totally agree with your blog about episode #25, and I think it should also apply to episode #4, with regards to the pitiful attempt by Caucasian actors to play Asian roles. What was Leonard Freeman thinking? Anyway, I checked out Bored last night and man, that was really a freaky episode, filled with disjointed dialogue and spaced-out, eclectic score. Seems hardly worth the fuss it created by CBS omitting it. My question is....how did the boy's father (Weatherly) know to cover up the murder by hanging her to make it appear to be suicide. Wanda's father knew that Miles was teaching her to "hang", but I don't think the episode made it clear that Weatherly knew this fact, unless we are to assume that the boy told him (or I just missed it). Also, I checked out "Nine, Ten, You're Dead" last night and I can't understand why you didn't rate this episode 4 stars, IMHO? Excellent performance by Moses Gunn as the punch drunk Willy Stone, and a pretty good twist at the end, too.
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 11:34:16 (PDT)
I recently re-viewed To Hell with Babe Ruth, episode #25. It was even worse than when I originally watched it many years ago. Can you think of a single Five-O episode where some Caucasian actor is playing an Asian character and does so successfully? If Five-O had featured a white actor playing someone in blackface (like Al Jolson), people would have been appalled -- and I'm talking about in the late 60's or 70's, unlike now with all this political correctness B.S. (I doubt if anyone could make a case, as some have with Jolson vis-ŕ-vis black people, that these Caucasians portraying Asians were doing so to help break down racial attitudes.) Not only is the performance by the two lead actors in this episode awkward because we know they are really white, but their acting is just plain bad. Check out my rant at the above link.
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The Hawaii Five-O shows currently showing on our local TV station is up to about the last of the 1973 season. As said previously, I'm seeing these for the first time, and only saw the first 2 seasons back in the late 1960's, before going off to college and not keeping touch with TV much. Anyway, although the series seems to have been progressing in various changes, the writing is outstanding. There are truly some episodes that have me sitting on edge, trying to figure them out. Truly, some of the most outstanding writing I've seen for a show! It's great to see some of the old technology of those days too! The rotary phones, the crude computers, etc. At least on the show you don't see people everywhere talking on cell phones, or today's police pulling out walkie talkies and extending antenaa to call in (haha).
elkhart, Indiana USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 03:32:27 (PDT)
this is probably old news, but if not: many episodes available at: http://video.aol.com/video-category/hawaii-five-0/112183 [Once again, only works in the USA. - MQ]
Milton, MA USA - Monday, July 07, 2008 at 19:38:02 (PDT)
I scanned all the photos I have from the 1996 convention in Burbank, CA and uploaded them to http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/96conv. There are 4 directories of photos. Some of these pictures duplicate what is in the report on the convention accessible from the main page. Enjoy!
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Sunday, July 06, 2008
Just about finished watching season 4. All I can say is awesome. Brings back all the great memories of watching while living in the islands. We would get out of school to watch them film out in Hawaii Kai. What a sight to see all the CBS trucks driving by the house. Can't wait for #5. Aloha
Bowling Green, KY USA - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 12:06:39 (PDT)
Any relatives of Jack Lord still alive??? His brother Bill etc. If anybody knows,would be curious to know.
tampa, fl usa - Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 10:56:06 (PDT)
I've been watching those 29 5-0 shows mentioned on the blog today on www Fancast on the computer for free. There is no charge to watch them just a few very brief sponsor inserts like Cannon cameras and Cadilliac although at startup there is a little wobble, but you can choose any of the 29 early episodes at your whim. [Unfortunately, this only works in the USA. - MQ]
Honolulu, H USA - Saturday, July 05, 2008 at 20:37:17 (PDT)
Some people are asking when Season 5 of the show will be officially released on DVD. I don't know, though I read a rumour that it might come out in December. On the other hand, I wonder if the recent flap over The Fugitive where almost all the music was rescored, prompting a huge outcry from fans, will have some influence on Paramount's scheduling of future TV show reissues?
Another person wonders what is the quality of the "unofficial" DVDs you can get at various sites? Following is a selection from my e-mail over the last couple of years from people who have purchased these sets. The ranges from "crap" to "excellent":
I have tried to order from DVD Avenue.tv. This company is in my opinion running a scam, they go under a number of different names; DVD Hits, TVAddicts.tv, DVDCraze.tv and have a telephone number 1-877-7-TV SHOW. Once my order was made they debited my credit card the same day and have not made a refund as I have requested almost one month ago. My credit card company has taken up the fight. I have tracked them down to an address in the Philippines.
I have contacted email@example.com who say that they are aware that the company is using their name, but they are not connected with them in any way.
Nothing was sent to me. I became suspicious when they didn't send a shipping tracking number and debited my credit card the same day as I made the order. Every time they reply to me by email it comes from a different email address. Through Google I discovered a note from someone who wrote that the company was a scam and to be avoided at all costs. I asked for a refund immediately and am still waiting. My credit card will make a chargeback.
After your mail I had cancelled the order, which they confirmed, but then I got an order confirmation from another company that was credited an authorized agent of the DVD craze -- so they pretend the cancellation of the order and want to get the money of the client at any rate. So I notified my credit card company to refuse the payment and sent them the e-mail correspondence. It's a shame that these ruthless guys can place an ad first row on google when you search for hawaii 5-0.
I had already rec'd the DVD's and of course, you were right. The quality was indeed from the TV broadcast and from the VHS version. My home collection of VHS tapes are far better than these DVD's. The company goes by 2 names DVD Avenue for rentals and DVD Craze for the purchases. Rip off city but on the other hand they are excellent when it comes to capturing. Cystral Clear and Vivid Color. So I'm debating if I should return and wait til the Paramont's versions come out. I'm sending you a few captures. Anyway, I wanted to give feedback about the quality of the DVD's.
I purchased a set of all 284 hours from a seller on ioffer.com for $89. I am ver pleased with the quality. They come on 29 DVDs. There are now enough complete sets in circulation that fans can get them at reasonable prices.
People need to understand that if they buy these, or copies of dvd's, the studios will not release the shows. Why would they? You'll also notice a LOT of pirate copies on www.ioffer.com. Notice how everyone has the same 29 dvd - 284 show sets. But wait! Hawaii Five-0 had 285 shows. Guess which one they're missing & won't respond to questions about? Why it's episode #41 (2-16)7 Jan 1970 "Bored, She Hung Herself". I also agree with you that DVDavenue should be avoided at all costs! They are VERY expensive & the quality is sub-VHS.
I'd just like to add the experiences of what I've bought. There are some 6 episode "Best of H50" DVD's on eBay. I bought one and it's pure crap. It has some commercials and also cuts back into the show late at times. Worse yet, they seem to be from the hacked up Family Channel versions. They even put part 2 of the 90 Second War on it with out part 1.
Then I got a $70 bootleg copy on eBay of the complete 12 seasons on 29 DVD's. Someone just copied the discs of the set found [at some WWW site] for $199. It came with no labels or DVD cases so I had to pop each one in then label the episode numbers. The on screen menus are great and show the titles of each episode.
The quality varies from fair to very good, tending to improve on the later seasons. Still, it's quite random as you can find some pretty good quality 1st season episodes and not so good 11th season shows. The dark episodes are greatly improved by turning the color and brightness all the way up on my TV.
I've watched about 50 episodes so far and none appear to be the hacked up WGN type. Some of the episodes like the V is for Vashion trilogy were taken from the Columbia House tapes as the color is more vivid than on the TV dubs. Other shows that appeared on CH tapes like The Jinn Who Clears the Way were taken from TV versions not the tape, so again, it's a random crapshoot.
One big flaw I've noticed is many episodes on seasons 5 to 8 do not have the period correct intro/theme song. Those intos shows Kono not Ben and/or Duke and thus have an older version of the theme song that changed every year or so. But for $70, not bad at all. No commercials and pretty clean editing. The audio is surprisingly good, actually better than some of the CH tapes while the video is most often not as good. I'll still buy the official DVD releases when/if they are finally released.
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Saturday, July 05, 2008
Hey Mike, thanks for the fast response to my query regarding the bootleg sets. I had already decided I would probably forgo buying a bootleg and wait out the official releases since the money back guarantee was likely to last only a month, and it would probably take me close to a year to watch twelve full seasons, meaning if a disc happened to be defective(a strong possibility given that the recordings are apparently homemade) I probably wouldn't know it until after the warranty had run out. Still, I appreciate the feedback you provided, I will certainly be very very careful if I ever consider making that kind of purchase in the future, it sounds as if a lot of those companies are con games(would make for a great Five-O episode, wouldn't it?). Thanks again. Hope you're right about season five coming out in December. The only thing that would be better news would be an even earlier release!
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, July 05, 2008 at 20:14:23 (PDT)
I'm curious, has anyone here tried buying a complete series of Hawaii Five-O, or any series for that matter, from any of the sellers that have them available on the internet? Currently, you can get the so-called complete series of Five-O for about seventy-five to eighty dollars from various websites. According to the promos, these sets are uncut, commercial free, in chronological order, and of good video and audio quality. Some of the sites offer a money back guarantee. Another show of interest being offered as a complete set is Barney Miller. I'm fairly happy with the rate at which CBS is currently releasing Five-O, four seasons within a year and a half isn't bad, especially compared to other shows, in fact that appears to be the norm, I think MASH was two seasons per year, I'm pretty sure The Simpsons is as well. On the other hand, a few of my favorite shows seem to have stalled out altogether after two or three seasons, Barney Miller for one, plus Taxi and Hill Street Blues, and the original Law & Order has been stuck on season five for over a year now, so you never know what the future may hold, CBS might decide to take a sabbatical of a year or more between seasons at some point. As far as I know, there's still no word on season five. At any rate, I'd be interested in hearing comments-advice from anyone who has taken the plunge and bought one of these complete sets regarding picture quality, sound, possible editing, etc. Thanks.
Columbus, OH USA - Saturday, July 05, 2008 at 09:35:00 (PDT)
It seems that whatever I do, my previous comment/question doesn't show up. [As it says above: If you have added a comment and it doesn't show up, then hit "Reload" or "Refresh" in your browser.- MQ] Here goes -- does anyone know when Season 5 and Season 6 are coming out? I'm "assuming" the Five-0 series will continue to be put on DVD because it has been a popular seller. If I am wrong, please let me know. Thanks.
New York, NY USA - Friday, July 04, 2008 at 20:54:48 (PDT)
I found a site that you can create your own "HAWAII FIVE-0" badge--- www.firestoreonline.com ... Just follow the instructions Hookfast/Gold/blue print/ ... top line enter- STATE OF HAWAII 2nd line INVESTIGATOR Enter Hawaii State seal for center- third line reads FIVE-0 - Bottom line UNIT.... I ordered one and put special instructions "For Theatrical Purposes only" in the special instructions box.-- Gold tone was about $45 and 2 tone Silv/gold about $65. The only difference from the real one is that on the real badge the state seal is in all gold tone. I will be putting pics of them on my own homepage so you can see them for yourself later today or tomorrow. Michael Hedges, Hawaiian Knights
Honolulu, Hi USA - Friday, July 04, 2008 at 10:18:50 (PDT)
To DROGERS: It appears that MQ doesn't mind us using the guestbook for our general remarks about the show. Where most website guestbooks are mainly used for visitors to make reamrks about how well they like the website, MQ seems to not mind us using this for as much as a blog might be (as long as we keep it to the general subject of Hawaii Five-O. Sounds good enough to me, and there has been a lot of activity! So, in addition to MQ having an outstanding website, he has a generous guestbook for all of us to use, as well as his own blog for breaking information, etc..
elkhart, Indiana USA - Friday, July 04, 2008 at 03:50:50 (PDT)
You may be on to something Drogers. I could of swore I saw the district 1 Police Bldg on Beretania St. near Ward in the backround outside the 5-0 office in one of the earlier shows? At least that's what it looked like to me. Keep in mind most interior shots were made at Diamond Head Studios more than a few miles away. I also think I saw HPD Police Commissioner Boyd Andradi as an extra in a few scenes back then when he was much younger.
Honolulu, Hi USA - Friday, July 04, 2008 at 00:13:51 (PDT)
I recently watched the second Lewis Avery Filer episode, Odd Man In, again and liked it even less than when I first saw it -- see my revised review at http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/5-0log4.htm#86. There is a peculiar scene in this show where a couple of characters seem to disappear. Can someone else look at this and maybe comment in the Guestbook?
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Thursday, July 03, 2008
One more thing Mike. Comments are a huge part of a blog in my opionon, Traffic rises signifcantly when blogs have a comment feature, at least they do for the one I write for my newspaper. Perhaps you might reconsider your comment policy. You could also create a google blog and link it to your site.
Somerville , Mass United States of America - Thursday, July 03, 2008 at 19:41:18 (PDT)
Awesome Web site Mike. In some of the early shows you can see what looks like a matte of the State House from one of the windows in McGarrett's office, I think the one closest to the desk. But in the establishing shots of the Iolani Place's exterior they cut to what I think is his office. Isn't that window in the front/King Street side of the palace,not the back side where the State House is? It could be that his office is long enough that it stretches from one side of the palace to the other. Any thoughts?
somerville, Mass United States of America - Thursday, July 03, 2008 at 19:37:19 (PDT)
I have all 4 DVD sets and am glad they are out - however I noticed that with Season # 4, there are NO pictures on the DVD, just a plain title. Not a major point but it makes the disc look rather generic. LOVE your site - keep up the great work! ALOHA!
Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, July 03, 2008 at 06:25:26 (PDT)
Have all four sets and so far I am not disappointed. Have waited for the disks for sometime because mt VHS tapes are getting real old.
Patrick K Chapman
Henderson, NV USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2008 at 04:07:39 (PDT)
Here are a few shots of James MacArthur at the 1996 convention in Honolulu. This was at the Ilikai Hotel before the tour of several Five-O locations. Kam Fong is in a couple of the photos behind JM. http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/images/jm-ilikai/
In a Guestbook posting today, Big H comments on Marj Dusay's legs in #32, The Singapore File. If you want to see her legs again, check out #6, Twenty-Four Karat Kill. Near the end, when Fargo forces Andréea (Dusay) into the hold of the boat, a gust of wind blows up her skirt so you can see her undergarments! Recently I have started adding an icon to the top of episode descriptions when McGarrett uses the expression "Book 'em, Danno." It looks like this: . Only problem is ... what happens if McGarrett doesn't use this expression exactly? There are times when he just says "Book 'em" to Danno ... or to someone else. For those cases, I have another icon: I am cleaning up my hard drive and found some pictures which fan Dave Watson (from Canada) sent me a while ago, taken behind the scenes during the filming of episode #196, Tour de Force -- Killer Aboard. You can see them at the end of this episode's description.
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I did enjoy seeing Ricardo Montalban as a Japanese businessman/mob informant on 5-0 but his Kabuki dance and make-up in "Sayonara" was much better. The legs in the Singapore files- yes very nice indeed and Jack seemed to really enjoy working with her too. I saw Vic Morrow and young hippie John Ritter's show. So tragic how both so suddenly lost their lives. Vic in the helicopter accident in Twilight Zone filming (Never could understand why a stuntman did not do the scene? or use blue screen or something)- and John Ritter dying from a preventable heart problem- A great loss. If there is a heaven maybe they are up there swapping story with Jack Lord and Leonard Freeman right now about the good old days?...
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 12:03:31 (PDT)
While the story behind Samurai was interesting, I felt Ricardo Montalban's performance was "melodramatic" at best, and detracted from the overall rating. But Full Fathom Five sure knocked a homer as the inaugural show, especially when McCarthy quotes Ariel's Song from Shakespeare's The Tempest as the dead woman's body sinks into the deep! How callous and cool!!! Other great episodes (IMHO) were Trouble in Mind and Singapore File (Marj Dusay's legs were phenom!). Check out the closing score in Singapore File as it slowly builds to a crescendo. Little things like this made Five-O unique. A "greastest episodes" compilation would be interesting indeed. CBS would no doubt find a way to screw that up, too. (I'd better shut up or there'll be NO season 5!)
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 10:06:41 (PDT)
RE: Music Replacement-- Season 11's "Number One With a Bullet" features numerous disco hits, according to Mike Q's remarks on the site. My question is: Are they the original songs or "cover" versions by studio musicians under the leadership of the Five-O composers? If there's any episode that might have mucis replacement issues, this would be it. Anyone know?
Miami, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 09:51:53 (PDT)
I am waiting to receive season 4, will not be available here till September! I keep re-running all the other 3 and almost know them word for word. My 3 sons and all my grandchildren enjoy them as much as I do. Hurry up September!!
Harlow, Essex England - Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 06:14:13 (PDT)
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