The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Discussion Forum -- June 1998


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Steve Kangas is certainly entitled to his opinion of Steve McGarrett; however, I must take exception to many of his comments. Yes, the show may have portrayed native Hawaians & Orientals as comprising the bulk of the island's criminal element, but come on, what t.v. show in the 1960's dared to bring out any sort of "normalcy" in the minority/female characterization. To do so would have probably "turned off" much of the "angry white" demographic market, which at the time was probably still light years ahead of any other advertising target. Second, his allegation of the show being reactionary. Does Mr. Kangas really believe, especially after watching many of the early episodes, that Hawaii Five O supported the Vietnam conflict? Like most of America, the producers probably knew that the war was a tragic chapter in our nation's history, yet they had to remain somewhat politically correct for the time. My personal opinion is that the way Hawaii Five-O typecast a lot of the returning combat personnel from the war as disturbed, troubled young men was probably a sad but true end result of a policy gone awry. Third, he takes a backhanded stab at two more classic shows for their boring drudgery: "Mannix" & "Dragnet". For the record, Mannix, along with Hawaii Five-O, was one of the most violent t.v. detective shows of its day. Joe didnt rely on fancy gadgetry or accoutrements to solve his crimes, unlike Barnaby Jones; nor was he a low-life tightwad whose taste in clothing bordered on obscene, unlike Columbo; nor was he a portly, jolly laughable caricature of a detective who could not fight his way out of a paper bag, unlike Cannon. Rather, he was Joe Mannix, real & as genuine as they come. And any shot taken at Dragnet is a shot at the genius of Jack Webb. He created shows like Adam-12 & Emergency, which although may be crude & corny by today's standards, were nonethless usefull in that they educated & influenced countless young people into pursuing careers in public safety. Finally, Mr. Kangas takes direct shots at Steve McGarrett's "abusive" & "harrassing" treatment of subordinates. Please! He may have been tough, but he was fair; unlike some pompous ass like Ironside who expected everyone to bow down & feel sorry for him because he was a cripled police chief. And when did Steve ever harass any females in the show? I can count on one hand the number of times that Steve even had any romanctic inklings at all during the show's 12 year run. That allegation itself amounts to a serious case of "male" envy as far as I'm concerned! Since Mr. Kangas is not a real man anyway, he would be best served by visiting a Raymond Burr or Rock Hudson site - phony men that were in phony detective shows!
Michael Heyman
Boca Raton, FL USA - Sunday, June 28, 1998 at 08:10:22 (PDT)
I just read the story behind McGarrett's 1968 Cadillac which was recently restored. One thing bothers me: it was stated that one of the Mercuries was used from 1968 to 1974. Well, if memory serves me correctly, wasnt Steve involved in a terrible auto accident during the fourth season, at the begining of the "90 Second War" episode, where his car was wrecked? (This is also where the opening credits scene of Danno looking thru the broken glass comes from, for those casual viewers of the show). I guess they wrecked another car for that scene, huh?
Michael Heyman
Boca Raton, FL USA - Sunday, June 28, 1998 at 07:18:48 (PDT)
I agree with Debbie (May 27). I have also read CM's comments on the relationship between STEVE and DANNO. Its clear that CM has it exactly right. They are more than two cops, or two partners, They are family. NO Question about it. Also, re: James MacArthur's recent appearance in "Storm Chasers". It was a wonderful performance. There ought to be a way we can keep up with what these terrific actors are doing. I would not have known about this movie if I hadn't tripped across it on the Family Channel.
Katherine
Escanaba, MI USA - Thursday, June 25, 1998 at 14:33:33 (PDT)
Steve McGarrett was my one true hero in life. I believe if there were more Steve McGarretts around, the world would be a much better place to live.
Steve
Denver, CO USA - Monday, June 22, 1998 at 20:26:38 (PDT)
I've been a Hawaii Five-O fan ever since the show aired in 1968. I just wish they would make a movie and put it on the silver screen. If they can do for the X-Files, Why can't they make it for Hawaii Five-O. Harrison Ford could play the leading role! If anyone knows if a movie will be made. Please let me know
Phil Erskine
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Friday, June 19, 1998 at 07:52:24 (PDT)
I started watching when I was 7. I was convinced that if we (Mum and I) moved to Hawaii - she would meet and marry Steve McGarrett. He was the ultimate rock. Be a Great DAD!!!
Susanne
Vancouver, bc Canada - Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 20:00:18 (PDT)
My husband and I have been really hooked on the show lately. It is now shown on Kong 6/16 TV in Seattle. We are big fans of Hawaii and hope to be able to move there some day. We like to watch the episodes for places that we have been on Oahu. It's cool that it's still on.
Marilynn
Seattle, WA U.S. - Thursday, June 18, 1998 at 12:53:38 (PDT)
Great web site. I watch the show off an on but liked it as a kid. I have been trying to find the location of the opening Wave since my surfing days in the early 70's and wonder if anyone knows the location??? I was told this winter while skiing that it was Haleiwa - and it seems to fit. (It is allegedly "The Rockpiles". -- MQ) Anyone know more? Aloha, scott.a.moody@boeing.com
Scott Moody
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, June 12, 1998 at 12:25:43 (PDT)

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