Hawaii Five-O Home Page Guestbook -- October 2010 (Part 4)

The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Guestbook -- October 2010 (Part 4)



The following are archived comments from October, 2010 (this is the fourth and final part). After looking around, please add your own comments!

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Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The article in the Star-Advertiser quoted below says that Robert Loggia (who is on show tomorrow night) is the first actor from the original series to appear on new show. Strictly speaking, this is not correct. That is Helen Kuoha-Torco who appeared in all 278 shows (the dancer in the opening credits -- you only see her face in "Cocoon," though). She was the mother who took Danno's daughter to the washroom when Danno was fighting gangs at the football game. In a posting she made that I read somewhere, she was amazed that she got her own trailer while playing this "starring" role!

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 23:11:51 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Otto, if you haven't seen it, put "Twentieth Century" on your Netflix list. Also by Hecht and Macarthur. The film, starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, is outrageously funny. Maybe even moreso than the "Front Page", because of Barrymore and Lombard playing off one another to hilarious effect. "His Girl Friday", adapted from "The Front Page", is a must too.

I loved James Gregory! Even in a gorilla mask.

More guest stars who might appear on the show? Come on folks, surely we can come up with a few names.

France Nuyen has become a psychologist, but may still be acting. Judging from recent photos I've seen online, she's still lovely - and has turned blonde.

Nancy Kwan looks terrific:

bit.ly/9eRDSn (this was taken last year!!)

And I'm very pleased to find that James Shigeta is alive and working! I found a clip of a movie he made last year:

bit.ly/9uu236 (you have to tolerate the TV news stuff to get to the clip)

Granted, those two were only in one episode apiece, but they're great episodes. Plus, he's from Honolulu. And I think Nancy Kwan lives in Hawaii now.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 21:19:01 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

Hey Rick, can’t believe Nehemiah Persoff is still kickin it at 91. Big Chick, being just a local island pusher, is honored you would mention him along with mainland heavyweight Henry Hill. Many thanx, brudda.

I’ll be honorin James MacAuthur by watchin “Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born” tomorrow at 10PM.

With Steve down, Danno takes the helm of the Five-O: “you’ll be surprised what we can get away with until we find out who shot Steve McGarrett.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 20:18:26 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Well, there won't be an original episode aired tomorrow. Watching football today they are still promoting the new episode. I think they don't have to prove to the old fans where their heart is. What they had planned for James should prove that. Holding up the main arc of the show waiting for him is so huge and they were honoring him while he was alive by hoping he could do it. He must have known they were waiting for him. I think that is much more meaningful because he realized how special he was to them. They are going to do a tribute.
But there will always be some that want more. I think the fact that they showed the love for him while he was alive is by far more meaningful than showing one of the old episodes.
FOX never planned to show anything important tomorrow but they had already made that decision so I am sure they covered themselves for it.
This is unplanned and each network has to do what it has to do. Apples and oranges to compare those situations.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 19:07:31 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Curt Stonerville

J Mac inherited some great talent from his parents. His dad wrote the movie THE FRONT PAGE, and to anyone who hasn't seen it, I highly recommend the 1931 version with Adolphe Menjou. You won't believe the machine-gun dialogue which rips through the entire film. It's incredible. As a tribute to the late James 'Danno' MacArthur i have put SPENCER's MOUNTAIN and THE FRONT PAGE on the 'flix list!

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 18:09:55 PDT


Submitted by: Betty
From: CA

Sorry. I feel a little emotional today about all of this.
I agree with Jim. CBS can afford to air an Original episode tomorrow as a tribute. Networks do that all the time because of sports and other events. Fox is not aring the regular shows tomorrow, so I don't see CBS being hurt by doing this.

CBS is using the Original name and the legacy of talented actors to make money. So airing an Original episode would be a way of giving back to the Original actors and fans.

I have sent an email to CBS with my opinion.

Sorry, but asking me to watch the new show, well, I don't see that fair. And to be honest, it hurts. Especially these days.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 17:14:08 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: By the Numbers

The two shows as brothers, hmmmmmm. Chicken thinks Philip and John Lo make a more convincin brotherly combo.

“Little John number One, Georgie number two.”

“When you're number two, you try a little harder."

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 16:32:33 PDT


Submitted by: Lena
From: USA

Hey everyone,

Charlie MacArthur (the oldest of Jim's children) thanked all the friends and
fans of his dad's for the outpouring of love and support for his dad on his
facebook page. He said to be sure and watch Monday night that there was to be a
tribute to his dad on Monday's H50 episode.

Looking forward to seeing this! I know all of us who loved JM and are still
mourning his loss will be watching!

Lena

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 16:30:28 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Happy Halloween

It occurs to me that i need to rewatch the episode which features the late great JAMES GREGORY. What a great actor, with a great voice.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 16:23:33 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Jim, unfortunately TV shows are entering November sweeps and they need to keep their ratings up.Putting the old show in during this time is asking a little much, IMO.Business is business.
I think Lenkov and the new show deserve high praise for what they had planned for James. It shows that they have great respect for the history of the original H50, as I have been trying to say all along.It would appear that James was excited to do this or he wouldn't have agreed to it. And the fact that they were holding off continuing that arc just for James speaks volumes.

It would be nice if some of you would find it in your heart to watch the show knowing that James would have been in it for several episodes had he still been with us. That is up to you,of course. But maybe at the least you will see that the two shows are brothers, not enemies.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 14:48:56 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Persoff is 91. Just watched his outstanding performance in Number One With A Bullet I & II last night. Great to see him and Tony Alika (Ross Martin) as dueling mob bosses. He's asked if they are going to do anything to retaliate for one of their guys getting roughed up: "Yeah... I don't know what we're gonna due... but, WE'RE GONNA DO SOMETHING!"

He's got a website... bit.ly/97XLco

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 14:10:32 PDT


Submitted by: Jim

Really sorry about the death of our "Danno".
The best tribute for me it would be if CBS aired an Original episode next Monday instead of the new show.
That would make old fans happy and give a chance to the younger viewrs to watch the real Danno
That would be a great tribute.
RIP

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 13:30:40 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Thanks, Curator, for filling us in on the background. Wow, it would have been fantastic if JMacA could have played that part. I'm reassured that there was a good reason the makers of the show were suddenly not paying much attention to that story arc. That was driving me nuts! it's also reassuring that they put such care into creating a part so well-suited to him, echoing his role as Danno.

It would be nice if they could cast this part with someone who had appeared in a significant role in the original show. Nicky Persoff is still living, I understand, but has retired from acting. Maybe he could be lured back for this occasion. Anyone else have ideas? How about Marj?

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 13:18:07 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Thanks, Curator. Obviously I'm wildly off base in my cynicism about Lenkov. Thank God. Now I can stop gathering torch material and kerosene....looks like he'll do the right thing come Monday.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 12:25:02 PDT


Submitted by: Curator

I just exchanged a couple of e-mails with Peter Lenkov, asking him if he would be willing to share with us how they had intended to use Jim's talent in the new show. Pete very graciously told me those plans and authorized me to let everyone else know too.

It was their intention to have Jim portray a long-time neighbor of the McGarrett family who would have appeared in a multiple-episode arc to help Steve solve the Champ toolbox mystery. Because of Jim's unavailability to film, they've been pushing back the arc storyline from episode to episode. They will now go ahead and move the arc forward, with another actor in the role intended for Jim. With absolutely no disrespect of any kind whatsoever toward whomever is now selected to fill that role, everyone knows that Jim would have been superb.

I personally am very gratified to know how intuitive and just plain "right" this casting choice would have been. Jim would not have been portraying Danno, but he still would have been acting as Steve's right-hand man, more or less, still portraying the detective, and I know he would have really gotten a kick out of that. Just thinking about it makes me smile. All of us who loved Jim couldn't have asked for a better way of linking the old with the new. Bravo, Hawaii Five-0 (2010)!!

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:50:38 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

I think it will be great if the new show gets a tribute up in time, but we need to be realistic here. It JUST happened and they have to find the time to put it in as well as maintain a complete show.I don't think Lenkov would say something publicly about a tribute and then do nothing. He wouldn't say anything at all.But at the same time, if folks are expecting a huge thing by Monday,that is unreasonable. If they try to hurry up and don't do something well thought out, everyone here would be blasting him. So wouldn't it be better to take their time and do something respectable?

Mike tweeted a good suggestion but Lenkov probably is getting a ton of tweets with advice, so in the end, I would guess they will come up with their own tribute.

BTW: Thank you to everyone here who have chosen to not watch the new show and therefore have chosen not to put it down or comment on it either.That is fair.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:49:38 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Danno Moments

I’d rate “Beautiful Screamer” up there with “Pig in a Blanket” as great Danno eps. Still remember the first time I watched the Danno meltdown scene at the country club when he learns Anne Archer was dead. Absolutely riveting. And then they freeze frame him on his knees with Steve & Chin trying to comfort him.

Yeah, James MacAuthur was the man.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:33:58 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Rick said..."Do you really think Lenkov would say "Watch Monday" when asked about a tribute to JM... and then do nothing?"

Having worked in and around the entertainment industry for so long I am cynical and suspicious of almost anything which comes out of a producer's mouth. So yeah, I think it lies well within the realm of possibility. I hope I am completely off base, but I wouldn't be all that surprised if they did nothing.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:21:03 PDT


Submitted by: Curator

To answer the question about Jim's fave Five-O episodes, this is what he said when I was putting together the FAQ for the site:

I think Three Dead Cows at Makapuu was one of the best shows we ever did. It was a tight story, full of intrigue, human drama, and a gripping race against time. The 'villain' of the piece wasn't really a bad guy, but simply a man who had gotten caught up in events beyond his control. Not only that, but it was one of several opportunities I had to work with Ed Flanders, a talented actor whose skills I admire very much and who became a good friend. I also enjoyed Pig in a Blanket because it provided a lot of insight into the character of Dan Williams and gave me a chance to stretch as an actor. Other favorites were Over Fifty? Steal and Odd Man In because I got to work with Hume Cronyn, who is an extraordinary actor and a fine gentleman. Of course, Retire in Sunny Hawaii Forever is high on my list because it was one of the rare times I got to work with my mother. We had quite a lot of excellent opportunities to work with exceptional writers, actors, and directors throughout the run of Five-O; if I listed every one of them here, I'd never finish!

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:06:53 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I already sent Lenkov a message via Twitter on Thursday suggesting he do something like the Family Channel did when Jack Lord passed away: bit.ly/aw0xco

I found this rather simple tribute when I was going through a bunch of tapes of Family Channel broadcasts that I was going to throw out a while ago.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:05:54 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: East Village

I wish there had been a LEWIS AVERY FILER episode for every season, or at least one more. At the end of the second filer episode, Cronyn's remark suggests we'd see more of him, but sadly no.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 11:01:18 PDT


Submitted by: Sylvia
From: Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

Go to Google and search "hawaii five-o" for a lovely Daily Breeze article titled "Booking dinner with Danno at Papadakis Taverna."

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 10:32:00 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Do you really think Lenkov would say "Watch Monday" when asked about a tribute to JM... and then do nothing?

Chicken... like Henry Hill says, "You're a funny guy"

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 10:29:30 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

"And, producer Peter Lenkov wouldn't say what, if any, tribute was planned for the original Danno, James MacArthur, who died Thursday. But Lenkov did say, "Watch Monday." "

I swear to god...if Lenkov doesn't do SOMETHING for JM on Monday I will form a posse and storm his office with pitchforks and torches.

I realize with the ep already in the can and the short turnaround time since Jim's death, a elaborate tribute is not likely. I'd be happy with a simple 'In memory of...' screen to lead in or out of the show. Preferably lead in as WCBS has a nasty habit of cutting off the 'Be here, Aloha' portion of the end credits.

And CBS should do a full tribute and throw it up on the the H50 portion of the CBS website....but then again I'm a little biased.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 09:48:01 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Outside The Box

Hey Heather, of them there choices, I’ll go with 3. "I love Jack Lord, he is the most perfect man, and therefore any remake of Hawaii Five-0 is bad".

I think that’s as legit a reason as any.:D

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 09:26:14 PDT


Submitted by: SINGERGAL57
From: OHIO

SO sad and rather shocked to learn of the passing of James MacArthur. He still seemed the boyish "Danno", looked great even with grey hair! Last year, 2009, I discovered the Hawaii Five 0 website and the link to his, and wrote a general fan letter to him through the "contact us" link. I mentioned how much I enjoyed his character, also that I thought Jack Lord hammed it up a bit, as well, commented on his famous parents, Helen Hayes and Charles MacArthur, and the tremendous talent that he inherited. Also stated that I thought it would be a tremendous burden to maintain, and that he was handling it with style and grace. Imagine my surprise to receive an answer from James MacArthur himself! I have saved this email and will treasure it forever. He was one of a kind, not only superb actor but kind and gracious to the little people as well. He will be greatly missed.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 09:20:49 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Thanks, Mike! It will be interesting to see what tribute they have for James. They haven't had a lot of time to set something up so I wouldn't expect something lengthy now. I hope they put something together later if they can't do a more complete one now.

Monday's episode is entering the time frame for November sweeps so I think they will try to put their best episodes out there this month. From the promos I have seen, Monday's episode will be tremendous. Many of us who are enjoying the new show are looking forward to it.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 09:08:37 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

From today's Star-Advertiser:

FOR A LOT of locals, watching "Hawaii Five-0" has become an online party where they can post comments on Facebook and Twitter as the show airs. They banter issues of authenticity and plot — Did he just say flip-flops? Why is Kono in a bikini again? Was that scene at China Walls?

Wendie Burbridge, a fiction writer and Kamehameha Schools English teacher, has watched "Five-0" from the start but has become so addicted to tweeting comments as episodes air that she has to be sure to watch a recorded version later because she misses things. She got into it after reading tweets about the first two episodes.

"They were tweeting things I was thinking," she said. "If you thought someone was funny, you could share it with someone else."

One of her tweet buddies is her cousin Jen Leines, who lives on Kauai.

"It adds to the value of the show," Leines said. "It's like we are seeing the show from five or six different points of view. It is something I definitely look forward to every Monday."

Last week's episode of "Five-0" and the Oct. 4 episode were co-written by former Hawaii resident Kyle Harimoto. He lives in Los Angeles now and teamed up on both scripts with Carol Barbee.

THAT YOUNG UKULELE player in last week's episode of "Five-0" was 9-year-old Aidan Laprete Powell, and if his name sounds familiar, it's because his mother, Angie, is the production supervisor for the show. Aidan, who has been studying with Roy Sakuma since he was 4, is a YouTube phenom. His version of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" has generated nearly 600,000 views.

TOMORROW'S episode of "Five-0" will make history for the show. Gravel-voiced Robert Loggia will become the first actor to have appeared in both the original run of the series and the current one.

The 80-year-old Loggia will guest star as boatswain's mate Ed McKay in an episode about a Navy SEAL holding hostages on the Battleship Missouri Memorial. In 1979 he was Russ Hendrix in an episode called "The Execution File."

And, producer Peter Lenkov wouldn't say what, if any, tribute was planned for the original Danno, James MacArthur, who died Thursday. But Lenkov did say, "Watch Monday." The show airs in Hawaii at 9 p.m. on KGMB.

Added: Sunday 31 October 2010 06:10:26 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Pittsburgh

Thank you Mr. Mike for your help locating the poem at the James MacArthur official site. It was indeed on the main page, just as you directed. I discovered that if I switched browsers, then it would appear. It shows up in Internet Explorer, but not in AOL. Strange, but true!

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 23:44:21 PDT


Submitted by: otto Mannix
From: big rotten apple

To Steve: My suggestion is Netflix, or shell out the cash for Season One, you will love it.

To Heather: I trust you haven't grouped me into the 'safer ground' bunch, because i have not watched a single FILM frame of the new show, and thus have not criticized it. I come to this site because of my love for Hawaii Five-O.

I will not watch the 2010, and i will not trash it. But i know you love Five-O and it's all good........ (i still haven't seen your site though, how do it find it?)

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 23:43:49 PDT


Submitted by: Dave
From: Ottawa, Canada

I am really sorry to hear about James McArthur passing on. I beleive all the original actors are all gone now. The new series just doesn't do anything for me. It uses the names and locations of the original but that's all. No one can ever replace Steve and Danno and the others.
Just waiting to pick up season 10 in December.
Hawaii Five-o was the best cop show ever made.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 23:16:08 PDT


Submitted by: Sean
From: Connecticut

To Julie S. Thank You! I'm sure James was very proud to have his mom on 5-0! Helen Hayes was a talented actor. I think she has some popular credits herself. I'll watch this one for sure!!! Thanks! :D

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 21:01:59 PDT


Submitted by: Steve
From: Philadelphia

Anyone know where the original five-o is still airing? it was on a local channel, WFMZ, here in Philly up until the end of August, but now I can't find it anywhere.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 20:50:32 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Washington

Great caricature, Mr. Mike. Brings back memories of Officer Danny from the Judy Moon strip. Nice tribute to our man, Danno.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 20:02:20 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

SPOILER ALERT!

go.ign.com/djrFqd

This is for Monday's episode. It just gets better and better!

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 18:15:08 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

I'm fine with the idea of disliking the new show. There are certainly many aspects of it which can be criticized. And I've not been shy about doing so :) The problem is that most of the reasons that have been given here on the Guestbook are: 1. ignorant - "I know it'll be awful so I refuse to watch it" ; 2. erroneous - "They are all terrible B-grade actors"; and/or 3. mindless - "I love Jack Lord, he is the most perfect man, and therefore any remake of Hawaii Five-0 is bad".

I mean, seriously, people - if you want to bash the show, you'd better step your game up, because so far, very few of you have presented any intelligent and informed criticisms.

My suggestion is that you're on safer ground talking about the old show and what you like about it.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 17:35:01 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Pittsburgh

I cannot seem to find the poem recommended at the official James MacArthur site. Can anyone help, please? Also, I loved Heather's old site. I visited often and wondered what had happened to her. Happy to see you here, Heather!

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 17:17:51 PDT

Mr. Mike comments: The poem is on the main page of the WWW site -- www.jamesmacarthur.com.


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

Well, any husband of Mandy's is a friend of FIVE-O!!! and that's cool.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 16:24:53 PDT


Submitted by: big h
From: raleigh

"It was real. Watch this vid of JMac talking about it over on the Curator's site..."

Thanks for that vid, BCG....that was super. Jeez, it's a miracle that the anaconda didn't drown someone. James certainly had more courage than I do.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 16:15:18 PDT


Submitted by: Mandy

Hey Otto!!
Be careful with your posts. My hubby lurkes a lot in this site , LMAO.
But, of course. Thanks for the kind words. At 47 you don't get that a lot :)

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 16:03:38 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New York City

I think I have a crush on Mandy.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 15:57:17 PDT


Submitted by: Mandy

Thanks for your advice Keeping it Real.
The remake is not in my dvr list anymore.
Yes. It was so easy to do it. You were right.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 15:43:24 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

It is so easy to stop DVRing it if you don't like it. My 22 year old son likes it a lot. Everyone is different. Thank God. My husband who loves the old H50 (and resisted watching the new one) caved in and likes this one and reminds me to always DVR it since he works the night shift and can't see it live.

I guess he falls into the category of a DVR viewer like millions of others.
Different strokes for different folks.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 15:02:20 PDT


Submitted by: Mandy

The new show stinks !
The new team look terrible. Clothes, tattoos, unshaved ,bad dialogue, no respect for the law, cheap clothes
And it is boring , a lot.
I dvr it. Tried to watch it yesterday and I fall to sleep. It is really boring. My 23 years old son didn't like it , he said the same, boring!

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 14:41:21 PDT


Submitted by: M.M.
From: Huntley, Illinois

The passing of James MacArthur this week brings to a close the last of the surviving original cast members.

So sad that none of them had ever written a book about
their time on the show. I know that I would have devoured it in one sitting.

I am at this very moment listening to Brudda Iz "Facing Future" cd in memorium to all the cast members who are no longer with us in this life.

Aloa Oe

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 14:16:00 PDT


Submitted by: Sally
From: Midwest

Gosh, I will miss James MacArthur very much. He was such a big part of the original “Five-0”. The first and only real “Danno”. My sympathy goes out to his family.

Everyone keeps mentioning “Swiss Family Robinson” I have 2 other favorite James’ movies: “Spencer’s Mountain” and “The Truth About Spring”. Does anyone remember those?

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 14:15:17 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Since I was the one who put up the article, I am not hiding anything. I think for the most part his article is right on. He loved the old and the new because it IS possible to do that.You shouldn't assume (you know what they say about assume) that I didn't agree with what he said about the new show.

Blue Bloods have nothing in common with the new H50 show. Different animals. I prefer H50 myself.Much more entertaining.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 14:07:28 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Chick, ain't no big thing, bruddah! :D

My 10-year-old son mentioned Don Ho the other night for some obscure reason and I said, "How do you know about Don Ho??" He replied, "He was the guy who sang 'Hawaiian Bubbles'." Hmm.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 14:00:07 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New York City

Well, most people on this site don't seem to like the new show, but some folks DO like it, and i'm not out to spoil their fun. The novelty of the argument has worn off anyway. Everybody should enjoy whatever he or she wants. The comparison between the two has become pointless.

I'm not pumping any agendum. I'm just gonna kick back and wait for my Season Six to appear under the XMAS tree! Good times coming; haven't seen HOOKMAN in about five years! (and i ain't watchin' that beat-up old VHS copy, all cut up by the network and stuffed with commercials, ha ha)

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 13:51:21 PDT


Submitted by: Yankee4Life

Blue Bloods is a completely different show. Five-O is still so much better.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 13:01:59 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Home to Toomey and Lew

Hey Oscar, just to clarify - Chicken disputin what was said in that article bout Chin & Kono, not anything you posted.

Like Otto say “Keep rockin' O-Man!!!”

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 13:01:28 PDT


Submitted by: Bruno
From: Love Hawaii five-0

I was watching Blue Bloods yesterday at CBS and could not stop thinking how much better is than the Hawaii five-0 remake.

Blue Bloods has great writing and talented acting. The actors there are very very good. Big name actors.Yesterday was a great episode.

Honestly I don't know what CBS was thinking with this  remake. The writing is lame, generic and predictable. B-actors , just pretty faces, all size 2 people. Where are the big Hawaiians?. The way those cops behave is ridiculous.

Yesterday they aired 2 promos of Hawaii Five-0. All you could see , a shirtless tattoo McGarrett. I think this points where CBS is going with this remake.

CBS did not do this great show justice.

Very disappointed. I think the show will keep failing each week.

I just don't undertand people saying the remake is good. Any CSI, NCSI and now Blue Bloods are 100 times better.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 12:43:30 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

"The scripts are marvelously written..."

Evidently they are broadcasting a different version of the show to my house.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 12:38:05 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Outside The Box

Heather say “you might be more careful about judging who is a "real fan" and who is not.”

Can’t argue with that, Heather, as you most probably have more “real fan” cred than the Chicken hisself. Sorry to hear bout the state of your sites, hopefully you can salvage em, I’d love to see a lot of the stuff again. Indeed, you done great work.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 12:24:09 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: This is Five-O

Hey Oscar, I noticed that too “acting by Kam Fong and Zulu was weak” ?? Where’s the love for Chin and Kono, man?

It was Soon Taik Oh from Schenectady, NY who commented that "the original Kono is one of the best casting of a natural actor of any police drama since the Wire."

Chicken would agree. I’d refer again to Kono sympathizin with Benny & his rooster durin the interrogation in Pray Love. That’s a scene stealer, man. Kono wasn’t only the Five-O muscle, he provide the humor & a light tough like tellin Chin bout his hula dancin girlfriend in McGarrett’s office in “Samurai.”

And far from stiff or weak acting, Zulu and Kam offered serious, sober portrayals that were in line with the overall “film noir” like quality of the early episodes. Chin and Kono actually even looked like real cops. And Kam Fong was a real life HPD.

Weak actin? Man, Chin Ho brought the force in ‘Engaged to be Buried’ tellin Shako:

“You think this is personal-you wrong. This is Five-O”

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 12:01:47 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New Amsterdam

Oscar: I'm not arguing your points, in fact i'm not arguing on this site at all anymore (unless the humor of it is obvious), but i wouldn't be too sure that NOBODY at CBS has looked at this site. When you google "Hawaii Five-O", Home Page is on the first page. It used to be close to the top, having gone down the list a bit due to the new show, and J Mac's death.

But this is a pretty established site. Been around a while. Mr. Mike is pretty entrenched in the Five-O world. Anyway, just an observation, and not really germane to the overall gist of your comment. Keep rockin' O-Man!!!

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 11:58:05 PDT


Submitted by: Oscar Van Hemel
From: Seattle, WA

KIR, what do you mean, there are some parts of this article that you don't agree with?

This article is written from a fan of the old show who watched it religiously. But the fan concludes "The new Hawaii Five-0 takes the very best that its predecessor had to offer - an original concept, excellent story lines, and Hawaii's magnificent scenery - and transforms them all into a 21st century viewing delight. A sure-fire winner - highly recommended!"

Do you mean you disagree with that the person said about the OLD Five-O (acting by Kam Fong and Zulu was weak, for example).

A while ago if I'm not mistaken you actually dropped some hints that there MIGHT be something about the new show that you didn't like.

Come on, KIR, put down your pom-poms and tells us what you think. Don't worry that if you say something bad, the show will be cancelled. I'm sure no one connected with the show or CBS reads these pages anyway.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 11:18:33 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

A comparison of the old and new. As Mike says, I didn't write this! I agree with some of it and disagree with other parts. Read all four pages. It is a long article.

bit.ly/canl6M

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 09:52:18 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

SPOILER ALERT!

bit.ly/aNW6cw

Touching scene between Kono and a little girl in the episode coming up.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 09:20:38 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

This article says the new Hawaii Five-O (Five-0) is a lot closer to the old one than many people think:

bit.ly/a9RffM

(No, I did not write this article.) :!wondering:

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 08:55:57 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Karen R wrote: "Amusing is the better word. I think it is out and out funny that they did this."

Really! That's fascinating.

KDMcG and Big Chicken, I'm very happy that you enjoyed my site way back when. I have no hard feelings about anything you've said to me here. I do think in the future you might be more careful about judging who is a "real fan" and who is not. Also you might reconsider the worth of making such distinctions in the first place.

I'm sad that, after I gave the site to others to take care of, it fell apart. As far as I can tell, the Marj Dusay interview disappeared from view - there's a link on the Hawaiifive0 org website, in the "fan fiction" section (?!?!?), but the link is dead. Also our trip report of our visit to NYC to research Jack's art and his high school records has vanished. Most disappointing of all, the memorial pages to Jack have gone. There were wonderful tributes on those pages, from all over the world! It's a shame to lose them. I'm going to try to salvage as much as I can and put it up on my website.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 08:34:16 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Tribute to JM, contains a neat caricature:

bit.ly/9CR6Lm

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 08:23:30 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

From some WWW site:

"James MacArthur found his greatest fame as Detective Danny Williams in the television crime series Hawaii Five-O, a worldwide hit full of dramatic explosions and car chases, aided and abetted by swaying palm trees."

Dramatic explosions in the original show? I don't think so! ;)

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 08:20:26 PDT


Submitted by: Sam C
From: North Wales,Pa

I have the great fortune to email James 2 years ago , telling him how much I respected his work. He took the time to return the mail and said he still maintained a condo in Hawaii and visited 2-3 times a year.
My wife and I went on our honeymoon in Hawaii in 1974 and, of course, I sought out various spots seen on TV. Also, we ate one evening in a restaurant where Jack Lord was dining.
I am older than dirt, but maintain that NO NEW SERIES will ever touch the original. Thanks, guys.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 07:52:21 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

That poem on the JMacA site was profoundly moving for me. Beautiful and true.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 06:09:23 PDT


Submitted by: rob
From: cincinnati

Condolences to the MacArthur family. I tributed by watching the Paradise episode from season 9. Even though to me it's the stinker of the season it contains the season's most classic line.
Spoken by Danno himself.

Something like this, "I know, now do you want to help.....brother".

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 03:38:00 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

Sean: "Does anybody reading this, know James MacArthur's favorite show? I feel that with me it would be more fitting to watch a show James really liked, as a tribute.'

If you are referring to an episode of Five-O, then one of them would probably be season 8's "Retire in Sunny Hawaii...Forever" in which he acted with his mother Helen Hayes. I can't remember where I read it but it was mentioned that he did enjoy working with his mother the few times they and so that's why I think this might have been one.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 01:15:40 PDT


Submitted by: Rhys
From: AUSTRALIA

R.I.P. James Macarthur

Truly a sad day for all Hawaii 5-O fans around the world.

Added: Saturday 30 October 2010 00:14:53 PDT


Submitted by: KarenR
From: Middleburg, FL

Keeping this separate from my previous comment because the tone is very different.

I haven't had the opportunity -- with school and other commitments -- to comment until now, but I found out Thursday night much to my sorrow about James MacArthur having passed away. I am so glad I had a chance to meet this delightful man. He was just so down to Earth, a great guy!

He is going to be sorely missed.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 23:14:14 PDT


Submitted by: KarenR
From: Middleburg, FL

Heather said: Karen, why is it so remarkable that Kono is a girl and the governor is female?

Remarkable? Amusing is the better word. I think it is out and out funny that they did this. And that's what leads me to interpret the new show as a parody of the old -- there is so much about the new show that can be viewed from the perspective of laughter.

I really don't think MAD Magazine could have done better!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 23:11:54 PDT


Submitted by: Sean
From: ConnecticutT

Yes, 5-0 has a place in my heart also. I feel like I have a good group of friends to share my surprise and disbelief about James MacArthur's passing. Very sad day for me. In tribute I'm watching "24 Karat Kill" The very first show with the famous "Book-em' Danno!" line.

Does anybody reading this, know James MacArthur's favorite show? I feel that with me it would be more fitting to watch a show James really liked, as a tribute.

James, I hope that you have found all your 5-0 friends up there in 5-0 heaven. R.I.P. :!cry:

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 21:55:36 PDT


Submitted by: Patty
From: Bend, Oregon

Rest in peace James MacArthur. I'm only fifteen, but I watch all the dvd's of Hawaii Five-o that we own. You're a great actor and will truly be missed. Thank you for all that you have done in my life and the lives of many others!!!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 21:25:07 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Interesting about the seagulls, Mike. We of course have them here in So Cal so I never thought about it. But I imagine an island would have its own wildlife apart from the mainland simply because they are so isolated. Thanks for that little tidbit of info.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 21:16:11 PDT


Submitted by: Patrick Murtha
From: Changwon, Korea

James MacArthur was always a great favorite of mine. I sort of idolized him at age 12; Danno was the guy I wanted to be. He was a positive influence as well as a fine actor, and I thank him for that.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 20:47:31 PDT


Submitted by: Lee Hubbard
From: Hattiesburg MS

My condolences to the family of James MacArthur. James was truly one of God's angels and is now with him. May you rest in peace "Danno".

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 20:38:30 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Danno Moments

One a my fave Danno moments was when he tell Steve to Step Off in Time&Memories, sayin “This is no ordinary case, not for you. Why not let Kono, Chin and me handle it” Steve, head clouded by his ole girl being a primo suspect, needs to be told this and has no response.

But Steve McGarrett being such a fearsome force, I always saw this as pretty ballsy on Danno’s part.

In Season 1, Danno was more Steve’s young protégé with Steve his mentor. Now he shows himself to be as determined, singularly focused, and cold n blunt as McGarrett.

Man, he out-McGarretts McGarrett in that scene.

Book em’ Danno. Rest in peace, JM

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 20:00:14 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Some guy e-mailed me this recently. I noticed this myself, by the way, in the last "surfing" episode, especially when Danno is dumping the sand out of his shoes.

===

Why do producers insist on putting seagulls on the soundtracks of shows shot in Hawaii?

There are no seagulls in Hawaii.

I'm pretty sure the original Five-O had them, so did Magnum PI, and now the new Five-O.

Is this supposed to appeal to mainlanders who automatically associate 'ocean' with 'seagulls'?

It sounds ridiculous, particularly for people who know Hawaii well.

Why not put in stuff that actually lives there, like doves and cardinals?

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:58:23 PDT


Submitted by: Gary W Norman
From: Titusville, Florida

I was a big fan of Hawaii 5-O from the start, when I was 6 it first aired. I watched the show up until it's end. I am very saddened by the loss of James MacArthur and can only thank him posthumously for the many years of entertainment he gave me (and us all) as Det Williams. May he rest in peace.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:54:20 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

"That was my first Jimmie Mac movie...just a young chap when I first saw it. I know this may seem strange, but I always wanted to ask James if that "snake scene" was real....it looked soooo dang real, but was probably just a fake snake, just like most TV..."

It was real. Watch this vid of JMac talking about it over on the Curator's site...

bit.ly/dbb4QK

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:40:41 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

Big Chick lookin pretty good on Oprah, RingFire. Long with fellow baddie August March. Things got kinda heated though when Oprah asked him bout that hot carborator

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:20:28 PDT


Submitted by: darin whiteley
From: moncton newbrunswick canada

I have been in a few movies...I have always wanted to be apart of Hawaii Five-O ..alot of my friends have encouraged me to do this since i look like jack lord...

just wanted to say that I really loved the show and the cast..everyone will be missed..not forgotten..

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:13:20 PDT


Submitted by: Big H
From: Raleigh

Forever says "I just finished watching JMacA in "Swiss Family Robinson." It used to be one of my favorite movies - the tree house, you know. "

That was my first Jimmie Mac movie...just a young chap when I first saw it. I know this may seem strange, but I always wanted to ask James if that "snake scene" was real....it looked soooo dang real, but was probably just a fake snake, just like most TV....

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 19:06:45 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Charles MacArthur

Had the day off today, kid at school, wife gone for afternoon. In honor of J Mac i cracked a couple of beers and watched TWO episodes, picked at random from my Seasons 1-5 (yes, i know, don't say it, only five? Wife getting me 6 for xmas)

KISS THE QUEEN GOODBYE and REST IN PEACE, SOMEBODY. I suppose i'd rate 'em about the same as Mr. Mike. It was great to see Danno, although i must admit i got wrapped into the stories and kinda forgot to watch him in particular. Maybe that's a good sign, the boys worked as a TEAM.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 18:56:50 PDT


Submitted by: 50 lighthouse
From: Huntington, WV

Mr. Mike, thanks for posting the link to Jack Lord's hairdresser's book. It was enjoyable and informative. I, too, feel like there's been a death in the family with the passing of James MacArthur. Thanks to the DVDs the Five-O gang will live on!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 18:39:09 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The Curator of James MacArthur's WWW site has put up a special page as the first page at his site (http://www.jamesmacarthur.com/). It features a poem which JM found comforting when he was grieving the loss of a dear friend.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 18:10:57 PDT


Submitted by: Jim Husing
From: Santa Clara, CA

With the passing of James MacArthur it is an end of an era for the original Hawaii Five-O. He was a class act!!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 18:00:57 PDT


Submitted by: John
From: Claremont

Hello!
I would like to know if anyone knows if I can get Hawaii Five-O in Blu-ray. Thanks.
I have the DVDs but Blu-ray would be so much better.
About the remake. I always thought it was a bad idea. Remakes never make it. Hawaii Five-O is a classic and it should stay that way. And looks I was right.
The remake is pathetic to watch.I only watched the first 4 episodes , they seemed as a bad parody of the original.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 16:24:16 PDT

Mr. Mike comments: Five-O is not available on Blu-Ray. The upconverted regular DVDs look pretty darn good, because the show was originally shot on 35mm film.


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

JMac had a cameo in Oliver Stone's "JFK":

bit.ly/a4LU95

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 16:16:10 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

SPOILER ALERT!

This is one awesome scene from Monday's upcoming episode of H50:

bit.ly/aAojAm

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 15:47:32 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Hey Chick, you didn't tell us you were on Oprah recently. Jerry Parks woulda tuned in, maaaaan!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 15:46:02 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Look who was on the Oprah Winfrey show recently during a Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion, two Five-O guest stars: #1 and #2!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 15:08:00 PDT


Submitted by: Bill Fink
From: Michigan's Upper Peninsula

I was a ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes NP on the Big Island when the volcano episode was filmed (Season 7 it looks like). I remember being upstairs in the Volcano House, which was park HQ in the episode, and a young girl, 7 or 8, was trying to screw up her courage to ask "Danno" for an autograph. I quietly mentioned this to him and during a break he went over to the girl and started talking to her. Finally, he had to come and ask her if she wanted his autograph. She was so flustered, but she looked up with big eyes and said yes and so he signed something for her. I always admired him for that gesture. (Jack Lord was rather a pill). Besides, Third Man on the Mountain is a very favorite movie, so it was a thrill for me to get to meet him as well. Aloha Nui Loa gentle kane.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 15:03:15 PDT


Submitted by: Mia
From: US

RIP James MacArthur.
He was part of that generation of actors that were not only talented , but a good example for his fans.
He and Jack Lord were Hawaii Five-O. The Real Hawaii-O that will always be remembered in TV history.
No one else will replace that. Never. No matter if they try.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 14:59:49 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

I just finished watching JMacA in "Swiss Family Robinson." It used to be one of my favorite movies - the tree house, you know. LOL. You can watch it in entirety on You Tube.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 14:59:41 PDT

Mr. Mike comments: I'm sure the Disney company would be very interested to hear that...


Submitted by:Patricia A. Manriquez
From: Fort Worth, Texas

I will miss James McArthur. I always had a crush on him and to me he made Hawaii Five-O. I do like the new series in a different way than the first. It is well made and the stories are good.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 13:55:26 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Not sure who set this up, but there is a guestbook set up at Legacy for condolences...

bit.ly/d29YIb

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 12:59:59 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Article from The Desert Sun with a nice sidebar listing the many of the charities JMac lent his time to.

bit.ly/djx9DN

I really should be working instead of camping out here, but can't shake this funk that settled over me yesterday when the sad news came in. Crap.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 11:40:38 PDT


Submitted by: David
From: Tucson

I Love the Orginal Hawaii Five-O(Rest In Peace James MacArthur-You Will be Missed). To Me, Jack Lord is Steve McGarrett. I can't stand the New Version-It lacks the Intensity and Drama of the Original.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 11:07:38 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Great articles, Mr. Mike and Big City Gal. Thank you.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 10:58:06 PDT


Submitted by: Glenn
From: Orlando, FL (USA)

I'm very soore to hear about Jim's passing - I was wondering where in Florida he passed - I live in Orlando.

Anyway, Jim was kind enough to respond to an email that I sent him back in 2003 - I asked him about Composer Morton Stevens and Al Harrington:

Dear Glenn:

I only met Mort a few times, but I have spent the last 35 years admiring his music. He
did a wonderful thing when he composed Hawaii Five-O. I just saw Al a couple weeks
ago in Honolulu when I received an award from the State of Hawaii and Film Commission
having to do with filming in Hawaii. Many of the guys from the show were there. All look
great and are doing well. I think Al is having a life of ease, but I don't know exactly what
he's been up to. Wish we had a chance to keep in better touch, but there you are.

I wish you happy holidays!

Warmest Aloha,

Jim MacArthur

RIP, Jim and Mahalo...:-(

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 10:43:01 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

A nifty little gem of video from 1963...

bit.ly/bSeRXw

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 10:42:59 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Watched the video clip from the local news on 'Hawaii Entertainers React' link...

Interesting comment regarding Al Harrington at the end.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 10:14:12 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Stuff from October 17-24 has been archived (see link at bottom of page). For a moment, I almost thought I had lost two days of material, but thanks to the fact that I backed up the original files in about 3 different places, I was able to reconstruct the missing data (UGH). :!sun:

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 10:05:53 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Al slightly updated article from The Star-Advertiser with a quote from JM's son, Charlie.

bit.ly/aDTl5U

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 08:47:11 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Honolulu entertainers react to JM's passing: bit.ly/au45PM

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 08:40:24 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Des Moines

J Mac had some great scenes in THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE, when his bravery is required to defuse a bomb (or two?). This is one of about ten or twelve episodes I clearly remember seeing on their original air dates. The rooftop scene at the end was the big talk among my fellow fourth-graders the next day! Good work, Danno.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 08:40:19 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Interesting excerpts from a book by the woman who styled Jack Lord's hair for several seasons:

bit.ly/bGHYrO

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 07:53:01 PDT


Submitted by: Steve Lempke
From: Somerset,MA

Being Portuguese, I found the "Malassadas" a reference to the large Portuguese population in Hawaii.
Also, in Episode 4, the State Police in MOST states do the same thing,once on the scene, they take control and the locals are pushed out. This is from Personal experience.
Rest in Peace Danno.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 07:41:56 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, Washington

Hey Heather – that is a great, great site you had. I do remember perusing your site back in the day. Many thanks for sharing these pages and articles again on this most sad occasion. Sincerely hope Chicken didn’t ruffle any feathers (pun intended) during our past exchanges. If so, all apologies.

Mr. Mike, you the man, dinin with Danno. Thanks for sharing those memories.

Otto – thanks, man. I had that quote in my head while reflecting back on all the iconic Danno moments. James was always so young on the show and looked really good in later years, just kinda thought he’d gone on forever. It’s tough to face, him being the last member of the original team.

Once again, Aloha Danno....

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 07:41:55 PDT


Submitted by: Bill Kraft
From: Sauk Rapids, MN

My stomach turned to knots when I heard the news of James MacArthur's death.It's a cliche, but it feels like a death in the family.

At least we'll have him and all thr rest on our DVD collection.

Aloha, Danno!

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 07:36:57 PDT


Submitted by: Joyce C
From: Baltimore MD

Who didn't love the original Hawaii Five-O? Steve and Danno were television icons. So sorry to hear about the death of James MacArthur :!cry: :!cry:

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 07:27:40 PDT


Submitted by: Steve
From: UK

Very sorry to learn of James MacArthur's passing - his place in television history will, thankfully, live on through the years via DVD.

Fred - regarding the your paragraph stating:
'Near the end, both McGarretts face-off in an airport, I think and Steve says, "Well I'll be damned.' - I think that’s from the Season 4 two parter 'The Ninety Second War' - ironically it was the 1st episode of this two parter from where the shot of Danno looking through a cracked windscreen was taken - as you know, this shot was subsequently used in latter seasons to introduce James MacArthur in the opening titles.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 04:56:49 PDT


Submitted by: ChrissieH
From: UK

Have been away from keyboard quite a bit so only heard about JM about half an hour ago. Maybe not entirely unexpected, but very upset to hear it. :(

I know there's a lot of other people still around who were involved in the show to some extent or other, but wow, this really feels like the end of an era. And the ironic timing of it being as this new show, for better or worse, spins the concept in a very different way... would come off like hackneyed symbolism if it was fiction.

Danno was the guy I liked a lot when I was a kid, because McG was big and intense and I found him a bit scary. I'm not going to miss him, though. He's a couple of clicks away anytime I feel like spending some time with him. How cruel is time, though. There are people just a handful of years younger than me to whom this means almost nothing at all. *sigh*

Even worse, in less than three months JL will have been gone for 13 years! Mind-boggling.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 01:17:36 PDT


Submitted by: Babs
From: New York

Please convey my condolences to the entire MacArthur family. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Danno -- say hello to Steve and the others for me. Have already ordered Season 10. God Bless.

Added: Friday 29 October 2010 00:46:56 PDT


Submitted by: GK
From: MIllersville, PA USA

Well, a little late to the party, but was totally bummed out when I saw the news that MJ had passed... He seemed like the one guy that might live to be 100.

Loved ya Danno, now go kick some ass with Jack and the rest of the boys in the great beyond., Mahalo !

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 22:58:03 PDT


Submitted by: Steve
From: Philadelphia

Just learned the sad news of James MacArthur's passing. A fine actor who left this world all too soon. My condolences to his entire family.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 22:42:03 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

From Heather-Rose...

JM Portrait Gallery:

Click here

Marj Dusay Interview:

Part One and Part Two

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 21:21:55 PDT


Submitted by: KD MCG
From: wow THE heather...

@Heather yes I remember all the articles. The website was amazing. Nice to know you are here..had no idea. If during all the banter that goes on, I said anything offensive to you, then please forgive me.

Honestly, some amazing info on that website. I always wondered what happened to Jack's brother and nieces/nephew if any...

Sad JM passed on--they don't make stars like JL and JM anymore. Only one Danno-sorry folks.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 21:16:17 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Sorry Mike and everyone, maybe links to the Wayback Machine don't work. But I'll try to download the files and if successful will send them to Mike. I just found my old interview with Marj Dusay! Woo hoo!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:34:25 PDT


Submitted by: Joanne
From: Ellenwood , Ga

I am saddened by the death of James McArthur..He was a good actor and so was the rest of the stars on the original Hawaii 5 0 series..I was only 11 years old when the show first aired..They will all be truly missed..God Bless

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:17:46 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

??? That link doesn't seem to end up at the right place at all. I have e-mailed Heather-Rose about this.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:17:37 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

When doing the JL site, I also put together a page on JMacA, with the help of many fans. Here's our "portrait gallery", via the Wayback Machine. Enjoy!

bit.ly/aNbk7L

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:10:26 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Hey, Mark, nice to hear from you again. You are in a couple of pictures on this page at the 1996 Burbank convention:

http://www.mjq.net/fiveo/conv-pix.htm

Drop me a line via the e-mail link at the bottom of the Guestbook page (or my main Five-O page)...

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:09:16 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

"She put the phone to Jim's ear," Freeman said. "He heard me say goodbye. I am so blessed to have been given that gift."

My God! That is so special. And painful, too.

Thanks for that article, mike!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:04:56 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

One of my favorite sound clips from the old show:

bit.ly/bJwkSM

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 20:01:02 PDT


Submitted by: Mark Roland
From: Palm Beach Gardens FL

I was so sad to see Jim had died. Mr Mike I was at the reunion with you in 1996 in Burbank and wished I was able to go onto to Hawaii for the rest of the reunion, but had things to do in Los Angeles. I remember after dinner we had the auction for Jack's photo and I was bidding against a woman who also wanted the picture. I finally won the bid and got Jack's picture. The next photo up for auction was Jim's, the same stock photo used in the news reports today. I was sitting in front of another man who was also bidding on the picture and I never turned around to see who I was bidding against. In the end I thought I had won the bid on "Danno's" photo. After the bidding was done I met the man I was bidding against, it was Jim. He signed the picture for me the next day while we were having lunch in the hotels restaurant. I found the whole team from Five-0 to be so friendly and accomodating. I live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL which is where Jim's uncle John D. MacArthur held a lot of land and we have a park named after him. I had talked to Jim about it when we were at the reunion.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:59:45 PDT


Submitted by: Pat
From: NJ

So sad - so young. The show will always live on forever and so will "Danno." He'll always be that beautiful blue-eyed young man to me. It saddens me that all the principals are gone - they all left us too early. Mahalo James. Mahalo Jack, Kam, Zulu and all. :!cry:

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:59:16 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

Uncle M. -- Good thoughts.

Big Chick: Your McG quote: "Well done, Danno, well done" really brought it home for me tonight. I've known the news all day, but have been so busy it's been hard to process it. But that quote, and i don't remember which episode(s) it is from, really gets right to the heart.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:39:54 PDT


Submitted by: UNCLE MARSHALL
From: Madison Heights, Virginia

There was nobody who stood by the side of Jack Lord's
Steve McGarrett on "Hawaii Five-O" than Danno, played with such greatness by James MacArthur.
Today, as true "Five-O" fan, I am so sad as I learned of the passing of a terrific actor in so many roles, but he will always be Danno to me.
Now, whenever I hear my little niece say "Book 'em, Danno" in the future, I know James MacArthur will be looking down from Heaven smiling at her.
Aloha, Danno. I know Jack Lord's happy to have you with him again. You guys WERE the heart of "Hawaii Five-O" for all of us, and always will.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:30:30 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

Thanks, Otto. Same here, brudda.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:26:32 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: bereaved

Big Chick. I'd hug ya if i could. "but there IS NO gun."

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:23:36 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

“I am a spiritual person who believes that the whole 5-0 unit is back together.”

That is really beautiful, Amy. Thanks for sharing that.

So saddened, man. So saddened. Aloha, Danno. So long James MacArthur.

Looking back on his life and career, it is like Steve use to say:

“Well done, Danno. Well done.”

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 19:16:09 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Good JMacA movies, besides the Disney ones already mentioned, are "The Truth About Spring" (I have had a crush on John Mills since long before I ever watched H50!) and "Spencer's Mountain", in which he plays an earlier version of John-Boy Walton. In that one, his parents are played by Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara, so it's worth watching, even though saccharine and Hollywoodish in its production.

"The Young Stranger" is also very good, with James Daly playing his father - excellent casting!! But I think it's hard to find.

JMacA's episode of "The Untouchables" is interesting. He's wildly cast as a really nasty gangster.

KDMcG, thanks for the kind words. My JL/H50 site was a labor of love, and a lot of fun to do. Do you remember the story about going to Jack's high school in Brooklyn, and to the Met to view his art? I and a couple of other intrepid Hawaii Five-0logists made the trip, researching his background. It was an amazing adventure.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 18:49:21 PDT


Submitted by: RobertScorpio
From: San Diego

A very sad day....heaven now has the original crew up there and when I finally pass, I expect to have some new adventures to enjoy for eternity!!!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 18:46:32 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Thank you,Mike, for bringing his agent's summary of JM's life. He was a role model for many and deservedly so.
The whole Hawaii Five 0 family, the old and the new,Hawaii, and the whole world, will be remembering him.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 17:56:25 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

Very sad news today... thanks for the memories James...

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 17:25:50 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

OMG, what a sad story: bit.ly/dClDBg

Also, Al Harrington mourns the death of his colleague JM: bit.ly/dC60XU

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 17:14:36 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have posted the first "bookem" on my main page (which has been replaced by a special page today). You can get there by clicking on "The Hawaii Five-O Home Page" at the top of the page.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 16:53:07 PDT


Submitted by: Anne
From: Tangerine

Just signed in and saw the sad news...it's hard to say how one feels when this happens. I loved James MacArthur's style and talent. And yes, he was not a "feature player"...he was and is a star. Rest well, Jimmy. You gave us lots to remember you by. :!sadsmile:

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 16:39:06 PDT


Submitted by: Bryan Power
From: Michigan

ALOHA Danno

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 16:38:30 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

I heard the news this morning (7.30am Friday) and was sad to hear that he had gone. Along with "Hawaii Five-O", I have "Kidnapped", "Swiss Family Robinson" and "Battle of the Bulge" in my DVD collection along with a copy of the episode of "Bonanza" that he appeared in ("Check Rein";).

James MacArthur was one of the best. He was the last to be hired of the original cast and the last one to leave us. Thank you for all the wonderful performances and memories you have left us with.

Rest in Peace James MacArthur.

Long live Danny Williams.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 16:21:49 PDT


Submitted by: bob
From: boston mass

RIP Danno.....another legend has left us

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 16:02:12 PDT


Submitted by: Karen Grove
From: Mineral Point PA USA

Oh so sad to hear about James MacArthur's death. Oh how sad, always loved him as an actor.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:54:38 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping it Real
From: LA

James was always above reproach and I send my condolences to his family and all of you, his fans, because it is like losing a member of your family also.

Good for you Heather and Mr. Mike, for meeting and talking with James. What you both put out for all of his fans always helps with continuing his memory. Leave it to Mike to ask him about the Asian actors. LOL

Fred, I am glad you join many of us that enjoy the new show. I personally enjoy all the character stories because I am tired of all the straight procedurals on TV and like to get invested in the personal lives of the characters. Makes me understand where they come from and what motivates them. But I am glad you are giving the show time to grow.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:51:16 PDT


Submitted by: Amy
From: Boston

So saddened and shocked by Jim's passing. He gave us so many wonderful years of entertainment. I never got to meet him, but he came across as a real class guy who was extremely down to earth. I loved Jim as an actor, and as a person. Jim and Jack played so well off each other. No question they will go down in history as one of the great tv pairings of all time. I do not forget Zulu and Kam. I am a spiritual person who believes that the whole 5-0 unit is back together. Also, Jim is with his Mom, Dad, and sister. RIP Jimmy Mac.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:49:11 PDT


Submitted by: Mandy Turner
From: Greenville, SC

I just wanted to say that I was heartbroken to hear about the passing of James MacArthur. He was one of my all-time favorite actors. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:48:29 PDT


Submitted by: Elaine
From: Watertown, MA

Mahalo James for all the Memories! You were not just a "featured player", you were also a Star! You were an integral part of my weekly Hawaiian fantasy for 11 years and you will be sadly missed. I pray that you are at peace and happy to be with your family and friends again, particularly your mother, the late Great Helen Hayes. It was obvious to me and many others watching "Retire in Sunny Hawaii-Forever", that you had a very special relationship with her.

Albert Einstein believed that upon death, our life force would be released back to the cosmos, where it would become part of the "collective" energy of the universe, because energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it merely changes form. So now, Danno, your life force has been released back to the cosmos, and you will forever be a part of all we hear, see and breathe.

"Far beyond where winds have blown, waking into realms unknown, Footsteps free of space and time, silent thunder, holy mind, In the heart a song of peace..and mercy calling me back home." Michael Stillwater, Graceful Passages.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:29:55 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

A nice article from playbill with emphasis on JM's theatre background. Also one of the few articles not to use the phrase "adopted son of..."

bit.ly/beqNrJ

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:23:10 PDT


Submitted by: Sylvia
From: Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

Such sad news.........We'll always remember not just JM's wonderful portrayal of Danny Williams on the original "Five-O," but also the wonderful Disney movies and the large list of television appearances he made. And we'll remember that he was a class act in all he did.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 15:08:50 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Helen Hayes

When i was seven, the movie BATTLE OF THE BULGE came on TV, and my whole family watched it, and i was the first to yell, "THAT's DANNO!" I remember that moment like it was yesterday, and it was 1971! James played a reluctant officer who gets his 'props' through the course of the movie.

I'm trying to find a good J Mac movie to get on Netflix.

Mirna: thanks for your picks on S1 favorite list. But obviously it's on the back burner at the moment! Stay in touch.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:56:31 PDT


Submitted by: donno
From: nc

~ God rest you James! Thank you for your instrumental role in creating "Danno". My Dad was just asking me about you yesterday as we were watching the new version of the series that I had recorded from TV. I told him that you were the only primary character still living, and now, only a day later, you've departed us far too soon. You portrayed many fine characters and your portrayal of Danny Williams is one of your best. Thank you so much for my all-time favorite TV show! ~ Fred, the answer to your question is: Season 7, episode name is "Welcome To Our Branch Office", but it doesn't end quite like you described in your post. The finale is in McGarrett's office. I hope this helped you. ~ Be(ing) there! ALOHA!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:27:37 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I got to meet JM a few times. I first encountered him at the Five-O conventions in Burbank and Honolulu in 1996, though this was kind of at a distance. My WWW site had only been running for a couple of years, and I actually printed out the whole thing and took it with me in a huge binder weighing about 5 pounds, hauling this everywhere. (I don't recall hardly anyone actually looking at this thing, either). This was a long time before you could show somebody web pages on a cel phone, an iTouch or via a laptop with wireless. A couple of years later, JM was in Vancouver shooting the forgettable TV movie Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister. Jerry Pickard, another major Five-O fan who also lived in Vancouver, phoned me up and asked me if I wanted to have dinner with JM. How could I say no? JM was in good spirits, laughing that he was bugging his wife (who was back in California) by telling her that he had a nude scene with his co-star in this movie, Kelly McGillis. The conversation got interesting when I brought up the issue of white actors playing Asians in Five-O, something which has always bugged me, considering there was no shortage of capable Asian actors at the time. JM's response, which used a bad word, was not what I expected! He thought I wanted to make an issue of political correctness, which was not the case -- I was more of the opinion that the white guys just played Asian actors BADLY, not that they had played them at all. Anyway, JM was obviously not too annoyed, since he paid for my (and Jerry's) dinner. :)

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:24:26 PDT


Submitted by: Gareth
From: South Wales

The episode in question is "Welcome To Our Branch Office" which aired as the 11th segment of Season 7 on December 3, 1974. The billed guest stars were Cameron Mitchell and Frank Gorshin, and the doubles were played by Ralph P. Hanalei (Fake Ben), Thorwald Boie (Fake McGarrett), Bernard Ching (Fake Chin) and Lowell Larson/the late James MacArthur (Fake Danno). Hope this helps!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:19:50 PDT


Submitted by: Fred
From: Kentucky

Since we're using this forum to honor MacArthur in addition to sharing thoughts on the new show, I'll ask a question:

What episode of the original featured a set of bad guys who impersonated the H50 team? I'd like to know the season number and episode title.

Near the end, both McGarretts face-off in an airport, I think and Steve says, "Well I'll be damned."

Thanks.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:04:01 PDT


Submitted by: Sean Zimbalist
From: USA

RIP Mr. MacArthur.
He will always be remembered as the great Danno in the Great and Only Hawaii Five-O.
No wanna be actors will never replace Jack Lord , James M. and the rest of the team.
There is only ONE Hawaii Five-O.
Say NO to bad imitations.
Very sad about the news. My heart goes to his family.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 14:00:11 PDT


Submitted by: Fred
From: Kentucky

I like the new permutation of H50. While it's not my father's (or my) H50, it has its strengths. We fans of the original can be thankful they didn't try to build the show around the new Steve McGarrett being the love child or nephew of the Jack Lord McGarrett. How lame would that be!

I've heard it said that new show is too violet in comparison to the old, but I don't think so. I was always amused that this big man (Lord) carried such a small gun (snub .38, I think). Still, the new show parallels law enforcement techniques of today...with LOTS of license for action, I admit. It needs all the violence and technology to hold a modern audience.

Can't wait for them to introduce the Wo Fat character.

My singular complaint are the "side stories" dealing with the characters' personal lives where they don't impact the case they are working on. McGarrett sleeping with his girl friend; Danny's daughter. Those scenes take away time from the story.

Granted, the original H5O spent too much time with pans of the island, but Hawaii as a US state was only 9 years old when the series started. Few of us had seen much of the exotic islands at that point. There where too many scenes of McGarrett running down the steps of Iolani Palace to his car also.

I hope the show does well and runs for several seasons. The cast and crew will settle into their roles and do well, I think.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 13:53:56 PDT


Submitted by: SD Jack
From: California

The new 5-0 series had great special effects to kick off show 1 (and 2) but the lack of good scripts and rather bad acting (particularly the Danno character) is going to slowly drag the show down. I admit I am a original 5-0 junky but the actors are not very good. As with movies today, the show has nice computerized gimmicks but they can not sustain the hour. When the actors start speaking I get very bored. I particularly miss the original 5-0 character actors who were used over and over again. They really need to get a better team of writers, and they really miss Morton Stevens musical themes throughout the episodes.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 13:36:38 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

What I meant by "original cast" is "regular cast" from the original show. This includes the likes of Herm Wedemeyer, Zulu, Harry Endo, Richard Denning, etc. But not recurring guest stars like Jimmy Borges. Hmmmm... now that I think about it regular cast also includes William Smith and Sharon Farrell who are still alive. So I guess 3 are remaining - Harrington, Smith, and Farrell. Is Doug Mossman dead?

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 13:31:12 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Strictly speaking, Harrington was not in the "original cast," if you mean the main actors from the first four years. Harrington did play other characters in The Box (season one), The Late John Louisiana and The Double Wall(season three), No Bottles ... No Cans ... No People and For a Million ... Why Not? (season four)

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 13:26:29 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Sad news indeed. RIP Jim. :!cry: Unless I'm mistaken the only surviving member from the original cast is Al Harrington, right?

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 13:20:30 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Statement from Peter Lenkov....

"We've lost a special part of our heritage today. James' talents and memorable role helped bring this series to life, and his support of our remake meant the world to us. The phrase 'Book 'em Danno' will forever be testimony to an actor and character that will not be forgotten. The thoughts and prayers of everyone here at 'Hawaii Five-0' go out to his family, his friends and his many, many fans around the world."

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 12:53:38 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Honolulu Star-Advertiser story: bit.ly/9Fbvs8

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 12:45:17 PDT


Submitted by: Mirna
From: UCLA

:( I am so sorry for Mr. MacArthur death.
Danno is one of my favorites characters .
Otto. I have my list. School work keeps me busy. Sorry I am late.
Favorite 5 episodes , S 1 ,
 
The ways of love.
Pray, Love, Remember.
The box
Deathwatch
Tiger by the tail.
 
Hi back to everyone!
 
And Heather, I LOVE Jack Lord. The hair, the clothes. He is all man !
 
Working in the S 2 list.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 12:22:06 PDT


Submitted by: KDMCG

Heather-you are a star! My honor to be in such illustrious 'company'-i liked that page a lot!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:59:52 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Sorry...I meant HI for the memorial, specifically Honolulu. I'm a little verklempt right now and not typing too well.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:57:44 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

I think a group donation would be a fantastic idea and a way to let his family and friends know how much we all loved him...even if most of us only knew him through his television work. Perhaps the Curator would want to coordinate donations? If not, I'm sure we can figure out a reasonable way to do it.

There are also mentions of several memorial services in NY, CA and HA. Not sure if those will be open to fans, though.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:54:52 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

I agree that we should do something as a group. Although I would like to give to one of Jimmy's causes, I would also like to see at least a small group of flowers at his funeral. Please keep me posted on what we decide to do and how I can contribute.

Then, maybe we can give the biggest gift of all - stop squabbling.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:53:27 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

The Hawaii Theatre looks like a very good cause. If you go to their website (hawaiitheatre com) and scroll down the left side to "Mission & Need" you can see what their goals are.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:49:13 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Big City Gal - thanks for the info. Hey Guestbook people, should we donate something as a group? That would be nice. Maybe other fan groups can participate as well.

KDMcG: yes, that was me. And I made the memorial pages for Jack when he died. So as you can see, I have "True Fan" credentials ;) I ended up giving the website to another fan - not sure what ended up happening to it.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:46:25 PDT


Submitted by: Big City Gal
From: NYC

Ahhhhh, crap. This so blows. Loved Jim. He was my first TV crush.

In case anyone wants to do something as a memorial, I found this at the Hollywood Reporter....

"In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington; the Helen Hayes Hospital in Nyack; the Solebury School MOM Fund in New Hope; the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church in Palm Desert, Calif.; and the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu."

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:38:30 PDT


Submitted by: KDMCG
From: a sad sad day

@Heather-so you are THE heather who had the website at one time? Wow, honored!

Apparently James died last Friday; possibly some illness--just saying--we all get old and the body is a haven of disease. What a great honorable individual--an old school gentleman by all account!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:32:36 PDT

Mr. Mike comments: I have it on good authority that this rumour about him dying on Friday, October 22 is not correct. The correct date is Thursday, October 28.


Submitted by: Ben Masters
From: Fountain Inn, SC

:!cry: James MacArthur is one of the main reasons why I got the first seven releases of the original "Five-O." Lord, MacArthur, Zulu, Fong, Wedemeyer, etc.-- they were the real "Five-O." This new "Five-O" (which I'm going to start referring to as "Five-Faux";) can't act worth a hill of beans (just my opinion, of course). I may be in the minority, but I have yet to see a full outing of O'Loughlin, Caan, Kim, and Park, and that may be a long time coming.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:21:23 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

I am so sad about this.
He will always be the real Danno for me.
Such a talented man.
My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
RIP.
:!cry: :!cry:

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 11:05:08 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

What terrible news. I'm so sad.

In the '90s, I had the honor of meeting him a few times and interviewing him for an article on Jack and H50. We met at his home in Palm Desert. He was very cordial and charming and did his duty, telling me a few stories about H50, then he went off the record and told me even more interesting stuff that I couldn't use. But his heart didn't seem to be in it. He clearly felt that H50 was in the far distant past for him, and it wasn't all that fascinating to talk about. Once we went off the record and ended the "official business", we had a more personal chat for a couple of hours about the stage, his illustrious parents, the stage, art, writing, and baseball. Then he showed me around his house and I got to hold a couple of Oscars! He was an avid reader and collected rare dictionaries.

I was really looking forward to seeing him guest on the new show. But I had a feeling something was "up" because he didn't make any appearances.

I guess this is really the end of an era :!cry:

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:58:15 PDT


Submitted by: KDMCG
From: bye bye Mr. Macarthur...

Very sad news indeed. It would be a nice gesture if they put up an in memory of slide just before next week's episode.

I cannot believe it. The last of the original cast has passed away; i had a funny feeling this would happen and had hoped that they would have agreed to a cameo earlier.

Wow, some great childhood memories. My condolences to his family. And, thanks to Curator for passing on the news through the Hawaii Five O yahoo group.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:52:03 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Pittsburgh

Mr. MacArthur was a lovely and gracious man in addition to being talented and handsome. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:50:42 PDT


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Otto,

Don't worry, I won't forget you. I'll always have your back. Really sad news about James MaCarthur, I feel like crying. I'll say a prayer for him. You did well James, You did well. The world was a better place for your presence.

One more time for the road. Book 'em Danno. God Bless.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:43:37 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Danno

RIP JAMES: remember, when you get where your going, BOOK 'EM!

Sad news indeed.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:23:09 PDT


Submitted by: Big H
From: Raleigh, NC

Man, I am bummed out. How ironic this is....I was just watching an ep last night where Danno's life was put into serious jepardy (I think it is the first ep of Season 7 .... he was kidnapped by terrorists) and I thought to myself while watching the ep...."well, Jimmy Mc is still kicking while most of the old gang is gone."

Book 'em one last time for us, Danno....your work will live on.

Hey guys, if you want to see Jimmy Mc in a stellar performance outside of 5-0....check out "The Interns."

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:20:19 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Detroit

Yo Rainbow: It's been a while since we've heard from ya. Don't forget us!

So after ten contributions to the 'Five Favorites of Season 1', here are the results. Asterisks denote vote tally. One voter couldn't boil it down to five, so there are fifty-one votes (understandable quandary)

Painted Daisies ********
Ways of Love *******
Deathwatch ****
The Box ****
Tiger by the Tail ****
Pray Love Remember ***
Yesterday Died ***
Uptight ***
Full Fathom ***
24-Karat ***
Once Upon **
6 Kilos **
Strangers in *
Face of the Dragon *
No Blue Skies *
One for the Money *
Cocoon *

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:18:11 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Details on James's death:

bit.ly/cSXCic

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 10:03:36 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

ATTENTION! I just got a text from a friend. James McArthur has passed away. I will get back with the details when I find out more.

RIP James.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 09:59:04 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

Thanks Rainbow Warrior. Good to hear from you, brudda. Chicken will give that Detroit 187 a look see.

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 08:55:20 PDT


Submitted by: Steve's Girl
From: Germany

My Top Five S2 (not necessarily in that order) are

Just Lucky, I Guess
A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead
Cry, Lie
Blind Tiger
The Singapore File

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 08:40:26 PDT


Submitted by: Rainbow Warrior
From: New York, NY

Great, Great, Post Mirna and I LOVE UCLA, it's a great school, and a great place.

Shout outs to my Fave Big Chicken and Otto along with Dalen and Elaine.

Don't have much time to visit the site anymore, and when I did it was raising my blood pressure, but still Keepin the Faith, brother.

If you haven't seen it..... for the old Five-O fans there is a show that is very much in the sprit of our beloved classic "Five-O" It's called "Detroit 187" at 10:00 on Tuesday nights. Great writing and acting, reminds me of the our beloved classic. Check it out.....And no, I don't work for ABC, but did once work for the Big Peacock. :p

Ciao brothers!

Added: Thursday 28 October 2010 07:49:21 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: '68-'80

A Thousand Pardons--You're Dead
Just Lucky, I Guess
The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild!
Singapore File
The King Kamehameha Blues

(in that order)

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 21:31:15 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle

Hey Big H - thanks for the kind words, brudda. Shout outs to Kimo. We’ll jus hafta keep the place rockin in his absence, man.

Chicken with you, H, I’m all for stimulatin discourse & free exchange a ideas. And now, onto Chick’s pix for Second season:

1. Just Lucky (Bombay, All the Way)
2. Thousand Pardons (You’re gonna keep comin up that Hill)
3. 40 Feet High (Someone handed you the wrong fortune cookie)
4. Sweet Terror (Chick luv the audaciousness of this plot)
5. Singapore File (One a Mr. Mike’s faves, Chicken’s too)

Lastly, shouts outs to Mirna, studyin the Five-O at UCLA.

And thanx to Mr. Mike, for keepin us kids in line ;)

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 21:00:16 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

bit.ly/d8l3Rm

James Marsters Heading Back to HAWAII FIVE-0
HAWAII FIVE-0 is bringing back a villain and adding a fun twist.

TV Guide reports that James Marsters will reprise his role as Victor Hesse, who killed Steve McGarrett’s father in the pilot, in a Christmas-themed episode of the CBS drama this December. Even better, he will have a connection to another villain named Wo Fat. Fans of the first Hawaii Five-0 will recognize that name as original flavor Steve McGarrett’s archenemy, who was played by Khigh Dheigh.

The new Wo Fat will be a fresh take on the old character, though executive producer Peter Lenkov said, “There’s buzz about Tia Carrere being Wo Fat, but we do have a man in mind.”

One more tidbit about the holiday episode: we’ll apparently get to see Danny as Santa.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 20:45:53 PDT


Submitted by: Bretta
From: Portland Oregon

I think Hawaii Five O will evolve into a great show. It's still to early to tell....Not enough history for the characters yet.....I hope they can incorporate some light humor into the series...It makes them easier to like.....
I have two admit though......When is ROBIN MASTERS going to call....Or when will THOMAS MAGNUM help them out on a case?
Probably not this season, since Blue Bloods is keeping
everyone busy?
Oh well, just a thought. :D

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 19:45:42 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Mirna, Jack's great hair gets even more astounding in the later seasons. It could rescue a damsel in distress all by itself! :D

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 19:31:32 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

My Top Five S2:

1 A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead
2 Just Lucky, I Guess
3 Cry, Lie
4 Forty Feet High, And It Kills
5 The Devil And Mr Frog

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 18:47:58 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

As much as I love the stories in both "Cry, Lie" and "Most Likely to Murder" and as well-acted as they are I really couldn't get myself to include them in my top 5. In fact I'd have a hard time squeezing them into my top 10 simply because I'd have to place "A Thousand Pardons", "Killer Bee", "Just Lucky", "Run Johnny Run", and "Which Way Did they Go" ahead of those two. Now that I think about it the only stinker in season 2 was "To Hell With Babe Ruth". And I also thought that "Three Dead Cows" was needlessly stretched out into a 2-parter. Not one of my favorites. But on the whole season 2 was excellent!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 18:42:31 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

My top 5 from Season 2 - in no particular order...

Forty Feet High and It Kills!
The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild!
Blind Tiger
Cry, Lie
Most Likely To Murder

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 16:20:59 PDT


Submitted by: Ed
From: Honolulu

I placed my order for Season 10 on Amazon about two weeks ago. The price at that time was $34.99.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 15:51:45 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

I received e-mail from Amazon today advising me that Season 10 is available for pre-order (the next step after being notified when it becomes available). The price at this point is $36.95, although it could be less if the price drops on or before December 14th. Has anyone else received this notification?

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 15:27:01 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: This rock

Oops, i see a tenth person did post the five faves. Well, if Mirna posts, then it'll be eleven

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 14:48:11 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Mainland

To Mirna: I'm glad somebody as young as you appreciates the original Five-O. You have one more KONO season coming, but the post-Kono years are good also. Please tell us your favorite five episodes from Season 1, to make an even ten people. I want to post the results.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 14:42:49 PDT


Submitted by: Mirna
From: UCLA

Hi all !
My name is Mirna,23 ,UCLA student,and I am a big fan of the show. Each week I watch a couple of episodes with a group of friends at UCLA. We love it.
I only have 3 seasons. I cannot afford anymore right now. But with Christmas almost here :)
About the new show. Well I don't like it. To be honest if I get in trouble I hope Jack Lord to come to my rescue, with his great hair and strong personality, Yes, Sir, and not the fake McGarrett. The old show is interesting to watch and follow, the new one is about blowing things up and hot people. We have a lot of those around.
Great site!! Hope you don't mind if I visit again.
BTW. Funny review. I could had been the writer of that.
bit.ly/d2R5Lo

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 13:44:28 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Another comment on the H50 yahoo group about Alex;

I agree with you. I am seeing nuances of the old Steve in his strength and single focused drive. I was very skeptical at first but I'm really enjoying the characters and their performances. Plus, like Jack some 40 years ago, he's not bad to look at. ; - )

Sarah

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:37:26 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

The running family where someone broke a leg or something would have made much more sense. I wonder if the water thing was an attempt at including some island facts into the show, but that didn't work very well for me. :p

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:33:31 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

The water shouldn't have been contaminated in the first place. This "puh-lease" moment was totally unnecessary. The family should have just gotten TIRED from running up and down mountain paths, or maybe one of the family members could have injured themselves (broken their ankle or whatever). Seriously, it wouldn't have taken them that long to get tired anyway, not that time compression or expansion is a big factor on the new Five-O. How long did it take them and McGarrett/Chin to "fly from Oahu to Molokai"?

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:28:32 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Mike, one thing I would like to have seen done differently on the new show was when the family drank the contaminated water, Chin Ho said anyone who drank that water would be down in an hour. But they all got sick in two minutes!LOL

Also, when Steve shot that guy and he fell, if you look at when he first fell, his arms landed forward and he had no blood on him, and his eyes were closed. Next shot, when Steve goes down to the body, his arm is behind him, presumably broken, and his eyes are open and he is bleeding.

Little miscues that hopefully the editors will catch. ;)

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:21:10 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

From the Hollywood Reporter:

bit.ly/bLgpZQ

Apparently DVR viewing is being taken very seriously now by all the networks in determining what shows are declared hits and which shows can be saved from cancellation. H50 is the #1 DVR'd show ever and gains the most viewership from it.

This is from the Hollywood Reporter which is a very respectable source of info and does not belong to any network.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:14:55 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

What one little change would you make in a show which would have made a big difference in the way things progressed logically? My example is with the new show, but I'm sure there are some examples with the old show too.

In new show #4 (the prison break show) at the beginning, the convict takes a guard hostage. He then Crazy Glues the guard's lips shut, rigs a gun in the guard's hand in a splint and dresses the guard in an orange prison jumpsuit so the SWAT team thinks that the guard is him (the convict). But there is no motivation for the guard to walk out of the prison to meet his impending doom. Considering the guard says "I have three kids," all the convict had to do was tell him "Yeah, and they are all dead meat if you don't do what I say." But then you could ask "Well, how does the convict know where the guard lives to make a threat like this," to which the answer MIGHT be "he looked at the guard's driver's license, etc. [would the guard carry this on the job, though -- maybe it was in his locker, etc., etc.]."

There are additional questions with this whole opening sequence. Like are there only TWO guards in the entire prison (the convict shoots the other one dead)? And there are no cameras in the prison to keep tabs on what is going on, being monitored by guards somewhere else? This IS a maximum security prison!

Yeah, I know it is bad writing here ... you don't have to tell me!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 12:13:19 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

That is pretty funny! At least it shows the show is improving in ways many here would like to see it improve. I am looking forward to next week's show.It sounds very exciting!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 11:32:56 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

My top five for the new show:

Ko'olauloa (Monday night's show)

(LOL)

By the way, did anyone notice that it looks like Kono rides a bicycle to and from work!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 11:20:11 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Yeah my love for seasons 2 and 3 is largely due to fantastic espionage stories in those seasons. Season 1 only had "Cocoon" when it comes to espionage which I really loved. But of course I loved season 1 for other reasons - Big Chick, Jerry Parks, Joe Matsukino, Victor Reese, the whole fresh hippie vibe, McG at his coolest! Far out, baby!!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 11:18:11 PDT


Submitted by: Big H
From: Raleigh, NC

"You know, people may say baaaad things about you. But I believe in the Law. The Law is Cool. The law protect people from other people sayin baaaaad things...."

Chicken, you are hilarious, you know that? If we could only get Kimo back, this place really would ROCK. He is probably working hard on 2.0 somewhere right now.

I know Mr. Mike is the one and only ultimate boss, but I am not in favor of censoring anybody just because of differences on two shows. The free exchange of ideas (and opinions) is what it's all about. Five-0 1.0 needs no defense. It set the bar very high, and it's up to 2.0 to excel to that level.

Here's my top five...no particular order, just off the top o' the head....

Full Fathom - (cold-blooded poetry at beginning, and McG ripped Danno (Nobody asked YOU!!)

Painted Daisies - (Don't bleed, Danno....THINK!!!)

24 Karat Kill - (hey, Marj Dusay, what can I say?!?!)

Ways of Love - (McG's undercover character was just too kooky not to love)

Cocoon (Hey, it was love at first site for me)

And I' know I"ll catch grief but....

ONCE UPON A TIME ( "I'd rather take up with a cobra", "thanks, Chicky-baby" (smooch) and McG cries for nephew ..."Who made me Big Daddy to the world?". )

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 11:09:38 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

ringfire - "I'm a sucker for international intrigue/espionage stories"

Me, too. So I have to really go through season 2 and think about this.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 11:08:27 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

I am good with your solution, Mike. Thank you Heather for your post also. I only want to post news about the new show and have absolutely no desire to blast anyone or the old show. I am good if you want to ignore my post. I just ask for the chance to post without being jumped on.

So I am very happy with Mike's solution and I intend to comply completely. Thank you Mike.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 10:58:15 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Ok, now onto season 2. It'd be so much easier to post a top 10 but 5 mean Five. So here we go:

1) "A Bullet for McGarrett" - dir. Paul Stanley
2) "The Singapore File" - dir. Robert Gist
3) "Blind Tiger" - dir. Abner Biberman
4) "Nightmare Road" - dir. John Newland
5) "Leopard on the Rock" - dir. Irving J. Moore

I'm a sucker for international intrigue/espionage stories so "Nightmare Road" and "Leopard on the Rock" hold a special place in my heart even though I typically don't hear too much praise for those two. And of course it hurts to exclude other brilliant eps like "A Thousand Pardons", "Just Lucky, I Guess", "Killer Bee", "Which Way Did they Go?", etc.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 10:40:08 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Kapu thug at HHV bar drinking a Blue Hawaii? Laughable.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 10:35:25 PDT


Submitted by: boris
From: spfld ma

top five s2 - tough to leave out walken and singapore file and cry, lie but five mean five, as big chicken would say:

Joker's Wild
1000 Pardons, You're Dead Mofo
Devil and Mr Frog
Just Lucky, I Guess
Most Likely to Murder

Hans, it's good to heas S9 is good. I only saw scattered seasons (those mid 80's re-airs from channel 9 in NY) and some VHS stuff a friend sent me - until the dvds came out. Now I've seen through 8. It's amazing how well the show holds up even in s8 - not a big let down. Especially s1-s6 are all pretty freakin excellent - what the earlier shows have in raw power the later ones make up with just making me feel sheer gratitude that the Lord and the Lenny kept pushing that long. s10 will be out soon. So since I havent seen s9 yet - it means another 50 episodes to get me through the winter.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 10:27:35 PDT


Submitted by: Ed
From: Honolulu

There are two stories on the new Five-0 in today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser. They arein the business section. The first is another story on this week's ratings. The second story is about the Hilton Hawaiian Village brand being used in the series. Also, if you click on the Features section, and scroll down, you will see a group photo with Nancy Kwan in the middle.

Ed

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 10:25:03 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Thank you, Mr. Mike. My apologies to you and this site if I ruffled feathers. But I agree and I will be the first to concur.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 09:28:15 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: USS Arizona

Big Chick: one of my comments was deleted but it turned out to be an accident. No big deal. The Soon Taik O comment was a joke, I know the dude who went by that name.

I will not vote against K.I.R. or anyone else. If I let someone get me annoyed, then it's my own fault!

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 09:23:35 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

I have a much better solution. Why don't we all (and this is people on both sides of the fence) calm down, lay off the personal attacks for whatever reason, and focus on discussing the merits of the old and new shows.

Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that someone (especially newbies) will get their nose out of joint because someone else says they like the new show for whatever reason and the newbie thinks the old one was the greatest thing since the invention of sliced cheese. But there are ways of dealing with this. Like you do NOT have to post a response!

Because if this doesn't happen, I am going to resort to either implementing Twitter-length messages again or making this a moderated guestbook, which means that if you make a post, I will have to approve it. And I am not going to sit by the computer 24 hours a day waiting for people to post so I can instantly OK what they have to say. You will be lucky if I approve messages 2 or 3 times a day. Or I will just delete messages that I don't like.

OK?

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 09:22:45 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Dalen - I don't think that is a good idea. My personal feeling was not at all that I wanted KIR removed or banned. My concerns were not so much WHAT she says but HOW she says things. I simply thought that she should just take a break and gain some perspective. Cooling down a bit is good.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 09:06:22 PDT


Submitted by: Dalen Quaice
From: Burbank, CA, USA

"If Mike decides that KIR doesn't belong on his site, he can be the one to tell her that."

I have an idea: just a suggestion to Mike. How about putting this to a vote of guestbook contributors? - all in favor of "removing" KIR say, "Book her, Mike!" That sounds quite fair.

Another suggestion would be limiting the number of posts that anyone can make within a certain timeframe so that any one person does not dominate the board (with the exception of Mike).

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 08:56:33 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Top 5 from Season 1:

1. Pray, Love, Remember (Felt so sorry for Benny. I remember McGarrett's reaction at the end.)
2. And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin
3. Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born (Nice feature with Danny)
4. Ways of Love
5. Once Upon a Time (Parts 1 and 2) (some of it far-fetched even for its time but this one stands out)

Guess that really makes Top 6, doesn't it?

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 08:26:53 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Barbara, to be fair, there has been some "ganging up" on KIR and it hasn't been pretty. Telling her not to defend the new show so much, or to go away and post at another site for a while, is an attempt to silence her. As you said in one of your earlier comments, if people don't like the new show, they can use the remote. And if people don't like KIR's comments, they can skip reading them. Nobody is forcing them to read or respond. If Mike decides that KIR doesn't belong on his site, he can be the one to tell her that.

Furthermore, I don't like your comment that she's an "obsessed Alex fan" and you don't want to be lumped together with her. As if there's something wrong with being obsessed! OK, we're obsessed with a different show and different actors, but still! I would hope that we could tolerate that quirk in others! :)

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 08:20:50 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

Almost done Season 9 and I quite enjoyed “See How She Runs”, especially the part when the creepy Todd Daniels falls out of the window. He can’t move and needs medical attention but the “Reborn” cult tells him “no doctors” so they pray for him instead… he’s freaked out by this and gets just what he deserved… it’s a different kind of subtle humor I find brilliant…

It’s one of the better “cult” shows with lines like “yesterday is death brothers and sisters, tomorrow is beautiful” and makes me wish I could have witnessed the writers sitting around hashing out some of these “far out” episodes…

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 07:23:01 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

"To KIR (Amy?). Just a quick question. Why do you always post that you are from LA when you actually live in the Baltimore area? Just wondering."

Yeah. That was polite and not condemning at all. ;)

Why don't you just say:

"KIR, why do you lie about where you are from? Just wondering." It amounts to the same comment; calling me a liar.

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 02:26:15 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: The Law Is Cool

Hey, hey, Big Chicken attacks no one. We has ourselves a little lively discussion and spirited banter, but now Big Chick labeled a “hater” What’s the deal with that?

You know, people may say baaaad things about you. But I believe in the Law. The Law is Cool. The law protect people from other people sayin baaaaad things

Added: Wednesday 27 October 2010 00:25:33 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

KIR replied: "Last thing. I know you mean well.But when you say you agree with some things but you don't want to be lumped with Alex fans, that is a major cop out. So you don't want to be too positive toward the new show, even if you agree, because you don't want others to think you have become an Alex fan. How sad for Alex. And you."

What I said was that I did not want to be lumped with "obsessed" Alex fans. Big difference. And I never implied that I didn't want to be too positive toward the show, etc. I have posted after each show how I felt about it and the entire cast. I have also posted about how I felt about Alex when I went back to look at his work pre-H50. So please don't twist things around.

Also, read my post. I took from your post that you were the tweeter and for that mistake I apologize. But I did not "accuse" you or ask you in a disrespectful way. Once again, take a deep breath. If you choose to reply, take your best shot and make it good because I have no intention of responding anymore to someone who is hell bent on having the last word.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 23:46:40 PDT


Submitted by: boris
From: season 1

Uptight
Tiger by the Tail
Daisies
Full Fathom 5
Ways of Love

... not necessarily the highest rated by mike but these seem to fit neatly into a top five for me.

Of course there are about 20 eps I love from s1. But these ones are probably the top.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 23:00:09 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Perhaps,Barbara, you could look at the things that have been posted directly at me every time I post something positive about the new show. Polite and fair they are not. That has been true with others, like Robert, who loves both shows, yet he gets attacked by Big Chicken and others, just like me.

The reason things have been divisive is because we have come to support the new show ALONG with the old. WE did not start the negativity. It is certain fans who hate us. I have been called a CBS spy and countless other things.

I get on and 5 people post directly at me when I say good things about the new show. I never put down the old show. I have said countless times it was great. But I have also said it was great in its time. The truth.
But certain fans for some unfathomable reason get all defensive and make it like it is the old vs. the new. Ridiculous. Both can co-exist.

You even accused me of being someone I am not. You didn't ask me nicely. You accused me. Then you come on and try to say I am divisive here.

Here, a few who say,"Who is in solidarity with me?" are the ones who bite.
So if I answer back, I am the bad one. Read some of Otto's and Big Chicken's and others when they post. They are not rude and out of line?
I only post positive about the new show. I guess that makes me bad. You all feel that this site is really YOURS, not Mike's, and that the new show should not be brought up. That is where the conflict comes. Don't say the new show is doing well or is good because we get blasted.

Take a good look who is posting attacks. Then get back to me. Biting posts? Wow! I can't compete with some of the haters.

Last thing. I know you mean well.But when you say you agree with some things but you don't want to be lumped with Alex fans, that is a major cop out. So you don't want to be too positive toward the new show, even if you agree, because you don't want others to think you have become an Alex fan. How sad for Alex. And you.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 22:57:18 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

My previous post was in response to Keeping It Real

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 22:21:13 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Have an account but don't tweet. And yes, I have cut and pasted from internet. Since you have talked about tweeting Lenkov in the past, sounded like this was your tweet especially since the profile was that of someone who is obsessed with Alex as well. Just wondered why the cities didn't match up that's why I asked.

Anyway, may I make a suggestion. You seem to have knowledge about a few things with the new show. Fine. But if you could please tone down the attitude and defensiveness I think people would be less apt to attack you back. Not all of your posts are defensive but many of them are very stinging. I'm only making this suggestion because Mr. Mike has a wonderful site here and has pretty much given us free reign to express our opinions. However, the childishness which used to be boring is now disturbing and has caused a division with the posters.I actually agree with "some" of the things you say but I am very disappointed in the way you say them. In fact, a while back I thought that you crossed the line and said so in a post. I am actually starting to like the new show and cast. However, I don't want to be lumped into a category of obsessed Alex fans because I happen to be on the "other side" of that fence that seems to have been put up lately. Just please take a deep breath before you post and perhaps even take a break from posting to get a little perspective. You can still voice your opinions at your other sites. I would just hate for new fans of the show to find Mr. Mike's site and come here for the first time and wonder what the heck is going on. He's had this site for a very long time and is well respected for it. I know that you are not the only one who has biting posts but if you look back, you will see how things changed when you started posting. Sorry, but I really needed to get that off my chest finally. I'm glad I made your day!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 22:19:45 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Cry Lie

Otto, you went to high school with Soon Taik Oh, man?

Deleted comments? You must be under surveillance now that you been identified as the ringleader of us solidarity-hard-liners. :D You callin the shots, man, jus like Big Chick did in ‘The Box’ :!cool:

Scorpio - maybe you should actually watch some of Hawaii Five-O’s Season One episodes before you go hurlin unfounded accusations at our man Mr. Mike bout his reviews. I doubt you seen even one ep of the groundbreakin 1st season.

Looks like the Five-Zero crowd done gone off the rails, makin outrageous pronouncements against the site boss in a desperate, last ditch attempt to salvage their beloved reboot :!cry:

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 22:17:09 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Des Moines

Oh the new show, the new show, boo hoo hoo. Attention: There is no new show.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 21:47:29 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

To LOL;
Like Julie, who never watched a single episode of the new show which makes all her comments moot, you don't even put your name or where you are from. So your comments are to be equally ignored.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 21:38:36 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Barbara,
I just figured out who you mean. I copied her tweet and Lenkov's answer to show that the story with Steve's dad's murder was still coming and so now you think I am Amy?

OMG! Do you tweet? Have you ever cut and pasted info on the internet before? You have made my day. :D

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:47:50 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

Artis: good comment

Julie: don't respond to the garbage talk, ignore it. it's pathological at this point. it's beneath us.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:47:46 PDT


Submitted by: Sylvia
From: The land of second thoughts

Guess whoever posted as "Curator," then, was not Mr. Mike......Sorry about that. :o

Well, somebody posted here (I think) and said last night's episode reminded them a bit of the original Five-O in the way it was constructed.......Anyway, it did, somewhat.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:38:19 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Julie, all your blustering and you have yet to watch an episode of the new show. Any comment you make goes in the recycle bin under useless information.

Robert, I have to tell you that Mike has been very fair in all his assessments of the new show. He is the reason I still come here. He is not letting the haters take over this site because he respects both shows.

I know sometimes the over the top defensiveness from a few here is unbelievable but Mike is not among them.

Heather, I think it is unfair to compare Grace and Michelle has one is a regular and you have seen more of her. I still say Michelle knocked it out of the ball park in her scenes with Alex. And she is also gorgeous.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:35:45 PDT


Submitted by: Artis Alivenow
From: Amarillo, Tex.

I was looking forward to the new 50. After the first episode I thought: "Well, give it some time to settle in." Well, I've given you guys time and all I can conclude is your writers are playing to a 16 t0 22yr. old crowd. I liked it when the dialogue was for thinking adults, and there wasn't a car chase or motorcycle free for all eating up time. Let's stop dumbing down America.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:27:25 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Barbara:

Who is Amy? You are wrong. Mike, you see how they think they find me? ROFLMAO Mike knows, ask him if I am Amy!! I live in the LA area and I have no reason to lie about that!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:23:47 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

SPOILER ALERT! This is about next week's episode talking about the filming and behind the scene stuff. This is going to be great!It is a YT clip:

bit.ly/cZKW9O

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 20:18:56 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

"How about setting the series back in the 60's ala Madmen, but fill in the missing pieces from the original series, or set the series 'before" '68."

That would be WAY cool! I wished they had done that with the newer James Bond movies.

With that timeframe, they could do my fantasy episode of McGarrett going to Rio to track down a baddie, so he can stride across that wavy black-and-white sidewalk in his blue suit! And fall for a beautiful carioca! With lots of bossa nova in the soundtrack! :D

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:21:11 PDT


Submitted by: Amy
From: Boston

Correction: The title of the episode where Kono exchanges himself for the little boy who was kidnapped is THE RANSOM. Sorry for the error.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:14:36 PDT


Submitted by: Amy
From: Boston

I am losing it. The title of the Kono episode where he exhanges himself for the little kidnapped boy is THE RANSOM.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:12:07 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Poughkeepsie

Yo Soon Taik O,

Didn't we go to high school together? Or am I crazy?

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:08:29 PDT


Submitted by: Soon Taik Oh
From: Schenectady

I have been reading this site with interest. I come to neither support or deny the new show. But I have some comments:
1. Can't get over the new Kono. She is hot but the original Kono is one of the best casting of a natural actor of any police drama since the Wire.
2.They should have never have used the same characters. Instead they should have set the series either before or after the original series. It shows a lack of originality to merely recycle the original characters.
3. How about setting the series back in the 60's ala Madmen, but fill in the missing pieces from the original series, or set the series 'before" '68.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:05:48 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

Some excellent comments over the past couple of days. Things are trippy on The Guestbook. Most definitely an elevated level of emotion running through this place.

Funny when things get freewheelin'. Ain't no big thing to spot who's logical and lucid, and who's bat sh*t crazy.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 19:03:27 PDT


Submitted by: Amy
From: Boston

I have to admit that last night's episode was much better than the others. There was substance and real emotion. The pacing was even. It actually was believable. Of course I am judging this series on its own. The classic does not even enter into it.

I think these episodes of the classic need to be seen by viewers who have never seen the original.
KING OF THE HILL, THE YOUNG ASSASSINS, THE DEVIL AND MR.. FROG(is this the one where Kono exchanges himself for the kidnapped little boy?)
CRY LIE
They epitomize the closeness, and love the 5-0 unit had for one another. It was one for all and all for one.

Of course, there are so many others. These just came to mind.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:57:40 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: East Village

Yo Big Chick, i left you a comment that got deleted, ha ha! I'm scratchin' my head tryin' to figure out what the offensive part was! But hey, the site boss is the boss!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:55:42 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

To HRR, et al. I agree. "Pray" was outstanding! In fact, it is an episode that becomes better when you see it again. Definitely in my top 5.

1. "Strangers in Our Own Land"
2. "Pray Love Remember..."
3. "24 Karat Kill"
4. "Six Kilos"
5. "The Ways of Love"

I also agree that "Cocoon" needs a vote here.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:39:27 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

Why shouldn't Mr. Mike be free to change his assessment of an episode? This is HIS site, and the ratings are his opinions. Tastes change.

And i think he's been very fair with the new show. Hell, i would have expected the boss of this site to be like me and discount it outright, but he's obviously more open-minded than i am!

This is starting to feel like Kindergarten.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:37:08 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

"And Mike, changing your reviews of the old show just to make the point you hate this new show is a low for you."

What the heck are you talking about?

My raising the rating for Strangers in Our Own Land from two stars to three? What does that have to do with the new show? NOTHING.

That two star rating has been around for at least ten years, as you can see from this archived posting: bit.ly/9HanZ1

I have been thinking about this show for quite a while that this rating was not high enough, which is why I finally got around to revisiting it today.

I have raised (and lowered) other shows' ratings for the original series many times. It's called "instant revisionism."

And who says I hate the new show? I quite liked the one last night, and I've never rated a new show lower than two stars. Sheesh.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:25:56 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Are you kiddin me, Jack?

Credibility, man. You ain't gots none, Scorpion.

Chick thinks we found our CBS Shiller. All HPD units move in.

Book em Otto!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:20:26 PDT


Submitted by: RobertScorpio
From: San Diego

The episode this week of the new show was better than its first season counterpart of the old show..

And as for ratings? This show is doing just fine. Its up agaisnt MNF, something the old show never was. Its also up against CASTLE which has the cushiest place on ABC's schedule.

It has been picked up for the rest of the season, and will, I predict, be picked up for a new season.

And WOFAT is coming soon...

And Mike, changing your reviews of the old show just to make the point you hate this new show is a low for you. The next thing I know is that all your reviews for season 12 will be raised up a star too. Credibility dude...credibility!!

Rob

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:13:11 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New Amsterdam

Yes, "PRAY" was a great ep. I had forgotten the title on that one. Poor Benny.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 18:09:23 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: I want you to put out an APB on two fish

Chicken’s Top 5+ from S1:

1A - Pilot: Cocoon – “Don’t you ever put a tail on me!”

Eps:

1. “…Painted Daisies” – “The law is cool”
2. Pray Love Remember – “I run some, then I walk.”
3. DeathWatch – “I promised you, Oahu State Prison for life. Let’s go.”
4. 24 Karat Kill – “Chin Ho Kelly, you remember that name”
5. The Box – “It’s the System, Chahlee..."

Pickin a top 5 be a tall order, so Chicken done cheated and included eps & the pilot.

Heather - Chick dig the scene with the Koi & Pray Love is indeed in my top Fiver. Thought Kono sympathizin with Benny & his rooster was a great Kono moment. Zulu done steals the scene there.

Yeah, man, Jack was super cool in Ways O’ Love, RingFire. Pretty Swingin in 6 Kilos also. Shoulda done more a that undercover Steve-O after season 1.

Season one, where it all began. Like RingFire say “When it premiered in 1968 it was as if the gods descended from the heavens and Pele made the earth tremble. Such was the awesomeness of this show!”

True Dat, Bruddas!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 17:57:47 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

Here's my top episodes for season 1 - in no particular order...

....And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin
The Ways of Love
Deathwatch
The Box
Six Kilos

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 17:54:46 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

Just a quick explanation of how TV works here in Australia. The television networks here do deals with the US production companies and do not buy shows individually. As part of their deals they get access to the shows that production company has to offer. They will then announce which ones they plan to air after seeing pilot episodes.

Australian television has to compete with the Internet as people here can access a show within hours of it airing in the USA. If a network thinks that a new show will rate well for them they will air it within hours or days of the US showing - "The Event" is one new show that is already airing here. This what we call fast-tracking.

My point was if the network here that has the rights to the new series of "Hawaii Five-O" thought that it was going to be a ratings winner they wouldn't be waiting 4 or 5 months to put it on - they would be airing it now to get some ratings and extra advertising dollars before the end of the official TV year at the end of November.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 17:39:21 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Mike: "Let's face it, Grace Park can take on that sad look with those big brown eyes and read the phone book in a future episode, and I will listen..."

She's wonderful! Far more attractive and with a much livelier personality than Michelle Borth! :P I may even try "Battlestar Galactica" since she's in it. Friends have recommended it. I've avoided it so far because I never saw the original show, not even one episode.

I also thought Kala Alexander, the guy who played the tattooed Kapu boss, was very good. He has a powerful presence.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 17:39:00 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

"Well, Mr. Mike's recommendation compelled me to watch this week's episode in full."

HUH? What are you talking about, last night's show? I don't recall "recommending" it anywhere, since I only saw it this morning and I am actually waiting for a higher resolution version of it to download so I can watch parts of it again.

While doing this, I already watched "Strangers in Our Own Land" from the first season of the old series again. I dunno why I gave this show only two stars in the past, I have raised this to three.

As to why it didn't go higher, there is something seriously missing with regard to the conspiracy which emerges near the end of the show which is never fully explained.

Still, there are some interesting things in the show, such as some humorous moments (Chin Ho's misprounouncing "La Jolla" and eating the egg off McGarrett's desk), a couple of major tangents which lead the story in unexpected directions, Chin Ho being the "audio-visual guy," and very effective use of color.

Hmmm, where have we encountered those kind of things before? ;)

As far as last night's show is concerned, I quite liked it. Let's face it, Grace Park can take on that sad look with those big brown eyes and read the phone book in a future episode, and I will listen... :p

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:59:31 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Heather: Interesting comment. However, I really don't think that certain individuals work for CBS because CBS would not want them to continue posting comments that cause such divisiveness. The harder you push for certain shows or certain actors, the harder people push back. CBS sure doesn't want that. Besides I think that some people use the knowledge they have (how to get around to certain people and places on the internet) to make you think they are some sort of expert on the subject and have some sort of inside track. Can see right through them.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:49:47 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Otto, it's the one about the Indonesian student who's found strangled, and her big blond boyfriend suspected of the murder. Koi play an important role, hence Steve's request for a bucket!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:32:56 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

There are one or two of you who keep harping on the idea of commenters here working for CBS. You know what, maybe *you're* the shills, and you work for ABC. Just sayin'! :D

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:28:05 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New Amsterdam

Heather, it's been a while for me and i don't remember exactly which episode that is, but i love the first season and it was not an easy task to distill five. I'll check out the synopsis on 'Pray'. Season Two is even more difficult.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:21:39 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

To KIR (Amy?). Just a quick question. Why do you always post that you are from LA when you actually live in the Baltimore area? Just wondering.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:11:48 PDT


Submitted by: LOL
From: Amazing

Keeping it Real , You are hilarious !!!!
You know better than anyone that DVR numbers are good for NOTHING. Advertisers don't pay for those. They are used for Networks press releases.
I am not even going to bother with links. People can read all over the net , those numbers mean 0.
And you post what a CBS executive says. LOL.
Grow up!!
Fact is that Castle won the night in total viewers and demo numbers. Hawaii 50 lost.
Now , stop acting like an obsessed Alex fan and admit the truth.
LOL. And I read that same CBS press release in a TV site. Seems you are not working just here

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 16:11:29 PDT


Submitted by: Heather Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Am I the only one here who puts "Pray Love Remember" among the best of season 1? Anyway, I really like that episode and would like to add it to the other excellent ones that have been mentioned. It has that lovely exchange between Steve and the little Japanese girl, plus humorous stuff -"Get a bucket", etc. Over 12 seasons, there were too few instances of the Five-0 team sharing a laugh. That's one thing that the new series has over the old one.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 15:59:00 PDT


Submitted by: Sylvia
From: Classic TV land

Well, Mr. Mike's recommendation compelled me to watch this week's episode in full......It was a decent episode. Minimalist suits this series - in style and substance (including the music - right, Mr. Mike? :D ).

But I will always wince when I hear the names of the characters said on this show; I'm too much a fan of the original. And I agree with those who say the AOL-Scott Caan back-and-forth has to go.

And if the NCIS shows can have the "freeze" and the "photo stills" going into commercial breaks, why can't this one have "the wave"?

My top 5 episodes from Season 1 of the original:

1. And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin
2. Once Upon a Time, Parts 1 & 2 (Yes, I know; it's still one of my favorites.)
3. The Box
4. Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born
5. Face of the Dragon

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 15:35:34 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Dalen,
Seems to you? Show me any link that backs that up. Otherwise, it is just an uninformed opinion--and a very biased one at that. I can give my link to Mike if you want what I just put up to be confirmed by him. Just let him know.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 15:21:48 PDT


Submitted by: Dalen Quaice
From: Burbank, CA, USA

^Seems to me that the new show is more popular with women than men.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 15:01:35 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

In an effort to avoid the R word, I will not post the link but this is the comment:

NEW YORK — The CBS remake of "Hawaii Five-0" is getting a bigger benefit from DVRs than any other show on prime-time television.
"Hawaii Five-0" wasn't one of the week's top 10 shows through live viewing, but it becomes one when DVR usage is added in. The show is popular with men, and CBS speculated that many of its viewers watch Monday Night Football live and record the drama for later.

"This is becoming the way people are watching television," said Kelly Kahl, CBS' chief scheduling executive. "The overnight ratings may be a quick barometer of how shows are doing but not the entire story."

As I said earlier, this is the way viewing is. Men are watching MNF live and as a big football fan myself, you have to watch it live to enjoy the emotion of it. Makes sense that they then watch H50 later. That is why it wipes out Castle in the end. ;)

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 14:58:50 PDT


Submitted by: Rick
From: Newport Beach

My Top Five S1:

1 ...And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin
2 Tiger By The Tail
3 The Ways Of Love
4 Deathwatch
5 No Blue Skies/Uptight (Tie)

"Accept No Imitations" bit.ly/a7qJEn

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 14:14:21 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

OopS! Messed up!

MIXED:

bit.ly/979SDg

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 13:21:23 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: East Village

I'm working on my picks for Season 2, but it's really tough. I went down the list and saw at least ten all-out classics!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 13:20:37 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Reviews of yesterday's episode:

GOOD:
bit.ly/csS2qt

MIXED:
bit.ly/csS2qt

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 13:20:05 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

I hated leaving out other season 1 classics like "Full Fathom Five", "Strangers in Our Own Land", "Daisies", "King of the Hill", etc. And yes McG going rogue was pure gold in "The Ways of Love". Seeing the Lord grinning from ear to ear is something that we didn't come by very often. That's for sure. The Lord was one groovy cat in that one! :!cool:

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 13:17:20 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

@Ringfire: It's been a few years since i've gone through the whole season, but here are my picks as i recall, in no particular order:

-Full Fathom Five
-Tiger by the Tail
-...And They Painted Daisies on his Coffin
-The Ways of Love (just can't beat McG doing his criminal act)
-Uptight

(But One For the Money is so great, as are so many others. It's not an easy choice.)

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 13:09:45 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

About the Hawaiian titles;

bit.ly/cJWqv2

Don't worry, Heather, about whether they will follow the arc about the mole and Steve's dad.

Tweet to and back from Lenkov:

@PLenkov Fans getting restless about the C arc. When's McGarrett going to investigate his father/mother's deaths? Need this pronto.

@amyvil Patience ;)

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:40:03 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Forgot to mention that Mrs Trinian in "Yesterday Died" was played by Larch's real-life wife, Vivi Janiss.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:22:40 PDT


Submitted by: Patrick Kushner
From: Westwood

Ringfire said :
"Like it or not, Five-Zero is not getting picked up for a second season. That much we can all agree on."

I think that is a fact. Hawaii is as expensive as NCSI but it is not the winner CBS was expecting.NCSI is a big hit , so the big money is worthy. Everything is about money.
But well , maybe it will help more people to discover the real Hawaii Five-O and Jack Lord.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:14:35 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

KIR: "Right now they are going to be concentrating on resolving the situation with Steve's dad's murder and the mole in the police department." Well, I should hope so!

Since John Larch came up, I thought I would share an anecdote that might be of interest to H50 fans. When I interviewed some of his fellow "Naked City" actors, they told me that he was one of the wittiest and most pleasant people to work with. Hard to believe because he usually played sinister bad guys or lugubrious types. Jack Klugman and he were in a "Naked City" episode together playing two Polish butchers who have a showdown in a meat locker. (this is a very good episode by the way - "King Stanislaus and His Knights of the Round Stable" - one of those chosen to be on the recent DVD release.) This was filmed in an actual meat locker over in the meatpacking district on the West Side. Klugman told me that filming conditions were difficult and uncomfortable, but Larch kept everyone loose with his jokes. At one point he turned to one of the sides of beef hanging from the ceiling and said, "Didn't we work together on 'Gunsmoke'?"

He didn't get along well with Jack Lord, I understand. :D

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:04:23 PDT


Submitted by: Patrick Kushner
From: Westwood

Yesterday my girlfriend decided to give Hawaii another chance. Not me. She loves Daniel D.K. So she stayed in the living room while I watched Chase in the bedroom. I went to check on her 20 min. later and she was sleeping like a baby. I think it was hilarius, because I am the one always sleeping in front of the TV. When she woke up we watched Castle together. We like doing that.
I think Hawaii has lost another viewer.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:01:59 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Ringfire:
Like it or not, Five-Zero is not getting picked up for a second season. That much we can all agree on.

ROFLMAO!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 12:00:57 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Inappropriate banter is in the eyes of the beholder. When I was 16 I was next to father who was performing triple bypass heart surgery. Very serious business. Yet they were all telling dirty jokes the whole time. Why? I asked him. He said because there is no better tension release and the last thing you want to do is be tense in these kinds of situations.

So I think the same can be applied here. They are on very serious business and lightening the tension only helps them be loose and ready.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 11:59:28 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

Alright, folks. Like it or not, Five-Zero is not getting picked up for a second season. That much we can all agree on. So let's go back to where it all began. What are your top 5 episodes of the first season? Here are mine:

1) "The Box" - dir. Seymour Robbie
2) "Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born" - dir. Herschel Daugherty
3) "Deathwatch" - dir. Herschel Daughtery
4) "Tiger by the Tail" - dir. Richard Benedict
5) "One for the Money" - dir. Paul Stanley

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 11:59:07 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Interesting comment by a guy on Yahoo H50 fans.I won't post his name because that is not my place, but if you are a member of that site, go and find it.

Unshaven, young, informally dressed or not, I think Alex O'Loughlin
is doing a GREAT job playing the new, 21st century Steve McGarrett,
especially after seeing how he didn't hesitate a split-second standing up to big-boy last night.

Originally I thought that he was being selected for the role primarily because he is a hit with the young ladies, but I can see now that he
plays the role quite well, and I doubt very much anyone else could
do it better!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 11:47:54 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

KDMcG: "Yes, the dialog during the car chase was unnecessary banter between MCG and Danny-there are limits."

Actually I thought that bit was good - it was plausible (kind of) and it was a funny line. The banter I had the most trouble with was in last week's episode, in the nightclub scene, where Danno is needling McG about the babes "eye humping" him etc. The guys are supposed to be focused on finding a missing girl whose life is in danger! Yet they're hanging out drinking beers and bantering about sex! Sheesh! There have been a few other instances of this kind of inappropriateness. Last night's episode was OK in banter terms - Danno's chatter elicited some info that the audience needed to know, so it worked.

AO'L is turning out to be pretty funny. I enjoyed his dry delivery of "They were from out of town."

Interesting how in this show, McG is developing as laidback, almost phlegmatic, while Danno is the more uptight and vociferous one. This role reversal is a little difficult to get used to!

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 11:43:34 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Olivia -- "I read while ago that some International networks wait to air the new shows so they can see how good or bad they perform in American TV. This way they decide the best day/time for them, or even not airing them at all."

Can you post an example of this?

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 11:06:10 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Good point, Jim. I will just remind you though that we have seen 6 episodes so far compared to 12 years of the old show. Variety comes with time. Right now they are going to be concentrating on resolving the situation with Steve's dad's murder and the mole in the police department.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:50:52 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Posting a link is just a sneaky way of putting out the R word. Don't be coy, honey. And DVR does count because that is how viewership in this day and age is heading, and heading fast. Yes, it is just a TV show, so why aren't you following Mike's rules and discussing the show and not the R word? Hmmm? My friend who edits shows for a living has told me that all episodes that are aired in other countries need to be at times dubbed,edited to fit each countries regulations and allowed air time for that country with their own commercials and time lines and "worked over" before put on TV. Each episode.They don't just plop it on the TV as is.

It takes time and then of course they have to fit it into their own scheduling situations. To just assume they are "waiting to see" is quite an assumption on your part.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:45:46 PDT


Submitted by: Jim Taylor
From: Memphis

What I really loved about the original Hawaii Five-0 was the variety of story types that the episodes reflected. There were the international espionage stories ("Nine Dragons" and the other Wo Fat episodes); the psycho serial killer stories ("Hookman," "Draw Me a Killer"); traditional murder mysteries ("Highest Castle, Deepest Grave"); more lighthearted tales ("Over 50? Steal," "Retire in Sunny Hawaii--Forever"); and many more. I hope the new show is a success, but the producers and writers would be wise to think more about that variety.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:37:51 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

@ Real

I just wrote a link. I didn't post the numbers. I was only trying to explain why International networks wait to air American shows.It makes sense the way they work.

And u know dvr numbers mean nothing, but if posting them make u happy, Go ahead.

Wow! You get real agitated when you read negative comments, Don't you honey?.

Relax! It is just a TV show. The world is not ending :p

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:28:16 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Olivia;
No ratings talk allowed,honey,which you just did. I have a response about those ratings but since I will follow Mike's rules I won't put it here.
I will say one thing. Wait until the week's full numbers come in; the afternoon results which are more accurate and the DVR'd results which are a sign of the times in TV viewing.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:16:25 PDT


Submitted by: KD MCG
From: it's a crazy world...

The drops in viewership are interesting, but there might be some underlying factors there. For me, since it is on TV anyway, i would expect them to be more truer to the spirit of the original and in so doing perhaps attract some of the older viewers rather than continuously putting on a fresh spin; So, Wo Fat will return?-well, expect him to be a physically fit Asian gentleman with a martial arts background as they stray even further.

Yes, the dialog during the car chase was unnecessary banter between MCG and Danny-there are limits.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 10:11:30 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

About Australia and other countries waiting to air the new American shows, I read while ago that some International networks wait to air the new shows so they can see how good or bad they perform in American TV. This way they decide the best day/time for them, or even not airing them at all.
Hawaii 5O is the perfect example. Last summer ,CBS sold it like the biggest TV hit in years to the International newtworks, read K.Real article, and now the show is dropping week after week. 6 episodes, 6 drops. Yes, yesterday it dropped again.HUGE drop since the pilot.I don't think it will get a second season.
Read this. And this article only talks about the first 4 episodes. After that, even two more drops.
bit.ly/biMZZ4
I think International networks are just being cautious. Now they know the winners and the losers :!mad: :!mad:

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 09:37:02 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"However, my favorite moments were the nods to the Hawaiian people and their culture, particularly the very sweet and touching ending." -- Yep, the ending was the only good thing that came out of last night's episode. In fact it was the best thing that came out of Five-Zero so far. For the first time the camera actually slowed down, the crappy Bourne droning disappeared and in its place we got some genuine Hawaiian music in a touching scene which felt genuinely Hawaiian and which was nicely photographed for a change (especially the birds-eye view shots).

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 08:48:20 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Leslie Nielsen- now there's "wooden" acting for you! I love him, though.

Mike: John Larch and Nehemiah Persoff were already established TV actors, appearing in the major series since the '50s. Persoff had done six guest roles on each of "The Untouchables" and "Naked City".

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 08:45:58 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Julie, I would also disagree with your argument that "it's obvious that this network doesn't have that much confidence in the new series or they would be airing it now." The same could be said of the show being broadcast in England (not to mention other countries), where it was also going to be aired at a later date than in Canada and the USA. The actual date of the premiere in England is still up in the air last I heard, complicated by the fact that the TV network that was going to show Five-O was bought by some other company, so the date is currently in limbo.

Broadcasting shows in other countries later than North America is nothing new, the same as the release dates for movies, though with movies that trend has started to disappear, especially with big productions. I remember many years ago sending tapes of The X-Files to some woman in Australia because that show was broadcast there weeks (or even months, I can't remember) after it was shown in Canada. In those days, Internet access was kind of primitive, unlike now, where I can download a Five-O episode around 8 p.m. Pacific time, which is 2 hours before it is seen locally (I have been doing this for years with other shows like "24").

With multi-region DVD players which can play PAL and NTSC, there is really no excuse for people to wait to see something like the release of classic Five-O. And you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to buy these DVD players. I have 2-3 Philips players that cost in the range of $30-$50, all of which play PAL and NTSC and all of which can be hacked to play any region with information gleaned from the Internet.

Personally, I think the Australian TV network's motivation is something along the lines of "we will make people wait to see this, more anticipation will build up," etc., etc. But in these days of instant communication this argument is totally feudalistic. Just because people live in Australia doesn't mean they are isolated from the rest of the world, like they live in the Belgian Congo or something.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 08:26:57 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

Here is a list I drew up of guest stars in the original show's first season. You have to have perspective with these people and wonder who were considered "major" stars way back when.

It will be interesting to see if the current show matches this. Based on the casting so far, I don't think so! I think the days of Hawaii being a novelty and a free trip there (including hotel, meals, booze, etc.) being a major incentive for actors to appear on the show is long gone.

I have heard some gossip about Justin Bieber guesting on the show. If he did, that would probably send ratings through the roof for that week. I think JB's price is probably still too high, though there might be some novelty value in him making an appearance. After all, the kid is the master of self-promotion. If his voice starts changing, his career will be doomed, and an appearance might revive attention for a few minutes.

1. Kevin McCarthy
2. Simon Oakland
3. Sal Mineo
4. Ricardo Montalban
5. Gavin McLeod
6. Kaz Garas/Marj Dusay
7. Don Knight/James Patterson
8. Tommy Sands
9. Johnny Crawford
10. John Larch
11. Nehemiah Persoff
12. Ron Feinberg
13. Yaphet Kotto
14. Ed Flanders
15. David Opatoshu/Soon Taik Oh
16. Gerald S. O'Loughlin/Gavin McLeod
17. Farley Granger
18. Frank de Kova
19 & 20. Joanne Linville
21. Ensemble cast, young actors
22. Antoinette Bower, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
23. John Marley

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 08:13:48 PDT


Submitted by: Elaine
From: Watertown, MA, USA

@Otto: Please add my name to your list of solidarity! I am a fan of the classic original and have tuned out the new HF-Zero after watching the first 4 eps. Since I've chosen not to watch the new version anymore, I cannot comment on recent episodes. Suffice to say, I am happy that people are seeing an improvement in the last couple of eps, but let's face it, when you're near the bottom, there's no where to go but up! N'est ce pas? There was too much against the grain in the new show for me, personally, but each to their own. Last night I watched "We Hang Our Own" again and marveled at the great acting. Jack looked so natural on horseback and carried himself with such bearing, holding his own against the arrogant Colonel Farraday (Leslie Nielsen). I always felt that finding the murder weapon in the field was pretty far-fetched because it rains every day on the Big Island and all the blood would have been washed off, not to mention young Farraday's fingerprints! But, like Shatner said, "hey, it's only a TV show!" So, you see, KIR and all you pro-zero fans, we die-hard fans can pick faults in the plotlines and such of the original...but back then when something in the plot seemed unrealistic, there was still great acting, great writing and music to carry the show and for the majority of its 12 year run, that's exactly how it succeeded. And that is what makes the original so vastly better than today's reboot.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 08:12:28 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

How 'bout that SKINHEAD, huh? What a nutty guy.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 07:34:32 PDT


Submitted by: DJ
From: Kalamazoo MI

I was pretty satisfied with this Five-0 on the 25th we finally got to meet the suspected villans and the actual villan. It took 25 minutes to get to a Dano bitch session and it was acceptable when it did happen. I often wonder from watching the originals if they dont fast forward to a better episode that they already filmed when the ratings get sucky and/or people tune out. If you watch the originals in order, sometimes Ben Kakua is in them and other times it's Duke.In the second season you hear bookem dano never to be heard for several other seasons and shows. So I am thinking someone said bump it up to a better episode in old and new ones. And best of all Steve finally smiled at the end of this one and was respectible through out.They played much better music scores and reflected Hawaii for a change, keep it up and it will be the best yet for todays TV.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 06:18:08 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

I agree, Curator, this was the first ep that felt like the old show. The pacing and buildup were "old school", and so was a lot of the dialogue, which was good and crisp in some scenes. And the team is beginning to act like they're cops. I really enjoyed this one. Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim were standouts. Loved the scene between Kono and Danno - they both hit it out of the park. Great confrontation with the Kapu guy in the bar. Decent car chase too.

I also agree about the timing of the McG/Danno banter- it's often at highly inappropriate occasions! They need to fix that. And what's up with McG drinking on the job? This is getting to be a "thing". And I notice he's always the one suggesting it. Hmm. One of his vulnerabilities? Would be accurate- I've known a few police detectives and they were all big drinkers. All Irish, too :D

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 04:58:50 PDT


Submitted by: fred
From: honolulu

Heard a runor that there is a probblem on the set, the demo mad is a freind of the director and likes to run roughshod over some crew members, he should probably nip it in the bud
I like the new show but it seems to lack the finese of the old show, jack lord was refined, well dressed and no scruffy beards, for hawaii's sake i hope it's a blockbuster

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 03:01:27 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Julie; Oz bought the episodes so they have put their money down. They have already shown faith in the show. When they decide to show it has nothing to do with how they feel about it. They have already put their money on it so what are you talking about? They have bought the show.

Are you in their board room and privy to how they decide their schedule for airing things? Of course not. Like the new show, you act like you know all about things you have no knowledge of.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 00:18:17 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

Thank you, Barbara, Curator, and H50 1.0 for pointing out the good with your concerns. You all three see that it is growing and improving;and after all,it is a new show with just a few episodes aired. Like I said, give it time to improve the rough edges, and you three seem willing to do so.
Barbara, my defense of Alex or H50? I do both. If I do or don't, you don't seriously think certain close-minded folk here (you know who they are)would see things differently over time? They will never change, whether I say anything or not.
Julie, have you bothered to watch one episode yet? I thought not. Also, Australia does what it wants. Maybe they are like you, they judge things sight unseen.

But as to other countries, CBS has already sold the episodes overseas for 2.3 million dollars an episode, so apparently, other countries are not having any problem buying the episodes of the show.

bit.ly/cD67W1

He[Mr. Moonves] cited “Hawaii Five-0,” which he said had already sold to international television outlets for about $2.3 million an episode.

“That could become a billion-dollar property for us,” Mr. Moonves said.

Finally,Otto,how old are you?

"OK, who do we have here in solidarity?"

Obviously,99% of you are fans of the old show, so this is like asking the Democrats if Obama should be president. The results are not from a neutral ground.This site is not about the old vs. the new. It is about differing opinions and enjoying both sides. It is your little gang of haters that keep a battle going. Why?
Your hatred of everything in the new show makes you guys sound afraid of the new show and its success.If you are so confident that the old show is ten times better, why are you so defensive of it and attack the new show so harshly? Makes one wonder where all that insecurity is coming from. As I have said many times, we are not in competition with the old show. What is your big problem?

You can enjoy both.

Added: Tuesday 26 October 2010 00:07:36 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

BIG SPOILER!!! (Are you ready...) bit.ly/akwo6A

Mr. Mike - Awesome! Thanks for the info.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 22:55:25 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Curator said: "For me at least, this was the first episode that really "felt" like Hawaii Five-0."
and
H50 Forever said: "Showing good, old-fashioned police work with modern technology to aid and assist was realistic."

I agree with a lot of what each of them said but these 2 lines said a lot. The development of the story line took a good amount of time. Peter Lenkov previously implied that with each episode there would be the crime to solve, character background, and the story arc about McGarrett's dad's murder. But tonight revolved mainly around this episode's crime with a little about Kono.

Some of the moments that I liked were the scenes with Kono and Danno in the office, Steve and Chin motorcycling on the mountain hillside, and the banter between Steve and Danno which I felt was more limited but appropriate tonight. However, my favorite moments were the nods to the Hawaiian people and their culture, particularly the very sweet and touching ending.

There's been a lot said about the sound and photography or cinematography in the past episodes being annoying. But frankly, I didn't notice anything tonight that kept me from staying focused on the scenes.

The only confusing part was how this particular crime became a H50 case and not an HPD case. I often wondered the same thing with the old series as well.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 22:48:27 PDT


Submitted by: Curator

Nice (and maybe accidental) nod in that Iz was Moe Keale's nephew. The song chosen, "Hawaii '78," perfect lyrics to accompany this episode.

The little boy playing "Hey, Soul Girl" in the beach scene (Adrian LaPrete Powell) performed the same song onstage prior to the SOTB premiere. Interestingly, tonight's episode is the one that was filmed that week.

I had almost made up my mind to give up on the new series, but this episode was better than expected. The storyline developed more slowly and believably. I knew Sorbo was the bad guy 2 minutes in but the reason why came as a surprise. The little Danno/Kono moment harkened back to similar moments in the original series. The ending was touching and quite well done. The establishing scenery shots were steadier and less frenetic. There were no torture scenes; in fact, got a kick out of the bit where Steve and Danno were talking about just that subject. For me at least, this was the first episode that really "felt" like Hawaii Five-0.

I'm still irritated by the awful timing of the Steve/Danno banter. Don't mind the banter itself so much, some is even rather witty; but I'm annoyed by *when* they do it. Who says things like that in the middle of a high-speed chase or halfway through a bust? I'm also still irked by the bad geography. I really wish they'd stop zinging all over the whole danged island in under 10 seconds, and at least get the one-way streets right! I'm beginning to think it's done on purpose, however, as there's just so much of it, and we all know the original series had many such gaffes.

Anyone else notice that elements of the plotline, especially the opening sequence, were reminiscent of "Tall on a Wave," in which Danno was a judge at a surfing competition where a surfer was murdered?

The first 5 eps, saw 'em once and don't care to see 'em again. If I were flipping channels and happened on a rerun, I'd keep going. This ep, I'd stop and watch again.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 22:09:13 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Toeing The Hard-Line

Solidarity 4Ever, Otto. Keep on Keepin the Faith, Brudda

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 21:26:42 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

Not perfect, but a vast improvement over past episodes. Last week's was better over the week before (except for the air horns). What made this week so much better was that we actually got to be in Hawai`i, with Hawaiian people, and facing Hawai`i's problems.

The land issue is a very real and painful one. People do live on the beach and try desperately to hold onto their land, while the developers run rampant, trying to earn money. All very true.

Maybe one week, we'll see another group that lives on the beach: The haoles who went to Hawai`i but could not make it. And the people - Hawaiian and haole - who work five and six part-time jobs just to pay the rent, because a job there pays only half as much as the same job would pay here. The saddest thing about it all is that many of the problems shown on 1.0 still exist today. "Strangers In Our Own Land" is a prime example, but it is not alone. But they are starting to show Hawai`i and its problems, and that is a major step in the right direction.

The way they approached the investigation was realistic. Showing the conflict between Hawaiian and haole and the need to know how to work through channels to get the information they needed without causing a cultural rift was realistic. Showing good, old-fashioned police work with modern technology to aid and assist was realistic.

A good car chase is always welcome, although I still miss the '68 Park Lane (and always will). Give us a car we can latch onto, and that, too, will be a positive step forward. Americans love their cars, after all.

Best of all was the Hawaiian funeral at the end with Bruddah Iz's music playing. It brought to mind his funeral in 1997. A good man gone too soon.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 20:36:47 PDT


Submitted by: KD MCG
From: yes improve writing...

@Bob. Writing needs to improve. I liked the ending,which was a good nod to island customs and rituals. Next week's looks good but let us see.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 20:01:38 PDT


Submitted by: bob rose
From: bridgewater

wow is the episode shitty or what worse one yet...

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 19:53:46 PDT


Submitted by: KD MCG
From: live report

Just tuned into the show. Tiresome banter between MCG and Danny. Spend more time on plot tather than the dialog. Woo hoo tough MCG against Kapu lol

If you like it watch it but don't expect me to love the show totally yes I am watching it. We know aol cannot fill Jack's shoes and this version will never become a classic. I woukd have preferred CSI Hawai'i-Gary Sinise in Hawai'i now that would be great. Too much time on romantic interludes between Kono and ex beau..oh wait something exciting ...hahaha Kono fighting...

It is not Five 0 just a show set in Hawai'i lol

As I said if u like it watch it but leave those who don't alone lol and don't say it's our loss KIR it isn't we already have something we love. Lol :D

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 19:38:44 PDT


Submitted by: JulieS
From: Australia

I'm with you too, Otto because the original series is great (despite it's flaws and there are a few). From the clips I've seen of the new show (yes KIR there are places on the net where I can see the sneak preview clips that CBS put out for the week's coming episode), I have some doubts about the new show.

The network here in Australia that does have the rights to the new series don't plan to show it until late January 2011 at the earliest despite having an Aussie as the star and another Aussie soon to appear on it. Having Aussies star in US TV shows is seen as a selling point to get people to watch it here, so it's obvious that this network doesn't have that much confidence in the new series or they would be airing it now.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 19:19:05 PDT


Submitted by: Barbara
From: Chicago

Last night I had a most wonderful, hopeful dream:

1. Those who are not sold on the new Hawaii Five-O will finally learn how to use the remote.

2. KIR will finally learn that her excessive defense of Alex only triggers more and more negative comments about him thus defeating her entire purpose on this site.

3. And finally after reading intelligent but non-attacking discussions about the new show (and the old) that I can actually feel good about liking the new show.

Oh, I can dream, can't I?

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 19:10:12 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: East Village

Hans, nothin' wrong with enjoying the new show. I respect that. But you seem like a real fan of the original, which is what this website is all about.

Grace Park is definitely easy on the eyes, but I can't help thinking they should have had a real Hawaiian. She's hot, but obviously not from the islands.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:53:14 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

Oh boy Otto, I'm one of those fence sitters, I like the new show but I don't like the new show... actually I am rooting for it to be great but it's coming up short (for me)... I'm feeling used and abused after watching it... it could never be the same... but I have a secret crush on Grace Park and that's clouding my judgement... maybe I could be like Hesh on the Sopranos? A close family friend but not a full member because he's not Italian ;)

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:43:33 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

"Hans: It seems you and i agree on the music. I mean, i do like the theme tune, but it's difficult for me to even notice it anymore. It's been burned into my head like all the Beatles songs i'm sick of."

That's exactly what I was trying to say. That doesn't make it a bad song, just overexposed. The incidental music is like those deeper album cuts and B-sides that only a true fan could appreciate!

and on Windows you right click and select "save as" to download an mp3.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:36:36 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

Thanks Otto. The best place to be. :o

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:36:09 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: The Big Rotten Apple

OK Olivia! Glad to have ya!

Waiting on confirmation from H5O, Hans and Steve's Girl...

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:30:28 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

Otto...Me too!! ;)

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:26:27 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: This rock

OK, who do we have here in solidarity?

Big Chicken
Boris
Ringfire
Otto
Hans?
H5O Forever?
Steve's Girl?

c'mon who's joining me in the stubborn 'whiners' camp? ha ha. Of course, Mr. Mike is hanging back objectively, which, as site boss, is the prudent thing for him to do.

(Big Chick, you're the best. And i love Ringfire's latest comment, funny stuff)

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 18:19:04 PDT


Submitted by: ringfire211
From: Philadelphia

"Not everyone thinks the old H50 was perfection." -- I beg to differ. Five-0 is the greatest TV show that man has ever had the privilege of gazing at. When it premiered in 1968 it was as if the gods descended from the heavens and Pele made the earth tremble. Such was the awesomeness of this show! The coolness factor on this here planet practically quadrupled as a result. I'm still convinced that old Sam Kalakua really was seeing Pele on those Hawaiian nights. It was no hoax, brah. I believe it was Pele imparting her blessings on this show. So watch how you speak of this show, KIR. You're messin' with something sacred here. It's Kapu. You keep disrespectin' and then it be pau for you, brah. :!devil:

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:42:48 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: Seattle, WA - The Mainland

@ Real say “Not everyone thinks the old H50 was perfection”

Again, Real, you seem intent on runnin down the original Five-O in order to prop up this new show.

To what end? Trying to trash the classic Hawaii Five-O ain’t gonna make the Five-Zero any better.

You keep condescendin to us that Five-O was “very good in its day.“ Obviously, it still very good In This Day. I mean we still all watchin the DVDs, we all gathering here to rap about it on this great, great site that Mr. Mike done graciously provided.

Seems the remakers want to live off the Five-O name, but they can’t seem to live up to it.

Man, what’s a rebooter to do.......

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:42:34 PDT


Submitted by: Mr. Mike
From: Vancouver

BIG SPOILER!!!

(Are you ready...)

bit.ly/akwo6A

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:36:13 PDT


Submitted by: Doug Morris
From: Petal, MS

YouTube user sunfilling has a version of the H5O theme I've never heard before. There's an awesome "remix" at about the 1:33 mark.

The Ventures get credit for the performance -- but somehow I doubt that.

Sunfilling has theme tunes from other TV shows on his YouTube channel -- so it might all be from one band's CD.

Any ideas? (I'd post the direct link -- but I'm honoring the "DO NOT POST URLS!" request. Google "Hawaii Five-0 Theme 1968 -1980" and sunfilling and you should be able to see and hear what I'm talking about.)

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:12:20 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: Seventh Street

Anne: I'm glad you like them. There are definitely more great tunes from the show. I need to find them and record them. It would be great if CBS would put out a double vinyl LP, like was done with Lalo Schifrin's incredible music from Mission: Impossible. (look for that one, it's also on CD)

But everyone please remember that the mp3s are downloadable. With Apple you hold down the Control button and scroll to the 'download' option. I'm not sure about Windows.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:11:53 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: NYC

Hans: It seems you and i agree on the music. I mean, i do like the theme tune, but it's difficult for me to even notice it anymore. It's been burned into my head like all the Beatles songs i'm sick of.

I promise to stop talking about this, and confine my comments to the original show, but i cannot understand this insistence that we are supposed to 'give the new show a chance'. I refuse to watch the new show, and that is my right. And therefore i have NOT criticized it; I simply don't care.

I truly hope that all of you enjoy tonight's episode. I respect people being open-minded about the new show. But please respect that I am NOT.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 16:04:22 PDT


Submitted by: Victor
From: Escondido

KIR said "The old H50 had the luxury of not expecting results quickly and could work through glitches. I only ask you give the same to the new show."

Well, I think that ship has sailed. The show is in the 6th episode and it is getting worse instead of better.
I think a lot of people gave the show a chance. That was why the pilot got big numbers. After that , viewers declined each week. People dissapointed with the show not getting better.
Sometimes I think CBS , actors and producers didn't make a big effort after the pilot. They thought that with the name and the big budget pilot was enough.
Not for me. Very dissapointed. I was expecting more. Or at least better with each episode.
The last episode was sooo boring and ridiculous.
TV is for fun. I cannot wait 15 episodes for something to get better.
5 episodes. Enough. I gave the show a chance.
Aloha

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 15:05:57 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

Re: the article by the amazing "Walt", I have many friends who didn't like the original show so no surprise at all. I can’t fault people for what they like.

Where he loses credibility with me is when he points out the theme song and Bookem Danno are the most memorable things. Sure, the theme is distinguished but I find it novelty in nature and even slightly frivolous after all these years. Most people who have spent considerable time watching the show realize it’s the incidental music that puts it head and shoulders above most other TV shows. He didn’t even mention that.

People can debate new vs old all day long but when it comes to the music, other than the effective use of “Gimmee Shelter” (and it didn’t take a genius to pick that song out) there has yet to be any musical moment that stops me in my tracks as I watch the new show…

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 14:15:26 PDT


Submitted by: Kristin
From: Massachusetts

Mr. Mike I watched that movie one morning maybe back in May or June and I never noticed him in the background. It is the guy who played Big Chicken right? Sorry can't think of his name right now. Thanks for pointing that out and when I watch the tape I recorded it on again I will look out for that.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 14:14:30 PDT


Submitted by: Hans
From: Boston

"...the original Steve McGarrett was, if not precisely a superhero, a much larger-than-life character with unrealistic powers. That's part of why the show was different and fun."

I agree completely with this Heather-Rose.

I thought Steve flirted with superhero status. And the way the guy didn't have sex reminded me of Superman. He was basically a romantic disaster, too pure for this world. I think it's a huge part of why the show lasted so long. Everyone else on the show was human, Steve was on another level...

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:57:37 PDT


Submitted by: Anne
From: Tangerine

@Otto ... Wow the tracks are wonderful (Thanks Mr. Mike for posting them) Back in 90's during the heyday of cassette tapes I created a tape of the classic 5-O incidental music and listened to it when I traveled between the east & west coasts of FL every week for work. Now you have me digging through my closet to see if I still have this tape! This is one of the things missing from the nu5-O (amongst other things). Last Monday's episode they had a perfect opportunity for the 5-O flavored background music during the romantic scenes with Steve and his girl. Instead we got something ... I can't even remember what it sounded like :!yawn:

Ah well...we do have the DVDs and I will keep watching this season. Call me Polly-anne-a.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:52:00 PDT


Submitted by: bob rose
From: bridgewater

watching The Listener pretty fake how a man can get bugged like that. weird episode.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:41:22 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

H50;
Yes, he got the dates wrong, just like many who comment here about the new show have gotten THEIR facts wrong, but his opinion is his opinion. He sees the old show a certain way. You don't agree, of course, but there are others who feel the same way as this guy does. I am not one of those. I see each show representing the era they are/were in and doing very well at it.
On the other hand, I don't think either show was something sent from heaven. Both have flaws; some of them very big ones. But with one show having a long time on TV, partly due to it being very good in its day, and partly due to the fact that TV viewing back then was extremely low in competition comparatively,it had time to build viewers; something that the new show would never be given.

Oscar said "This is the internet age, when people expect results in a matter of minutes, not weeks, months or years." Thank you, Oscar, for making my point.
The old H50 had the luxury of not expecting results quickly and could work through glitches. I only ask you give the same to the new show.

I stay here because Mike, the owner and most knowledgeable member here for the old show, gives his opinions fairly about both shows. He says the good and bad of both. So I trust him. And I listen to his feedback because he tries to be fair. You could learn from him.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:38:07 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: East Village

"Not everyone thinks the old H50 was perfection."

In fact, NOBODY thinks it was perfect, not even Mr. Mike. Out of 278 episodes, there were bound to be some pukers here and there; and opinions differ as to which those were. But this is a forum for fans of the original show, which includes me, and the new show, which does not include me.

I will not die of shock if somebody trashes the old show, because i don't care what they think. I know a guy here in NY who has his own satellite radio program for which he uses the theme song from 5-O. He told me he doesn't like the show, but he likes the song. I'm the opposite, i like the show, but have heard the theme so many times it goes in one ear and out the other. That's why i sent Mr. Mike the mp3s, because the incidental music is what i like.

Continually pointing out the flaws of the original on THIS site is like going to a Trekkie convention and announcing that Star Trek wasn't 'all that'. Debating these points with a sense of humor is great, but expressing dismay that some of us on the guestbook will defend the old show seems bizarre. You gotta expect Big Chick, Boris, some others and I are gonna keep to our guns, even if that seems ridiculous, cos for us IT'S FUN!

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:13:27 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

The original show was closer to "over-the-top comic book" than it was to a typical police procedural. (Wo Fat, for example, would not have appeared in "Dragnet".) And the original Steve McGarrett was, if not precisely a superhero, a much larger-than-life character with unrealistic powers. That's part of why the show was different and fun.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 13:01:37 PDT


Submitted by: H50 1.0 FOREVER
From: My heart is in Hawai`i

Re: "...it survived for more than a decade. It ran from 1968 to 1972..."

Very reliable (???) article, Real.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 12:29:06 PDT


Submitted by: Pineapple five-0

bit.ly/a2198w
 
“Hawaii Five-0″ (CBS) – The names are the same, but everything else has changed. CBS managed to turn one of the classics of taut police drama into an over-the-top comic book, complete with a superhero Steve McGarrett and enough automatic-weapons fire for a war zone. The buddy-movie rapport between McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Dann-o (Scott Caan) would work better if O’Loughlin could manage to exude as much personality as a pineapple. C-

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 12:16:34 PDT


Submitted by: Keeping It Real
From: LA

bit.ly/axlW8I

Here is someone who has something to say about both the old and the new show. I have a feeling that some here will die of shock about what he says about the old show.

Not everyone thinks the old H50 was perfection.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 12:02:31 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

People need to relax. This is a TV SHOW, not a religion.

I loved the old show. I like the new show - it has potential and I hope it gets better over time.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 10:46:01 PDT


Submitted by: Big H
From: Raleigh, NC

KIR says "Where is the difference? You think the old show has no flaws at all so how are you any different than AOL fans? Answer: you aren't."

I have to differ on that, KIR. In fact, I think there is a healthy amount of debate by the 5-0 purists on this site about the flaws that we disdain about the original. But the difference is that 1.0 found a winning formula, which has been discussed here at length, but 2.0 seemingly hasn't made any effort to follow suit so far. We're not asking for an exact duplicate, but the new show has to correct some of its fundamental weaknesses or it won't last 1/4 the amount of time that its predecessor did.

Wow, Rick....that is so cool about Lee Remick being your aunt. My fav Lee Remick role...."Anatomy of a Murder." She has poor Ben Gazarra's psyche in the palm of her hand, and Jimmy Stewart's character isn't quite sure how to take her, either.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 10:16:12 PDT


Submitted by: Bob
From: Texas

I lived in Hawaii during the heyday of the original. Having said that, I liked the original and I like the new show. I will keep watching it.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 09:58:46 PDT


Submitted by: Otto Mannix
From: New Amsterdam

Keepin' It Real: You're cracking me up. You say Five-O was not a work of art. You ridicule some of us for thinking it was a masterpiece. It surprises you to find devoted fans on the Hawaii Five-O Homepage? You don't seem to be a fan of the original, so what's your point?

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 09:56:22 PDT


Submitted by: Olivia
From: Florence

@Elaine ,

Yes, "dull" and "generic" are the perfect words to describe this remake.

The Original show was not perfect. Of course not. Nothing in television is perfect. But it stayed on for a long time and people are still buying the DVDs because it was a very good show , an intelligently written detective show with terrific actors.

I think CBS and the producers used the name H5O just to get a jump on the competition. But it is not working because viewers are declining each week.

After the last episode-BORING- H50 is no longer in my dvr list. :!thinking:

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 09:03:14 PDT


Submitted by: Oscar van Hemel
From: Seattle, WA

"What is boring is your insistence that the old show was a masterpiece. It was a TV show. It was great for its time. Nothing more."

Keeping It Real, this statement is unbelievable. This web site has been around for many years. The people who have followed this site (not to mention, Mr. Mike, who created it), obviously consider the show to be something more than you do. You don't have to only read the discussions in the Guestbook to realize that this show is considered a "classic." Your statement displays a total lack of respect for the old show. Perhaps it also reveals your true feelings about the old show as well? How would you feel if someone came to one of the O'Loughlin shrine sites (perhaps one where you are the head priestess) and started dissing the new show or O'Loughlin, saying he is a shitty actor, and so forth? That person would be out on their ass in a matter of moments.

As far as your constant insistence that it will take time to show that O'Loughlin can play McGarrett well, and for the new show to find its footing and so forth is concerned -- listen to yourself when you keep saying like a stuck record "this is today, not yesterday." This is the internet age, when people expect results in a matter of minutes, not weeks, months or years. So far (and it has been six weeks as of tonight), these results have not been delivered.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 08:48:34 PDT


Submitted by: boris
From: arlington, tx

kir: Why don't you ever say anything about what's interesting about the new show? It all seems to be about the ratings, or such and such a plot twist or something they wrote into a character's profile - but never anything that sounds the least bit cool or original or involving good music, cinematography, writing, directing or acting. We can see this is crap from thousands of miles across the pacific.

Sure, the original had commercial endeavors as well. But to me it really is some of the best art there is. Of course it's subjective. But I enjoy it as I enjoy the very best movies.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 08:38:16 PDT


Submitted by: Elaine
From: Watertown, MA, USA

The excerpt below is from this morning's Boston Globe "G" Magazine, by arts and entertainment critic Mathew Gilbert: Critic's Corner, page 14:

"I really have wanted to like this show. The pilot was smartly done, and Scott Caan is a lot of fun as Danno, the irritable New Jersey guy stuck in Hawaii. Plus, the theme song. But the crime story lines are just dull as dishwater. They're generic and meandering, never a good mix. I'm sorry to say it, but I'm thinking of taking "Hawaii Five-O" off my DVR's season pass. Meanwhile, CBS has ordered a full season of the show, so it'll be around all year for those who like it."

Ditto.....I couldn't have put it any better.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 08:21:01 PDT


Submitted by: Big Chicken
From: How to Steal a Masterpiece

@ Real say “ your critiques are so laughable because they are so blind to reality.”

Chicken begs to differ there, Real. What is laughable is these remakers trying to pass off some generic cop show as Hawaii Five-O, and seekin to pass off characters of their own making as the iconic characters of Steve McGarrett and Danno Williams, characters that have existed in the popular mythology for over 40 years.

But you seem intent on runnin down the original Five-O in order to prop up this new show.

Sure they was flaws in the original, times when it fell short - but more often than not over the 12 years they really hit it. And when they hit it, when the writin, actin, directin and production was on, it was really on, man. Weren’t gonna be many shows to compare. As a cop show & po-leece drama, Five-O was simply the finest in its class.

You throwin stones at the timeless original ain’t gonna change those facts.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 06:54:05 PDT


Submitted by: Heather-Rose Ryan
From: North Conway, NH

Karen, why is it so remarkable that Kono is a girl and the governor is female?

As for Jack being taller than AO'L, well, he certainly did have much bigger hair :) I have been told he used lifts in his shoes too. Nothing wrong with that, of course.

I'm not concerned about stuff like that- what bugs me about the new show is the writing. The writers seem to lack focus. We are already well along in the season, yet still don't have a clear sense of McG's character or the nature of the Five-0 task force. This will prove to be the fatal flaw if the writers can't get their act together.

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 06:05:58 PDT


Submitted by: Anne
From: Tangerine

@ KarenR -- OMG, you hit the nail on the head. I have been watching the nu5-O and keep hoping the writing, editing and the music will evolve into something better. There have been some glimmers of hope. Is it like the classic? No and never will be. I will say, last episode I did laugh out loud at some of the dialog and shook my head at some of the actions of the characters.

Funny, I read a review on-line...I remember it saying starring Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park...no mention of Alex O. Hmmm...still say CBS is shoving Alex down our throats. Again, I liked him in Moonlight, but here in HFO...Hmmm. Anyway...Cheers

Added: Monday 25 October 2010 04:26:24 PDT


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