The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Discussion Forum -- September 1999


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Yes WGN is doing a hack job on the wave but you have got to give them credit for running the best TV drama ever made. Besides its all I have to remind me of the best actor of all time, J.L.. As for the movie, please keep it as close as possible to the original series. J.L. would have wanted it that way. A special appearance by that old black merc would be great [ the 2 dr or the 4 dr ] Good Luck
Dan Thompson Dan Thompson o dan
Crivitz, wi usa - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 19:19:17 (PDT)
Has anyone out there got any new information about the Five-O movie. If so please pass it along. I am curious as to which direction they are heading. I recently read a comment by Mr. Litto about the Five-O theme. Some one questioned him about it and he said they would probably have an updated version of it by a big name music person similar to what was done with "Mission Impossible". Personally, I thought the original was timeless. That was one of the things Leonard Freeman was shooting for when he had Morton Stevens do it. You know, something Hawaiian, but not hokey. When I hear the theme today I really think it holds up. Anyone who is familiar with Karen Rhodes "Booking Hawaii Five-O" should check out the section where she discusses the theme. I hope that the dickering around with the theme is not a sign of larger things that they have in store for the movie itself. If anyone else feels the same, let's hear it.
Paul Church
Randleman, NC USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 12:38:23 (PDT)
RED ALERT!! To any of you who are aware of (and appreciate) the fine reporting over the years from the Honolulu Star Bulletin, here is a very sad newscast. As of Wed night 9-15, a newscast announced that the Star Bulletin was going to be shut down on October 30, 1999. What was particularly sad was that the employees themselves had not even been told, as they were to receive the notice the next day at a meeting. If you have any downloads you wish to make from this fine newspaper, better do it now! And, if those of you who remember the stellar reporting that Tim Ryan did on our behalf for the Hawaii Five-O reunions, it wouldn't hurt to send him a fax or email letting him know so. I'm in Honolulu for a month, and intend to go down and get any back issues left. If anyone wants a copy, let me know asap. I'll enclosed Tim's fax # below. He doesn't have a direct email #, so perhaps one sent directly to the paper will suffice. This is a sad day for 5-0 fans as the Star Bulletin has been a real friend to Five-O and its fans over the years. PS. Jack Lord and Leonard Freeman got a mention in the "100 who made a difference" series. Their story ran on Friday, 9-10-99- on page 4 of the front section, fyi -- you can call it up by going to "starbulletin.com" Tim Ryan fax # 808-523-8509 or he can be faxed at "Features" at Features Editor@starbulletin.com
Rita Ractliffe
VanNuys (Honolulu, CA/HI USA - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 15:15:00 (PDT)
What a great effort you have made, and continue to make here! I found your site quite by accident one night and have been back several times to catch up on old times! I can not believe you have summarized each episode, but it was great going through all of them; more exciting than my own family history! (which actually isn't saying much, come to think of it...) I had THE biggest crush on Danno growing up, and the fact that I sit glued to WGN re-runs everyday (except baseball days...now I ask you, who are the Cubs/Sox compared to Five-O re-runs?!) is a walk down memory lane...or a sign that I really need a life! My husband and I arrived in Hawaii on vacation to the news of Jack Lord's death back in Jan. 1998 and it was kind of like losing something you grew up with. I guess thats why God created syndication! Thanks again, I'll check back often.
Judy Cameron
Toronto, ON Canada - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 07:52:28 (PDT)
I love this show! Jack Lord IS Steve McGarrett. I grew up with this show. The entire episode was spent waiting.. Waiting for the famous three line phrase.."Book him Dano". My very favorite episode is the one with Hume Cronyn. In it, Cronyn plays a thief who alters his appearanc with every robbery. The episode has a very different feel than most of the other episodes. It is accommpanied with music that suggests a game of "Clue" whimsical and almost clown like. McGarrett and his guys are completely stumped as to who is committing all of these robberies. They finally capture thier man,and he is booked. Another great episode is the one with the guy setting fires. It has a great ending as we see the arsonist on his way to the Airport about to escape with his money, only to be distracted by a building on fire. As he stands there taking in his thrill of watching the fire, Who slowly walks out of the smoke but McGarrett "Where's the fire?" he says. As the stunned crook looks closer we see there is no fire at all but 2 fire men holding hoses dispensing fake smoke "Book him Dano" Great stuff!!!!
Dave
Vancouver, BC Canada eh! - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 18:47:03 (PDT)
I reckon most visitors read this Discussion Forum pretty frequently, judging by the sheer number of posts to it, so in case anyone doesn't know, WGN is set to begin from Episode One next week. I'll also take this opportunity to politely disagree with the wonderful host of this site in regards to the "Turgid Analysis" of the series' final episode, "Woe to Wo Fat". I think it was a fitting tribute to the man who MADE the show what it was, as he was not only the featured player in "Woe", but also a supporting character (how many times have you seen that in "NYPD Blue"?) in the role of Dr. Raintree. I must admit that many of the episodes from the final two seasons were pathetic, probably due mostly to the writing and not the cast of characters. I have also noticed, and have not seen mention of it in the "Turgid Analyses", that in those last two seasons, it is easily apparent that Jack Lord is reading from cue cards in many scenes. Of course, his sweeping glances and gestures are part of his portrayal of McGarrett, but Lord was pretty "shifty-eyed" in those final shows. I guess I would be too after twelve years of doing the same thing. But, I digress. With the exception of the scene at the end where McGarrett is able to sneak up on the guard in front of the laboratory (totally ludicrous), I believe "Woe to Wo Fat" was a very satisfying episode. I especially like the final scene, where Wo Fat is sitting inside the cell in the comical striped prisoner's outfit and he sheepishly draws a file from the sole of his shoe--a humorous end to a long standing rivalry. Back to the subject of WGN..."Full Fathom Five" is scheduled to run at 4 AM on Tuesday, September 21 (Eastern Time), and I have some high quality tapes standing by. Note, fair viewers, that with the length of the contract WGN signed to air the show, that this will probably be the final "complete" run through all the episodes that the network purchased. And, if any of you would like to know what the next ten episodes of Five-0 will be at any given time, visit www.wgntv.com, click on "Programs"; click on "National Signal"; click in the search box and type "hawaii" then search. You'll see the times and titles of the next ten airings. Pretty cool, huh? Well, I don't want to seem obsessive here...MJQ, drop me a line sometime and perhaps we can engage in some enlightening repartee regarding some classic episodes (colbymay@webtv.net). Later...
Colby May
Greensboro, NC USA - Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 07:31:05 (PDT)
I am eagerly anticipating the big screen debut of Hawaii Five-O, however I do have great fears that what made the TV series so right will be completely non-existent.The roles of McGarrett, Danno, Chin Ho, etc. are important, but the overall mood and feel of the show cannot be done away with. I have heard that the original theme music will be kept, (YESSS!) and that is one big positive. But if the characters are not the people that we recognize, the movie cannot and should not survive. It is my hope that the writers of this film will be well versed in the TV show and get some of their cues from it. The show is still great today, 30 + years later because of great stories and great characterizations. All the action and special effects will not hide what is wrong. So, to the makers of this movie I say, be very careful with what you do to McGarrett and Co. They are like family we know very well and if they are mistreated, the real fans won't forget. One last thing. To those of you that are familiar with the 60's TV WILD WILD WEST and have seen the movie with the same name, let's make sure that Five-O the movie doesn't share only the name as what makes it the same as the TV show.
Paul Church
Randleman, NC USA - Friday, September 17, 1999 at 09:16:14 (PDT)
I was privileged to live in the Hawaiian Islands from 1981-89 (Oahu) and 1989-92 (Maui). As someone with "show business-related experience," beginning in the early 1960s, I am VERY enthusiastic about the prospect of a "5-0" motion picture, and hope it succeeds, as long as it has a well-written script and carefully thought-out casting. I agree with many of the choices I have seen bandied about, for the "Steve McGarrett" role. But one name I have NOT seen mentioned, is that of actor PAUL PETERSEN, who many should remember from TVs "Donna Reed Show" (1958-66). Many don't know that Paul is an accomplished serious actor, with impressive screen credits. He could fill the shoes of either "Steve McGarrett" or "Danny Williams," in such a production. He can be contacted, via e-mail, at the following address: scorpiovii@hotmail.com Please drop Paul Petersen a quick note, if you remember him and think he might be good in either role. I know for a fact that he would LOVE to hear from his many fans! Thanks!
Fred T. Beeman
Las Vegas, NV USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 15:56:58 (PDT)
When the new Hawaii Five-O motion picture is ready for Production by George Litto & Rose Freeman. They should consider the following actors for the lead roll,in the following order according to theier willingness to except the part and theier availability. First choice "Harrison Ford" Second "Tommy Lee Jones" Third "Don Johnson" star of the 1980's TV hit "Miami Vice" and current CBS TV series "Nash Bridges/ Don Johnson" could easyly pass as a younger brother or relative of "Steve McGarrett. Next "George Clooney"and possibly even "Robert Urich" from the TV series "Spenser For Hire & Vega$" could fill the lead roll in the Five-O motion picture,mainly because they always play the good cop in TV shows and movies and fit the image of high integrity like McGarrett. In most cases anyway. I think the new movie should be set in the presant,with flashbacks of the past from the TV series. I think James MacArther should be the Gov. of Hawaii "Dan Willaims" I think Zulu should be in it as possibly the Mayor of Honolulu? "Kam Fong as Chin Ho Kelly's" Twin Brother now in Five-O, as second in Command out find out who murdered his late brother,back in the late 1970's in the episode "A Death in the Family"
Vern Conway
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 01:27:09 (PDT)
I just got back from Hawaii, and couldn't get over how much it seems stuck in the 60's. Thought a lot about the show while there, and about Jack Lord. What a great name. I wondered what they must have thought when they found out the show had been cancelled. A fantastic Site!
Charles Nicole and Texas
Langley, bc - Thursday, September 09, 1999 at 18:15:11 (PDT)
I just got back from Hawaii, and couldn't get over how much it seems stuck in the 60's. Thought a lot about the show while there, and about Jack Lord. What a great name. I wondered what they must have thought when they found out the show had been cancelled. A fantastic Site!
Charles Nicole and Texas
Langley, bc - Thursday, September 09, 1999 at 18:15:02 (PDT)
I too, am a big Jack Lord fan. In fact, with the exception of year born, we share the same birthday. As a Capricorn, I could draw parallels in his charachter and my own. And lastly, we both drove Big Ford products. I had a huge Mercury Cougar that I truly loved. People should also note, that McGarrett had more than 3 Merc's. In the later years, he had a few big boats. Not just the 74, he had one with Red and Black interior. He also looked terrific to be as youthful as he was for a man who was almost 50 when he landed the role.
Steve
Boston, ma United States - Sunday, September 05, 1999 at 15:55:12 (PDT)
I just recieved my final Hawaii Five video from the collectors Edition from Columbia House,called "Nine Dragons" which is two hours long. I have been very satisfified with all ten volumes. The color and quality was great. You can not record that good from TV due to cable interfearance etc. Plus the collector's is uncut. I really recommend this edition to true Five-O Fans. I also hope that "Columbia House" will release the remainder of the series next year?
Vern Conway
San Francisco, Ca USA - Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 01:39:14 (PDT)
All I want to say is PLEASE keep it true to the show. I'm not sure that anyone could fill Jack Lord's shoes in that role. You may want to have someone play McGarrett's son as the head of 5-O. That would seem to work better. If you need any extras for the film, please feel free to contact me!!! :-)
Dave Holly
Endicott, NY USA - Wednesday, September 01, 1999 at 09:27:30 (PDT)

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