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Getting closer to May and Spring. It made me think of some Classic HFO episodes that I enjoyed that many don't talk about. Todd's enjoyment of Steal Now--Pay Later had me thinking about this. Here's 3 Classic HFO episodes that I think deserve more attention and discussion. 1.Didn't We Meet At A Murder? I think as close as a perfect episode in Hawaii Five O catalog. 3 people all different and successful in their businesses or lives are brilliantly blackmailed. They kill their target and alibi each other. McG has nothing on them but let's them go. Surveillance on these suspects pays off in the infamous Danny chase and man's long jump from his place several stories up. Excellent acting and writing. These 3 should have got away with the crime. 2. Yes, My Deadly Daughter. A near perfect episode as Lee Mei conspires with her boyfriend Jerry leader of the Wu Chings to steal her syndicate Daddy's large amount of $. Brilliant plan and execution. But a pesky kid hunting sees someone driving away and the dead victims. Lee Mei proves to have 2 personalities. Sweet and cold leading poor Jerry to his death. A few nicks at the end. Che somehow piecing together a charred map and how did her father arrive at the hidden money.3.East Wind, Ill Wind. This episode I think is one of the best in the mediocre Seasons 10-12. It reminds me of Double Exposure in the quality of acting,characters,photography,writing. This episode probably not talked about more because by Season 10...Classic HFO had several episodes about exiled leaders or ruler types. Some who were targets like The Second Shot and Leopard On The Rock. It doesn't hurt that Mrs. Sandanarek and Miss Macy are very attractive. I'm a big fan of East Wind, Ill Wind. Intelligent and suspenseful episode to the end.
Question Of The Day: What's your FAV Frank episode? Also, as Boyd states, "When Does A War End?"


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I think Mr. Mike reviewed and graded Steal Now Pay Later accurately. There's small inconsistencies in Steal Now Pay Later that chip stars off. This theft ring appears very intelligent and resourceful. The undercover agent working several months probably to crack the case. Then, he is killed and placed in 1 of the refrigerators. The refrigerator numbers traced to some in Hawaii. Why place him in the refrigerator? They could have dumped the agent anywhere. McG now can investigate and find the mastermind Colby. I will say Colby was a cool villain. Nice clothes great looking women with him. It might have been a better episode had the Agent survived his injuries and later worked with McGarrett similar to Ready Aim...No doubt these businessmen were greedy getting quality merchandise at a discount rate. They would meet Colby at parties and places. Never checked why he didn't have a building or central office. Everything was on Colby's terms. His warehouse deliveries and shipments. Strange Charlie panicked and killed himself going into the water. They could have charged him with receiving stolen goods but he could have worked a deal like Swift. I will give Steal Now Pay Later credit for an outstanding ending. The Tranasonic recorders have Colby on tape. Must have been fun for Jack and rest of team filming that scene. On Mr. Mike's 4 star system, I would give Steal Now Pay Later 2 stars but reserve the right to give it 2.5 after another viewing. I think there are at least 50 episodes maybe 60 better than Steal Now Pay Later.


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BORING!!!

FRIDAY, MAY 18

HAWAII FIVE-0 (9:00-10:00 PM)

“Waiho wale kahiko” – McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Five-0 discover a Russian spy ring hiding in plain site on Oahu when a Russian nuclear attack submarine appears on the coast of Waikiki. 8th season finale.


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Todd, you will be sad to hear that Five-Zero >has< been renewed. In fact, this was announced several days ago. I did not mention this here or on Twitter, because I was too depressed, LOL.

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A little bit behind with new Five-Zero.

Just watched Season 8, episode 18.

Agree with Mike that it was a complete mess.

Among the ridiculous/annoying elements:

Was very disappointed to find out that the mysterious guy who shot Danno was just some domestic violence perp from 1999 with a grudge. Similar to Mike, I don't understand why fingerprinting the dead body wouldn't have answered his identity right there, as well as how he got into the secure area where Danno was being quarantined. I was hoping it would be some kind of interesting mystery with a fascinating backstory. Nope. And even worse, they revealed it abruptly near the beginning, and then utilized flashbacks throughout the episode to tell the already-told story!

Furthermore, when it came time to dispose of the ashes of the guy, his ex-wife (whom he beat and terrorized) wanted to dump them "into a toilet at the Newark airport", which would have been appropriate. Instead, Danno stops her and encourages her to scatter them. Why? What could be the justification for giving that monster a respectful sendoff?

The Adam-getting-arrested segment made no sense. Somehow they needed corroboration from his "CI" (Jesse) that he was working the case, but they already had it -- from McGarrett! Was McGarrett not a credible witness that Adam was investigating Hideki, rather than simply holding a grudge against him?

Adam having a (presumably previously unseen) half sister isn't very interesting, unless it turns out to be someone we already know from prior episodes.

I hated that Hideki's death was offscreen. Five-Zero has a bad habit of killing off nasty villains offscreen. Remember Gabriel Waincroft dying offscreen, after dealing with countless episodes where we were waiting for Chin to finally kill him? Why couldn't we have seen Adam finally kill Hideki in self-defense, or at least watch Hideki die when his Yakuza superiors came to kill him? I'm so tired of waiting to watch these villains get comeuppance, and then finding out the anticlimactic news that they already died off camera. Lame.

Finally, apparently Season 8 won't be Five-Zero's last. Industry sites are claiming it is certain to be renewed. Looks like it survived just fine despite the departure of Grace and Daniel, even though they erroneously believed their characters were as important as McGarrett and Danno (bad news: they weren't).


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Sorry, I have to defend "Steal Now--Pay Later", which was one of my top 10 favorite episodes.

Great villain, great story, and even Casey Kasem did a great job with his character. (I also liked Casey's other episode, "Mother's Deadly Hepler", where he played an obnoxious liberal talk show host debating with McGarrett on TV!)

This was one of the episodes where I was most surprised that Mike gave it below 3 stars. However, I see that most of you agree with him that it was an average episode.

I guess I'm in the minority to have really enjoyed it.

Of course, I also think "Over Fifty? Steal!" is very overrated, while many others think it was the best of the series.


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Thanks, Jason. I found the Jeff Daniels on Letterman clip but it was on Dailymotion, not on YouTube. Here it is for anyone who wants to see it: https://bit.ly/2HXt9HI you can skip to Jeff Daniels at the 27 minute mark where they start with his Five-O appearance. Daniels is actually pretty funny... mentioning Danno, Kimo, Limo, Sabu LOL. He even admits that by this point nobody on the show cared anymore. Nobody was worried about getting fired because there were only 2 episodes left and that was the end. He also says that up there on that ridge everyone’s hair was going crazy due to the wind but not Jack’s. It didn’t move an inch because he’s the good guy lol.

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The episode of David Letterman with Jeff Daniels was shown on July 17, 1990. I just checked and it is still on you tube to view.

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Ringfire, the story you are referring to about Jeff Daniels was told by Jeff when he was a guest on David Letterman many years ago. Daniels blew a line by saying "what now Mr. Garrett?". As Daniels tells it, Lord yelled "Cut!" "Its McGarrett". Daniels felt that maybe Jack Lord thought that Jeff was taking a poke of fun at Lord by messing up McGarrett's last name. Jeff also mentioned in the interview that he was amazed how the wind never moved Jack Lord's hair one inch while everyone else had their hair being blown every which way by strong winds that particular day of filming.

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Since I have last reviewed “The Flight of the Jewels” I found this bit of trivia on IMDB on this episode. https://imdb.to/2JptwKT

Apparently Jack Lord blew a gasket at young Jeff Daniels and stormed off the set. I don’t see this in Mr. Mike’s episode guide for the episode so perhaps it needs to be added? Mike, do you know anything about this? I see that we have some feedback from the guy who played Jerry in the episode but he doesn’t mention anything about this particular occurrence, though he does say that Jack Lord was intimidating. He also mentions that Jeff Daniels was a bit of a loner on set and took his acting various seriously. That’s right up Lord’s alley!!


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That French site is interesting; show only started playing in France in the Fall of 73, almost half way through its 12 year run!

He also says that after the show was cancelled in 1980 JL started a new show that year (M-Station) but he had to leave because he had Alzheimer's.


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Last night's Five-Zero reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#21


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Here is the main page of the Five-O section of the French site:

https://lemondedesavengers.fr/hors-serie/annees-1960/hawai-police-d-etat/presentation

As previously mentioned, if you use Google Chrome and right-click on any of the pages, you have the option to translate the page into English.


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Oh he’s nuts if he’s placing season 12 above season 7!! What a gaaaaaas, bay-bee!!!

In what universe does “I’ll Kill ‘Em Again” get 1.0 while “Moroville Covenant” gets 4.0??? It’s a joke, right? Outta siiiiight, bay-bee!! :D


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Well, Ringfire, get a gander at this. I did a ratings chart for all of the Five-O episodes as seen on the French site as follows:

http://fiveohomepage.com/ratings/Five-Oh%20Ratings%20French.htm

(This is not accessible from the main ratings page.)

You can compare this to my own ratings here:

http://fiveohomepage.com/ratings/Five-Oh%20Ratings.htm

Some "beloved" episodes fell by the wayside big time!

Note the order of seasons from best to worst, as follows!

03 - 3.38
04 - 3.21
08 - 3.09
02 - 3.08
05 - 3.04
01 - 3.00
09 - 2.91
12 - 2.89
06 - 2.83
10 - 2.83
11 - 2.38
07 - 2.13


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Sorry Mr. Mike but it looks like my season 12 rating is more in line with this Sensaro fella than with yours. He seems to like all the episodes I like and hate the ones I hate. :)

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Ringfire
Agree Flight Of The Jewels is 1 of the best Season 12 episodes. It was rather interesting and kept my interest. Kimo clocked out of his security detail early and the young criminals struck the museum. Loved the planes the way they could makes them fly and dive via the remote control. I'm curious if McGarrett had the technology to filter the smoke or if he was just bluffing. The brilliant criminals should of just taken the money the 1st time at the meeting place. Don't think HFO would have caught them. I think McGarrett went pretty heavy on the brilliant criminals. They had the jewels back and no criminal records. It would have been interesting what sentences they received. At least 4 stars Flight Of The Jewels on my 6 star system.


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I recently got e-mail from the boss of a massive French WWW site which contains reviews of many TV shows and movies. Included is Hawaï Police d'État (Hawaii Five-O), reviewed by Patrick Sansano. (This is not "the boss," who reviewed Streets of San Francisco and Kojak, among other shows.) The H50 ratings are not what you would expect! See Season 12 for example.

I have translated the Season 12 reviews with Bing -- https://bit.ly/2Hdn4FR. You can do this with Internet Explorer by right-clicking on the page and choosing the translation link. I don't know if you can do that with the most recent incarnation of this program called Edge.

There is also Google Translate and in Google Chrome, if you right-click on a page in a foreign language, it gives you the option of translating it into English. If you start at the top of level of a certain TV show, the translation will continue all the way down through the various sub-levels.


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THE FLIGHT OF THE JEWELS

Wow! A VERY good season 12 episode, one that doesn't even feel like a 12th season episode. To me it felt like something from season 9, something like "Practical Jokes Can Kill You". It's an episode with an equal measure of danger, suspense, and adventure. Especially with the addition of Kwan Hi Lim as the slimy and creepy fence Hank Yomura! He's always a joy to watch when he plays these types of unsavory characters. He has some good lines too! Little surprise that the writer of this episode was James Menzies, whose previous 2 entries were both from season 9 - "Yes, My Deadly Daughter" and "A Capitol Crime". This episode definitely stands apart from the others this season. I was afraid it might not hold up (I always liked it in the past) but it ended up being better than I remembered. I would actually dare to put it alongside "Though the Heavens Fall" as my favorite of the season. Even the score by Robert Drasnin is really good (the best of his 3 this season) and at one point you even hear the James Bond theme - this is when Tommy Fujiwara arrives at the airstrip to deliver the ransom for the jewels.

The story is interesting - it's a heist episode and involves using 2 model airplanes to rob a jewelry exhibit. Certainly a heck lot more creative and exciting than the lame laser beam gold heist in the previous episode (which had a fake tunnel entrance, bad SFX laser beam, and broad daylight when it's supposed to be the middle of the night). The one thing I found ridiculous was Nick (the inside man) helping himself to the jewelry while his fellow guards are coughing all around him. Surely at least 1 or 2 of them must have seen him cleaning up that display and would have fingered him later on. They hadn't passed out or anything and it wasn't that smoky that they couldn't see what he was doing. I thought that was an odd bit. But other than that I really liked the plot. I liked the trio of geniuses too - especially Jeff Daniels as Neal, the mastermind of the group. He had a certain arrogance about him but also a certain youthful innocence and sense of adventure. You couldn't really dislike him. I also liked how he kept getting flustered every time Yomura called him "kid" and he would correct him "Neal". :D


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Not everyone liked the last Five-Zero episode:

https://h50koolaid.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/h50-review-8-20-he-lokomaikai-ka-manu-o-kaiona-kind-is-the-bird-of-kaiona/


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Last night's H50 show (S08E20) reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#20


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Ringfire - nice review for The Golden Noose. As I have watched some episodes, I've seen several flaws and let them slide too. Why? Because like you, the stories are keeping me sufficiently interested and entertained. Goes back to the whole rewatchable aspect we talked about earlier.

This is why I like this webpage so much, you guys are honest in your reviews and I can definitely tell you're all fans. :)


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THE GOLDEN NOOSE
We continue with another good episode - in fact it's better than the last few. It has an interesting premise and a pretty decent villain. Ed Lauter (who's always a solid villain) is Jonas Halloran, a mercenary who seemingly has helped stabilize an East Asian nation and now has arrived in Honolulu. Of course he's up to no good and McGarrett straightaway takes a dislike to the man. No surprise - the guy just looks and feels dirty. He has some strange accent which is not easy to pin down. Mr. Mike says it's supposed to be Irish but since it's mentioned that he served in various African nations I suppose maybe Lauter is trying to sound South African or Rhodesian or somewhere thereabouts. In any case as far as season 12 villains go he's pretty good. Most of them were pretty weak. I also like the rising temp on the thermostat as a clue that something fishy is going on in the bank. It reminds me of "Joey Kalima" where the lava dust and the ventilator fan on the roof served as a clue. The score by Les Hooper is pretty crappy.

Someone must have remembered the excellent MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE episode "The Mercenaries" where the IMF team steal mercenary Pernell Roberts's gold from a vault by melting the gold bars and then reforming them in new molds. It was done much better and more believable there - without the use of lasers or bad SFX. There was also more tension.

It's always been a dream of mine to visit East Asia someday. I'd love to visit Baradak. It looks beautiful, in fact it looks just like Hawaii :) While I'm at it I should also check out Arasunda!

I know that many can't stand season 12 simply because by this point nobody in the production crew cared anymore, and this episode just happens to illustrate this point brilliantly. Consider this - the entire gold heist operation takes place through the night. Halloran and his team arrive in the tunnel sometime around 8pm which is when the bank closes. They will have the entire night to carry out their operation, until 6am which is when the bank opens. During this entire time McGarrett and Kimo are keeping a vigil outside the bank. Again, this is the middle of the night. Heck, we even see McGarrett continually glancing at the thermostat and the time outside which keeps showing 2am, 2:24am, 3:30am, 4am, etc. But guess what?? It's broad daylight outside!! :!surprised: Talk about complete incompetence!! Did anyone care at all??? It's almost insulting to release something like this to the public! This isn't some small continuity gap. You're filming a scene which takes place at 2am in broad daylight!!!!!!! They didn't even bother trying day-for-night photography. I can see how laziness like this might really piss someone off. This would have never passed muster in the earlier seasons. NO WAY!! Also before the truck enters the tunnel (when it's inside the tunnel it's clearly inside Diamond Head Tunnel) the opening to the tunnel which is covered by some brush is clearly the opening to some small tunnel which only a human could get into. No way can a truck or any vehicle enter it. It might even have been a model and not a real tunnel. Again, really lazy! I suppose I should knock the episode down because of these things but honestly most of season 12 is like this so I'll just let it slide. The episode itself, however, kept me sufficiently interested.


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RIP Tim O'Connor - he also appeared on Star Trek:The Next Generation (1 episode) and wasn't he a regular on Buck Rogers? If I'm recalling correctly, that's where I first saw him.

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R.I.P. Tim O'Connor. Back in the day he was pretty much everywhere - on every popular show (especially crime dramas). He was especially great as Sheldon Orwell in "Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart" alongside his partner in crime Willard Lennox, also expertly played by Paul Stewart. His Jonathan Kaye was excellent as well. As was his Capt. Roy Devitt on SOSF. He really had that stern air of authority about him - he excelled in these parts! I think the first thing I ever saw him in was the KNIGHT RIDER episode "Brother's Keeper" where he played another authority figure - some federal big-shot.

"You don't own me, and I don't own you. We just need each other - 10 million dollars worth. Let's get out of here".


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Tim O'Connor has passed away at age 90:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tim-oconnor-dead-peyton-place-buck-rogers-actor-was-90-1102359

He appeared on original H50 as Jonathan Kaye in Part 2 of The Ninety-Second War and as Sheldon Orwell in Ten Thousand Diamonds and a Heart.

On Streets of San Francisco, including the first episode after the pilot, he was Lt. Roy Dewitt in three shows, and a gangster named Frank Maguire in The Cannibals (1977).

He also appeared in 2-part Barnaby Jones episode Nightmare in Hawaii which features several H50 players, including Lyle Bettger, Bob Basso, Danny Kamekona, Kimo Kahoano, Bernard Ching, Ed Fernandez, and Elissa Dulce.


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Ringfire211 - I can definitely relate to the rewatchable aspect of Five-O, I find myself going back over and over. Between the stories and the characters, I keep getting drawn in. I see why my dad enjoyed it so much during the original run. It is awesome that the DVD/streaming market has allowed us to get a hold of these shows and watch them whenever we want.

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Bobbi, I’d say owning all the seasons is definitely a worthwhile investment (yes even season 12). In fact it’s one of my most treasured DVD sets and the ones I return to the most. Other shows I have on DVD just aren’t as rewatchable. I know back in the day catching my favorite show on TV was a special treat but that was before anyone had any notion of a novel concept like shows on DVD.

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The biography of Jack Lord by Sylvia Lynch has been out for about a month. It's available as a paperback at Amazon for $39.95 (or less from one seller), and also as a Kindle book which is a mere $4.04!

https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Lord-Sylvia-D-Lynch-ebook/dp/B07BCPX272


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I hear you ring fire. I only have some of the episodes through Amazon and didn't realize there was a big difference until yesterday (noticed the editing you mentioned for time allotted and ads). I just found it curious that they stopped at the end of Season 7 and started over. I mean, there's seasons 8-12 still and there are some scenes from those episodes in their ads. I guess I was more curious than anything and figured if anyone had any insight, that person might be here on this Discussion Forum. But you're right, I find myself going to Amazon to the episodes I have and watching those too!

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At this point most of us probably don’t care what Five-O episodes ME-TV is showing or not showing since we own the seasons on DVD. These days I just don’t care to watch something with inferior picture quality and cut for commercial time, not when I have it on DVD as a superior product. Same thing holds true for the Bond films when they appear on TV. I own them on DVD and Blu-Ray so there’s no way I’m watching them on TV.

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Thank Mr. Mike for the answer on the MeTV question. I did contact them but haven't heard back at all (got a response to the effect of "thanks for contacting us, your email is being forwarded to the appropriate department). Figured someone might have some insight but you never know with these networks. Thanks again!

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Soon etc oh was a fine actor with very good facial end a distinctive voice.R.I.P.

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Mr Mike says >>>Soon-Tek Oh has passed away. He uttered the first words ever heard in the original Five-O (pilot episode -- "Ready, sir.";). He appeared in an additional 7 episodes from 1969 to 1979. RIP.<<<

That's a cool piece of trivia. I did not remember that detail. He made a memorable impact for only 7 episodes. I liked when McG breaks him down on the ways of Red China and gets him to turn, in The Jinn Who Clears The Way.


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RIP Soon Teck-Oh. Vic Tanaka finally stopped looking for Cathy. Let’s not forget his ruthless Col. Yin torturing Chuck Norris in MISSING IN ACTION 2: THE BEGINNING! And as Roger Moore’s ally Lt. Hip in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, trying to track down Scaramanga.

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In this episode we are taken back to 1975. The song playing “Disco Inferno” was not recorded until 1976 and released on Atlantic by “The Trammps” on December 28, 1976. JSYK

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>I see that you had the 1997 pilot film

Where did you "see" this?

>but it's not there. Will it return?

What do you mean by "there"?

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>Anyone have any idea why MeTV is stopping at Season 7?

No idea, I would suggest you contact MeTV.

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>Did Don Ho ever appear on the original 5-0? I don't think so, and if he didn't, he was just about the island personality from that time who didn't. Is there a backstory here?

Don Ho never appeared on the old show. A character pretending to be Don Ho was in S07E09 of the new show, but "Tiny Bubbles," which "Don Ho" is seen singing in the show, was not written and recorded until 1966. The scene where Don Ho is singing took place in 1963. As far as a backstory is concerned, you are askming about events that took place 38-50 years ago; I have no idea.


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I see that you had the 1997 pilot film but it's not there. Will it return?

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Friday's show reviewed:

http://fiveohomepage.com/2010-log8.htm#19

By the way, Dana Lee, who played Mr. Kimura in Friday night's show,, appeared in the original Five-O's 11th season episode The Pagoda Factor as Victor Fong, a "top dragon" from Kowloon in Hong Kong.


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Hey Ringfire - good points on Johnny Oporta and Bad Ben. We talked bout the gritty Season 4 - seems nothin more gritty that prowlin them back alleys in you best duds dumpin bodies in the trash :D

Impressive how our man Al work his way up from minor prison rioter to servin Johhny O & Harry Quan, then finally McGarrett hisself. He had great screen presence as Ben Kokua and Chicken dig how we went from the portrayal a grimey thugs to his suave, dapper Detective Kokua persona. Bein a vet a the show, he seemed able to ease right in to the Five-0 team in the pivotal Fifth season - definitely a contender for top season. Dig him keepin hot-headed Danno from throwin down with that Raiders fan in "Pig in a Blanket."

Most sad to hear bout the passin a the great Soon-Tek Oh. Chicken dug him as Lau - comrade a The Beast, who warn Stoss bout 'ruthless' adversary Steve McGarrett and goad Miss De Nava into "dyin for the cause" - and as uber creepy serial killer Vic Tanaka (you first hear Vic's voice on the phone N you know he Bad News). But Chick's fave be him playin Chin's relative and junior Maoist Tom Wong in "Jinn Clear The Way." Dig that scene where he melt down under the relentless grillin from Steve-O into what's like a silent scream before they rolls the wave. Seems he playin a character a bit younger than him but he make it convincin. Impressive how Tom use his rage at betrayal to put the screws to Wo Fa as well, not an easy feat, man.

Coincidentally, Chicken just watch "Silk Trap" - a pretty good season 10 effort. But like you say - Mr. Mike - coulda been a lot betta had they tightened it up. But Soon-Tek Oh's nefarious portrayal as the blackmailer/extortionist definitely made it a lot more enjoyable.

Finally, John - I endlessly enjoy "The Box," everytime I view it. It's a Five-O All Timer! As Chicken would say, choosin to watch 'The Box' is always "A Command Decision" :D :!cool:


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Soon-Tek Oh has passed away. He uttered the first words ever heard in the original Five-O (pilot episode -- "Ready, sir."). He appeared in an additional 7 episodes from 1969 to 1979. RIP.

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Steal Now, Pay Later was average fare. Colby was an intelligent criminal and effective unloading his merchandise. The ending was Classic though with those cassette recorders. Cool! The Box I've like it more after a recent viewing. McGarrett should have not volunteered to go inside. He could have been killed. They would have eventually fallen asleep from exhaustion. Prisoners killing other prisoners. The outside Hawaii citizens probably would not have cared. As long as the gate was locked. Maybe, it would have been sad if a few correctional officers died in the shower room. But they would have known the risks. Like McGarrett stated honestly when Danno was kidnapped by PAG in The Young Assassins. He knew the dangers and risks in police detective work. Big Chicken had a meaty role in The Box and excellent acting. JC

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Writing has gotten ridiculous, and new cast members are not impressive. Formerly a good show, now a mess. Does Adam have a low IQ? With a life as tortured as his, he needs to join his wife on the mainland.

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Hey Chick, even though I’m not a big fan of “Steal Now” I agree that Ron Colby was a smooth criminal! And ruthless. Gotta love them shades! And all the wahines he had running around him.

I dig “Bad Ben” in both “John Louisiana” and “No Bottles No Cans”. He could play slimeballs pretty well. He was basically just a greasy underling thug working for Oporta (who himself was just a greasy thug trying to play big shot) but he still strolled the streets with his fellow thug Ozzie wearing a suit and tie! I think that’s pretty funny!!! Seeing a guy hanging out in alleys and pushing around garbage containers and wearing a suit! :D
I also dig “Bad Ben” in the classic “The Box”. I especially love the way he says to Chah-lee “How you know, bruddah???” when Chah-lee says he’s breaking out by himself and that he’ll make it on his own out there. Maybe it’s amateur acting but it’s great lol! Cracks me up seeing Al trying to really get into his small part and make the most of it.


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Hey Ringfire - Chicken down with uppin the total for “Hawaiian Nighmare” to 3 an a half, brudda. I would also upp 'Steal Now-Pay Later' to 3 stars. Chicken dig the swingin & stealin Ron Colby who ulta cool, n ultra cold - when it come to offin some folks. Think this is Ray Danton's best Five-O effort and an underrated ep, probably overlooked among the powerhouse “Young Assassins” and “Kill ‘Em Again” you mentioned. Season 7 outstandin - too bad is last call for Ben Kokua. Think Al's best moment as 'Bad Ben' was as Harry Quon's henchman in 'John Louisiana.' Dig him gettin the drop on Don Stroud - "You shoulda done this when you were supposed to. Do it Now - babeee!" :D

Hey John - James Olson really great in "Honor Is An Unmarked Grave" specially his joustin with McGarrett. His sleazy tabloid author character be way ahead of its time. I beg to differ on the need for red herrings in “Hawaiian Nighmare” though, thought Bernie's plan fallin apart was true to the character. Like Doris say "You're a loser, Bernie." :D


Added: April 05 2018 07:30:10 AM
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I think A Hawaiian Nightmare is accurately ranked. Bernie placed plenty of money,time,and effort in the volcanic explosion and extortion. However, McG & the HFO team quickly were able to focus on Bernie as a suspect. There should have been 2 or 3 scientist types that could have been suspects. Red herrings. I think Bernie's plan should have worked. Excellent acting by cast. Olsen is usually a winner. Enjoyed him as Travis Marshall Season 8. Honor Is An Unmarked Grave. The remote control device could have easily triggered the explosion. I have mixed emotions whether Bernie should have lived or died. It would have been just as interesting after the double cross. An unhurt Bernie running to McG. Each running to the volcano site as Bernie stopped the explosion. McG yelling "No Deals!" I admit Bernie dying before McG could get the information to stop the explosion...That was very suspenseful. JC

Added: April 04 2018 08:21:29 PM
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Right ooooon, Bruddah Chicken!! I concur and dig your sentiments of “Hawaiian Nighmare” being an excellent episode! It’s from the classic period of Five-O and Ben Kokua is still on the squad! It deserves at LEAST 3 stars but personally I’d give it 3 and a half! It sits snugly between two 4-star powerhouses “The Young Assassins” and “I’ll Kill ‘Em Again”. Like season 6, season 7 kicked off with a real bang!! Plus I really dig that Morton Stevens score at the beginning when Bernie and his goons are setting the charges!! Wish we had a clip of that audio - Mike doesn’t have it in his audio archives.

Peace!! The law is cooool!! :!cool:


Added: April 04 2018 11:22:38 AM
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Hey Mister Mike - how come only dos stars for Hawaiian Nightmare, man? Usually the Five-O go up against mastermind criminals or uber cunning spys & psychotics, so watchin them punch through the paper-thin scheme a geothermal science-wiz & everyday loser Bernie Brown is supremely entertainin.

Chicken love the look McGarrett givin Bernie when he tries to snow em about a whole team a villains & specialists bein responsible for the volcano explosives. And as you describe - dig Bernie sittin in on the Five-O session where they quickly dee-duce how he rigged explosives on the cheap. We watch him then rush off to throw out them fertilizer bags - hilarious! :D

Great Jack facial reaction when the shot-up Bernie fade out before McGarrett can pump him for info bout the detonator. Chicken really dug Steve's remote control brainstormin' and the twist a Mrs. Brown N the shylock's bagman runnin off with money. And the whole idea of blowin up a volcano is pretty audacious.

Don't know why Vince didn't shoot at the copter, but is way cool when Danno fly that chopper right into him! 3 stars from the Chicken.

Bummer bout the Anderson Estate, many a great Five-O ep shot there.


Added: April 03 2018 07:16:59 PM
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The Anderson Estate getting torn down?? I’m devastated!! This is TERRIBLE news!!!!!! :!cry: This goes beyond FIVE-O and MAGNUM. It’s a piece of Hawaiian history getting destroyed. Little by little the old Hawaii is disappearing and that’s always a very sad thing.

As Jack Bauer would say... DAMMIT!!


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Added: April 03 2018 03:33:22 PM
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