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As far as I can figure it, Stoner drove his car into the bay and one of his hooks got detached. When he returns to his fleabag room, isn't he all dripping wet? By the way, some guy pointed out the Mustang that is hauled from the bay later is not the same car that went in the drink. The one hoisted out is a model from a few years earlier. I watched Death with Father last night. Of course, there are some questions. Like is Morgan Senior a former HPD cop, or a federal agent. He mentions that he heard about the drug bust from "Treasury." He also mentions he was "beached" before retiring with a full pension. Is this to suggest that someone didn't approve of the methods he used when he was dealing with cases? That he worked for HPD is suggested by the ease at which he breaks into the HPD evidence room. But wouldn't the cop who answers the phone when Morgan makes this ruse about being some cop upstairs who needs some evidence recognize either Morgan's voice or the voice as NOT being that of the guy on the fifth floor? It is far-fetched to think that Morgan would know that the cop in the basement was a newbie, therefore he could take advantage of him and break into the evidence room in his absence. Ben tails Tom, the son, in the usual very obvious Five-O way. At one point, Tom and his girlfriend are going somewhere on his motorcycle, and Ben is sitting across the street. Ben turns and looks directly at Tom as he is about to drive away! The girlfriend is then found overdosed at her apartment. Is the implication here that she just took the drugs herself, or did Tom, her boyfriend, kill her, because she was not wanting to co-operate in giving him an alibi for the hour when he was almost busted in the drug raid? The ending of this show doesn't make any sense at all. Tom plainly turns on the container of gas (propane?) in view of his father, and his father does nothing to stop him -- the father doesn't even mention this.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11:46:48 (PDT)
Aloha, I hope Rick did not get the impression I am Kimo in disquise? He is not the only one who knows anyone on the island.. I am and have been Five-0 since 2000
Honolulu, Hi - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 11:38:07 (PDT)
Yes, and "Draw Me a Killer" even guest stars George Kennedy as the murdered lawyer John G. Lott. No, not THAT George Kennedy! This same George Kennedy had minor roles in a few other episodes ("Death With Father"). They even included his name on the back case of the DVD for the synopses of "Death With Father" - Guest Starring George Kennedy. Huh? Drove me right up the wall when I read that! Anyone else notice this flub? They should have done their homework and noticed that it's not THAT George Kennedy (Academy Award winning actor).
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 10:23:55 (PDT)
I think Stoner could have been injured while ditching his car into the bay. Remember how one of his appendages was still in the car? BTW, "Draw me a Killer" is still eerie after all these years, given the subsequent psycho stalkings of Mark David Chapman and John Hinckley, Jr.; Actor Elliot Street even resembles the two! And another fine score by Richard Shores!
Miami, Fl USA - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 07:30:49 (PDT)
I got my season 6 yesterday :-) And yes Steven, Hookman was really good. I like the scene when McG is looking around the appartment of Stoner and suddenly the phone rings. The view out of the car during the chase is great. But is it just me? I didn't quite understand what happened to Stoner after the chase. When and why happened the accident and when did he shoot Thompson? It was late yesterday, maybe I was a bit tired and I have to watch it again soon ;-)
Berlin, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 04:53:56 (PDT)
HOOKMAN was impressive on every level and seemed more like a high-quality TV movie than a regular episode. Reminded me of the pilot movie, Cocoon. Morton Stevens' score is fantastic and the Curt Stoner character is menacing, even without much dialogue. Interestingly filmed car chase, too. Also get a load of that 1970s urban blight, which was in full flower, with that rotting tenement building that looked like it was about to collapse. I forget, having watched so many studio-bound, 1960s shows how Five-O opened things up and used its locale as a studio in its own right. A great beginning to the sixth season.
Miami, Fl USA - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 04:23:53 (PDT)
That's actually not a bad idea Kimo,...errh,..Five-0.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 15:42:01 (PDT)
I wonder if Henry Kapono would be interested in doing the remake of the Hawaii Five-0 theme music... When I see him this weekend at Dukes Outrigger club maybe I'LL ask him?
Honolulu, Hi U S A - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 10:09:00 (PDT)
You have to think, if there were soooo many rats on the boat, wouldn't someone like notice this when the boat left Tahiti? How long did they say it took the boat to get from Tahiti, to Hawaii, anyway? Would it be possible there were only a couple of rats on the boat when it left, and then the rats started like "breeding like rats"? Yikes, according to some WWW site, it says the gestation period for rats is normally 22 days!! Those naughty rats!!!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:28:18 (PDT)
Charter. Not to mention the boat itself was a veritable flotilla of rats. They were crawling all over the place. They must have infested her before she left port but dang talk about pest control.
cincinnati, OH usa - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:16:02 (PDT)
Mr. Mike, good point about Che breathing in the "chemicals", and frankly if it were "just steam" would the guys really need Hazmat suits ? However, they looked more like heat resisitant suits like astronauts would wear vs. the (usual) Orange Hazmat suits, and they didn't appear to have on respirators did they ? My take is that they were hitting the boat with high intensity steam to sterilize it, which would seem to be about as accurate as Five-O tended to be back then... What would spraying the boat with drugs/chemicals do from an immediacy standpoint anyway... Just another one of those sort of laughable Five-O moments we anal retentive detail freaks like to point out in lot's of those ol' episodes. Like you siad, if Steve was exposed by his initial contact with the dead guys, why weren't all the crew on the Coast Guard Heli/Crusier quaretined, and why was Danny so non-challant about walking into the morgue with the dead guy lying there, how come he and the pahtologist quarentined, or had they already sterilized the dead guy ? Lot's of silly conclusions and inattention to detail, but that's why we love this show right ? :o)
Millersville, PA USA - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 08:48:33 (PDT)
The reason I asked about the guys spraying the plague-invested boats is because I did a search trying to find what this might be about and can't find anything. There is lots of information about the drugs that you take to prevent or overcome the plague like tetracycline (referred to in the show). I hope that it is steam, because if it is chemicals like pesticides, then poor Che Fong will have to inhale this garbage mere seconds after the hazmat guys finish disinfecting one of the vessels.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 08:17:25 (PDT)
I think whoever is in charge of designing these DVD cases/artwork needs to get a clue. I say that a person who works on these things MUST be a fan of the show! Otherwise, the product looks sloppy and just thrown-together at the last minute. First of all, it has always bothered me when the artwork features images from the wrong seasons. But that's an old gripe of mine (one that we probably can't do much about anyway). Anyway, the thing that really threw me off with this release is while reading the episode synopses on the back of the DVD cases, I noticed that for the episode "Death With Father" it says... Guest Starring George Kennedy. Now anyone who has watched this show knows that "THE" GEORGE KENNEDY (Oscar-winning actor) has never guest-starred on this show. The George Kennedy that did guest star was a minor player who guest-starred in a few other episodes (IN MINOR ROLES!!!) including "Draw Me a Killer" where he played the murdered lawyer John G. Lott. Mentioning this George Kennedy in the synopses is ridiculous - that's like mentioning Yankee Chang, Galen Kam, or Tommy Fujiwara as GUEST STARS. They are stock supporting actors, not the featured actors. For "Death With Father" they might as well have said... Guest Starring Kwan Hi Lim. Anyone who knows anything about the episode knows that it should have said... Guest Starring Andrew Duggan and Peter Strauss. NOT George Kennedy. What's next? "I'll Kill 'Em Again" guest-starring Lippy Espinada? These guys need to check their facts before writing up absurd things like this. I'm pretty sure there is more than one George Kennedy out there. I wonder if they just watched the end credits and said... "Ooooo... look! George Kennedy!" without even bothering to check whether it is THE George Kennedy.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 07:45:17 (PDT)
I noticed something interesting while watching Flip Side Is Death, when the cops are watching cars driving by, there is a shot of the cast of One Born Every Minute cruising in a convertible, apparently having a good time. I wonder if Ed Flanders, Michael Strong, et al were paid extra for making a cameo appearance in another episode due to this curious stock shot!
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 05:59:10 (PDT)
Mr Mike you commented: If McGarrett is contaminated by the plague from the yacht, wouldn't the helicopter that was carrying him back to land and its crewmen also be contaminated? I WAS WONDERING THIS MYSELF, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE "Oops, you mean we should make the entire episode believable" moments by the writer's. Hazmat-type people are seen spraying the yacht and the boat that the two kids find from the yacht with some kind of chemicals. Are these (pesticides?) designed to kill the fleas on the rats, or the rats themselves? I TOOK THIS TO BE THEY WERE HITTING THE BOAT WITH A SPRAY OF INTENSELY HOT STEAM TO KILL THE GERMS eg STERILIZE VS. USING ANY TYPE OF CHEMICAL. Where is the place that Tamaki meets Brown? It seems to be located somewhere on the waterfront, a building with some kind of Asian architecture (is it a temple, a restaurant, or what?). HAVING NEVER BEEN TO HAWAII, NO IDEA... WHERE's OUR EXPERT KIMO ??
Millersville, PA USA - Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 05:39:59 (PDT)
Death With Father: a powerhouse, four star episode, no question. The ending still packs a wallop, gets under my skin. Performances in this episode are uniformly excellent. Overall, a definitive season six outing: eerie, edgy, brilliantly scored. This season is shaping up to be one of the best.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:37:06 (PDT)
Some questions about the Charter for Death episode. If McGarrett is contaminated by the plague from the yacht, wouldn't the helicopter that was carrying him back to land and its crewmen also be contaminated? Hazmat-type people are seen spraying the yacht and the boat that the two kids find from the yacht with some kind of chemicals. Are these (pesticides?) designed to kill the fleas on the rats, or the rats themselves? Where is the place that Tamaki meets Brown? It seems to be located somewhere on the waterfront, a building with some kind of Asian architecture (is it a temple, a restaurant, or what?).
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:31:57 (PDT)
Hi, with regard to that tune, sorry about the confusion. Here is a more specific link: http://tinyurl.com/coejeo ... however, as you can see, there is no definite answer. I tried asking this question three times in 10 years!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 27, 2009 at 08:01:06 (PDT)
Thanks Mr. Mike, but http://tinyurl.com/cj8s26 doesn't send readers to an answer - only to 4 pages of Google search results, most of which are irrelevant. After sifting through the 37 results listed there, it appears that only two of the Usenet posts have anything to do with this mystery song. Niether of these two posts (1st one in 1997 and the 2nd in 2008) had a reply with the actual name of the song. So it turns out the "info about the song" is near nil.
Yet Another Five-O Fan
- Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 15:05:13 (PDT)
Hi, I always liked Hawaii Five O but have enjoyed it more since visiting Hawaii a few years ago for a holiday. I enjoy spotting locations used in the series that I visited. From the brilliant, timeless theme tune to the great scripts and photography the show is great. I watch the series regularly via my home cinema projector and large screen, which improves the enjoyment of the series still further. I welcome the idea of a new series but am not sure if the magic of the original can be matched. Harry Ivey.
Redruth , Great Britain - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 11:32:17 (PDT)
What's with the girlfriend/accomplice voice dubbing? It is very awkward. Not just a line or two but the whole episode appears to be dubbed.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 09:30:47 (PDT)
Speaking of Flash of Color, did anybody else get the idea that the ringleader of the scheme was supposed to be bisexual? He is presented as sort of a '70's version of a metrosexual, well-groomed, with his tight unbuttoned disco shirts, and when his babely girlfriend expresses some qualms about the plot, he invites her to sit next to him so he can ease her troubled mind so to speak, to which she replies, "Is that what you did with so-and-so?" referring to the boxer henchman who has just been killed. He replies with, "That's hitting below the belt." I don't know, I thought I picked up a subtle undercurrent, was wondering if anyone else noticed the same thing.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 09:19:35 (PDT)
Thanks for your answers, Chris and Mike. I'm going to check out those links now.
Anytown, HI USA - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 09:14:19 (PDT)
Almost halfway through season six. I agree with Mr. Mike's four star ratings for Hookman and One Big Happy Famijly. However, I would also give the four star treatment to a couple of disc two episodes, Tricks Are Not Treats and Why Wait Til Uncle Kevin Dies. Re Tricks, Mike criticizes the '70's pimp vibe, but this is one of the things I love, it shows Five-O trying to be contemporary and maintain its edge. The dialogue is outstanding, and I especially love the scene where the woman makes call girl appointments while feeding her kids. Robert Altman did something similar in Short Cuts(about twenty years later) with a phone sex operator plying her trade from her kitchen as her kids look on, but as so often happens, Five-O did it first. As for Uncle Kevin, it's just classic Five-O, with a brilliant and different story idea, some interesting twists and a lot of entertaining dialogue. I also disagree with the high praise given to Flash of Color Flash of Death, both in Mr. Mike's comments and on this page, to me this is a throwback episode, old school Five-O, the kind of thing the series used to do well but by season six it has too much of a been there done that feeling to it. Besides, the actress who plays the jeweler's assistant, comely as she is, gives a terrible performance. And Don Knight's "limey" shtick gets pretty tiresome. By the way, Mike states in his analysis that he doesn't understand how Knight's character makes the boxing connection, but during the mug shot perusal either Danny or Chin Ho states that the criminal used to be a boxer, hence his "ugly" mug.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 09:07:26 (PDT)
For info about the car, see http://www.fiveohomepage/50mercury.htm. For info about the song, see http://tinyurl.com/cj8s26 (I posted in Usenet groups twice about this issue.)
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 04:47:13 (PDT)
I think I can answer question 1 for ya. I'm pretty sure the '68 Park Lane's last episode was #152, The Two-Faced Corpse, Season 7, October 29, 1974. The '74 Marquis appeared in the following episide, How to Steal a Masterpiece, November 12, 1974. I've never noticed any excessive damage done to the Park Lane in any of the episodes, but one of the experts like Mr. Mike might know. As for your third question, I've always wondered what that song is too! Either the song or just the music to the song can be heard in several episodes. Hopefully some of the other regulars on here will have more information.
- Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 00:22:32 (PDT)
A few questions, if I may. I apologize if they have been asked and answered before. 1. When did McGarrett stop using the '68 Park Lane and start using the '74(?) Marquis? 2. I have read that the Park Lane was badly damaged during filming. Does this appear on the show? 3. What is the name of the song heard often throughout the series that the little girls sang and danced to in "Kiss the Queen Goodbye"? Thank you.
Anytown, HI USA - Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 18:43:38 (PDT)
Having watched "Murder with a Golden Touch" again, I've noticed two things.... Jack Lord looks nowhere near as cool wearing shades in this episode as he did in the episode (s) in which he wore them in season 1. Also, I realise actor, John Orchard, is a fellow English man, but whatever possesed him to call another man "luv"?! 'Luv' may be a coloquilism us brits use, but a fella would NEVER say this to another man - unless of course the character was supposed to be camp?! These points and a dodgy performance by Haunani Minn resulted in me thinking that this is one of the weaker season 6 episodes.
England - Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10:47:27 (PDT)
Hey thanx Mike. I am having to pay much more attention to details on 6th season shows than ever before. Taxing Affair. Is it Cavel that sends 5-0 the initial alert on Garrison? If so, why did he even bother. It seems he could have more easily make the hit as Marsh and simply gone about his business. Of course once he picked up the wrong bag it got complicated for him. The Tricks Treats story almost got me into a tangle too but I rewatched it and was able to keep up.......I think.
cincinnati, OH usa - Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 08:01:39 (PDT)
In the Flash of Color episode, the opals are worth a lot more money, because in addition to the official ones which Hobbs brought through customs (all accounted for in various documentation), he also had several more opals secreted in the lining of his jacket, which you see him cutting out in his hotel room. Webber was supposedly the mastermind of the whole scheme to fleece Hobbs, though Webber is a pretty boring individual. I'm sure McGarrett will also bust the dame after he gets through with Hobbs. There is obviously some connection between Willis, the auto body shop owner and Webber, but this is not explained. The robbers used a car which substituted plates "borrowed" from one which was in Willis's shop for an hour or so. Perhaps Webber and Willis have some history which goes way back?
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 21:42:18 (PDT)
i've gone through the first 5 seasons like a house on fire... pre-ordered season 6 through a local store and HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT YET! i'm having withdrawal symptoms!
westminster, MD USA - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 20:51:01 (PDT)
Flash of Color/Death. Good episode but the ins and outs of the plot literally tied my brain up in a knot. What made the opals Hobbs was carrying so much more valuable than 150 Gs? What role did the boss at the auto shop play? Did McGarret bust the double crossing girl Hobbs had locked up in the safe? Where did Webber fit in the whole sceme. Can someone give me a quick recap of what really went on here, a brief synopsis or break-down if you will? Thanx.
cincinnati, OH usa - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 15:15:53 (PDT)
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 14:31:42 (PDT)
I received delivery confirmation yesterday that my S6 set had arrived but when I got home it wasn't there! Amazon is sending a replacement (to an "undsiclosed location" specified by me) at no charge. That's great, but the fact that there's a thief around my neighborhood bugs me no end. Where's Sonny and Tubbs when I need them? So my Five-O enjoyment is postponed for now; of course, I could watch "No Bottles, No Cans, No People" again...BTW, glad that Mr. Mike is giving season eight a thorough looking over, as IMO his initial "anal-ysis" was a bit tired. His review of the Jack Cassidy episode is much improved!
Miami, Fl USA - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 09:41:07 (PDT)
Thanks, Nadj. I thought it sounded French. Anyway, I watched "Jury of One" last night so I'm done with season 5. Yay!!!! Up next... season 6 and (drum-roll...........) "Hookman"!!!!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 08:41:00 (PDT)
Yes, it's French. Because his wife and mother-in-law were from Indochina. Indochina(today Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) was French until 1954.
Berlin, - Friday, April 24, 2009 at 00:11:38 (PDT)
Can someone please tell me what language Eric Braeden (Djebara) speaks in season 5's "The Diamond that Nobody Stole"? Sounds French. Is that what it is?
Philadelphia, PA Flyers still flying! - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 20:59:07 (PDT)
Dunno why I gave One Born Every Minute only one and a half stars -- it's not that bad! I raised its rating to three stars. It's well written and acted, but plot-wise pretty predictable. I also revised my anal-ysis of Try to Die on Time. UGH! I hope I never have to watch this episode again.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 19:07:22 (PDT)
+ 1 on that. How about a little love for "One Born Every Minute. Any ep with Tommy Fujiwara is a good one. He's great. Season six is particularly strong. IMHO the only weak ep is "Anybody Can Build a Bomb". And of course the strongest; "Hookman".
Newport Beach, CA USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 14:20:44 (PDT)
THIS WAS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE TV SERIES. I THINK BECAUSE IT WAS A WEEKLY ESCAPE FOR ME TO THE ISLAND PARADISES. I BECAME INTRIGUED WITH EVERY CHARACTER IN THE SERIES AND WOULD WELCOME ANOTHER ONE IF IT COULD BE DONE IN THE MANNER AND STYLE THE ORIGINAL WAS....EACH WEEK IT WAS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, GREAT STORY LINE AND THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH MCGARETT, DANNO, AND ALL THE CAST MEMBERS THAT DID SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB. I HAVE FINALLY MADE 5 TRIPS TO HAWAII AND EVERY TIME I WAS IN OAHU I FELT LIKE I WAS HOME....GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE YOU GET ANOTHER SERIES SOON. WILL BE WATCHING AND WAITING. THANK YOU
KANSAS CITY, MO USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 14:19:21 (PDT)
I think the 6th season episode, ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE deserves a *** rating - I always found this to be a "fun" episode, kind of like THE 100,000 NICKEL. Anyway, I think the performances were very good in BOTH of these episodes - looking forward to getting my DVD set and starting off with the great, HOOKMAN, with an outstanding music score by the great Morton Stevens...:-)
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 13:09:52 (PDT)
"If some is good, then more is better" Often used and seldom works. Wo Fat was never in four eps in even one season. Four eps every season would mean he had to escape McG 47 times before "Wo to Wo Fat", resulting in a much earlier arrival of the comic book effect that Mike mentions in this last ep. The Wild Wild West is a good example/analogy.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 12:11:53 (PDT)
Looking back, and considering 24 episodes a year, I never felt like we saw Wo Fat too often.Remember a lot of his episodes were 2 parter's (1 storyline) further limiting his exposure versus storylines. Space Seed ? anyone
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 11:50:29 (PDT)
As mentioned in my anal-ysis of One Big Happy Family, this show is likely based on a real case. You can read about it here. I upped the rating of this show from 3 and a half to four stars ... I can't find anything wrong with this show, other than the usual nitpicky stuff. Barbara Baxley as the matriarch of the family has this creepy look, sort of like the retarded kid in Deliverance ... it looks like she is not wearing any makeup. By the way, did anyone notice at the end, the family have to go through a luggage inspection prior to getting on the plane? I was thinking, "If this luggage check was something set up just for the sake of catching the family, wouldn't they be suspicious?" But apparently FAA rules in the States came into effect around that time (see the anal-ysis) which required a luggage check for any carry-on baggage.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 09:48:23 (PDT)
Henry: I'll have to disagree with you regarding Wo Fat. "The Wild, Wild West" featured its arch nemesis, Dr. Loveless, four times during the first two seasons of that show, and IMO only two of the four in each were quality episodes. The others were too silly, even by that program's standards. They overexposed Loveless, and would have continued doing so had the actor, Michael Dunn, not fallen ill. So, I think that the Five-O producers/writers were right not to overdo it when it came to featuring Wo Fat. However, you make a good point when you state that the show reflected its times.
Miami, Fl USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 07:28:48 (PDT)
There is no acceptable excuse for failing to feature Wo Fat in at least 4 episodes a year. In season 6 , the " Psychotic Serial Killer " focus might just be a reflection of current events at that time. For those old enough to recall, 1973 was close to the pinnacle of the " Zodiac Killer" investigation and the social/political impact was widespread. Prime suspect Arthur Lee Allen was still under heavy scrutiny as the probable killer beginning in that period. As we know, television is dramatically influenced by the world in which it exists…..and maybe Five-0 was no exception.
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 07:03:44 (PDT)
Picked up Season 6 last night after work and was a bit surprised when I hit Best Buy to find that they were already sold out of the 10 or so boz sets they had received... Started watching Hookman late last night and was curious if it was just my eyes playing tricks on me or are the digi transfers less "bright and brilliant" on this epi or what ? Also, when Stevo and Ookala are talking on the balcony in Steve's office the audio sounds quite muffled, again could have just been I was tired and overly picky, but those two things struck me right away...Anyone else notice this, or am I just losing it ?
Millersville, PA US1 - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 05:33:55 (PDT)
Thanks for explaining the music on One Big Happy Family, Mr Mike. I sold my Columbia house tapes on Ebay when Five-0 began on DVD. In the 11th season two part episode, Number One with a bullet, has some popular Disco songs of the time by artists like the Bee Gees and Youvone Ellman. It will be interesting to see how CBS Paramount handles that music situation when we get to Season 11 on DVD.
Vernon Hills, Il USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 23:15:25 (PDT)
Ha ha, I congratulate myself on having a "good eye" in the Big Happy Family episode: (1) A teletype sends information about the family from the mainland. The report starts with "1970," but in the subtitles on the DVD set, because this word said by Danno is hard to hear, it instead says "1870." (2) Ric Marlow's beauty parlor is supposedly located on the island of Hawaii, but when Rosalie comes through the front door to inquire about a job, you can see Toyo's Superette in the background. This was a local landmark located at East Manoa Road and Keama Place in Honolulu (you can see the Keama Place road sign as well) which closed in the late 1990's.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:49:06 (PDT)
RE: Force of Waves Yes, Rick, that's correct. I posted the same thing back when this issue arose. Tere's more than enough exposition, so no scene would be necessary.
Miami, Fl USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 08:57:20 (PDT)
Two other possibilities for the dearth of Wo Fat episodes in later seasons. The death of Leonard Freeman. Or just a move away from international espionage stories. I've watched the first disc of season six, and three of the four episodes feature psychotic serial killers. Or it could be as Rick said, a lack of new ideas. Maybe they wanted each Wo Fat episode to be special, so they waited until a great story idea came along. Apparently this didn't work out with the final episode. I've never seen it, but if the negative reviews are to be believed, maybe I don't want to.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 07:49:32 (PDT)
In my TV dub of One Big Happy Family, there is no "Psycho like" music when Danny and Ben are looking down at the first murder victim (this is right after the main titles). The music doesn't start until Danny and Ben look at the butcher knife and accompanies the scene that follows. The Columbia House tapes are not to be trusted for discrepancies, because there are several of them reported, as you can see by reading my page which discusses these tapes. The music in this show, by the way, sounds influenced by Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, where a solo violin represents the devil (Jerry Goldsmith used a violin in a similar manner in the classic Twilight Zone episode The Invaders. Jerry Fielding also used a violin in his score to the film Straw Dogs, where the influence from Stravinsky is much more apparent).
Vancouver, BC Canucks won, yay! - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 07:30:52 (PDT)
I watched Forece of Waves last night. Cals ticket is fully explained, twice. First by Danno reporting to McG that he was informed of the ticket by the officer after hearing Cal saved McG's life. Then McG follows up on a phone call to the officer who tells McG the details of giving Cal the speeding ticket. I don't think there is a missing scene of the officer actually giving Cal the ticket in addition to the two scenes which explain it all in detail, but I could be wrong.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 07:19:33 (PDT)
Yeah, I was kidding around the $$$. I think you're probably on the right track, that they simply ran low on ideas for Wo Fat. Proven when they brought him back for the very crappy final episode.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 07:06:33 (PDT)
Dean: CBS/Paramount owns the Five-O music rights and it's unlikely that they'd remove original music, especially if its important to a scene, "The Fugitive" debacle not withstanding. Do you have the Columbia House tape with you? We're still waiting on that "ticket scene" from FORCE OF WAVES that one of the posters here alleged was missing.
Miami, Fl USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 06:46:19 (PDT)
Not sure how money would play into it. Khigh Deigh certainly wasn't a big name actor, I doubt his plate was so full that he had the luxury of turning down Five-O. My guess is they hired new writers in the later seasons, people who weren't there from the beginning and maybe didn't have a connection with the whole Wo Fat versus McGarrett story arc. Or else it was getting too hard to come up with legitimate excuses for Wo Fat to escape at the end of each encounter. Or Nixon's diplomatic overtures to China. On the other hand, maybe it was money. Who knows?
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 05:49:40 (PDT)
IMDB has Wo Fat in 15 eps. I only count 13. Nine eps in seasons 1-6. Only four in seasons 7-12. I can only a$$ume $ome po$$ible rea$on$ for hi$ ab$ence in later $ea$on$.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 21:40:50 (PDT)
I watched the first disk and the episodes look great. However, in the episode One big happy family, at the first murder scene, when Danny and Ben are looking down at one of the victims, there is no music. I remember on the old Columbia house tapes, there was some creepy, Psycho like music in this scene. Did anyone else notice this?
Vernon Hills, il USA - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 20:52:38 (PDT)
hi i just got the dvd for season six i read the preview of each show and i dont think wo fat is this season why???????
howell , nj - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 20:07:46 (PDT)
I have to admit, I'm somewhat disappointed in Draw Me a Killer, which used to be one of my favorite episodes. I think it's a great idea, and it starts out smashing, with the murder of the pawnbroker, the interaction between the killer(who by the way looks a little like a friend of mine) and his boss at the dog grooming place, then the interrogation of the rich widow as she lounges with her boy toy(I love the line "Go back to improving your mind, Bunny"), but then it gets pretty contrived. Here's how I would have done the episode: I would have had only one recurring villain in the comic strip, someone who continually harasses Judy Moon, the psycho keeps killing guys who look like him, then picks up the paper the next day and sees the villain is still around, realizes he has killed the wrong guy, then goes out and tracks down another person who looks like this character, then kills him, and on and on and on. In the meantime he could be stalking this woman who looks like Judy Moon - this aspect of the story wasn't explored to its potential in the actual episode, in my opinion. Obviously, the victims wouldn't look exactly like the comic strip character, that would be contrived as well, but there are enough similarities among them to allow McGarrett to eventually figure it out. Maybe one of the victims survives, and he recalls the killer calling him the name of the cartoon villain before shooting him, hence establishing a link with the comic strip, or else the murders combined with the stalking of the Judy Moon lookalike bring the killer's identity to the surface. Maybe it's presumptuous of me to imagine rewriting a Five-O episode, especially a good one, I just think it could have been a lot better.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 13:43:44 (PDT)
Yeah, I agree, Uncle Kevin is worth more than two stars (I didn't even look at the star rating when revising my anal-ysis). Luke Foster, the guy responsible for Reversions, Inc.'s accidents, is a pretty low-key villain (reminiscent of the guys in the William Shatner episode) and the special effects of three explosions are crappy, but then there is the busty babe interviewed by Danno! The story at least makes sense without thinking too hard, unlike Try to Die on Time, which is giving me a aneurysm ... at least >that< episode has the very sexy Louise Sorel!
Vancouver, BC Canuckland - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 08:49:51 (PDT)
Just got my season six set in the mail and immediately watched Hookman. Reading Mr. Mike's analysis, I wasn't surprised to read that the score won an Emmy, it is one of the most brilliant and chilling of the entire series, Stevens really went all out on this one. I wonder if any of the motifs were reused later.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 08:39:59 (PDT)
Happy Season 6 Release Day to you all! I haven't seen Hookman in 10 years and will be watching it tonight!
North Liberty, Iowa - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 08:15:13 (PDT)
Thank you Steve, that's good to know. I did order earlier seasons at amazon.uk but season 4 and 5 were sold and nothing was said about 6. So I decided to get them from the US and I paid the tax. But now I know better ;-) Thank you again.
Berlin, - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 05:43:29 (PDT)
Nadja - I live in the UK and ordered my set from Danish firm, AXEL MUSIC - these arrived on Satuday 11th April, 10 days before the 'official' release date! Last time I ordered direct from the states I was hit by a customs tax so ordering from within Europe made more sense. Just thought I'd let you know in case you ordered future seasons. To Mike - I've noticed the extra bass on some episodes of season 6 as well as the 'suspect' remastering on Jack Lord's face in 'Try to Die on Time' - still, in the main, a very good purchase!
England - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 05:08:08 (PDT)
That's for sure, KD :-) And I won't complain about any washed-out scenes that's for sure too ;-)
Berlin, - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 23:37:31 (PDT)
Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies? only two stars? Pretty decent job of writing by Jerome Coopersmith and directing by Michael O'Herlihy. Two "A-List" Five-0 guys. Story is well told. At least as good as the three star Charter For Death, don't you think? Just my opinion.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 20:42:12 (PDT)
Cool Nadja, Sounds exciting. Bet you count the days until you receive it..book 'em Nadja!
Hawaii, Five where's kim-O? - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 18:53:39 (PDT)
Just got the message from amazon. They shipped my dvds already, yippee. That's what I call fast :-)
Berlin, - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 13:30:31 (PDT)
Yes, Samurai is worth two stars in comparison with To Hell with Babe Ruth. Even if Montalban's performance is bad, it's at least good for a few laughs, unlike that of Mark Lenard in the other episode, which is just depressing. Having gotten the new Season Six set in advance, I have updated my anal-ysis of two episodes: #128, Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies? and #129, Flash of Color, Flash of Death. I am still working on #133, Try to Die on Time. Ugh, this episode has a plot that is so complicated, it needs a flow chart!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 06:28:32 (PDT)
Book the new show Danny!
Jefferson, WI US - Monday, April 20, 2009 at 06:11:50 (PDT)
Yes, I noticed Mr. Mike added an extra star to "Samurai". I always thought it deserved more than 1 star. Maybe not 3 and certainly not 4 stars, but 2 stars sounds just right. Then on the other hand I always enjoyed Montalban's performance as the Japanese Tokura. Reminded me of Joseph Wiseman's Chinese Dr. No.
Philadelphia, PA Go Flyers!!! - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 15:02:48 (PDT)
The most noticeable examples of film damage would be in "Six Kilos" with its washed-out print and sound, and "Odd Man In", which has truly awful washed-out colors in certain scenes. There were also some sound issues in "Face of the Dragon"; nothing too bad, but it is there. Oh, and Mike, it's nice to see you've added a star to "Samurai"! I never thought it was as bad as you make it out to be... :)
Miami, Fl USA - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 11:19:56 (PDT)
I haven't found any edits, but my level of expertise in this regard does not extend to that of some other people. I have watched episode #133, Try to Die on Time, where there are also some imperfections in the print, like when McGarrett is talking to Chin Ho in the wine cellar. There are very obvious vertical scratches on the print whenever the camera is on McGarrett, but not when it's on Chin Ho -- therefore, these scratches (which are almost impossible to see on my VHS dub of the same scene) were created either when the film was shot or processed, and nobody bothered to reshoot or fix them. (I recall the film was processed on the mainland -- I don't know if this persisted for the show's entire run.) It's quite possible that there are similar imperfections in some of the earlier seasons (though I don't recall too many off hand), but you won't start noticing them until you see problems with several shows! Also ... there are some weird sub-bass rumbles in a couple of the episodes I have watched. You would not hear these unless you have your sub-woofer on.
Vancouver, BC Go Canucks! - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 07:44:35 (PDT)
Mike: Perhaps that the source print for the "Uncle Kevin" episode was in worse condition than the others. I know you're a film music buff (I've seen you over at the FSM board), but It's happened before with audio sources where master tapes dating from the 1980s are in far worse shape than their 1950s or 60s counterparts. Sometimes, they do what they can and that is all. Or, sometimes they do a lousy job, too! ;) On a relayed note, have you found any edits in the new set?
Miami, Fl USA - Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 06:42:07 (PDT)
Geez. Totally forgot that Ala Wai runs only Ewa, not Diamond Head (like it used to). I jogged there regularly last summer during my business trip. Should have remembered. Seems that Kalakaua also used to be a 2-way street. I guess it was less traffic back in the day. So, Five-0, are you saying there was no airstrip around Ala Wai/Kalakaua? What about next to the Rainbow tower? Around Ala Moana?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 16:19:33 (PDT)
defunct Honolulu Airstrips?? Luke field/ (now Hickham field)/ Ford Island closest to Honolulu.... Ewa/Barbers Point (Coast Guard air station)ewa of Pearl
Honolulu, Hi - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11:30:11 (PDT)
West on the Ala wai Boulevard is called Ewa on the Ala wai... Ala wai currently runs only Ewa direction beginning at Kaimuki by the library and running Ewa bound through Waikiki technically ending at Kalakaua Ave, although if you go straight past Kalakaua intersection there is a block or so of tall high end condos there before the street dead ends, parallel and across from the back of the Convention center which is on the other side of the Ala wai canal. There are several huge ball parks along the actual canal behind Inolani field and along the footpath which ends at King street. --- the Dillingham fountain is near Diamond head road/Paki/Kapiolani park- follow it east to Waialai ave/near H1 --- of course since Kimo is a taxi driver he may know the streets much better than I-- FIVE 0-0
Honolulu, Hi - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 11:02:29 (PDT)
I was watching the episode #128, Why Wait Until Uncle Kevin Dies? last night, and noticed that the waves before the commercial breaks are crappy quality ... there are lots of scratches on the print, similar to what you would expect to see on a print shown on TV (especially for the main titles, before >those< got cleaned up). The show itself was not scratchy like this, though there seemed to be the occasional "pinhole" in the print, and the quality of the print was not as sharp, clear and colorful as some earlier season episodes, or even Hookman from my brief scan-through of that episode. Uncle Kevin is supposed to be a digitally enhanced episode. I wonder if whoever did this "digital enhancing" several years ago just gave up on the wave at some point? This doesn't really make sense. More investigation for this issue is warranted...
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 09:03:01 (PDT)
McGarret was very principled. He always did what was right and took responsibility for his mistakes. I completely agree that the show made you visit hawaii every week and that mcgarret was very professional. This is a GREAT IDEA to bring back the show. Since Criminal Minds is such a great show, I think if you make a remake, which I hope you do, it will be great.
wayne, nj usa - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 05:13:25 (PDT)
Here's a healthful way of applying Five-O to your daily life. To reduce stress, I've taken up meditation, which requires a mantra, preferably two syllables, one for breathing in, one for breathing out. I've toyed with a lot of words and phrases, I've found the one that works best is Chin Ho. Think about it...Chin for taking in the air, then a lighter syllable Ho for letting it out. It's perfect! Finding inner peace via Five-O. Gotta love it!
Chris(the original Chris, that is)
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, April 17, 2009 at 04:54:36 (PDT)
Hey Kimo....did you ever pay that $32,000.00 civil penalty? Quite a racket you had/have going there! Near as I can tell you're still listed as "having no assets or income". Just wondering how you payed up....surely they wouldn't let you log onto this guestbook every half hour from prison. What's the scoop, bruddah?
- Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 19:46:14 (PDT)
Off topic..just watching Criminal Minds. Gibson's acting is very similar to Jack Lord's. i still say transplant him to Hawaii Five-O 2.0. i can truly imagine him as the intent looking new lead. Nobody can match Jack Lord, but i would accept Gibson.
Hawaii, Five O - Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 18:53:54 (PDT)
Well Kimo, "west on Ala Wai" would be going away from Diamond Head toward Kalakaua, wouldn't it? I believe the zoo is "east on Ala Wai" or "Diamond Head on Ala Wai". Maybe Ben should have said "Ewa on Ala Wai". But whateva. But wasn't there some landing strip somewhere around Ala Wai/Kalakaua area? Next to the Rainbow Tower perhaps? Didn't we see a helicopter land there in the teaser of season 3's "And a Time to Die" where Wo Fat's sniper mortally wounds the arriving agent. I believe the sniper was on the balcony of the Rainbow Tower. I thought I read somewhere that there was some landing strip/mini airport there. Is that true?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 16:12:06 (PDT)
If Steveo can get to the Iolani palace by going diamond head past Dillingham fountain, then there is a hidden another airport in the Ala Wai/Kalakaua area. Heck; if Ben utters a phrase like "west on Ala Wai", then we also have helipads in the elephant cages at da zoo, too.
- Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 14:43:37 (PDT)
I have a location question towards the end of the 5th season episode "Percentage". Haven't seen this episode in ages. Anyway, when McGarrett tells Ben to pick up Kuang and his goons, we see Ben traveling "west on Ala Wai, crossing Kalakaua" (that's what he tells dispatch), then he says he's approaching Honolulu Airport. Is Ben referring to Honolulu International Airport (which seems impossible as it is nowhere near Ala Wai or Kalakaua) or was there another airport in the Ala Wai/Kalakaua area? A smaller landing strip maybe? Anyone remember this location from the episode? Kimo, can you help?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 08:32:42 (PDT)
Recently I threw out a huge box of VHS tapes that were lying around. I had used these mostly for dubbing shows for friends (no Five-O shows were included). I couldn't deal with using them again, since I don't have cable and hardly ever use my VHS player any more. I put an ad in Craigslist for this box of 50 tapes and some guy was happy to take them off my hands. Another guy called regarding the Craiglist ad, saying he was interested in old commercials. Unfortunately, these were all shows taped within the last five years.
I actually have some tapes which I bought when I first got a VHS recorder back in the early 1980s. These tapes cost like $30 EACH (that was the normal price for a single tape way back when). I bought a VHS recorder because I wanted to tape Star Trek off the local TV station, saying "Oh, I better tape this because it will NEVER EVER be shown again." (DUH!!!) Of course here we are like 30 years later and not only is it still on, but totally revamped with Dolby 5.1 sound and new special effects, etc., etc.
I don't think there are any original commercials in these tapes (if they even still have the Star Trek shows) because I redubbed the shows onto other tapes and cut the commercials out, just like I did with my Five-O dubs (so I could get 3 shows on a T-160).
Many years ago I made copies from my VHS tapes for some guy ... I think I made dubs of close to all of the shows for this guy (FBI, ignore this posting). He started out living in Ireland and moved to Australia. I shipped him the stuff by the post office. At that time, a 2 kg surface mail parcel could be sent for peanuts. Not any more.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 05:47:06 (PDT)
Hey KD, I'm glad that you're back :-) Wow Mr. Mike I'm a bit envious. Even more I couldn't watch the show since the 80's. In Germany it didn't run in free TV since that time. So I'm very eager to get every next season on dvd. I can't wait ;-)
Berlin, - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 23:37:46 (PDT)
Mister Mike, I collect older Canadian TeeVee commercials on VHS. So, if they had....
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 19:40:54 (PDT)
and now we have a new background and you can diss THAT illusion! wheeee. Don't go away again. The kids wondered what da hell happened, you took the shaver, the dog doesn't recognize you, mail's piling up...
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 19:38:14 (PDT)
Hey Kimo. i was on a hiatus due to my disillusionment with the site, but have returned owing to a number of reasons. VHS, i suggest you keep them for posterity Mr Mike. Seriously,i have DVD's taken right off VHS and no doubt DVD quality is good, but there is a sense of nostalgia to the grainy original colors. Book 'em Ed
Hawaii, Five 0, 2.0 2010 - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 19:21:30 (PDT)
I just picked up my box set of season six from this local video store that usually jumps the gun prior to the regular release date (they "just happened" to have some copies in the back when I asked). Anyway, I looked at #121, Hookman, one of my favorite episodes. The colors and clarity of the image are absolutely stunning as usual -- much, much better than the TV print that I have been watching for several years on VHS. I wonder if anyone is interested in my VHS dubs (all of which have the commercials removed) of the first six seasons? Unfortunately, unlike many years ago, it is very expensive to ship these, whether it's inside Canada or internationally.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 19:14:59 (PDT)
KD is back? didn't know you left. Anyway... uh. Pizza Parlors! yea. I luvvem!
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 18:55:56 (PDT)
Interesting regarding the cue cards. i don't think he used them and Mr. Leahy corroborates it. i could see a little slowness in certain episodes; his speech appeared to be somewhat slower in "nine dragons" perhaps age or health. Perhaps, the grueling schedule caught up with him. In any case, thank God this site is "Five-O" focused again... Book 'em
KD McGarrett is back....
Okay (Nadja), i am back..!! - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 13:38:18 (PDT)
tried to post a reply. Reply disappeared. all I get is: "Code number is incorrect: try again"
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:52:56 (PDT)
Good point, Chris. The background is rather "UpTight". Psychedelic is a good way to describe it. I called it Martha Stewart. Oh well, I was close...
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:50:25 (PDT)
speaking of which, for decades we are continually irked when we see pushed in pizza parlors, what is called Hawaiian Pizza; Pineapple and Canadian Bacon. (Ham) ... WTF indeed.
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:48:26 (PDT)
Wow, Kimo! Looks like you got quite a heritage going there. So I guess you're kama'aina then. As for Shane, I've never heard him called the "Pineapple Express" but a "Flyin' Hawaiian" he is. The way he keeps banging himself against the rear fence as he leaps to catch the flyin' ball makes us proud every time. That kanaka boy (unless he's a kama'aina) helped us win the World Series last year! Too bad about his grandma though. Funny how he and Charlie Manuel (our skipper) lost their grandma/mom (respectively) at the same time. Anyway, we're gonna go ahead and hold on to your boy for a while so don't expect him back any time soon. We need him to keep flyin'.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:46:37 (PDT)
sorry. My memory from Keolu Hills Elementary social studies class is hazy. here's da scoops on Anana. Pine Apples: Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, a Spanish advisor to King Kamehameha, brought the famous fruits back with him. The pineapple is originally from Paraguay and the southern part of Brazil.
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:44:46 (PDT)
re; Shane, we beam with pride when he's on the telly. He "represent"! We like his nickname "The Flyin' Hawaiian" but not the other; "The Pineapple Express" for Pineapples came to Hawaii from Puerto Rico. We just grew them. They are not an indigenous plant. Although by "you Hawai'ians" I assume you mean us longterm locals of Hawai'i residency. Although I am kama'aina, and have two Hawaiian stepfathers in the past who taught me much from small keed time, I have no Hawaiian koko. (Bloodline) I am English, Irish, Scottish, Welch, German, and American Indian. (Cherokee). (Oh, by the way, the spelling is: Hawaiian. That's a haoleised word. Hawai'i is correct but when you ascribe American or English plurality, the okina is gone. The word for "Hawaiians" would be Kanaka maoli.) Although kupuna have told me "Kimo, you know more about Hawai'i than most Hawaiians!" (I swore to myself I wouldn't repeat that) I am the first to say before them, I am not of Hawaiian ancestry. Mahalo for reading!
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 11:31:48 (PDT)
I actually like the new background. Reminds me of the psychedelic drug trip lighting effects used in the season one classic Up Tight. Not sure if Mr. Mike was smoking something when he put it on there, but thumbs up!
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 08:44:58 (PDT)
Whoa Mike! What's with the background??!! Doesn't look very Hawaii-ish or Five-0-ish to me at all. For a second there, I thought I was on a Martha Stewart website. No offense of course.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 07:55:34 (PDT)
Yes, here in Philly we lost our beloved baseball sportscaster Harry Kalas (who started out his career in Hawai'i by the way) two days ago... and now Les Keiter (who apparently started out his career here in Philly). Go figure. In any case, Kimo, how do you Hawai'ians feel about our very own "Flyin' Hawaiian" Shane Victorino?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 07:52:25 (PDT)
Yes, according to other people on this site, the facelift did occur between seasons two and three, and you can notice the difference. That's why I think it's funny that the show used stock shots from those early seasons as late as season five, did they think nobody would pay attention? But that's how TV was produced back then, from inappropriate stock shots to stuntmen who looked nothing like the actors they were subbing for(watch the old Star Treks and notice how William Shatner's stunt doubles were usually about a foot taller than he was). God, I love it!
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 05:57:33 (PDT)
My, my... seems I was not really awake. Of course I meant "which is quite understandable" and "not everyone would really know about" Sorry,I'm learning ;-)
Berlin, - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 05:19:45 (PDT)
Kit, thanks for your comment. So it's to assume that if JL used cue cards it was because of the rewritten parts what is quite understandable. I guess that's a reason maybe not everyone on the set wouldn't really know and what could lead to misapprehension. You know, I'm almost always defending Jack ;-) Mr. Mike I like that background. It's very calming ;-)
Berlin, - Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 01:56:01 (PDT)
He was like part of the ohana. I mean really a part of the family. We saw him daily. Here's Unco Les http://tinyurl.com/c3cgkm
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 00:27:49 (PDT)
Sportscaster Les Keiter dead at 89 - from the Advertiser Les Keiter, who served as the voice of Hawai'i and national sporting events for more than a half century, died today. He was 89. Keiter achieved national and local prominence for his booming play-by-play accompanied by folksy catchphrases. KHON2 news anchor Joe Moore (who appeared in many five O eps) nicknamed Keiter the "General" after a character he played in a "Hawai'i Five-0" episode.
- Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 00:24:25 (PDT)
aaagggh! My eyes! Meestur Mike. What, you got some kinda optometry shop up there in Canada o wot? at least tile it so no hard edges. heck it's yer baby . do whatcha want. sorry. carry on.
someone , hand me a cane. - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 23:08:45 (PDT)
Hello I really like your new background/wallpaper on a couple of your pages. It gives your site a more inviting feel. I hope you get more.
Burnaby, BC Canada - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 21:10:54 (PDT)
So when did Jack Lord have this facelift you keep mentioning? If I had to guess, I'd say between seasons 2 and 3?
somerville, MA United States of America - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 16:51:24 (PDT)
In response to Mr. Mike's post of April 13th, regarding Jack's use of cue cards in the later season shows. I worked as an extra (regularly) from '75 to '78. During that time I NEVER saw him use cue cards. He was ALWAYS prepared and expected the same of others on the show. Use of cue cards must have occured after my time. I know the last season I worked he was often unhappy with the way scripts were being written and there were often rewrites.
Seattle, WA USA - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 13:49:37 (PDT)
Actually, it was a different episode than Flight of the Jewels...
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 13, 2009 at 09:37:26 (PDT)
By coincidence I was reading your analysis of "The Flight of the Jewels" last night which is the conversation I assume you are referring to. I Wonder if his use of cue cards began in the later seasons. It has been suggested before on this site that Lord seemed to show symptoms of some kind of medical condition.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, April 13, 2009 at 06:53:53 (PDT)
Hmmm, while we are dishing dirt on Jack Lord, some guy who was an actor in one of the later season shows sent me the following bit of info: "Jack Lord never memorized his lines. He had grips holding giant cue cards for him to read ... which is why you will notice him always looking off camera during the takes."
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 13, 2009 at 06:20:14 (PDT)
In anticipation of season six's impending release, I just finished rewatching the V for Vashon trilogy. Near the end of part one, when McGarrett is chasing a wounded Chris Vashon from the hotel to his father's house, there appears to be a stock shot of a pre-facelift McGarrett driving after the young Vashon. I find it interesting that they would use a stock shot from three or four years ago, especially with McGarrett looking a lot different, but that's how it appeared to me. Not only was McGarrett the man of changing suits, he was also the man of changing faces!
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 19:21:00 (PDT)
"Oh, always when I watch this ep I can't believe how such adult-looking guys can be so immature." I am embarrassed to reflect on how my fellow hippies and pakalolo buddies acted back in Waikiki early 70's And they were supposedly older than me = more mature... not! Yea. "da good ol days" ... we were foolish...
- Friday, April 10, 2009 at 13:25:21 (PDT)
Oh, always when I watch this ep I can't believe how such adult-looking guys can be so immature. Their behavior makes me really angry, what speaks, of course, for the actors ;-) I too try to watch one ep per day, todays is "Engaged to be buried" And I'm counting down the days (11 from today) until season 6. Ten days to add for the shipping I should be in the possession of it by the 1st of May. Seems I have to start again with season 1 until then ;-)
Berlin, - Friday, April 10, 2009 at 09:57:59 (PDT)
"The Guarnerius Caper" with it's pair of low life, creepy bad guys reminds me of "Turkey Shoot at Makapu" with the very creepy pair of bad guys Tonker and Blooey. In fact Kenneth O'Brien is in both eps. He's one of the bad guys in "Guarnerius" and plays the hot car parts dealer in "Turkey Shoot". He's also another Five-0 alumn who died before his time. Cancer at age 50. Interesting that most of McGarret's energy is spent getting up in the face of Albert Paulsons character, the KGB minder for the Soviet violinist played by Ed Flanders, rather than the actual criminals. A lot of familiar faces playing bit parts including Lippy Espinda in his first ep. Every day I try to spend an hour in Hawaii. Love it, even if there seems to be a lot of crime!
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, April 10, 2009 at 08:43:19 (PDT)
I love this idea. If you think about it I've always thought that David Caruso's Horatio Caine's character from CSI Miami is identical to Jack Lord in terms of his rule of respect to all, even his delivery and mannerisms must be derived in either a conscious or unconscious way from Jack Lord - what a tribute. This is a sure-fire hit. David would be a good choice for Jack or Ron Howard's nephew.
Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan United Kingdom - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 19:26:19 (PDT)
Yeah, Mike - I now have the DR. KILDARE 3-CD set from FSM and it is OUTSTANDING - it's great to hear a pre-Hawaii Five-0 Morton Stevens on this set. I just wish FSM or one of the other labels release the scores from FIVE-0 - it's about time!!!
Orlando, FL USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 13:04:57 (PDT)
"Not sure what you object to." read it many times. you will soon get the gist.
"...the Western mind, will never understand the Polynesian perspective..." - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 11:43:36 (PDT)
Not sure what you object to. Saying Zulu wasn't a great actor is like saying Neil Young isn't a great singer. Hell, I still love the guy. He had a unique everyman charm that his strictly business successors(Ben, Duke) lacked, and the show was missing something in his absence. But because he's Hawaiian I should overlook his limitations? Come on, man. Give a mainlander a break already!
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 11:25:29 (PDT)
Let's be clear here, Zulu was ohana. You don't say that about him. No matter what. That is just going waaayy beyond being sooo mainland. C'mon. let's get with da Hawaiian program here.
not Chris, Not Rick, But Kono. - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 10:57:38 (PDT)
No problem, Kimo.
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 08:42:55 (PDT)
Sorry, Chris. Not sure why I responded to your comments. Must have thought you were Rich. People need to change their names here: Rich, Rick, Chris all look the same to me. I get easily com-fused!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 06:56:24 (PDT)
Well, Rich, at least you're right about Kono having DEFINITE screen presence. Good actor or not, out of all the Hawaiians he had the best personality and greatest screen presence. I especially love the scenes where Chin and Kono would nudge/take potshots at each other jokingly. Those 2 had great chemistry together. I never saw that same magic between Chin and Ben or Chin and Duke.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 06:53:52 (PDT)
Let's be clear here, Zulu was NOT a great actor, or even a particularly good one, but he brought great presence to the show, and personality, and he remains my favorite of the native Hawaiian Five-O members. The show didn't go downhill without him, but, with all due respect to Al Harrington, Herman Wedemeyer, et al, it definitely lacked something since Zulu, even though his role was relatively small, was clearly part of the show's fabric. Even the opening credits, without the iconic Zulu As Kono, seemed lesser. I always thought that would be a great name for a rock band...Zulu as Kono. They could do a punk rock version of Ain't No Big Thing.
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 05:38:10 (PDT)
And then there is the minor detail that "Nick" was not a part of the actual Five-0 squad.
Newprt Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 11:37:42 (PDT)
Oh... THAT Nick. Why of course! The star of the show! Come to think of it, Sandi Welles has NOTHING on Nick. I'm surprised they didn't change the name of the show to "Nick of Time" due to Nick's obvious popularity. Yes, Nick was indeed integral to the success of the show. Kono who?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 11:24:26 (PDT)
"Nick" would be Danny Kamekona who was in many episodes as many different characters. Far more than just "Nick". You would recognize him in King of The Hill as Charlie Takahashi the police sharp shooter. His response to McG's request to just wing the soldier: "I can sight to wing him. I can squeeze one off to wing him. But I can't control the target" McG calls it off.
Newprt Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 11:17:01 (PDT)
I recall that if you look at Sharon Farrell's appearances in the final season from the point of view of production order, she left part way through the season. I asked her about this at the Five-O convention in 1996 (during a forum with fans), and she looked puzzled and/or annoyed. However, she claimed that much of her "early" life was a blank due to amnesia (I think caused by a near-fatal condition when one of her children was born). Despite this, she was kind enough to sign a photograph of herself (which she was giving out)!
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 09:29:55 (PDT)
"Maybe less Kono and more officer Sandi Welles would have done the trick." -- Absolutely! She was the key to the show's success! Let's not forget Nick (whoever that is...) -- the old Vashon maybe?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 08:43:46 (PDT)
6th place is not to shabby. Not bad at all. There is some pretty good competition on that list, and the shows that finished ahead of Five-0 are newer, a little fresher in peoples memory. Maybe less Kono and more officer Sandi Welles would have done the trick.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 13:57:55 (PDT)
"But you can't beat Kono! Really, you can't! " But Kono can beat Rich. Really he can. And would, if he were alive. And good t'ing Rich ain't making pilikia li'dat 'round heah. Kono relatives would do it gladly. I know some of them. Sure wouldn't want em looking at this page lately.
- Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 12:38:59 (PDT)
Well, they didn't fight too many fires in Hawaii 5-0. Thus the low rating.
Plus, that's Boston. Whaddya want. - Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 12:34:18 (PDT)
Hawaii Five-O comes in SIXTH in boston.com's list of 20 greatest police and firefighting shows. I knew they wouldn't have the depth to place it number one where, of course, I think it belongs. The top show? Hill Street Blues. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/gallery/policefireshows?pg=15
somerville , ma u.s.a. - Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 10:43:01 (PDT)
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Yeah, good one, Rich!!! Why would you even mention Sandi Welles or Kevin Wilson? They were NEVER a part of Five-0! And who is Nick? And seriously... Kono was the ABSOLUTE BEST HAWAIIAN ON DA SHOW, BRUDDAH!!! Just because he didn't wear an Aloha shirt like Truck doesn't make him any less genuine a Hawaiian. You have to remember that he worked for a very haole McGarrett and the Governor! Ben, Duke, Frank, Truck are all cheap imitations (though I still love 'em). But you can't beat Kono! Really, you can't!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 08:20:53 (PDT)
1) I never heard ANY... of those myths before. 2) For a review of a show about the 'aloha" sate that discourse sure as s#!t did have any, instead it was sooo haole. alotta dissing and negativity in it. "we don't miss carew- Sharon is much worse than Carew. - Kono wasn't much of an actor - Al Harrington, fake name, stiff mediocre actor - Duke is much better than anyone else - "... ahhh c'mon Rich. wheaz da love.
- Monday, April 06, 2009 at 20:48:09 (PDT)
Kono comes in at number 9 ???. Behind Sandi Welles ??? Did you mean to post this on April 1st ?
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, April 06, 2009 at 17:26:11 (PDT)
The 10th, 11th and 12th seasons of Hawai'i begin and end it's nadir. But let's clear up a few myths about the 12th seasson. (1) James (later Kimo) Carew DIDN'T replace Danno Williams as the number two man; there really was no number two man! Duke was clearly number two in several episodes during the twelveth season; Voice of Terror and Woe to Wo Fat don't even have Carew in them, not that we miss him. Herman Wedemeyer have a bad attck of angina (pre-heart attack) during the filming of the twelveth season in the summer of '79. Carew (William Smith was originally ONLY supposed to be in the episodes: A Lion in the Streets (two parts in sydication)) and the follow-up: Good Help is hard to Find. Sharon Ferrell, as Lori Wilson is much worse than Smith, who is outstanding in both A.L.I.T.Ss and G.H.I.H.T.F. Moe 'Truck' Kealoha offers the best 'Hawai'i connection since Frank Kamana left after the seventh season (both Kono [character was never fulkly developed and Francis Gilbert 'Zoulou' Pahia wasn't much of an actor anyway, nice guy though] and 'Al Harrington', or whatever his REAL name was, was too stiff. Ben was a mediocore fit. Not his fault). Here's my rating of the Five-0 Staff, for what it's worth: 1) McGarrett (which is what the twelveth season should have been called and was in '84, '85, '87 on CBS late night), 2) Danno, 3) Chin Ho, 4) Duke [much better than either Kono or Ben (or Nick!), 5) Frank, 6) Truck (got shot three times in the 12th [last] season! 7) Nick, 8) Sandi Welles, 9) Kono, 10) Ben, 11) Carew, 12) Kevin Wilson (killed 'Who Says Cops Don't Cry'), 13) Lori (Sharon Ferrell badly miscast!) For Now: That's All Folkes! 7)
Rich 'Keali'i' Salzer
Virginia Beach, VA US of A - Monday, April 06, 2009 at 16:51:30 (PDT)
Film Score Monthly has just released a multiple CD set of music from Dr. Kildare, which features a few tracks by Five-O composer Morton Stevens. The majority of the tracks are by Jerry Goldsmith, but there are also cues by Harry Sukman and Lalo Schifrin, among others. Info about this CD set is here: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=12075
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, April 06, 2009 at 11:30:49 (PDT)
On that award from TV Land for best theme song thread. I've had this as my ringtone for 3 + years, and every time my phone rings and I am in a "public" setting, people (who are at least 20 + years of age) tend to chuckle and give me a big thumbs up sign when they hear it and connect it with the show... Like you said Mr. Mike, 40 years and still an iconic theme that is well entrenched in the collective concious of most people who remember this great TV show. They may not know anything else about the show, but when that theme song plays, I would bet most poeple in their late 20's and older at least know what it is...
Millersville, PA US - Monday, April 06, 2009 at 07:24:25 (PDT)
sorry, Mike. Didn't see that. maybe cuz in my ol feeble mind, five 0 is heavy in my conciousness... and many's the time I see tv shows (and movies) reference it still...
- Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 11:40:22 (PDT)
Uh, Kimo, I wasn't mentioning that ring tone thing to make a point about what a great award this was. Instead, I thought it was interesting to show that Five-O is still in the public consciousness (even at this level) after all these years.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 07:56:14 (PDT)
"theme song recently won an award from TV Land for TV Theme Song You Most Want for Your Ringtone."... a dubious distinction . The Edgars, on the other had as I am a Poe fan, is slightly higher on the food chain. Awarded to honor the best (of that year) in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre.
- Friday, April 03, 2009 at 13:10:32 (PST)
You're right, Mr. Mike. It was the Edgar Allan Poe Award (whatever that is). Still, it's an award and I don't think it's a Razzie. Kind of odd that out of all the brilliant Five-0 episodes they decided to give the award to this one. Fun as it may be, it's still very far-fetched. Maybe they give this award out to very "unique" episodes in which case it certainly qualifies.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, April 03, 2009 at 09:23:11 (PST)
That show was not nominated for an Emmy, but an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Emmy Awards are located just below that listing. Further below, the theme song recently won an award from TV Land for TV Theme Song You Most Want for Your Ringtone.
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, April 03, 2009 at 07:31:42 (PST)
Just watched "Here Today...Gone Tonight" and I must say that I enjoyed it immensely. Was it far-fetched? Of course. But then I suppose that's why I liked it so much. The totally preposterous part in my opinion was the lights on the ground placed to trick Danno into thinking he was arriving on Maui. Even if it was pitch-black (which it wasn't) how do you place these lights around Oahu without arousing suspicion. These obviously can't be tiny lightbulbs that you can hide somewhere in the bushes or trees. These have to be huge lighthouse type lights. Oh well. I still enjoyed the whole shebang. Despite Mr. Mike's disappointment with Jerome Coopersmith's script for this episode, I have to point out that it was actually nominated for an Emmy. Heck, even I was surprised when I learned this. But apparently it's true. Someone must have thought it was clever. Here is the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062568/awards
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, April 03, 2009 at 06:31:25 (PST)
Yeah, I suppose reusing old characters in new storylines isn't such a bad idea, although it might prove a little esoteric, and alienating for new fans. On the other hand, it might inspire them to check out the original, which certainly isn't a bad thing...
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, April 03, 2009 at 05:39:33 (PST)
Ok, so no recycling of storylines, but a continuation of such. intriguing idea....
- Thursday, April 02, 2009 at 16:30:22 (PST)
I rather like the idea of an ageing Walt Kramer (Walken) or Lew Morgan (Skerritt) being released from prison and having to adjust to the current island life. Morgan could reminisce with Danno (MacArthur is still alive!!) about how prison life changed him. Or maybe Kramer or Morgan decide to visit the spectacular Ilikai but after seeing how crap-tacular it looks now they become even more despondent and decide to toss themselves out of the Ilikai penthouse balcony (with the obligatory woman clasping her hands around her mouth and screaming her head off). Ahhhhh.... I can hardly wait.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, April 02, 2009 at 06:01:01 (PST)
yea... I can see that. There is, after all, a tremendous reservoir here in our unique island situation to cull story ideas from. Much more than "da ol days".
- Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 20:03:14 (PST)
I have to say, I don't really like the idea of reusing story ideas. They did that with Star Trek NG, and it always brought about a depressing feeling of deja vu. Here's to coming up with original stories.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 19:46:11 (PST)
It would be cool to see, in the new H50, Skeerritt, Walken, et al... appear as guest stars once again. maybe in similar roles! As I said, the storylines could be re-used to good effect, with the requisite updating of elements...
- Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 17:55:48 (PST)
Yes, Collin, Tom Skerritt gave a great performance! He and Jimmy MacArthur really nailed it in that episode! But like Chris Walken, I kind of see Skerritt as another sympathetic bad guy. When he killed his wife he was in a jealous rage and then knocking off the scumbag Sam Melville was no big loss anyway. Skerritt was basically a man at the end of his rope. Not 100% villain. Sympathetic in a way. A "loser... even with my friends" as he tells Danny at the end.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 07:57:24 (PST)
For season 2 villians I would have to go with Harry Guardino in "A Thousand Pardons..." and Tom Skerritt in "Most Likely to Murder". Honorable mention to Christopher Walken, but as was already mentioned, he was more of a sympathetic bad guy.
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 07:31:30 (PST)
Crickets? They have nothing to do with Five-0. This site shall be the property of Five-0... and ONLY Five-0! As for "The Beast", yes, Theodore Bikel was quite good in "Sweet Terror" but could have been slightly more interesting and "beast-like". Christopher Walken is great as always and gives a knockout performance at the end when he spars with McGarrett but his villain is somewhat sympathetic and I never saw him as 100% evil or villainous. More confused than anything.
Down, , with Kimonism! - Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 06:21:16 (PST)
- Wednesday, April 01, 2009 at 01:52:07 (PST)
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