The Hawaii Five-O Home Page Discussion Forum -- January 2009

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INMAN, SC USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 22:16:53 (PST)
Is the oceanfront estate at 520 Portlock Rd the Samurai house? Also I am curious about the Vashon estate from my earlier post if anyone knows for sure. Yeah, I know. I have not had what you could call a busy day.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 20:40:43 (PST)
Oceanfront w/pool in the back. Tennis court in the front but it is obscured by trees now.(or removed?) Almost always used for drive-past-tennis-court-knock-on-front-door-shot. Try 'Most Likely To Murder' old lady will not talk to McG to alibi suspect, is turned away by servant at front door. Or 'Wednesday Ladies Free' McG talks to resident on tennis court about the guys affair with Monte Markhams characters wife. And 'A Distant Thunder' in the backyard this time when Danno and the commander light a stink bomb at the poltical fundraiser. And many, many, many, more. I am going by memory so I think the above is correct. You will know it as soon as you see it.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 19:17:25 (PST)
Hey Rick. Question for you. What white roof top on Kahala are you referring to? In what episodes was this white roof featured? Just curious. You said it was featured in numerous episodes.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 18:12:47 (PST)
I enjoyed checking out Five-0 locations last time I was there. My wife...not so much. On Kahala Ave at Elepaio St is the house with the white roof used in countless eps. On Kalanianaole Hwy across from Aina Haina shopping center could be the Tony Alika house (?) flat white roof, lap pool and fountain in the front.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 16:12:06 (PST)
Sorry-Mr Mike. Why didn't I think of googling it? Must have had a blonde moment. It was interesting reading. Thanks.
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, Ne USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 13:24:56 (PST)
Is 2260 Kamehameha Ave the Vashon Estate (Fictional location 'Diamond Hill Rd') also 'Highest Castle, Deepest Grave' and 'Let Death Do Us Part' among others???
Newport Beach, CA USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00:55 (PST)
From KD McGarrett: "Just wanted to say thanks to Mr. Mike for this wondeful website. In the eye of the storm,we forget but it is good to appreciate somebody who has the patience to tolerate us lol and also the dedication to maintain! This is the best Five-O forum. Thanks for consistency, commitment and constant care!" I wholeheartedly second that!!!
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 06:57:38 (PST)
Uh, there is this "amazing" site called Google (accessible at If you go there and input "sugar cane" or "brown sugar" (including the quote marks), you will find lots of information about these subjects, including stuff at Wikipedia (not that Wikipedia is the be-all and end-all of information). I'm sure that Moki ... er ... Kimo has better things to do than expound on this, and this is getting seriously off-topic.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 04:11:52 (PST)
In one of te episodes; McGarrett asks Chin if the cane fields were ready to burn. I figured it was done while the cane was green enough not to burn well, but to get the weeds that grew up during the growing season. I admit that we know very little about alot of the things in Hawaii and that is one of the reasons why the show has to be accurate. Otherwise we take it as being a normal practice. Kimo-could you give us a quick lesson in sugar cane. I would like to know also. Brown sugar is due to the way it's refined; isn't it? Just interested..........Now is your time to educate us .
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, Ne USA - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 03:35:42 (PST)
I think they really did burn the fields. - ya think!? - One episode it was because of something wrong with the sugar, oh. reully!? then that's it! - another they didn’t say why except that someone was in there that they wanted out so they set it on fire. -That MUST be the only reason! - I don’t imagine that they set it on fire just to film a show. _ why not!? - Do they burn sugar cane to harvest the sugar? - uh, you tell me! mainlanders know all don't they? - Is that why raw sugar has a brownish color? - MUST be it! yes! - And what about the man who had no finger prints because he harvested pineapples and the acid took away his prints. - uh. what ABOUT it?!
Kailua, Oahu and Tahiti - Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 01:01:51 (PST)
A posting on the TV Shows On DVD website seems to give further credence to the April 21 release date for season six, although this has still not been confirmed by CBS/Paramount. Still, if true, this is good news, it means the company is sticking to its one season every five months schedule. Season six has some of the more memorable episodes, including Hookman, Draw Me a Killer and One Big Happy Family.
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 16:35:02 (PST)
Don’t forget the burning sugar cane fields. I think they really did burn the fields. One episode it was because of something wrong with the sugar, another they didn’t say why except that someone was in there that they wanted out so they set it on fire. I don’t imagine that they set it on fire just to film a show. Do they burn sugar cane to harvest the sugar? Is that why raw sugar has a brownish color? And what about the man who had no finger prints because he harvested pineapples and the acid took away his prints. Hawaii Five – 0 was unique in many respects. There was something for everyone.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 15:55:11 (PST)
One of many great things about 5-0 was it's willingness to tell long stories... first for a TV show I believe. I especially recall the three hour story of the crime family - Vachon. Each episode ended chillingly - Part 1 with "McGarrett dies!", part 2 with "My turn!" and then of course the elder Vachon shot himself. Also, the ongoing feud - if you will - between McGarrett and Wo Fat still intrigues to this day. Can't wait to see the show. I'm so glad someone in Hollywood is as stuck on 5-0 as I am!
Jimmy Z
Orange County, CA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 14:18:59 (PST)
Yeah, I was outside the Magnum PI estate twice this year when I was in Hawaii. It's kind of leafy all around so it's hard to see inside. Anyway, I stood outside the gate (with a turtle logo on it) and I could see the tennis court inside. There's a tree right across from the gate on the other side of Kalanianaole Hwy. That's how I had to find it the first time (thanks to some Magnum PI site on the web for this golden nugget of info). Of course, I ran into quite a few trees in Waimanalo so I didn't find it right away. Who would have thought, eh? But in this location I believe there was just one tree right across from the gate. Wish I could have actually gone inside on the property and seen that pale/yellow building (guest house?) and those swaying palm trees. Sorry, was never a Magnum fan, but knowing numerous Five-0 episodes were filmed there, I had to be there. BTW, in "Cloth of Gold" when the shellfish killer is making his getaway on the boat at the end, he does this from the Makai Pier (T.C. Island Hopper service) which is a popular scuba-diving spot. Aloha!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 14:08:17 (PST)
Just wanted to say thanks to Mr. Mike for this wondeful website. In the eye of the storm,we forget but it is good to appreciate somebody who has the patience to tolerate us lol and also the dedication to maintain! This is the best Five-O forum. Thanks for consistency, commitment and constant care!
KD McGarrett
Mr. Mike's world, www everywhere! - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 13:57:20 (PST)
Gilbert Francis Lani Damian Kauhi??? Jeez, no wonder he shortened it to just Kono (or should I say, Zulu?)
Big H
Wall Street Crooks, Have Your tax $$$ - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 13:52:57 (PST)
Google Earth and satellite photos are great tools to see something without being there. I planned a trip for someone and saw exactly where they were going to stay. My dad lives in Florida and I have not done it yet but I plan on looking to see where he lives. I have never been to Florida. I tried to find what everyone was talking about when the destruction of the Ilikai was mentioned but couldn’t find it. I can use cross streets and other addresses to find it but didn’t do that yet. I am also trying to find the information about Kono being an honorary member of the Coast Guard. I tried the Coast Guard, libraries and newspapers in Hawaii, and ‘Connect the Dots’. Did you know that his full name was Gilbert Francis Lani Damian Kauhi? If you Google his name you can find a site called ‘In Memory of’. It’s sad but nice.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 13:43:58 (PST)
'You are correct, sir.'
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 13:20:02 (PST)
use google earth. it's like yer right above in TC' s helo.
1, 2 3 - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 12:14:53 (PST)
MSN's latest shot is cloudy. Use Google.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 08:43:54 (PST)
Estate is still there. You can see it on Google maps or MSN. Windward side Oahu. Waimanalo Beach, on Kalanianaole Hwy. Look for the beach protected by private jetty.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 08:32:08 (PST)
Just watched "You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich" and, BRUDDAH, is it ever a howler!!?? I'm talking about "crude ol' country boy Bill Shatner". He truly was a hoot! Yes, his accent was bad, but in a good way. Words like "bid-ness", "po-leece" had me going! Looks like he was having a grand ol' time! But seriously, a Texan played by a Canadian (with that thick Canadian accent)... great stuff! Did you notice that the estate at the end where the head blackmailer lives is the Magnum, PI estate seen numerous times on this show? It was also the residence of the "shellfish victims" in season 4's "Cloth of Gold"
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 07:31:00 (PST)
I do not believe that thing with the honory membership of Zulu. Maybe Lord said something about it but I don't think he was such a small mind that he forbade it and least of all because he wanted it for himself. Having high standards and dedication to the work is one thing a bad character another. Does anybody know if Zulu got that membership at last?
Berlin, Germany - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 06:27:53 (PST)
"Book em Danno", the words that closed most episodes rings like magic. From the mouth of Steve came such intelligent questions all to track down various crooks, felons and worse. With the backdrop of tropical metro Honolulu, came this wonderful cop show that today still captures large viewing audiences. Look forward to the remake version...
Andy K
Delray Beach, FL USA - Friday, January 30, 2009 at 04:25:57 (PST)
It is an official website. From it, i could discern James Macarthur is a very well-natured individual. He never says anything negative about Jack Lord or the cast. It is well documented that he and Jack got on well, even though they were like "chalk and cheese!" They were friends and there definitely was mutual respect. I am sure that there were tensions, but they were both professionals and that is the difference.
KD McGarrett
Tampa, Fl usa - Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 18:35:28 (PST)
I googled James McArthur and found an official website for him. It's an interesting site. He mentioned that he didn't have any problems working with Jack Lord and left mostly because he was bored. He even has a way to e-mail him. Is this a safe site? Does anyone know? It would be cool to say 'hello' to him.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 09:11:46 (PST)
Mike, Ringfire211, Kimo: Thank you. I did go to that website and learned a lot more. For example, I did not know that James McArthur left the show even though it was the eleventh season or that Ben left. Who was left for the last episode?? And what was the last episode? Since I have been watching the DVDs I have learned that the double episode (that is how it was shown on TV, I did not know it was a movie) with Steve in the water tank (I think it is Cocoon) and Wo Fat as his enemy was the first. I was surprised about that. When Chin was murdered in the show I thought he died in real life. I was surprised to learn that he didn’t die then in real life. It sounds like the show fell apart at the end, or not the show but the people. Whatever Jack Lord did, or anyone else for that matter because he wasn’t thrilled about Harrington playing Ben, the show worked. I have never heard anyone say they didn’t like it. And yes, I watched Hawaii Five-0 instead of Johnny Carson.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 23:12:01 (PST)
Lord's standards were such, I can easily imagine him calling all others 'beach bums" many times thru his life here.
da original , lanikai beachBum - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 21:10:59 (PST)
Cherilyn, check out the Five-O FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which is located at It has the answer to your question, which is as follows:

Why did Zoulou leave the series at the end of the fourth season?
There are two versions in the Honolulu newspapers from the time: 1) Zoulou's agent/manager was unhappy with his role not giving enough vent to his comedic talents; 2) Zoulou uttered a racial slur against unit publicist Len Weisman, a Jewish man, and when Jack Lord heard about it, he said that such behavior would not be tolerated. #2 is regarded by most as the "correct" reason. An article in the April 1975 issue of Playgirl further explains: "The island arm of the United States Coast Guard, as part of its Christmas festivities, announced its intention of naming Zulu an honorary member of its service. According to a Five-O source, when Lord heard of the impending ceremony he forbade Zulu to participate; he wanted the honor for himself. The other actor complained bitterly, and the angry words that ensued were apparently used as a pretext for firing the popular regular from the show."

Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada` - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 14:54:05 (PST)

Apparently Zulu (Kono) made some Jewish slur and Leonard Freeman, being Jewish and all, gave him the axe. The other story is that Jack Lord and Zulu just didn't get along and Jack wanted him out! Zulu just didn't act like a professional, according to Jack. But then again Jack had his own standards/hang-ups of what a professional should be. I doubt anyone could ever really come up to Jack's standards. But yeah, apparently Jack called Zulu a "beach bum". But I still think it's the Jewish slur that got him canned. I think that's the official version anyhoo...
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 14:40:06 (PST)
Mike, you mention that Kono was fired after the fourth season. Do you know why? On the last episode of the fourth season according to the DVD, R & R & R, he hits a curb with the car, I can’t see it happen but I can sure hear it. Why did they leave that in? Did they think no one would notice? Was this a sign of things to come?
Hamden, CT U S of A - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 14:34:52 (PST)
Looking at the positive aspects. The script is on a better photo quality paper, but is photocopied. It is not on colored paper.Nor is the cover sturdy as other scripts that i own. The downside is that it is largely deceptive.It is a copy of teleplays available on the market,which have better packaging a la Cocoon script which i have in my collection.
KD MCgarrett
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:46:10 (PST)
Although, I have to admit the Five-0 coffee mug(ebay)is pretty cool.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 09:36:51 (PST)
The copies are in black ink. They are not even fabulous copies either. I concur that there is ambiguity. They appear to be just scribed in marker pen. KD says: "Book 'em Mike!"
KD Mcgarrett
TPA 5-0, FL USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 08:45:31 (PST)
I agree with you Mike that the guy is intentionally ambiguous. I assume the scripts are 'color' copies of originals that were signed with pens of different colored ink(and added DVD box title). The key words being 'I assume'. My point is that with a quick check of that site, it is kind of obvious these are novelty items. I don't ever go on ebay. Wow! People sure have a lot junk that they want to turn in to CA$$$H!
Newport Beach, CA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 07:41:18 (PST)
Rick, if you are suggesting that because the word "copy" is in the Ebay description, everyone should know the guy is not selling originals, that is part of the problem. For example, I have a "signed copy" of the book that Karen Rhodes wrote about Hawaii Five-O. But this doesn't mean that I went to the library and photocopied the whole thing. It's the original book that Karen wrote and had published, and she really signed it. The guy has used this term to make things intentionally ambiguous. As far as the script being a "color copy," I have no idea what this means, other than the fact the front page might have some colored artwork and/or signatures in multi-colored ink. Does he mean that the script itself has colored ink or is printed on colored paper?
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 06:13:35 (PST)
Someone made a comment about the plot-line of Company Policy being used today...actually, that idea was used in the Martin Scorsese film The Departed, which is a remake of an Asian film. Matt Damon's character is a cop groomed by Jack Nicholson's mobster character to infiltrate the force. The Departed isn't a very good movie, IMHO. Scorsese made one of my top five films of all time, Goodfellas, frankly he should have won the Oscar for that picture, or for any number of movies prior to The Departed. The Academy was obviously compensating for its past neglect by giving Scorsese an award for one of his weaker films. This is off-subject, of course, and Mr. Mike is welcome to delete my rantings if he so chooses.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 05:55:45 (PST)
Mr. Mike:The Full Fathom script that i alluded to was an ebay purchase. It was purchased out of curiosity-i, too, noticed that they had the DVD cover. It is a very poorly photocopied version, but it appears their particular niche is selling merchandise with "aliases", hence their name i.e. copied signatures. This cannot be ethical,right?
KD McGarrett
Book 'em forgers, KMO Kimosa - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 05:25:00 (PST)
Any way... Thank you Ringfire211
Hamden, CT U S of A - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 00:20:00 (PST)
"Did he know that people even in Connecticut loved his show?" No. But he knew that people odd in Connecticut liked it. - Lord couldn't pronounce our place-names. He probably disregarded THAT one as soon as he attempted it: "conect the... cone neck tick.. what da!? Ahhh, fuGETT it Danno!"
Connect, The Dots. baby. bro. - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 23:17:09 (PST)
Kimo: Hard to remember, easy to forget. I am 51. (So you do see what I write, I thought I was invisible.) I plan on going back and watching every episode again and look for everything everyone wrote. I am enjoying this very much because I love this show. I just watched the one where the guy hit the boxer’s hands with a wrench and he almost lost his life for it even though he was doing the boxer a favor. He didn’t want him to become like himself. I was thinking: What if they did a ‘dry run’, or ‘sloppy copy’ and recorded an episode exactly the way it was done back then, only with different actors (obviously) and technically accurate. We could watch it and ‘fix’ it to today’s standards, but let’s face it, times have changed. Things are not the same as they were back then, keeping in mind all the points mentioned earlier such as, principles, no gory details, you would need to go back and read the thoughts people have about the show. Also, there are things that police can’t do such as search a room without a warrant (I saw Danny do that or did they just not show getting the warrant) or have Captain Kirk (with a western accent whatever that means) be an active participant when Ben was playing a hit man. I do believe Steve said ‘Book him, Ben’. Good episode. I just wish Jack Lord could see this now. Did he know that people even in Connecticut loved his show? More snow due tonight, I may go to Hawaii tomorrow.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 22:35:30 (PST)
I believe the seller should do the full disclosure thang. As it is she or he disclaims it fleetingly, but does not confirm again, or make fully clear as in "To be clear, this is a COPY... of an original script with reprductions of Macarther's and Lord's autographs. This copy was produced for ebay dissemination, on 10/07/08" - Or some such thing...
1, 2 3 - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 20:26:21 (PST)
Isn't that what I said?
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 19:49:51 (PST)
You don't get my point. This guy sells a lot of scripts, and if you read his negative feedback, you will realize that some people were conned into thinking that these scripts were actually signed by the people listed. It is obvious that if the artwork on the front page of this script came from a Five-O DVD box set which was issued in 2007, almost nine years after Jack Lord died, that his signature was likely not on the original script and the signatures have just been copied from some other source to the page using Photoshop or some other program.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 18:24:58 (PST)
If I understand the sellers comments, it says you are buying a color COPY of the script. If that is the case they have prettied it (and others on the site) up with color titles. Make sense?
Newport Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 15:59:00 (PST)
Take a look at Ebay item 170297805056, from seller aliasauctions. Notice it is signed by Jack Lord (and James MacArthur ) -- very fishy in my opinion. Then notice the graphic at the top of the page which comes from one of the Hawaii Five-O DVD box sets. DUH!!!!
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 15:10:39 (PST)
Just thumbed through the April 22 1968 draft of "Full Fathom Five"-confirmed the boat's name is ALOHA BABY. Book'em...
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 13:58:53 (PST)
Ringfire, you got what I was shooting for... Nowadays every show on TV you (for the most part) have to fit the Hollywood mold to be in/on a TV show. Even extra's look like hunks, studs, playmates etc etc... Five-O was very real and down to Earth from the perspective. Also, I don't think I finished my thought about the "upskirt" moment in Engaged To Be Buried. What I was surprised/curious about was that they didn't cut that portion of the scene out and or put her in a pair of shorts or pants... Just sort of surprised me that made it through the censors/final edit...
Millersville, PA US - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 13:19:44 (PST)
Kimo, I think she meant Duke's first appearance, not "Squirmin' Herman". As for Herm, yeah, he appeared in season 1 as Lt. Balta of the HPD and he appeared as Duke of the HPD in season 4 but it was a different Duke, not Lukela. I checked. And I agree with GK 100% that the general population was shown very realistically on Five-0. This was about real people, not Baywatch hunks/babes. That's my fear about the revival of the new show. Keep it real. Use real locals, not models.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12:16:50 (PST)
"I saw ‘Death is a Company Policy’ the other night. It is a very good plot. Duke was framed; I think this was his first appearance. " Cherilyn. Surely you jest. Or you taunt. Herman Wedemeyer appeared about nine times in Hawaii Five Oh before this particular ep. Hard to miss him, Easy to see him.
1, 2 4 - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12:06:10 (PST)
I watched Engaged to Be Buried last night (decided to sloooow down on watching multiple episodes w/ Season 5 so I could stretch the pleasure of watching 5-O out a bit, unlike the first couple of seasons where I watched 3-5 eps a night), and one thing caught my (ok, admittedly perverted) eye in this episode. When Chins daughter went to get in the plane that Rono flew to the island to meet his preacher/pastor the blowback from the engines caught her skirt and blew it up quite high and you got a sneak peak at her panties. I found this sort of unusual for those times... Anyone else ? Yeah, I know it was the early 70's and society was still pretty deeply enmeshed in the late 60's sexual revolution, but still TV was still pretty heavily regulated for this kind of content and I was a little surprised. Compared to the kind of overtly sexual content you see in simple things such as advertisements, it was incredibly tame, still it did catch my attention... Also, another weird thing that occurred to me in watching these 5 seasons of H5O, is the relatively low proportion of overweight people you see on screen, particulrly in the form of the extras in scenes with crowds. No, there weren't hunky ripped dudes and hottie beach babes everywhere like you find in todays tv series, just everyday people in general seemed in overall better shape back then... Just another observation about the "period" or "era" that was when Five O ruled.
MIllersville, PA US - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11:28:18 (PST)
I saw ‘Death is a Company Policy’ the other night. It is a very good plot. Duke was framed; I think this was his first appearance. There was a leak in the District Attorney’s office and they needed a ‘fall guy’ to detract attention from the real ‘bad guy’ who turned out to be an attorney that works with the DA. The way the episode develops is excellent. Steve says words to this effect toward the end: A long time ago there is a meeting in the underground where they plan to pay for a kid’s education and get him a good job so they can have an enemy spy in case they need him to cover up wrong doing, even taking decades to accomplish this. I was a bit confused about this because the frame against Duke started 3 years earlier so how would they know that he would be involved when the ‘bad guy’ was close to getting exposed but came to terms with this because where ever Duke was didn’t matter. The State Police would have to take the case and that would keep them busy by trying to clear a policeman. Any way… my reason for saying this is: wouldn’t it be a good plot to weave into an episode today. It has been decades… I can picture flashbacks. Incidentally, that is the main story. I don’t know what the beginning is about and what the purpose of the international companies is or what the Sand and Surf is doing. But that’s not the point. The story is Duke.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 11:24:08 (PST)
Yeap,a few posts ago, i also said transplant Hotchner to Hawaii! Yeah, very similar style for sure.
KD MCgarrett Lord
Kimoland, fun and ribbing.... - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 09:04:13 (PST)
Yeah Chris. I agree with you there. "Force of Waves" was definitely a superior episode. I loved the whole schizophrenia angle. That was great! And John Vernon (Cal Anderson) is as always a truly great actor. The way Vernon played the character at the end when Steve-O confronts him is both frightening and sympathetic at the same time! A rarity, if you ask me.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 06:47:11 (PST)
Ringfire, one more comment about the Tantalus Mountain episode and then I'm done. One thing that might have made the episode more interesting is if they had explored the parallels between Montalban's character and McGarrett. Both are men whose professional lives supersede everything else. I think of the episode Force of Waves, one of my favorites. McGarrett and Cal(I think that's his name) seem to be very good friends, yet when McGarrett realizes that Cal is the real killer, it's business as usual, without hesitation or remorse he traps Cal into a confession and watches as he's taken away. Only the slightest glimmer of angst and disappointment shows on his face at the very end. McGarrett seems pretty judgmental toward Montalban's self-centered racer, yet for him the job always comes first, and he too is willing to sacrifice personal relationships for the sake of getting it done. Granted, racing cars is pretty frivolous in comparison to law enforcement, but you get the idea.
Columbus, OH USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 05:52:25 (PST)
I agree with you, Chris, about the ambiguous ending in the Tantalus episode. I did like that part. I tend to think that he didn't die. He went on his merry way... business as usual (hence McGarrett's comment). As for the score, yeah, it was very generic, very 70s, pretty lame and unexciting. But in any case, the episode as a whole is still a big step down from the crackling season opener! You're right, it is more of a character study than a proper cop episode. By the way, I already mentioned in an earlier post that I enjoyed Montalban's "Samurai" performance more than this one (as crazy as that may sound to some). He's just sooo cool as a Japanese crime boss! Reminds me a lot of 007's nemesis Dr. No. The way he said "Missterr McGarrett" time after time was priceless!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 19:26:24 (PST)
All these talks about bringing back Five O. How about making Thomas Gibbons (from Crimmal Minds) to play McGarret's son or nephew - He got the same look and style as Jack Lord and make William Peterson (CSI) as archenemy Also -upgrade the theme songs
howell, nj - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 18:26:27 (PST)
I agree with RIngfire about the Tantalus Mountain score, it has kind of a generic '70's sound to it(still pretty cool, though), but I disagree about the quality of the episode. For me it's a character study, the portrait of a wealthy but cold individual(not exactly original, I know, but still compelling), a man who has everything he's supposed to want, wealth, family, a beautiful woman, an exciting, jet-setting lifestyle, yet he's basically indifferent to the feelings of the people close to him, they're just possessions as far as he's concerned. I especially like the ending, one of the most unique in the series, not a straight tragic, positive, comic or ironic ending, but fairly ambiguous. Only a man as cold as Montalban's character could lose his lover, his son and his best friend and still have the focus of mind to drive the Tantalus Mountain stretch. With that in mind, McGarrett's comment about him making it is half-compliment, half-putdown, which is what I think the writer intended it to be. On the other hand, there's the possibility that Montalban is self-destructive, or simply doesn't care one way or the other what happens to him, success or death, neither one of them means much to him at that point. The bottom line is, we never get to find out what's going through his head because the episode ends in mid-drive. Overall, not a classic show, but pretty damn good.
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 17:19:30 (PST)
I got the Season 5 DVD about 2 months back but didn't get around to watching it until yesterday. Yeah, I know, I'm kinda late. Anyhoo, I watched the first 2 episodes and here are my observations. The picture quality isn't nearly as clean as seasons 1 & 2 were. I noticed that it was the Season 4 DVD where the episodes no longer looked clean like the first 2 seasons, but rather grainy. Season 5 looks the same as season 4 -- grainy. As for the episodes, "Death is a Company Policy" is definitely a fire-cracker of an episode! A dynamite episode with a great (even if a bit far-fetched) plot! Just like I remember it! Great acting from Herm "The Squirm" Wedemeyer (or was it "Squirmin' Herman"?) as Duke Lukela - giving us a very sympathetic performance! Laraine Stephens as the ice-cube Miss Simpson gives us what is probably the best ever put-down in the following dialog: Manoa: "Try to think of me as man". Miss Simpson: "I already have. And I became violently ill". Oh, how I love that line!! That one was a screamer! Also, the score by Morton Stevens is superb! The one scene towards the beginning where the Five-0 crew break into the house (as specified in the letter by the decedent) and search it is accompanied by music that seems lifted straight out of "Dirty Harry". Feels very much like Lalo Schifrin! Great music! Very appropriate for a gritty cop show of the early 70s! The next episode, however, "Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain" is pretty much unexciting (also as I remember it). The best thing about it was the race car and Montalban's accent. That's it. It was just a bad soap opera with lots of yelling and cheating and lying going on. Didn't care for it. Wasn't as tight as the previous episode. I also have to disagree with Mr. Mike regarding Pete Rugolo's score. I found it unmemorable, very soapy/mushy/free-spirited/springtime-in-the-70s sounding... like something out of "Hart to Hart". Can't touch anything by Morton Stevens or Don Ray!
Philadelphia, PA USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 16:03:36 (PST)
Hi Ed: I see that you were born in 1962 so therefore you are a Baby Boomer just like me. I'm 3 years ahead of you. As a Boomer who grew up in Studio City and amongst a lot of people involved in the movie industry I can without question say that Hawaii 5-0 was one of my favorites. I too escaped to Hawaii on every episode. I started with the opening song done by The Ventures. I remember the drummer's son playing on my little league team. Even that was a thrill because his dad would show up to games. But as far as the program was concerned, it all in my eyes centered around Jack Lord and McGarrett. He was the guy who gave the orders, both to his trusted howlee right hand man Dano, the other native born officers and to the seedy underworld characters who wanted to do unofficial business on the Island. The great thing about the guest stars was that they were all stars in the their own right. From Ricardo Montalban playing an Asian mob dude to Paul Williams who was a great singer song writer making it as a beach side rickshaw con-man. What a weekly cast. That alone was something to look forward to. Could you see Robert Downey Jr. playing an underworld boss on Oahu? Also, the suits, the clothes, the getups were it. Hip and contemporary and the locations, from the top of Diamond Head, Chinatown to incredible beach-sundown/set shots this made it a true adventure. And don't forget the cars, most of them furnished by Ford. McGarrett didn't drive a standard Ford, he drove a Lincoln Mercury and his suits I believe were Botany 500 , a standard in those days. Jack Lord-very macho! Good luck and make it cool and seedy!
Art de la Parra
Irvine , calif 92603 - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 15:45:36 (PST)
Ohana, "Natural filter?" i guess that's the closest you will ever get to admit that you made a mistake? No humble pie on your menu ever! Maybe just poi for you tonight bro.. But, seems at long last,that there are kinks in your armor. As I said, human! Looks like you have been relegated from your Deity status to that of a normal sentient being like the rest of us. As for being a Haole, I am from Asia so more of a Kamaaina than anything. Bodda You kolohe? Mahalo Nui As for Different!!Shaka Aloha SUCKERS!
KD MCgarrett
Kimos planet and galaxy, KMO KIMO - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:59:09 (PST)
"So, Kimo (Wo Fat) doesn't look you did watch Five-O over and over again." -
why do haoles, love saying @$$ alla time. - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 11:52:39 (PST)
"hula girls don't come up and lay a lei on you and say "Aloha, baby?"" only if you are "the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;" - "McGarrett to Tokura: "Aloha, baby." = ugh. My natural filter didn't hear that. Or tried to forget it. Just like when Jack Lord mispronounces some of our placemanes. Once Lord said Aloha Nui Low-wee. of course, it's "Aloha Nui Loa" Sure Kimo's human. supposing Lord was human too. But dayum. ya live here for so long, start talking like a ya do, not an fob from vegas. baby.
3, 2 1 - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 11:25:36 (PST)
KIMO, my friend: Do you mean to tell us that when one arrives in Hawai'i that the hula girls don't come up and lay a lei on you and say "Aloha, baby?" Well, damn, I'm not coming now. I'll keep my tarheel @$$ in NC....hmmm, William Petersen as the new 5-0 boss....interesting, he is definitely a quality actor, but Mr. Bernero, puhleeeze, we do NOT need another CSI knock off as one writer suggested. We've got 3 of them already. Ugggh....and, if they flatten the Illikai, where's the "new McG" going to spin around??
Big H
WTF???, UR NotSerious? - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 09:46:30 (PST)
At the IMDB, Paul Frees is also credited as doing the voice for Jiro Tamiya, who played Goro Shibata in #86, Odd Man In.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 09:17:52 (PST)
So, Kimo (Wo Fat) doesn't look you did watch Five-O over and over again...guess this means, um what's the word you would perhaps never ever use in your life, you are wrong!!! Considering my thread wasn't about authenticity...seems the cracks are showing my Kimo-wrong??? nah...not possible...
Don't bet on it, KL KIMOSA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 08:40:42 (PST)
@KIMO...hmm...a rather subtle rebuttal. Your omniscience has been tarnished. Wow, could it be that Kimo is human? i have the Full Fathom script and will check the name of the boat, but it is possible it is the same. Here is where this comes from: Samurai Teleplay by: Jerome Coopersmith and Mel Goldberg Story by: Jerome Coopersmith Directed by: Alvin Ganzer Tokura, a Japanese crime boss operating in Hawaii, has the only witness who can testify against him murdered. But McGarrett sees the opportunity for a deal when it seems that samurai assassins have picked Tokura as a target. Ricardo Montalban plays Tokura. Quotes: Tokura: "You never give up, do you." -- McGarrett: "Never." McGarrett to Tokura: "Aloha, baby." Danno to McGarrett: "Remind me never to bet against you."
KIMOLA, KL KIMOSA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 08:37:41 (PST)
Paul Frees
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 06:39:49 (PST)
I was rewatching "Ninety Second War". The voice of McGarrett's double was so familiar. Who was it? It's driving me crazy trying to place it.
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, Ne USA - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 01:42:51 (PST)
Okay, okay. You're right. But I like these things and maybe some others too :-) Have a nice day or should I say good night ;-)
Berlin, Germany - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 01:06:47 (PST)
As everyone knows, that was Flub Number four hundred thirty three in the H50 continuity errors list which totals two thousand sixty eight.
1, 2 3 - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 00:26:29 (PST)
Watched "Over fifty?Steal" yesterday. In the scene where Chin and Steve find out that Filer falsified the mileage Steve leaves his tie on the coat-rack but later in the parking lot where they looking for the mileage counter he is wearing it :-).
Berlin, Germany - Monday, January 26, 2009 at 00:16:49 (PST)
Was not "Aloha Baby" the name of the boat in "Full Fathom Five?" That the fake name anyway, after they dump the barrel and before they change it back to its real name. That was James MacArthur first 5-0 and has the great line about the gaudy shirt McG has on while he is playing the part of the tourist with the camera to the hilt. Aloha Che Fong, Thanks for the memories, Mr. Endo
Palm Springs, ca USA - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 20:22:45 (PST)
I always watched hawaii five-o. I was in love with the show. I would really like to see William Peterson as McGarrett. Danno should be Lorenzo Lamas. I have a Painting that I did of McGarrett in 1972. I would sell it if anyone is interested in it. The new show should have a somewhat csi style to it, because I love all the csi shows.
paris, tx usa - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 20:12:24 (PST)
Bring on the remake, but keep it realistic & believeable. And please keep the shootouts to a minimum. Other than that, my choice for McGarrett would be either Gary Sinese or possibly William Petersen. Just a thought, film some episodes in black & white.
John Armstrong
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 13:34:08 (PST)
KD, "know all!" has nothing to do with it. Everyone shouts for authenticity but no one wants it. I am aware they utter things like "the Hotel Street area" on the show but NO one here would phrase it that way. As for "aloha, baby" I have watched H50 over and over and can't remember hearing this, nor, as I posit, would anyone say that. (except maybe a smarmy vegas hood on holiday here backtalking to Steveo.)
Honoruru, Hawaii Youessuvay - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 13:11:19 (PST)
I thought when the poster was referring to "unpopular Asian war," they were referring to Afghanistan (which is definitely in Asia). The US "is involved" in this, aren't they? Whether this could be extrapolated so Hawaii Five-O is also involved is another matter, though.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 08:30:10 (PST)
Um, last time I checked, Iraq is in Asia. Also, last time I checked the Iraq war is still unpopular. Hence the words, President Obama.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 08:17:11 (PST)
If Hawaii Five-o returns to network television, I'd like to see a few things: 1. Remain on film, rather than video. 2. Do not add to the violence. I wouldn't want to see a lot of blood and CSI type stuff. 3. Head of Five-o NOT be related to McGarrett. It's too big of shoes to fill. I could definitely see the lead character being somebody like "the Mentalist" actor. He's very good. 4. Try to stay away from using any of the original actors. I think that's trying too hard. A new set of actors can really create their own niche. 5. Keep the theme song and show open identical, with perhaps some new images, but same pacing. 6. I love the pacing of the first show - it's not crazy with special effect shots and transitions. Keep the swoosh pan transitions with the bongos and keep the filming shots simplistic. Let the script work itself. Again, I prefer to skip the crazy CSI look. I hope this helps! I love Hawaii Five-o!
Steve V
Trenton, NJ US - Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 22:55:29 (PST)
"the US involved in an unpopular Asian war" Really? That's news to me. Which Asian war is this? Are we still in Vietnam? Are we fighting the Chinese? Come to think of it.. they are fighting us.. with lead:)
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:59:38 (PST)
I grew up on Hawaii 5-0 as I know many of you posting here did too. I am keen to see a remake IF...and that's a BIG attempt is made to keep the tone of the show similar in the best ways to the original. I LOVE the idea of Governor Danny Williams (someone stole MY idea, ha ha!) and I don't have a problem with a son or nephew of McGarrett ending up as the head of the dept. In fact I think it would be very PC to have a son of Chin Ho or Kono as the head of the group with a very young headstrong McGarrett son or nephew butting heads with older, more seasoned cops while he finds his own way in the profession. For its time, the show was very cutting edge in alot of ways, and probably one of the more watchable cop shows back then. Certainly it offered us amazing vistas of a tropical paradise, and many of the same problems besetting our intrepid heroes are still will us: the US involved in an unpopular Asian war, drug lords, crime bosses, gangs, terrorists on all sides. I say, lay on McGarrett!
Pamela McCaughey
Moncton, NB Canada - Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 12:14:21 (PST)
Donno, da boss would not haveta look at any notes. EVERYone here ( and esp da man) knows who Anekona and Brian Anderson is! If yer goonna write "fan fiction" make like it's Hawaii 5-0. Not anaheim five oh.
1, 1 1 - Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:52:08 (PST)
~ From the boss: "Donno, get over to the Illikai. I just saw a report on KGMB where my friend Bob is having trouble with an. . .(pauses while looking at his notes). . .Anekona and a Brian. Bob claims that the place is being run into the ground. HOA dues are extremeley delinquent according to Bob, somewhere in the ballpark of one million dollars, and shops are closing left and right. Even the medical clinic in the building has closed. If that building goes, then I'll have no place to be filmed, in the opening sequence. And if that happens, then brudda, we're all out of jobs! You know that old sly fox Dominic Vashon might have something to do with this, since he makes it his business to know about everything that goes on in these islands. And that's a direct quote from ol' Nic himself! I wouldn't be surprised if his hand is in this. If there's a connection, then we'll smash that rotten Vashon empire and secure our place on primetime! Take Chin and all the manpower that HPD can spare. Now, GO!" ~ Hmmm, not bad script writing. Hey, Mr. Bernero, need any help? I'm being (t)here, ALOHA! ~
in de islands man, seceded(hopefully) Sovereignty of Hawai'i - Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:18:41 (PST)
Nephew died, but v likely that they had another son, so that's a good plot device. Ed Bernero is the right person to bring the show back. Whenever he writes for Criminal Minds--he writes quality stuff--the one with Jason Alexander was superb! Very Hawaii Five-O..that bolstered my faith in his abilities. i have never questioned ED just CBS. i would only ever think Ed Bernero or Bellisario (JAG)could do justice to it. They rekindle my faith in TV and keep some of the old value traditions alive. Ed was humble enough to ASK us for our input--who the heck does that these days. A class act. Sincerely, CHIN:"So,KD, who is this Kimo character anyway?" KD MCGARRETT "...He's deadly,dangerous and he wants to dominate. To him, everybody is insignificant. It's Kimo's world...he answers to God and the Governor...and even they have trouble sometimes...shut the door on the way out will you Chin...?"
KD MCgarrett
Kimos planet and galaxy, fl USK (United States of Kimo) - Friday, January 23, 2009 at 07:13:24 (PST)
I am thrilled to see that they are considering bringing back Hawaii Five-0. I grew up with this show. I am concerned about having McGarrett's son as the new head of Five-0. McGarrett was a bachelor and married to the job. I think it would be better to have McGarrett's nephew take over Five-0. Remember, Steve had a sister in Los Angeles. I would consider having Governor Danny Williams?
St. Charles, MO USA - Friday, January 23, 2009 at 06:49:54 (PST)
Another thought about technology: One of the best parts about re-watching the original shows is seeing how technology developed. When the series began, they talked about radio-telegraphing material to and from Washington. Now, in 1973-1974, they have Telex, telecopy (fax), etc. Even the old mainframe computers are fascinating. Have you noticed how they still use a card sorter? Let the new series follow technology, too. It's a microcism of history. The same goes for fashion. In 1968, men only wore white dress shirts with their suits. Now, in 1973-1974, they are wearing colored shirts and sports coats with belts across the back. Before long, they will be shown wearing leisure suits. Let's not lose these things. They not only serve to set the time and place, they also are a delightful picture into the past.
Virginia Tolles
Shawnee, OK USA - Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:59:35 (PST)
@Kimo (DEMIGOD) Hotel Street dialog was from Five-O so write to the writer...geez...what pent up frustration...geez you want to be such a "know all!" Wo Fat As for Aloha, that again was from a show or merchandise..geez..
KD Mcgarrett
Kimoland, FL USA (aka KIMOSA) - Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 09:42:55 (PST)
Kimo (Wo Fat), I was wondering when we would rattle sabers again. Okay i am educated enough to know that names of Islands begin with capital letters. That was an entire cut and paste from Tim Ryan's Reel Hawaii, so email them! The comment about Coconut Wireless??? I don't even understand that, again Tim's website., you make me laugh!!! As always, you make a mountain out of a molehill when no mountain exists; as i have said on many's YOUR world..we just get to live in it. Your way or the are one of those folk that like to make issues without correctly extrapolating or judging a particular situation.. As i mentioned,wow, do hope you are not married--because you feel your one purpose is to that would not be made in heaven.. Prostrations... Vegas-ummm,when did i mention this? Wow, Wo Fat you disappoint me...
Kimo, fl usa-- - Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 09:39:21 (PST)
The thing I like about both McGarrett and Matt Dillon is, they would bend over backwards to give you a chance to give up peacefully. The way both of those shows were written showed often their conscience. A rough job but someone has to do it, that someone being them. Once that chance is spent however they come down hard. And I think part of the major gritthey express when having to deal out justice comes from frustration of having to do the job itself in the first place. Its like they are getting it out dealing with it. But he cares he's not some tough rougue stiff emotionless cop.
Cincinnati, OH USA - Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 07:56:03 (PST)
KD MCGarrett; maybe you want to have H50 attract Vegas viewers exclusively. Bot NO one here says or refers to "the HOTEL STREET area'. Nor do we say anything CLOSE to: "..Aloha,baby..." That is just mainland.... and uber sleazoid. Bro. or uh... baby. - Also: it is "Oahu. We capitalize our proud islands. And it is NOT the"coconut wireless" if it's on the internet. - Phil. WHY would you have a Kauai ident-addy as yer email if you are a Californee-ite?!
whuchoo, tawkin bout?! - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 21:31:23 (PST) MCGarrett: They both have similar acting styles, intent looking, suave with a sense of danger. It needs a seasoned individual, but an ageist Hollywood, will not consider...Lord was five years younger when he was in the role...
Hawaii Five-O, FL USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 15:29:30 (PST)
Excellent comments Dr. Phil. Not to split hairs (i am not Jack Lord and need all of mine!!) But the aborted pilot was in 1997 not 1999; although, there was talk of a revival with Gary Cole at some point (surprise surprise that didn't materialize either!) For the 1997 pilot details... Yes, I have seen the 1997 version--it wasn't the worst thing i had seen, just lacked the flair for it to be Five-O. Russell Wong, ironically 10 years down the road could probably carry the weight now. The script was seriously lacking and Busey, although a good actor, wasn't given the right material. Stephen Flynn and Elsie Sniffen were good. The new opening titles were good, but although we zoomed onto Ilikai, we cut to Busey on a beach??? I say, let's use Reza once more... Just another reason for my cynicism (if this was true..since we are in mid January) Coconut Wireless ALERT: CBS’s new Hawaii Five-0 series still has a tentative start production date on oahu of mid January though that was announced before last week’s Screen Actors Guild request to members for a strike vote…
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 15:05:52 (PST)
Hi Ed, I have been a Hawaii Five-O fan since the show aired in September of 1968 and have recorded every show. I even have the music score of the show on my blackerry as a custom ringtone. One thing I have noticed about the show is how Leonard Freemen used regular people not only professional actors but regular people like Che Fong (Harry Endo)who worked in a bank who then became an actor over time. Leonard wanted to do a show about the people he took local people for the show, and put them with professional actors like Jack Lord, James McCarthur, Al Harrinton, and Richard Denning. Ed, I'm not sure you read Karen Rhodes book about Hawaii Five-O but I would recommend reading the book if you haven't already. The book will give you an insight as to how the show was developed. Since Leonard Freeman lived in Hawaii he got to know the people and the culture of the islands. One thing I did notice about Jack Lord playing the part of Steve McGarrett, he had compassion about victims that were hurt. In Season #4 "Skinhead" where a girl gets brutilized, the expression on Jack's face, shows he cared about the victim. Not like some shows CSI, where its too mechanical. I have watched Criminal Minds, yes its a good show. But you have to remember that Hawaii Five-O Movie was made back in 1999 with Gary Busey which I hear was a total disaster made it look like the A Team instead of Hawaii Five-O and CBS didn't even show it only to their executives. Ed, I want to wish you the best of luck on making Hawaii Five-O. If you ever want a copy of my custom ringtone of McGarrett Hawaii 5-0 with the Five-O theme let me know. My email address is Take care, Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 14:25:57 (PST)
Another thought: McGarrett always stood up for his principles. This stood him in good stead when someone tried to discredit him; e.g., Wo Fat in "90-Second War." Make sure the new head of Five-0 also sticks by his principles. It's essential!
Virginia Tolles
Shawnee, OK USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:24:34 (PST)
Thanks Nadja. I appreciate the time taken to read my post and appreciate it; I felt i had to speak my mind on this. I am taking all of this NOW with a healthy dose of cynicism. Governor: "Steve, your cynicism has some validity and I don't want to squeeze Five-O.." McGarrett (breaking in).."Yes sir and I don't want to paint every merchant in the HOTEL STREET area with the same black brush. Where there's a rotting spot..we'll dig out..." Classic dialog. Can any show today claim this kind of powerful and engaging dialog? No We need West Wing style camera work and sets.WW was a drama and didn't need "in your face" pacing and shaky camera work..if CB? misses out then this will be another aborted attempt; they waited and waited until Jack Lord passed away and now they allegededly are bringing it we used to say in the UK, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! I think Ed has the tools, so I am not leveling criticism at him. It is TV Executives that think they know what we want to in point, NBC Knight Rider..what drivel..the pilot was good and showed promise, but then we were treated to "fast and furious" in place of good storylines and production values... CB...hmmm has the capability, but will need to dig deeper into their past to revive certain aspects--the way care and attention was lavished on shows with immense pride by Auteurs like Mr. Leonard Freeman. CB..'it's on my lips!' should work with original production members and of course Mrs. Freeman--bury that hatchet--will this revival happen? I do not know, but given their track record including a rushed 1997 attempt, I cannot fathom what their logic is right now. KD McGarrett: 'let me tell you something boys and girls, i don't take prisoners. My commitment is to Five-O and making sure that (pointing) YOU YOU and YOU can sleep safe tonight..Aloha,baby...
KD MCGarrett
CB who??, Tampa FL - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 10:48:44 (PST)
Wasn't it during Samurai that Ricardo Montalbon said I assure you Mr. McGarrett, I have never been to Jaaaaaapan in my life. Classic. Also when he took 3 tokes off of that cigarette in unison with the theme music into one of the breaks. I absolutely love it & RIP.
Cincinnati, OH USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 08:10:33 (PST)
@KD McGarrett Wow, thank you for that statement. I totally agree with you. Many Greetings!
Berlin, Germany - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 06:28:18 (PST)
Sad to hear that Harry Endo is gone... Rest in peace, Che... you and Steve are together again, and he's hounding you for clues as usual... as Jim MacArthur said, the old gang is disappearing fast... Who besides MacArthur is still surviving?
Greenville, SC USA - Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 19:34:04 (PST)
My fellow Five-O'ers..I am humbled by the task before us...

So, one of the last bastions of Five-O the Ilikai is closing or at least re-structuring.

It seems Kimo is right about the politicians running (down) Hawai'i and the economic mismanagement on the Island. It is a pity as i had hoped to see the new lead spinning around atop the Ilikai.

On a totally different note,as I mentioned a few posts back, I think CBS (not Ed) is really dragging their feet--i say this because Mr. Lord attempted to bring back Five-O in the late eighties-nineties (he would have been 69!)and CBS Executives sat on it and lo and behold Jack Lord died.

The problem lies in TV executives ability to miscalculate an audience and its needs. I certainly hope that CBS is serious about all of this and not dragging their feet and our hopes once more into oblivion. CBS has been known for good TV, but of course,the jury remains out on Five-O.

What Five-O isn't or shouldn't be

  1. Shaky camera angles; nope, Five-O is a drama not NYPD Blue--fixed cameras that roll with the action. Everbody wants to use hand-helds now--that is what is lacking--don't forget the Jack Lord lens
  2. Thousands of people in Iolani Palace--sure, Five-O would have swelled, but it is about a few dedicated individuals.
  3. No new offices. Similar to McGarrett's--sparse yet functional
To respond to somebody who posted stated that MCGarrett's son should be his own man--presumably with issues. Look what happened to Knight Rider-a total shambles. Nope, the new lead must be a man's man not a namby pamby (insipid or sentimental)McGarrett was sensitive, but he fully knew the rules of engagement and did not allow himself to be immersed in all that. According to the pilot script (i have it!) He was rugged--ruggedly handsome. It paints a picture of a committed individual--who managed to disguise any shortcomings very well.

We cannot have some teenage heartthrob leading the team--there must be screen presence--intensity not a namby pamby contemporary basket-weaving guy...Hotchner is a man's man...

The name is Mcgarrett and the title is Mister.

I also feel it is time to actually let audiences see end credits. Let's freeze on characters at the end of the show a la Five-O and Dallas. Let's bring some creativity. What is the point if we don't allow the end to be seen by audiences.

But, as i said, Mr. Lord attempted to bring it back--and i don't have too much faith in CBS Executives because of this. TV Executives don't get it.


PS: Wow, that sounded like some inaugural speech!!!
KD McGarrett
C'mon CBS, FL USA - Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:46:09 (PST)

Ringfire, that one was built early 60's
ansah man, just try me - Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:33:16 (PST)
Hey Kimo. This past summer while in Hawaii I stayed at the Waikiki Beachside hotel which is right on Kalakaua (practically across from the Duke Kahanamoku statue). Can you tell me if this hotel (it's rather small and looks a bit old) was around back in '68? I could have sworn I saw it in the pilot episode as McGarrett is heading Diamond Head on Kalakaua. This hotel is right next door to a white-and-torquoise circular-looking hotel. And then there's a McDonald's on the corner (at Kalakaua & Lilioukalani).
Philadelphia, PA USA - Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 07:25:38 (PST)
...if ? ...if?!!!
yea, , so wot!? - Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 01:13:30 (PST)
OK, But...Wo Fat?...He really was a Chinese agent for real, right? I mean I would be totally offended if...
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 16:53:08 (PST)
Ahhhh c'mon Virginia. NO one is "offended" by the supposed "errors". If they are they probably call H50 "racist" also. (to label them 'errors" displays ignorance of how TV productions work) jeez. The show as I have said for years, is NOT a travel guide.
Dillingham Fountain , is at the Airport - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 12:52:39 (PST)
With regard to the theme song being performed by The Ventures, this group made a cover version of the title theme which was released on Liberty Records. Their version was never used in the show itself. You can hear this version of the theme on the main page here, along with several other versions.

When Karen Rhodes is referring to "upper crust" stories, she means episodes like The Bark and the Bite from the eleventh season, where McGarrett is asked by the Governor to keep an eye on the daughter of some rich friend, as well as others like the tenth season's The Cop on the Cover, where McGarrett has to put up with interference from a pain-in-the-ass reporter (again at the Governor's request).

The information about the release date for the sixth season was given to one of our contributors by a friend who works at CBS/Paramount. Although this date has not been publicly announced yet, it is anticipated that it (or one very close to it) will be soon.

Dr. Phil, if "people complained saying that all the music wasn't the same" for season five, please provide some facts about this, like who these "people" are, or where there is a reference to this on the Internet or elsewhere.

As far as the Wikipedia entry about Five-O returning is concerned, anything posted at Wikipedia should be taken with a large grain of salt, especially considering contributions to this site are voluntary, and the particular reference for this information can no longer be located. (Personally, I often wonder why Wikipedia entries for things you search on Google are usually located at the top, or close to the top, of the first page of information that is displayed, as if everything on Wikipedia is totally correct, like the "word of God.") According to several WWW pages, like this one, the project is being developed by TV producer Ed Bernero, who has posted here in the guestbook. There has not been any confirmed information regarding casting, production or the release date of this show as far as I am aware.
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 09:36:07 (PST)

Hi Mr Mike, What I meant about the music on Hawaii Five-O is that people complained saying that all the music wasn't the same. I bought my Season 5 from Amazon seems fine to me. Does anyone know when Season 6 will be out? Rumor has it suppose to be sometime in May or June. Dr.Phil
Half Moon Bay, CA USA - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 09:14:34 (PST)
I would like to add another suggestion, if I may: It relates to continuity. Too often, the directions and archive footage did not match what was being said. For example, "He's going north on Monsarrat." In fact, Monsarrat runs east and west. In one case, an ambulance was taking a victim to the hospital. It was shown in the left lane of Beretania Street with the State Capitol directly ahead. Does the ambulance move to the right lane to go to the Queen's Medical Center, which is katty corner across Beretania from the Capitol? No. In the next scene, it is on the H-1. There were entirely too many incidents like this. I have read that, when filming ended, the film was flown to Hollywood, and the Hawai`i production crew would not see it again until it aired. Clearly, the film editors in Hollywood did not know Hawai`i. Equally as clear, the film editors were under orders to use archive footage wherever they could. Yes, this reduces costs, but do please make sure that continuity is not lost in the name of fiscal austerity. So many people have been to Hawai`i at this point that they recognize these errors and are offended by them. Just a thought.
Virginia Tolles
Shawnee, OK USA - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 07:16:34 (PST)
"The idea of driving through Honolulu in the summertime in a dark car while wearing a dark, wool suit... " Is, was and always will be unrealistic at most and at least, quite absurd. "I wanted to hand Steve a popsicle through the window whenever he came to one of his screeching stops." and a fan, and a beer. and a local wardrobe. "Do hope you'll let the governor be a woman; after all Gov. Lingle is." Doesn't make one bit of difference. In fact beCAUSE Dingle, a female is our Gov. and beCAUSE of the awful reprehensible actions of late, I for one vote on NO similar casting. "Do hope you'll bring back some of the old familiar haunts: Pier 39, for example." Hmmm. quizzical. For pier 39 and ALL piers here are not at all in the antiquated semblance we knew and loved back then. Thank redevelopment, the devil's tool employed by our local greedy myopic politicians and developers. That's one reason I love the old H50; See Hawaii as I knew her in da 60's and 70's. It's all different now. (save for a few hidden spots...)
whea's , my Hawaii!? - Monday, January 19, 2009 at 00:12:33 (PST)
i am in mid 40 and people always asked me what is my favorite tv shows. Take a guess - Hawaii Five o if the remake of the show going to happen - with McGarrett's son as the MAN I would make Danny Williams as archenemy. Nowaday u have to keep the TV shows in suspense
howell, nj usa - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 18:04:12 (PST)
Hi Karen! Good to see you posting here. Looks like we agree on pretty close to everything. Good to see we're still on the same wavelength after all these years.
Collin Freeman
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 17:21:34 (PST)
I just read on Wikipedia that CBS has picked up the new Five-0 starting this fall. I surely do hope that's true! Oh, boy, do I! The article said that Five-0 will be headed by McGarrett's son, Chris. Good - - as long as you let him be his own man. He will have to be as tough as Steve was. One hint of ordinariness or wimpiness, and the thing will fail. But he can't be the same person with a different name and face. He will have to have his own personality, background, interests, likes and dislikes... Jack Lord did as much with Steve McGarrett as anyone possibly could. Another reason why it would not work to let Chris be too much like Steve. One thing that made Steve so successful was that Jack imparted just enough of himself into the character to make him seem real. Whoever plays Chris will need to do the same thing. Otherwise, he will come across as two-dimensional. A forensic scientist I know said that, although great strides have been made in that field since Che Fong's day, it has not advanced as much as "CSI Miami" would have us believe. Certainly, government agencies usually do not receive the funding to have such grand accommodations as seen in "CSI Miami." So, have the technology as it now exists, but don't try to make us believe the State of Hawai`i has invested in more glass than a house of mirrors or that 25th century technology exists there. Keep it realistic, please. Of course, if Chris McGarrett drives a Mercury, it will have to be the large SUV. He will have to create his own legends, after all. Do please let it be a lighter color. The idea of driving through Honolulu in the summertime in a dark car while wearing a dark, wool suit... I wanted to hand Steve a popsicle through the window whenever he came to one of his screeching stops. Do hope you'll let the governor be a woman; after all Gov. Lingle is. Do hope you'll bring back some of the old familiar haunts: Pier 39, for example. And I hope you'll show the Ilikai. Not only is that still a landmark for many of us, but, just between us, they could use some publicity right now. Hot dog! I'm excited about this! Roll 'em, Danno!
Virginia Tolles
Shawnee, OK USA - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 15:57:43 (PST)
I must disagree with Karen Rhodes regarding the lead character. I would like to see it be McGarrett's son who has worked his way up to the position. I would also like to see some guest appearances by any surviving 5O actors, such as James McArthur. This would make it seem like an extension to the original series, not something completely different with the same name. Of course, it would have to be in a much more modern setting (with modern forensic techniques, databases, etc) but please don't turn it into just another cop show !
Suzanne Moss
Hobart, Tasmania Australia - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 15:35:48 (PST)
Regarding Karen Rhodes' comments about the "upper crust" stories sucking the life out of the series, I'm assuming she's referring to episode such as season five's Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain and Here Today, Gone Tonight. I don't know, I really like the variety of storylines on display that year, contrasting gritty human dramas, Pig in a Blanket, The Child Stealers, with the kind of slick, complex stories I just mentioned. It's unrealistic that a state police department would deal solely with low level criminals and everyday drug-related shootings, to me these "upper crust" stories, along with episodes dealing with international intrigue, create a rich tapestry of plots...which is one of the main reasons I love the show.
Columbus, OH USA - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 14:40:44 (PST)
Somone wrote on the guestbook back in december that we would hear in month about the release of season 6 for hawaii five-0. Were did you get that info and when can we expect tv shows on dvd to confirm the april 21 date
Stephen R. Dunn
Burt, NY USA - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 09:58:44 (PST)
Hello, Mr. Bernero, if you are still reading comments here on Mike's guestbook (hi, Mike!). I'm Karen Rhodes, author of Booking Hawaii Five-0, published in 1997 by McFarland. I agree with many of the comments here, especially those concerning the basics of the show you contemplate. I'm particularly in agreement with the fan who pleads that you not use any cutesy shtick like having the protagonist being McGarrett's son or some such nonsense. Things like that are SO contrived. Have new characters - someone suggested the format of Star Trek: the Next Generation (and Star Trek: Voyager) where there were new characters who realized their history and their debt to those who had gone before them. The same could be done with Five-0. Certainly things change, the old passes away, and the new comes up in its place. Such is life. I would hope that we'd see more the kinds of cops we see on "Law & Order," that is, dedicated professional officers who do their daily job, rather than the "hot shot" sorts which it appears is how Gary Busey approached his role in the erstwhile movie. From what I've seen of all of that, it was a disaster from start to finish. Dedicated and professional is how the original Five-0 team conducted themselves. McGarrett was billed as "the cop who cares," meaning that he was compassionate towards the victims of crimes and towards people who got caught up in events that got out of control in spite of their best efforts to contain them. But I see another theme embodied in McGarrett, and that is personal and social responsibility. I hope that theme will be carried through - it is sorely needed today! And if we see the kinds of plots we see on "Law & Order" or "CSI" (and all their respective clones) - or for that matter, on "Criminal Minds!" - I would not regret that. We should all remember that the "CSI" franchise owes a debt to "Hawaii Five-0" and the character of Che Fong, as wonderfully played by the late Harry Endo. The best of the Five-0 episodes were the ones which were more than anything else good people stories. These were the ones about ordinary people whose lives were disarranged by crime and violence (for example, "And They Painted Daisies on his Coffin"). When they got into the "upper crust" sorts of episodes, later on in the series, the life went right out of it, in my estimation. For more on my thoughts on Hawaii Five-0, I recommend that you read my book! It's still in print (in paperback, from (That was a shameless plug, and I am unrepentant!) If you'd like to contact me, Mike can give you my e-mail address, or I can be contacted through my publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640-0611. Good luck! Karen Rhodes
Karen Rhodes
Middleburg, FL USA - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 05:23:28 (PST)
A correction to my previous comment directed to Mr Bernero. My husband tells me that the theme in Series One was not the version by The Ventures, but sounds to me a lot more like it than the ones used in later series (more upbeat). I still think The Ventures version is the best, but if not, then the one from Series One also sounds pretty good. I also agree with previous comments that the real place names should be used and that the new series should be filmed entirely on location in Hawaii.
Suzanne Moss
Hobart, Tasmania Australia - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 04:20:38 (PST)
A message for Mr Bernero. We love watching our DVDs of the original Hawaii 5O (we also love Hawaii and have been there 3 times in 3 years). In the remake, please use the original theme song as performed by The Ventures. We think it is by far the best and were disappointed it was changed after Series One. Look forward to seeing the new series.
Suzanne Moss
Hobart, Tasmania Australia - Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 03:37:20 (PST)
I'm glad to have the first five seasons of Hawaii Five-O. I haven't seen it on the tube for several years, so I can enjoy the episodes whenever I want--at least the first five seasons. I am 62 now and want the rest of the series. I only hope they are released before I turn 70. Come on, guys, speed up the releases...please.
Kent Byron
Portland, OR United States - Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 22:29:16 (PST)
I'm heartbroken to learn of the demise of the Ilikai. My mother and I made our first trip to Hawaii this past October and stayed at the Ilikai. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, especially the view from our lanai. I have been hoping we could visit Hawaii again and stay at the hotel. Watching Five-0 on DVD created our desire to visit Oahu. I have some special memories of our trip and beautiful photos. I loved our visit to the beautiful Iolani Palace and learning more about Hawaii's history. It was fun trying to visualize Steve and Danno racing down the front steps and peeling out in the big black Mercury. We also visited the Jack Lord memorial at the Kahala Mall. As we toured Oahu, we tried to count the places we could remember/recognize from the first 4 seasons of the Five-0 DVDs and came up with about a dozen. I have a nice photo of the Ilikai penthouse lanai that I believe Jack Lord stood on. I hope something can be worked out to save the Ilikai and restore it.
Janet C
Huntington, WV USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 17:46:01 (PST)
Right Kimo, I have seen some 'Less than positve' stuff about the company that was operating it. It is a shame.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 16:15:57 (PST)
Rick, it was because of bad management. and greed. making money is one thing. abject unconscionable greed is another. Yes, in a sense, it is being demo'ed. The heart and soul of the place is destroyed. Take my word for it. As I say, we have been following the demise up close here. The shameful travesty; all the underhanded workings and amazing mismanagement thru the past years resulting in the demise of our lady the Ilikai.. No. It most emphatically is not simply a case of this particular business just not making enough money.
1, 2 3 - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 15:38:45 (PST)
I thought you were watching them demo it!.... It is sad though, sad to see the lost jobs. But companies have to make a profit to pay their bills and I don't think this one does.
Newport Beach, CA USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 14:33:42 (PST)
Looks like another Hawaii 5-0 icon goes down. The Ilikai... (of all things!) we are watching its demise up close here. a travesty and a shame.
1, 2 3 - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 13:00:10 (PST)
I noticed a small goof in "Fools die Twice". About 20 minutes in, McGarrett enters the hospital room of the one of the robbers. In the hallway, his hair is brushed to the right. When he's in the room, a second later, his hair is back to the normal brush to the left (as you're looking at the screen).
Buffalo, NY USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:41:25 (PST)
Apropos M. Montalban's portrayal as a Japanese, his performance is certainly one of the most embarrassing ever captured on celluloid. I cringed as I watched it.
Fresno, CA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 09:21:43 (PST)
I was watching "The Child Stealers" last night and I noticed some interesting facts. First, the episode was directed by Corey Allen who would go on to direct many hours of quality television, including for Hill Street Blues and Star Trek: the Next Generation. Second, the father of the baby who is first kidnapped is Jack Hogan of one of my other favorite series, Combat!. He played Private Kirby on that show. Third, it seemed odd that after the abduction of a child only 6 months prior to the one on Oahu that it takes the Five-O boys a while to remember and ask if there is any connection. That's not a crime most people would forget for quite a while. This would be for an updated version for the new TV series.
Shawnee, KS USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 07:09:48 (PST)
Regarding Ricardo Montalban's performance as the Japanese mob boss Leonard Tokura in season one's "Samurai", am I the only one who really enjoyed his performance?! Granted the episode isn't one of my favorites (it looked really promising at the beginning with the poisoning of the witness with the lipstick in court, but somehow fell apart after that with the focus on the whole bushido storyline), but I always thought his performance was the best thing about the episode! Yes, it's a bit cheesy, but Rico really chews up the scenery! I especially love how he says with that proper Spanish accent of his "MISSTERR McGARRETT". He really reminds me of James Bond's first nemesis. In that instance, Joseph Wiseman (a Canadian actor) also played a Chinese villain named Dr. No! Looks like casting Caucasians in Oriental roles was quite popular in the 60s. I noticed that Mr. Mike in his episode reviews mentions that Rico redeems his wretched performance in "Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain". Oddly enough, I prefer that wretched Tokura performance to his latter one where he actually played a European/Hispanic. Granted I haven't seen "Tantalus Mountain" in a while even though I ordered the DVD, so I'll have to check out the episode some time. RIP Ricardo Montalban. Looks like two 60s icons died this week -- the other being Patrick McGoohan of the 60s TV cult classic "The Prisoner". Shame he never appeared on Five-0. But he did on COLUMBO and won 2 Emmys for those performances.
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 07:08:02 (PST)
Excellent.....Also James Hong
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Friday, January 16, 2009 at 05:42:38 (PST)
...Also Edward James Olmos and Guy Boyd
Newport Beach, CA USA - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 22:04:18 (PST)
I started watching Hawaii Five-O when I was about 10 years old. It was in syndication at that time, and I was born in 1983. Yes, I am 25 years old, and I love those old cop shows. That was when the writing actually made the audience stop and think about what may happen. One thing that I hope to see with this show is not some corny plot where McGarrett's son (I am told the show will be centered around his son, who is named Chris) has Wo Fat's son or daughter for a nemesis, or has his own side kick named Danno. That's just a bit to cheesy for me, and I don't think it's that believable. It would be wonderful if the show could relate to the politics and international relationships of the present time, and maybe have more than one nemesis that Chris has to keep coming back to. Just keep the audience thinking, keep us wanting more, engage us with fantastic writing and believable acting, don't think that a plot may be do complicated for us to understand and drop it. That's one of the things I hate about my generations entertainment is that so many of the plots now aday's are incredibly easy to figure out. Give us something to talk about, use social issues to stir up conversation, make the show edgy, make it controversial, get this country talking again. One of the great things about Hawaii Five-O was that it made a nation that was in the middle of the civil rights movement and all kinds of social changes THINK about where they were, and where they wanted to be, and the writing was RAW and the actors gave us their very best. Make our generation a Hawaii Five-O like that, one that the perfectionist Jack Lord would be proud of, and you'll be fine. I'll be watching!
Sarah Mahayni
Richmond, VA United States - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 18:17:12 (PST)
Meg Foster, Gregory Sierra, Keye Luke...
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 13:36:49 (PST)
So far I have spotted 3 actors who have appeared in both Hawaii 5-0 and Miami Vice Can any one name one?
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT USA - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:45:40 (PST)
Yep. Big H, I know it well, Been to the estate where they shot it. But Wikipedia didn't itself think little of R.M.s career as much as a particular submitter of info; Wiki is constituted of various and sundry pieces submitted by millions of people who may and or may not be at all correct or unbiased or knowledgable. Comments on IMDB are afforded the commensurate attention they deserve, just as Wiki's comments: Nil.
1, 2 3 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 12:38:34 (PST)
There is a peculiar comment in the Trivia section at IMDB about Ricardo Montalban as follows. Does anyone have any comment on this?

"He plays a Japanese gangster in the "Hawaii Five-O" (1968) episode "Hawaii Five-O: Samurai (#1.4)" (1968). The eye makeup is so binding Montalban cannot blink. As a result the continuous shots of Montalban are always short. The effect is a little jarring. Most people blink when they move their head to readjust their eyes. Montalban never does when moving his head on camera, giving the character a sort of drugged or Zombie appearance. In any case, he neither looks nor sounds Japanese."
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:42:27 (PST)

Big H: The only appearances of Ricardo Montalban on H5-O that I am aware of are "Samurai" and "Deathwish on Tantalus Mountain" from season 5.
Shawnee, KS USA - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 09:59:29 (PST)
Kimo: that Ricardo Montalban ep was the 4th ep of the series in "Samurai", and Wikipedia evidentally thougth so poorly of it that it is completely omitted from Montalban's TVography listing. My question to all is....there were so many stellar guest actors that starred several times in 5-0 (Harry Guardino, Hume Cronyn, etc)....did Montalban star only once in 5-0 in season #1, or am I getting him confused with another actor? Somehow, I am thinking he had 2 different roles over the life of the series. Anyone??
Big H
4,5,, 6 Blastoff - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 09:38:03 (PST)
Do you remember Judy Moon? I just watched Good Night Baby, Time to Die this morning. It snowed again and I don’t have to go out so I went to Hawaii (I’ve seen the big waves on The Weather Channel lately; they are beautiful). Good Night Baby, Time to Die is like Mission Impossible except the trick is on us the audience, too. Excellent episode.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 08:48:21 (PST)
Howdy doody...I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots.
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 07:51:12 (PST)
Let us just hope that CBS don't drag their feet too much. Jack Lord endeavored to make a return of Five-O (script was written by J Coopersmith and still exists!) This was about 1991-so i presume his health was still good then, because he even wrote to a UK journalist offering him a guest part. It was meant to be set in Hong Kong and he along with the writer even did a site visit. Executives sat on it for a long time- what a wasted opportunity! Jack Lord died, and presumably retired due to great disatisfaction with CBS and the way the industry was heading. AS MCG would probably say:" How many more people need to die before we see a result, huh?" Certainly, would be nice if things happened while some original cast members are alive..James Macarthur, James Hong etc. "I want to book this one. i think Chin would have liked that!" CBS get on with it so Ed can too!
KD MCgarrett Lord
Tampa 'em, FL USA - Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 06:50:48 (PST)
RE: "Howdy Doody..." I think it's #93 'Good Night Baby, Time to Die'
Newport Beach, ca usa - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 16:34:39 (PST)
It would be great to see Hawaii 5-O as a remake. I also am a fan and also had the opportunity to watch the filming on many occasions growing up in the Islands. BEST OF LUCK!!!
woodridge, NY usa - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 15:48:24 (PST)
Ricardo Mantalban, a Mexican actor who played a Japanese gangster on Five Oh, has died.
3, 2 1 - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 14:02:43 (PST)
Thanks! Now I remember. One of my favorite episodes.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 13:28:49 (PST)
Hello! You can figure out the answer to this Howdy Doody question by searching on the main page via the "search" link!
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 13:22:34 (PST)
I immediately thought of the "nuke the fridge" scene at the start of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! You hear "It's Howdy Doody time, it's Howdy Doody time!"
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:56:37 (PST)
Sounds familiar. Was it one of the weird psycho guys in The Guarnerius Caper? I just watched that episode, and I'm thinking it might have had a scene like that.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 09:49:56 (PST)
What character sings "It's Howdy Doody time,It's Howdy Doody time" during the commission of his/her crime(Hint:on DVD) ?
Henry P Tercyak
North Haven, CT 06473 - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 08:55:25 (PST)
Sorry to hear of the passing of Harry Endo. His Che character was a favorite of mine on Five-0. He added a lot of personality to the show, a real natural for the part. I always enjoyed his appearances. God bless.
Jim Stuart
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 15:52:45 (PST)
it would be great to see a show like this come back to television ! i recently had the great opportunity to visit hawaii-two of it;s beautiful islands, which included honolulu. boy did it make me think of that great show, "hawaii 5-O. i liked your comment about cops acting like they should. it would take just the right characters to play these parts-maybe stick to the local people as well like the original show. i would look forward to watching this! thank you for your time and efforts-good luck!
debbie hall
columbus, oh United States - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 15:44:57 (PST)
I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Harry Endo.My condolences to the Endo family.It's the 40th Anniversary of Hawaii Five-O and I watch it every single day.I eat, sleep and drink "Five-O". I was in Ohau in Feb.08 and I traveled to all of the backdrops from the show.I really enjoyed Diamond Head,Ilikai,Iolani Palace,Kahala(Jack Lord's statue)to name a few.When I was inside the Illkai Hotel I could feel the presence of Jsck Lord.I plan to make a return trip to Honolulu in 2009.There are two episodes that I really enjoyed.The "Ransom" and "The Friends of Joey Kalima".I look forward to Hawaii Five-O 2010.I wish Mr Ed Bernero the very best.Be There ! Aloha! Vincenzo
Al-Di-La Farm , Vermont USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 14:26:39 (PST)
I really liked the way McGarrett respected Chin Ho because of Chin's years of experience on the force. Steve seemed to be able to speak to his crew according to their skills, and always respected a good cop. And, in turn, the group working for Steve spoke as you would expect people of their respective ages and years of experiencs.
Keedysville, MD USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 13:40:18 (PST)
Mr. Mike, I watched that episode just last week and I also noticed that smoke you mentioned (probably for the first time) and it DOES look like he is exhaling smoke. Could it have come from the gun he was test firing?
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 12:40:51 (PST)
In episode #101, The Jinn Who Clears The Way, when Che Fong is test-firing a gun, smoke can be seen, apparently coming out of Harry Endo's nose and mouth. (I asked Harry Endo about this at the Five-O Convention in 1996. He said that he never smoked and he doubted that the room was that cold. You can see me talking to him in the picture on the front page, BTW. Notice that he is signing the book with his left hand.)
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canuckland - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 12:08:15 (PST)
Mr. Bernero had asked us to write what we love about the show and it’s hard to pick them out one by one but let’s try (I hope it’s not too late). You can’t say that it’s the time it is set in because when it was running it had the same draw as it does now. In other words, it’s now 2009 (wow) and we enjoy a show from the 70’s. But in the 70’s we enjoyed it just as much (or has it gotten better with age, like fine wine). The remake should not be done set in the 70’s (like Happy Days did the 50’s). I have read comments that it should reflect Hawaii as it is now and I agree, and, it should be accurate. However, as Allan said, I did not know that the building that they all ran down the stairs was not the state police building, in fact, Hawaii doesn’t even have a state police department. It would be nice if we saw the same stairs but as they are now. Wouldn’t that be cool! They can keep the state police idea. I think that is O.K. (there may be a few exceptions to accuracy). One thing not to forget is the way it was filmed, directed, camera shots, etc. (I have seen shows where the camera moves around while people are moving and talking and all that does is make me dizzy). I saw Jack Lord in Dr. No (James Bond) and in an old western, but it’s not the same. I enjoy seeing him because he’s my friend from Hawaii Five-0. So, for me, what I love about Hawaii Five-0 is, (but not limited to, I will add to this later) Hawaii, a beautiful place that I haven’t seen in person because I won’t fly; a great actor cast into the perfect part for him which no one can deny, as well as other great actors who altogether make up this team; great directing, writing (and everything else that goes in to making a program); great subject matter, as I respect our law enforcement personnel for the care and protection they give us, just to name a few. I also enjoy the themes or story plot. I just watched the one that had a very wealthy man who was afraid of germs (now called OCD) and because of his wealth he could give in to his fears. Yet, Steve got him to get off his boat and come to his office so he could be cleared of charges. All the episodes are interesting and I can watch them over and over. (I also like Star Trek but there are some episodes that I don’t like and I don’t watch whenever it’s on.) The music is good, too. Sometimes during the show you can hear the ‘big wave theme’. Maybe in time we can do an episode by episode account of what we like the most. As I was reading over my comments I realize that the show does not have a lot of fluff, pomp and circumstance. It was simple. There weren’t a lot of extra details. It was the story, characters, and scenery. Pretty much that was it. I was comparing it with shows of today and how it was different and that’s one thing I came up with.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 10:54:15 (PST)
re: Harry Endo Ever notice the gold ring with the green stone that he wears in H5O? I always admire it; I wonder if it was provided by the prop department or if it was his own ring. Yes, I *really* watch this show! ;)
Miami, Fl USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 08:00:14 (PST)
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was watching "I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot!" this past weekend and I want to add a few comments about it. First, it is probably my 2nd (or 4th) favorite episode from season 5 after the Vashon trilogy. Second, I love the music! Mr. Mike's comments must be affecting me because I am noticing the musical scores more now than I once did. It reminds me somewhat of the Avery Filer episodes. The casting is great. Bob Basso does a pretty good job as the main mob guy. And who could not love that ending with Ben turning and smiling to the camera! Priceless!!
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 07:27:15 (PST)
My condolences to the family and friends of Harry Endo. I've often wondered which, if any, characters on a TV show not included in the opening credits had as much of a long-lasting impact and such an instrumental role in a show. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, maybe? Che would have been spun off onto his own show today. He was a favorite of mine and will be remembered always.
North Liberty, IA US - Monday, January 12, 2009 at 18:41:55 (PST)
How sad to learn of Harry Endo’s death. His wonderful portrayal of Che Fong will never be forgotten and I’m so happy that we can continue to enjoy it on DVD. I loved this show from 1968 until 1980 and it must be considered one of the best police shows of all time. The show had everything going for it starting with the gorgeous setting of Hawaii. And why else was it so good? The great characters were not only believable but also likeable. McGarrett, Danno, Kono, Chin, Che Fong and all the rest just really clicked together. The action was exciting and the plots were always intriguing. There were great character actors hired for guest starring roles and the music was just terrific. I am a fan of old police shows but this one was the best; I just love this show! Having seen all the shows way back then, I am savoring the series all over again on DVD. Almost half way through season one, I can’t wait to see the rest. This superb program is so wonderful and I watch it with such delight that it gets me through a 50-minute treadmill workout in no time! Hawaii Five 0 forever!
Watertown, CT - Monday, January 12, 2009 at 17:47:57 (PST)
I’m sorry to hear of Harry Endo’s death. I just watched another episode today and was sad to see him knowing that he had just passed away. Not many people make it into their 60th plus anniversary and I’m sure his wife will miss him.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Monday, January 12, 2009 at 13:50:09 (PST)
Wow! Harry Endo has passed away. That is a blow. I was just watching "I'm a Family Crook - Don't Shoot!" today and he appeared in that episode. I always loved his presence. He seemed very good for a guy with no formal acting training. He looked very comfortable in front of the camera. Harry, we'll miss you terribly. Aloha.
Shawnee, KS USA - Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 17:04:35 (PST)
Condolences to the family of Harry Endo, and a tip of the cap to him for taking the role of Che Fong and truly making it his own. He set the standard that all those lab folks in today's crime dramas follow.
Pembroke Pines, FL USA - Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 11:24:09 (PST)
ok. here's the story, gang: Hawaii Five-0 star Harry Endo has died at age 87 on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 Harry Endo, the actor who played a forensic scientist on the long-running TV show Hawaii Five-0, has died at the age of 87. Family members say he suffered a stroke and died at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on Friday afternoon Jan. 9, 2009. Harry Endo was best known as the character "Che Fong". He was one of the original cast members in H50 that began in 1968. But he was the third and longest/permanent Che Fong. Two others played him previously. One actor in "...and they painted daisies on his coffin" and Danny Kamekona another frequently seen actor on five o, played Che Fong in the ep: "A Bullet for McGarrett". Mr. Endo took over the role after that, from "Blind Tiger", onwards, taking part in 111 total eps.. Mr. Endo's daughter Leslie Baker says her father was born in Colorado but spent much of his life in Hawaii, where he worked for a local bank. While doing a commercial for the bank, he was approached to play the role of Che Fong. During the H50 run, he played a bit part in the 1977 pilot "Code Name: Diamond Head" (Which also featured Zulu/Kono) After the show ended in 1980, he played a few roles in local productions; 2 eps of Magnum P.I. in 1985 and 1988. Mr. Endo did a turn in one ep of "Jake and the Fatman" in 1990. In 1986 when the crossover ep of "Murder, She Wrote" was filmed here in Hawaii, (titled "Magnum on Ice") he played a desk clerk. Harry Endo retired from show business after 1990.
A Hui, Hou, Uncle Harry! - Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 21:03:04 (PST)
Its sad that my first post here is with the news that Five-0 cast member Harry Endo has died at age 87.. Here is the link. The article says they saw him in a tv ad when when they got the idea to hire him.. If I'm not mistaking Harry Endo's first role on the show was playing a spokperson for a bank and then he was hired to play Che Fong...
Phiadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 18:09:46 (PST)
I loved the story lines, the action, and even the completely unrealistic writing. The subordinate officers never ever questioned the decisions of Jack Lord's character. He was their god, not something you'd see in a crack investigative unit. In your current "Criminal Minds," for example, every character has his own theory of who the "unsub" is, what drove him to kill all those people, and what his likely next move is. But, hey, thirty something years ago tv moved in a different direction. I loved it then, I'll love it again.
Paul Goodman
Westbury, NY USA - Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 15:16:25 (PST)
Well, I must say I am impressed by all the postings about a remake. Looks like it's really going to happen. I didn't think a remake would be possible, only a dedication to the original series by CBS to test the ratings and fan base. However, when I'm, wrong I will own up to it! It does appear that people want this remake, regardless of the different opinions as to who plays the part, etc.. Good luck Ed, and best wishes for the great return of Hawaii Five-O! It certainly does appear that it can indeed work!
Elkhart, Indiana USA - Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 03:35:17 (PST)
Hey Kimo! I say "Cubic Zirconia Peak" is too good a fabricated name for Diamond Head. That one actually makes sense. I say a real treat would be to come up with something so far-fetched that it would just blow your top (no pun intended). Some totally weird name like... oh... I dunno... oh... how about "Leahi". Something totally crazy like that, y'know?
Philadelphia, PA USA - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 22:08:37 (PST)
Sandy Beach" to buy prescription drugs from a dealer, when it was actually "Fort DeRussy Beach" - I laffed when i saw that. (eh, even THAT is not the actual name o' da beach!) But then, seeing the eps for sooo many times over and over all these years, and having grown accustomed to the too frequent renaming of places, and the even when they got it right what da heck difference does it make!? When we hear Jack and James (and all the guest stars) butcher the Hawaiian language and mispronounce placenames almost in every ep.... This is the way I see it. If it ventures to geographical fiction, who cares? as long as we have our local film industry active and our state once again being displayed weekly for all the world to see and salivate over! whee! I don't care if they call Diamond Head "Cubic Zirconia Peak"! As long as they show IT... and not a remake of TJ Hooker and the el lay environs. (Heck; even Diamond Head" isn't the real and/or correct name for it!) (Can't have everything. ) (where would you put it!?)
Don't delete, This, Mr.Mike! - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 21:53:03 (PST)
I would just like to give you my input on a remake of Hawaii Five-0. First, I'd like to start off that I'm 32 years old, and am a current Police Officer of the Honolulu Police Department and grew up watching 50, but not every day like a lot of die-hard fans posting here. I still like to watch it when I get the chance, but sometimes it's hard to find when it's playing or what station it's on. One of my favorite things about watching the show is the fact that it was shot on location on the island of Oahu, which made it realistic. They also used real location names in Hawaii to give it more authenticy, even though it may not have been the actual real-life location that they said it was, such as their HQ, which you would always see them running down the stairs of, which really is the Iolani Palace, or when they went undercover to "Sandy Beach" to buy prescription drugs from a dealer, when it was actually "Fort DeRussy Beach" they were at. On the same note of on location scenes, I just like seeing how the island was in the late 60's to late 70's. The places and people are so different now, than as portrayed in the show. Another favorite fact of the show is that they used real HPD officers as extras in the show and as some of the actors. I agree with a lot of the others who posted in here, that to have a successful remake, the new show will have to capture the majic and authenticy of the original, and stay true to form. However, a lot of things would have to be up to date with the way things are here now. It needs to be raw and true to life in a way that shows what type of criminal activity exists here, so people can relate to it and know these really are the kind of problems we have here in Hawaii, and it's not the simple paradise that most people think it is. Although, you will have to have the classic 50 bad guy that would be up to the task of a State Police to take care of (even though we don't have a State Police... HPD runs the show here on Oahu in real life). It can be done, but please, please be authentic with locations, street names, etc. Even when I watch Dog, The Bounty Hunter, I get irritated when they say their going somewhere, and it's edited to look like their on their way to someone's house, but I can see anywhere up to 5 different land marks outside the window of their SUV's, and those land marks are in locations not related to the actual area they say they're going to. I know some places will have to be fabricated, but at least try. On that same note, do you remember that show, "Hawaii?" It aired for a few episodes, but didn't do too well and got cancelled. The first episode of that show was so bogus, because the actors were supposed to be part of the Honolulu Police Department, yet they investigated a case of a man who was murdered by being pushed into a lava pit. We don't have lava pits on Oahu. The only active volcanos are on the Big Island of Hawaii, in which the Hawaii County Police Department would have jurisdiction to. Things like that don't matter to people who have never been here, but remember that there will be a lot of Hawaii Five-0 fans from Hawaii as well, so they will want it to be authentic too. Please use a lot of local extras for the scenery, as it will help with the authenticity again, and help people here make an extra buck. Good luck to you on making the show happen. If you need input, I'd love to discuss it with you or at least point you in the right direction as far as the law enforcement side. I would leave my e-mail, but I don't want "tons of spam" sent to me, or prank calls at the police station, write me at 1100 Waimano Home Road Pearl City, HI 96782.
Allan Keller
Honolulu, HI United States - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 16:45:32 (PST)
What’s in a word? Remake. My husband Joe asked me if they would get a new character for Steve McGarrett. I said that I didn’t know. After giving it some thought I hope they don’t have another actor for Steve. You can’t replace Jack Lord; he was special for the part. What you can do is have back flashes or scenes from the original show as part of the new show. You can also have a picture of Steve in the lobby or office of the new show. What a way to honor the work he did (and make us fans happy). The money he would have made if he was still alive, if there is no family, can go to charities in Hawaii. I’m not sure how those things work but the bottom line is this: Make your remake of Hawaii Five-0 but don’t replace Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett. New actors, new names, cameos by any actors that may still be alive playing the same part. Can Steve Martin replace Peter Sellers?
Hamden, CT U S of A - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 13:26:31 (PST)
After navigating all of the junk on TV now(Jan. 2009)I sincerely hope you can re-visit Five-O. And I hope you use a lot of locals in the production. You could even have a bit of interaction with "Dog- the Bounty Hunter, just for kicks! I wish you the best and hope it comes off. Scott
Scott Harrison
Port Orchard, WA USA - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 12:55:11 (PST)
Yannick Bisson; saw a Christmas movie just a few weeks ago and also put him in the spotlight!
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, January 09, 2009 at 05:38:32 (PST)
Not certain I am okay with a remake, or why remakes are even necessary, especially for a classic like Five-0. But, if it has to be done (and I'm sure it will) then it should be done with actors who can recreate the atmosphere and not simply with one of the many currently "popular-but-lacking-depth" offerings out there. Consider for the role of "McGarrett" a Canadian actor named Yannick Bisson. He's currently starring in a Canadian/UK TV show called Murdoch Mysteries, about an 1890's detective. The second season is due to start up on City TV later this month. I was watching some re-runs of Murdoch the other night and Bisson's "Murdoch" has many similar mannerisms that McGarrett had, including that steely glance up from beneath his lashes that could strike fear in the hearts of many-a-criminal, and the Murdoch character is similarly focused, dogmatic and utterly dedicated to the "right thing" reminded me of McGarrett right away. For "Danno" its tougher to think of someone with MacArthur's sensibilities, but Jake Gyllenhal comes to mind. Ultimately, please just stay true to the themes and characterizations that made this show a classic. It certainly proved it deserves that much. Thanks.
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 22:17:23 (PST)
Whatever's decided for the script, there's always room for Big Chicken.
Diana Lily
Boston, MA USA - Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 15:54:55 (PST)
Hi. I wish I found this website sooner. My father and I used to watch Hawaii Five-0 when I was a kid but I don’t know if they were reruns or the weekly show. Years later when my children were babies Hawaii Five-0 was on twice each week day, one channel at 3:00pm and another channel at 4:00pm. It also was on around 11:00pm and I used to watch that, too. We didn’t have cable, only antennae (am I dating myself?) Now my husband buys me the DVDs so I can watch all of the shows. My favorite episode is ‘Highest Castle, Deepest Grave’. I won’t tell you what it’s about in case you get to see it, but the last scene is my favorite. When I heard about a remake I thought it wasn’t true but I guess it is. It will be interesting to watch. I hope it stays clean like the original show. Hawaii Five-0 with Jack Lord had charm so I hope the new show builds on the merit of the original. It will be a challenge for the writer not to make it shocking and gory but I think it can be done. We will see.
Hamden, CT U S of A - Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 13:53:06 (PST)
I don't know if this has been covered yet, but I am seeing complete box sets of all 12 years with all episodes included. Is this for real? [If you purchase DVDs in complete sets: anything after the fifth season is not official and is either taken from dubs of TV broadcasts or the Columbia House video tape episodes which are now out of print. - MQ]
Kevin O
Holland, MI USA - Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 13:29:56 (PST)
Shat has made a career out of bad delivery and accents, going all the way bad to that staccato delivery in Star Trek...."Scotty....I need warp speed in 2 minutes or....we're all dead." I found his phony TX accent in "You don't have to Kill..." entertaining, to say the least. Boston Legal would have flopped like a founded flounder on an Oahu northern shore without him. As far as a Toliver reprisal....who knows??? (Ed, maybe?)
Big H
$1.2 Trillion Deficit, Means Nothing - Thursday, January 08, 2009 at 09:22:00 (PST)
Easy to see why the Shat was drawn to the role. He got to ham it up, get all flirty with a couple of island babes, and spend half the episode with his shirt off.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 16:43:32 (PST)
Ringfire, you had me rolling with that one! With Connery, I have found the secret is in the word "TROU-szhers". Try it some time. I was only being sarcastic, of course. I agree with Chris that if a new series is going to make it, it will have to do it on its own merits and not on the back of a classic.
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 13:33:54 (PST)
Yes, Shatner was that bad. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Shatner fan. Anyone seen his talk show, Shatner's Raw Nerve? Strangely compelling. But regarding his Five-O appearance, the less said the better. If the new series is going to bring back characters from the original, there are far better prospects from more memorable episodes, although I don't know, I think the new series should worry about establishing its own legacy, and that starts with original stories and characters.
Columbus, OH USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 13:29:00 (PST)
Heck, bring back Shatner for the role!
1, 2 3 - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 12:23:41 (PST)
I am very confident that Ed will let us have more information shortly. As alluded to, he is working on 3 projects. And, as somebody, endeavoring to embark on my first teleplay pilot script, it is a seriously involved process that requires mature reflection especially when you have a mental block..who knew lol.. Ed is one of us... Also,for that very reason, delays occur and with something like Five-O, I think it is wholly warranted to wait and get "industry feedback" (that could mean Mrs Freeman-who knows??)--one doesn't need to rush into it-i feel right now they are scoping the casting aspect--again, not wishing to rush in where angels fear to tread. Unfortunately, this happened with the previously aborted pilot and it definitely wasn't Cannell's best nor did it capture the Five-O flavor. Oh and for gratuitous violence etc. i think Ed has been sitting and watching past episodes to get an idea as to what to include-as MCG would say: "to a bet on it..!" This will not be like Knight Rider--there will be a vested interest as ED actually is a fan--that makes a huge difference. I can't wait to see the waves crashing again with the new lead spinning around on top of the Ilikai--well, of course that is if they revamp the beginning...
KD Book Me Danno
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 12:00:50 (PST)
Was Shatner really that bad? I don't remember. At least Shatner is American/Canadian whereas Stewart is British. It's a bit like getting Sean Connery to do a Texas drawl... "The name ish Tolliver. Sham Tolliver. I'm jusht a Tekshash boy."
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 11:28:42 (PST)
Ringfire: Hey, if Shatner can get away with it, why not Stewart? How could he possibly be worse?
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 10:45:36 (PST)
Patrick Stewart with a Southern drawl? Hmmmmm....
Philadelphia, PA USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 07:56:48 (PST)
Kimo: Thanks for the compliment about the Sam Tolivar story idea. They would probably need someone else to play Tolivar this time around ... maybe Patrick Stewart or Scott Bakula?
Shawnee, KS USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 07:28:20 (PST)
Happy New Year everyone! Now that we are into 2009, has anyone heard ANYTHING specific with regard to casting, shooting schedule, fall premiere, etc.???? I though I read somewhere that shooting would start first week of January so I would assume that there would at least be some announcement about the cast. Or maybe they are just starting to do some location shots, etc. .... Ed, if you are reading, can you give us something? Thanks!
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at 06:55:06 (PST)
It's interesting to note all the pleasant, safe,feelings and memories that Hawaii Five O brought to everyone-everywhere. It brought examples of dedication, honesty, truth,and virtue to viewers that lasted a lifetime. I wonder how many police and people in law enforcement that this show has influenced? That is quite a legency for anyone-let a lone a simple TV show that thought that they were doing go to last 5 years show- to have done and still does!! It amazes me everyday about this legency and for all those who worked on this show can look back onand feel pride. I think that Jack Lord and Leonard Freeman would be pleased!
Judy Einspahr
Grand Island, Ne USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 17:10:04 (PST)
I grew up watching Five-0 and actually got my then bemused parents to call me McGarrett for a couple of weeks in 1977 so I'd love to see a well executed remake of the series. Obviously, location is a must. It needs to be shot in Hawaii. I would like to see local talent used whenever possible with a strong mix of familiar character actors who can really chew the scenery. Too many series cast beautiful young people instead of legitimate actors. Five-O always had actors with chops in important roles. Any remake needs to be willing to spend the time/money on creative photography as well. Five-0 always felt like a feature film because they shot on location so often and because they used hand-held cameras, creative camera set ups etc. The music is going to be one of the most difficult parts of the show to re-do. I'd like to hear updated versions of familiar pieces that were used over and over on the original show. Channel Morton Stevens! One of Five-O's best qualities was its moral stance. Yeah, McGarrett might be a square in some of his beliefs but as a cop he recognized that he was a role model and he truly believed in a moral code. In this day and age where we know how so many things in life are shades of gray, McGarrett at least knew right and wrong and more importantly, he could still admire a wrong-doer if he/she admitted his/her mistake and faced the music. In fact, he had more respect for that person because he/she displayed that positive moral ethic by facing up to the difficult situation with bravery. Lastly, the cast has to capture the feeling of family. Even though we rarely caught a glimpse of any of the cast private lives, we felt the Five-0 Team was a family. If the remake could capture these things I think it could succeed. Five-0 was responsible for my desire to write. As a kid I wanted to write for Five-0, believe it or not. And while I'm still unpublished (I did have an agent for awhile)McGarrett's determination still creeps into my mind when I'm discouraged and I plod on. Best of luck to Mr.Bernero. Though, I must admit I'm more than a little jealous of his opportunity!
Greenport, NY U.S.A. - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 13:49:32 (PST)
"please watch your mouth." Carl, I know what my mouth looks like. Rather, you should admonish people who profane their family members with sleazy allusions. - Cheryl, even if Jack lord were well, he was such a recluse, slim to none, the chances of spotting him, back then. - CCollin, that sounds like a good idea. In fact storylines/dialogue could be lifted directly from past eps and reused, to the total satisfaction of all, I would bet!
1, 2 3 - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 11:57:14 (PST)
A remake, in a theatrical release, would be greatly welcomed by the populace who have made this series so endearing to several generations. As long as you preserve the essence of the show, but allowing for the changes that have occurred over the past four decades, most noticeable, criminal's rights. Casting will be the biggest hurdle, given the greatness of its' predecessor. A suggestion would be George Clooney as McGarrett, and Brad Pitt as Danno. That is just something that was rattling around in my head. Good Luck!
Riverview, FL USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 11:11:29 (PST)
Kimo, RE your post on Friday, January 02, 2009 at 22:17:38 (PST).....please watch your mouth. And if you can't see it, click here.
Carl Finnemore
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 10:26:49 (PST)
PEVELY, MO. USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 10:23:21 (PST)
I Loved this programme but how could it ever be replicated. Jack Lord could never be replaced. A bit like Miami Vice recently. Disaster. The public wants violent TV shows and movies Hawaii 5 O and Miami Vice were from a more glamourous and refined era !!! I actually went on holiday to Hawaii late seventies from the UK hoping to get a glimpse of Jack Lord but to no avail as I was told that he was ill at the time. Shame !!!!!! This TV seres was my all time favourite and I never get tired of watching the original series.
cheryl Lander
Brighton, United Kingdom - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 07:43:48 (PST)
I have been going througy my 5th season DVDs recently and watched "You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich, but It Helps" this past weekend. Besides when it first aired, I have only seen this episode one other time and that was several years ago, probably when the Family Channel was running it. I like Mr. Mike's analysis of this episode. Given how badly Shatner did the Texas drawl (and went in and out of it) I was surprised they kept it! I also noticed the mountains in the background when Shatner is supposedly at the "Dallas airport". The thing that really struck me, though, was how the episode ended. We have a family being held hostage by some people who will very likely kill them if anything goes wrong as proven by past experience with the Veritex group - but McGarrett seems to just shrug it off, and Tolivar (although looking worried) doesn't seem near as distraught as he should be. What if the Dallas police had not responded in time, or things got ugly and the family was killed in a rescue attempt? Then I thought: that would make a good sequel to this episode. Sam Tolivar comes back for revenge against the criminals (or McGarrett) who are linked to his family's death. Something maybe for the new series??
Shawnee, KS USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 06:58:23 (PST)
Wow, that's Cool! I'll print that out on glossy photopaper and hand it to Glen!
1, 2 3 - Monday, January 05, 2009 at 13:30:41 (PST)
I was watching some obscure 1950s detective movie called Cop Hater recently which stars Glenn Cannon (known at the time as Glen Gannon). He plays an obnoxious juvenile delinquent! You can see a screen shot of this show by clicking on this link. The show also has a couple of other actors who would appear on Five-O: a very young Robert Loggia (The Execution File) and Gerald S. O'Loughlin (Six Kilos, The Box, And a Time to Die).
Mr. Mike
Vancouver, BC Canuckland - Monday, January 05, 2009 at 12:45:18 (PST)
Sad news--we've lost Pat Hingle ("Grant Ormsbee" from seasons 8 and 9) today.
Jeff Herman
Denver, CO USA - Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 16:23:00 (PST)
Hawaii Five-O is one of the greatest TV shows ever. I personally can watch the episodes over and over. No suprise this classic lasted as long as it did.
Jersey Shore, NJ United States - Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 12:37:20 (PST)
As Hawaii Five-0 is my all-time favorite TV series, one major component stands out: the superb music scored by the top Five-0 composers, notably Morton Stevens, Don B. Ray, Bruce Broughton, Richard Shores, etc. Sadly, many of them have passed, but I was wondering if it would be possible to get Mr. Bruce Broughton to score perhaps some of the first season's episodes, to get the new series off to a great start? Please note that Mr. Broughton also has may theatrical movie scores to his credit, such as Silverado, Tombstone, and the Lost in Space movie. I believe he will be a great asset, and hope that your production team will contact him. Sincerely, and with great thanks, Jeff Springer
Jeff Springer
Kettering, Ohio USA - Saturday, January 03, 2009 at 23:12:14 (PST)
Ahhh c'mon people. stop with all the creepy talk of "my wife is screwed! My daughter is screwed!". jezusss! this is a new year. resolve to not do this anymore. If this is how they talk in the United States of America, let's change that now. thank you.
whacoo , say bout her!? - Friday, January 02, 2009 at 22:17:38 (PST)
Hi Mike. My daughter is screwed because since she shares a birthday with Jack Lord, I'm going to insist she watch Hawaii Five-O with me when she's a little older.
Somerville , MA United States of America - Friday, January 02, 2009 at 13:15:41 (PST)
Enjoying season five. I am a die-hard five-oh fan. My favorites are the Three Vashon series. I am am well pleased with season five.6
Bradford, Pa USA - Friday, January 02, 2009 at 10:19:26 (PST)
My wife and I just came home with our new baby girl, victoria margaret, born on Dec. 30! What luck for me, she's screwed! [Why? If you marry someone or have a kid at the end of the year, in some countries you qualify for an income tax deduction! - MQ]
Somerville , MA United States of America - Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 12:53:48 (PST)
I am a huge 5-0 fan. Here are the links to my Amazon reviews: Season Five, Season Three, Season Two, Season One. Season Four is missing 'cause I haven't purchased it yet.
Reginald Garrard
Camilla, GA USA - Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 11:39:46 (PST)
~ Happy New Year to ALL 'Hawaii Five-O' fans! May this year bring us all closer to God, family, friends & neighbors, and also more and more DVD's of remastered 'FIVE-O'! ~ Be(ing) there, Aloha! ~
holly's mount, NC USA - Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 06:12:27 (PST)

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