Perceptions changing on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

November 24th, 2010
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Monday’s “Hawaii Five-0” raised some interesting perceptions and provide a retro investigative style and certainly revised a prevailing image — that Rachel is not all that mean and menacing an ex-wife of Danno, as he has been ranting about ever since the show’s September debut.
For her first on-screen appearance on the episode entitled “Hao Kanaka (Iron Man),” Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom) all but deconstructed that negative talk we’ve been hearing from Danno (Scott Caan). All that rant, and what happens? She has a nice streak, after all, and she helps provide a diversion that ferries a key twist in the plot to enable Danno and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) nab the baddies in a Kahala rental next door to Rachel.
Further, McGarrett becomes somewhat of a MacGuyver, relying on the inside scum of a vacuum cleaner to resort to primitive fingerprinting, which he documents on his cell phone and ship to HQ for identification.
How cool was that?
All this, in the midst of a triathlon that provided real-life relevance for locals who’ve participated and/or endured the swim/biking/run in Waikiki.
The escapades take the “Five-0” team from the Blaisdell Center parking lot to the inside stairwell of the old Honolulu Advertiser building and downtown corridors and the seas off Waikiki.
Delightful disarrangement of places, perhaps, but this is faux crime in a real paradise.
And: didn’t you love it, at the conclusion of the episode, that McGarrett and Danno mention perhaps grabbing a bite at Side Street?
They meant Side Street Inn, of course.
That would be a nice element for a future episode, just to see what they’d eat. Suggest the pork chops! The fried rice! The roast pork with the ono crispy skin! The ahi poke!

7 Responses to “Perceptions changing on ‘Hawaii Five-0’”

  1. Hoohiki:

    Wayne,
    It would be a good idea if you started a Hawaii 5-0 blog on Tuesdays for to discuss the previous Monday night's episode, like what you just did.


  2. M Garret:

    Rachel Sutton the casting director of Hawaii 5-0 is not as mean as people think. She might sometimes imagine that she is a movie director istead of merely a casting person but at heart she is not a bad person...just a bit immature which of course can be blamed on her fast track transition from being a receptionist to a casting director, local of course.


  3. Peaceful Man:

    Having watched pretty much every episode of the original Hawaii Five-O, and all of the newer version, I am confident that the newer version will enjoy success in its own time. I must confess that initially, I did not enjoy the newer version, perhaps, because I grew up watching the traditional version, with Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and the rest of the cast. I also watch the reruns on KIKU-TV.
    I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

    Blessings,

    The Peaceful Man


  4. chopsueyboy:

    Hawaii 5-O is currently my favorite show.
    Love Danno's character, it's a good thing Scott didn't see the original
    and brought his own fun, caring side to the show.


  5. Richard Rodrigues:

    I like watching Hawaii Five-0 too, and not just because I hope to someday soon see myself in an atmosphere-inducing shot. But the pathetic and sometimes racist dialogue has just got to go. To hear Danno calling the large kanaka "Baby Huey" was just wrong. Sorry Danno (and your writers): this is uncool. Very much so.


  6. get over an ex:

    Some readers just don't get it, like my friend who couldn't visualise the actual intention of this line on your post ...), Rachel (Claire Van Der Boom) all but deconstructed that negative talk weve been hearing from Danno (Scott ... it also made me think about the day I met my husband.


  7. US Airline delay stats:

    Wayne,
    It would be a good idea if you started a Hawaii 5-0 blog on Tuesdays for to discuss the previous Monday night's episode, like what you just did.