By Wayne Harada
Danno’s dad will emerge during season four of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Tom Berenger will appear as the father of Danno Williams, one of the four principals on “Five-0,” an indication that the series is shelving history after a good showing and returning to horticulture of sorts, carving out family trees and digging up roots.
Already, Melanie Griffith has been cast as Danno’s mom. She will be seen in three upcoming episodes, and Berenger as dad Williams will be in one of them. You know Berenger from such films as “The Big Chill,” “Platoon” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: The Early Years” and such TV endeavors as “Hatfields and McCoys.”
The Berenger news was announced last week but was overshadowed by the Island-based show’s historical Pearl Harbor flashback story, which aired last Friday to great reviews, heralding the performance of James Saito as a war veteran with allegations of a cold case involving his late dad during World War II. Of course, Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) comes to the rescue to investigate, in an episode rich with the fabric of humanity, good deed, honor and service.
The detour to serious storytelling, albeit with a war theme but on a personal level, was devoid of car chases, bullets flying and international drug fiends. It was a welcome, satisfying relief and an encouraging turn for the better for fans of the show. But it didn't last long.
Now it’s back to basics for the show, shaping backstories of the main characters.
McGarrett’s mom and dad have been introduced in seasons past; his sister has had periodic appearances and a family aunt, played by Carol Burnett, made her debut earlier this year.
So it’s Danno’s ohana to bask in the limelight. We've met his wife and their daughter. With mom and pops aboard, we’re going to discover, with some certainty, where he gets his spunk and fire and argumentative nature.
It’s not an altogether encouraging development since this path has led to needlessly complicated story arcs and turns before.
Could Kono Kalakaua's (Grace Park) entangled situation eventually lead to the introduction of her yet-to-be-revealed family? We've known, from the get-go, that Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) is her cousin on the force. Kelly had a wife, who died; and it's possible parents could logically emerge some day.
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