Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the ... See full summary »

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The Governor
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Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the names of other agents. He allows himself to be captured and placed in the chamber; will he be able to withstand the torture? Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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20 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Not only was this the first appearance of arch-nemesis Wo Fat, it also marked the first appearance of recurring character Jonathan Kaye. See more »

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When McGarrett is being followed by the same sedan, he calls for a HPD ambush on the police radio, but he never takes his thumb off the talk button, even when dispatch is replying. Since radios are one way devices, it is necessary to release the talk button in order to hear the other party. See more »

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Det. Steve McGarrett: [Surveying the Arcturis] Just another tanker that logged a million miles and rusted through a thousand coats of red lead.
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The legend begins...
9 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Emmy-nominated (for Morton Stevens's score - and unlike other elements of the series, he didn't degenerate as the show wore on), this was the pilot for the series and set the tone for what would follow: McGarrett was a hard-edged cop who "answers only to the Governor and God," his team knew better than to cross him - note that Tim O'Kelly and not James MacArthur plays Dan Williams - and they always got their man/woman.

Even Wo Fat in the end (and I do mean the end - McGarrett didn't throw the book at his archenemy until the very last episode).


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