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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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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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 intelligence chief Brent bends over the man McGarret shot, he immediately removes the knife from the man's hand. The scene shifts to McGarret on the phone, then back to Brent, who is shown removing the knife from the dead man's hand again. See more »

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Det. Steve McGarrett: [McGarrett storms into Brents office] Don't you ever put a tail on me again!
Brent: What are you talking about?
Det. Steve McGarrett: Look Brent... Get this and get it straight!... Don't you ever put a tail on me again!
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Connections

Followed by Hawaii Five-O (1997) See more »

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The two-hour pilot that started it all
10 July 2003 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

For those who wondered why Jack Lord's Hawaii Five-O was so successful during its thirteen year-run on CBS,this is the classic pilot episode that started it all. This one had all the elements of great two-hour movie which combined crime drama with breathtaking suspense and thrills and unexpected twists and turns every second. A Red Chinese agent named Wo Fat(brilliantly portrayed by Khigh Dhiegh)uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S.agents,and the only man that can stop his reign of terror is Steve McGarrett,who is head of the organization Hawaii Five-O,and one hard edged cop determined to stop him at all costs. The classic water torture scene is very haunting since it has all the elements of a psychological thriller where Jack Lord's character is captured by Wo Fat's hencemen for a series of bizarre experiments only,very shocking. However,all the remaining players are here including the brief appearance of Tim O'Kelly as McGarrett's right hand man Danny "Danno" Williams in the pilot version before he was replaced by James McArthur. The show also did not stereotype minorities since it was the first series to have Asian-Americans in the leading roles.

However,the chase and the confrontations between McGarrett and his nemesis Wo Fat would continued throughout the series,but it wasn't until the show's final episode in 1980,when McGarrett finally captures Wo Fat and throws the book at him in the last episode.


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