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"Hawaii Five-0" Ha'i'ole (2011)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

enjoyed it

Author: (diroffers) from Houston, Texas
22 September 2011

"Ha'i'ole" was actually the first episode I have seen of Hawaii Five-O. As a loyal Lost fan, I could not resist seeing the reunion of Terry O'Quinn with Daniel Dae Kim. All in all, it was a pretty good episode. Obviously, there was an ongoing plot that left me feeling a little confused at times, but that is to be expected if you have not been watching. Otherwise, the episode could very well stand on its own. I loved the character Terry O'Quinn played, and at the same time I kept wondering if there were going to be any John Locke-esque quirks. The very idea of it actually made me a giddy with anticipation. I would like to see how it plays out with his character and will probably watch some more episodes, but unfortunately it is not my first choice for that time slot.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Hawaii 5-0 New Season With A Wallop ***1/2

Author: edwagreen from United States
20 September 2011

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Obviously, the season opener started off where last season ended. Our female Hawaiian governor assassinated and McGarett is framed for her murder. 5-0 has been disbanded, Dano is unemployed and Daniel Dae Kim has joined the regular Hawaiian police force. Even Grace Park has other charges pending against her.

Looks like the show took the easy way out when Steve says that his father warned him that things might turn up that wouldn't appear exactly nice for the family.

Yet, the show was well paced with excitement flaring. In about 1/2 hour into the show, McGarett is exonerated and the guys without Park are back in motion.

There is a surprise element as who apparently is a culprit as the show ended.

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Kim-Quinn Reunion!

Author: ShelbyTMItchell from Seymour Tennessee
20 February 2013

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As Steve McGarrett is broken out after being charged with Governor Jamison murder in the first season finale. And Hawaii Five 0 disbanded there.

Commander White played by Terry Quinn of Lost reunites with is "Lost" co-star Daniel Dae Kim. As McGarrett's boss and mentor plus best friend as Kono is the subject of an IA investigation as well.

Quinn comes off more believable and really likable. Dae Kim holds his own against O Loughlin and Caan. As his character is growing.

As Danno and company try to block out HPD from helping out the fugitive McGarrett. But when McGarrett is cleared of the charges, the now new Governor will reinstate the Hawaii Five 0 task team with conditions that if they cross the line, they will answer to him. As he is more authoritative and no-nonsense. Than the corrupt Jamison is who allowed them to break every single rule in the book.

Still McGarrett is a bit reckless and not patient as Quinn's character says. But McGarrett does not care about what anybody thinks as they have to do what is right. As McGarrett can be a jerk but still really a great guy.

Danno has gotten used to the "abuse" that Steve puts him through. As they went from being adversely to best buddies in one season. Kono's character has yet to developed but she will get there! Though McGarrett who is cleared of the murder charges claims that they have to make split second decisions to the Governor.

Still an enjoyable show!

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A thoroughly different cop show

Author: Silvergal05 from Newcastle, Australia
22 September 2011

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If you were expecting an easy solution to the dilemma that the Five-0 unit found themselves in at the end of the first season, think again.

Season two gets off to a roaring start and the action doesn't let up. From prison breakouts to shootouts and covert investigations, this first episode pulls out all the stops (or as many as possible without resorting to explosions!) Not only that, it manages to fix what was broken in the first season finale without sweeping any plots under the carpet and adding a couple of intriguing twists to the conspiracy that has been threaded throughout the series thus far.

Steve and Danny's volatile chemistry is as entertaining as ever, their scathing banter makes a refreshing change from standard cop show fare and only serves to make their friendship all the more enjoyable. O'Loughlin is convincing as the action man and Caan brings energy to what could have been a dull role as straight man to his hot-headed partner. With Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim rounding out the Five-0 team, this show has developed a first-rate core cast.

With any luck we'll be seeing plenty more of Kamekona and Max this season, both of whom were put to much better use in their supporting roles this episode. Terry O'Quinn and Larisa Oleynik would be welcome to return as often as possible also. Wo-Fat remains a sinister man-behind-the-curtain kind of villain, a thoroughly old-school kind of bad guy, with no fear and a chillingly cold-blooded approach to business.

Though not the most detail-oriented show on TV, Hawaii Five-0 forsakes a few technical accuracies for action-packed story lines and super-cop characters with real depth. With standard case-by-case cop fare all but flooding our TV screens at the moment, Hawaii Five-0 manages to bring a sense of excitement and adventure back to the genre that has been sorely missed.

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0 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Refreshing production, magnetic guests, convincing acting, weak character development, out of breath predictable story, jarring shooting, zero creativity, not intriguing

Author: igoatabase from France
20 September 2011

Terry O'Quinn (Lost) as a guest star was the only excuse I needed to give this premiere a chance. Indeed I'm not into police procedural shows because of their slow pace, déjà vu concepts and often disappointing episodic stories. However I can only admit that its exotic and colorful settings can only refresh the spirit. It's specially true considering the production couldn't be more immersive. From the dynamic filming to the outdoor scenes CBS can be proud. Even car and boat scenes are flawless so delivering so much quality action on a TV budget is impressive. Moreover beside O'Quinn actors like James Marsters (Spike) and William Sadler (Roswell) were also part of the adventure.

As for the main characters they're one of the show weakness in my opinion. First Masi Oka (Heroes) plays Max Bergman, an other geek who brings some comic relief. Don't get be wrong I liked him but wish they asked him to perform out of his comfort zone to surprise the audience. Second Grace Park was under used in this episode even if I suppose her beauty and talent were better exploited in season 1. Third Alex O'Loughlin's performance was exciting and Scott Caan also did a good job but I found their characters interaction was cliché and boring. Steve and Danny aren't engaging and none of their "bro" jokes made me laugh. It's specially disappointing considering the story is driven by them and that the actors are energetic and convincing in their respective roles. Fourth and not least Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) was the only character that really grew on me but it's probably because I was getting desperate.

O'Quinn's character reminded me of the colonel in First Blood. He was confident and brought the maturity required to make the young team more believable. But sadly the story that was captivating at first thanks to a edgy twist quickly became predictable and even silly at times. Kono's arc (Park) was written by the book and you should be able to anticipate its events. As for the last part it was well produced but the random shooting was ridiculous. What a lazy way to wrap up a premiere when at the beginning Steve's side (O'Loughlin) was reminiscent of Prison Break and Hit-man !

In fact the most disappointing element was probably the absence of creativity. Compared to CSI : NY it lacked these jaw dropping sequences that make you beg for more. Even the cliffhanger shouldn't invite you to stay for an other session. The bad guy has potential despite its one dimensional profile but in the end I just didn't care about his fate or the few arcs opened to intrigue the viewers. I remember pointing out similar issues for Castle but at least in its early episodes the show had a charming factor that made it almost irresistible. To sum things up Hawaii Five-0 didn't feel like a re-imagining of the original but more like a remake stuck in a different space and time.

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