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Voice of Terror 

"Voice of Terror" is an episode of Hawaii Five-O starring Jack Lord, William Smith, and Herman Wedemeyer. A group fanatics who were plotting to take over a radio station so that they could broadcast their message are pulled over by a police cruiser. They shoot one of the two cops, then decide ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Det. Steve McGarrett
... Det. James 'Kimo' Carew (credit only)
... Det. Duke Lukela
... Det. Truck Kealoha
Cal Bellini ... Karl
... Mark
Mary Angela Shea ... Sally Dean (as Mary Angela)
Anne Zimmelman ... Willa
Barton McCollough ... Officer
Edwin K. Awakuni ... HPD Sergeant
... Harmon
... Tom Kellogg (as Daniel Kamekona)
Gary Kau ... Store Manager
Michael Hasegawa ... Medic (as Michael H. Hasegawa)
Juliet Kono ... HPD Central Dispatcher


A group fanatics who were plotting to take over a radio station so that they could broadcast their message are pulled over by a police cruiser. They shoot one of the two cops, then decide to take the cruiser and the other cop hostage, and use the police radio as a link. When McGarrett hears of this, he sends Truck and another cop to try and take them but they kill the cop he's with and keep Truck. Steve has to find another way to get to them so he hopes that their associate who was wounded when they took the cruiser and left behind might be able to help them. Steve just has to find a way to convince him to. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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4 December 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Although Five-O had flourished on Tuesday nights during its 1971-75 run, almost always finishing in the top five for the season, the return to the time slot was a disaster in the ratings. This telecast pulled a 12.8 rating and 20 share, unbelievably bad for 1979, and scored in the bottom 10 of the rankings (although higher than the two other CBS shows for the night). This may have led CBS-TV to cut the season order from 22 shows to 20 and go straight from "The Golden Noose," which was wrapping production, to "Woe to Wo Fat," the planned finale, without filming two intervening shows. (This happened to "Star Trek" in its third season, when two planned shows were not filmed in early 1969. Other series, such as "Ugly Betty" in 2010, were also cut short by two shows and hastily rewritten so the 20th show of the season would be the last.) See more »


Toward the end of this episode, lead terrorist Karl comments to McGarrett that it's getting dark, to which McGarrett responds that it always gets dark at that time of day. Then some time passes, yet during an outside shot of the police command area, the shadows are made by a sun that's high overhead. Then more time passes, and after the climactic shootout, the sun is still high overhead. See more »

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If you think about it, the cops really botched this one!
2 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Voice of Terror" is a return to the sort of shows that "Hawaii Five-O" made quite a few of in earlier seasons--terrorists. This was big news back in the 70s, so it isn't surprising that quite a few episodes concerned these crackpot groups.

This show begins with what begins as a routine traffic stop turning into a shooting and a hostage situation--with one of the cops being taken prisoner by terrorists. The terrorists have quite a few demands and they all seem pretty unreasonable--the release of a couple gang members who are in prison as well as one lost early in the episode of the police, a chance to broadcast their call to action over the radio as well as a getaway jet.

For his part, McGarrett actually does a crappy job. While the terrorists began with just one hostage, his crackerjack plan results in a dead policeman and TWO hostages. Way to go, Steve!

I actually was surprised at how sloppy this show made the police look-- something you don't see on this show normally. The only interesting part of the show is McGarrett's dialog on the radio to the nuts--that is, at times, kind of funny. Otherwise, a rather weak episode but one worth watching. Plus, it's kind of refreshing seeing McGarrett make a few mistakes!

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