Kinda interesting; but, no so much!
The original show was spectacular in so many ways. In all those ways that make the new show boring. The premise for the show was a Leonard Freeman stroke of genius. Show us the crime at the begining without revealing the actual criminals. C.S.I. Miami is the closest to that style and very well done with the Horatio Caine character making the closing statement. So, why are we not getting the same product for the new Hawaii Five-O? How are the new generation of kids going to get smart if we don’t show them smart television. Turning Hawaii Five-O into a version of Fast and Furious is not the solution. A remake is to be a remake not just a re-title.
Steve McGarret would walk into the room and everybody would listen. As a viewer you weren’t privy to his detective reasoning until the program closure. Mr. McGarret would then end the scene with a book-em Dano. Lovely indeed. Nobody questioned the commanding presence of Steve McGarret. In fact you would wait for him to walk into the room and say something spectacularly intelligent and observant which only his detective reasoning could conceptualize. Sometimes we would applaud aloud in front of the televison. Who commands that kind of respect any more?
Tourism blossomed with the Hibiscus. Taxi drivers would point out the top of the Ilikai Hotel where Steve McGarret turns around and faces the helicopter’s camera. Steve McGarret, Rainbow Stickers and the Tee-Shirts “Hawaii 68 thru 80” where on the tourist minds. A Steve McGarret sighting would be the Holy Grail. We could always purchase the Rainbow Sticker or Tee-Shirt. The fact everybody wanted to go to Hawaii for a McGarret spotting was irresistible. Surely on such a small island you would see someone this recognizable. Someone would always say they saw Steve-O at the Don Hoe show blowing tiny bubbles. No they didn’t. Because I already tried that.
Mike Douglas was doing his talk show infront of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. You would think Mr. Douglas would try to book Steve McGarret’s hair for a visit. Carol Burnett and Don Rickles got booked. James MacArthur (Dano) and other Five-O cast members Chin and Zulu were spotted about town. But, no Mr. McGarret.
I did however get rudely interupted one morning while planning my next Hawaii Five-O adventure. On the driveway leading to the hotel lobby a very agressive driver was repeatedly spinning the wheels of his car. So, I immediately took the morining traffic jammed elevator downstairs to confront this noise. The security wouldn’t let me go outside to begin my Five-O quest. We had to wait until the driver had perfected the art of jumping onto the drivers seat without opening the door. “What’s this moron trying to do,” I asked. “They are filming a televison pilot to replace Hawaii Five-O.” And you are going to do it with that guy in a baseball hat jumping into a Ferrari. Good luck with that. After about an hour they finally let me continue on my daily excursion seeking Hawaii Five-O locations, a Hawaii 80’s Tee-Shirt and a Rainbow Sticker.
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh – I can just see it now. The new Magnum P.I. will be re-titled as an interactive television series. Sit at home and drive the Ferrari in a Hawaiian chase scene simultaneously to create your own episode. Then upload it online for others to watch. Actually, that’s not a bad idea.
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