What a fun night! The premiere of the new Hawaii Five-0!
All in all I thought the pilot was very solid and entertaining. It didn’t knock my socks off but most pilots usually don’t. They are usually filmed in a hurry, with a limited budget, and the actors haven’t gotten used to each other yet. But I still found the pilot to be a darn good run and I look forward to more.
The story in the pilot episode revolved around the audience meeting the “team”. Steve McGarrett is part of an operation to bring down an arms ring and when he captures the brother of his nemesis, Victor Hess, his father is captured and used as a bargaining chip. Steve finds himself in a a tough position of kill or be killed and he has to fire on Hess’s brother. In retaliation Hess kills the elder McGarrett.
Steve returns to his home state of Hawaii for his father’s funeral and he is immediately hit up by the state’s governor, who wants him to head off a new task force. His initial answer is a resounding no but when he starts investigating his father’s murder he discovers that his father (who was a police officer) had a few secrets that he left for his son to discover. Feeling the need to resolve his father’s unfinished business, McGarrett decides to head up the task force after all. He chooses a newbie police officer named Danny Williams to be his partner. Their relationship is strained at best and provides us with some very comic moments.
McGarrett also adds to his new team a disgraced officer and friend of his father named Chin Ho and new and very pretty cadette named Kono. Together they discover that Hess made his way to Hawaii via human smugglers and that he will exit the same way. They manage to pin Hess down on a barge and McGarrett shoots him. We do not see Hess’s body which of course leads us to believe that it is not the last we will see of McGarrett’s nemesis.
My favorite part of the show had to be Danno’s ringtone for his ex-wife… the theme from Psycho. I laughed so hard. I think I am going to like the Hawaii Five-0 team and the bromance between Steve and Danno. And Victor Hess.. yowsa what a bad ass! Go Spike… uh I mean, Victor. This show seems like it has some winning elements so I will definitely stayed tuned for more.