Hawaii Five-O Remake Lacks Original’s Earnestness

“On the show, the relationship between McGarrett (O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) is comparable to Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon’ where they love each other, but make each other nuts.” The quote comes via the usual CBS Morning Show auto-fellatio. “This thing totally rocks,” anchor Harry Smith reports, with all the objectivity that the “journalist” can muster. “I like the on-screen chemistry between you guys.” Yeah, well, I don’t. Am I the only cranky firearms enthusiast who’d like to see a return to the seriousness of crime fighting TV shows of days gone by? You want earnestness? I know for a fact that actor Jack Lord came to believe he was Steve McGarrett. And the network paid a handler to run interference with the folk—until Jack lost it completely. Not that’s what I call a serious commitment to crime fighting.


  1. What about CSI Miami? David Caruso is so dedicated he thinks he is Jack Lord, right down to every constipated expression and melodramatic line of dialog. Horatio Craine is Ginger McGarrett, Steve's redheaded younger brother. Somebody should get a handler for him.

  2. avatar Donal Fagan says:

    I heard about that remake, and wondered if Kono and Chin Ho would still be played actors as substantial as Zulu and Kam Fong, or if they'd use leaner action figure types.

  3. avatar Robert Farago says:

    And now you know. And William, you're right. I never thought about that way, mainly because Horatio can't look anyone in the eye, whereas McGarret could have stared down a Terminator.

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