Hawaii Five-0

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Steve McGarrett is summoned home to Honolulu to bury his father after he is murdered by a madman. Governor Jameson wants Steve to head up a new elite police unit, and she will give him full authority to get the job done. Initially he turns down the job, but when he meets the man charged with investigating his fathers' murder, he changes his mind so he can find his fathers' killer himself.moreless

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  • Excellent

    It is good show..
  • A terrorist kills Steve Mcgarrett father bringing Steve home for the funeral where the Governor of Hawaii asks Steve to be the boss of a new task force.

    A very poor remake of the original:-

    1/ The opening music is still the same which was the best part of this episode.

    2/ Who'd have guess that Steve McGarrett is a former Naval Intelligence and A Navy Seal gosh wow.

    3/ Danny Williams that softie he's a divorced father that moved to Hawaii to be closer to his daughter yet he hates the beach - stop I gonna cry.

    4/ Chin Ho - he's been given his marching orders from the police and working as a security guard at the USS Arizona memorial and Steve saves him from a life of boredom by rehiring him as part of his new task force.

    5/ Kono - he's now a she skinny and pretty watch her physically take down a few armed gang bangers all by her lonesome self not to mention punching a fellow surfer in the face for breaking into her wave all without retaliation.

    ok if you havent felt like changing channels yet

    This episode starts with Steves brother escorting a terroist through the beautiful Hawaiin country side - yep Forget Cuba - when its attacked by a helicopter gunship - did I mention the Hawaiin country side - blah blah blah the team save's the day all without the FBI, the military and back up remember the days when Five-0 used to just deal with Hawaiin Crimemoreless
  • Good/Decent pilot, but I want to see more episodes before I can give my opinion of 'Hawaii Five-O'.

    This was a good start oto the new show, 'Hawaii Five-O', and I particularly enjoyed the beginning of the episode. The beginning was filled with suspense, there was a lot of action, and a sad ending which set up a great storyline!

    In the first episode, I really enjoyed all of the actors. They have certainly casted very well,, and after seeing this premiere, I have confidence that this could be a very exciting show! I just hope it lives up to its potential!

    Overall, it was a good start. I'd like to see more before I can decide my full opinion on this show, but it certainly does have potential, and I highly recommend this espidoe, which was a great premiere!moreless
  • Former Navy SEAL and special forces operative Steve McGarrett returns home to his native Hawaii for the funeral of his father who was murdered by a psychotic criminal. Upon his arrival he is asked by the Governor to head a new elite police task force.moreless

    The first episode of the revivial of the late 60s televison series (Which was oddly overshadowed by its own theme song.) is good but not fantastic. The roles appear to be well cast and the action scenes certainly deliver. I had a problem with many of the scenes between Alex O'Laughlin and Scott Caan. They seemed too contrived and cliched. There were times where I felt like I was watching that cop movie Tango & Cash starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. However, the show has potential and I will certainly tune in for the next episode. A good start.moreless
  • Three minutes in, and the shaky cam ruined it for me.

    The production was typical trendy hand held shaky cam, jump cuts, swoops, zooms, attention deficit disorder editing, and irritating. Get a tripod. NAIL down the camera. STABILIZE the image. SLOW down the cuts.

    Another pilot episode ruined by jerky, hand held camera work. What more can I say?

    I can't blame the actors. Can't blame the writers. Can't blame anyone but whoever is making the creative decision to make crappy visual TV.

    Come on - buy a tripod - nail down the image. It may be trendy, but this jittery jumpy image is unwatchable, especially on an 8' wide HDTV screen. I watch TV for entertainment value - not nausea nor motion sickness.

    When I have to avert my eyes, or shut them, the show devolves into UGLY RADIO.

    OFF my must watch list, for sure.moreless
Scott Caan

Scott Caan

Detective Danny 'Danno' Williams

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Police Officer Chin Ho Kelly

Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin

Lieutenant Commander Steven J. 'Steve' McGarrett

Grace Park

Grace Park

Police Officer Kono Kalakaua

Allison Chu

Allison Chu

Chen Chi

Guest Star

Lexi Hara

Lexi Hara

Local Girl

Guest Star

Meagen Hensley

Meagen Hensley


Guest Star

Teilor Grubbs

Teilor Grubbs

Grace Williams

Recurring Role

Taylor Wily

Taylor Wily


Recurring Role

Jean Smart

Jean Smart

Governor Pat Jameson

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: In John McGarrett's garage, Danny and Steve have their guns pointed at each other and slowly pull out their respective badges. The first shot of Danny with his badge in his left hand shows the badge is upside down. After the camera pans to Steve's badge it then pans back to Danny where his left hand, fingers in the same position, are still holding the badge but the badge is right side up now.

    • Goof: When Hesse shoots McGarrett, he shoots him in the left shoulder. After the fight is over, when Steve is looking down at the water for Hesse's body, the image has been inverted; blood is dripping from a laceration over Steve's right eye and the bullet wound is to his right shoulder. In the next scene, everything has reverted back to his left side.

    • Steven J. McGarrett went to Annapolis then spent five years in Naval Intelligence and six years with the Navy Seals.

    • The car Steve McGarrett uncovers in his father's garage is the actual 1974 Mercury Marquis Brougham, which was the second car Jack Lord used in the original TV series.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sang Min: What kind of cops are you?
      Steve: The new kind.

    • Steve: I've been tracking Victor Hesse for five years; if he was bold enough to surface, I promise you, he already has an exit strategy planned and he knows I know it. Which means, I can barely afford the hour it's going to take to bury my father, let alone stand here talking to you. Excuse me.
      Governor Jameson: I can help you find the son of a bitch! With full immunity and means. Your task force will have blanket authority to go after guys like Hesse and get them the hell of my island. Your rules, my backing, no red tape.

    • Steve: I take it your marriage didn't end well.
      Danny: No, it would have, had my ex not remarried and dragged my daughter to this pineapple-infested hellhole.
      Steve: You don't like the beach?
      Danny: No, I don't like the beach.
      Steve: Who doesn't like the beach?
      Danny: I like cities, you know, skyscrapers, no tsunamis, no jellyfish.
      Steve: Tell me you can swim.
      Danny: Can I swim?
      Steve: You don't know how to swim.
      Danny: I know...how..I swim...I swim for survival, not for fun.

    • Danny: Hey, Hey , Hey! This guy, Doran's a shooter; we shouldn't be doing this without backup.
      Steve: You are the backup.
      Danny: I'm the back up… I hate him... I hate him so much.

    • Danny: (to Steve who is explaining the special type of shoe Hesse wears and why the boot print is not hi ) Your brain must be a miserable place.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 20, 2010 on Global
      Poland: January 26, 2011 on Universal Channel
      Australia: January 30, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Finland: February 2, 2011 on Nelonen
      United Kingdom: February 6, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Croatia: March 7, 2011 on RTL TV
      Germany: March 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Austria: March 20, 2011 on ORF 1
      Sweden: May 19, 2011 on TV4/TV4 HD
      Slovakia: August 24, 2011 on JOJ
      Czech Republic: August 25, 2011 on Prima