TV Review - Hawaii Five-0 ("Pilot")

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Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on CBS

Genre: Action drama

The Set-Up: When his father is murdered, decorated Naval officer Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Laughlin) heads back home to Honolulu where he's recruited by the Governor (Jean Smart) to head up an elite task force made up of divorced dad Danny ("Dano") Williams (Scott Caan), Steve's old classmate Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Chin's surfing, butt-kicking cousin Kona Kalakaua (Grace Park).  Together, they work to find Steve's father's killer, avenge his death, and nab the criminal-of-the-week.

The Good: This is one remake of an old '70s show that might actually stick.  The cast is spot-on and so is their chemistry.  The buddy cop banter between Steve and Dano is fun (if a bit forced at first - I'm sure it will settle into it).  Lost fans will enjoy seeing Jin back in Hawaii again.  The locale is beautiful.  The first 10 minutes set-up the series brilliantly - giving Steve a real personal vendetta.  Director (and series executive producer) Les Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) lends the pilot film-quality production values befitting of a bigger screen.

The Bad: After its exciting first half-hour, the show seems content just becoming another CBS criminal procedural, in the vein of NCIS and CSI.

The Verdict: I think many of you will like it, but I wouldn't just "Book it" yet Dano.  Hawaii Five-0 is enjoyable while it's on, but not exactly appointment television.  Catch it if you can, but don't stress if you miss an episode here and there.  *** stars. 

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