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But he didn’t crash land there.

A new crime drama has emerged on the shores of CBS called Hawaii Five-0. It’s a reboot of the classic 1960-1980s series which starred Jack Lord and James MacArthur. The difference? The new one has a zero instead of the letter O in the name. ooOOoOo!

Quick definition of reboot: a discarding of much or even all previous continuity in the series, to start anew. Effectively, all previously-known fictive history is declared by the writer(s) to be null and void, or at least irrelevant to the current storyline, and the series starts over. This isn’t a remake, which would probably follow the story completely and then add its own stories to clear things up.

So if you’ve never or have watched the original series, don’t expect this to be a sequel.

I’m not really a crime drama person. But what drew me first to watch this show was the fact that Daniel Dae Kim (LOST), Grace Park (Battlestar: Galactica), and Masi Oka (Heroes) would be in it.  Mixing all the best Asian actors in sci-fi culture into one show?? Ok, I gotta see what this has to offer! Not only that, executive producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek & Fringe) and Peter M. Lenkov (24), Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) are in the crew. It’s like a dream come true! Can’t go wrong with that, right?

It depends on your taste of television. After watching Jin in LOST shout “Others, others!!!” and now watching him speak perfect English, it’s a bit of a culture shock. Then Boomer/Athena sporting the awesome BSG uniform and clashing between her cylon orders and human emotions, now with practically nothing on half the time and punching everyone who gets in her way…ok, it’s pretty much Boomer in a bikini. Haha. Once you get used to the fact that these two have left the sci-fi spectrum, it’s already the end of the episode. I don’t know when Masi Oka will appear, but I’m just excited to see him again after NBS canceled Heroes. Those bastards.

Ok, let me review the show as a whole. I have not watched the original, so I can’t really compare the two, except that a lot of people said that the new reboot definitely holds on its own as a new series. The set location is amazing! Did you know that LOST was filmed in Hawaii too? LOST fans will have a lot of fun pointing out a bunch of locations from Oahu.

The show starts off very dramatic. Then it eases off into a search and destroy. The music is VERY similar to a bunch of shows that I watched before. There were times when I felt like I was watching the Amazing Race.

What I didn’t like were the characters and the overarching theme. Although Alex O’Loughlin who plays Steve McGarret is a pretty good-looking guy, I don’t get a sense of what drives his character. [SPOLIER ALERT] Yes, you screwed up by killing the bad guy’s brother (and show no emotion), and now you’re now searching for the guy who killed your father. (Episode climaxes) Well, now that he’s dead…what are you going to do now? Oh wait, they didn’t find the body or did they? Yeah, that was unclear. Wait, I remember there’s a box with a key. And that’s it. Isn’t the reason he formed this group to find and eliminate the terrorist? What’s the point of staying together after that? I’m kind of left with the feeling that this show will just be about solving crimes and cool stunts along the way. Is this what the show’s going to be about?

As for the other three characters, I didn’t see much drive either. Scott Caan as Danno has a pretty interesting backstory though. He hails from New Jersey, and interestingly enough acts like a character from Jersey Shore. I love the ringtone he set for his wife! Yes, it’s way early in the show, so maybe they’ll give more depth later. Just don’t expect too much from the pilot except a bunch of action scenes and guys with a “Screw the rules, I have immunity!” attitude.

Maybe I’m just not a crime drama person. I LOVE shows like Psych and Monk because they’re quirky and original. This one didn’t flow with my humor. Perhaps I should watch the original first. I’ll watch the new Hawaii Five-0 until Masi Oka appears, and then I’ll decide whether to love it or lose it.