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The new update to the classic ‘Hawaii Five-0’ is aware of its roots and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Basically the show is like an extended vacation in the Aloha state. Differing from the original series, there’s a group of police officers with varying skills attempting to keep everyone’s vacation as laid back as possible, one dead bad guy at a time.
The team consists of former navy seal special ops ninja, a hard-nosed New York cop who hates the beach, a surfer detective who knows the waves like she knows the law, and a Hawaii-based vice cop with a more than formal relationship with the Yakuza.
Sometimes the original story is a whole different animal.
The original ‘Hawaii Five-0’ was the one that started it all, and there is a certain charm to watching cops dressed in obligatory suits chase bad guys down the beach in the blazing sun. The show was much simpler than the remake with most of the attention focused on the duo of Detective Mcgarrett and his more memorable partner, Danno.
This version of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ was the longest running police drama of its day, meaning that people loved to watch criminals make the ridiculous mistake of committing crimes while being surrounded by water on all sides.
More likely, people liked watching Detective Mcgarrett putting people in irons and saying “Book ’em, Danno!”
There is something about a man who can get things done while looking like he is doing absolutely nothing. Effortless achievement is where Thomas Magnum of ‘Magnum, P.I.’ excels.
This man spends most of his time in hammock but when he got out of it good luck if he was coming after you.
Magnum is the sort of hero you expected in a series like ‘Hawaii Five-0’ but he is his own animal. He works as an investigator and all around equalizer, putting himself in harm’s way for a price, a beautiful woman, or because he is a good guy.
But above all he spends time on what is most important grooming his enchanting mustache! Look it at that thing!
This show is a copy of the classic, but its origins make it pretty unique.
Yes, this is a remake of the ‘Hawaii Five-0’… sort of. But it was being made with money from the state of Hawaii and became a creature unto its self. The production was truly a matter of deep, thoughtful creativity. If creativity means a state-funded show, based on a familiar intellectual property to promote the Aloha state as a tourist destination/filming location.
As the production progressed, it stopped being a clone of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and transformed itself into the story of a fictionalized elite special operations group inside of the Honolulu Police Department.
A bit removed from the paradise of Hawaii, we next head to Florida for ‘CSI: Miami’ (‘Crime Scene Investigation: Miami’).
This show was ahead of its time when it comes to the procedural structure, and made the most of stylized visual cuts. It also earned a reputation for computer interfaces that looked like they were created by someone who’s never used a computer.
Of course, what people came for half the time was the setting: beautiful, pristine Miami, only occasionally marred by a murder or brutal beating here or there.
The next two shows deal with procedural crime drama and exotic locales but they are both far removed from the fun in the sun experience of ‘Hawaii Five-0.’
A show that is as playful with serious subjects as a TV series like ‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ focuses more on international terrorism than it does bank robberies and crimes of passion.
Which is a bit odd, as NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Not only that, but the majority of their cases have little to do with the navy, their boss is a British spy and the majority of terrorism seems to originate in Los Angeles.
The investigation team is made up of a beach bum LAPD detective, a spy, a CIA agent and a Marine and most of their investigative technique centers on kicking in doors “hacking” and creative interrogation.
As another spin-off from the popular ‘NCIS’ TV show, it might not seem that it fits into this list alongside its other more tropical themed sister show. But what it has in common with TV shows like ‘Hawaii Five-0’ is its successful attempt to blend a quirky vacation culture with murder mayhem and crime scene investigation.
The show takes place in New Orleans, and if you have never been there, you have no idea of the awesome weirdness that brackets each episode of this series. It focuses on a group of investigators, an NCIS chief played by Scott Bakula, a local officer of the peace and a former ATF agent who came looking for a more relaxing post… In a city with a history of crime, that reads like a horror novel.
The place these shows are set in seems to be what attracts some viewers.
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