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100 TV Shows-#15-Hawaii 5-0

Time for some major "GET OFF MY LAWN" crankiness.



THIS is Hawaii 5-0

THIS is how it starts:


THIS is Steve McGarrett, with his hair that doesn't move in the wind.


THIS is Danny Williams, with his beautiful blue eyes.


Two grown men, wearing suits and ties who would never be caught calling each other "babe" (SHUDDER) or being anything less than professional with each other. I haven't seen most of the episodes since the original broadcast, but there was subtext there. Especially the episode where Danny has to go undercover. Their eye contact in that one is exactly what old-school slash was made from.

I might not resent the new abomination quite so much if it wasn't just an excuse to make a cute-guy show in a tropical location full of smarmy fanservice and use the old title to help draw in a ready made audience. But I defy any of you tell me it's anything but that.

But REAL Hawaii 5-0 was a show I watched with mommy and the show that made me fall in love with Hawaii. I don't have too many specific memories, but I remember pitching an unholy fit when they replaced Danny with another character in the last season. It's a great example of how good basic genre shows managed to be over the long haul back in the day. Nothing that would be SHOCKING or OMG every week, just good television, the same way that the studio system managed to produce a steady supply of entertainment without everything having to be a BLOCKBUSTER.

Anyway, Hawaii 5-0 was a great show. H50 (BLECH) will never be Hawaii 5-0. It shouldn't exist and I will joyously piss on its grave when it's gone.

Comments

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vanillafluffy
May. 5th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not a devoted fan of the current incarnation, but usually when I see it, I enjoy it.

And srsly? Jack Lord's hair wouldn't move in a frackin wind tunnel cranked to '20'. Or '5-0', as the case may be....


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karaokegal
May. 5th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
The unmoving hair was AMAZING! Oh, the 70's, how I miss you.
hllangel
May. 6th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're going to go with Danny and his beautiful blue eyes.... that hasn't really changed.

Much as I love the new H50 I am under no delusions that its a "good" show. It is, however, IMO, an enjoyable one.
karaokegal
May. 6th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
The sad thing is, and I'm perfectly happy to admit my own culpability in this, that once a performer has picked up a mental association with a character or fandom or just a work I detest, it pretty much poisons them for me until they can do something that would prove otherwise. Mr. Caan was tolerable as one of the two goof-balls in the Ocean's movies, but it would take a hell of lot at this point to get me to watch anything else he was in, certainly anything where was the lead, because now he'll always be the guy who was pretending to be Danny Williams. And James MacArthur's pretty blues and curly hair will always win that battle. (If only because he was always clean-shaven.)
chocolate_frapp
May. 7th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Remakes usually suck.
karaokegal
May. 7th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I wasn't involved enough in either version of Battlestar Galactica to know if the same reaction would be appropriate, but this one I'm pretty rabid about.
chocolate_frapp
May. 7th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
from what I understand that was one of the rare exceptions to the rule (I also really liked a lot of the 80s Twilight Zone) but IMHO the original Battlestar Galactica was god awful anyway.
karaokegal
May. 7th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Well it was super campy and suffered from 70's special effects and Lorne Greene. However it was still better than Buck Rogers starring the truly awful Gil Gerard.
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