Third-episode verdict: Hawaii Five-0

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, CBS
In the UK: Bravo this month, allegedly

Three episodes into Hawaii Five-0, and I’m pretty much tempted to call it a day on this remake of the classic 60s/70s show. Although the first episode had its merits, episode two was very silly indeed, trying to do Sneakers and being a bit laughable in the process. With no Len Wiseman directing, the action quickly fell apart, giving us possibly the stupidest, most badly edited catfight I’ve seen since the 70s. Daniel Dae Kim driving around on a motorbike while everyone else is in the car just felt odd, and Grace Park seemingly trying to play her character as an 18-year-old was ludicrous.

Episode three didn’t plum the same depths of silliness, but it was duller. This had gang warfare between the Samoans and the Triads, with a bit of backstory for Kim’s and Park’s characters, but fell into tired old cliches and even more ludicrous action scenes: Danny hides behind an overturned trestle table as cover against 9mm rounds (by contrast, a recent episode of Dark Blue showed, more realistically, 9mm rounds passing through internal walls at close range).

The only real reasons for watching (unless you count Steve’s Ferrari, Grace Park constantly in a bikini or you’re a big Daniel Dae Kim fan) are the camaraderie between Scott Caan’s Danno and Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve and indeed Alex O’Loughlin, who really has obvious talent, if only he could find a decent vehicle to star in.

It’ll probably run for a while, but I don’t think I’ll be sticking around for it.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction:
Will last a season, maybe more if they retool it next season