Ok, I have to confess: until about a year ago, I had no desire to watch HAWAII FIVE-0, and a large part of why stemmed from my dislike of the opening theme music. Yes, yes, I know it’s a staple of pop culture (after all, who doesn’t know that tune?), but for some reason I was dissuaded by it. My lovely wife, who is way more level-headed than me, prompted me to watch the pilot episode because she had recently seen it at her parents’ house and greatly enjoyed it. So, with trepidation, I gave it a shot.
Boy, talk about a misperception. The pilot episode was a blast, and the show was NOTHING like I expected. After binge-watching six episodes that night, I admitted to my better half that I loved the series. Needless to say, we scarfed up season-after-season over the past 10 months, and when I was presented the opportunity to review season six, we were both stoked.
HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 6 is an excellent continuation of this hit show, and I am foaming at the mouth to see what happens next!
If you are not familiar with HAWAII FIVE-0, here is the plot synopsis courtesy
The heat’s on as the Hawaii Five-0 team takes on some of the Aloha State’s most notorious and baffling criminal cases involving murder, the Mob, espionage, and kidnapping. With McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) at the helm, the team interrogates members of a renegade stunt-bikers gang, pursues a rogue Russian spy with access to NSA secrets, and partners with an autistic child in a murder investigation. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono (Grace Park) are held at gunpoint by two killers who don’t know they’re cops, and Grover (Chi McBride) – and his family – are haunted by a 15-year-old Mob investigation. Meanwhile, Catherine (Michelle Borth) returns to the islands and McGarrett prepares to take their relationship to the next level. Season 6 is 25 high-caliber episodes that prove, once and for all, that crime definitely does not pay.
I think one of the best aspects of this show is how it grabs you by the throat in the pilot episode and then keeps a firm grip throughout the course of each season. The intrigue and the suspense remain in the air as each episode progresses, and the viewer is given just enough information to stay on the hook. Some shows fizzle after three of four seasons, but HAWAII FIVE-0 just gets better and better.
Each episode in Season 6 is shot well and looks great onscreen. The series does a fantastic job of highlighting the beauty of the Hawaiian locale by incorporating scenic backgrounds into the shots and lingering on some of the more picturesque areas of the islands. This natural paradise-like quality is one of the big draws for me, as I favor tropical locations over my landlocked home state.
The acting in HAWAII FIVE-0 is top notch, with Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Scott Caan, and Grace Park comprising the core characters. They are joined by a great supporting cast of bother semi-major and minor characters.
The storyline is interesting and intriguing. Each season usually has a singular, over-arching plotline that peeks in and out of each episode, while accenting (in some form or fashion) the episode plotline itself. I like how the two weave a strong story fabric on which the events unfold. This keeps existing viewers immersed and new viewers enthralled enough to go back to the beginning.
If I were forced to find a flaw with HAWAII FIVE-0 Season 6, I simply could not. The show is just that good. I highly recommend giving this series a look. In addition to the complete season, the DVD set comes with Special Features, such as a stunt featurette, behind the scenes action, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.