Hawaii Five-O was very different from True Detective, indeed.
For one thing, it was fast. Not only did each episode’s story – or several stories – move at breakneck speed, but often everyone spokeveryrapidlywithoutpausingforbreath.
For another thing, it was loud with lots of roaring engines and gunfire and explosions and, most of the time, everyone YELLINGVERYRAPIDLY.
For yet another thing, it got very silly at times. Whereas True Detective could be accused of pretension, Hawaii Five-O could be accused of utter preposterousness – especially the ridiculous Season 2 episode ‘Ki’ilua’.
Finally, there was one thing that annoyed me a lot about Hawaii Five-O – the bickering bromance between Steve and Danno. For me, it became dumb and old and tiresome very quickly.
But despite the silliness and Steve and Danno crapping on and on, I ended up buying and watching all three seasons of Hawaii Five-O (although I almost didn’t finish watching the Season 2 episode ‘Lekio’ because its overdone dialogue got on my nerves).
Because despite its flaws, there was a lot to like about Hawaii Five-O.
For one thing, despite its silliness, it was never dull.
For another thing, Hawaii Five-O is one of the best-looking TV series I’ve ever seen. I’ve long known that Hawaii is a an attractive place, but the show’s production values make it look truly spectacular.
As well, although Steve and Danno got on my nerves from time to time, I liked all of the characters – especially Chin Ho, my favourite member of the Five-O team, and Kono, my second-favourite.
Also, despite the previously-mentioned silliness, at its best Hawaii Five-O was gripping, interesting and moving. Many episodes provided intriguing glimpses of Hawaiian history and society to foreigners like me; and some episodes like Season 3’s ‘Ho’opio’ were very powerful – not only was it very suspenseful and sad, but it contained an especially chilling performance of understated yet repulsive evil.
Finally, just as True Detective did before it, Hawaii Five-O helped me get through several more weeks of high-pressure work. Not only did most midnights or thereabouts become Hawaii Five-O time, but many lunchtimes (and especially after some high-pressure mornings) I also treated myself to another episode.
Why? Because Hawaii Five-O was good-looking escapism. For a couple of hours a day, watching it was like taking a refreshing quick break in Hawaii – especially during and after a couple of grueling 13-hour days I did in one week.
About two weeks ago when I finished watching Season 3, I was reluctant to see Hawaii Five-O go because it had become a welcome routine – but along with True Detective, I will always have fond memories of the daily respites it provided during those difficult weeks.
Until next time, stay well and take care 🙂