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Original Hawaii Five-O Complete Series Package

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    706 “Right Grave, Wrong Body”

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    I enjoyed the frequent use of the Indenti-kit in this episode. I always wanted one as a kid, and got the sense from this episode how tedious it would be to actually use one.
     
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    707 “We Hang Our Own”

    Time after time, it’s Che who saves the day. He’s cool, measured and articulate. And he deserves a shout out…

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    One of my top 10 favorite episodes, largely due to Leslie Nielsen giving a ferocious performance. Watching him tee off against Jack Lord in their scenes together was pure viewing pleasure! Also loved the story, the Western theme, the Maui scenery, the music score, and the other guest performances (Perry King was also very good), right up to that nail-biting finale! The writing, directing and acting were all top-notch for this one, friends.
     
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    708 “Two-Faced Corpse”

    Best line of the episode: “McGarrett, you suffer from a terminal case of honesty.”

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    It's always fun to see some great faces in this show.
     
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    709 “How To Steal A Masterpiece”

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    Best episode directed by Jack Lord so far. Fun caper story. And I love that he took time to stroll with a girl and have an ice cream cone in the park.

    This has a strong ending, IMHO, because the main character wasn't defeated by McGarrett, but by his own character flaw: ego. The best episodes have the smartest bad guys, virtually every time.
     
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    That's Abe Vigoda before Barney Miller, it looks like!
     
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    Only by three months. "The Two-Faced Corpse" aired October 29th, 1974. Barney Miller premiered January 23rd, 1975.
     
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    710 “A Gun for McGarrett”

    I love things like McGarret’s pink shirt and tie, and how he drinks a mean cup of tea.

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    Also he spills his middle name to the wrong girl!

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    Yet another fun episode.
     
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    Fun fact about the office bombing: the same footage is recycled in a Season 9 episode, “Blood Money is Hard to Wash”.

    This is one of my faves from season 7!
     
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    711 “Welcome To Our Branch Office”

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    Fun episode! But I expected the payoff to be bigger in terms of dollar signs to make it more plausible to build the replica locations. Even McGarrett said it, so the plot point was deliberate. It had all the makings to be a great one but something didn’t ring true for me and I think it was the payoff. This is a good episode. But it’s the ones that are almost great that I learn the most from as a writer. And IMHO this was one of those.
     
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    712 “Presenting…In The Center Of The Ring…Murder”

    My least favorite Wo Fat episode so far (they're usually better-than-average if not great), but with Ringling Bros. going under last year it was fun to see the circus (and especially the poodles—I was laughing out loud!).

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    It must be mine too. I don't remember "...In The Center Of The Ring..." even being a Wo Fat episode. In fact, I don't remember this episode at all! I guess it is possible to forget a show or two out of 275 plus episodes. It just means I'll have something to look forward to when I get around to watching Five-0 again.
     
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    I sat down to watch “Presenting…In The Center Of The Ring…Murder”. Viewing it brought no memories of watching it before. Maybe I missed this on my DVD run nearly10 years ago.

    It started out promising enough. Dan Williams is given more to do than usual in the later years. It even made some good points on security and protection of VIP's. But as it moved on it began to drag. Our heroes do a lot of standing around and watching. And the direction and editing are not helping to build any sense of danger or tension. It suffers from a lack of McGarrett too. He is reduced to giving orders on the radio and observing the talks going on by the people he is protecting. The writer, Jerome Coopersmith, is one whose stories I normally looked forward to in these middle years of the show. I guess even Paddy Chayefsky turned out a dud or two in his days writing for TV.

    Speaking of writers, does anyone know why the Story Consultant credit seems to switch back and forth in this period of the show between Curtis Kenyon and Ken Pettus? It seems like an odd arrangement for a show's writing staff. It would vary from show to show in the same season.
     
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    I’m guessing that changes in the show’s staff starting with season 7 was likely due to the death of series creator Leonard Freeman, who passed near the end of season 6 if I recall. There was more turnover among producers in the seasons that followed, though Jack Lord became the unofficial showrunner at this point (he never received an executive producer credit, however, and I believe that’s how he wanted it).
     
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    The flip flop in Story Consultants seemed to happen for season's 6.7 and 8. With Curtis Kenyon alternating with Ken Pettus and later Herman Groves. A change in producers may prompt the change once, but not rotating for several years.Kenyon would work with and past the departure of Bob Sweeney. Not the end of the world, just curious. I'm a compulsive credit watcher.^_^
     
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    713 “Hara-Kiri: Murder”

    McGarrett seems even more passionate about solving crimes than he was in earlier seasons. It’s nice because some stars, when they’re on a long-running show, begin to get bored--and you can see it. Not Jack Lord.

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    I had a college professor once. No one ever slept through his classes because we all truly believed he was so passionate he just might throw a desk without warning. McGarrett reminds me of that professor whenever Steve is on the trail of a clue and figures it out.
     
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    714 “Bones of Contention”

    One of my favorites of this season. This episode creates not only a mythology around "The Peking Man," but uses historical events to help place it in context. Very attractive episode. And again, the smarter the opponent is, the stronger the drama, virtually every time.

    I particularly love shots in Steve’s office when it’s dark outside or raining, and Steve is brooding. I wish they’d done more of that.

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    And I love those scenes. The passion he has for justice in some episodes is just so powerful it astonishes me. He is the man, he knows it and if someone is guilty chances are Steve McGarret knows it before they think he does.
     
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    One of my S7 favorites as well. I love all the guest star performances, particularly Vic Tayback’s and Keene Curtis’, along with H5O repertory player Kwan Hi Lim as the mobster. Also loved the excellent music cue that plays when Tayback switches the headstones and culminates with McGarrett brooding at his window. The plotting was very clever and tightly written. Top marks all around!
     
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    715 “Computer Killer”

    This was fun to see and think about how interesting it must have been back in the mid-seventies, to get a foreshadowing of the online fraud so evident today. It would be fun to watch “The 2130” from the original FUGITIVE series and then this episode back to back :thumbsup:

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    I love seeing this computer!
     
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