Original Hawaii Five-O Complete Series Package

Wow! I absolutely love the original complete series set. It is the best looking and most stylish packaging of all my TV on DVD sets 4 Stars

Does anyone know how this is packaged? The only art I’ve seen is of a box, saying it’s a slipcase. Are the disks packaged as individual seasons (ex: Law & Order, The Fugitive) or several seasons lumped together in one mega-binder (ex: the Blue Bloods multi-season set)?

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  1. Mine came yesterday. It's the same as all of the other recent CBS/Paramount complete series sets. With the thick large clear plastic cases. This set has three of them. I think it was divided into seasons 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

    I'm guessing the Streets of San Francisco set will be the same except just 1-1/2 cases.

  2. Ron_B

    Mine came yesterday. It's the same as all of the other recent CBS/Paramount complete series sets. With the thick large clear plastic cases. This set has three of them. I think it was divided into seasons 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

    I'm guessing the Streets of San Francisco set will be the same except just 1-1/2 cases.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hawaii-Five…402891?hash=item23827295cb:g:mZMAAOSwSypY8sU8

    EBay entry for this new release: the sides of the cases are white with the Hawaii Five-O title, and the season number spans on each case in red

  3. Gotta love the text on the back of the case, noting "classic episodes such as The Face of the Dragon, Fools Die Twice and Clash of Shadows". The writer likely is not a fan of the show, as there about 100 better episodes to choose from (i.e. Hookman, V for Vashon, Draw Me a Killer, I'll Kill em Again).

  4. Wait, are they calling it "The Complete Series", because if so, I think I'll buy it and sue because "Bored, She Hung Herself" is missing, like that broad who is suing MGM over the Bond 50 box set because it says it's the complete James Bond but it's missing the original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again.

    Edit:

    I feel I needed to add a smilie to convey the proper tone of the post. :laugh:

  5. Jeff*H

    Gotta love the text on the back of the case, noting "classic episodes such as The Face of the Dragon, Fools Die Twice and Clash of Shadows". The writer likely is not a fan of the show, as there about 100 better episodes to choose from (i.e. Hookman, V for Vashon, Draw Me a Killer, I'll Kill em Again).

    And for me: "The Singapore File," "Cry, Lie," "Which Way Did They Go," "Most Likely to Murder."

  6. Jeff*H

    Gotta love the text on the back of the case, noting "classic episodes such as The Face of the Dragon, Fools Die Twice and Clash of Shadows". The writer likely is not a fan of the show, as there about 100 better episodes to choose from (i.e. Hookman, V for Vashon, Draw Me a Killer, I'll Kill em Again).

    Most likely the individual assigned to designing the packaging, is a milllennial who is either an intern or a recent hire (or temp).

    Somebody who has first-hand experience of watching the original H5O in its original first-run, is probably retired by now or is in middle-management. If the CBS/Paramount workplace is run by a bunch of MBAs, then most likely middle management won't be dong "lowly" tasks like designing product artwork and packaging.

  7. Jeff*H

    Gotta love the text on the back of the case, noting "classic episodes such as The Face of the Dragon, Fools Die Twice and Clash of Shadows". The writer likely is not a fan of the show, as there about 100 better episodes to choose from (i.e. Hookman, V for Vashon, Draw Me a Killer, I'll Kill em Again).

    A common problem with these new sets from CBS/Paramount. Many times the text and pictures of these new releases are filled with errors and inaccuracies that make true fans of the show cringe. I've posted before about how bad the Mission: Impossible set is in regards to the choice of pictures assigned to the artwork (Steven Hill prominently featured all over the Season 1-3 slipcase and no Peter Graves, Barbara Bain featured on the Season 4-6 slipcase despite not being in any of those seasons, etc.) and apparently the recent DS9 and Voyager packages are no better in this regard.

  8. mattfire64

    A common problem with these new sets from CBS/Paramount. Many times the text and pictures of these new releases are filled with errors and inaccuracies that make true fans of the show cringe. I've posted before about how bad the Mission: Impossible set is in regards to the choice of pictures assigned to the artwork (Steven Hill prominently featured all over the Season 1-3 slipcase and no Peter Graves, Barbara Bain featured on the Season 4-6 slipcase despite not being in any of those seasons, etc.) and apparently the recent DS9 and Voyager packages are no better in this regard.

    I think the reason why Barbara Bain is on the 4-6 case, and Hill on the 1-3, in that Mission: Impossible all-in-one, is because they were going for the images that, in their opinion, best exemplified what the show was about. Would you agree?

  9. bmasters9

    I think the reason why Barbara Bain is on the 4-6 case, and Hill on the 1-3, in that Mission: Impossible all-in-one, is because they were going for the images that, in their opinion, best exemplified what the show was about. Would you agree?

    Perhaps, but I can say that the majority of the pictures featured on the back of the Season 1-3 slipcase are all mostly from the first half of Season 1. It almost seems like someone just scanned through the first 15 episodes or so and grabbed images from there. I think it would have made more sense to include someone like Leonard Nimoy on the front of the Season 4-6 slipcase since he's actually featured in the majority of those seasons.

  10. Carabimero

    I have had this series so long I was not as fortunate as those who purchased it recently. My box is an unfortunate cardboard monstrosity that treats discs with sandpaper gloves.

    Are you referring to the original all-in-one of M:I, or to Hawaii Five-O?

  11. Carabimero

    I have had this series so long I was not as fortunate as those who purchased it recently. My box is an unfortunate cardboard monstrosity that treats discs with sandpaper gloves.

    Wow! I absolutely love the original complete series set. It is the best looking and most stylish packaging of all my TV on DVD sets(a few hundred). The two book, thick cardboard design along with the episode titles, air dates and season specific photos with beautiful Hawaii backdrops are great.
    Also the special features bonus disc the new set is missing.

    Actually it is the only set I can think of that the high quality of the set matches the show it contains.

  12. Bryan^H

    Wow! I absolutely love the original complete series set. It is the best looking and most stylish packaging of all my TV on DVD sets(a few hundred). The two book, thick cardboard design along with the episode titles, air dates and season specific photos with beautiful Hawaii backdrops are great.
    Also the special features bonus disc the new set is missing.

    Actually it is the only set I can think of that the high quality of the set matches the show it contains.

    Maybe I need to look at it with fresh eyes.

  13. Right now on Amazon there's about a $25 difference between the recent Complete Series set and the original Collector's Edition Complete set…..well worth the extra $$ in my opinion to have the nicer packaging and the bonus disc.

  14. Carabimero

    Maybe I need to look at it with fresh eyes.

    It just depends on what you like. If you don't like the way the discs are housed that is understandable. It is a non issue for me.
    I hated the MASH Medicine and Martinis complete dvd set. That was an all around disaster with thin cardboard sleeves the discs got lost in.

  15. It's not just that I don't like how the discs are housed, it's how bulky the set is. I still have it just as it came from Amazon.

    Yes, the MASH set was horrendous. I made other arrangements for MASH, and my discs appreciated it.

  16. jcroy

    Most likely the individual assigned to designing the packaging, is a milllennial who is either an intern or a recent hire (or temp).

    Somebody who has first-hand experience of watching the original H5O in its original first-run, is probably retired by now or is in middle-management. If the CBS/Paramount workplace is run by a bunch of MBAs, then most likely middle management won't be dong "lowly" tasks like designing product artwork and packaging.

    That's no worse than their official FB page for The Beverly Hillbillies featuring a post showing the cast for the 90's movie remake! <_<

  17. I just watched " A Death in the Family" from season 10 last night.

    Powerful, sad, but a satisfying conclusion. Excellent episode.
    Jean Marie Hon(gorgeous) from Ark II guest stars as Chin's daughter.
    [​IMG]

  18. I bought this giant set years ago and can you believe today I finally cracked the shrink wrap?! Cool packaging. Too bad it's not really complete. But I enjoyed the hell out of the first episode. Haven't seen the show in 35 years at least. Wow! Methinks I have a new infatuation….:razz:

  19. Carabimero

    I thought the second episode, FULL FATHOM FIVE, was excellent: tightly plotted, a nice guest star, and a satisfying outcome. Looking forward to the final episode on disc one: STRANGERS IN OUR OWN LAND.

    Kevin McCarthy is an excellent villain in this episode. One of the season's best! Many more great ones to come. BTW, McCarthy returns as a different character in season 9.

  20. Carabimero

    I bought this giant set years ago and can you believe today I finally cracked the shrink wrap?! Cool packaging. Too bad it's not really complete. But I enjoyed the hell out of the first episode. Haven't seen the show in 35 years at least. Wow! Methinks I have a new infatuation….:razz:

    I'm not going to mince words. Hawaii Five-O is the best television program of the 70's. I can't even begin to explain how perfect it can be. Beautiful scenic Hawaii locations, wonderful guest stars, stories that are(truth be told) better than 70's cinema of the same token, a cast you can cheer for each, and every episode-Steve McGarret, Danno, great stuff here.

    Are there bad episodes? Sure, here and there. But the good(and great) outweigh the bad by a wide, wide margin. Seasons 5-9 seem to be the sweet spot for me. Some of the eps in there just leave me saying "Holy $&@^ that was the best hour of TV I think I have seen"…only to be topped by another down the line.

    Best complete tv series on DVD I will ever buy.

    Did you know Jack Lord almost signed on as Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek, but he decided against it? I can completely see him in Kirk's shoes.
    Also, a big chunk of its run it ran 9:00-10, followed by Barnaby Jones 10-11 Thursday nights on CBS. What a line up. I have recreated lot of them by air dates to emulate a certain line up(along with 8-9 slot Welcome Back Kotter, and Barney Miller from ABC same night).

  21. Carabimero

    I watched the final episode on S1D1. Man, in their heyday, CBS released some beautiful DVDs, didn't they?

    Wonder what happened over the years, with the gradual declne in quality. (ie. Such as the first season 10 dvd version of the original Hawaii Five-O).

    Wonder if the Paramount/Viacom <-> CBS split was the start of the change for the worse.

  22. jcroy

    Wonder what happened over the years, with the gradual declne in quality. (ie. Such as the first season 10 dvd version of the original Hawaii Five-O).

    Wonder if the Paramount/Viacom <-> CBS split was the start of the change for the worse.

    My theory at the time was that, since S10 had originally been scheduled for a March release and was then bumped up 3 months early to get it in stores for the holiday shopping season, that the usual HD-quality transfers weren't ready in time, so they had to use the uncut off-the-shelf videotape syndication masters. They obviously didn't expect the blowback from fans, and since this series was likely a strong seller, they replaced the lousy S10 transfers with the pristine remastered ones when it came time for the Complete Series set so that everything was consistent. Unfortunately, they never did a new pressing for the individual S10 release to my knowledge, perhaps to drive buyers to the Complete Series sets instead.

  23. This is one series that, no matter what, I will definitely buy. Such quality series. The continuation is not bad either.

    P.S. – since I was born many years after the show had finished airing, does anyone know where I could find the "lost" episode? I mean, is it really that controversial? I believe that we've seen worse on TV. I know about the lawsuit and everything, but it's 2017….

  24. Carabimero

    "Samurai"

    Ricardo Montalban! Are you kidding me? That episode was great. I didn't recognize him at first but the moment I heard his voice I knew I was in for a treat. Nice makeup on him. And fun episode.

    I'm glad you liked Samurai. It is one of the few times on Hawaii Five O were a western actor was in make up portraying an Asian character. Judging by the production code in the end credits, I've always assumed it was the first one produced after the pilot. They are still working on establishing the style of the show. I wish the DVD's had kept the opening title card with the sunset/sunrise before the teaser, as they were unique to this season. I always enjoy re watching early episodes of TV series to watch the process of development. There are more chances taken then.

  25. Carabimero

    It was on You Tube for a while, but I am pretty sure it was taken down. It has been thoroughly expunged but I have no doubt there are copies of it out there somewhere. The question is: Where?

    I watched the terrible quality episode on YouTube a couple years ago. It was not a very good episode, so I don't feel I'm missing out on the DVD set.

  26. Bryan^H

    I watched the terrible quality episode on YouTube a couple years ago. It was not a very good episode, so I don't feel I'm missing out on the DVD set.

    So basically, because "Bored" wasn't that good, you're fine w/the original-recipe second-season release being incomplete as it was? That's how I'm reading you.

  27. bmasters9

    So basically, because "Bored" wasn't that good, you're fine w/the original-recipe second-season release being incomplete as it was? That's how I'm reading you.

    Well I'm not happy it is excluded from the second season. But there is nothing that can be done to change the mind of a studio that holds true to their word to never re-broadcast, or release that particular episode.

  28. Bryan^H

    Well I'm not happy it is excluded from the second season. But there is nothing that can be done to change the mind of a studio that holds true to their word to never re-broadcast, or release that particular episode.

    Ah! I take it with this that albeit you didn't like "Bored" personally, you thought it should have been included for those who might have actually liked it. Am I wrong?

  29. bmasters9

    Ah! I take it with this that albeit you didn't like "Bored" personally, you thought it should have been included for those who might have actually liked it. Am I wrong?

    I think everyone that likes Hawaii Five-O should be given the chance to view it. And it should have been included on the DVD set.

  30. I've seen Bored, She Hung Herself.While it's no classic, I wouldn't classify it as terrible. John Newland did a fine job directing it. It deals with the youth culture. Something that few TV shows in the late 60's and early 70's handled very well. I thought the means of death was handled tastefully and not by any means something to attempt at home. You can watch it at the Lost Media Archive site.

    http://lostmediaarchive.wikia.com/w…"Bored,_She_Hung_Herself"_(Rare_1970_Episode)

  31. Blimpoy06

    I've seen Bored, She Hung Herself.While it's no classic, I wouldn't classify it as terrible. John Newland did a fine job directing it. It deals with the youth culture. Something that few TV shows in the late 60's and early 70's handled very well. I thought the means of death was handled tastefully and not by any means something to attempt at home. You can watch it at the Lost Media Archive site.

    http://lostmediaarchive.wikia.com/wiki/Hawaii_Five-O_(1968)_"Bored,_She_Hung_Herself"_(Rare_1970_Episode)

    Thank you very much!

    I do understand that what happened after the airing of the episode is a rather sensitive issue. But I still think that the episode should not be left hidden from the general public forever.

  32. Carabimero

    "And They Planted Daisies on His Coffin"

    Terrific episode. Danny in jeopardy kept this story humming. Gavin MacLeod was superb as the oily bad guy. Good stuff.

    MacLeod's character, the slimy Big Chicken, returns later in Season 1's "The Box", with an even better performance and more screen time!

  33. Carabimero

    "The Ways Of Love"

    This one reminded me a bit of an original MISSION IMPOSSIBLE episode. I enjoyed it. Fun to see Jack Lord play a bad guy.

    Very astute observation. The episode was written by long time Mission Impossible scribe Laurence Heath.

  34. "By the Numbers"

    Johnny Crawford! Despite the added years, I knew him the instant I saw him. It made me happy to see him again.

    You know, when I don't feel well, and my wife is out of town, and I'm all alone in this big house, there's nothing quite as comforting as seeing a favorite childhood series again after all these years. I can turn off the lights, hear the words "Book 'em, Danno!" and imagine my mom, dad and brother are gathered around the TV, and we're all back together again.

  35. Jeff*H

    My theory at the time was that, since S10 had originally been scheduled for a March release and was then bumped up 3 months early to get it in stores for the holiday shopping season, that the usual HD-quality transfers weren't ready in time, so they had to use the uncut off-the-shelf videotape syndication masters. They obviously didn't expect the blowback from fans, and since this series was likely a strong seller, they replaced the lousy S10 transfers with the pristine remastered ones when it came time for the Complete Series set so that everything was consistent. Unfortunately, they never did a new pressing for the individual S10 release to my knowledge, perhaps to drive buyers to the Complete Series sets instead.

    Wonder if the more recent shelf-friendly/low-budget release of the original Hawaii Five-O complete series set, also included the HD remastered version of season 10 or whether they took the lazy way out and put in the non-HD original dvd version of season 10.

  36. jcroy

    Wonder if the more recent shelf-friendly/low-budget release of the original Hawaii Five-O complete series set, also included the HD remastered version of season 10 or whether they took the lazy way out and put in the non-HD original dvd version of season 10.

    While I own the deluxe Complete Series set, my understanding is that the budget version is exactly the same, minus the packaging of course and the bonus disc. The discs' content should be exactly the same as the deluxe version, so S10 should have the remastered transfers.

  37. Jeff*H

    While I own the deluxe Complete Series set, my understanding is that the budget version is exactly the same, minus the packaging of course and the bonus disc. The discs' content should be exactly the same as the deluxe version, so S10 should have the remastered transfers.

    Hopefully this is the case.

    The low-budget/shelf-friendly version of The Fugitive complete series set, had the botched discs in the first batch (ie. with the normal looking white ups code sticker). Eventually it was sorted out in the subsequent batches (ie. with the yellow upc code sticker).

    Wonder if the upcoming low-budget/shelf-friendly Dynasty complete series dvd set, will have season 1 redone using newer HD transfers. The previous dvd versions of season 1 used older non-HD transfers. (The newer season 1 HD transfers were done recently, probably due to Dynasty being rebooted on the CW this fall).

  38. "One for the Money" was compelling enough to make a good episode, despite the killer flaking out too easily at the end, IMHO. I always have to remind myself that certain tricks of plot may seem overused now, but back in 1968, I bet audiences loved the end of this one.

  39. Carabimero

    I always have to remind myself that certain tricks of plot may seem overused now, but back in 1968, I bet audiences loved the end of this one.

    That is one of the hardest things for me to do when watching "classic" television. I have to try and remember the time when I was not so jaded and was watching things with wide-eyed excitement. Things become cliches because they excell at what story is being told so that others use the same ideas over and over. There were so many "gotcha" moments when viewing shows back then. Movies and modern series generally are unable to surprise us as viewers anymore due to oversaturation. (Last time I was genuinely surprised by network television was the 2nd season ender of NCIS, what a great moment to experience as a viewer – so shocking :eek:!!!)

  40. "Along Came Joey"

    I enjoyed this boxing episode. It reminded me a bit of "Decision in the Ring," The Fugitive's boxing. Except The Fugitive's take was more optimistic. However, I liked the cynical nature of H5O's take: the father tries to give the episode an up ending by pointing out the virtue of his son, but Steve McGarrett's response destroys the father's optimistic illusion. I thought it was really terrific.

    Little by little Steve McGarrett's character is developing…:-)

  41. Doug Wallen

    That is one of the hardest things for me to do when watching "classic" television. I have to try and remember the time when I was not so jaded and was watching things with wide-eyed excitement. Things become cliches because they excell at what story is being told so that others use the same ideas over and over. There were so many "gotcha" moments when viewing shows back then. Movies and modern series generally are unable to surprise us as viewers anymore due to oversaturation. (Last time I was genuinely surprised by network television was the 2nd season ender of NCIS, what a great moment to experience as a viewer – so shocking :eek:!!!)

    Maybe I'm prejudiced, but it seemed the guest stars were better back then, too.

  42. "Once Upon A Time, Part One"

    I really am digging this episode. Not just the plot, but also….
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    …the Romulan Commander! It's great to see Joanne Linville.

    Usually two-parters are padded and lethargic, but this first part kept my interest all the way. Am looking forward tomorrow to seeing if it can hold its tight pacing through part two. The writing is really good.

  43. "Once Upon A Time, Part 2"

    The second half of this episode did not disappoint. What I really appreciated about this 2-parter was the development of Steve's character–and family. I felt for him. I really believed him as he raged, cried, reasoned. This is the kind of show that makes every episode after it better because I believe Steve is a real human human, not just a hero.

    It's up there with the Ricardo Montalban episode as my favorite of season one.

    A nice moment in part 2: when Steve was researching and the chick in the library helped him–and then he raised her glasses and kissed her. And called her a chick! 🙂

    This 2-part episode had it all.

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  44. Glad you liked Once Upon A Time. It's probably my least favorite of the first year. Feels like it was produced early in the run and then held back. There are several production teams the first year, and the tone varies from time to time. The same situation The Wild,Wild West went thru a few years prior. McGarrett is in full on Quincy mode here. Not much of Hawaii and the Five-O team. Not terrible by any means, just not my favorite type of show.

  45. Carabimero

    I finished season one and really enjoyed it. Is the special features package on the final disc a spoiler in any way of future events in the series? I'd love to watch it but not if it spoils some surprises.

    The hour-long special on disc 7 was produced a number of years earlier (around 1996 if I recall or possibly after Lord’s death in 1998) by a local Hawaii tv station. I think it shows clips from later seasons but nothing that I’d consider a spoiler. It’s been a while since I watched it though, so I’m not 100% certain. The only spoilery events occur in seasons 10 and 12.

  46. I too recently bought the complete series and have been watching this shiw for the first time. So far one of my favorite eps is the S2 opener with great guest performances by Barbara Luna, Barbara Nichols, Harry Guardino and Loretta Swit. Luna us particularly great in it, I think.

  47. JohnMor

    I too recently bought the complete series and have been watching this shiw for the first time. So far one of my favorite eps is the S2 opener with great guest performances by Barbara Luna, Barbara Nichols, Harry Guardino and Loretta Swit. Luna us particularly great in it, I think.

    I just watched the episode. It was fun to see all those guest stars. What had my jaw on the floor was the gigantic improvement in print and transfer quality for this episode. At first I thought it had been shot on video because of the sharpness, then realized that of course it was film.

    But wow.
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    This screen cap does not even do the clarity and depth justice. If someone had brought me into my living room and shown me this episode on my TV, and asked me whether it was DVD or BD, I would have said BD.

    Does the rest of season two look this good? Holy smokes!

  48. Carabimero

    I just watched the episode. It was fun to see all those guest stars. What had my jaw on the floor was the gigantic improvement in print and transfer quality for this episode. At first I thought it had been shot on video because of the sharpness, then realized that of course it was film.

    But wow.
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    This screen cap does not even do the clarity and depth justice. If someone had brought me into my living room and shown me this episode on my TV, and asked me whether it was DVD or BD, I would have said BD.

    Does the rest of season two look this good? Holy smokes!

    OT, but I felt the same way about Shout!'s releases of Hart to Hart (third through fifth seasons [1981-84]). They looked so good that I thought I could have been actually seeing the show on ABC then (even though it was DVD).

  49. "Savage Sunday"

    The minute I saw Steve standing here…
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    …I knew he was on the same set used to film DR. KILDARE….

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    …and he was! 🙂

    Call me silly, but sometimes when I watch my favorite classic shows, I pretend they all take place in the same reality. I pretend that if Steve had gone into a different door here, he'd run into Dr. Kildare. Or that if Steve went to L.A., he might ride with Reed and Malloy. It's fun when I can plausibly imagine many of my favorite shows in the same universe–and sometimes–just for a few seconds, they all fit as one.

  50. Carabimero

    "Forty Feet High and It Kills"

    What a fun episode. Wo-Fat vs. Will Greer!

    I love the chess match between Wo Fat and Greer as the scientist. I also liked how Greer and Lord played characters who were both really smart and, even though they were separated, were a good team.

    Will Geer, not Greer!

  51. "The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild"

    This was another fun episode much like "King Kamehameha Blues" in the sense it has a creative plot and a strong, interesting antagonist.
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    I first started watching this series on CBS All-Access and never dreamed I'd switch to my DVDs and be plowing through season two so soon. Really enjoying it.

  52. As 2018 will mark the show's GOLDEN(!) anniversary, wonder if CBS will do anything special for the occasion?
    Since a TV reunion special is obviously out (most of cast as well as many guest-stars having already gone to that 'paradaiso' in the sky) and the entire series is on DVD, perhaps a Blu-ray release of the series? (I understand all episodes, save the "missing" one, were HD-remastered) Or, failing that, maybe a "best-of" DVD collection? What do yu think? Aloha

  53. Carabimero

    "Which Way Did They Go?"

    William Windom's character in this episode is brilliant. It's such a smart and fun episode. Even the way Windom's character gets tripped up at the end was brilliant. I believed every minute of this episode.
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    More like this one, please. 🙂

    One of the best lines, that from Steve as he arrests Connors, about Hawaii: "That's where you're gonna be living, brudda, for the next 199 years, if you can call it living."

  54. Tom St Jones

    As 2018 will mark the show's GOLDEN(!) anniversary, wonder if CBS will do anything special for the occasion?
    Since a TV reunion special is obviously out (most of cast as well as many guest-stars having already gone to that 'paradaiso' in the sky) and the entire series is on DVD, perhaps a Blu-ray release of the series? (I understand all episodes, save the "missing" one, were HD-remastered) Or, failing that, maybe a "best-of" DVD collection? What do yu think? Aloha

    I strongly suspect the only way we'll ever see a bluray release of the original Hawaii Five-O, is if CBS outsources it to somebody like Mill Creek or VEI. To add insult to injury, Mill Creek or VEI will most likely cram 6, 7, or 8 (or more) episodes onto one bluray disc. (ie. Similar to what VEI did for the 1970s Invisible Man complete series bluray disc).

  55. jcroy

    I strongly suspect the only way we'll ever see a bluray release of the original Hawaii Five-O, is if CBS outsources it to somebody like Mill Creek or VEI. To add insult to injury, Mill Creek or VEI will most likely cram 6, 7, or 8 (or more) episodes onto one bluray disc. (ie. Similar to what VEI did for the 1970s Invisible Man complete series bluray disc).

    Absolutely– that was a bit much on that Invisible Man Blu all-in-one!

  56. jcroy

    I strongly suspect the only way we'll ever see a bluray release of the original Hawaii Five-O, is if CBS outsources it to somebody like Mill Creek or VEI. To add insult to injury, Mill Creek or VEI will most likely cram 6, 7, or 8 (or more) episodes onto one bluray disc. (ie. Similar to what VEI did for the 1970s Invisible Man complete series bluray disc).

    If given the choice, I think Mill Creek would be the better of the two. Does VEI even do Blu-ray releases, for that matter?

    CHEERS! 🙂

  57. Tony Bensley

    If given the choice, I think Mill Creek would be the better of the two. Does VEI even do Blu-ray releases, for that matter?

    CHEERS! 🙂

    If Mill Creek does it, be prepared to order 12 new cases because they even stack the blu-rays on top of each other. (Rockford Files was two stacks of two for all seasons but the last one, which was only two disks.) My Rockford blus are in 4-disk DVD cases because they're more shelf-friendly than the blu-ray 4-diskers.

  58. Rick Thompson

    If Mill Creek does it, be prepared to order 12 new cases because they even stack the blu-rays on top of each other. (Rockford Files was two stacks of two for all seasons but the last one, which was only two disks.) My Rockford blus are in 4-disk DVD cases because they're more shelf-friendly than the blu-ray 4-diskers.

    Considering we have a few Sony Complete Series DVD sets that employ the disc spindle set up, stacks of two Blu-rays (Which are less likely to become scratched than DVDs!) doesn't seem like a deal breaker. Obviously, one's mileage may vary.

    CHEERS! 🙂

  59. Tom St Jones

    As 2018 will mark the show's GOLDEN(!) anniversary, wonder if CBS will do anything special for the occasion?
    Since a TV reunion special is obviously out (most of cast as well as many guest-stars having already gone to that 'paradaiso' in the sky) and the entire series is on DVD, perhaps a Blu-ray release of the series? (I understand all episodes, save the "missing" one, were HD-remastered) Or, failing that, maybe a "best-of" DVD collection? What do yu think? Aloha

    Yes they are all available in glorious HD, and the streaming episodes(in HD) do look better than SD-DVD. But if Mill Creek ever get their mitts on this series you can expect no subtitles. And that alone is a deal breaker to some.

  60. Bryan^H

    Yes they are all available in glorious HD, and the streaming episodes(in HD) do look better than SD-DVD. But if Mill Creek ever get their mitts on this series you can expect no subtitles. And that alone is a deal breaker to some.

    That, and inflated chapter stops (meaning far too much time between stops, which would be a problem if you don't have a player that marks where you are).

  61. "Blind Tiger"

    Without question my favorite episode so far. I realize that many shows have a "blind" episode, where the main character loses his sight. I would put this episode up there close with THE FUGITIVE'S "Escape Into Black." If you knew what high esteem I hold THE FUGITIVE in, you would realize how big of a compliment this is.

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    It was a compelling hour all the way (loved Steve's birthday party!), with a nice bittersweet ending that was flawless. Definitely going on the top of my "Rewatch List." I'm too old to think I will be able to rewatch this entire 12-season series in order, but will look forward to hopefully watching this series again one day straight from my Best of Hawaii Five-O list, which I am having a blast compiling!

  62. rjd0309

    Love your screencaps, Carab.

    A favorite series from my childhood, I can remember many episodes quite clearly. The creepiest being Slim Pickens' family of killer hillbillies.

    "One Big Happy Family" from Season 6. Also starring Bo Hopkins.

  63. Tony Bensley

    Does VEI even do Blu-ray releases, for that matter?

    So far most of VEI's bluray releases are a complete waste of time. For example, blurays done with lazy sd->hd upscale jobs like Diagnosis Murder, Nash Bridges, The Untouchables, etc … Easier to just go through the VEI dvd versions.

    The only VEI bluray which might be worth looking into, is the 1970s Invisible Man tv series with all the episodes crammed onto one bluray disc. (If you go through my posting history on here, I did some analysis guesswork on the Invisible Man bluray and concluded it was probably from an older HD transfer except for the fx heavy scenes).

  64. Rick Thompson

    If Mill Creek does it, be prepared to order 12 new cases because they even stack the blu-rays on top of each other. (Rockford Files was two stacks of two for all seasons but the last one, which was only two disks.) My Rockford blus are in 4-disk DVD cases because they're more shelf-friendly than the blu-ray 4-diskers.

    For that matter, many of VEI's complete series dvd sets were done this way too. I had to get surplus dvd cases for some VEI sets I have, such as Cannon, Cagney & Lacey, etc … Kinda annoying.

  65. rjd0309

    A favorite series from my childhood, I can remember many episodes quite clearly. The creepiest being Slim Pickens' family of killer hillbillies.

    Blimpoy06

    "One Big Happy Family" from Season 6. Also starring Bo Hopkins.

    That's the one!

    It seemed as though Bruce Dern was always Quinn Martin's first choice to play a 'killer hillbilly' in The Fugitive. Even though Hawaii Five-O was not a Quinn Martin production, I wonder if the producers approached Bruce Dern for the role, before ultimately hiring Bo Hopkins?

  66. jcroy

    The only VEI bluray which might be worth looking into, is the 1970s Invisible Man tv series with all the episodes crammed onto one bluray disc. (If you go through my posting history on here, I did some analysis guesswork on the Invisible Man bluray and concluded it was probably from an older HD transfer except for the fx heavy scenes).

    (Going further offtopic).

    The other big reason I purchased the bluray version of the 1970s Invisible Man tv series, is because all the previous copies of the dvd version I went through were all defective. They were all defective at approximately the same spot, which suggests the entire batch was all defective and not corrected. (There were complaints about this in the amazon reviews for the dvd version, where the description of the bad spot coincides with where I came across bad sectors due to manufacturing defects).

  67. Tony Bensley

    If given the choice, I think Mill Creek would be the better of the two.

    Much as it pains me to say this, I would agree with Mill Creek doing a better job on the blurays than VEI.

    (ie. Damning them with faint praise, where everything has declined to rock bottom).

  68. rjd0309

    A favorite series from my childhood, I can remember many episodes quite clearly. The creepiest being Slim Pickens' family of killer hillbillies.

    The only thing I remember about H5O from my childhood/preteens, is the final few seasons. (I think season 12 and/or 11).

    I use to watch some original first-run episodes with my father.

  69. jcroy

    So far most of VEI's bluray releases are a complete waste of time. For example, blurays done with lazy sd->hd upscale jobs like Diagnosis Murder, Nash Bridges, The Untouchables, etc … Easier to just go through the VEI dvd versions.

    The only VEI bluray which might be worth looking into, is the 1970s Invisible Man tv series with all the episodes crammed onto one bluray disc. (If you go through my posting history on here, I did some analysis guesswork on the Invisible Man bluray and concluded it was probably from an older HD transfer except for the fx heavy scenes).

    I thought that I read on another HTF thread a few years back that The Invisible Man series Blu-ray was also deriveded from SD transfers. Perhaps I'm thinking of a different short lived mid '70s TV series?

    CHEERS! 🙂

  70. jcroy

    Much as it pains me to say this, I would agree with Mill Creek doing a better job on the blurays than VEI.

    (ie. Damning them with faint praise, where everything has declined to rock bottom).

    At least Mill Creek uses actual HD transfers for their Blu-ray releases.

    CHEERS! 🙂

  71. Tony Bensley

    I thought that I read on another HTF thread a few years back that The Invisible Man series Blu-ray was also deriveded from SD transfers. Perhaps I'm thinking of a different short lived mid '70s TV series?

    Here's my analysis guesswork post on this 1970s Invisible Man bluray.

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co…k-courtesy-of-vei.340549/page-34#post-4487889

    To answer your immediate question about sd vs. hd for this Invisible Man bluray, I can say definitively that the FX-heavy scenes were most likely sd->hd upscales. They look considerably inferior in picture quality, and they have many sd->hd upscaling artifacts which were highly visible (such as "ringing" along edges, etc …). On the other hand, the FX-lite (or no-FX) scenes look considerably better and sharper with nicer looking colors, which leads me to conclude they were most likely from an HD source (albeit probably not very recent).

  72. Bryan^H

    But if Mill Creek ever get their mitts on this series you can expect no subtitles. And that alone is a deal breaker to some.

    Speaking as a hearing-impaired person, I agree lack of SDH/ captions is very unfortunate, even if it is from a "discount" label like MillCreek. One possible solution – just in case you've not tried it or thought of it- is a good pair of headphones (preferably wireless).. Depending, ofcourse, on audial quality, voice timbres, accents, it can work quite well when subtitles are unavailable.

    These aren't bad: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDRZX22…reless+headphones&refinements=p_36:1253505011).

  73. "Bored, She Hung Herself"

    I wouldn't post at all about this episode had it not been so thoroughly excised. But I was grateful to be able to see a complete and very watchable print of it. In my opinion it's the suggestive and perhaps inciting title that got this episode expunged after someone allegedly watched it and then hung them self. I thought some of the issues it attempted to explore were interesting, but otherwise it's unremarkable to me.

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    Sure glad I got to see it, though, to keep my complete chronological viewing intact (and I have it on a DVD that will stay with my set). :thumbsup:

  74. Blimpoy06

    John Colicos was an actor tailor made for this and shows like Mission Impossible and Mannix. No one cold smile and look as distrustful at the same time the way he could.

    He was great as Baltar on the original Battlestar Galactica.

  75. Carabimero

    "Cry, Lie"

    Strange title but a terrific episode. Chin is framed and it's a wild ride. Loved to see his family life and get to know him better. Also loved the guest star…

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    This episode is going on my "Best Of" list for sure 🙂

    It's already on mine– it's one of the second-season episodes (as well as episodes overall) that I keep going back to, it's just that good!

  76. bmasters9

    It's already on mine– it's one of the second-season episodes (as well as episodes overall) that I keep going back to, it's just that good!

    Here's my Best Of list so far covering the first two seasons. The asterisk denotes my favorite episode of the season. When I'm done, I'll have a dozen favorite episodes and a bunch more great ones to rewatch!

    Season One
    Full Fathom Five
    Samurai*
    And They Planted Daisies on His Coffin
    King of the Hill
    The Box
    Once Upon A Time

    Season Two
    To Hell with Babe Ruth
    Forty Feet High and It Kills
    King Kamehameha Blues
    All The King’s Horses
    The Joker’s Wild, Man, Wild
    Which Way Did They Go?
    Blind Tiger*
    Cry, Lie

  77. Carabimero

    Season Two
    To Hell with Babe Ruth
    Forty Feet High and It Kills
    King Kamehameha Blues
    All The King’s Horses
    The Joker’s Wild, Man, Wild
    Which Way Did They Go?
    Blind Tiger*
    Cry, Lie

    My second-season favorites:

    "Forty Feet High and It Kills!"
    "The Singapore File"
    "Which Way Did They Go?"
    "Run, Johnny, Run"
    "Cry, Lie"
    "Most Likely to Murder"

  78. "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Part 1)"

    They seem to do really cool two-parters at the end of seasons. By cool I mean the scope opens up and the stakes are raised. It's almost like they're feature movies. Interested to see where this one goes when I finish it up tomorrow.

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    And I just have to say, Loretta Swit is so sweet in this!

  79. Carabimero

    "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Part 1)"

    They seem to do really cool two-parters at the end of seasons. By cool I mean the scope opens up and the stakes are raised. It's almost like they're feature movies. Interested to see where this one goes when I finish it up tomorrow.

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    And I just have to say, Loretta Swit is so sweet in this!

    Interesting also that guest star Ed Flanders appears in a different role every season starting with Season 1 through Season 7, with the sole exception of Season 5 if I recall correctly.

  80. "Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (Part 2)"

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    It pained me that the really sweet Swit character had such bad taste in men, but I loved that her warmth and sincerity got through to him. It was a touching love story in its own right. In my opinion she carried the heart of this two-parter.

    A nice way to wrap up season two. Can't wait to start season three tomorrow.

  81. "And a Time to Die"

    I knew season three was off to a strong start when Wo Fat showed up. What I really enjoyed about the episode (besides the strong dialogue) was seeing a new side to Wo Fat.

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    The scene where he played chess with the little girl was charming. And he genuinely seemed to enjoy himself.

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    I couldn't appreciate a scene like this when I was younger. It's nice to be able to appreciate it now.

  82. "The Second Shot"

    Episodes like this, with a unique twist, always fascinate me. And this opening shot is so visually enticing. I couldn't wait to learn more.

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    Plus, Eric Braeden is invariably teriffic. True, he will forever be first and foremost Dr. Otto Hasslein to me, the great antagonist featured in ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES. But growing up, I always believed Braedon would have made a superb James Bond.

  83. Carabimero

    "The Second Shot"

    Episodes like this, with a unique twist, always fascinate me. And this opening shot is so visually enticing. I couldn't wait to learn more.

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    Plus, Eric Braeden is invariably teriffic. True, he will forever be first and foremost Dr. Otto Hasslein to me, the great antagonist featured in ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES. But growing up, I always believed Braedon would have made a superb James Bond.

    One of my favorite Season 3 episodes, due to both the clever story and the performances and the thrilling Richard Shores score!

  84. "Time and Memories"

    It was nice to see some back story on Steve.

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    When they went out to The Arizona, the title of this episode really stirred time and memories in me.

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    Watching this series in the early seventies inspired my family to take a summer vacation to Hawaii–our last one, as it turned out. I remember very clearing taking a boat out to The Arizona (Here I am with my mom in 1974 on the way to The Arizona. I was ten).

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    I'm so glad I reconnected with this series, and so grateful to have these episodes on DVD.

  85. "Force of Waves"

    I liked this episode, but my favorite moment–possibly my favorite moment in the entire series so far–was a simple exchange between Steve and Danny.

    In the middle of the episode, Steve says, "You know something, Danno? You're a pretty good cop."

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    It's such a nice moment. I love Danny's silent reaction.

  86. "Reunion"

    For me this is far and away the best episode of season three up to this point, and surely one of the very best episodes of the series. It's tautly written and all the performances are terrific.

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    Teru Shimada's performance gave this the flavor of a James Bond thriller, IMHO. He really kept me guessing till the end. So great! This episode is going on a short master list with "Samurai" (season one) and "Blind Tiger" (season two) as the cream of the crop so far.

  87. "The Late John Louisiana"

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    For me this episode deserves mentioning because IMO it is a rare occurrence when a one-hour TV show portrays a love story both interesting and convincing. It's even got a touch of sweetness to it that I believed. Really refreshing. It reminded me how powerful romantic love can be when dramatized well.

  88. "Over Fifty? Steal"

    This is not only the best episode of season three so far, it's easily the best episode I've seen from the first three seasons combined.

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    Hume Cronyn single-handedly steals this episode. I was intrigued by him the entire time. I especially loved the scene where after he robs, he walks up to the security camera, points his gun at it, and squirts water on the lens. What I loved so much about it was the way all the Five-O guys laughed. I could tell they had a sneaking admiration for him.

    Just so much fun for an hour to end my day.

  89. "The Double Wall"

    I really admired this episode because it had a truly great–and believable–ticking clock. Usually this kind of TV series episode is less than stellar because of problems with the ticking clock, but the tape to secure the shotgun barrel to the man's neck (and to the convict's trigger hand) lent this story some serious gravity.

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    The episode was very well photographed, as well. Another one on my "Best Of" list.

  90. My brother has his favorite show of all time "The Fugitive" on DVD.
    I coaxed him into buying H5-0(he has never seen an episode), and told him "Be prepared to have a new all time favorite TV show".

  91. Bryan^H

    My brother has his favorite show of all time "The Fugitive" on DVD.
    I coaxed him into buying H5-0(he has never seen an episode), and told him "Be prepared to have a new all time favorite TV show".

    Always love to see new fans discover H5O, it’s been hands down my favorite series for 31 years of local reruns, cable reruns, DVD and digital HD (even in spite of those less than stellar episodes from the series’ final 3 seasons).

  92. "Paniolo"

    Though not one of my favorites, I appreciated the values being explored here: so-called progress versus environmental humanity, and how the battle can leave us feeling hopeless with no way out.

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    This I.O.U., for me, was the perfect symbol of the honor implicit in the episode's value system. I was saddened at the choice Frank made, at the value system that ultimately won the day. But it's part of what makes this an enduring series, IMHO: more times than not, Hawaii Five-O goes for the reality over the fairy tale.

  93. "To Kill Or Be Killed"

    Having recently watched Ken Burns's VIETNAM series, this episode hit me like a ton of bricks–in a good way. It hit me as an authentic, scathing condemnation of the war, dramatizing its costs on multiple levels: financial, spiritual, familial, personal. It succeeds on a pure visual level, as well.

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    Growing up I loved this show because of its location, music and action. But now I'm all grown up, and I'm developing quite a large amount of respect for this series in many other ways.

  94. Sabrina Scharf was a cute and fun actress. I liked her in these episodes and wished she had returned as well. She didn't do too much acting past this show into the 70's. She got involved in environmental concerns and became an attorney. I liked when Five-0 went spy. It seemed to go away when Leonard Freeman passed.

  95. "The Gunrunner"

    I enjoyed this episode very much. I have never had a problem with TV shows using stock footage of inanimate objects over and over. You have to in order to stay on budget. But when they use stock footage with human beings actively doing and saying very particular things, it always blows my mind. I first noticed the technique earlier this year watching PETROCELLI (a show that did it a lot). Now I see it with the tracing of a phone number in this fine episode. The footage–if I am correct–was first used in a season two episode.

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    I wonder if it will be used yet again. My guess is that I'll see it in season four at some point. In fairness, no one could have foreseen that one day people would own personal collections of these shows and watch them at their leisure, back to back. True, there was a gap of an entire season before this footage was re- employed…that's using it sparingly. 🙂

  96. rjd0309

    Any time that HPD does any sort of computer search, you'll see re-used footage of punch-card sorters, line printers.

    It's not the punch-card sorters or line printers that bother me, or airplanes or anything like that–it's when they get human beings saying or doing something and they show that exact footage over and over that it takes me out of the story.

  97. "The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney"

    This episode is up there with "Over Fifty? Steal" and "Reunion" as my favorites from season three.

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    To me, Hope Summers will always be Clara Edwards from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. But here she breaks that mold in a terrific way. I liked everything about this episode–believable characters and tension. It certainly goes on my short list of the best of the best of FIVE-O.

  98. I finished another fine season of Five-O. Here's my shortlist of the best season three episodes. It will be like playing a happy tune to watch these again someday (especially the ones marked with an asterisk).

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    Season Three Favorites

    And a Time To Die
    The Second Shot
    Reunion*
    The Late John Louisiana
    Over Fifty—Steal*
    The Double Wall
    The Gunrunner
    The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney*

  99. Carabimero

    I finished another fine season of Five-O. Here's my shortlist of the best season three episodes. It will be like playing a happy tune to watch these again someday (especially the ones marked with an asterisk).

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    Season Three Favorites

    And a Time To Die
    The Second Shot
    Reunion*
    The Late John Louisiana
    Over Fifty—Steal*
    The Double Wall
    The Gunrunner
    The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney*

    Very good list! Mine would include FOB Honolulu, The Ransom, Force of Waves, Beautiful Screamer and Paniolo.
    How would you rank S3 compared to the first 2 seasons?

  100. 401 "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave"

    The style definitely changed from season three to four. Not sure what to make of it yet.

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    But I liked the season opener; I especially liked the effect the painting had on McGarrett. The style of this episode had a haunting effect. I get the feeling this season is going to be markedly different from the first three.

  101. phenri

    You will be encountering one of my favorite episodes when you watch episode 4; 3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu, starring a post Beverly Hillbillies, pre Barnaby Jones, Buddy Ebsen.

    I just encountered it and loved it!

    404 "3000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu"

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    When I saw Buddy Ebsen I knew the episode would be fun, but it turns out this is one of the best Five-O episodes I have seen so far. Not just because of Ebsen's skill, but the script was first rate. The editing was first-rate too, in that the style fit the tone of the show and made it better. I loved the music, the mood, even the resolution was done so well.

    Already on my short list of all-time favorites! It will be fun re-watching this one sometime soon…

  102. My take on S4, which I also noticed had a different feel from the first 3 seasons, is that many of the episodes are darker and grittier than before, with some very dark subject matter on occasion (keeping in tune with the turbulent US political situation and the ongoing war in Vietnam). There are episodes this season involving rape, hardcore drug addiction, blatant racism, body part dismemberment, gruesome body disposal, pornographic films, and other less than savory themes). However, there are also some fun caper episodes too, some whodunnits, the fun Buddy Ebsen episode, the return of Filer, another good international espionage two-parter, great guest stars, great new music scores, and much more. I recall, the show also had some new producers involved, plus fashions and hairstyles began changing too.

    BTW, I encourage all H5O fans here to check out the fan page I created on Facebook, which took me months to put together a number of years ago, and it was all done with love and humor for the series. The link is in my sig at the bottom of my HTF posts, and you don’t have to be a Facebook member to view it.

  103. "Two Doves and Mr. Heron"

    When I started this season, I calculated that it was probably the first season I ever watched with any regularity. And when this episode came up, I believe it's the first one I remember from Night of original Broadcast. It aired when I was eight.

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    It's the John Ritter character, the way he dressed and spoke and twirled around, that I vaguely remember.

    I couldn't realize then what a great depiction of that time this episode encapsulated. I love Five-O when it's loose and creative and free-spirited. Perhaps that's when it's at its best with a voice all its own. It sure was nice to see this odd episode again after 45 years. Surely I watched it with my mom, dad, and brother right there, all of us sitting around the TV, not multitasking but paying attention, simply being with each other. 🙂

  104. 406 "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots"

    This was a nice "shootout" episode. Some really epic moments.

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    I love that the Five-O team is human and sometimes misses. And sometimes we're just left with senseless acts of violence. At first I had mixed feelings that this story didn't tie everything up in a neat bow. But that's life. And it's part of what makes this show so good.

  105. Carabimero

    406 "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots"

    This was a nice "shootout" episode. Some really epic moments.

    You’ll soon see in S5 that the producers opted to remake this episode in “Little Girl Blue”, but they’ve sanitized it slightly, changing the villain from a psycho shooter to a pair of nutty kidnappers seeking refuge in the bunker after shooting the police officers down below. They reuse a lot of footage from the S4 episode, even bits of dialogue are reused. Upside is that Jackie Coogan plays one of the kidnappers.

  106. Jeff*H

    You’ll soon see in S5 that the producers opted to remake this episode in “Little Girl Blue”, but they’ve sanitized it slightly, changing the villain from a psycho shooter to a pair of nutty kidnappers seeking refuge in the bunker after shooting the police officers down below. They reuse a lot of footage from the S4 episode, even bits of dialogue are reused. Upside is that Jackie Coogan plays one of the kidnappers.

    Jackie just had that flair, I reckon. He played a good guy gone bad in an episode of Barnaby Jones.

  107. Ron1973

    Jackie just had that flair, I reckon. He played a good guy gone bad in an episode of Barnaby Jones.

    Jackie always had a flair for playing some shady characters in classic crime dramas. He guest-starred on H5O 3 times (S1, S2, S5).

  108. 409 "The Burning Ice"

    I enjoyed the episode, but my favorite thing about it was a quiet moment, easily missed, when Chin brings Steve some takeout and they sit together for a moment around his desk and talk about good food and the people who make it. Moments like this lend so much authenticity to this show. I love when they take a minute for slice-of-life scenes like this, and wish they would do it more.

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  109. Carabimero

    409 "The Burning Ice"

    I enjoyed the episode, but my favorite thing about it was a quiet moment, easily missed, when Chin brings Steve some takeout and they sit together for a moment around his desk and talk about good food and the people who make it. Moments like this lend so much authenticity to this show. I love when they take a minute for slice-of-life scenes like this, and wish they would do it more.

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    Sadly those types of wonderful scenes always get cut in syndication. Thank goodness for uncut DVD versions (or almost, anyway…there are a few music edits here and there).

  110. 410 “Rest in Peace, Somebody”

    Beyond this being a gripping episode, one of the things that keeps me watching this series is it being shot on location. Shots of the parade, for instance. I love the local color being worked into the show. My bet is the vast majority of this wasn’t stock footage. The grain matches. It’s such a rarity. And such a pleasure to see.

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  111. Carabimero

    409 "The Burning Ice"

    I enjoyed the episode, but my favorite thing about it was a quiet moment, easily missed, when Chin brings Steve some takeout and they sit together for a moment around his desk and talk about good food and the people who make it. Moments like this lend so much authenticity to this show. I love when they take a minute for slice-of-life scenes like this, and wish they would do it more.

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    Those scenes never happen now because the time they would take (and more) is filled with commercials and promos. Shows run 40-42 minutes now, not the old 48-50.

  112. My brother just opened his complete series set. He was amazed at the quality of the packaging "like a high end coffee table book set" I wish every loved classic tv series on DVD were treated as nice as this set with such wonderful packaging. Little House On The Prairie could use packaging as beautiful as Hawaii Five-0,

  113. Bryan^H

    My brother just opened his complete series set. He was amazed at the quality of the packaging "like a high end coffee table book set" I wish every loved classic tv series on DVD were treated as nice as this set with such wonderful packaging. Little House On The Prairie could use packaging as beautiful as Hawaii Five-0,

    If you look back earlier in this thread, I said how much I hated the packaging. I must have been sick with a fever or out of my head (it was the cardboard damaging the disc that I was afraid of). Now that I have actively used it for almost two months, I love it, especially that it is divided into two albums, so to speak.

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    Here's where I'm currently at….
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    With the exception of the missing episode, this is a dream set with really cool packaging. I've got a head of steam that will at least see me through album #1, if not beyond.

    Wikiwiki!

  114. 412 "Nine, Ten, You're Dead"

    I always hold a boxing episode from any series up to THE FUGITIVE'S "Decision in the Ring" as the gold standard. I really enjoyed FIVE-O'S take. Like THE FUGITIVE, it's a critique of boxing, a look at the price paid for aspiring to–or achieving–the pinnacle of the sport. This is a fine episode definitely worthy of mentioning with "Decision in the Ring."

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  115. 414 “Odd Man In”

    A worthy sequel to “Over Fifty? Steal.”

    I enjoyed The Godfather-type "dunce" music for Filer, because the dunces are actually the men of Five-O! My wife kept saying, “Why are you giggling so much in there?” And I said, “The music is freaking perfect”! :laugh:

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    I love this shot of the Five-O team as Filer watches and manipulates them. It's like a classic hero shot–except they're dunces!

    I hope to see Filer again down the road, but if not, I have these two gems to watch again.

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    When I start stacking up the truly superior episodes in this series so far, there's a nice number of them. :thumbsup:

  116. Carabimero

    414 “Odd Man In”

    A worthy sequel to “Over Fifty? Steal.”

    I hope to see Filer again down the road, but if not, I have these two gems to watch again.

    S6 has an episode at season’s end, “30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key” which, based on what I’ve read, was originally intended as a Filer episode, but when Cronyn was either unable or unwilling to return for it, they re-worked the episode with a different thief character played by David Wayne. Ironically, they use the Filer theme music through some of the episode anyway.

  117. Jeff*H

    S6 has an episode at season’s end, “30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key” which, based on what I’ve read, was originally intended as a Filer episode, but when Cronyn was either unable or unwilling to return for it, they re-worked the episode with a different thief character played by David Wayne. Ironically, they use the Filer theme music through some of the episode anyway.

    That is too bad because it is such a great episode. It would have been the best Filer ep, if he agreed to do it.

  118. Carabimero

    415 “Bait Once, Bait Twice”

    I like that Steve isn’t perfect, that he can be conned and manipulated. I also enjoyed how Loretta Swit has the ability to seem like a completely different character from her previous appearance. When she has material, she can bring it.

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    I especially like when he says to John Manicote, "You want Barry Bonamo, I'll give you Barry Bonamo, on a plate. But not for gambling–murder! Murder one!"

  119. Carabimero

    416 "The Ninety-Second War, Pt. 1"

    I love when Five-O opens the scope and goes international in these late-season two-parters. And I especially love it when this guy shows up!

    I'm already on record as being a huge fan of this two part tale. I believe it represents the finest hours of Hawaii Five 0. A real mystery to start things off. It keeps us off balance in the first hour as more and more layers are peeled away. Turns into an A+ action spy yarn worthy of Alistair MacLean. John D.F. Black didn't write enough for this show. He wrote very interesting characters. The Donald Pleasence role is one of my all time favorites.

  120. 417 "The Ninety-Second War, Pt. 2"

    The conclusion didn't disappoint. And it was great to see Roger C. Carmel's character back. I wish more shows would make popular guest parts recurring.

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    I enjoyed that Wo Fat was left thinking he'd won. There was some nice multi-dimensional writing in this two-parter. Truth, after all, can be subjective. And for Wo Fat, it's all smiles at the end.

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  121. 419 "While You're At It, Bring In The Moon"

    I thought this was a nice episode for my short list, but when I saw this cool shot, all I could think was…

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    "Well if I had money, I'd tell you what I'd do, I go downtown buy a Mercury or two." Now I've been hearing that song in my mind all day!

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    I very much like that McGarrett can have a playful personality. It's one of the things that helps keep me watching.

  122. I finished season four. I enjoyed it, but felt a drop from the spectacular season three. Still, there were some great ones. Here's my "Best Of" list for the fourth season (episodes I plan to re-watch). The asterisk marks my favorite.

    Season Four

    Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
    3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu*
    While You’re At It, Bring In The Moon
    The 90-Second War (2 parts)

    Looking forward to starting season five!

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  123. Carabimero

    I finished season four. I enjoyed it, but felt a drop from the spectacular season three. Still, there were some great ones. Here's my "Best Of" list for the fourth season (episodes I plan to re-watch). The asterisk marks my favorite.

    Season Four

    Highest Castle, Deepest Grave
    3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu*
    While You’re At It, Bring In The Moon
    The 90-Second War (2 parts)

    Looking forward to starting season five!

    Another great selection— I agree that S3 was spectacular as well!
    You are now getting very close to the crown jewel of all of H5O’s 284 hours: S5’s “V for Vashon” trilogy!

  124. Jeff*H

    Another great selection— I agree that S3 was spectacular as well!
    You are now getting very close to the crown jewel of all of H5O’s 284 hours: S5’s “V for Vashon” trilogy!

    Couldn't agree more, excellent trilogy.

  125. Carabimero

    I just started season five. Uh, what happened to Kono? Did I miss it, or was nothing said about the character switch?

    Maybe Kono got hit on the head one time too many….?

    Gonna miss that big Hawaiian.

    I don't believe it was mentioned. He just wasn't there. Otherwise. I believe there were issues with him and Jack Lord.

    From Wikipedia:
    In 1968, Zulu landed the role of the burly state police detective "Kono" on Hawaii Five-O. He left after four seasons, frustrated by the "dumb Hawaiian" image that his character projected, as well as off-camera conflicts with the show's star, Jack Lord. "[Lord] … wouldn't let him do anything," said a co-worker.

    "My friends think I'm a trained-animal act," he said, in a 1971 interview. " 'Yes, boss; no, boss.' Well, some day this animal will be laughing all the way to the bank."

  126. Carabimero

    what happened to Kono?

    On screen it was never mentioned. Off screen there is a story of a bad flare up between the actor, Zulu, and a CBS publicity officer over a canceled event involving the Coast Guard that Jack Lord wanted to be involved with along with Zulu. You can read about it on this Hawaii Five 0 fan page.
    http://www.fiveohomepage.com/

  127. 502 “Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain”

    Montalban alone usually carries the hour but, in my opinion, even he couldn’t overcome the lack of chemistry with Diana Muldaur. This one had a lot of nice elements in it–loved the car–but it didn't click for me on the whole. When I couldn't buy their relationship, I guess the rest of it fell apart. Not a bad episode, by any stretch. It's just when I see Montalban, I automatically expect superior quality. 🙂

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  128. 503 “You Don’t have to Kill to Get Rich—But it Helps”

    I was excited to see The Shat and his seventies sideburns in all their glory.

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    I liked his character a lot and through the first half of the episode I was hoping they might bring him back in a future season as that character. As the plot developed, however, and he got greedy, I knew he would not being coming back.

    One thing that fascinated me was his attempt at a Southern accent. Originally being from the South, I'm not quite sure he nailed it, but it was very entertaining nonetheless (and if it was supposed to be fake in the show, maybe it was just perfect).

  129. Carabimero

    505 “The Jinn Who Clears the Way”

    SPOILER***********

    McGarrett catches Wo Fat but has to give him up for a POW—oh, the pain.

    It seems to this viewer that episodes with Wo Fat, with few if any exceptions, are always a cut above the rest.

    The ending is one of my favorites as McGarrett angrily accuses Jonathan Kaye of selling him out and throws the passport down on his desk. Classic McGarrett moment!

  130. "Paniolo" from season 3 still stands as one of the worst episodes on Hawaii-Five O. I watched it again to try at some redeeming qualities. Nothing. A waste of the great Royal Dano, and awesomely beautiful locations are just wasted on a nothing character who it just so happens….has no redeeming qualities. Anti climactic ending, and I could go on and on.
    what a waste.

  131. Bryan^H

    "Paniolo" from season 3 still stands as one of the worst episodes on Hawaii-Five O. I watched it again to try at some redeeming qualities. Nothing. A waste of the great Royal Dano, and awesomely beautiful locations are just wasted on a nothing character who it just so happens….has no redeeming qualities. Anti climactic ending, and I could go on and on.
    what a waste.

    I think I liked this one more than you, but primarily for many of the positive things you noted (the beautiful Maui scenery, the manhunt on horseback which is a throwback to Jack Lord’s time on “Stoney Burke”, the great Royal Dano) along with the emotional music score by the great Don B. Ray. Frank Silvera did a nice job playing what was a relatively predictable, two-dimensional character.

  132. Carabimero

    507 “Chain of Events”

    Nice story about a taboo topic at the time. I love the episodes where the team does simple investigative procedures. I really enjoy watching a procedural when it’s done well.

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    That's what the book Booking Hawaii Five-O by Karen Rhodes refers to as "the process," and is, in her opinion IINM, the core of all the best episodes.

  133. 508 “Journey out of Limbo”

    I like episodes about Danny. While this one is not quite as good as the one about him being accused of murder, I enjoyed it. I loved how the photography kept obstacles between us and Danny as he struggled to lift the veil of amnesia.

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    I even enjoyed the flashbacks of him remembering, and I normally loathe flashbacks.

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    I've also noticed Steve has less screen time than he used to, often off island appearing at some legal proceeding. As long as Danny carries the torch, no complaints from me!

  134. Carabimero

    I've also noticed Steve has less screen time than he used to, often off island appearing at some legal proceeding. As long as Danny carries the torch, no complaints from me!

    IIRC, that was the case in the second-to-last fifth-season episode, "Engaged to Be Buried" (OAD Tues. Feb. 27, 1973 on CBS).

  135. 509 “V is for Vashion: The Son, Pt 1”

    Normally, two-parters tend to be diluted, so I was concerned when I saw this was actually a trilogy. But from the opening minute of part one I immediately sensed brevity and artistry. This was an incredibly brilliant episode. And just by the familial titles of the next two episodes I can confidently surmise I'm in for an exceptional experience.

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    I can’t wait to see this epic arc develop!

  136. Carabimero

    509 “V is for Vashion: The Son, Pt 1”

    Normally, two-parters tend to be diluted, so I was concerned when I saw this was actually a trilogy. But from the opening minute of part one I immediately sensed brevity and artistry. This was an incredibly brilliant episode. And just by the familial titles of the next two episodes I can confidently surmise I'm in for an exceptio0nal experience.

    I can’t wait to see this epic arc develop!

    I envy you watching the Vashon trilogy for the very first time! I must have seen it 20 times over the last 30 years, and I still enjoy it almost as much as my first viewing on WWOR-TV. It is simply H5O at its very finest. Everything, from the performances, the character development, the music score to the “Process” in action, and the cliffhanger endings, leaves the viewer wanting more. Enjoy!

  137. 510 “V is for Vashion: The Father Pt 2”

    This is the best multi-part episode of a series I have seen since THE FUGITIVE'S "LANDSCAPE WITH RUNNING FIGURES." If you knew how much I respected THE FUGITIVE, you’d know it is the highest compliment I can give.

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    This trilogy is so layered. I haven’t even finished it yet and I can only imagine the rewards to be had in rewatching it…!

  138. Carabimero

    509 “V is for Vashion: The Son, Pt 1”

    Normally, two-parters tend to be diluted, so I was concerned when I saw this was actually a trilogy. But from the opening minute of part one I immediately sensed brevity and artistry. This was an incredibly brilliant episode. And just by the familial titles of the next two episodes I can confidently surmise I'm in for an exceptional experience.

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    I can’t wait to see this epic arc develop!

    This is one of the main reasons I claimed seasons 5 through 7 are the "sweet spot" of the series. Brilliant episodes like this with writing that is just so damn good.

  139. 511 “V is for Vashion: The Patriarch Pt 3”

    This trilogy was tight till the very end!

    It’s got everything: like The Godfather meets Day of the Jackal meets Perry Mason. Easily the best television three-parter I have ever seen. This could have been a theatrical Five-O Movie!

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    You know, it really does have a touch of the greatness of The Godfather. Just as Sonny’s mouth and temper led to the downfall of the Corleone patriarch, so here history repeats itself. Just so, so good, man. I am not sure I have ever compared anything made for TV to The Godfather. But this has brilliant notes played throughout. And it transcends the stuff being made on TV at the time by leaps and bounds.

    If I wasn’t trying to watch the seasons in order, these three episodes would be an immediate rewatch!

  140. Carabimero

    511 “V is for Vashion: The Patriarch Pt 3”

    This trilogy was tight till the very end!

    It’s got everything: like The Godfather meets Day of the Jackal meets Perry Mason. Easily the best television three-parter I have ever seen. This could have been a theatrical Five-O Movie!

    Funny you mention it playing as a movie. If I recall, CBS reran all 3 parts back-to-back at one point as a prime time tv-movie, though I’m not clear as to when it was.

    You seemed like you kinda, sorta liked it 🙂 You’ll be happy to know that the Vashon saga isn’t quite over yet—there’s one more chapter left to come, during Season 8!

  141. 514 “The Child Stealers”

    I miss Richard Hatch. He was a kind and generous man. He helped out a lot of independent filmmakers toward the end of his career. I was lucky enough to be one of them. I still get emails from my film-making pals who say they’re doing "this project" or doing "that project" for “the first time without Richard.”

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    He was so well loved. By so many. I still can’t believe he’s gone. But seeing him in this episode put a smile on my face. 🙂

  142. Alan, we are very much enjoying your posts of appreciation for Hawaii Five-0…your critical assessments, favorites rankings and wonderful screenshots from the episodes themselves…and especially your personal and heartfelt observations… like this post about Richard Hatch…

    I haven't watched the original Five-0 in almost forever, but you have inspired me to dive back in to watch the fine CBS DVD's from the beginning…just as I did first run with the family back in the day…

  143. That makes me very happy. Sometimes a show comes along, unseen for decades, and fits perfectly into what's happening in my life at the moment. Every night, for a precious hour, I can go back to the seventies when my brother, father and mother were all alive. And we were all together–watching Hawaii Five-O. 🙂

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  144. A wonderful picture of your fellow TV fans and beloved family, Alan…watching our old family favorites on DVD bring back so many warm and wonderful memories of the shared joy of family time in front of the tube…beautiful!

  145. Carabimero

    That makes me very happy. Sometimes a show comes along, unseen for decades, and fits perfectly into what's happening in my life at the moment. Every night, for a precious hour, I can go back to the seventies when my brother, father and mother were all alive. And we were all together–watching Hawaii Five-O. 🙂

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    Which one are you– are you the big brother or the little brother?

  146. Carabimero

    517 “Here Today…Gone Tonight”

    I enjoy trying to figure out some of these plots…this was a tricky one to figure out.

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    McGarrett is seeing double and beat me to it!

    I liked seeing that scene where, when Barry faked the heart attack so he could go and kill that man in the office (that's how it went, as I recall), Danno made use of the surroundings (making himself a drink, working on a crossword puzzle in the Advertiser, etc., etc.). I also liked how McGarrett gave Danno the night/morning off in appreciation of receiving all the evidence from Danno.

    One of the best exchanges:

    McGarrett (as Danno returns to the office): "That you, Danno?"

    Danno: "Tapes, memos, company records– everything that he promised and more, and the D.A. will love it."

    McGarrett: "Beautiful, beautiful. Where was the hideout?"

    Danno: "On Maui, northwest corner. He's got a nice little hideaway pad there."

    McGarrett: "Speaking of pads, why don't you take the morning off, get some sleep– you deserve it."

    Danno: "That's an easy arm twist. I'll see you around noon. Good night, Ben."

    Ben: "See you, Dan."

  147. 519 “Will The Real Mr. Winkler Please Die”

    When Winkler is making his speech about spies and the lives they are forced to lead, I felt like I was watching DANGER MAN, hearing it straight from the source. Great stuff.

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    When you add Mark Lenard to this mix, in this role, you end up with something of superior quality.

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    I love when I’m watching a TV show or a movie and I feel like I am getting a real inside peek into another world. I appreciate how Five-O delivers so many different kinds of good quality storytelling.

  148. 520 “Little Girl Blue”

    This appears to be a remake of "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots.” It even uses not only some of the same stock footage but apparently re-uses live action footage, including some dialogue, from "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots.”

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    I have to say, IMHO, “Little Girl Blue” succeeds where "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots” fails. Mainly the ending is better, as it’s a condemnation of war, specifically Vietnam.

    The re-use of live-action footage, however, makes McGarrett appear to forget he already had an experience at the bunker. I think if I had seen this episode first, before "And I Want Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots,” I’d have even more praise for it.

    Personal trivia: The title of this episode is “Little Girl Blue.” Before CBS was run by lawyers and started musically castrating its releases, my favorite episode of GOMER PYLE was called “Little Girl Blue.” But CBS cut its heart out by deleting the climax, in which Jim Nabors sings “Put on a Happy Face.”

    Thankfully, to my knowledge, with the exception of “Bored, She Hung Herself,” Five-O doesn’t suffer from the same largely unwarranted editorial slaughtering.

  149. Hello,
    maybe I missed the information in this thread – but does the 2017 HAWAII FIVE-O Complete Series Package
    contain the remastered Season 10 discs from the 2013 Book-styled Complete Series Deluxe Edition or
    are these the non-remastered discs from the Original 2010 Single Season release ?
    Thanks for your help and info on this.

  150. galipolis

    Hello,
    maybe I missed the information in this thread – but does the 2017 HAWAII FIVE-O Complete Series Package
    contain the remastered Season 10 discs from the 2013 Book-styled Complete Series Deluxe Edition or
    are these the non-remastered discs from the Original 2010 Single Season release ?
    Thanks for your help and info on this.

    Good question! I think they might be the remastered tenth-season discs.

  151. galipolis

    Hello,
    maybe I missed the information in this thread – but does the 2017 HAWAII FIVE-O Complete Series Package
    contain the remastered Season 10 discs from the 2013 Book-styled Complete Series Deluxe Edition or
    are these the non-remastered discs from the Original 2010 Single Season release ?
    Thanks for your help and info on this.

    I have the complete series box set. I just checked season ten, disc three, the episode entitled DEEP COVER. Looks remastered to me.

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  152. Carabimero

    Thankfully, to my knowledge, with the exception of “Bored, She Hung Herself,” Five-O doesn’t suffer from the same largely unwarranted editorial slaughtering.

    For the first nine seasons on DVD, there is only a music edit in S3’s “Trouble in Mind” and very little else that I’m aware of, although I seem to recall a very minor background music edit in S7’s Wo Fat circus episode, “Presenting in the Center Ring…Murder”. However, as we get into S10 and S11, there are music edits and substitutions in several episodes from each season. A few of them are pretty disruptive to those who know the show pretty well over the years.
    Nowhere near as bad, though, as what was done to THE FUGITIVE, MY THREE SONS, ODD COUPLE and GOMER PYLE!

  153. galipolis

    Hello,
    maybe I missed the information in this thread – but does the 2017 HAWAII FIVE-O Complete Series Package
    contain the remastered Season 10 discs from the 2013 Book-styled Complete Series Deluxe Edition or
    are these the non-remastered discs from the Original 2010 Single Season release ?
    Thanks for your help and info on this.

    Yes, they are the same discs/transfers as those used in the previous Complete Series, and should be remastered. The packaging is different and the bonus disc isn’t included.
    Beware: if you buy S10 digitally on Amazon Video, they are NOT remastered at this time!

  154. Carabimero

    522 “Engaged to be Buried”

    This episode really picked up for me when Chin’s daughter came into the plot.

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    I like when they do Chin stories. I wish they would do more of them. I totally believe his character. I have from day one.

    I liked when Alia tried to look away from all the graphic images on those slides, and Danny said, "Look at it, Alia," and then Chin (her father) said, "You heard him. Look at it!"

  155. Here's my Best-Of list for season five, which I thought was a much stronger season than four (an asterisk denotes the cream of the crop).

    Season Five
    Pig in a Blanket
    V is for Vashion (trilogy)*
    I’m a Family Crook Don’t Shoot
    Thanks for the Honeymoon
    Here Today…Gone Tonight
    Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die

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  156. Carabimero

    601 “Hookman”

    Hookman has the best open of any Hawaii Five 0 episode. I love when a TV series is not afraid to tell a story with little or no dialog. Some great direction and superb editing. The Bob Sweeny years of this show are the best in my opinion. I think this may have been redone on the new series as well. I only watched the first episode and bailed.

  157. Carabimero

    601 “Hookman”

    As we move further ahead in time, I think some of these episodes are definitely coming back to me now. I’m right in the heart of the part of the series that I watched night of original broadcast. Yippee!

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    Can't believe I'm starting season six! 🙂

    And this is one of the episodes of O-R Five-O that had that then-fictional paper called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (then-fictional because almost 40 years later, the Star-Bulletin and Advertiser would combine to make a new real-life Star-Advertiser, which is the current paper of Honolulu). I tried to cross-reference to the point in that episode on the sixth-season DVD release that shows the Hookman posting up the headline from that then-fictional paper, but could not find it. I did, however, find this one from the second-season episode called "Cry, Lie" that shows a character reading one of these fictional papers.

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  158. 602 “Draw Me A Killer”

    Has anyone else ever noticed that often a black dot appears in the freeze frame right before they go to the bumper and commercial? Does anyone know why? My guess is it’s made with a grease pencil, an editorial mark to denote the exact frame to be frozen.

    Here are some examples from throughout the series so far. It's fun to find the dot! 🙂

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  159. Perhaps my favorite freeze-frame in the series is from 604 "One Big Happy Family" – you're nearly there.

    At the end of the episode, when McGarrett says, "Book 'em," Chin has this momentary look of distaste on his face when he realizes that he is the person who is going to have to process this family of killer hillbillies.

    [​IMG]

  160. Carabimero

    602 “Draw Me A Killer”

    Has anyone else ever noticed that often a black dot appears in the freeze frame right before they go to the bumper and commercial? Does anyone know why? My guess is it’s made with a grease pencil, an editorial mark to denote the exact frame to be frozen.

    Here are some examples from throughout the series so far. It's fun to find the dot! 🙂

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    If it is, that was a very helpful guide for the film editor to determine the scenes that would have had the most impact going into commercial breaks then.

  161. 604 “One Big Happy Family”

    This was a creepy episode that made me feel like I needed to take a shower after I watched it. Very effective directing and acting. Reminded me in an odd way of an outstanding FUGITIVE episode called CORNER OF HELL.

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    And yes I loved Chin’s reaction at the end. 🙂

  162. I like how Slim Pickens in "One Big Happy Family" counted out the tally, the kind where you write four vertical lines and then a diagonal line through the four to denote No. 5. Instead of counting easily the groups of five lines, e.g., 5-10-15, Pickens started at the beginning and counted out "1-2-3-4 . . ."

  163. 606 “Murder is a Taxing Affair”

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    I have this thing about seeing actors who played iconic roles that I have never or rarely seen in anything else, like Jack Dodson and Don Porter. I don’t think I ever remember seeing Don Porter in anything other than Gidget. Same goes for Jack Dodson from The Andy Griffith Show. Once I got my head around that, this one was fun.

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    Really nice episode on the trail of a briefcase full of money. Love how tight this episode was.

  164. Carabimero

    606 “Murder is a Taxing Affair”

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    I have this thing about seeing actors who played iconic roles that I have never or rarely seen in anything else, like Jack Dodson and Don Porter. I don’t think I ever remember seeing Don Porter in anything other than Gidget. Same goes for Jack Dodson from The Andy Griffith Show. Once I got my head around that, this one was fun.

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    Really nice episode on the trail of a briefcase full of money. Love how tight this episode was.

    Jack had a part in Emergency! as an alcoholic. I joked at the time that Otis rubbed off on him and he wound up in LA as a drunk.

  165. Carabimero

    I have this thing about seeing actors who played iconic roles that I have never or rarely seen in anything else, like Jack Dodson

    Jack Dawson appeared in two of Sam Peckinpah films, The Getaway and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. And I remember he played the father of Ralph on Happy Days. He was a dentist or some sort of doctor and had the same sense of humor as his son.

  166. 607 “Tricks are not Treats”

    Nice street level episode. I like episodes that deal with Hawaii at the street level. Sometimes when the show opens its scope and goes Federal it’s fun, but I like the stakes when Hawaii is on the line. Plus, seeing a very young Pat Morita was fun. I can’t recall seeing him in anything younger than this. “Wax on, McGarrett!”

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  167. 608 “Why Wait Till Uncle Kevin Dies?”

    My brother had shag just like this in his room. The instant I saw it in the boat at the beginning of the episode, it took me back 45 years in a flash. I could see that room and remember the smell of the wood paneling.

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    The scheme was interesting but I thought the planned murders at the end were too quick after closing the papers to be believed, even had they occurred without police suspicion.
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    But I gotta say, "Nice ride!"

  168. 612 “Anybody Can Build a Bomb”

    While the episode was good, what really sold me on the stakes and ticking clock of this one were McGarrett’s mannerisms. Everything about him—the way he walked, talked, dialed a phone—was accelerated. I believed Hawaii was in jeopardy not because a nameless crook with a disembodied voice pronounced doom, but because McGarrett believed it. And he made me believe it.

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    Great performance by Jack Lord.

  169. 613 “Try To Die On Time”

    Very creative plot. But I am at the midpoint in season six and it seems like the episodes this season are missing something. I’ve noticed there’s a lot of dead time in the episodes with characters driving around or walking into places where scenes begin. The better episodes have less dead time and cut straight to scenes. What’s largely missing for me from season six is the writing for guest stars. The characters are not engaging me like they nearly always do in superior episodes.

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    Highly imaginative plotting here but there’s no one other than the regulars for me to hitch my emotional star to, good or bad. I expect the show will bounce back quickly 🙂

  170. I'm not really sure why but "the Banzai Pipeline" from season 6 is one of my favorites of the entire series.
    It is a pretty gripping episode, and one that pound for pound can hold its own against any of the great 70's cinema classic crime movies of that time.

    I know nowdays it is pretty common to say that TV is better for drama/action than most movies in the theater(which is unfortunately something I agree with very strongly) but in the 70's I think that was unheard of. Another reason I think this series was just flat out groundbreaking.

    It is a great thing to read this thread Alan. Your enthusiastic approach to this series has made me start to re-watch some of my favorite episodes.

  171. Bryan^H

    It is a great thing to read this thread Alan. Your enthusiastic approach to this series has made me start to re-watch some of my favorite episodes.

    I really appreciate your comment Bryan. I am spending the Christmas season fighting pneumonia (for the first time in my life). Having the show to watch, and all of you to share thoughts with, has been and continues to be a bright spot for me.

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    I look forward to continuing my exploration of this series in 2018. Happy New Year everyone!

  172. 615 “The Flipside is Death”

    When the episode started I said to myself, “No way they transport nerve gas so carelessly like that…I hope the show hasn’t jumped the shark.”

    I needn’t have worried.

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    Easily my favorite caper episode of season six. And seeing those eight tracks again—man, that took me right back to 1973. Good stuff.

  173. Carabimero

    I really appreciate your comment Bryan. I am spending the Christmas season fighting pneumonia (for the first time in my life). Having the show to watch, and all of you to share thoughts with, has been and continues to be a bright spot for me!

    I’ve been an avid viewer of this series since 1986 cable tv reruns and it always bothered me that no one else I knew enjoyed the show as much as I did, or had even seen the show since it ended its network run, aside from Mr. Mike’s fan site discussion forum. Flash forward to the present and the last 10 years since the DVD releases started: I’ve had so many enjoyable threads in which to read and share with others our mutual enjoyment of the series. This thread has easily become my favorite!

  174. Carabimero

    615 “The Flipside is Death”

    When the episode started I said to myself, “No way they transport nerve gas so carelessly like that…I hope the show hasn’t jumped the shark.”

    I needn’t have worried.

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    Easily my favorite caper episode of season six. And seeing those eight tracks again—man, that took me right back to 1973. Good stuff.

    I have well over 100 and a nice Realistic player I got off eBay that was one owner (not counting the guy who flipped it). Absolute mint condition-I took it apart to align the playback head, but that's all.

    Jeff*H

    I’ve been an avid viewer of this series since 1986 cable tv reruns and it always bothered me that no one else I knew enjoyed the show as much as I did, or had even seen the show since it ended its network run, aside from Mr. Mike’s fan site discussion forum. Flash forward to the present and the last 10 years since the DVD releases started: I’ve had so many enjoyable threads in which to read and share with others our mutual enjoyment of the series. This thread has easily become my favorite!

    It used to air here on an independent UHF station and then I saw it on Netflix and watched it every now and again. Seeing the beautiful pictures of the scenery just makes me wish for a release of the series on blu-ray.

  175. 616 “The Bonzai Pipeline”

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    From their voices, I first thought Nicholas Hammond and Perry King were Robert Walker Jr. and Scott Bakula!

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    I love how the cameraman’s angle never changes but the surfing shots are dramatically different.

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    I wonder if I noticed that as a kid or only after I decided to become a filmmaker. 🙂

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    This episode had such a fun spirit to it! Hang ten!

  176. 617 “One Born Every Minute”

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    This was a first class con episode. The con was really well-developed and believable. They really spent the time on it to make it work. And the suicide. Really kicked it up to another level. And then the ending had some complexity. I love the con-men (and woman) didn’t get dumb in the end. I believed the way they got caught. The ending reminded me of the smart ending of “Which Way Did They Go? William Windom’s character was just as smart, and only beaten just as smartly.

  177. Carabimero

    William Windom’s character was just as smart, and only beaten just as smartly.

    Can't say enough praise about William Windom. I can watch anything he's in and know it will be good. Such a strong presence on the screen.

  178. Blimpoy06

    Can't say enough praise about William Windom. I can watch anything he's in and know it will be good. Such a strong presence on the screen.

    I couldn't agree with you more. Whether it's my favorite episode of the original Star Trek, or my favorite episode of The Invaders, or my favorite episode of, well, you name it, it's not unlikely that William Windom is in it.

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    He elevates everything.

  179. Carabimero

    619 “Death with Father”

    Talk about an episode that lived up to its title. What an ending! That may be the most breathtaking ending I have ever seen on a TV episode.

    With another great performance by Andrew Duggan. He’s one of the supporting cast of guest stars and repertoire players who appear frequently throughout the series and always deliver solid performances. In Duggan’s case, he appeared in the pilot and continued right up through season 12 and one of the series’ final episodes, much like Khigh Dhiegh (Wo Fat)! Another recurring favorite of mine is Kwan Hi Lim, who had well over a dozen appearances but is likely best known as Tosaki in the Vashon trilogy, Honore’s right-hand man.

  180. 621 “Nightmare in Blue”

    I was surprised how violent this episode was in dealing with sexual assault. I’m not sure we’d see something like this on network TV today. It’s interesting how network TV has become more graphic in terms of language and blood and guts, yet more conservative in its depiction of sexual assault. Is that fair, or is it just my perception?

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    In any case, another excellent episode that remains relevant today, as so many of these Five-0 shows still do.

  181. Actor John Beck played a similar creepy character in a season 5 episode of Mission:Impossible, with Lesley Warren's Dana Lambert as the subject of his abuse.

    Carabimero

    It’s interesting how network TV has become more graphic in terms of language and blood and guts, yet more conservative in its depiction of sexual assault. Is that fair, or is it just my perception?

    I think the 70's approached violence as something that had to be dealt with without knowing the cause or reason people behaved that way. The world seemed to be more and more violent that decade.

  182. 622 “Mother’s Deadly Helper”

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    I’m left to wonder what today’s Internet reaction would be if the head of Five-O went on TV and gave the hard-right interview McGarrett gave to smoke out the bad guy. A nice story with both the protagonist and antagonist doing everything in their power to best the other.

    The writing is so good.

  183. Carabimero

    I’m left to wonder what today’s Internet reaction would be if the head of Five-O went on TV and gave the hard-right interview McGarrett gave to smoke out the bad guy.

    Yes, I always felt that Jack Lord was the 70's successor to Jack Webb in giving the great law and order speech to the bad guys. I relished every one of them as a kid. I even believe I read somewhere that creator Leonard Freeman wanted to call the show, "The Man". Imagine the repercussions if they stuck with that title.

  184. Carabimero

    622 “Mother’s Deadly Helper”
    I’m left to wonder what today’s Internet reaction would be if the head of Five-O went on TV and gave the hard-right interview McGarrett gave to smoke out the bad guy. A nice story with both the protagonist and antagonist doing everything in their power to best the other.

    The writing is so good.

    Not to mention Anthony Zerbe’s spot-on performance as Mother’s Helper, and the excellent use of recycled music from an earlier episode during the opening scene. One of my S6 favorites!

  185. 623 “Killer at Sea”

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    I love that this show uses minimal process shots and as little stock footage as possible. I know that might not be a big deal to some, but for me it makes the show so much more real. It keeps me watching, keeps in the world of the show and improves the quality of every episode.

  186. Carabimero

    623 “Killer at Sea”

    I enjoyed seeing legendary comedian John Byner in this episode, playing a ….what else?…..comedian. Also nice seeing McGarrett have a little fling with the journalist in this episode.

  187. 624 “30,000 Rooms and I Have the Key”

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    I can see this being a vehicle for Filer. The cons are good but IMHO this episode lacks the charm of the chemistry Filer had with the Five-O guys.

    I am now halfway through this entire series! Can’t believe it. So far I rank the seasons from strongest to weakest as 3,1,2,5,4, and 6.

  188. Here is my list of episodes that I plan to rewatch through season 6–a full half of the series. An asterisk denotes what I consider to be the best of the best. 🙂

    Season One
    Full Fathom Five
    Samurai*
    And They Planted Daisies on His Coffin
    King of the Hill
    The Box
    Once Upon A Time

    Season Two
    To Hell with Babe Ruth
    Forty Feet High and It Kills
    King Kamehameha Blues
    All The King’s Horses
    The Joker’s Wild, Man, Wild
    Which Way Did They Go?
    Blind Tiger*
    Cry, Lie

    Season Three
    And a Time To Die
    The Second Shot
    Reunion*
    The Late John Louisiana
    Over Fifty—Steal*
    The Double Wall
    The Gunrunner
    The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney*

    Season Four
    3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu*
    While You’re At It, Bring In The Moon
    The 90-Second War (2 parts)

    Season Five
    Pig in a Blanket
    V is for Vashion (trilogy)*
    I’m a Family Crook Don’t Shoot
    Thanks for the Honeymoon
    Here Today…Gone Tonight
    Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die

    Season Six
    Murder is a Taxing Affair
    The $100,000 Nickel
    The Flipside is Death
    One Born Every Minute*

    And look what I start tomorrow! The second fabulous folder….seasons 7-12!

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  189. bmasters9

    Hope you get as much enjoyment out of the second half of Five-O as you did the first!

    While I think there are a lot of great episodes in S7 and S8, it isn’t until S9 where we see a rebound towards some of the top-notch classic storytelling reminiscent of the earlier seasons. Then, unfortunately, comes the slow slog through the final 3 seasons. There’s a few gems to be found in S10 and, barely, in S11, but I can’t find one in S12. Many fans really enjoyed the S12 2-hour opener, but even that one left me cold. I’ll be anxious to hear everyone else’s thoughts on these later seasons.

  190. 704 “Steal Now – Pay Later”

    I know I mentioned this before with respect to stock footage. But I’ve seen enough of this series now to truly appreciate the lack of process shots in cars. These characters are really driving around Hawaii, not sitting in a mock car in a studio with phony baloney backgrounds. It’s so nice to see. It adds such a layer of realism to the entire series and I just can’t express how much I appreciate it.

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  191. Jeff*H

    While I think there are a lot of great episodes in S7 and S8, it isn’t until S9 where we see a rebound towards some of the top-notch classic storytelling reminiscent of the earlier seasons. Then, unfortunately, comes the slow slog through the final 3 seasons. There’s a few gems to be found in S10 and, barely, in S11, but I can’t find one in S12. Many fans really enjoyed the S12 2-hour opener, but even that one left me cold. I’ll be anxious to hear everyone else’s thoughts on these later seasons.

    I never expected the second half of the series to be pound for pound as good as the first. But I still want to see it all, mostly because I am a completist but also because I love the main characters. Plus it reminds me of watching the show when my family was all alive and together for night of original broadcasts. And it turns out there is a fourth reason that I never anticipated: I think the series does a better-than-average job (to comparable series made at the time) of bringing back popular guest characters (e.g. Filer, Big Chicken, etc.) and I want to play it out so I don't miss any gems. Plus I am curious to see what ultimately happens to Wo Fat (reason five!)….so I am glued to my screen till the end, just like the Five-O guys!

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  192. Another thing I really appreciate about the series is the music. Season 3 has some really memorable melodic music–very catchy-like in season three episode "Ten thousand diamonds and a heart" and the dramatic shift to season 6 like "Anybody can Build a Bomb" which is mostly electronic Analogue synth(moog Synthesizer if I'm not mistaken) which was just so popular in the early 70's. I really do love it.

  193. Another thing I really appreciate about the series is the music. Season 3 has some really memorable melodic music–very catchy-like in season three episode "Ten thousand diamonds and a heart" and the dramatic shift to season 6 like "Anybody can Build a Bomb" which is mostly electronic Analogue synth(moog Synthesizer if I'm not mistaken) which was just so popular in the early 70's. I really do love it.

  194. rjd0309

    No review of episode 703, "I'll Kill 'Em Again"?

    It was an excellent episode. I watched it and enjoyed it, but I had been admitted to the hospital the day before, and with all the shuffle and medications in my system, I simply missed posting about it. I am home, improving and my head is clearing, so hopefully missing posts won't be a problem again. Sometimes I have intentionally skipped posting about episodes I didn't like, as I don't want to overly dump on the show, but "I'll Kill 'Em Again" was terrific. I thought the guest star (Danny Goldman?) was sensational. And it was full of tension all the way through. Thanks for pointing out my miss.

    705 “Bomb, Bomb, Who’s Got the Bomb?”

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    Even when an episode is average, I can usually find some outstanding feature in its craftsmanship. In this case, I thought the cinematography was a cut above the norm.

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    So many of the shots in this show were easy on my eyes.

  195. Carabimero

    707 “We Hang Our Own”

    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.

  196. 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.

  197. Carabimero

    710 “A Gun for McGarrett”

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

    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!

  198. 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.

  199. Carabimero

    My least favorite Wo Fat episode so far

    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.

  200. 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.

  201. Blimpoy06

    I sat down to watch “Presenting…In The Center Of The Ring…Murder”.
    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.

    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).

  202. 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.^_^

  203. 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.

  204. 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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  205. Carabimero

    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.

    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.

  206. Carabimero

    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.

    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!

  207. 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!

  208. 719 “Study in Rage”

    “You may be half and half, but face it, bruddah: There’s only one side that will have you.”

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    Nice dialogue in this episode. And did I mention how much I respected Richard Hatch? He could play a psycho, a hero, or a duplicitous businessman. He was too good of an actor to get typecast as just one thing. And he was even a better human being.

    I've noticed McGarrett has a tendency to print in chalk all caps, except when board space is at a premium, in which case he resorts to cursive.

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  209. Carabimero

    719 “Study in Rage”
    Nice dialogue in this episode. And did I mention how much I respected Richard Hatch? He could play a psycho, a hero, or a duplicitous businessman. He was too good of an actor to get typecast as just one thing. And he was even a better human being.

    You’ll be happy to know that Hatch appears one more time, in S8’s “The Waterfront Steal”.
    I had the pleasure of meeting him several years before he died, at an Orlando Megacon show, and I asked him about his H5O experiences. He said he loved them, and raved about how nice Jack Lord was to him. He helped cast Hatch when he was a kid on a Stoney Burke episode in a bit part or as an extra, and remembered him years later when the H5O opportunity on “The Child Stealers” came along. Very sad that we lost him not too long ago.

  210. 721 “Hit Gun for Sale”

    It seems like Al Harrington is in the show less and less. Is he gone for good?

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    The series seems to do a good job of bringing back popular guest stars and so forth, of maintaining a continuity in that way, yet characters closest to Steve (Kono, now possibly Ben) disappear without a word.

  211. 722 “The Hostage”

    Exciting episode. It’s as close as I’ve seen Steve to losing his temper.

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    The hostage was one cool young lady though. I dislike dumb hostages. Love smart hostages. Love smart characters, actually. They just make drama better. And this episode is a good example of that, IMHO.

  212. 724 "6000 Deadly Tickets"

    This one would have been better if the plot logic had been more consistent. At the end of this episode, the bad guys know about the undercover cop so what do they do? Instead of going in the opposite direction, for some inexplicable reason they decide the best thing to do is walk up to the undercover cop and shoot him in the back, thus leading to their eventual capture.

    This is an episode Shatner should have guest-starred in. The banner in the background would have been perfect!

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  213. Carabimero

    724 "6000 Deadly Tickets
    This is an episode Shatner should have guest-starred in. The banner in the background would have been perfect!

    Good catch! I’ve seen this episode over a dozen times, even in 1080p HD, and never caught that!

  214. Here is my rewatchable episodes list through season 7. An asterisk denotes a true gem, IMHO the best of the best.

    Season One
    Full Fathom Five
    Samurai*
    And They Planted Daisies on His Coffin
    King of the Hill
    The Box
    Once Upon A Time

    Season Two
    To Hell with Babe Ruth
    Forty Feet High and It Kills
    King Kamehameha Blues
    All The King’s Horses
    The Joker’s Wild, Man, Wild
    Which Way Did They Go?
    Blind Tiger*
    Cry, Lie

    Season Three
    And a Time To Die
    The Second Shot
    Reunion*
    The Late John Louisiana
    Over Fifty—Steal*
    The Double Wall
    The Gunrunner
    The Bomber and Mrs. Moroney*

    Season Four
    3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu*
    While You’re At It, Bring In The Moon
    The 90-Second War (2 parts)

    Season Five
    Pig in a Blanket
    V is for Vashion (trilogy)*
    I’m a Family Crook Don’t Shoot
    Thanks for the Honeymoon
    Here Today…Gone Tonight
    Will the Real Mr. Winkler Please Die

    Season Six
    Murder is a Taxing Affair
    The $100,000 Nickel
    The Flipside is Death
    One Born Every Minute*

    Season Seven
    I’ll Kill ’Em Again
    How To Steal A Masterpiece*
    Bones of Contention

    Even if the majority of the best episodes are behind me now, I'm going to stay the course till the end. The show is so well-crafted that even when an episode is off, there's always something worthwhile to find in it, usually the great cinematography.

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  215. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts about season 8 Alan. Although it is one of my least favorites, there are still good episodes throughout it.

    Season 9 was more satisfying, but I will chat with you about that when you reach it.

  216. I think you may be surprised how great the show remains for most of Seasons 8 and 9. Season 10 is still a good, watchable show. The last couple of seasons it is a show that has overstayed it's welcome. When you watch in order, the changes are gradual and nothing seems too out of place. Until the last year.:roll:

  217. Starting season eight!

    801 “Murder – Eyes Only”

    This is the kind of heavily padded two-parter broadcast as one 2-hour episode that I resent in all series that do them. It’s ten-minutes into the episode before we even get a plot point. The weakest Wo Fat episode by far, even weaker than the murder at the circus episode.

    One thing that intrigued me. This is mid-70’s network TV and McGarrett says goddammit. As clear as day. WTF? They don’t even do that in 2017.

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    On his day off, Wo-Fat tours the Arizona Memorial! Don’t get me wrong—I liked it. I’m just….trying to figure out whether or not I should be disturbed.;)

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  218. Carabimero

    On his day off, Wo-Fat tours the Arizona Memorial! Don’t get me wrong—I liked it. I’m just….trying to figure out whether or not I should be disturbed.;)

    What's disturbing about this scene? And I remember liking Murder – Eyes Only. I thought it was a strong outing. I think Five-0 did a good job on their two hour segments. The extra resources help with the production values IMHO.

  219. Carabimero

    This is the kind of heavily padded two-parter broadcast as one 2-hour episode that I resent in all series that do them.

    That's why I don't understand why the need for 2-hour single episodes (except as a season or series premiere)– having one in the middle of the season adds unnecessary bloat, at least IMO.

    I mean, I can see one to premiere a series (gives you time to get to know the setting, the characters, and in general what the series is about), and as a season premiere (they want to start each season off with a bang, as on Knight Rider for the 1983, '84, and '85 seasons), but as a regular mid-season episode– no way!

  220. In the case of Hawaii Five-0 I'm all in for the big two hour episodes. I remember TBS ran a week of Five-0 two hour segments in the 80's. They felt like well made movies. That week of programing made me look for the show in syndication when it aired. "The Year Of The Horse" from season 11 is one of my favorite Hawaii Five-0 episodes. Yes, a season 11 show. Barry Bostwick was awesome in that role. Victoria Principal, George Lazenby and all that great Singapore location filming. The once a year two hour episodes were events.

  221. Blimpoy06

    In the case of Hawaii Five-0 I'm all in for the big two hour episodes. I remember TBS ran a week of Five-0 two hour segments in the 80's. They felt like well made movies. That week of programing made me look for the show in syndication when it aired. "The Year Of The Horse" from season 11 is one of my favorite Hawaii Five-0 episodes. Yes, a season 11 show. Barry Bostwick was awesome in that role. Victoria Principal, George Lazenby and all that great Singapore location filming. The once a year two hour episodes were events.

    I think the only 2-hr. show of Five-O that I ever really enjoyed was "Cocoon," the 1968 pilot film.

  222. Blimpoy06

    In the case of Hawaii Five-0 I'm all in for the big two hour episodes. I remember TBS ran a week of Five-0 two hour segments in the 80's. They felt like well made movies. That week of programing made me look for the show in syndication when it aired. "The Year Of The Horse" from season 11 is one of my favorite Hawaii Five-0 episodes. Yes, a season 11 show. Barry Bostwick was awesome in that role. Victoria Principal, George Lazenby and all that great Singapore location filming. The once a year two hour episodes were events.

    I was so young when these first aired. I remember basically seasons 4, 5 and 6 in first run. I think if I had been older maybe I could have appreciated those two-parters more. My problem with a lot of them is exactly what you like: the increased production value, as crazy as that sounds. For example, in the two-parter I just watched, the navy assisted, and so they are going to show off all those ships and docking procedures and all that, screen time be damned. But for me, the story stops until all that showing off is done. I think of George Lucas making the original Star Wars movie. He put a tremendous amount of time and energy into creating those worlds (the best at it ever, IMHO), but then he zips through so fast the viewer can barely see them because he has a lot of story to tell. Lucas resists the urge to slow down, become self-indulgent, and show off all his production value. So I think Star Wars ruined me! 🙂

    One of the things I love about this show is simply seeing Hawaii the way it was when I visited it as a ten year old.

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  223. Yes, my family watching this show together in the mid 70s inspired our 1976 family vacation to Hawaii. Here we are on the black sand beach. I am the little guy with his arms crossed looking upset because my dad always took the pictures and was never in any of our family photos. I wanted to take the pictures. No one–not even me–knew it yet, but I was already feeling the impulse to become a filmmaker. 🙂

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  224. Carabimero

    Yes, my family watching this show together in the mid 70s inspired our 1976 family vacation to Hawaii. Here we are on the black sand beach. I am the little guy with his arms crossed looking upset because my dad always took the pictures and was never in any of our family photos. I wanted to take the pictures. No one–not even me–knew it yet, but I was already feeling the impulse to become a filmmaker. 🙂

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    I don't blame you for feeling or looking upset there– I'm sure you would have taken some great family shots, as well as those of Hawaii!

  225. Carabimero

    the navy assisted, and so they are going to show off all those ships and docking procedures and all that, screen time be damned.

    Full disclosure time. I'm a veteran. So I love watching these types of procedures. Especially when they are done right by actually service members. Don Bellisario is a TV god to me because of his portrayal of service members and veterans alike. The 1980 film The Final Countdown is catnip to me for all the types of scenes portrayed that bore you. Not everyone enjoys that process.

    That said, I think the fact that Hawaii Five-0 would delve into a variety of story types made it more attractive. Police procedural, espionage, thriller, mystery and melodrama. It had them all.

  226. 802 “McGarrett is Missing”

    Sometimes I can tell in less than a minute if an episode is going to be really good—and I was right about this one.

    Some sharp dialogue and metaphors going on. I love when Five-O goes a little deeper than the average action-detective series.

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    And I enjoyed seeing Steve out having fun at the beginning. I don’t recall seeing him out on the ocean playing before.

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