"It's not a remake," star Alex O'Loughlin says. "We're not picking up where they left off. It's a reboot, and the characters are very different."
The original Hawaii Five-O was a classic, running from 1968-80. The reboot promises the same high energy action and even a few laughs, but boasts new millennium style, special effects and stunts. Even the recognizable Hawaii Five-O theme song has been punched up.
The action starts when O'Loughlin's character, decorated naval officer Steve McGarrett, returns to Oahu to investigate his father's murder.
McGarrett's plan is to uncover what went down, get revenge and leave again, but Governor Jameson (Jean Smart) has other ideas. She recruits McGarrett to head up an elite new police task force with free reign: his rules, her backing and no red tape.
As the story behind his father's murder unfolds, McGarrett teams up with Jersey transplant Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a big city cop who moves to the island to stay close to his daughter.
"You get some good drama out of the relationship if you have someone who is a fish out of water," exec producer Peter Lenkov previews. "These two guys [will] be front and center in the show, McGarrett clearly leading the unit and Danno being his right-hand man, but really being an equal, in terms of his experience and what he brings to the table."
Two Hawaiian locals, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and his butt-kicking niece Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) close out the team. McGarrett turns to his father's former protege Chin for help, only to find the Honolulu Police Detective has been bumped to federal security patrol after being wrongly accused of corruption.
Chin is keen to get back into the crime fighting game and points McGarrett to rookie Kono, who won't have much of a chance to move up as a cop thanks to her uncle's bad rep. The gorgeous surfer jumps into the action before graduating.
Hawaii Five-O premieres tonight, Monday, September 20 at 10 p.m.
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