DVD Review: HAWAII FIVE-O: The Fifth Season

HAWAII FIVE-O: The Fifth Season
CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: November 18th
MSRP: $49.99

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Al Harrington, Kam Fong, Robert Drivas

The Fifth season of Five-0 brings us the first of the cast changes,not unusual for a long running show. Though being in Hawaii did limit some of the actors to chose from for the minor roles. Gone is Zulu as Kono Kalakaua and enter Al Harrington as Detective. Ben Kokua. Harrington had been on the show before, in fact he played two different bad guys in season four. Also getting a more prominent role is Herman Wedemeyer as Duke, a beat cop who sometimes works undercover.

The guest stars keep flocking to the show as well. Most notably for me was a great episode with William Shatner as a PI. A friend of his was conned while on vacation by a team of blackmailers, Shatner goes undercover to nail them and get his pal’s money back. This season also saw mare episodes on a grand scale with puzzles and elaborate crimes to solve along with cases that have international impact.

I can’t say enough good things about Hawaii Five-0, it holds up well and to me a big part of that is the fact that they were using technology that was as up to date as they could at the time. It’s the fact that the cases get worked and solved that make it so enjoyable. The characters are also much better than I remember from watching as a kid. The show also uses a lot of footage shot around the island on location and it only makes it even better.

If you want some damn fine entertainment on disc that is from a bye gone
era, this is the show you want. It’s still some of the best TV made.

Order season five of Hawaii Five-0 from Amazon.

Jon Jordan