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Hawaii Five0 - (S06E09)

Drama . Crime . Action

Five-0 goes back to school when a college professor is killed and Danny goes undercover as his replacement.

Episode Title: Hana Keaka (Charade)
Airs: 2015-11-20 at 21:00
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The remake of "Hawaii Five-0" is the best kind of throwback--to the buddy cop films of the 1980s. Think "Lethal Weapon" with a tropical twist.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    This is an excellent remake featuring two actors--Caan and O'Loughlin--who almost seem made for each other.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    CBS has presented viewers with an exciting gift this fall. Their "Five-0" update not only doesn't stink, it's an action-packed, easy-on-the-eyes thrill ride that is slicker and sexier than the original series that aired from 1968 to '80.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    So far, O'Loughlin has come most alive when he's engaged in the premiere's close-quarters, elbow-chopping fight scenes. But it's clear that, like other CBS shows from NCIS to CSI, the team byplay is going to be the heart of Hawaii Five-0. Thank goodness Caan is here to provide gruff humor, and Kim and Park play off each other nicely.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    They make an appealing team, and it doesn't hurt that they're chasing bad guys through the breathtaking--and HDTV-ready--beauty of Hawaii. There's nothing groundbreaking going on here, just old-fashioned action-adventure fun. New old-fashioned fun, that is.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It ain't deep, but the new Five-0 has the setting, it has the style and it has the cast to work.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    O'Loughlin's by-the-book performance is buoyed by a fast-paced script and a splendid supporting cast, including and especially Scott Caan as Danno, that radiates enough hit-making energy to render even Oahu's azure waters and perfect sunsets superfluous.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's an awfully attractive cast, and while the pilot has an often grim tone, it's enjoyable to watch and should fit comfortably into the NCIS network's schedule.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Hawaii Five-0 is a big bag of dumb fun, with a story told as tautly and smoothly as the surface of a Polynesian drum.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hanh Nguyen

    For those who loved the original series, the theme song is intact, and the phrase "Book 'em, Danno" isn't used lightly. Other than that, this "Hawaii Five-0 2.0" is its own beast, slow-roasted in the ground until it's ready for crowd-pleasing perfection.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The ingredients for eye-rolling failure are all here: Sample dialogue: "Your superiors say that you're the best they've ever seen"; foreign terrorists for bad guys; one female team member who makes Maggie Q from "Nikita" look like a prissy hack, and, oh, yes--it's an election year. But Hawaii Five-O works, and for one reason: Scott Caan, who is the second coming of cool.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    O'Loughlin's an impressively taciturn, tense presence" You get the sense that McGarrett could go to a luau and still experience it as a hurt locker. As McGarrett's sidekick Danno, Scott Caan is the opposite: all quick, bantam energy. He steals scenes as coolly as surfers catch waves. [27 Sep 2010, p.53]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    While Hawaii Five-0 Mark II has none of its predecessor's cringe factor, the classic theme music retains its blood-rushing quality with a sharp, updated recording. And when McGarrett first utters the infamous line, "Book 'em Danno," we dare you not to let a little grin escape.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It is, by default, one of the better new shows on the big networks, and it does what it's trying to do very well. But what it's trying to do is very limited in its aims and upside.

    Time Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    This remake keeps the scenery and action--exploding cars and AK-47 gunfights appear to be to Honolulu what thieving politicians and senile I-95 motorists are to Miami--but adds some compelling post-9/11 wrinkles.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    While some criminals may escape, it's all happening in sunny Hawaii; and every time bad guys kick up a fuss, we know the good guys will kick back harder. The closing line, 'Book 'em, Danno,' may be a cultural joke, but it also sounds good as a promise.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The remake of the classic cop series is pretty good--although there are so many explosions, you'd think the volcanoes were all acting up.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The story and the chemistry work, but periodically the action feels rushed, as if we all know the drill and we might as well get it over with. Future episodes may correct that, because they'll need less setup work.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    That effort to seem "contemporary" carries over into the plot too: the new task force has "immunity" from the Governor to do whatever it takes to catch the bad guys, the better to keep up with shows like 24, one presumes. They aren't just detectives, they're a special arm of the law that doesn't have to adhere to "procedure" and "regulations."

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    This is a treatise on personalities rather than systems, its bantering sensibility recalling something more along the lines of "Ocean's Eleven" than "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Yet despite the dude-tastic charisma that Caan brings to Danno, I can't quite see a reason to watch Hawaii Five-0 again, given that each week, the stories will probably feel like something we've already seen on 'NCIS,' 'NCIS Los Angeles' or any number of the 'CSIs.' Bad guys will be caught, the team shall be triumphant. Rinse and repeat.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Peter Swanson

    Hopefully the hyperactive series will mellow into a slightly less frenetic version of itself--out of budget necessity, if nothing else.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's TV at its least challenging, but it has an incredibly gorgeous setting, a pre-sold concept, a cushy time slot, a solid supporting cast and a starmaking turn by Caan.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Still, the raw materials--from the island setting to the underused Kim and Park--have more potential than punch in the pilot, resulting in just another crime procedural with a nifty blue-sky backdrop.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    CBS remakes Hawaii Five-0 as just another piece of turn-your-brain-off escapist fare, a loud, action-packed pilot with little heart and less humor.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    As remakes usually are, Five-0 is too contrived.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    O'Loughlin's American accent has long proved a hindrance, tending to leave him sounding flat and wooden, but he's hardly helped by the writing, which makes even the far more talented Smart sound not so smart, or the plotting, which is dark, and not in a good way.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Scott Timberg

    Some things are better than they were in the '60s--including the top tier of television shows. This just isn't one of them.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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