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‘Hawaii Five-0′ is back — but not me

I tried. I really did.

I was a dedicated “Hawaii Five-0″ fan the first season, following the crazy plot lines and budding bromance between Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.

I tweeted about it, I blogged about, I talked about it. Every Monday night I was tuned in, laptop on and iPhone off. This was quality time with me, Caan and some of the most stunning vistas of Hawaii.

I was there for the murders, the drama, the banter, the fun fictitious Hawaii “landmarks” like Kukui High School. I was completely on board.

Then something happened.

Maybe the back-and-forth between O’Loughlin and Caan got old. Maybe the outrageous plots were too much. Or maybe I was getting tired of the blatant product placement — Subway has got to be the worst — that became more commonplace in the second season. But I stopped watching.

And while I’m sure I’m not alone, I don’t represent the majority.

CBS announced today it was renewing “Hawaii Five-0″ for a third season. The popular crime drama won its hour for viewers and among adults 18-49 many times this season, according to Nielsen ratings.

People are watching — just not me.

Anyone else feel the same way? Or tell me what I’m missing!

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Great Debate: McGarrett vs. Danno

Great Debate: McGarrett vs. Danno

It’s almost like choosing between Team Edward or Team Jacob.

(Thanks to all the “Twilight” fans who got that reference.)

Turns out, there are clearly distinct camps when it comes to the two leading men in CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0″, its second season set to premiere on Monday, Sept. 19.

You’re either with the cool, collected Det. Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O’Loughlin) or the fast-talking, high-strung Danny “Danno” Williams (played by Scott Caan).


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I mean, you can’t find more contrasting characters, down to their hair color. One is single, the other divorced. One is stoic, the other emotional. One is by-the-book, the other is by-his-own-book. It’s the Odd Couple recast.

Personally, I’m all about Danno. He’s witty, biting, brutally honest and delivers such gems as this: “You’re like a devourer of dreams. You eat them. You’re like a little Pac-Man in cargo pants.” I vote for him.

So what about you? Are you on Team McGarrett or Team Danno?

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‘Hawaii Five-0′ has to step up its game

‘Hawaii Five-0′ has to step up its game

Millions of people tuned into last night’s season finale of CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0″ — and to mixed reviews.

Fans had a lot to say about the finale, ranging from all-out praise for the show’s cliffhangers and plot twists to unabashed criticism for, well, the show’s cliffhangers and plot twists.

The episode, titled “Oia‘i‘o” (or “trust”), featured every TV plot twist you could think of: wrongful arrest, cold-blooded murder, surprise pregnancy, loyalty shifts, an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons in the possession of the shave ice stand owner. The only thing missing was Grace Park in a bikini.

It was a little much for me, actually. I like being shocked and awed like any other TV-obsessed American. But I didn’t care for the loose plot development leading up to these twists, some of which seem a bit far-fetched and overly convenient. (Even Scott Caan, clearly the fan favorite on the show, thinks some scenes are a bit contrived.)

But there’s no doubt the show offers enough action, humor and “carguments” between Det. Steve McGarrett and Danny “Danno” Williams to garner it a second season. (The show averages 11.9 million viewers every week.)

But Season 2 better be good. And fans are going to have high expectations. They don’t want shallow or emotional storylines. (Folks already didn’t like Danno and his ex-wife getting back together.) They want action, high-speed car chases, gun fights, A-list guest stars, ninjas, female wrestlers and a better wardrobe for Park.

Anyone have suggestions?

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Gimme action and one-liners

Gimme action and one-liners

Anyone catch last night’s “Hawaii Five-0″ — and stay awake until the end?

OK, maybe I’m being a bit too harsh.

But you can’t deny that last night’s episode was, well, a little slower than usual. Sure, the opening scene was exciting with a woman plunging to her death from a zipline on Oahu. (There goes reservation books for ziplines around the state!) And who doesn’t love a car explosion?

But the show started to get confusing — and, let’s face it, a bit too EMO — with the secondary storyline that involved comedian Dane Cook, who guest-starred as Dan “Danno” Williams’ sketchy (and creepy) brother Matthew.

Most of us on Twitter (#H50) were trying to make a connection between Danno’s brother and the scheming murderer who was killing the children of anyone who contributed to his teenage son going to prison for three consecutive DUI convictions (in a week!); he died in jail.

We dug the plot. But there was little attention paid to the development of that story line — or just explosions! — and more to this relationship between Danno and his brother that it lost me. By the second half of the show, I was more engrossed in Twitter and e-mail than watching the show.

And the show wasn’t even funny!

I came to this conclusion: #H50 fans like the action and the one-liners — and not much else. We don’t need sentimental storylines or special guests. (Mogul Sean Combs will guest star in an upcoming episode as NYPD detective Reggie Williams — no relation — who, as the CBS site says, “hunts the streets of Honolulu for the men responsible for a crime against his family.” Good grief.)

The show wasn’t nominated for Favorite Drama in the 2011 Fan Favorite Awards, presented by TVGuide Magazine, because of the laundry list of special guests.

No, we love the bromance between McGarrett and Danno. We love how badly they all speak “bird.” We love seeing familiar — last night @EatGogi made a cameo and last week Liliha Bakery got a shout-out — or trying to figure out where scenes are filmed. And we love the fake companies and one-liners, so much so local designer Valentino Valdez (@valdezign) has compiled a list for T-shirt ideas including Koko Crater Triathlon, Katonk Jeep & Bike Rentals, Kaimuki Country Club and, my personal favorite, Triple Banana, Bitch.

So what did you think of last night’s episode? Digging the special guests? And what makes you tune in every week? Let’s dish!

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My #H50 addiction

My #H50 addiction

Every Monday night, millions of people tune into CBS to watch “Hawaii Five-0,” a slick new rendition of the classic cop show based in the Islands.

And at the same time, thousands of fans log onto Twitter, posting running commentary about the show with the hashtag #H50 (or variations of that). We joke about the bad Pidgin, repeat our favorite lines, point out the inaccurate references and discuss — sometimes in depth — the bromance between Det. Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O’Loughlin) and his partner Dan “Danno” Williams (played by Scott Caan).

This community we’ve created on Twitter is, hands down, the best part about watching the show.

Sure, I’m blown away by the stunning images of my home state. Yes, the acting isn’t awful. And OK, the story lines are getting better.

But I’m really watching it because of #H50. And to be honest, I spend more time twittering than actually watching the show. I’m telling you, the tweets are way more interesting!

Not to mention I’ve met cool peeps like @H50undercover, @WendieJoy, @ileimohala, @LisaLisa98 and @blondeatbeach, who had an extra role in last night’s episode — all of whom dig the show (or tweeting about it) as much as I do.

Honestly, I learn so much more from the #H50 thread than by watching the actual show. Fans tweet in where certain scenes are shot and point out cameos by local celebs. I found out last night who the DJ was at Tiki’s Bar & Grill and which guest star — comedian Dane Cook — will be appearing in the next episode. This is the power of social media.

Last night I made the fateful mistake of taking a nap before the show started. (I had a rough day.) I woke up at 1 a.m., horrified that I had missed the episode. (And there were pirates, too!)

I quickly scanned the #H50 thread and figured out that I had missed something about trolleys, exploding phone books and an “invisible” guy.

So I logged on CBS.com and watched the full episode online. Except it wasn’t the same. Sure, it was entertaining. I mean, three people were killed last night! But I had no one to chat with about Kono Kalakaua’s sweet kung fu move on the escalator or Danno and McGarrett pushing the car by the Tantalus lookout despite it breaking down on Pali Highway. (Uh, right.)

I missed my #H50 friends.

So next week, I won’t miss it.

The chat, not necessarily the episode.

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