Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book 'em, Danno

There's a new, revival series of Hawaii 5-0 on the way, and that means an updated title sequence and new arrangement of one of the most memorable themes in TV history. The new show stars Alex O'Laughlin as McGarrett, Lost's Daniel Dae-Kim and Galactica's Grace Park (once again taking on a role in a revival show originally played by a man. Interesting niche she's got going on there).


In 1997, there was an unsuccessful attempt to re-launch the franchise with Gary Busey and Russell Wong. Here's that version of the theme/credits:



And here's the original, classic Hawaii 5-0 opening credit and theme:

10 comments:

rogue evolent said...

Thanks for the "heads up" on this show Christopher!
Though usually eschewing any revivals or updated re-makes (especially for classic shows like 5-0) I'll give 'er a try since I love shows that are filmed in Hawaii.
best,
r/e

Charles Gramlich said...

I liked teh original a lot. Not sure I will be able to get into the new one but I'll probably give it a try.

Christopher Mills said...

I've only seen a handful of 5-O's in my life, and I'm probably never going to see the new one.

I just like the theme music and thought it was fun to compare the title sequences from the 70s, 90s and 10s....

Paul R. McNamee said...

If they really wanted to throw a curve (so to speak) they should have cast Grace Park as Wo Fat!

Craig Zablo said...

Love the comparisons of the themes. I watched the original with my grandpa, never saw the 2nd version and will probably give the new one a chance. I still think that they should have kept the original theme music though.

Christopher Mills said...

The second one actually never made it to air, Z. The pilot wasn't picked up by the network.

Still, cool to see what a 90s 5-0 would have looked like.

Janus said...

I do hope that when the show does air, it uses the full version of the theme. That theme is too good not to use the whole thing.

Christopher Mills said...

No modern show is going to spend that much time on the titles. Running times are a lot shorter and there's more commercials. I'm surprised that it's as long as it is (first clip).

Rip Jagger said...

Thanks for posting these. They are a real hoot. I'd argue that this theme and the beginning of the show might be one of the earliest music videos. It's a blend of music and image that snugs so tightly which really hangs it in the memory. The music is strong, but I was taken by how similar the images were from version to version, clearly those have an iconic quality too.

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Mercurie said...

CBS is also reviving The Defenders this fall. It makes me wonder if the network hasn't run out of original ideas!