OK, so we are all pretty much in agreement that, despite Hawaii 50 sporting an ensemble cast, McGarrett is the centre of the H50 universe. As such, we have celebrated his um, talents on this blog since its inception just over a year ago. However, as there ARE other characters in the show besides McGarrett, we thought it would be a nice idea to feature them.
Steve isn’t so sure about the whole ‘H50 is more than just McGarrett’ thing. This was his face in his message to you all last week:
But we’re going ahead anyway.
So each week we are going to shine the spotlight on other characters in the main cast, like these guys:
And this bloke:
And of course:
We’ll also take a look at some of the key recurring characters too. Like these guys:
So we begin by looking at how the team was introduced to the audience. This serves the dual purpose of allowing us to relive some of the moments from the awesome pilot episode. Like this, when McG is asked by the Governor to head up a new special taskforce:
The first team member he ‘finds’ is Detective Danny Williams who has recently relocated to Hawaii from New Jersey to be closer to his daughter. He’d already been assigned to investigate the murder of Steve’s father.
It wasn’t the best of starts – guns were drawn, heads were banged, egos were bruised, and then hey, presto, there is a team of two.
As many of you know, I LOVE the bromance on Show and I was taken in from the get-go by Steve and Danny.
I love it when Steve tells Danny that he doesn’t have to like him and Danny responds by punching Steve, saying: “You’re right. I don’t like you.” Show, I really liked YOU, though.
We also had the first of many carguments. The writers did a great job overall in the pilot of setting up the relationship between Steve and Danny and providing some nice insights into their characters:
So McG has a team of two and next he enlists the help of Chin Ho Kelly, a disgraced HPD detective-turned gift shop worker. We don’t learn much about Chin in the pilot other than that he once worked with Steve’s Dad. Chin says he’s not a dirty cop and that’s good enough for Steve. Chin, you’re in!
Chin proves to be useful right off the bat, obtaining intell from a local and looking rather fetching in an Hawaiian shirt. (Our first look at Kamekona, too, but more on that in future posts :).)
And he’s handy later on in the episode, when he helps McG question Sang Min (although this came back to bite Chin on the butt recently). Chin, you’ve got the arms-folded death stare down pat. Well done you!
So now we have three members in the special task force. Next to join the team was Kono, Chin’s cousin and the only female member. In the original series, Kono was a male character. Here he is:
I like that TPTB decided to make Kono a female in the reboot. There’s equal opportunity pretty as a result I suppose but I am glad that we have a female team member just the same. Interestingly, Grace Park was previously in a rebooted show, Battlestar Galactica, where her character, Boomer, was also originally male.
Kono is brought into the team at Chin’s suggestion, despite not yet having graduated from the police academy. Not to worry, Kono can handle herself. Rookie schmookie!
(Note to surfers of Hawaiian waters: Do not get in Kono’s way!)
Later in the episode, Kono is sent undercover to draw out Sang Min and his people smuggling operation. This a pretty serious assignment and Chin worries about whether Kono is ready for it given her lack of experience. There were some tense moments during Kono’s undercover debut when Sang Min discovers she is really a cop (in all caps, too – total shout out to Momo!).
But she passed her first assignment with flying colours!
So now we have a team. I really loved the final scene – our first taste of the Team Ohana 🙂
There was lots to love in the pilot. Among other things, it is notable for the first ‘bookemdanno’ moment:
And for Danny’s faaaaaaace when Steve is driving like a maniac:
- And for this; totally pertinent to the plot of course:
In future posts, we will feature particular team members – these will be in a sort of ‘best of’ style – to look at how the characters are presented to the audience, how they have developed over the seasons to date, and their relationship to and interactions with McGarrett. We hope you will enjoy these posts and the opportunity to go back through the episodes to date and relive the best moments :).
(Pilot episode pics courtesy of bookemdanno, AoL Rocks and gifs from @neropatti. Pic of the original Kono from http://hawaiifiveo.wikia.com/wiki/Kono_Kalakaua_(1968))