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The Undercover ohana gets bigger

September 27th, 2011 by

Well I’ve added two new Undercover Special Agents to my staff here in my secret underground bunker!  A few weeks ago, I made the announcement that Terry (@terrysagirl on twitter) is now a regular contributor to the 50undercover.com blog.  Please welcome also Melapaloosa (of popstar.com, @Melapaloosa on twitter) as the latest contributor to the blog!

Terry is working hard to put up the latest photos and news on Facebook and here at the blog.  Also check out the captions at “Oh No He Didn’t” and “Script, Please!” on Facebook. Melapaloosa will contribute the usual wit and snark you read on popstar.

Aloha to them both!

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Season 2 Episode 2, “Ua Lawe Wale”

September 27th, 2011 by

An episode with a lot of “firsts”!

The first official new team member

Fans were eagerly awaiting this episode all week long.  But it wasn’t  with the same excitement for the season 2 premiere, but more of a nervous trepidation, like going up that long incline of a rollercoaster, the  agonizing pause at the top, and then the long plunge downhill.  You’ll either experience the sudden rush of exhilaration, or you’ll find yourself revisiting your lunch.  The only thing that could cause this kind of commotion in the fandom is the introduction of Officer Lori Weston, the new addition to the Five-0 team.

Danny, Steve and Lori investigate at Waimanalo Beach.  (Photo: CBS)

Danny, Steve and Lori investigate at Waimanalo Beach. (Photo: CBS)

Lieutenant Governor Denning‘s introduction of Lori serves two purposes.  Primarily, the LG feels that the Five-0 team needs to be reigned in after running roughshod over every law on the books under Governor Jameson’s watch.  Secondly, Officer Weston fills in the void recently vacated by Officer Kono Kalakaua who is currently under investigation by HPD’s Internal Affairs.

Personally, I loved Laura German’s portrayal of the character.  Lori’s “cute” (according to Danny), “attractive” (according to Steve), intelligent, experienced and definitely not bashful about expressing herself, especially to McGarrett.  We’ve seen Danny and Steve banter back and forth,  but Lori brings a new dimension to the team dynamic, and with her snide “How long have you two been married?” comment, it seems she’ll fit right into the group.

Officer Weston did everything that a new team member should do in the first go around with an established team.  She followed orders, she supported the team in solving the case, she asserted her value, and she even took down a few of the bad guys herself.  This was a gentle introduction of what she can do for the Five-0 team, and hopefully in the future, we’ll see her drop-kicking and leg-dropping bad guys while having her hands bound (yes,  I still have the image of Kono doing that ingrained in my head from last week).

The “Woman’s Day” magazine dialog, and the mutually admiring glances suggest that there might be just be an under-the-covers operation in Lori’s and Steve’s future, but we’ll have to see what Peter Lenkov has in store (Gah! What’s gonna happen to Lt. Rollins?!?). Alex mentioned in an interview at Sunset on the Beach that “every man” has needs, so we’ll see if we delve deeper into Steve’s personal life.

The first time on another island

I love that Peter Lenkov and crew made good on the promise that they’d start filming on other islands.  It’s no easy task to move an entire production team to film on a neighbor island, but each island is unique from the others.  The sweeping aerial shots caught Lana’I at its finest. Granted, the production team did take some artistic license- the fight at the compound was filmed at a Waialua ranch on O’ahu.

The first appearance of Tom Sizemore

Tom’s first appearance in Five-0 left an impression.  As Captain Fryer, he’s intimidating, overbearing and immediately unlikeable…and Tom is perfect for the part.  Fryer strikes me as someone who is out to do his job, and whether it wins or loses him any friends is irrelevant.

On that note, I’m liking where Kono’s storyline is going.  We’ve finally seeing more vulnerability to her character and Grace Park plays it well.  I don’t think the writers gave Grace a lot of material in season 1, and since it looks like season 2 is a lot about Kono’s career falling apart, we’ll see a lot more of Grace.

The first time in the countryside

I give the writers a standing ovation for trying something completely different.  They take our heroes out of the city for half the episode and drop them on the back roads of Lana’i.  Seeing the Jersey boy, Danny on horseback was quite a sight, despite being privy to the behind the scenes shots floating around for a month.  The gunfight on the ranch was reminiscent of classic westerns, but of course the modern twist to all of this was McGarrett running down a Cessna on horseback.   Only McG can manage to shoot out the tires after dismounting, preventing the plane from taking off.  Of course I think it would have been more epic to have McG jump from the horse, onto the plane, and bring the plane down with the sheer weight of his awesomeness. *Applause*

I think the episode faltered with the “cult” dynamic.  While it was necessary for the story to have an abductor who was not keen on modern medicine, I never had the feeling that there was actually a cult which did cultish things and brainwashed people with promises of alien landings in 2012.

Another weak step of the episode was the sudden departure of Jenna.  We were left thinking that Jenna is in cahoots with Wo Fat, and if she is, I would imagine she’d try to undermine the Five-0 team from within.  But the sudden news that her fiancé may still be alive, and her abrupt departure makes me wonder as to where the writers are going with this storyline.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, “Ua Lawe Wale”.

1)       Everyone keeps a pistol in the entry way table of their house here in Hawaii, in the noisiest drawer.

2)      The Hawaiian Amish cult of Lana’i hates modern medicine.  But loves guns.   And hand made horse drawn buggies.

Did you notice…?

McG was sussed up in a blazer, dress shirt and dress slacks for the LG?  And he was pantsless, well cargo-pantsless, for the entire episode!

The Molokai2Oahu race is a 32 mile stand-up paddleboard race held every July.

The “Maile Alert” for missing children is modeled after the “Amber Alert” system, and named after Maile Gilbert.  Her murder in 1985 led to the creation of the Maile Alert system in Hawaii.

One of the social networking posts on Jen’s wall read “Come on out to Lanikai this weekend.  Free lessons for the keikei!”  Lanikai is a nice, secluded beach in Kailua.  “Keikei” should read “Keiki” which is Hawaiian for “children”.

How badass was Chin on the Harley?

Kono is a graduate of Pi’ikoi High School, home of the Pi’ikoi Kings (referenced on her yearbook Captain Fryer was holding).  The Kings played the fighting Nuts of Kukui High School in S1Ep3, “Malama Ka Aina”.

“Ua lawe wale” is Hawaiian for “taken”, referring to the fact that Lori Weston has taken Kono Kalakaua’s place on the team. ;)

Update: “Jen no ka oi” printed on Jen’s parent’s shirts is Hawaiian for “Jen’s number one”.

Aussie and UK Hawaii Five-0 season 2 airdates

September 22nd, 2011 by

Undercover Special Agent Taz tells me that Aussies should expect Hawaii Five-0 season 2 premiering September 28th at 9:30 on TEN.

As for the UK, I’ve seen announcements that say October and early 2012.  So if anyone has insight on this, please add to the comments!

Hawaii Five-0 soundtrack release date set for October 4th

September 22nd, 2011 by

The Hawaii Five-O: Original Songs From The Television Series soundtrack is slated for an October 4th release.

Hawaii Five-0 soundtrack cover

Hawaii Five-0 soundtrack cover

From amazon.com:

CBS Records will release a specially-produced soundtrack for the hit television series Hawaii Five-0 on Tuesday, October 4. Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs From The Television Series features brand new and previously unreleased tracks from some of music s most popular artists including Bob Dylan, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, The Swell Season, Switchfoot, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro that are available exclusively on this soundtrack.

Hawaii Five-0 producers listened to dozens of submitted tracks before choosing the ones best suited for this season s upcoming storylines. Hawaii Five-0: Original Songs From The Television Series stands apart from TV soundtracks which merely compile a selection of songs that were heard in a series previous episodes. Instead, as a result of this creative process, this collection features mostly brand-new and previously unreleased tracks that will be integrated into upcoming episodes this season.

Of particular note from this collection is a previously-unreleased Bob Dylan track, “Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away.” This island-flavored gem dates from recording sessions in the early 1980s, and was newly mixed and mastered for this soundtrack after being locked in the vaults for nearly 30 years.

As Hawaii Five-0 Executive Producer Peter Lenkov explains, “Music plays a big role in our show, and we are thrilled that so many great artists have provided us with exclusive tracks that can be so well integrated into our second season episodes. As a result, fans will be able to experience a soundtrack album that is truly representative of Hawaii Five-0.”

The soundtrack also includes the first commercial release of the “Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme” that was newly recorded for the series launch in 2010. Also featured is a suite of the show s score, “Book em Danno” produced and arranged by Brian Tyler and Keith Power, which they assembled specifically for this album. Songs featured in the show s first season — “Closer” from Corrine Bailey Rae and Hawaiian standard “Hi Ilawe” from John Cruz are also included.

Hawaii Five-0 airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The show is a contemporary take on the classic series about a new, elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands sun-drenched beaches. Nearly 12 million people watch Hawaii Five-0 on CBS each week, making it one of the most popular television

TRACK LISTING:

1. Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme
2. World Upside Down (Jimmy Cliff)
3. The Best of Me (Goo Goo Dolls)
4. Out of Control (Switchfoot)
5. Should We Believe (Train)
6. Closer (Corrine Bailey Rae)
7. Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away (Bob Dylan)
8. Ukulele Five-0 (Jake Shimabukuro)
9. Love That’s Bigger (The Swell Season)
10. Pass It On (Ziggy Marley)
11. Hi’ilawe (John Cruz)
12. Book em Danno (Brian Tyler and Keith Power)

Supposedly Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Closer” is from season 1, but it doesn’t come up on my (almost) complete season one track listing on the Music page.  According to my page, none of the other songs are from season 1 either.  They may appear sometime in season 2 however.  I’m happy that there are two Hawaiian music performers on the CD:  John Cruz plays a great slack key guitar, and Jake Shimabukuro is a master on the ukulele.  But this being the “Hawaii” Five-0 soundtrack, I’d expect a little more Hawaii in it.  While I know not *every* song can appear on the soundtrack, I don’t think a one CD soundtrack would do the show justice especially if songs from local groups (Hapa and Ho’onua) and even the rock tracks from season 1 were excluded.

Promo photos for “Ua Lawe Wale”

September 22nd, 2011 by
Lauren German in Hawaii Five-0. (Photo: Norman Shapiro)

Lauren German in Hawaii Five-0. (Photo: Norman Shapiro)

New promo photos for “Ua Lawe Wale”, the second episode of season 2 up on Facebook. Appearing for the first time on the show Lauren German and Tom Sizemore!

Cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot) to be back on Hawaii Five-0

September 21st, 2011 by

Do you think he’ll get another free ride on the hood of Danny’s Camaro?

From tvguide.com:

Bronson Pinchot will return in Season 2 as nefarious art dealer Bastille, who will once again team up with McGarrett. “Us three are in cahoots,” says Hannah Cornett, who plays Bastille’s gatekeeper. “We’ll be teaming up and maybe one of the good guys goes to the bad side, but it’s for the greater good overall.”

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, S2 Ep 1 “Ha’i'ole”

September 20th, 2011 by

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, S2 Ep 1 “Ha’i'ole”

Getting back in gear

Last year’s final episode closed out with the Five-0 team in shambles.  McGarrett storms the Governor’s mansion to confront Governor Jameson in order to clear his name.  But through a surprise twist, Wo Fat frames him for the Governor’s murder.  He’s arrested by Chin Ho who seems to have turned his back on the Five-0 team to join the HPD.  Kono finds herself under investigation for the missing money from the evidence locker, and Danny was on the verge of leaving the island altogether.

How do you top that?

Executive producers Peter Lenkov, Bob Orci, and writers managed to deliver a high paced episode that charges forward and picks up where season one left off.  The first five minutes before the opening credits wowed viewers and guaranteed that we were going to be in for one hell of a ride.

The episode opened beautifully, showing the Five-0 team members coping with the team’s break up in their own way…Kono out on the water, Danny reaching out to Steve’s former trainer Lt. Cdr. Joe White (Terry O’Quinn) and Chin attending the funeral of Governor Jameson.

Cut to Halawa Prison with a swoon worthy shot of McG’s prison workout.   He’s called to the prison yard for a visitor.  But it’s Victor Hesse who appears, striding purposefully out into the courtyard.   The ensuing fight between our hero and the villain left the SOTB audience on edge, and a huge gasp escaped from them as Victor plunged the shiv into McGarrett.

But it doesn’t stop there!  Despite being suspended, Kono gets involved in the investigation.   She manages to kick Wo Fat’s bodyguard’s (MMA fighter Egan Inoue) butt using nothing but leg.  That’s right.  All.  Leg.  With the help of Lt. Cdr. White, she even eliminates the arms dealer with her pistol, but only because he was a few feet out of a proper leg drop.

The episode slowed down only a few times, and with perfect purpose.  McG seeks shelter at Dr. Max Berman’s apartment (played by series regular Masi Oka).  With Max thrown into the mix, the banter has the potential for a lot more laughs. How ambitious are the writers to throw in a Muppet, Star Wars and Star Trek reference into one scene?  Masi channels his inner Egon Spengler and steals the scene with his lines, “Technically speaking Yoda didn’t have telepathic abilities.”

I do have one bone I have to pick; I’m not a big fan of writers fast forwarding the storyline with narration.  I’m talking about  Joe White giving the rundown on the Japanese medal, John McGarrett, Mokoto, all in a span of a few minutes.  I understand that telling a story in 45 minutes requires certain liberties, and this is one of them.  The huge message communicated in this scene is that McGarrett is continually learning things about his father that he never knew.

Father figure

Last season, Steve lost his father, and tracking down the murderer became his sole motivation.  He managed to fill the void of his loss with his sister Mary Ann (Taryn Manning) and his Five-0 ohana.  But the introduction of Lt. Cdr. Joe White into the story adds a refreshing dynamic to the story- McGarrett has gained a father figure to look up to.  The big tell of this new relationship is Joe’s favorite term of endearment for Steve- “son”.  There’s no one better to assume that role than the man who trained McG how to fight and survive.  This season will be interesting in that McG will learn more about his father through the eyes and memories of Joe White, as they both slowly unravel the murders of Steve’s parents.  I have a feeling that White knows more than he’s leading on…

The new Five-0 Ohana

I loved the scene where the newly reassembled Five-0 team and their support members are sitting around the conference table.  This is the new cast of characters for season 2 perfectly framed for us fans…our four main heroes, their informant Kamekona and their newfound friend Max Bergman.  We have yet to meet Lori Weston (Lauren German), but being placed on the team by the Lt. Governor, I have a feeling that she won’t be so welcome to the group at first.

Someone slips off the sheet cover off the magic table, someone else pops the tops off some Kona Longboard lager, they joke around about employment opportunities for Kono, and all seems to be fine.

Well, almost fine.  Kono still needs to face the Internal Affairs investigator (Tom Sizemore), and Danny seems to be distracted by Rachel’s return to Stan.

Speaking of which, one thing that has been bothering me (although I’m not motivated to picketing or petitions just yet) is the sudden and quick explanation about Rachel’s return.  According to Danny, Rachel misjudged the term of her pregnancy, which I interpreted to mean that the baby is not Danny’s, but Stan’s after all.  Danny knocking up his ex-wife who was still married to another man, caused great consternation to many in the fandom, some of whom were very vocal to Peter via the social media.  I myself was neither offended nor disappointed, but just took it to be another milestone in the story, and one more dramatic conflict that the characters needed to overcome.  Not so long ago, a pregnant Rachel thought she was going to escape the island with the father of her child. But having since found out that the baby was conceived with her husband, she does a complete 180 and moves back to the island to work it out with him.  This sudden turn of events may be interpreted as the writer’s attempt to extract themselves from an unpopular story development.  Then again, maybe it’s Danny’s after all…but can the characters and the fandom survive this emotional yo-yo?  All of this is speculative, so we’ll see what happens.

And who would have thought…

In his own words, Victor Hesse said that he was a loose end that Wo Fat needed to tie up, so no one should be surprised that Wo Fat got to him.  But who would have thought that Jenna Kaye was complicit in all of this?

Now before you non-fans of Jenna start high fiving each other on the righteousness of your clairvoyance, consider the following fact.  Would the writers get us so emotionally invested with Jenna, the story of her fiancé, and her cute quirkiness, just to have her be a mole for Wo Fat?  I think it’s got to be a lot deeper than that.  Wo Fat has somehow leveraged something against Jenna, and she’s an unwilling accessory to all of this.  Could her fiancé still be alive, but held hostage by Wo Fat…?

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, “Ha’i’ole”

Despite their best efforts, the braddahs of HPD get easily taken down by Navy SEALS, New York City policemen (“Ho’opa’i”), and hired assassins (“E malama”).

Hawaii is still beautifully saturated in blues and greens!

Did you notice…?

The Honolulu Boy Choir sang “Hawaii Pono’i” the state anthem at Governor Jameson’s funeral.

The primary ingredient of a dirty bomb is lime Kool-Aid.

“Ha’i'ole” is Hawaiian for “unbreakable”, referring to Danny’s pompadour.

Update:  Thanks for all the comments Agents!  I haven’t been able to read through them all, but someone brought this up to me.  How did the video which cleared McGarrett end up  on an SD card get into a locker *after* both Laura Hills and John McGarrett were killed?  Moreover, there’s usually only one key to these kinds of lockers, McGarrett being the only one with it.  Those are the only two people who we know were helping McG?  Hmm….?

Update: Did you notice…?

Mokoto lives on “Pu’u Ikena Drive” which is actually on Hawaii Loa Ridge, between the filming locations of the Bayer Estate (McGarrett’s house) and the Summer Street house (Rachel and Stan’s house).  Lots of McMansions up there.  In the episode, Mount Tantalus (or simply Tantalus) is the given location.

Max’s keychain has a Star Trek “USS Enterprise” miniature.  The sequel to the rebooted Star Trek film franchise is produced by Hawaii Five-0 producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Max’s car is a VW “Thing”, one of the ugliest cars ever made.  “WARP 9″ on the license plate refers to the fastest possible speed that a warp drive engine can achieve in the Star Trek universe.  And you’re probably not so shocked that I didn’t have to google that warp information. [NERD POWERS, ACTIVATE!]

Joe White told Chin, Steve and Danny to go after the boat while he “covers” Kono.  That’s the Five-0 equivalent of Velma, Scoob and Shaggy going one way, and Fred and Daphne going the other.  Plus, he didn’t have to run as far or as fast. Win!

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck show discussing the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 premiere

September 19th, 2011 by

Mike Buck invited me to go on the air tonight to talk story about the nationwide premiere of the “Hawaii Five-0″ season 2 premiere.  He’ll discuss the episode tomorrow morning when he fills in for Rick Hamada, at about 8:00 AM.

Listen to our conversation about today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser write up, and the new cast members.

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, September 19, 2011, Hawaii Five-0 season 2 premiere night (15:09)

Scott Caan looks sharp for the Emmys

September 19th, 2011 by

Scott Caan presented along with Anna Paquin (True Blood) at last night’s Emmy’s.  Check out the photos on Facebook.  No wiccans were accosted during filming.

Scott Caan and Anna Paquin at  the 63rd Emmy's.  (Photo: FOX/ATAS)

Scott Caan and Anna Paquin at the 63rd Emmy's. (Photo: FOX/ATAS)

Mike Gordon covers the Hawaii Five-0 season 2 premiere in a big way

September 19th, 2011 by

Read Mike Gordon’s coverage in today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser.  Make him even happier and subscribe!  Read Mike’s rundown on season 2 previews, his recap of the cast of characters and supporting cast, and also read Burl Burlingame’s review of the soon to be released season 1 DVD.

Who’s excited about the premiere tonight?!?

McGarrett starts in pokey with fresh faces on way
By Mike Gordon

Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly, Alex O’Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams in a scene from tonight’s season premiere.

“Hawaii Five-0″ opens its second season tonight with an episode titled “Ha‘i‘ole” (“Unbreakable”). Steve McGarrett is in jail wrongly accused of murdering Gov. Jameson.
His partner Danno arrives one day with a surprise visitor to help out. The regular cast is all here — Alex O’Loughlin,Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park — along with series regular Masi Oka as Dr. Max Bergman, who gets promoted to the opening credits.
This episode is packed with guest stars: Terry O’Quinnas McGarrett’s one-time Navy SEAL mentor Lt. Cmdr. Joe White, Larisa Oleynik as CIA analyst Jenna Kaye, Taylor Wily as shave ice entrepreneur Kamekona, Mark Dacascos as the evil Wo Fat, James Marsters as terrorist Victor Hess, Richard T. Jones as Lt. Gov. Sam Denning and even William Sadler as McGarrett’s murdered father, John.

In future episodes, guest stars will include Oscar winnerPatty Duke as an Alzheimer’s patient confronted with the murder of her son. In a rare television appearance, Peter Fonda will play a con artist who poses as a treasure-hunting sea captain. Greg Grunberg of “Heroes” will play an immigration officer who monitors smuggling activities.
“Hawaii Five-0″ airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on KGMB. See more photos from tonight’s episode at honolulupulse.com.

Firepower from Sizemore, O’Quinn boosts an explosive new season
By Mike Gordon

The promises are bold: more action, greater drama and powerful guest stars.
It seems that everything about “Hawaii Five-0″ was pumped up for its second season. But the creators of the show — executive producers Peter Lenkov and Paul Zbyszewski — say it’s true.

“We can back it up,” Zbyszewski said. “We’ve seen the footage.”

Both men have had a hand in writing episodes for the new season and have watched with genuine awe as more than one wild dream became reality.

“The first few episodes had some pretty amazing sequences that you will not find on any other TV show on any other network,” Zbyszewski said.

But their designs on the hit show go deeper than that.

“We were thinking big with our stories as well in terms of our mysteries and making stories more compelling and more complex,” Lenkov said. “I think we have a lot of good twists and turns and surprising endings to these stories.”

During the break between seasons the “Five-0″ creators recruited some serious talent, including actors in pivotal roles that stretch across multiple episodes.

Topping the list are Terry O’Quinn, who won an Emmy for his role in the global hit “Lost,” and Tom Sizemore, a Golden Globe nominee who has starred in such films as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Black Hawk Down.”

The relationship between O’Quinn’s character, Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Joe White, and McGarrett, his one-time student, created a new dynamic as the cameras rolled, Zbyszewski said.

“McGarrett has always been the guy with all the answers, who solves every problem for everybody like a superhero,” he said. “But to have him have a moment of vulnerability or even weakness and have to turn to somebody and say, ‘Hey I need your help,’ brings out something in his character that we haven’t seen before. And that’s refreshing.”

O’Quinn was always on the “Five-0″ casting wish list. The creators knew he was a powerful actor but unsure what would actually happen between O’Quinn and Alex O’Loughlin. The O’team delivered.

“We were hoping for chemistry,” Zbyszewski said. “But again, you are writing in a vacuum, and until you see footage and chemistry, you don’t know if things will work. But we got lucky. Terry is amazing.”

Sizemore, who plays a police internal affairs captain named Vince Fryer, brings credibility, Lenkov said.

“He is a force of nature,” Lenkov said. “He is a really strong actor and somebody who can do a lot with very little. And he really fits the role. We created this character because we needed somebody to really stand up to Five-0, stand up to McGarrett. It couldn’t be someone who just physically stood up to him; it had to be mentally as well. And I think Tom Sizemore is an intimidating guy.”

 Action, insights, extras tied up in neat little box
By Burl Burlingame

CBS has always packaged its legacy shows well, and the “Hawaii Five-0: The First Season” boxed DVD collection — available Tuesday — is no exception. Although the packaging is minimalist and functional, there’s plenty of extra stuff here for fans.

For everybody else the show’s oversaturated visuals and thunderous action sequences really crank on a DVD system with 5.1 surround sound. The digital transfer looks good, if a bit hard-edged.

The extras kick off with audio commentary overdubbed on the pilot episode by “Five-0″ honchos Peter Lenkov, Len Wiseman and Roberto Orci. We discover, for example, that they were wondering whether Alex O’Loughlin could carry off playing a naval officer, and then, on the first day of shooting, he showed up in Navy dress blues, framed against the USS Missouri. One of the producers marvels that O’Loughlin appears so perfect that he “looks like a strippergram.”

Another laments that they never digitally erased O’Loughlin’s earring holes.
We also learn that fake mountains were digitally added in some shots to make things more Hawaiian-y, that “product placement, baby” is important, and that they were surprised by the amount of rain and wrote a fierce downpour into an early scene. Of course, the day they shot it, it was bright and sunny.

The audio commentary has these gossipy nuggets, of course. The real value is in learning about the real-life problems and constraints constantly facing the production team. Scott Caan was cast late, and every day O’Loughlin would cry out, “Where’s my Danno? Where’s my Danno?”

Almost every episode features deleted scenes. In the pilot the deleted scenes were fairly crucial, including an extended expository funeral scene that establishes McGarrett’s relationship with his sister and father and sets up the toolbox scene; a funny bit as Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) browbeats an underage shoplifter; and villain James Marsters swimming ashore after being shot.

Each of the six discs contains at least one featurette. “Legacy” is a short that links the new and old shows. We learn that “Five-0″ is deliberately more of an action show than a stodgy police procedural and that Kim was the first major character cast, the shooting of his pilot scenes overlapping the last days of “Lost.”

“Picture Perfect — The Making of the Pilot” is about exactly that. The first table reading was videoconferenced from Hawaii with CBS execs on the mainland, and O’Loughlin and Caan met there for the first time. And Caan had a moustache.

“Grace Park’s Hawaiian Tour” is a short travelogue that incorporates hula in Kapiolani Park, Hawaiian grinds at Helena’s, stand-up paddle surfing and shave ice.

There’s a music video of the Hollywood stage musicians rerecording the theme music to modern standards — some musicians played on the original version way back when. They tried a guitar version, “and we could not have been more wrong,” said Alex Kurtzman. “You don’t mess with the theme song.”

“Inside Comic-Con” essays the cast and producers dipping their toes in the gigantic San Diego convention. They were unsure how it would play because the “Five-0″ premiere was still several months away. True to ComicCon form, the audience was mostly curious about Grace Park — a fanboy fave from her role on “Battlestar Galactica” — wearing bikinis. Lenkov points out that “Daniel and Grace are pretty huge in the ‘genre world.’”

“Shore Lines — The Story of Season One” are quickie recaps of each episode, and a good way to get up to speed. Despite all the bang-bang, boom-boom, the theme beneath is always the concept of a surrogate family.

“Aloha Action” focuses on the kinetic show’s wall-to-wall stunts, courtesy of stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente, who earned an Emmy nod for his work here. We learn O’Loughlin loves action and stunts more than acting.

“Gag Reel” is the usual stuff of actors muffing lines and being charming. What’s clear is that the cast and crew are having a good time.

It winds up with the rather weak promo “Inside the Box,” explaining that the Champ toolbox is the series’ secret weapon, it’s MacGuffin. The writers just have to have clues fall out of the toolbox to gin up a new plot.

The DVD set is priced at $64.99, but amazon.com is selling it for $37.99.

Inside Five-0: Main Cast
By Mike Gordon

Actor: Alex O’Loughlin
Steve McGarrett
A Navy SEAL, Lt. Cmdr. Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) returns to Hawaii in the season one premiere after his father, John McGarrett (William Sadler), is murdered by terrorist Victor Hess (James Marsters). McGarrett is recruited by Gov. Pat Jameson (Jean Smart) who asks him to head an elite task force — later to be named Hawaii Five-0 — that will operate outside the law in its search for criminals.

He soon discovers that his mother, who died when he was 16, was killed in a car bomb meant for his father, and not in what he thought was a car accident — and that his parents’ murders are related. Steve’s investigation leads to the arrest of yakuza crime boss Hiro Noshimuri (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and his first encounter with arch-villain Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos).

Wo Fat turns out to be the mastermind and had long wanted an end to the elder McGarrett’s interest in his criminal activities, the evidence of which is contained in a toolbox dubbed the Champ Box. But after the Champ Box is stolen, Steve mysteriously begins receiving items from the box that are clues to the truth.

After getting a skeleton key that was in the box, he realizes it opens a drawer in an antique desk in the governor’s office. He concludes that his father was killed because he was close to exposing Jameson’s connection to Wo Fat. But when Steve breaks into the governor’s office and confronts her, he gets Tasered by Wo Fat, who then calmly shoots Jameson and puts the weapon in McGarrett’s hand.

Arriving police book McGarrett for murder.

Season two opens with McGarrett doing cellblock push-ups in an orange prison jumpsuit. What happens next is the TV equivalent of being shot from a cannon. O’Loughlin considers it unconventional, dynamic television.

“The crime stories are really good, and all the stuff with Wo Fat is really exciting but the action this season so far is really huge,” O’Loughlin said. “I have jumped out of an airplane, galloped across Lanai on a quarter horse, driven a speedboat and scuba-dived to 200 feet. There are all kinds of things happening.”

The show’s creators have generated an almost breathless pace.

“The guys keep delivering the material, and somehow here in production we keep delivering the performance,” he said. “It has taken a lot. We have worked a lot of hours. We have worked some weekends but I think it’s worth it. Hopefully everyone will feel the same way.”

Actor: Scott Caan
Danny Williams
Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan) was a New Jersey cop who moved to Hawaii after his ex-wife Rachel (Claire van der Boom) relocated to the islands with their daughter and her new husband. He met Steve McGarrett in the first episode during his investigation of the elder McGarrett’s murder.

McGarrett convinced Danno to join the “Hawaii Five-0″ task force by telling him the unconventional job would allow him to make Hawaii a safer place for his daughter.
Working in Hawaii is a tough fit for Danno, who doesn’t like the ocean and the state’s laid-back sensibilities. He insists on proper procedures and the belief that the uniform of police authority is a dress shirt and tie. He doesn’t surf and would prefer a baseball game to a hike in the tropical wilderness. And, at least initially, he didn’t like his ex-wife. When she called his cellphone, the ringtone was the shriek from “Psycho.”

What he does like are malasadas and Coco Puffs from Liliha Bakery.

Danno has a younger brother, Matt Williams (Dane Cook), a Wall Street broker who visited him in Hawaii. But Matt was on the run from federal agents and forced his brother to ignore that so he could escape.

Unknown to everyone on the task force except McGarrett, Danno reconciled with Rachel, and she told him, as the season ended, that she was pregnant with his child and was leaving her husband to return to New Jersey. Danno said he would go with her — but that was before McGarrett ended up in the slammer in need of the team’s help.

Danno apparently won’t be pining for his ex for too long. Autumn Reeser, from “Entourage” and “The O.C.,” has been booked on the show as a love interest.

Because the show is already successful, the addition of several recurring characters in the second season lends more creative flexibility to the stories on “Five-0,” Caan said.

“I think what they are doing is trying to expand the show as much as they can because you are not going to lose what we already have,” he said. “And the idea would be to make the show bigger and have more people for other people to fall for and enjoy and be excited to watch.”

New cast members also challenge Caan’s acting skills, he said.

“As much as I like working with everyone I did last year, doing a show like this, it does feel like the same old characters,” he said. “So it’s somebody else to play with. And everyone so far has been super-cool. I hope they keep adding characters. It keeps things fresh.”

Actress: Grace Park
Kono Kalakaua
As season one began, the greenest cop on “Five-0″ was young Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), who was recruited for the team by her cousin Chin before she even graduated from the police academy.

Kono was a professional surfer but had to leave the circuit after she blew out her knee. She decided to become a cop.

With “Five-0,” Kono was often tapped for undercover work that drew on her beauty, but she could kick butt, too.

Her private life remained private throughout the season. Her story arc included a sense of loyalty, strong family ties and a few naughty texts sent as bait to a bad guy. She often challenged her cousin’s ethical decisions.

But her trust in those around her got her arrested as the “Five-0″ task force was disbanded in the season one finale.

During the first five episodes of season two, Park gets to really dig into her character in a way she wasn’t able to last season.

“I’ve really enjoyed exploring the other side of Kono and her life without ‘Five-0,’” she said. “The weird thing is, we don’t give away so much about what she is going through, but you know she is going through something.”

Weirder still, Park doesn’t know what’s going on, either. So she guessed.

“She is probably asking herself a lot of questions that Chin asked himself when he was going through his scandal,” Park said.

“I think where we started going by the end of last season, where we explored the story line of each individual character, that is a story line you can keep exploring,” she said. “I think it’s fun because it’s available, and that’s pretty limitless because that’s the entire world of drama.”

Actor: Daniel Dae Kim
Chin Ho Kelly
Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) was working as a security guard when he met Steve McGarrett in the very first episode. They immediately realized they had several connections: Both were star quarterbacks at Kukui High School, and McGarrett’s father was Chin’s mentor when he joined the Honolulu police force.

Chin explained to McGarrett that he was dismissed from the force after being accused of stealing $200,000 from the police department’s asset forfeiture locker. Steve didn’t care and enlisted Chin for “Five-0.”

The stolen money, though, was really taken by Chin’s Uncle Keako (Sab Shimono), a police officer whose wife, Auntie Mele (Elizabeth Sung), needed an expensive but lifesaving kidney transplant. Chin knew this and took the rap for his uncle. After Auntie Mele died, Chin’s uncle confessed to the crime. Chin tried to keep the lie intact, but the police brass didn’t believe him and reinstated him in the season one finale.

For the new season, Kim wants the show’s creators to build on the solid foundation created last season — and give his character a bit more action. (Wink, wink.)

Chin did have an awkward meet-up last season with his ex-fiancee Malia, a doctor played by Reiko Aylesworth, who is due to return in the new season. Tune in to see whether that relationship will be rekindled despite the bad blood between Kono and Malia.

“I think what I would like to see this season is more of an exploration of Chin’s love life and for Chin to get involved in some more physical action,” Kim said. “He’s more cerebral than some of the other players on the show, and I would like to see him mix it up a little.”
Relationships with more depth not only will enhance the story arc, but will attract new viewers, Kim said.

“I think if we can make the character stories more complex, intertwine the procedural element with the personal stories, then I think we will be able to draw in a viewer we didn’t have in the first season and keep the ones that were loyal to us from the start entertained,” he said.

The new actors recruited to the cast have injected energy into the show, but how that will play with fans remains to be seen, Kim said.

“It’s a good question and one to which the answer won’t come forth until the episodes air, I think,” Kim said. “If we do it improperly, then it will seem like our brand is becoming diluted. But if we do it well, I think it enhances us.”

Inside Five-0: Supporting Cast
By Mike Gordon

Actor: Terry O’Quinn
Lt. Cmdr. Joe White
As the Navy SEAL who trained McGarrett years earlier, Lt. Cmdr. Joe White is a tough, wily veteran who arrives in Hawaii in the first episode of season two to help his old friend.
He’s played by Terry O’Quinn and will be a recurring member of the “Five-0″ team.
O’Quinn played John Locke on the popular ABC series “Lost,” which also filmed in Hawaii, and said he’s still learning what his new character is all about. His goal is to create a realistic persona.

“I like the fact that he is steely but doesn’t have to be Clint Eastwood,” O’Quinn said. “I think he can be a guy who can also just be a guy. When you meet a lot of people in the military, they don’t all walk around looking like they can chew on barbed wire, but they will do whatever they’re asked to do.”

The new role reunites O’Quinn with fellow “Lost” alumnus Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly. Kim said his friend brings “class, professionalism and a sense of relaxed ease” to “Five-0.”

“I think Terry has a very strong sense of who he is and what he brings to the table,” Kim said. “He has a great way of setting an example without consciously trying to.”

Surprisingly, not everyone on the “Five-0″ set had heard of O’Quinn.

“I didn’t know who Terry was because I wasn’t a fan of ‘Lost,’” said Grace Park, who stars as Kono Kalakaua. “I got a glare shot my way because I didn’t jump up and shake his hand when I met him. Then we started doing a read-through, and he is very good and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, who is this guy?’”
Actress: Lauren German
Lori Weston
Assigned by Lt. Gov. Sam Denning (Richard T. Jones) to make sure the “Five-0″ team follows the rules, Lori Weston is a former Homeland Security officer with solid profiling skills.
The recurring character is played by Lauren German and will first appear in the second episode of the new season. Her new character is a hard-working professional who’s smart, German said.

“I get thrown into the mix, and McGarrett has no say in the matter,” she said. “McGarrett is like, ‘Who is this person I have to work with now?’ It was fun playing that dynamic.”

Her character has also been described as a potential love interest for McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), but German is still waiting for her first kiss.

“I’ve been here for 2 1/2 months, and nothing of the sort has come up in the scripts,” she said. “Alex and I are … just buddies on the show, which is great because I feel it will allow me to stick around longer.”
Actor: Masi Oka
Dr. Max Bergman
The city’s quirky coroner, who likes to play the piano in his morgue, will have an expanded role in season two investigating cases for the “Five-0″ team.
Played by Masi Oka, the character of Dr. Max Bergman is the designated science guy, but his manners are so odd, he always provides comic relief.

“What I like about him is the surprise,” Oka said. “He’ll say things that are completely unexpected.”

Oka has been talking with the show’s writers in the hopes they will like his ideas about Bergman — he can’t reveal them yet — and how to expand the character.
In the first episode of season two, fans are going to learn more the coroner than they knew last season. The show will even take viewers to his home — in Kalihi.

“There are a bunch of things I pitched the writers, and hopefully some of the stuff they loved,” Oka said.

Inside Five-0: Also Starring
By Mike Gordon

Actor: Tom Sizemore
Capt. Vince Fryer
Tom Sizemore, who has worked with the likes of directors Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, will have a multi-episode story arc as Capt. Vince Fryer of the Honolulu Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division. A former Detroit homicide detective, Fryer goes head to head with McGarrett.

What’s that like for Alex O’Loughlin? He loves it.

“I’m a young actor, and he has a career I admire and he’s very, very good at what he does,” O’Loughlin said. “He keeps me on my toes. And one of the things I like about Tom is, we go toe to toe on this show. And I’m not scared and neither is he. When we are both firing on all cylinders and working on that, that is when the really interesting things happen.”

Actor: Richard T. Jones
Lt. Gov. Sam Denning
After Gov. Jameson was shot dead in the season one finale, her right-hand man had to step up. Enter Lt. Gov. Sam Denning, played by Richard T. Jones, who had recurring roles in the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Girlfriends” and “Judging Amy.”

The show’s creative team has hinted Denning is a more conservative governor who doesn’t necessarily approve of the way “Five-0″ does business. In the season two premiere, expect him to demand more oversight over the team.

Actor: William Baldwin
Frank Delano
Frank Delano was a Honolulu homicide detective kicked off the force for corruption. Played by William Baldwin in a multi-episode story line, he belongs to a group of dirty ex-cops. Baldwin, younger brother of Alec, starred in the Ron Howard film “Backdraft” and more recently had roles on the CW’s “Gossip Girl” and NBC’s “Parenthood.”

Actress: Daniela Ruah
NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye
In a first for “Hawaii Five-0,” a character from another CBS show, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” will appear in an episode. Kensi Blye, who is played by Daniela Ruah, will show up later this fall.

The actress said she welcomes the chance to work with a new cast.

“It doesn’t feel odd at all,” she said. “In fact, it is really, really fun … because if you are working with the same people on the same show for so long, obviously a little bit of variation once in a while is always welcome.”

Actor: Mark Dacascos
Wo Fat
An ex-Chinese agent turned international arms dealer, Wo Fat has no allegiances and no qualms about playing both sides of a conflict. He is portrayed by Mark Dacascos, who brings a lethal menace to the role.
“You know, Alex is a fantastic McGarrett, and so to be a worthy opponent, Wo Fat has to bring it,” Dacascos said. “He’s an agent from China. He’s got skills. He is smart. So, yes, I am trying to give him that razor-sharp edge.”
Wo Fat continues his evildoing ways in the season two premiere, and as he has already proved by gunning down Gov. Jameson, he’s not afraid to personally take care of business.

Actress: Larisa Oleynik
Jessica Kaye
CIA analyst Jessica Kaye, who’s played by Larisa Oleynik, arrived late last season to help “Five-0″ hunt down Wo Fat. The arms dealer killed her fiance, a CIA field agent, and she helped the team get close to him. Kaye cements her position in the “Five-0″ family in the season two premiere, but watch for her in the game-changing shocker at episode’s end.