Monday, February 28, 2011

Alex O'Loughlin - Hawaii Five-0 - TV Guide: Ask Matt Feb 28 '11

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Hawaii Five-O

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Feb 28, 2011
by Matt Roush

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... Question: For the most part, I'm really enjoying Hawaii Five-0, even though the writing seems uneven at times, but then so it is with most procedurals. I have to ask, though: Is it just me or is Scott Caan being given the meatiest material to work with? In nearly back-to-back episodes, his character had a "personal crisis" to deal with, which basically separated him from the regular procedural element of the script, thereby giving Scott a chance to develop his character and shine a bit. I don't see that happening with any other role, even the McGarrett character. Is this all happening because the network gave orders to give Scott more material so they could ride his Golden Globe nomination, or do you think the writers just haven't figured out how to write properly for the other three leads? And while we're talking about undeveloped characters, how awful is it that the wonderful Daniel Dae Kim is basically relegated to saying "copy that" every episode and fiddling with tech stuff? What a waste of talent! When does Chin get his turn to shine, or Kono? I know that the producers have promised more McGarrett-centric episodes, but does that mean more scenes of Steve jumping through windows or showing off his SEAL skills, or does it mean that Alex O'Loughlin actually gets some good material too? My one and only hope as far as the McGarrett character is concerned is that his uber-annoying, whiny sister stay on the mainland and away from Hawaii permanently. I know that's a long shot, but we can hope. — Rachel

Matt Roush: Seems to me that Scott Caan's "Danno" character broke out long before the Golden Globes nod, and I don't imagine that has much to do with the show's creative direction, or lack thereof. Is it really such a surprise that the comic fish-out-of-water sidekick to the brooding all-business/all-action leading man pops out from an ensemble like this? Points well taken that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have been woefully underused, and their characters seriously underdeveloped. But in the big picture of a franchise like this, it's still early days.

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