and Liza Hamm
September 27, 2010 12:00 PM


Hawaii Five-0

CBS, Sept. 20, 10 p.m. ET/PT |


This high-ammo reboot of the classic CBS cop drama (1968-80) has kept the famous theme-change that and you might as well move the show to Idaho-but rebuilt the story on a bigger, more intense scale suitable for the age of high definition. The pace, the weaponry and the muscle all have a steroidal pop and crunch. Alex O’Loughlin stars as Detective Steve McGarrett, head of a newly formed, special-ops crime unit in the state that produced our current President. O’Loughlin isn’t any different here than in his previous CBS shows Moonlight and Three Rivers. He’s an impressively taciturn, tense presence: You get the sense that McGarrett could go to a luau and still experience it as a hurt locker. As McGarrett’s sidekick Danno, Scott Caan (Entourage) is the opposite: all quick, bantam energy. He steals scenes as coolly as surfers catch waves.

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