Well, that never happened on the original Hawaii Five-O

The producers of the new Hawaii Five-0 doubled down big time with the May 16 season finale. Nothing like that ever happened on the original 1968-80 Hawaii Five-O show.

If you didn’t see it but intend to see it on DVR or Comcast On Demand, then stop reading now. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. (UPDATE: The episode is on the CBS Web site and you can view it BY CLICKING HERE.)

(SPOILERS APLENTY FOLLOW)

The Governor (Jean Smart) was allied with Wo Fat. Steve McGarrett 2.0 (Alex O’Loughlin) dresses up like a ninja, breaks into the Governor’s residence (for the second time in the episode). The Big Kahuna confronts her, admits her role in the conspiracy. Then, Wo Fat (who hasn’t been seen in several episodes except in still pictures) tasers McGarrett. Wo Fat then kills the Governor with McG’s gun and slips out of the residence. McGarrett’s under arrest, arrested for the Guv’s murder.

Meanwhile, Danno’s ex-wife is pregnant and is leaving Hawaii. Kono is also in trouble with the law. Chin Ho (evidently wisely) accepts a reinstaement offer from HPD. Five-0 doesn’t exist anymore. “To be continued….” it says at the end of the episode.

By contrast, in the old series, the Governor (Lew Ayres in the pilot, Richard Denning for the rest of the series) was a figure of virtue. Jack Lord’s McGarrett absolutely never pulled a gun on the Guv, nor was the Guv aligned with Wo Fat. Different era, different plot lines.

UPDATE II: A trivia note. Over the past several episodes, McGarrett was getting mysterious letters with pieces of evidence that had been stolen from his house. It turns out an aide to the Governor was sending them, to help McGarrett (she got killed at the start of the May 16 episode). The “Steve McGarrett” handwriting on those envelopers matches McGarrett 1.0’s handwriting in the original show. It was shown (appropriately enough) in a Wo Fat episode of the original show, The Ninety Second War.

New Hawaii Five-O makes CBS’s fall schedule

CBS is doing a reboot of Hawaii Five-O, the 1968-80 crime drama that often featured espionage-themed stories (starting with its pilot). Here’s what an Associated Press story on the New York Times Web site says:

CBS has also scheduled a modern revival of the 1970s cop drama ”Hawaii Five-O” with Daniel Dae Kim, fresh from the Hawaii-based ”Lost,” in the cast. Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan also star.

O’Loughlin has been referened previously as playing Steve McGarrett, the role made famous by Jack Lord, while Kim was reported to be playing Chin Ho Kelley, portrayed by Kam ong in the first series. Caan is the son of actor James Caan. According to zap2toit.com, the new Five-O will be telecast at 10 p.m. Mondays New York time.

According to IMDB.com’s entry for the 2010 series’s pilot episode, two characters have gotten gender changes. Instead of Gov. Paul Jameson in the original (played by the late Richard Denning), the new version has Gov. Pat Jameson played by Jean Smart. And Kono Kalakaua (originally played by the late Gilbert Kauhi, aka Zulu) has been turned into a woman played by the considerably lighter Grace Park.

As we’ve written before, CBS produced a 1997 pilot for a revival that was never broadcast.

UPDATE: The new main titles….

UPDATE II: At about 8:25 p.m. New York time on May 20, CBS ran a promo for the new Five-O. It shows new McGarrett telling new Danno, “Book ’em, Danno!”

UPDATE III: CBS has uploaded a 2-minute promo to YouTube: