Hawaii Five-O

I saw a trailer on TV the other night promoting a “new” fall TV show; a newer more up-to-date and more hip version of Hawaii Five-O.


Why remake one of the greatest TV shows ever?

If you want to revive Hawaii Five-O just rerun the original. Reruns of most anything would be better than half of the crap the three major networks call TV shows these days. It is no wonder ABC, CBS, and NBC are all losing viewers. There are few original shows out there any longer. The networks keep trying to force feed us those dumb, so-called reality shows, and stupid retreads like this new version of Hawaii Five-O.

From what I saw in the trailer the new show looks pretty weak; all glitz and no substance with trite, boring, and insipid dialogue. And the actor playing McGarrett looks like he is still in prep school instead of an experienced, seasoned, and hardened leader of Hawaii’s elite state police unit. CBS has traded stubbled-chinned youth for steely-eyed grit and experience. I’ll give the new show a chance. I will watch it once or twice. Maybe I will be wrong. But I doubt it.

First of all, the original was just too well done. I don’t think there is an actorout there today who could ever fill Jack Lord’s shoes. Jack Lord had class.

The original was well and intelligently written, had intricate and intriguing plots, was superbly directed and acted. And of course there was the scenery.

I don’t want a retread. Retreads are for tires, not for TV shows. Give me something new. Give me something original CBS.

Is creativity dead? It appears so since remakes of  The Defenders and the Streets of San Francisco are also on the drawing boards.

I have a suggestion for you Hollywood: Give me something new and exciting like Burn Notice, one of the best shows on TV today. Great concept, new twist on the spy story, well written, directed, and acted. Spy/cop shows don’t get much better than Burn Notice; or the original Hawaii Five-O.

I read they are going to keep the old Hawaii Five-O theme song. Or most of it.  WOW!!  Talk about trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Or maybe CBS  just thinks we are all soooooooo  dumb that if we hear the original music we won’t notice they ruined the next 59 minutes with a poorly made crap and pale imitation of the original.

A piece of Jack Lord trivia for you. He was the first actor to portray CIA agent, Felix Leiter in the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No.

They don’t make James Bond movies like they used to either.  But don’t get me started……………

Featured Recipe:       Chicken Terriyaki

Today I chose a recipe with a slight Hawaii feel to it in honor of the original Hawaii Five-O. You can broil this or you can cook it over the grill. It would be a great meal to make for dad for Father’s Day this coming Sunday.

I make my own Teriyaki Sauce. You can purchase it already made and bottled. But I have never found one I really like. So I prefer to make my own. It isn’t that hard.  In fact, it is very easy. And best of all  it is much less expensive.

This recipe comes from Barbara Swain’s Cookery For 1 or 2, a HP Cookbook. I have added pineapple to the original recipe and I have increased the amount of garlic from 1 clove to 2 cloves.

On occasion I have used 2 whole chicken breasts in this recipe. If you opt to do that instead of skewers the cooking time will be longer, 15-30 minutes. Then I top with chopped green onions and some crushed pineapple.

This recipe is easily doubled.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 tablespoons dry sherry*

2 tablespoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 garlic cloves, pressed

2 half skinless, boneless chicken breasts

4 green onions

½ small can of pineapple chunks

This is what you do:

Mix the first four ingredients in a small bowl.

Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces.

Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the marinade over it. Coat the chicken pieces well.

Marinate the chicken about 3-4 hours turning the pieces over several times.

In the meantime cut the green onions on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces.

When ready to broil line a pan with aluminum foil and alternate the green onion,  pineapple, and chicken on 3 or 4 skewers. Baste with the Teriyaki Sauce.

Broil slowly, or barbecue over coals 5-10 minutes or until cooked through, basting 3 or 4 times during the cooking.

If there is any marinade left, heat it and serve it with the chicken. I sometimes make a second batch to serve with the chicken rather than use what the raw chicken marinated in.

I serve Chicken Teriyaki on a bed of brown rice with a bit of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon pineapple juice and some diced green onions in it. I also had a salad of canned tropical fruit to keep the Hawaiian theme going.

 Bon appétit!!!


2 tablespoons of soy sauce                          $0.35

2 tablespoons dry sherry*                           $0.24

2 tablespoons brown sugar                         $0.10

¼ teaspoon ground ginger                          $0.06

2 garlic cloves, pressed                               $0.18

2 chicken breasts                                        $2.93

4 green onions                                           $0.44

½ small can of pineapple chunks                 $0.78

Total cost = $5.07 
Cost per person = $1.69

Additional cost with the brown rice and tropical salad = $2.51 total for 3 people.

Quote of the Day

“Book ’em, Danno.”  Too bad Steve McGarrett isn’t here to utter his trademark phrase before throwing  CBS into jail for their new Hawaii Five-O.


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