“Hawaii Five-0” shied away from their usual impressive action-packed season openers and instead utilized a more emotional approach. The seventh season of the police procedural pulled out all the stops and featured a memorable cameo in order to drive its point home.
The pilot, titled “Makaukau ‘oe e Pa’ani?” (“Ready to Play?”), saw the return of the original Steve McGarrett, Jack Lord, via a conversation with Alex O’Loughlin’s iteration of the same character. While the character was not referred to as McGarrett as he was still called Jack Lord in the script, it was a spectacle to have both versions of the show meld together. Lord’s background as a retired cop worked well with him giving words of advice to the still recuperating McGarrett after his mishap last season.
“McGarrett is contemplating his mortality and the choices he’s made,” show creator Peter M. Lenkov explained to Entertainment Weekly.
“I originally conceived of the idea a scene between McGarrett and Jack Lord to be the final scene in the series, but realized last year that the end was nowhere near and if I wanted to be the first to do something like this, I better commit soon,” the showrunner told the same publication in a separate interview following season 7’s premiere this week.
The new season will be taking on quite a different approach with nodes of family and the essence of life peppered throughout the rest of the season. The theme spills over to Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) and Kono (Grace Park) who are already contemplating on putting down roots and building a family of their own. Fortunately, as the two embark on a new journey together, folks behind “Hawaii Five-0” are by no means interested in raining on their parade, at least for the time being.
“Those two have had such a rough, rocky road that it’s time that they have some good in their life, so that’s what we’re going to give them,” Lenkov said. “He is going to come out [of prison] in episode 5. He’s a guy coming out with nothing. He’s going to have to start from scratch, so it will be interesting to see what he does and how he spends his days. He’s definitely trying to avoid trouble because of his past.”
Moving forward to next week’s episode, the crew return to its weekly case format with “No ke ali’i’ wahine a me ka ‘aina” (“For Queen and Country”). McGarrett and Danno Williams (Scott Caan) will have to work with a rogue MI6 agent to prevent a nuclear disaster throughout Europe.
“Hawaii Five-0” season 7 airs every Friday, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.