We’ll find out in the fall whether the new “Hawaii Five-0” scores with viewers, but the show has already done one smart thing: It kept the theme music.
The original “Five-0” had one of the most recognizable TV themes of all time. There was almost no way the show could not pay homage to tune, which was written by Morton Stevens — at least not without turning off a boatload of viewers.
CBS and the show’s producers knew that, and so a version of the song plays over the opening credits. It’s more guitar-driven than the original (and a little bit shorter), but the series wisely didn’t mess around with the music too much. In another nice touch, the credits also re-create a few of the shots from the old show — including the push-in to McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) standing on the balcony of a high-rise building and the tracking shot of a police siren.
Have a look at the opening for the new “Hawaii Five-0” (courtesy of The Live Feed). What do you think of the cover?