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'Hawaii Five-O: The Seventh Season'
(Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedermeyer, Harry Endo, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / CBS - Paramount)

Overview: Filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, the show followed Jack Lord as he played Steve McGarrett, head of an elite state police unit investigating "organized crime, murder, assassination attempts, foreign agents, felonies of every type." James MacArthur played his second-in-command Danny ("Danno") Williams, with local actors playing members of the Five-O team.

DVD Verdict: I grew up on Hawaii Five-0. I was 5 years old when it debuted in 1968. I have to admit that I didn't watch much of Hawaii Five-0 during it's initial run. I didn't watch much of it when I became older either, though my family watched it regularly. The story lines were too complicated for a young kid to understand. However, I watched the show during re-runs in the 80's and became a fan of the show. From the stories I have read, I understand Jack Lord wanted to be the boss on the set and for everyone to do things the way he wanted them done.

I think Jack Lord was an excellent actor and helped make the show what it was along with James MacArthur, Zulu and Kam Fong. I always liked Zulu and can't for the life of me figure out why they got rid of him. I also liked Al Harrington. From the gossip, I understand that Lord played a part in both of their firings. To me, those were two big mistakes.

Anyway, to my mind the show went downhill fast after this. I think it was due to the death of Leonard Freeman in 1974 which proves Freeman was the force behind the show, not Jack Lord. It was a shame that Jack Lord made the co-stars play musical chairs the way they did.

Most of the story lines for Season 7 were pretty good. My favorite is "Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got The Bomb?". I haven't seen this episode in such a long time but I remember not believing McGarret's theory until the last minute. I couldn't believe he was right. The theory was too far fetched. (I don't want to spoil it for you).

The worst? It has to be "Welcome To Our Branch Office". What a ridiculous story line. Five-0 look-alikes posing as Five-0. What!? Who came up with that story? The "Bones Of Contention" episode is pretty good but "Computer Killer" is another stinker. "I'll Kill 'Em Again" was also pretty bad with a Bill Gates look alike going around killing women who resemble woman from past Five-0 investigations.

It was clear to me that Hawaii Five-0 was beginning to struggle for storylines during this season. But, in this 7th Season, there were still some blody great episodes! [RWL] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.