Screen Junkies » Grace Park http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:23:54 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Actress Grace Park http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98hawaii-five-0%e2%80%99-actress-grace-park/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/%e2%80%98hawaii-five-0%e2%80%99-actress-grace-park/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:40:38 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=238664 She's a detective and stuff.

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Though she’s best known for her role on “Battlestar Galactica,” Grace Park has remained Earth-bound for the last couple of years, starring in the CBS remake of “Hawaii Five-0.” Park previously appeared on a number of short-lived shows, including “The Cleaner” on A&E and “The Border” on CBC.

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“Hawaii Five-0″ Actress Grace Park http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hawaii-five-0-actress-grace-park/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hawaii-five-0-actress-grace-park/#comments Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Col. Longshanks From the space odysseys of "Battlestar Galactica" to the waves of the new "Hawaii Five-0," Grace Park has given TV shows a much needed tough babe punch. Park shows with her past performances that beauty and fists can go hand in hand with making you one of the coolest actors to look out for in the future. A word from Grace: "I'm going make a movie one day and make like 25 million dollars." More pics of humble Grace after the jump...

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From the space odysseys of "Battlestar Galactica" to the waves of the new "Hawaii Five-0," Grace Park has given TV shows a much needed tough babe punch. Park shows with her past performances that beauty and fists can go hand in hand with making you one of the coolest actors to look out for in the future.

A word from Grace: "I’m going make a movie one day and make like 25 million dollars."

More pics of humble Grace after the jump…

 

        

        

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Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-hawaii-five-0/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-hawaii-five-0/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?” Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret. More after the jump...

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When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?”

Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret.

More after the jump…

It starts with Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) on a military convoy with a prisoner. He talks to Victor Hesse (James Marsters) on the phone, who’s got his father hostage. They threaten each other and it leads to a big action scene with a helicopter and explosions and trucks flipping over. It’s funny, 20 years ago that would be a summer movie sequence, now it’s on television.

After that, Governer Jameson (Jean Smart) asks McGarrett to lead a task force on the island. He doesn’t want to at first because he works alone, man. He doesn’t go for these government structures, man. But investigating a crime scene on his own, he runs into Danny Williams (Scott Caan), and the only way he can take over the crime scene is to head the task force and make Williams his partner.

A show like this lives and dies on its characters. They’re not going to reinvent the buddy cop genre, and we probably wouldn’t want them too. It works for a reason, and as long as we can see cool new buddies, we’ll keep watching them. O’Loughlin and Caan establish a great dynamic right away. That’s saying a lot because decades ago we’d give a show weeks to build that up, and now we demand it in the first episode.

McGarrett is a Jack Bauer type, doing things his own way, playing by his own rules. O’Loughlin certainly pulls that off. Williams is a little more by the book, or at least he’s got a longer term plan than just blaze in there and shoot everybody. The point is he’s McGarrett’s foil and they have some funny banter and they hit each other, because that’s what it takes to become friends eventually. You have to hate each other violently and then learn to respect each other.

The task force also lines up Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and his cousin, Kona Kalakaua (Grace Park). Chin Ho was in the original series but I don’t know what Kim’s character has in common. Probably nothing more than living in Hawaii. This Chin Ho is a disgraced cop who gets a second chance on McGarrett’s team. Kim gets to speak fluent English and have a good sense of humor. Kono, a hulking dude in the original, is now a surfer babe who’s got her tough girl cred a la “Alias” and gets to wear a bikini a lot.

There are several more big action scenes in the pilot. I’m sure weekly episodes will be limited to one climactic battle, or maybe two, but if you’re looking for exciting cop drama, “Hawaii Five-O” makes a good case for itself. The Hesse case sort of wraps up in the first episode but there’s a chance it’ll come back, so that’s where I see Orci and Kurtzman maybe trying to spin a larger web. There’s also McGarrett’s military past to delve into.

Hawaii looks good. They definitely use it to show exotic locations for busts and interrogations that could only occur on the island. They’ve got the theme song. It’s a little fast so it can fit into a 30 second sequence. They create a new origin story for “Book him, Danno” which is both a spoof and a reinvention. I think “Hawaii Five-O” pretty much got it right.

"Hawaii Five-0" premieres Monday at 10/9c on CBS.
 

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Extended ‘Hawaii 5-0′ Trailer Looks Pretty Okay http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/extended-hawaii-5-0-trailer-looks-pretty-okay/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/extended-hawaii-5-0-trailer-looks-pretty-okay/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 CBS's high-octane rebirth of "Hawaii 5-0" is looking pretty okay. The action looks far superior to anything on "CSI," the humor doesn't seem nearly as forced (or delivered via a quirky goth) as on "NCIS," and the camera isn't sent on an unnecessary voyage through the bloodstream at all from what I can tell. I could do without Scott Caan's channeling of Michael Rapaport though, but beggars can't be choosers. Could this spell the end of the procedural? We won't know for sure until a year or two from now, when CBS decides whether they will greenlight "Hawaii 5-0: Arizona" or not. CHECK OUT THE EXTENDED TRAILER AFTER THE JUMP. THERE ARE EXPLODING HELICOPTERS....

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CBS’s high-octane rebirth of "Hawaii 5-0" is looking pretty okay. The action looks far superior to anything on "CSI," the humor doesn’t seem nearly as forced (or delivered via a quirky goth) as on "NCIS," and the camera isn’t sent on an unnecessary voyage through the bloodstream at all from what I can tell. I could do without Scott Caan’s channeling of Michael Rapaport though, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Could this spell the end of the procedural? We won’t know for sure until a year or two from now, when CBS decides whether they will greenlight "Hawaii 5-0: Arizona" or not.

CHECK OUT THE EXTENDED TRAILER AFTER THE JUMP. THERE ARE EXPLODING HELICOPTERS….

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