‘Five-0′ suspense ends at ‘Sunset’ premiere
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to wanting answers, the only people more rabid than lawman Steve McGarrett are the fans of “Hawaii Five-0.”
SUNSET ON THE BEACH: ‘HAWAII FIVE-0′ SEASON FIVE PREMIERE
Featuring a performance by Bush
» When: 6 p.m. Saturday
It’s especially hard for fans this time of year, when their need to know crescendos with the annual CBS Sunset on the Beach premiere of the show’s new season. They’ve been waiting since May, when the network dropped the curtain on season four.
All will be revealed Saturday at the network’s beachside celebration of the show.
The event is always a party: Cast members, producers and CBS executives greet fans during a red-carpet arrival and take a bow on stage, followed by the premiere of the fifth season. Series stars Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”), Grace Park, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and more cast members are expected to be there this year.
After the premiere, multiplatinum-selling Brit band Bush, which emerged from the ’90s grunge era, will perform.
The outdoor screening at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki, held every year since “Five-0″ started in 2010, is the show’s traditional thank-you to Hawaii. The network won’t air the premiere episode until Sept. 26.
Honolulu Pulse blogger Wendie Burbridge said fans are “super excited” about the new season.
Whenever someone from the cast or crew posts a teasing photograph on social media, the fans register their delight.
“They’ve been dropping little hints all summer, and the fans are dying all over the world,” Burbridge said of posts made by “Five-0″ executive producer Peter Lenkov and stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente.
“They are dying to see the season premiere,” she said. “And it’s funny because in some countries they have not seen all of season four yet.”
“Five-0″ typically ends each season with a cliffhanger — McGarrett in jail, Kono and Malia facing certain death, terrorist Wo Fat insisting McGarrett help him escape from prison.
The end of season four was less dramatic, though, and most fans were happy with that, said Burbridge, who has become an authority on “Five-0″ details and developments.
In May, fans watched Wo Fat become something of an ally, at least for the moment, but now the question is what motivated him, she said.
“The ending was very … open-ended,” Burbridge said. “The shocking cliffhanger was the fact that Wo Fat comes in and kills the bad guy. He is supposed to be the bad guy, but he comes in and is the hero.”
Puzzling out Wo Fat’s motivation tops the list of what fans want to know. But the next question might take a season to figure out: How will Grover, played by Chi McBride, and Jerry, played by Jorge Garcia, work with the “Five-0″ team now that each character has been given greater importance on the show?
“The fans of ‘Hawaii Five-0′ are very picky about who gets television time,” Burbridge said. “If they see Chin Ho and Kono, that’s OK. But if they don’t see enough McGarrett and Danno, they get freaky.”