'Hawaii Five-0': First look of original series' reboot shows Lieutenant McGarrett all suited up!
Honouring the original series' 50th anniversary, Five-0 will be retelling the story from the original 1968 pilot, titled "Cocoon", created by the late Leonard Freeman.
Attention, 'Hawaii Five-0' fans! It's officially time for a sneak peek into the highly anticipated reboot of the original series! Honouring the original series' 50th anniversary, Five-0 will be retelling the story from the original 1968 pilot. Titled 'Cocoon', it had run in two parts, created by the late Leonard Freeman. So in a way, this allows the current series' creator, Peter M Lenkov to even share his writing credits with the creator of the original series!
The first photos shared exclusively by TV line, show Steve McGarrett (then Jack Lord, now Alex O’Loughlin) all suited up. As fans would know, in both versions of the original pilot, McGarrett had "braved a torturous sensory deprivation tank in the course of tracking a killer," writes the outlet. "Wo Fat (originally played by Khigh Dhiegh) filled a pivotal role in the original pilot, so fans of the modern remake questioned how faithful the retelling could be." And if you're worrying about Wo Fat being currently dead in the original timeline, worry not. The reboot will definitely showcase him!
Lenkov himself had teased the reboot just earlier this month, alongside a teaser video. “Yep!!! For those who guessed it... we’re redoing the 1968 pilot “Cocoon” for our season 9 premiere of #h50 - best way to celebrate our 50th anniversary- honoring the original and creator Leonard Freeman,” he captioned the video.
Lenkov has also confirmed the prospect of Five-0 featuring a crossover with fellow CBS series, Magnum P.I. - both of which film in Hawaii. Lenkov explained during San Diego Comic Con in July that the crossover is partially owing to Steve McGarrett's shared past with both the shows. “The plan is to ultimately introduce those two characters, have them in a crossover episode, and at least have them know of each other. That’s the fun of the fact they are both ex-Navy Seals,” he had shared, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “We want to get everybody acclimated to the idea that these two worlds co-exist. Then we will have a bona fide crossover.”
Expected to take place in the pilot of Magnum P.I., the initial crossover ensues from the point of Hawaii Five-0's medical examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha's appearance in the series. The second time it starts is when Kamekona guest stars in the second episode. Sounds exciting, right? Wait till you hear the second addition to the tale though.
There's a new villain in the upcoming season too! Playing the antagonist this time is the 'Mistress' alum, Rochelle Aytes. She will join the cast of the CBS series as Greer, who's a “sharp, smart, and calculating” CIA operative. Greer's backstory sees her getting romantically involved with the Lieutenant Commander, McGarrett, but currently, she'll be serving as the “dangerous” and hard to trust character - just the perfect concoction fans would look for in the season 9 villain.
“A character named Greer was introduced in that first episode, and she had a relationship with McGarrett ‘back in the day,’ when he was in uniform,” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov told TV Line. “She’s going to be a Big Bad in the first couple of episodes.”
And that doesn't really come as a surprise as Aytes is no stranger to police crime dramas or the investigative thriller genre, having played her fair share of roles in shows like Criminal Minds and Designated Survivor. She also has a 2013-2016 stint on Mistresses to her credits, along with another 2009-2010 one on The Forgotten. Aytes will make her Hawaii Five-0 debut in the upcoming season premiere airing Friday, September 28, at 9 pm ET on CBS.