Excerpt: A special task force designed to handle high risk cases, Hawaii Five-O was given free reign to work by the previous governor, but the new one has started setting up some limits. In order to ensure the task force operates under more scrutiny, an agent from Homeland Security is assigned, Lori Weston (Lauren German). But even with the supervision, the team tackles some of the toughest cases around and plays by their own rules.
Excerpt: I'm hard pressed to think of a show which uses its shooting location to better effect than Hawaii Five-0 . It's also difficult to conceive of another series which employs more action set pieces, both in sheer number and complexity. For a show still in its infancy to already be investing in season-long arcs is rare, but by engaging in these behaviors it guarantees there will be no casual viewing of the show outside of a very few stand-alone episodes.
Summary: Hawaii Five-0 represents a best-case scenario for modern non-episodic television. It's action-packed, suitably dramatic, consistently intense, and features very well-drawn characters participating in robust story lines. It elevates above the procedural and weaves together underlying core stories that amplify the intensity and bring out the best of all involved, whether in the writer's room or out on the set.