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Hawaii Five-0

Sky1 - 9pm

Who's in it?

Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan were back as McGarrett and Danno, but fans will have been most excited about Jorge Garcia being promoted to series regular as conspiracy-monger Jerry Ortega. Woohoo.

In a nutshell

Exhilarating, thrilling, and funny from start to finish, this was one heck of a season opener for Five-0. But it was a problematic one too. Deliciously addictive, the episode would also have left many viewers feeling a bit dizzy and sullied, like after gorging on a doner kebab at 2am. The reason being its sudden swerves from lighter, comedic moments to all-out brutality that far exceeded the tactful, low-key violence we usually see in sleek mainstream US procedurals.

One minute we were watching McGarrett and Danno in couple's counselling – well, it was actually a psych evaluation for their jobs, but really it was an excuse to see them bicker about their bromance in that loveable way we love. So far, so funny. Then the case-of-the-week happened, and it was vicious. As in, an attack drone flying around massacring members of the public, vicious. These weren't ordinary telly killings: we saw bodies of innocent people blown to pieces by a robot murder machine. And then the entire area had to be evacuated. Which is thrilling and all, but the tone was queasily uneven: acts like these belong in a super-serious crime thriller, not escapist fluff like Five-0.

What's the verdict?

Don't get us wrong: this was cinematic, scintillating stuff that had us gripped form start to finish. It's just that it was TOO effective for the context, if that makes any sense. Never mind the BBC show, THIS is what Death in Paradise looks like.

Star rating: 3/5

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