Hawaii Five-0 is usually the action-adventure junkie’s dream, but in Friday’s episode, in which McGarrett and Co. work a cold case from the years just after Pearl Harbor, you won’t see quite the same type of action.
Executive producer Peter Lenkov said he and fellow writer on the episode Ken Solarz wanted to do something a little more intimate and dial back the present-day action in favor of a more “intimate” setting — the large part of the episode takes place in a single room, where a Korean War veteran recounts to McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) the story of his father’s death in a World War II Japanese internment camp and seeks his help in solving the cold case. “We’re an action-adventure series,” says Lenvok, “so it was very different for us but, as writers, we wanted to be very selfish and able to write from the heart and not have be about McGarrett leading the charge into a room with a machine gun.”
The chance to do something out-of-the norm for this special appealed to Lenkov, who had been researching the subject of internment camps since the pilot episode of the show. “Originally, in the pilot, I had McGarett go to the Arizona Memorial, see his grandfather’s name, put his hand up, and touch the etching. That was a scene I ended up having to cut out of the pilot but doing research for that, I found out about the internment camps and that stuff. It was always just something we put in the bible of the show to get to one day — to do a story about it, with no idea of what the story was,” he says. READ FULL STORY