This post may or may not be the direct result of being housebound for too long …..
We follow and support the career of the actor Alex O’Loughlin, who was starring in the hit reboot series Hawaii Five-0 as the character Steve McGarrett. The Executive Producer of the show was Peter Lenkov and he also personally wrote the introduction and the key episodes of the series. Peter was also responsible for the final editing of the show’s episodes.
Okay, after reading that first paragraph most of you would think this poor woman lost her mind. Why is she writing that? We all know it.
Why am I writing it then? To remind us what the role of each one was of course. And to remind us that Alex also exactly knew what his role in this Hawaii Five-0 collaboration was. One part of a body of collaboration can advise and give suggestions to the other, but if the hands want to take over the job of the feet we will have a body walking around on its feet pretty soon.
Over the years Alex made many comments about dropped storylines and suggestion for the show etc, but he always went back to the words that he is not the creator and writer on the show and that he knows his place. Not even listing them all here – because it would take some intense study to find them all. But that does not mean that we might not post some of those quotes over the next few week or months or however long it will be, until we get some fresh news about Alex – and when we all can roam free again.
Do I have sympathy with Alex’s frustrations in his position of this collaboration? Of course! Do I feel the need to shout foul and throw insults at the producer for not doing this Alex’s way? A big fat NO. Why? Because changing their roles was never the deal here. One writes, one acts.
It is actually very funny. Over the years we have done many posts, poking a little bit of fun of all the potholes, dropped storylines and just plain stupid stuff on the show. And we voiced many of our feelings of shortcomings on the show, especially those personal McGarrett stories that we also know, bugged Alex. Along the way, numerous fans scolded us for doing that. Many times telling us to stop watching if we have so much “negative” stuff to say about the show.
And many of them kept praising the show and kept writing rave reviews, week after week, and offering no criticism for it – (well unless Catherine pitched up for an episode of course) 😕 .
And now that we have seen the finale, many of those exact same people who scolded us, are now screaming at the producer for not giving them their ending. G0 figure? So according to them, we were bad fans for telling things like it was along the way, and now we are bad fans for not ‘supporting’ Alex in his (according to them) disapproval of the ending – just because we accept the end for what it is and how the Producer wanted it?
I love this story……
An old man, his wife and a donkey were going to town. His wife rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along, they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and his wife was riding. The man and his wife thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.Then, later, they passed some people who remarked, “What a shame, he makes his wife walk.” So they then decided they’d both walk!Soon they passed some more people who thought they were fools to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.Now they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.
The woman and her husband figured they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.The moral of the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well… Kiss your “donkey” goodbye! And even this ending won’t please everyone.
In short – damned if you do, damned if you don’t …..
My advice to the person that will reboot Hawaii Five-0 in future. Let Steve McGarrett be gay, his partner Danny (sometimes called Danno) be a woman who he’s got a nice (but somethimes nasty) bantering friendship with. She is also for some weird reason or maybe because of her schedule, often missing on cases. Steve has a long time lover, Cathan Rollins (yes, there is such a name for a man), who does not live in Hawaii, but pops in every now and then to help Steve find stuff (in and out of bed) 😀 .
Just think how easy it will be then – we can just rehash all the old McDanno Vs McRoll (c)arguments – McDanno fans insisting that Steve is actually straight and in love with Danny (because they care about each other a lot). But in the end Steve eventually leaves Hawaii with Cathan and the McRoll fans can go – we told you he is really gay and we are endgame.
Telling you now – I am already putting up my wall of silence for that one (read here: the block button is best for your sanity)
We met each other on Sardonic, and with a few other like-minded fans, we even sent him some character-themed decorated panties once. And as non-English speakers (and not from the States), we may not always know our abC’s, but we never pinned our views (and old articles) on twitter or kissed the EP’s ass.
Most of the time we are just the fandom jesters, who in these strange uncertain times we’re living in, got sanctimoniously reprimanded by some on high horses, over our comments of those who love to hate.
But in the end, we were entertained and satisfied that Alex made us proud by giving 100%, all the time – never holding back, not even one smile that was needed to tell the story, even in the end.
Alex, like you, we never really liked Book’em Danno, but thanks for being an amazing lead, for ten incredible seasons. In case you don’t know it – we fucking love Alex O’Loughlin. With clothes and without …..
PS – being so close to Easter still, there may or may not be some fandom Easter eggs hidden here.