(syndicated title "Cocoon")
Original Air Date Sept 20, 1968
Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the names of other agents. He allows himself to be captured and placed in the chamber; will he be able to withstand the torture?
- All The Pieces Are Here
When you look at the pilot of Hawaii Five-O you notice that many of the elements that made it a great series are there. The fast pacing, the dialogue and Wo Fat. But, the thing that I really enjoyed about the pilot was the fact that the second half plays out like a great psychological thriller. The scene in the sensory deprivation chamber is a classic and showed the character of Wo Fat as someone who would stop at nothing in his attempt to bring down the United States government.
Also, thank God they got rid of that guy who played Danno and replaced him with James McCarthur.
- The two-hour pilot that started it all
For those who wondered why Jack Lord's Hawaii Five-O was so successful during its thirteen year-run on CBS,this is the classic pilot episode that started it all. This one had all the elements of great two-hour movie which combined crime drama with breathtaking suspense and thrills and unexpected twists and turns every second. A Red Chinese agent named Wo Fat(brilliantly portrayed by Khigh Dhiegh)uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S.agents,and the only man that can stop his reign of terror is Steve McGarrett,who is head of the organization Hawaii Five-O,and one hard edged cop determined to stop him at all costs. The classic water torture scene is very haunting since it has all the elements of a psychological thriller where Jack Lord's character is captured by Wo Fat's hencemen for a series of bizarre experiments only,very shocking. However,all the remaining players are here including the brief appearance of Tim O'Kelly as McGarrett's right hand man Danny "Danno" Williams in the pilot version before he was replaced by James McArthur. The show also did not stereotype minorities since it was the first series to have Asian-Americans in the leading roles.
However,the chase and the confrontations between McGarrett and his nemesis Wo Fat would continued throughout the series,but it wasn't until the show's final episode in 1980,when McGarrett finally captures Wo Fat and throws the book at him in the last episode.
- The legend begins...
Emmy-nominated (for Morton Stevens's score - and unlike other elements of the series, he didn't degenerate as the show wore on), this was the pilot for the series and set the tone for what would follow: McGarrett was a hard-edged cop who "answers only to the Governor and God," his team knew better than to cross him - note that Tim O'Kelly and not James MacArthur plays Dan Williams - and they always got their man/woman.
Even Wo Fat in the end (and I do mean the end - McGarrett didn't throw the book at his archenemy until the very last episode).
Cast:Jack Lord .... Steve McGarrett
Zulu .... Kono Kalakaua
Kam Fong .... Chin Ho Kelly
Nancy Kwan .... Rosemary Quong
Leslie Nielsen .... Brent
Andrew Duggan .... Miller
Khigh Dhiegh .... Wo Fat
Tim O'Kelley .... Dan
Runtime: 105 min
Here is the beginning of a beautiful cop / crook relationship between McGarrett and Wo Fat. Notice that this is the only episode with Dan Williams played by Tim O'Kelley. James MacArthur takes over the "Dano" from now on.