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I’ve just watched the saddest episode of JAG (CBS, 1995-2005). Entitled “Cowboys and Cossacks” (aired April 11, 1997), it tells the story of a conflict between a Russian destroyer, the RNS Visiliev, and a brand new American guided missile destroyer, the USS Cayuga.
The captain of the Visiliev, Captain Grinkov (Morgan Hunter) served in the Soviet navy in the days when the Soviet navy was a powerful force in the world. Now, a mere five years after the fall of the Soviet Union, he is an embittered man.
He is sent to participate in an international exercise; however, it is not just a drill for him. It is one last chance for him to exert his power over the United States Navy. Even as the RNS Visiliev and the USS Cayuga enter the exercise field, he has the Visiliev ram the Cayuga.
He doesn’t stop there. He opens fire on the Cayuga to which the Cayuga returns fire with heat-seeking missiles to stop the Russian missiles before they hit their target. The attack being deemed an act of war, the captain of the Cayuga then orders a missile to be fired at the Visiliev. The aged Russian destroyer lacks the defensive capability to protect itself from the incoming missile, which hits its mark. The Russian sailors abandon ship and make their way by lifeboat to the Cayuga, which moves closer to receive them.
In the end, the American and Russian sailors watch as the Visiliev explodes and sinks with its captain still aboard, determined that to go down at sea is a far better fate for his ship than to be sent to a scrapyard. They salute ship and captain, understanding that the tormented captain simply was unable to watch the navy he had served for so long unravel in those post-Soviet years.
In real life, the USS Cayuga is the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the first of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. These ships replaced the post-World War II guided missile destroyers that we saw on Hawaii Five-0; e.g., the USS Cochrane (DDG-21), to which McGarrett rode the high line from the fast frigate USS Knox (FF-1052) in “Murder – Eyes Only” (Season 8).
The USS Arleigh Burke and the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers were named for Admiral Arleigh Albert Burke (1901-1996), who distinguished himself in both World War II and the Korean War and went on to serve as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.
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Don Brandon Ray composed many pieces of music for Hawaii Five-0 during his twelve years as music supervisor for the series. One of his most haunting melodies is heard in Season 12, near the end of "A Shallow Grave" (Counter 45:00-46:53). It is a dissonant melody that reflects the ominous theme of the story as the body of the missing jewel thief is unearthed on the Tarnow property.
Later, after retiring from CBS, Mr. Ray composed concert music. In his Piano Concerto, 2nd movement, we hear a very similar theme. Like the earlier composition, it is dissonant; however, it goes on and does its own thing. You can hear it on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uky8ll_Odsw (Counter 3:52-5:50).
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John David Carson. Here, it must be mentioned that John David Carson, who portrayed the young man with the memories he could not identify, showed his true acting skills in this episode. In fact, he carried the episode. It is a shame he never received popular acclaim. The son of western actoro Kit Carson, he retired from acting in 1990 and passed away in 2009 at the age of 57. The cause of death has not been published, although it is known that he was an alcoholic.
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"Just Lucky, I Guess" (Season 2)
Marty Sloane (John Randolph), Mr. Hardware of 1969, who seems to have come no closer to crime than to read about it in the evening newspaper, ventures unexpectedly into its darkness and becomes involved with a prostitute. No longer protected by his nice, quiet world in small-town America, he sees the eighteen-year-old woman being thrown over a ninth-floor railing in the Ilikai Hotel’s Yacht Harbor Tower. Unaccustomed to that side of life, Sloane gives in to his fears and refuses to provide the evidence needed to pin the murder on crime boss Charley Bombay (Albert Paulsen). He is afraid of losing his wife and the respect of his neighbors. He is not even able to surrender fear’s grip when Bombay’s thugs try to run him down in the Ilikai parking garage and still cowers when Bombay insults him in McGarrett’s office. It is only when McGarrett points out that thugs like Bombay are destroying young adults like Andrea Carlson (Elaine Joyce), who is only a year older than Sloane’s daughter, Gladys, that Mr. Hardware is able to break through his fears and identify Bombay as the man who killed the young prostitute. When he does, he finds that he has won the battle and the war. He receives reinforcement from McGarrett, who recites lines from John Donne’s No Man is an Island,
. . . Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind . . .
John Randolph, Mr. Everyman of mid-century America, the actor with the friendly face and warm smile, lost his acting career after he was labeled a Communist sympathizer for pleading the fifth amendment and refusing to answer questions posed by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee about Communist influences in Hollywood. Was Mr. Randolph a Communist? We may never know, but we do know that he served in the Army Air Force during World War II.
John Randolph was one of the last expelled actors to regain his place in the acting profession. He was picked up by John Frankenheimer Productions and Gibraltar Productions (Rock Hudson’s production company) to portray Arthur Hamilton in the science fiction movie, Seconds (1966). A middle-aged New York banker, who was frustrated with his ordinary life, Hamilton chose to become a Second, a reborn, in a youthful body with a life of independence as a painter in an exclusive beachside community in California. Even with the youthful face and body of Rock Hudson, however, he came to realize that this life was no more fulfilling than his former one. Too late, he learned that there was no turning back. For John Randolph, Seconds hardly brought star billing, but it did give him a foot in the door. It also gave a second chance to Will Geer and Jeff Corey, who also had been blacklisted.
John Randolph went on to appear in the Broadway premieres of The Sound of Music and Paint Your Wagon, among others, and won a Tony Award for his appearance in Broadway Bound. He provided the voice of Nixon attorney John Mitchell in All the President’s Men and appeared in The Foreign Field as a veteran who returned to France in search of the woman with whom he fell in love during World War II. He also appeared in Earthquake, Heaven Can Wait, Serpico, Prizzi’s Honor, and You’ve Got Mail, among other movies, and in numerous television programs.
Like John Randolph, who received a second chance at acting from John Frankenheimer and Rock Hudson, Marty Sloane received a second chance at life from McGarrett. He discovered a side of himself he never had known and would go home ready to accept life on its terms.
Trivia: In addition to Seconds, John Randolph appeared with Rock Hudson in an episode of McMillan & Wife, “Guilt by Association,” 1974.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 25, 2017 at 1:05 AM||comments (2)|
Too many viewers write off the Season 2 episode "To Hell With Babe Ruth" as being inferior. They object to Caucasian Mark Lenard portraying the mentally troubled Yoshio Nagata and are put off by the insanity he portrayed. I challenge them to take another look, not only at Mr. Lenard's portrayal, but at the episode, itself.
In the premise of the episode, a pro-Japanese group planned to participate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, by blowing up the oil storage depot at Sand Hill. Inasmuch as no Japanese-Hawaiians actually participated in assaults against either the Hawaiians or the Americans on that date, we are left to assume that Yoshio Nagata's group abandoned its plans. Is that what sent Nagata over the edge and into a world of insanity? We are not told, but it stands to reason that, whether the insanity came before or after that Day of Infamy, it left him with a lifelong determination to fulfill what he felt was his obligation to his homeland. Another thought on this later.
Mr. Lenard's Portrayal. It cannot have been easy for Mark Lenard to put aside his own personality, which we have been able to gleen by finding the common denominator in his appearances in other episodes of Hawaii Five-0, as well as in his work on other television programs. Here is a character, reared in Japan, highly educated, not only in the martial arts, but also in the literature of his homeland, a character who lived with his beloved Komiko in what once was an honorable home said to be located on the windward side of O'ahu, although it appeared to be located in the Upper Makiki neighborhood of Honolulu.
Mark Lenard captured this tormented soul to perfection. He displayed the love of homeland, the martial arts skills, and the inability to realize that time had marched on without him. He could not rationalize that, in a period of twenty-eight years, he would have aged and his daughter would have become a young woman. For that matter, he could not rationalize that the young woman was his daughter and not his wife. He briefly realized that automobiles had changed drastically from the time he last had driven, but he did not seem to understand that, if they had changed through the passage of time, so must everything else have changed. Quite insanely, he made room to pull the stolen car from its parking place by ramming the cars parked before and behind it. He did not realize that other members of the group were not joining him atop the oil storage tank. Nor did he realize that, when the four airplanes flew overhead, they were not World War II-era Japanese planes, but 1970s-era American ones; not propeller driven ones, but jet powered ones; not armed for battle, but devoid of armaments.
History Portrayed. No doubt, the Black Dragons had planned their attack on Sand Hill well, for Yoshio Nagata possessed the appropriate costume for a Ninja and knew exactly where to find the dynamite he would need for his bomb. Appropriately, it was not a construction site, but an American bunker at Battery Harlow. He knew when the attack was due to begin, and he was in position, ready to do his part for the cause, as he saw it. He knew the direction from which the Japanese Zeroes would approach, coming over the Ko'olau Mountains, although it should be noted that, when the American fighters flew overhead, they came from the sea, not the mountains. And he knew how to read a Japanese battle map and determine that the intended target was Sand Hill and not the control tower to which the arrows pointed.
We are not told why the Black Dragons did not carry out the planned attack or whether there ever was such a plan or whether the plan existed only in Yoshio Nagata's imagination. That, perhaps, is the greatest feature of this episode, the skillfully crafted look at paranoid schizophrenia. It far exceeds all other such studies seen in the series, even including Cal Anderson's (John Vernon) dual personality in "Force of Waves" (Season 3).
When McGarrett interviewed Dr. Lukens (Bruce Wilson), the psychiatrist at the mental hospital, he learned that Yoshio Nagata had a very slim chance of recovering from his schizophrenia. We have to wonder whether, with the newfound information about him, he might have stood a better chance of recovering after his rampage across O'ahu. Certainly, medications were better in 1970 than they were in 1941, and they have become still better since then. Perhaps, just perhaps, Nagata would be able to control his condition and to enjoy knowing his daughter, Heather, in his later years. But, of course, this is all fiction, so we will never know.
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If ever a Five-0 guest star played a wide variety of characters, it would have to be Richard Morrison. At one end of the spectrum, he played the respected, well informed professor of ecology, Professor Hale, in “The Last Eden” (Season 3) and the tough, self-centered, yet respected real estate developer, Lai Han, in “Is This Any Way to Run a Paradise?” (Season 4). He also played the intellectually slow Runny Grose, aide to mobster Piro Manoa, in “Death is a Company Policy" (Season 5) and the slow, yet disreputable, apartment maintenance man, Eddie Larkin, in “Diary of a Gun” (Season 7). We didn’t see enough of him to get a fix on his personality as Warden Challis in “Odd Man In” (Season 4), but he was credible, even if he didn’t seem tough enough to be a prison warden.
Richard Morrison is not a name we conjure up when we think of actors. He wasn’t tall, dark, and handsome, by a long shot. Often, he played bespectacled characters. “Often,” however, seems to be a misnomer, for he appeared in no more than a dozen works between 1963 and 1998. His primary profession was that of social worker. And, yes, he seems that he would be credible in that role, too.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
In "Time and Memories" (Season 3), McGarrett became very emotionally involved when all evidence seemed to indicate that a former love of his life -- Cathy Wallis (Diana Muldaur) had murdered her husband. Danno told him he was losing his objectivity and needed to step down and let him, Kono, and Chin Ho complete the investigation. McGarrett declined to step down.
The fact of the matter is that McGarrett was a suspect, too! The episode did not mention that, but in real life, he would have been interviewed -- if not interrogated outright -- about his own whereabouts at the time in question. After all, he might easily have borne resentment toward Frank Wallis (unnamed) for taking Cathy from him and then mistreating her. Wouldn't that have seemed to an outsider to be a reason for Cathy calling him at 3:00 in the morning? If McGarrett had been investigated, how on earth would he have proven that he was at home, in bed, and asleep? It is much easier to prove that someone did something than did not do something.
To his credit, McGarrett did hang back after that and allow Danno to conduct the interviews and make the arrest. It may be one of the only episodes in which McGarrett did not confront the guilty party and tell him he was under arrest. How gratifying it would have been to watch McGarrett nab Arthur Dixon (Martin Sheen). Yet, from a legal point of view, the case was much stronger with Danno making the arrest.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 15, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (1)|
Speaking of McGarrett’s relationship with authority figures, take a look at his relationship with the governor and other authority figures in “The Ninety-Second War.”
McGarrett is found in an overturned car with a known crime lord and a briefcase containing $2 million. Yet, the governor has faith in him to have been set up and allows him to leave the Islands and fly over the pole to Switzerland. There, Interpol’s Karl Albrecht has faith in him to go to the bank where the funds were deposited to conduct an investigation. The military has faith in him to participate in the investigation from the Diamond Head bunker. The Soviet Union has faith in him to work with their agent, Colonel Mischa Toptegan.
Wow! People surely did have a lot of faith in their fellow human beings in the days before Watergate! “The Ninety-Second War” aired on January 11, 1972 (produced in 1971). The Watergate break-in began with the arrest of five men for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972.
So, how would “The Ninety-Second War” play out today?
McGarrett would be placed under arrest even before he was extracted from the overturned car. The governor would hire an outside interim Five-0 chief while the Office of the Inspector General investigated not only McGarrett, but everyone on his team. Because deposits were made to a Swiss bank account in McGarrett’s name, the Feds would join in the investigation. McGarrett’s lawyer would not be given access to the lab results that showed how the accident was staged. McGarrett would go to trial, where no one would believe a word he said, because the whole scenario was too outlandish to be believed. Hopefully, his lawyer would negotiate for him to be incarcerated in a federal penitentiary on the mainland, because if he went to O‘ahu State Prison, he wouldn’t survive a month!
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 28, 2016 at 1:25 AM||comments (1)|
Here's an interesting find: The Tudor mansion seen in "Highest Castle, Deepest Grave" (Season 4) and "The Diamond That Nobody Stole" (Season 5) actually exists at the address given for it in "The Diamond That Nobody Stole." The address is 2861 Manoa Road.
To see it, go to Google maps, key in the address, go to the photographs. Turn to the opposite side of the street, and you will see the stone wall. Pan forward to the driveway, then pan left to see one end of the house behind the landscaping. You will recognize the post-and-beam construction seen as McGarrett turns into the driveway in both episodes.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 27, 2016 at 10:45 AM||comments (1)|
Remember “Father Jack,” the priest in “Engaged to Be Buried” (Season 5)? It turns out the actor who portrayed him, Bob Turnbull, was actually “the chaplain of Waikiki Beach” – but he didn’t start out that way.
Read his story:
Ellis, Mark. TV Actor Had Never Seen Anyone Pray, Planted First Church on Waikiki Beach. God Reports. May 12, 2016. http://blog.godreports.com/2016/05/tv-star-was-so-unchurched-he-had-never-seen-anyone-pray/
One error of note: The report says he "planted the first church on Waikiki." Of course, this is a misleading statement. St. Augustine by the Sea (Catholic) Church has been there since 1854. It stands on Ohua Street, between Kalakaua Avenue and the beach.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM||comments (1)|
The military and its loyal veterans have many websites devoted to life in the various branches. The site FoxtrotAlpha has a page about riding the high line between two large ships. The high line usually is used strictly to transfer goods and materiel during replenishment-at-sea operations. It is a rough ride and can be very dangerous. Even so, in a pinch, personnel can be transferred by this method.
Best of all, this page includes footage of Jack riding the high line between the USS Knox (FF-1052) and the USS Cochrane (DDG-21) in “Murder – Eyes Only” (Season 8). You can really see that Jack grew up on the high seas. He makes his way on those ships with incredible ease.
Rogoway, Tyler. “You Think Your Commute Sucks? Try a Highline Transfer Between Two Ships!” February 6, 2015. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/you-think-your-commute-sucks-try-a-highline-transfer-b-1684164256
Here’s a direct link to footage of Jack riding the high line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw2Zxz25mj4
Here’s a video showing refueling at sea, from the USNS Guadalupe (T-AO-200) to the USS Momsen (DDG-92). It gives complete coverage of how the process is begun, as well as implemented. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAlATn4xm4I
Here’s a video showing replenishment at sea, from the USNS Arctic (T-AOE to the hangar deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT7hHTYHr9g
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 19, 2016 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
Even if you haven’t read Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press) or Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing It In the Sandwich Islands (Mutual Publishing), you will enjoy this article about finding the real Hawai‘i.
Unlike Jack London, who was only passing through, and James Michener, who wrote too much and fictionalized most of it, Mark Twain spent four months in the Islands and gave a first-hand account of what he saw, from the sparsely clad kanaka maoli to the red glow of Kilauea. He stayed in the Volcano House hotel, which is still in business today, even though the original structure has been replaced. He rode horseback, determined not to miss a single detail, and paid for his tenacity with saddle sores.
But don’t let me spoil the fun. Read what Hawai‘i’s native son, Lawrence Downes, has to say about it:
Downes, Lawrence. Mark Twain’s Hawaii. New York Times. May 14, 2006. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/14/travel/14twain.html
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Did McGarrett predict who next would occupy the Anderson Estate?
In "Woe to Wo Fat" (Season 12), while being held captive in a bedroom at the Anderson Estate, McGarrett made a silhouette that looks very much like a Doberman.
Zeus and Apollo are seen with Jonathan Quayle Higgins (John Hillerman) at the Anderson Estate in a screen capture from Magnum PI. In the series, the Anderson Estate was known as Robin's Nest, the Hawai'i enclave of potboiler author Robin Masters.
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Amelia des Moulins was a Parisian dressmaker, who moved to New York City in 1899 to work as a dressmaker. Hear her tell about her experience:
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Warren Oates, who portrayed the irrascible Ves Painter in all 32 episodes of Stoney Burke (ABC, 1962-63), also appeared with Jack in Studio One in Hollywood : “A Day Before Battle” (CBS, 1956).
"A Day Before Battle" was about Union soldiers, who tried to decide whether it was moral to shoot the Confederate spy they had captured. The credits do not give the name of Mr. Oates' character, but we can be pretty sure that the Kentucky native was the spy. Also appearing in the episode were Susan Oliver and Gerald Serracini.
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Read The Coast Guard and the Japanese Attack: December 7, 1941. https://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/PearlHarborNarrative.asp
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Here's the video I was telling you about.
I hope it will play, even if you're not on Facebook. When the page comes up, a message will ask you to sign in to Facebook. Press "Not Now." Scroll WAY down to "December 3, 2016" entries and click on the one that shows the aircraft carrier. Be sure your volume is on, so you can hear "Eternal Father." It is the Navy Hymn and is very moving, quite appropriate for the moment being shown.
Watch it on YouTube, but without “Eternal Father” playing in the background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-hb_FEwTAM" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-hb_FEwTAM
This coverage is longer, starting as the Stennis enters Pearl Harbor, then passes the USS Missouri (BB-63) before it passes the USS Arizona (BB-39) and the memorial.
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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i. https://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com/
National World War II Museum. New Orleans, Louisiana. http://pearl75.org/home/
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, it is good to read about the memories of those who were there:
Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 365 pages. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/books/review/countdown-to-pearl-harbor-steve-twomey.html?_r=0
Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Honolulu, Hawai‘i. http://www.pearlharborparade.org/home
75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Commemoration Mass Band. Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i. http://www.marching.com/events/pearl-harbor-75th-anniversary-mass-band/
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See scenes from Hawaii Five-0 and how they appear today:
* See the Waialae Overpass, where Charlie Ling (Tommy Fujiwara) and David Harper (Lou Antonio) met in “The Burning Ice” (Season 4).
* See David “Lippy” Espinda’s used car lot, which McGarrett passed en route to question Betsy (Barbara Nichols) in “A Thousand Pardons, You’re Dead” (Season 2).
* See Monserrat Avenue as it appeared in “The Guarnerius Caper” (Season 3). The author is right: It still looks very much the same as it did here and in other episodes.
The list goes on. Check it out:
“A Glimpse of Hawaii’s Past With ‘Hawaii 5-0’” in Zinkognito Revisited: Movies, Music, TV, Comics, and All That Fun Retro Stuff. http://zdorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-glimpse-of-hawaiis-past-with-hawaii-5.html
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During World War II, a merchant ship on which Jack served was torpedoed off the coast of Italy. The fantail was blown away, and the ship sank in only seven minutes. We may assume lives were lost. Jack and other survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for sixteen hours before they were rescued.
In a scene near the end of "A Bird in Hand" (Season 12), we see a dozen or more photographs that either were taken by Jack or relate to his life. The photograph behind the portable radio shows a ship that has lost its fantail. Was it the ship on which Jack sailed? Possibly. We have no way of knowing whether the shot was taken from a passing military aircraft without search-and-rescue capability or whether the shot is of a different ship that met the same fate. Many merchant ships did meet that fate during the war. In either case, the photograph shows us just how terrifying Jack's wartime experience must have been.
|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on November 22, 2016 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
It seems that, when the Davis Madrigal Singers performed a medley of armed forces songs at a Veterans Day memorial service this year, they failed to sing the Merchant Marine song. The wife of a merchant mariner brought it to their attention with the loveliest results we ever could imagine. Let us remember that, after many years of petitioning for recognition, the Merchant Marine is now an official branch of the military.
Read about it:
Jones, Andy. “The Merchant Marine and Musical Magic in the Davis Cemetery” in The Davis (California) Enterprise. November 18, 2016. http://www.davisenterprise.com/forum/opinion-columns/the-merchant-marines-and-musical-magic-in-the-davis-cemetery/
Hear the Merchant Marine Anthem, Heave Ho My Lads Heave Ho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdgiCZrgN8w&feature=youtu.be