Comic-Con: 'Hawaii Five-0' cashes in on its 'Lost' & 'Battlestar Galactica' nerd-cred
CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" remake isn't a classic Comic-Con-type show, but it does feature a bunch of classic Comic-Con-type shows, including Alex O'Loughlin from "Moonlight" (though he wasn't here), Daniel Dae Kim from "Lost" and Grace Park from "Battlestar Galactica." (Scott Caan, the best part of the pilot, was also not here.) And two of its producers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, have worked on "Alias," "Fringe," "Transformers," and the "Star Trek" movie reboot.
So unsurprisingly, the show's Comic-Con panel spent as much time on the cast and creative team's sci-fi work as on rebooting the '70s cop show with the iconic theme song. Some notable quotes about the theme, "Lost," "BSG" and more (including spoilers for both of those shows' finales if you care but somehow haven't seen them yet) coming right up...
First, the theme. The original version of the pilot (the one sent out to critics in advance of next week's press tour) featured a modernized take on the classic theme that was heavy on rock guitar, which Kurtzman said he and the others realized "could not have been more wrong. It only affirmed for us that you cannot change it. We found the original musicians, we brought them back into the studio, and we re-recorded the theme exactly as it was." They then showed footage of the recording session, which you can watch here.
"I'm happy to be on a show that has a theme song," joked Kim.
Park, in talking about the transition from "BSG" to other work (she starred on A&E's "The Cleaner" for a couple of seasons in between), told a story about that show's finale that began with the phrase, "When Boomer died..." and Kim and several audience members immediately groaned.
"Grace, I just want to remind you: Daniel just started watching," said producer Peter Lenkov.
"Not anymore," Kim sighed.
The tables turned later when moderator Dalton Ross asked Kim for his take on the "Lost" finale, asking Kim how he felt about Jin's fate in the real world, and about the controversial finale in general.
"It's nice to be able to talk about 'Lost' without feeling like there's a muzzle that's about to be put around my mouth," said Kim with a smile. "I always said that I was satisfied with it. To me, as much as the science fiction elements were interesting, I think the heart of 'Lost' was the characters, and the emotional journey. When they found a resting place in the finale, and when they found a place of peace in one and another and themsleves, that was really the moment I was looking for, and it was very satisfying. And not that I want to compare what we do to Shakespeare, but I felt (Jin and Sun) were bound to have a tragic ending. They'd gone through so many ups and downs, and there was something beautiful and poetic that they gave up their lives for one another in the end. That's the ultimate sacrifice."
"Daniel," Lenkov interjected (as Park grimaced expertly), "Grace has not watched the ending of 'Lost.'"
A fan later asked Kim about reports that none of the actors save Matthew Fox and John Terry received script pages for the finale scene that explained what the sideways universe really was. How, she asked, did the actors play the church scene if they didn't know.
Kim confirmed those reports and said, "When we were all in the chapel, Damon (Lindelof) and Carlton (Cuse) took us aside and said, 'This is really what's going on' and we were able to play it based on that. That scene was the last time that all of us were all together as a cast. There was a poignancy to it on and off camera."
On both "BSG" and "Five-0," Park is playing a character who in the '70s original was played by a man. Ross asked why she thinks that is.
"I'm guessing it's because we got used to watching a lot of men on television growing up," she theorized. When she was starting, a lot of actresses told her, "'Well, you're either the mom or the girlfriend or the prostitute.' I said, 'Really?' Times have obviously changed."