Picks and Pans Review: Hawaii

updated 09/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2004 01:00AM

NBC (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)
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The title makes perfect sense. Locale is the chief, if not sole, selling point of this latest in a long line of cool-cop series.

Detectives Sean Harrison (Michael Biehn) and John Declan (ER alum Sharif Atkins) race around Honolulu in a red convertible. That's style, baby. The no-nonsense captain (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) warns brash young partners Danny Edwards (Ivan Sergei, late of Crossing Jordan) and Christopher Gains (Eric Balfour from Six Feet Under) that people are complaining about their "unprofessional behavior." On TV that's a badge of honor. Throw in a heavy officer (Peter Navy Tuiasosopo) who likes doughnuts and a sexy one (Aya Sumika) who excites two of the detectives, and you've got yourself a show.

The crimes in the Sept. 1 premiere have a distinctly Hawaiian flavor: a headless body dumped at a volcano; drugs packed in condoms and smuggled inside mahi mahi. I'm betting we see a case of poisoned poi by October. There are some nice coastline views during the opening car chase, and the location filming makes me hope the writers have the cops working outdoors often. Without atmosphere, Hawaii wouldn't be much of a destination.

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