The titles for the remake of Hawaii 5-0 have been released (via The Hollywood Reporter), and while it’s good that they tip their hat to the big wave and the big balcony shot of the hero, this arrangement of the theme song just doesn’t really sound right. I know they have to make it sound contemporary, but it doesn’t even sound contemporary; it just sounds kind of cheesy. There’s got to be a way to re-arrange the tune while still having some sweep and flair. The problem isn’t with modernizing or shortening, the problem is more that it sounds like they really wished this was some other type of theme. It comes off like that “dark” arrangement of “We Used to Be Friends” from the last season of Veronica Mars.
The last attempt at a remake, the 1997 pilot that didn’t sell, featured a more traditional arrangement, maybe too traditional.