Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hawaii Five-0: Still in a Training Bra, but Developing Nicely.

By Pam

 I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought season one of Hawaii Five 0 was a bit Danny-centric.  I thought his story line went much further than it should have gone, leaving the other main characters in the dust, save Chin toward the end of the season. Yet, I understand that a fledgling series needs to get its bearings, and it appears season two  will be a little more mature and steady on its feet.

The show has been given a new regular character, Max Bergman, who brings a quirky and funny dynamic which all the teams’ members will interact with. Not only will the team depend on Max for his expertise, they will be dumbfounded by the extent of his knowledge and his presentation of it. He’ll be someone the team will both respect and find scary, in his own geeky way. Along with the leads, well written, quirky, lovable and ultimately believable characters keep people watching a show.

In the first episode of season two, we were introduced to a new arcing character, Joe White, who brings a calm seriousness to the mix. In future episodes there will be more recurring characters introduced.  Why so many? Will the character development of Steve, Chin and Kono suffer (I think we already know Danny quite well)? I see this as an opportunity for major character development.  Character development is, by definition, the change in characterization of a Dynamic Character*, who changes over the course of a narrative. At its core, it shows a character changing.

We will see different sides of Steve this season. In season one he was given free rein and ignored protocol to do what HE felt needed to be done. This season, he must answer to a new Governor. Steve can no longer be a loose cannon and still head 5-0.  

We’ll see the relationship between Steve and Joe White, his mentor, and presumably, a father figure as a result of his own father’s absence. We may see Steve drop his guard with Joe, which would bring out more of his vulnerability.

Lori Weston, a kick-butt and take names female will reluctantly join the team in episode two.  Though she becomes a member of the 5-0 team appointed by the Governor, Steve may carry some resentment which will show in his interaction with her.  It has been written that Lori and Steve may come together in a romantic way, which adds yet another layer to Steve’s character. 
Kono has to deal with the head of Internal Affairs.  She, like Steve, was used to having no real rules when doing her job.  Now, not only is she suspended from 5-0, but must keep clean while she’s waiting to learn her fate. In my opinion, this could “break” her.  She already discharged a weapon and shot someone in the opening episode of season two. There must be consequences. 

I read that Kono becomes involved with a dirty cop. If she is aware he’s bad, we can expect to see Kono show a dark side we never could imagine her having.  In season one we didn’t need to question her loyalty to the team. Given that she is now suspended and facing an Internal Affairs investigation which could lead to her incarceration, it is possible she may throw her loyalties away as she feels she has nothing to lose. She may take a “job” that causes her to do a complete about-face.  This may lead to some new reactions from Chin, as well.

Nothing of Chin has been mentioned, that I have seen, by Showrunner, Peter Lenkov. Since there was a good portion of season one focused on Chin and his police back-story, it could be that this season the two team members who took somewhat of a back seat last season will be developed. 

Just like any relationship, it takes a while to really get to know someone. We, as the TV audience, only get to spend about forty-two minutes a week with the Hawaii Five 0 characters. Even then, it’s with all of them at one time. I think production is taking a giant leap into character development this season. I will take a vested interest in the team and tune in to see my “friends,” the people I am getting to know,  do their jobs.

*Dynamic Character - When a character finishes a story with a different outlook or personality than when they started.

Note: The above is my own personal opinion based on what I have read about Hawaii Five 0’s second season. It is pure speculation on my part.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Life with Louie and Al

Al's bestest pals get the spaw treatment. Of course, Louie always has Al's best interest in mind.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Life with Louie and Al

No....I can't believe Louie is frazzled over a dog! What happened to "squirrels rule, dogs drool?" Eh...he'll be calling Dusty "Toots" in no time. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Life with Louie and Al

I'm not sure if we should trust Louie on bBay. He could be forging Al's autograph for money. I'm worried he has a real nut addiction.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Life with Louie and Al

Sure, this could happen. It's a big day for Louie and Al. As always with Louie, it's all about him.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Physicality: Let Me Hear Your Body Talk

By Pam

 Acting is hard.  It looks easy, but it's not.  That's why professional actors study for years to achieve the ability to make their acting not look like acting.  Some of them continue to study and work with teachers and coaches all their lives.  Acting is an art and a craft, and the techniques and skills to combine voice, body, gestures, facial expressions and thought and emotion to create a full, complex, multi-layered character take time to learn.

Most actors have trouble figuring out what to do with their bodies on screen.  Part of the problem is that they see "vocal acting" and "physical acting" as two different things.  An actor doesn't just act with his voice and face (unless they are doing just readings, radio, voice-overs or only close ups).  Acting is the ability to create a "real" person from dialogue on a page, from voice to body language, to gestures, to relationship with the other characters, to real emotions that express the essence of the person they are portraying.  

 Take Alex O’Loughlin, as Steve McGarrett.  We know the character is a Navy SEAL.  I’m sure Alex did his homework on what and who a SEAL is; stoic, fearless, physically fit.  There is a real SEAL on the set of Hawaii Five-0 to keep Steve McGarrett genuine in his demeanor and actions.  We know Steve lost his mother at an early age, got shipped off to school and never spent quality time with his father and sister after that.  Alex draws a great deal of emotion from that dynamic.  Also from the murder of Steve’s father.  These life circumstances stay with Steve every day of his life.  Consider how you might feel and interact with co-workers, family or friends.  This is how Alex becomes Steve.  Now he needs to find the “truth” of the character.  Good acting often implies enhancing a role with emotional truth. Method acting is all about stimulating that truth.  Alex is a method actor.

Simply, when a good actor is working on a character, he doesn’t worry about the physicality.  Most actors get caught up in the artificiality of acting.  They try to plan every little thing they are going to do - where to put their hands, what gesture to make, how to step, etc.  They are thinking too hard, focusing on the physical and not on the character.  Do you think about what to do with your hands in "real life"?  Probably not.  You just do what you do.  That's because you are simply being yourself and acting in response to the situations you find yourself in.  The same should be true of the character.  If the actor studies his character, really creates him, knows him like he knows himself, understands  him and is acting "in character" when he is doing a scene, then his body will move naturally as the character.  When he is listening to what the other characters are saying, reacting and answering them as the character, "living truthfully in the imaginary circumstances" of the scene, then he won't be thinking about what to do with his hands.  Just like in real life, his hands will move naturally and freely as the character.  But, before he uses physicality, he must ALWAYS remember to use characterization. The character demands the body, not the other way around. 

Alex studied at the prestigious NIDA in Sydney, Australia, and came out with a Bachelor Degree in acting. Three years of non-stop studying his craft.  He has mastered the physicality of acting…and that’s the truth. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Life with Louie and Al

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