Some season 12 thoughts on NCIS

I’m stunned. Episode one was fine. The second was really good, and whereas I prayed for more excellent instalments, I didn’t really believe in the likelihood of that coming true.

But this has been one hell of a season start. Along with NCIS: Los Angeles, which has given us four terrific episodes, I’m beginning to wonder what has got into those screenwriters. This is what you should be doing every time. Always. Keep this up and there will be no need to pension NCIS off any time soon. (Mind you, New Orleans could use some effort. I’ve still to watch the 3rd, 4th and 5th.)

It’s not even as if we have gone back a few years to, say, season eight. We’re almost right back at the very beginning, when things were truly good. When NCIS had something to prove. Becoming the leading show is a bad thing. Not only do fans have to share with others who don’t love in the same way, but complacency sets in, no matter what they say or think.

I was all set to expect this to be the last year. Maybe it will be. But in that case it can bow out with its head high. (Yeah, I know heads are low when you bow, but you know what I mean.) In fact, I wasn’t sure I wanted it to go on. Now I do. The older Gibbs is almost back to being the old Gibbs. The new Gibbs was just wrong.

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This week’s episode was set on a ship, for goodness’ sake! That doesn’t happen every day. And Abby Borin is always good. We want more of her, and don’t you even dare think of sending her the way Paula Cassidy went!

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NCIS – Kill the Messenger

Wow. This episode had almost everything you’d want. At first glance we’ve seen the set-up before, but they worked it differently. I mean, any script that has DiNozzo being rude to the President of the United States – however unintentionally – makes for a pretty good start.

Both Daughter and I thought the bad guy would be someone else. We’re not saying we were wrong. He might come back and be bad another time, in which case we’ll be ready for him.

DiNozzo and Delilah was quite something, although I have difficulty imagining Delilah and McGee getting up to you know what. Then we had Director Vance and another sub-plot. And was that a new mailman? He needs to be more careful.

This was good. Keep it up, please.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Deep Trouble: part 2

Finally, a worthy start to a new season! NCIS: Los Angeles can still do it, when their sister shows have been weak. We left them on a cliffhanger, but that’s not always a guarantee. This didn’t disappoint, and the suspense kept growing. You knew they’d have to survive, but it started to look decidedly impossible.

It was taught on all fronts; the ladies over Deeks, Hetty’s future, the victim with a fondness for whisky, Nell and Eric, as well as a certain tension on board that sub, both for our agents and the terrorists.

If this had been for real, Callen and Sam would probably have died, or at least not come out of it quite as rosy, but is is fiction. It’s allowed to end well, or we’d not have much of a season to look forward to.

Keep up the good work! Maybe even share some of your writers with the other two shows. They need it.

NCIS: New Orleans – Musician Heal Thyself

Hmm. That was a bit of a disappointment, after having enjoyed the NCIS: New Orleans trial episodes in season 11 of NCIS. A first ‘real’ episode needs to try really hard.

Don’t try and tell us what a wonderful man Pride is by having one of his friends murdered. And the victim’s poor father might have been distraught, but soon cheered up enough to compose some music, with Pride joining in on the piano. Unrealistic, and I prefer my agents not to be jack-of-all-trades.

Pride is Gibbs, minus what makes Gibbs special. I still like Brody and LaSalle, as well as Dr Wade (even when they have gone out of their way to make their ME female and black). I could easily lose Sebastian, though.

Wise move to have Ducky join in, even if it was on screen only. The team is small. Gibbs started out with a similarly small team, so I wonder if they will recruit more agents if the show is popular?

The setting is great. Maybe just take it nice and slow and not throw all that is New Orleans at us straight away? Looks like someone has something to prove.

NCIS – Twenty Klicks

Old enemies are the best. They could be dead, but still good.

So, start of season 12 of NCIS. What do we think? It was OK. Not the best we’ve seen, nor the worst. I can sort of see where we might go with this, whether long term or merely for the next week or two. Although I really do need to grasp the Rock-Paper-Scissors thing. It still fails to make sense.

Nice to see everyone there for the first episode. And I did find that Kevin character suspicious looking last time, but still don’t know what to make of him. Intentional? Or just using someone again?

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The Finnish/Russian forest looked awfully sparse and light. Also DiNozzo must have taken up apparating. And why rely on a minor agent getting favours from another agency? Surely in times of real need someone like the director of one agency could ask for help from one of the others? Small quibbles, though.

It was OK. No funny lines that I recall.

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A bit of Lyy on the fringe

Never having heard of Lyy until two weeks ago, I nevertheless decided to take the Resident IT Consultant and go and hear them. Seeing as they are Swedish, and seeing as they were coming to Stirling (after a weirdly coincidental concert at the Nordic church in Liverpool earlier in the week), I felt it’d be wrong not to. Didn’t even properly realise Stirling had a fringe, nor that it’s pretty new.

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Before them we listened to the Jailhoose Trio, a very newly founded local band. Unless I misheard, this was their first gig. I reckon there will be more, as they were pretty good, with some nice tunes and their singer had a fine voice.

(Even before them, we actually listened to all the technical stuff, which went on a little longer than expected, and we tired of waiting outside Cowane’s Hospital, even though it was a beautiful September evening at the top of town.)

There was a reasonable number of people in the audience. And one dog.

I hadn’t been in for 22 years, since the Resident IT Consultant’s cousin got married there. Somehow it had shrunk, or else my memories of it had made it bigger than it was. Still nice.

So, it was a good place for a Swedish folk group to play. Being old, I’d say folk with some pop, as it was louder and less folksy than what we had in the olden days. Very nice, though.

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The songs were all about love, in one form or other. And the one about sleeping, standing up. Their guitarist went through strings like there’s no tomorrow. Their singer almost went through the floor, or at least her high heels made more contact with the holey stage floor than she had expected.

The audience loved them, and we got two encores before we were encouraged to buy the CDs. They needed space for whisky on their return journey, or so they said. I bought a CD. There were download codes for £5, but at my age you need a proper disc.

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Find them on Facebook, and/or go and listen to them if you get the opportunity.

David, Ducky

Happy 81st Birthday, David McCallum!

It’s interesting to think that today is the first day in the life of a new Scotland. Whatever the referendum results are, we will never be the same.

Today is also the start of Bloody Scotland, the crime festival in Stirling. Quite suitable for the amateur pathologist, with plenty of professional murderers and a fair bit of forensics, too.

Here’s to the new season of NCIS, starting next week, and to David who continues to work when others wouldn’t.

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It says #1 drama in the world on that cake. I’m beginning to feel I live in another #1 drama, with all that’s happening in David’s country of birth. Let’s hope it goes well, for NCIS, and for Scotland.