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An NCIS for every year

Well, almost. For some reason I skipped season one. I felt we knew all the episodes by heart, and more. But once I’d started picking from NCIS season two, Daughter and I worked our way through one episode for every season during our second holiday week.

It was meant to soothe us and keep us happy. And it did. I think I might have chosen one that Daughter Really Did Not Want To Watch, but who cares? Not me, obviously.

Abby and Jethro

The odd thing was that I picked at random, sort of. Episodes which I felt we’d watched less often. But there was a pattern to them. One day Daughter asked if I was in a Fornell mood. Well, one is always in a Fornell mood, but I hadn’t noticed he kept popping up.

Then there was the stupid, unhelpful police officer they clashed with one year. I didn’t realise he’d turn up a couple of seasons later, in the exact episode I chose. I have less eye for detail than I thought I did. But I have Daughter, and that’s what matters.

If anyone wants to know what we watched, it was Vanished, Deception, Escaped, Dog Tags, Nine Lives, The Inside Man, Ships in the Night, Enemy on the Hill, Phoenix, and Under the Radar.

Now I’m too busy to relax with more of the same, or I would.

Bishop to NCIS; being the new girl

Most of us may well learn to love her. Eventually. But I have to admit to more resistance to Ziva’s replacement than I had expected to have. I am open to a replacement. I had just hoped to cringe a bit less on introduction. Ideally I’d have liked someone older and less perfect looking. Maybe not white. Certainly not blonde.

Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop is nice to look at. The trouble is, I had heard she appeared in The Bridge, which I’ve not seen. I did watch three episodes of Bron, and had to stop because the female, aspie detective was so cringe-worthy I almost blushed (which is not normal for me when watching television). By association, Bishop looks very similar, though I understand she did not play that role in The Bridge. But here she is; behaving oddly to say the least, and in what my aspie radar suggest is almost pure copycat casting. ‘To food associate’ is not enough of a quirky excuse. None of Gibbs’s earlier recruits; Kate, McGee, Ziva, have been absurd choices for the job of Special Agent. Bishop doesn’t seem to know what the job entails. She appears dense.

But, this is fiction, and I’m sure any dense-ness will have been magically removed by the next episode. Hopefully, or I’ll soon be blushing my way through more NCIS. To put if briefly; Bishop is not in the slightest an original character. And that’s disappointing.

I have heard complaints that she sidelined Abby and McGee too much. She did, but with a bit of luck that was merely for introductory purposes. Nell in NCIS: Los Angeles seemed to duplicate Eric’s job, but a few years on here we are, most of us happily seeing their twin nerds geeking away.

Bishop and McGee

OK, that’s enough moaning about Bishop. Unless she sinks NCIS, in its 11th season. The plot of Gut Check was far better than I’d been led to believe. The description of it beforehand had me thinking Bishop was a clairvoyant, which really would be taking the biscuit.

I like the new SecNav. She’s growing on me. She could even have a fling with Gibbs if she wanted, although that would be unseemly (in real life, anyway).

2×36

36 is a good age to be. I know, because I tried it once. Congratulations to Brian Dietzen and Sean Murray whose turn it is to have a year of being 36. Hopefully.

Brian celebrates his birthday today, and Sean tomorrow. Have a nice day – each – boys, and don’t let it get out of hand like Palmer’s stag night.

Palmer's stag night

There used to be three NCIS birthdays in mid-November. Happy belated birthday to Cote de Pablo, who is hopefully enjoying some well earned rest.

NCIS – Past, Present, Future

DiNozzo and Ziva

So she lived. That makes a difference in a series where few women are written out alive. Ziva could come back, if only to visit.

And we have a new woman on board, the SecNav. (Stereotype, women are secretaries…) Unless they start something weird between her and Gibbs, she’ll be fine. There is no reason why they should. I’m guessing the looks were there anyway?

SecNav

The second part of the start to season eleven wasn’t too bad in the end. Not being a Tiva fan, I didn’t cry. Except possibly over Tony’s beard which made him look startlingly like Borgen’s Kasper.

Who’d have thought Ziva wanted to be a ballerina? Although, most girls want that at some point or other. I hope she gets an opportunity to try something from that list of hers.

Ziva's will

And yes, I’m sure Ari had some good points, and in a way it was ‘nice’ that he was allowed in, if only for a moment.

Abby mentioned Captain Kirk. Gibbs asked ‘Captain Who?’ (That should be Doctor Who…)

Abby

Fornell needs banana pancakes in a crisis. I’d say he should have eaten many more of those, and not even the extra extra bacon helped. But of course Gibbs didn’t shoot him. At least, not most of him. Poor Tobias.

Fornell and Gibbs

I had been warned I’d find Gibbs’s vampire eye disturbing. Strangely, I didn’t. I suspect because it wasn’t real.

Gibbs

Right now it looks like the new season could be OK. But it will depend on the writing. And on who replaces Ziva. She will be a hard act to follow.

NCIS – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

To be continued

As season beginnings go, this was pretty good. They avoided the issue of Gibbs seemingly shooting Fornell by having one of those ‘to be continued’ endings. Oh, well.

Abby, Ducky and Palmer

Almost no one was at their post, as season ten ended with lots of badges being handed in. They were obviously handed back out again after a suitable amount of action, but it was quite sweet to find Ducky at Gibbs’s desk, ordering Abby and Palmer to do their bit. And poor Palmer, who – just like me – is not good with hunger strikes.

Director Morrow

The early fireworks made me wonder just how many actors they were trying to do away with, but we still have some left. Am thinking they will have to kill Ziva now, because with a kill list that long and most of the agents needing to survive, they probably will kill any volunteers. But DiNozzo is showing worrying signs of being smitten. He’s not allowed to be!

DiNozzo

Parsons stopped being obnoxious, which is good, as I liked him. But he looks so like McGee, they could do with wearing name badges. Doing ‘the right thing for the wrong reason.’ Even with a farfetched plot, I didn’t quite get why Gibbs went away, or why he wore such strange clothes to ‘blend in.’.

Gibbs

I’m quite looking forward to next week, and not just for the ‘to be continued’ reason. But they need to keep this up. No soppyness. No slacking.

Window

I worried about Kate the goldfish for a moment…

(Photos © CBS)

Less of the picnics

It’s not often executive producers on television write letters to the fans of their shows to let them know what’s going on. Here is Gary Glasberg explaining what might happen now that Ziva is leaving. (He hadn’t expected it either.)

Gary Glasberg letter

I think the picnics and barbecues that didn’t happen were Gary’s private ones over the summer. At first I thought he was pulling my leg by suggesting NCIS would be a picnic this season. But what must have happened was a lot more thinking and planning and writing to ‘get rid of’ Ziva.

And I can’t say that this letter makes me believe it’s going to be easy. (Whatever happened to people simply resigning and going to work somewhere else?)

On your six, boss!

Ten in one go

I can recall hearing people who watched several seasons of NCIS in one go, say that it was much better that way, than when taken once a week for years. I can sort of see what they mean now.

We spent the last couple of weeks wading though most of season ten to prepare for the new season start in two weeks. It has taken diligence and perseverance, but that’s something Daughter and I possess when it has to do with NCIS.

And I discovered two things. 1) It really is better to get a complete view by watching episodes close together. 2) By having too little time, as well as little inclination, to watch episodes a second time throughout the season, most of them felt almost brand new, and I’m sure that added to the pleasure now.

So, taken together, there is more cohesion than I’d imagined. You still notice that some episodes are better written, by someone with a good background of what’s gone before. But still.

(When I offered the Resident IT Consultant to share the last remaining episodes he was adamant he couldn’t be bothered. So no repeats for him.)

Here’s to eleven!

Abby

(Fun link to a very brief summary of the last ten years. At least once you’ve suffered through the ad at the beginning.)

Seasons zero, eleven and five

So, as September approaches, we get no Red at all. I’m neither upset over, nor surprised by, the lack of success of Red in the NCIS stable. Where I felt NCIS: LA was viable after the two pilot episodes, I never saw Red as anywhere near the same.

I didn’t need LA to happen, but I enjoy it. Red I really don’t believe I would have watched, unless CBS had cleverly inserted some real NCIS here and there, ‘forcing’ me to join in. But it seems CBS want to protect what they’ve got, and not dilute their efforts on the mobile team.

The real NCIS. Yes. We’ll have to see how that goes. Season ten started with OK stuff and then ran out of anything really stirring. The last episode was sort of exciting, but if you remove the threat of all the agents leaving, and the fact that they really can’t have Gibbs shooting Fornell (at least for real), there is very little left, except how they get them back again.

I’m hoping they won’t kill Ziva. It would be refreshing to have someone retire and still live.

And then there’s LA. That was some cliffhanger they gave us. More literally than most occasions when you use the word cliffhanger. My second-in-command keeps saying that either Deeks or Kensi will have to go. I disagree. I don’t think they’ll do that. How to solve the kiss conundrum, though, I don’t know.

As for Mrs Hannah, I suppose they could kill her off. Hope not, because then we will have another agent with a dead wife. A motherless child.

NCIS: LA - 100th cake and team

I can’t believe that LA have already reached (at least while filming) its 100th episode. They are a mere baby! But since big brother will celebrate its 250th, I suppose they really are that old.

One month to go. Might have to rerun season ten, to get in the mood properly.

NCIS – Recoil

Ziva, Recoil

Now that Ziva will be disappearing (nicely, I hope) I watched Recoil from season five, again. It’s one I like, although it’s painful to see Ziva slowly unravelling in a most un-Ziva like manner.

Ziva, Recoil

I’d forgotten how fast things turn bad in Recoil. When I think back it seems like the first few minutes should last through half the show.

NCIS - Recoil

But for someone who kills all the time (or so it seems), while showing little compunction (or so it seems), here Ziva clearly can’t sleep, if the shadows under her eyes are anything to go by.

Ziva, Recoil

She leaves her hair down. Not only down, but seductively curly. Except one morning when the hair looks a little flat, rather like poor Ziva.

Ziva, Recoil

It’s a great episode for several reasons. We have two good main suspects; one who seems nice (but we know that nice is often quite bad) and one who looks shifty (and has some reason to, but no more than that). And then it turns out that neither of them did it.

Ziva, Recoil

At the end you can tell Ziva’s feeling better, because her hair is under control again. Unfortunately. Although I suppose federal agents can’t go round with seductive hair all the time. Except, she wasn’t a fed at the time. Mossad. They might have even stricter hair-rules.

Ziva ans Gibbs, Recoil

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Bye Ziva

My suspicions that Cote de Pablo was on her way out have been confirmed. There will be no more Ziva for NCIS fans, apart from what’s necessary to ‘get rid of’ her character. Let’s hope they can do it tastefully.

The dramatic departure of Kate was not ideal. Admittedly, it made for very good viewing, but I wonder if they’ve regretted it since. Death is so final, unless you are Sherlock Holmes or Bobby Ewing. And they way they have found Kate substitutes suggests they wouldn’t have minded a resurrected Agent Todd every now and then.

So what will they do about Ziva? We’ll find out at the end of September. I’m guessing the news about Cote de Pablo not renewing her contract came now, when they will be getting together after the summer holidays to film the first episodes.

Ziva

Personally I felt the role of Ziva was getting worn out. I like her, but something about all that happened to her and through her made me wonder how long she had left. Eight years is a big chunk out of anybody’s life, and I’m thinking she feels her body clock ticking. Have a family, or continue on what is one of the most successful shows until it’s too late?

Cote’s fellow ‘young ones,’ Sean Murray and Brian Dietzen, may share mid-November birthdays with her, but they have wives to do the pregnancy bit for them and they have been able to enjoy fatherhood, while still doing what they do on NCIS. The same goes for Michael Weatherly who has got married again and who also did not have to choose between bump or career.

I’m not sure NCIS has got that much longer to go before it’s grown out of what made it special. Better to leave while it’s on top. Recent casting for the LA spinoff makes me doubt they’ll get a Ziva replacement right. Clichéd characters, not to mention plot, have taken over from the freshness ten years ago. Come back Donald Bellisario, all is forgiven?

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