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NCIS – Shooter

At first I thought Shooter was a little on the goody-goody side, but it developed well, and made for an excellent episode. McGee’s beard was just the right thread to carry through, with everyone stopping and staring at it, but not really saying anything to him. Because it was McGee. Had it been DiNozzo we’d have heard a lot more.

As ‘usual’ the mystery wasn’t much to do with what you’d think to begin with, but more a series of incidents; each leading to the next thing. Slightly too much of a coincidence that Abby knew so much, but it was in character, and the saccharine ending I was afraid of didn’t materialise. (Made the Resident IT Consultant cry, but that’s normal.)

The ‘main’ character didn’t even make it onto the cast list, because he wasn’t actually in there, except as a photograph. Weird, when you felt you got to know him so well.

Abby

It’s quite daring, in a way, to deal with homelessness among former military personnel. Sometimes they glorify life with the Marines or the Navy to an extent that you don’t expect to hear about the downsides; what happens in real life.

But looking at it realistically I suppose they are beginning to run out of ordinary nice crimes within the Navy.

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NCIS – Crescent City

NCIS: New Orleans

So, how do we make sure CBS continue this New Orleans spin-off? In fact, how do they decide? Can’t go on numbers of viewers, since being a part of NCIS, it will have been seen by lots of people. Do they ask people in the street, or knock on doors, or ask a select few?

I hated Red last year. Thought Los Angeles was OK, five years ago. New Orleans I think was far better than LA. Though they would of course need to keep up the writing and keep the actors. I liked these people. Possibly found the music playing in the lab somewhat OTT.

NCIS: New Orleans

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t quite follow the last bit of the plot. Did it make sense to others? (I.e. why did the last man to die die?)

NCIS: New Orleans

This was fun. The women were good. Both Brody and the ME were the right mix of normal and quirky. Could do with subtitles to help understand what people are saying. And if they could serve the food so us viewers could sample it, please?

NCIS: New Orleans

Gibbs, who I imagine will not be part of a new series, is a little too huggy these days. He suddenly has all these really good old friends from the past, and they hug (not very manly, is it?) and Gibbs smiles. Script writers, please refer to season three, episode one. You can take it from there.

NCIS: New Orleans

But whatever you do, give us more.

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NCIS: New Orleans – pure speculation

There is a team in New Orleans, they call NCIS, and it’s been the ruin of many a poor crook…

Sorry. I’ll stop while I can.

I was reading about New Orleans  a week or so ago. It seems as if the place has picked itself up after Katrina, and there’s a lot of good stuff happening. Before that article I hadn’t stopped to think about why CBS might pick New Orleans for their next spin-off attempt.

It sounds as if there are tax breaks for making films, which could be one reason. Or it could simply be that it’s the new exciting place to go. Or that they can support the rebuilding of the city by sending over a successful hit show.

I’m obviously speculating now, before the new NCIS reaches the small screen near you this week. Whereas I wasn’t too impressed by last year’s LA spin-off, I have no reason to be pessimistic about this one. I reckon a ‘real’ NCIS spin-off might stand a better chance. Gibbs has more power than Callen.

Let’s just hope it’s not too hipster-ish, but more genuine New Orleans. And I see both Fornell and Franks are appearing.

NCIS – Rock and a Hard Place

Could have done with a Gibbs-Palmer hug. But I expect that was too much to ask for. Gibbs did the stern, almost angry, thing instead. (I still think a home made baby would be by far the best under the circumstances.)

Bishop and Palmer

I could pick out the bad guy from the word go, but then mystery is not what’s important. It’s the show as such, and what a show!

Slightly weird plot, but enjoyable. Amusing parallels in the case and in the so called real life for the team. Palmer about to have a baby. Keith Carradine’s character discovering he already had one. Palmer running out, followed by DiNozzo running on a totally different kind of errand.

DiNozzo and Manheim

As the guy at the beginning said; ‘what could possibly go wrong?’

The wedding of DiNozzo Sr will obviously go wrong at some point, but not for want of McGee’s napkin folding knowledge.

Bishop was behaving almost normally for an NCIS agent. Please let her stay normal. Although if someone could point out that talking loudly as you’re sneaking around a possible crime scene, isn’t the most discreet thing to be doing, I’d be grateful.

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NCIS – Dressed to Kill

Finally! We’re back to what almost counts as normal NCIS. Granted, it had Robert Wagner in it, and – probably because – it was the 250th episode. It even had a Naval flavour, what with proper uniform being an issue. No boats, but you can’t have everything. (I know; ships.)

Not bad at all.

DiNozzo Jr and Sr

There was a lot of DiNozzo hugging going on, but this time there was a good reason for it. What are the odds that Jr kills someone, with Sr as the only witness? Might this have been the last outing of daddy DiNozzo, I wonder?

Bishop was barely annoying this time. She’s learning a few things, and they are definitely giving her the probie treatment. It’s refreshing having a beautiful female agent who is married, and who does not have to be matched up with every available male within miles.

Bishop and DiNozzo

Speaking of relationships, McGee’s sounded pretty normal too. Let’s keep it that way.

And I hate admitting this, but DiNozzo made a very fetching Private Eye. Very. Just don’t anyone tell him that.

McGee and DiNozzo

So, some great news – for some – and soul mates. Happy 250th!!!

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NCIS – Bulletproof

Palmer and I are knocking on wood, while Ducky and the Resident IT Consultant are of the opinion we are being stupid. Though Ducky at least supplies Palmer with some wood when he needs it.

I do find Palmer’s and Mrs Palmer’s planned parenthood very, very odd. What’s wrong with home made babies? That would be nervewracking as well, but not because you are in someone else’s hands. Or womb. (I hasten to add my knocking has a very different reason…)

Letting Abby guard a ‘suspect’ isn’t necessarily a good thing. Just look at her!

Abby

At first I was thinking this episode was really a bit dull. But it improved. Bishop’s conversation with DiNozzo at the beginning made almost no sense at all. And I think that’s a first. Lots of talk, which seemed to consist of only words.

McGee and Delilah

As so often happens, it was the stuff on the side which mattered. Delilah coming into ‘the office.’ McGee busy feeling guilt. Injured marine (?) in a wheelchair. And the question of whether McGee will skydive with Delilah.

NCIS

If the families of serving soldiers do send bulletproof vests to their sons and daughters in real life, I foresee many upset viewers after this. If it was me, even if I knew I’d sent proper equipment, I’d pause and have a small heart attack. Worthy subject, but tricky situation.

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Goodbye, Jackson Gibbs

I was sad to hear of the death of Ralph Waite, better known to many as Jackson Gibbs, father of Leroy Jethro. (I realise he’s even better known for other roles he played, but to me he will always be Gibbs’s daddy.)

It’s that difficult thing, casting people old enough to play parents of actors who themselves are not terribly young. Especially for a show that continues for years, rather than a film that is soon over and done with.

But I’m grateful we got to meet Jackson as many times as we did. And I’m wondering how they will deal with it on NCIS. Ducky’s mother lived on a lot longer than the actress who played her. And Abby’s boyfriend Marty didn’t die; he just broke it off with her.

I hope they will be sensible and do something really good, if only to celebrate the man who keeps a shotgun handy in his shop.

Gibbs Sr

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