Tag Archives: Kerr Smith

NCIS beginnings and ends – Pyramid and Nature of the Beast

There is no question but I found this pair the weak link of all the NCIS season starters and endings. Doesn’t mean they are no good, and several viewings later, Pyramid is growing on me, if not literally.

Gibbs and FBI Agent Stratton

Watching Nature of the Beast recently was a better experience, too. I suspect because we had seen Stratton die (or had we?) and we had belatedly grown fonder of him than we ought to have. And seeing Kate’s sister yet again had ceased to be news, so was more OK.

But I never took to EJ’s team. She felt fake, and any problems they had were none of my business. There might have been no nepotism, but I don’t believe the satnav connection was pure chance.

Abby was too fond of Cade. It felt like too much telling and less showing. New satnav (yes, I do know that’s not his job description, exactly) is not marvellous. I like the actor but not the boss of the navy.

The star of Pyramid is Palmer. Out of character, but wonderful nevertheless.

Gibbs, Ducky and Palmer

And the question I am left with is if they really have that many double-crossing people in all those American alphabet agencies in real life? I know we don’t trust them, but it’s still got the feel of fictional tool.

I didn’t spend last summer waiting with bated breath to see what would happen. As always with friends, I wanted to see the team again. But the action was of little importance.

This summer I’ve been too busy to think much about what will happen. But Till Death Do Us Part at least ended with a bang…

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Pyramid

Were you feeling shortchanged when I mentioned the last three episodes of NCIS season eight and then only blogged about two? Well, you were, but it was intentional as I felt it needed two posts.

Gibbs, Ducky and Palmer

In a way I felt slightly shortchanged, too, after Pyramid. I know we have to have cliffhangers for the summer, but this was more like ‘was this all?’, except perhaps for the very end. For something where we were promised a big body count, I expected more bodies. For a while there I was sacrificing our darling Palmer, since all the signs suggested someone had to go.

Palmer

The elevator scene didn’t make that idea any less likely. But where, oh where, did they train Palmer to drop at the wink of an eyelid? Especially a de-bespectacled Palmer. How did he even see the wink? And how brave he was!

So, we have a new satnav. Very nice, we thought. At least until he got a bit tougher with Vance. We loved Matt Craven as the lunar module builder in From the Earth to the Moon, but as Secretary Jarvis he looks older and greyer and tougher.

Should we assume poor DiNozzo will have to go after more of Ziva’s boyfriends, with potentially disastrous results? Again. Or upset his own lady friend? Again. P*ss off his own team? Again. Plenty of scope there.

DiNozzo, McGee and Gibbs

With dear E J gone – sort of – will there be anything on that thing she cut out of Levin’s arm, or was that just a teaser as well? Glad to see the end of her uncle Davenport. The first time we met the Sec Nav he was as one expects powerful people to be. Since then he’s just gone softly and weirdly downhill.

Two sets of engagements rings in the last three episodes. The empty one for Ziva (how romantic was that??) and the ‘too small’ one for DiNozzo’s old Baltimore love. I reckon she said no. And Ziva should, too.

Gibbs

They do nice funerals at NCIS. It’s sad when people die, but they do dress up well in black. For a brief moment it looked to me as if Franks had got himself a third daughter-in-law, but on closer inspection she was the same as the last time. I suppose Gibbs will have to take over now…

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Baltimore and Swan Song

After my early and very uncharacteristic speculation on the end of season eight of NCIS, it’s taken me unforgivably long to do what I almost wanted to call a post mortem on the last three episodes. But NCIS didn’t die, so no PM necessary. Lots of people died, though, and if they don’t give us a few new and loveable recurring characters, we soon won’t have anyone we love for them to kill off, if and when the need arises.

DiNozzo in Baltimore

In Baltimore they did a far better job than usual of going back in time. DiNozzo looked fine and even Gibbs didn’t look too ridiculous as his somewhat younger self. It makes sense that they had a case ‘together’ before Di Nozzo joined NCIS, a bit like Kate protecting the President when she and Gibbs crossed paths.

Nice touch to travel in time so that they could bring Pacci back, even for just a few minutes.

Gibbs

What is it that makes the rain fall as though it’s the Niagara whenever someone really close is killed off? Gibbs looks especially sad with water pouring all over his face, and his ability to speak to dead people has not diminished. But I felt they were trying to soften the blow about Franks’ demise with his ghostly appearance at the scene of the crime.

In fact, Franks looked healthier as a ghost than he did alive, what with them having to prove he was so ill we wouldn’t mind him dying. And that group hug in the lift was rather sweet, if somewhat uncharacteristic for Ziva.

McGee, DiNozzo, Ziva and Abby

We saw just enough of Agent Levin to help us feel sad he ‘had to go’. I know they said it was going to be a big body count, but I don’t feel it was as bad as all that. It was more who, than how many.

(Photos © CBS)