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)

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