Tag Archives: David McCallum

NCIS – Parental Guidance Suggested

It was good to see they were willing to give us a Halloween episode, even though strictly speaking it was a few days short of the right date. And then I worried in case they were about to give us yet more cute children for Halloween, including a murder mirroring Gibbs’s own life.

Thankfully they went the complete opposite way. Nothing beats a good sociopath, especially this time of year.

Bishop

And luckily for McGee, he wasn’t alone in the wearing of lycra. Bishop is full of surprises.

(Photo © CBS)

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.

105349_d00228b

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!

(Photo © CBS)

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: 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?

Bishop, Vance, DiNozzo and Ducky

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.

(Photo © CBS)

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.

NCIS

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.

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.