Tag Archives: David McCallum

NCIS – The Lost Boys

Nooooo! They can’t do that to us!

Except that they have. I was going to say that if they keep killing recurring characters, we won’t have any left. But if they instead kill a new character, we wouldn’t care even half as much. Good psychology, but otherwise not so nice.

Also very clever because at one end we were meant to think something had gone really bad (for one of ours) and at the opposite end, it did. Twice, or at least, almost.

Bishop, Abby and Di Nozzo

Abby left her lab, and I think that was Mark Harmon’s shirt that Gibbs wore towards the end. Not a Gibbsy shirt to my mind. And someone very unlikely actually called him Gibbsy to his face!

It’s odd how they bring back formerly bad guys and we find we sort of like them, although I was puzzled by how keen the bad girl from only a few episodes ago was to help. I suspect they enjoyed bringing back prisoners in orange so much at Christmas, that they had to do it again.

And the children; last week’s wasn’t saved. Perhaps this week’s boy will be, unless he’s already suffered too much.

In the midst of this we had the hilarious script from Abby, delivered by Bishop and DiNozzo, which was so spot on. As well as Dorneget’s alter ego Gilroy Lebbs, or however you spell it.

A last spilled pen…

McGee and Dorneget

It was the usual with the new character who turned up at the end. If she’d been thought of before, then her son wouldn’t have been like he was. Or so I reckon.

Bring on the end of season 12! I don’t want it to end, obviously, and it’s about a week too early. But all good things come to an end, and season 12 was it.

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NCIS – Troll

Palmer

It was about time we had a ‘to be continued,’ although I didn’t see it until we were actually there. At first it looked like they would go with the obvious ending for this type of scenario, but I came to the conclusion they’d done it too many times. I’m guessing they did too.

McGee and DiNozzo

The Bishop marital issues were perhaps a little tiresome, but necessary for the plot. Rather sweet that ‘Mr Bishop’ is getting on quite so well with Gibbs. The others just haven’t tried; I’m sure he’s dead easy to get on with.

Dorneget

Great to have Dorneget back, even with his unlikely change of career path within NCIS. Nice to have the scene of the first death back, too. You sort of feel at home when they re-use sets. And when I am thin and younger and more beautiful I’ll have a dress like Abby’s, with that very necklace.

Abby

We’re nearing the end of season 12. Has anyone not signed a contract for season 13?

Gibbs

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NCIS – We Build, We Fight

Wow! Again.

This was one strong episode from a strong season of NCISs. Directed by Rocky Carroll, no less. Apparently the man is difficult to work with, or so he thought.

We Build, We Fight

Interesting plot about a gay marine, which I believe the cast felt strongly about. And it shows. Plenty of homophobic characters as you’d expect, and very nicely dealt with. After the teary end to the story about our dead hero, I felt we were due something to cheer us up, and I was right.

Baby Palmer and admirers

It was a baby we needed. Palmer and Mrs Palmer (give the woman a cheese burger!) finally have a little baby Palmer. Even Gibbs smiled.

They had better not kill Hollis Mann off! Lovely to see her back. Not so lovely when you think about Gibbs and his reaction to her presence. Ducky would appear to be on the right track.

Hollis Mann

(This is the only kind of visit to autopsy that I will tolerate from Hollis Mann.)

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NCIS – Check

So, from comedy to tragedy in just over forty minutes.

Gibbs

Too much coincidence, even for an episode based on too much coincidence. Two ex-wives. I didn’t much like the latest one. And from a time point of view, it didn’t make much sense. But it’s fiction.

What I think I object to most, is that once you’ve seen this, it’ll be hard to watch again, and never in the same way. And it will be harder to watch certain older episodes again, too.

Gibbs

It’ll be interesting to see what others think, and where the script writers go from here. This season’s running theme is obviously going to continue. We’ve had long term adversaries before. This one is more inexplicable.

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Christmas with NCIS – Love and death

Poor McGee. We could tell early on that not all was well. But it was a strange kind of episode, and while snowy, it was basically a little too sad for Christmas.

McGee

OK, they rolled out some old villains and half of Gibbs’s rules, and saved on the filming by giving us plenty of flash-backs to rules in the past.

McGee and Abby

McGee

It can be nice to revisit old stories, but this felt like too much photo album and too little new real episode. Not so much of a Christmas one if you ignore the snow.

But it was based on families. Fathers and sons.

Bad Santas

Sam Hanna

That went for LA as well. Flimsy-ish script, but with many personal touches. Very sweet, pretty surprising, but where on earth do they go from here?

Deeks, Kensi, Hanna and Michelle

Granger sharing more than a drink with Hetty. I believe that was an innuendo I spied there.

Granger and Hetty

Nell and Eric? Really? And Deeks and Kensi too.

Eric and Nell

Kensi and Deeks

Even Callen.

Callen

This much happy ever after cannot work. What were they thinking? It’s lovely, but what do they do now?

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Happy Christmas from me to you!

NCIS – Semper Fortis

It’s just great. It was great before, and it continues being great. And I’m not only referring to Abby’s love life. (Am I the only one to wonder if there had been a friendly suggestion of buying flowers? Especially black ones.) NCIS season twelve is just great. It’s like being back in season one.

Bishop, McGee, Gibbs and DiNozzo

Now, if I was in the US and in a position to do something for someone who had been injured (not likely, but still), before this week’s episode I wouldn’t have known it’s illegal to help and that you are much better off letting people die. And if you turn that around, there are others who will let me die in order that they don’t end up in jail. I’m not surprised the scriptwriters picked up on this, or that it’s a very Gibbsy kind of thing to try and change.

Gibbs and Dillon

And I do feel it was interesting to see the cameo by [the real] SecNav in the diner, in this particular episode. Coincidence? Not to mention the fact that I recognised him immediately, five years after his first appearance.

'Ray' aka SecNav

Great casting of Laura Seay as the Navy Corpsman in trouble. I don’t always like who they pick, but she was perfect for this part.

Dillon

Despite picking such a touching topic for the show, it’s fun to see that they can still put such emphasis on Abby’s love life, including the scene in the men’s toilet, in the midst of being serious. Bishop is taking a leaf out of Ziva’s book.

McGee, Bishop and DiNozzo

Hang on! Am I beginning to like her? And what do we make of Burt? Is he good for Abby? There is time for him to turn, and there is time for her to ditch him. Even if it’s later than the two month rule.

Flowers for Abby

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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.

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