Tag Archives: David McCallum

NCIS – season 14 start

‘What’s wrong with his face?’ Daughter texted me last week, as we both watched the new NCIS; same time, but separately. I wasn’t sure who the ‘he’ was, being busy wondering about McGee’s face. Seems she was mostly intrigued by Mark Harmon’s eyes, which appeared to have shrunk.

So, had I not been a regular viewer, but had stumbled onto an episode like the second one, I’d have wondered where I’d ended up. There are too many new faces for a show we come to for our long-standing relationship with the team. Old friends, as they have been for many years. Ziva leaving was tough, but she was one person.

DiNozzo was also only one person, but they have dealt with the loss of his mega-personality by giving us two new agents. It’s too much. They are very nice, I’m sure, but this feels like returning to the school or the job you left a few years ago, expecting – hoping – for everything to be the same and finding it’s not.

And it’s not. Not at all. Especially with both Gibbs and McGee as the old squadroom faces not looking quite themselves. Gibbs in a suit on an everyday basis is too formal.

Bishop, McGee, Torres and Quinn

I’m hoping things will normalise. So far we’ve had one introductory episode, letting us know who the people who joined are, except I don’t feel we learned anything much. Too bland, too handsome, no real background. And one episode that looked quite promising to begin with, but lost its zing about halfway.

This way I reckon we’d do better to concentrate on Palmer in jail.


And Gary Glasberg has died. He and his writing will be missed.

(Photo © CBS)

Treadmilling Gibbs

When I think back to the early days of NCIS, I know I only watched for the sake of David McCallum, and he didn’t disappoint. I found the writing pretty good and enjoyed most weeks’ viewing. Going away on holiday, however, I didn’t feel the need to catch up on missed episodes.

I didn’t particularly like Gibbs. That lasted until towards the end of season two when I finally found I could like him.

Thinking back to those sentiments, I’ve felt I must have missed something. That I was slow. But I’m finding the same thing all over again.

I got myself a treadmill, which is a frightfully boring activity, so I need entertainment as I ‘go.’ My ambition is to walk my way through all thirteen seasons of NCIS, unless I walk so slowly that it’s fourteen by then. Or more.

Walking chronologically with the NCIS team, I have rediscovered my early lack of enthusiasm for Gibbs. And with hindsight, because I know how his character has developed, he is behaving illogically. He was happier at the start than he was later, despite him supposedly mourning Shannon and Kelly. (While kissing Mrs Bellisario as the mystery woman in many episodes.)

He’s quite a jokey man at times, and both he and Kate do the film stuff later left to DiNozzo.

The other thing that grates is how the whole team – including the experienced Gibbs – learn as they go. I assume this is for the benefit of the viewers, but with hindsight it feels nonsensical.

Still, it’s fun. I’ll tread on.

NCIS – Family First

Nature – i.e. the rain outside – cried with us as we watched the end of DiNozzo. As expected, a little bit bad and sad, and a little bit good. They can’t kill everyone off, but at least this way some characters won’t be coming back other than as ghosts. (I honestly didn’t think they’d do what they did.)

Abby, McGee, Bishop, Palmer and DiNozzo

I’ll miss Trent Kort. Why did they have to make him all right for a while? Think of the time he called on Gibbs as his only friend and ally, in Dead Reckoning. That was fun.

Fornell isn’t dead. He’s merely got beautiful toenails. Let’s see if they let him back again or not. I’m wondering if this Tess is intended to become the new Fornell? Though I believe the character is meant to have to prove herself in order to remain.

I quite like MI6, Clayton Reeves, who is going to be our next DiNozzo. Similar and different at the same time. They could – probably – not go for another female agent (except the loan of Tess from FBI), so they went black, and foreign.

Wonder if we’ll see DiNozzo Sr again? It’s odd when one actor’s decision to leave affects another actor’s possibilities.

DiNozzos Jr and Sr

The shrink is slowly growing on me, but I hope Dr Taft will return some time too.

As I said, it ‘rained’ a little in the house as we watched. Halfway, when we found out that … and met .., even I felt I might blub a little. It’s tough saying goodbye.

Ducky, DiNozzo and Palmer

So no summer cliffhanger, and it’s only through news articles we know about Clayton. Here’s to a peaceful summer break, with a few sniffles over Tony, but otherwise just looking ahead to what season 14 will bring.

Season 14! Doesn’t that sound impossibly advanced?

NCIS – Homefront

‘The scriptwiters are crazy,’ Daughter said after watching NCIS – Homefront, and after watching it myself, I have to agree.

Who?

Did they really kill..? OK, having looked at next week’s episode description, maybe not. Or at least not yet. But how very dare they?

No DiNozzo at all, which I suppose was meant to break us in for the time when there will be no DiNozzo. Thought I’d never say this, but it was actually a bit boring without him.

They upset a lot of fans by having the First Lady as herself (well, probably even more so had she acted some other part…), which I had no problem with at all. I’d been sort of looking forward to it after I heard, although I would have liked it better still if she had been sprung on us without warning. There is nothing quite like surprise. After all, the President himself had already been on the other end of a phone line, so the next logical step was to have someone in front of the camera. First the real Director of NCIS. Then the real SecNav. Twice.

I thought Mrs Obama did really well, considering she was up against real actors.

Michelle Obama

And I can understand why they did it. It’s a worthy enough charity and they obviously want to be seen to support it, which I agree with. But I would rather they had written a fun plot to support the support, so to speak. This was at most a rather pedestrian episode, with a weird child and not much else.

McGee

I can see how Gibbs’s house can’t be a ‘safe house’ much longer. Every villain in town must have heard they take people to his house by now. I recommend blinds. Possibly locks on the door. Caution, even.

Abby was too flaky, even for Abby, with her #LivingRocks. And nothing quite beats a setting in ‘good old England,’ pubs and all. Hard to distingush between England and Ireland, really. Sheep. Shotguns. Green valleys. That kind of thing.

Fornell and Vance

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Scope

Gibbs

OK, it was touching, just like someone on social media said this morning. NCIS episode no. 300 needed that little bit extra, without being excessively sentimental.

Focusing on Gibbs and snipers, daughters and dead wives could easily have backfired, but they kept their heads above water. And they did so while supporting MusiCorps, which seems to be a real charity, doing good work.

NCIS - Scope

Only the other day I pondered why Gibbs sleeps on the sofa just inside his front door, and not in a bed like so many of us do. And Delilah has clearly got over McGee talking work at dinner a few weeks ago. A Valentine’s gift from Di Nozzo Sr to Di Nozzo Jr? Naturally. And thank god that therapist is married! I’m guessing they needed to settle our concerns.

NCIS - Scope

But why are men so stupid over war wounds?

Gibbs

Even Abby’s ridiculous Caf-Pow novelty failed to make her look silly, and actually worked as it was meant to. Humour without idiocy.

Palmer

Everyone got to be in on the action, which is only fair for a 300th, even when some of them haven’t been there that long. Apart from the sniper aspect, the plot managed to steer clear of too much team coincidences, while also being military enough, almost like in the early days.

NCIS - Scope

I can barely believe I’ve watched all 300! Some of them embarrassingly many times. Here’s to – I don’t know – the next 30?

NCIS - Scope

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Decompressed

Wow! That was an episode to take you back to the beginning! Almost, anyway.

Gibbs, McGee, Ducky

Locked-room mystery on a ship, with the agents helicoptered across, and Ducky doing a remote autopsy. Great stuff. Add to that a bit of Valentine’s agonising (seriously, tofu hearts?) and I’d say the scriptwriters have nailed it.

Decompression sounds truly awful, and here you can see how unappetising it might be to share your small chamber with a corpse for four days. Whether it’s better or worse once you’ve tried to autopsy your ex-workmate, I have no idea.

NCIS - Decompressed

I thought the captain looked fishy. But the lawyer obviously took the biscuit for any fishyness, admitting to having been born without empathy. And with three equally bad looking potential murderers, the question was who to pick.

That mess room looked awfully familiar. It reminded me of the submarine in season one, and that is a very long time ago. I really must watch all the episodes in chronological order, again, some time. Shouldn’t take more than a year. Or two.

The question is, dare I hope for similar quality next week?

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Déjà Vu

We liked this one, Daughter and I. It’s rare to sit through a whole episode actively thinking ‘this is good.’ And we both knew who ‘did it’ too.

There were even some scenes on ships, which we used to have so much of in the early years and now hardly ever. (As they said on LA the night before; the N in NCIS stands for Naval, so you might as well expect some boats.)

Didn’t quite get Bishop’s letter to President Truman. Apart from some weirdness, I felt it changed tack towards the end.

Gibbs

But you could tell that there would be this nice warm feeling towards Gibbs, and this really did change the meaning of sleeping with the boss. (Although, if those were all McGee’s clothes, he has a very limited wardrobe for someone living in DC. Get the boy a wooly jumper!)

DiNozzo, Gibbs and McGee

Nice to meet McGee’s rubbish friend again, even if a corpse in the rubbish is slightly lacking in originality.

Generally lovely, though.

(Photos © CBS)