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NCIS – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

To be continued

As season beginnings go, this was pretty good. They avoided the issue of Gibbs seemingly shooting Fornell by having one of those ‘to be continued’ endings. Oh, well.

Abby, Ducky and Palmer

Almost no one was at their post, as season ten ended with lots of badges being handed in. They were obviously handed back out again after a suitable amount of action, but it was quite sweet to find Ducky at Gibbs’s desk, ordering Abby and Palmer to do their bit. And poor Palmer, who – just like me – is not good with hunger strikes.

Director Morrow

The early fireworks made me wonder just how many actors they were trying to do away with, but we still have some left. Am thinking they will have to kill Ziva now, because with a kill list that long and most of the agents needing to survive, they probably will kill any volunteers. But DiNozzo is showing worrying signs of being smitten. He’s not allowed to be!

DiNozzo

Parsons stopped being obnoxious, which is good, as I liked him. But he looks so like McGee, they could do with wearing name badges. Doing ‘the right thing for the wrong reason.’ Even with a farfetched plot, I didn’t quite get why Gibbs went away, or why he wore such strange clothes to ‘blend in.’.

Gibbs

I’m quite looking forward to next week, and not just for the ‘to be continued’ reason. But they need to keep this up. No soppyness. No slacking.

Window

I worried about Kate the goldfish for a moment…

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NCIS – Shiva

They seem to specialise in writing a good episode, ‘to be continued’ by a less riveting affair, don’t they? I felt Shiva was nothing but sentiment. It had none of the Kill Ari thrill, where every scene was full of everything you could possibly want.

Ziva

Gibbs is getting soft in his old age, while DiNozzo occasionally comes across really well. Funny how we get to visit his apartment so soon again, now that we’ve finally been allowed in. I was hoping he’d introduce Ziva to Kate the goldfish, despite her grief. But he didn’t.

We have a new father figure for Ziva already, with the return of Schmeil. Let’s hope he lasts. We also have a new Mossad baddie, not to mention a completely hopeless Deputy Director. You can’t have someone like this Craig! Not in a job like that. And if they have deputies, why on earth has Gibbs been deputising in the past?

I know why. It’s plot driven. Pure fiction.

And did they know they had two – seemingly – unrelated Swedes? I mean that the Swedishness was unrelated, not the men.

Funeral of Mrs Vance

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NCIS – Extreme Prejudice

It was very sweet to have Gibbs looking around for Abby, sighing with relief when she appeared to be unhurt. But it was hardly necessary, or even realistic, seeing as he jumped on top of her to protect her in the explosion, ‘mere hours’ before. He’d know she was safe, unless he had squashed her in his role as shining white Special Agent.

Abby and Gibbs

Continuity, writers! If you knew how you wanted the season to start, why have Gibbs jump, back in May? If you didn’t, why not have a peep to see what did happen in the last episode? Or ask a fan?*

Navy Yard

McGee and Gibbs

It was nice to be back, despite this and the dust and destruction. Gibbs had a most fetching injury to his forehead, whereas McGee was woozy and weird, and with much more reason. Ziva and DiNozzo were locked into yet another box. It’s getting a bit repetitive. Surely we can have them close by other means, if that’s what we want?

DiNozzo and Ziva

And if the President tells SecNav to get those who did this, they will. I suspect they would have, anyway. The end was strange. Could they really not come up with something a bit more convincing?

Ducky was all right, as far as all rightness was possible. Not sure what the new Mrs Palmer thought about Palmer spending all that time holding Ducky’s hand. Having Palmer do Ducky’s job, with not even an assistant at his side, feels very Hollywood. Since Brian Dietzen is a regular now, I’m guessing he’s taking over. He has had eight and a half years at Ducky’s side, so why not? But why not before?

Palmer

I like the new intro. They look so very determined, and Ducky is there. Here’s looking forward to the rest of what will be a great season ten.

NCIS season 10

*Me, me!

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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…

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NCIS – Nature of the Beast

Is it going to be a case of killing your Kate and still having her? One episode of sister Rachel might seem reasonable, but two? I feel we might be in for even more. Not that I mind as such, but I wonder if this is the next best thing to the impossible resurrection of Agent Todd?

Oh well.

The start of season nine was beginning to look ill-fated as I had to wait almost 48 hours to watch it. But we finally sat down, and managed not to slurp soup all over the sofa. (We were only able to squeeze in the viewing by having our – badly planned – dinner with NCIS.)

Gibbs and FBI Agent Stratton

To be honest, it was OK as an episode, but not exactly a season-starter. That’s what I thought, anyway. Nice to see people back, but with it being DiNozzo centred, there was far too little of most everyone else. It’s as if when we get together again after a long wet summer we want to all meet in a ‘group hug’ and there was none of that.

It felt like a weak copy of the beginning of season seven, coupled with Gibbs’s amnesia from Hiatus. Michael Weatherly is a good actor, but he seemed to be flogging a dead horse in that hospital room, being over-analysed by his Dr Cranston.

The baddie looked bad from the word go. I’d love more sympathetic bad guys, so that I can feel surprise and disappointment when they are revealed. OK, so we did get a bit of that with DiNozzo’s quarry, who was the one I’d been sure it wouldn’t be, because of Abby.

Vance and Gibbs

We are clearly in for a rough ride with the new SatNav (I know what his title is!), but he’s got some good points. The old one was too whiny.

It’s nice to be back. Let’s have more of the whole team next week!

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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…

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