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Ziva must die

Surely?

Unless Gibbs – and then all the rest of the team – were having a Pam Ewing moment this week, NCIS needs some credibility here.

I was going to watch Bull, but came to the conclusion that he could be my reward and I’d better get NCIS over with. So I did.

Well, Gibbs was a lot Gibbsier than of late, which I suppose is a good thing. The newer members of the team who had never met Ziva were reasonably good as well. As was poor Palmer, down on the floor. But McGee has not improved over the summer.

Cote de Pablo has clearly forgotten how to act Ziva in the six years she’s been gone. She at least has experience of her character, whereas neither scriptwriters nor directors have to have been around all that time, so legitimately know very little about former Agent David.

The plot – ‘to be continued’ – has quite a few holes in it. But if Ziva is not killed, any writing out of her character will need to be convincing. After all, how is DiNozzo, and Sr, going to change their lives around again? DiNozzo is busy as Bull, and the whole gang really can’t just come back to the Navy Yard as though nothing has happened.

Oh, Bull!

How could they? I was all poised to say how much better an ending to the current season Bull could offer, when it turned out they couldn’t.

Well.

Dead child as the problem of the week, followed by more baby trouble in the office.

While it was fun to see little Benny attack his much larger boss, and while his reasons are admirable, this is not realistic. The same goes for Marissa’s baby plans. Much as I dislike her husband, this was not the way to deal with their baby dreams.

As for Bull and his lady friends, I prefer Diana to the ex-wife. I know they look identical, but everyone needs to grow up. Here’s to hoping the scriptwriters can deal with the cliffhanger nice and quick when September comes. Especially if you consider the child issues and the NCIS finale as well.

NCIS – Catching up with the past?

I suppose it’d be too much to ask that more recent scriptwriter recruits sit down and watch the 350 odd episodes of NCIS they haven’t been part of? Just so they know what they are supposed to work on? Ten a day and you’d be done in a month. Almost.

Daughter and I tore NCIS to shreds on the phone a couple of days ago, and this is something we don’t do lightly. We love it too much, or have loved it too much, to want to do it. But what are they doing? Her theory for the lack of old favourite recurring characters not – well – recurring so much now, is that they don’t want to.

The actors, that is. They can’t all be too busy; Borin, SecNav, and so on. Fornell was there this season, but his part is getting too ridiculous, and maybe he only joined in out of kindness.

If there are some serious issues to do with Mark Harmon and why Pauley Perrette left, then it would explain a lot. Give rumours – or truth – enough of an airing and no one will want to touch what was until recently such a successful and happy show. Or was it?

We’re assuming there will be no season 17.

There could be. Get rid of Gibbs, tell McGee to mature back to where he was before, and give him a shave, and find a new boss. Borin, maybe. She’d work well with Torres.

I think I know why the acting is bad. The longer serving actors can’t be bothered, and perhaps neither can the directors. And could it be they no longer take on really good writers, or that there aren’t so many like that to choose from?

If this is the end, there’s probably no point in killing people. Otherwise I’d say kill a few to spice things up and have them replaced. Currently my favourites are Torres, Bishop and Kasie. Palmer when he’s allowed to be Palmerish rather than a pale copy of Ducky.

The threat against Vance; has it been forgotten or are we building up nicely to something magnificently bad? Two threats now, but not even a reminder of what might be coming, if only as a hint.

Kill Gibbs. That way Mark Harmon can keep his civilian hair, and I’m sure the man can negotiate enough money without actually appearing.

NCIS cast season 16

Warming hearts before Christmas

Well, that’s what we needed in a cold and dreary December!

After an uncomfortably long break from Bull, there was some pre-Christmas cheer. Not too much, but enough to convey hope. And that’s with them tackling US immigration policies. I could see it had to come, but couldn’t quite see how you’d get a decent outcome without distorting reality.

Bull - Separation, portrait

Two stories that ended up a lot closer to each other than you might have thought to begin with. The main characters were sympathetic people; the official ones less so.

Warming to Gabriel even more. The question is whether he’s a keeper, or if he’s done his bit by now. Bull’s employees don’t have marvellous track records where partners are concerned.

But it was at least a little bit Miracle on 34th Street.

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Prejudiced? Moi?

Yes. A bit, I’m afraid.

I disliked Gabriel from the start of this season’s Bull. Hitting on Danny when she came to Cable’s apartment like that. He was smarmy, and it was annoying that Danny seemed to go along with being ‘wooed.’

When he came to Cable’s funeral, it was clear he was given more room in the show. But even in bed, Danny seemed to be reluctant while Gabriel was forward.

And then, all that was needed was some ‘respectability’ and I change my mind. Except, it wasn’t so much that he turned out to be a doctor in his home country. I believe it was that when Gabriel was called upon to use his medical skills, he suddenly smarmed less and became a real person.

Danny and Rodrigo

So the writers and directors of Bull have to share the blame with me. I wasn’t snobbish about his day job, looking after the apartment building. That’s as fine a job as any. I simply don’t like smarmy men hitting on Bull’s people. And next time if Danny could dress for dinner as though she hadn’t come out in her underwear?

It will be interesting to see how this evolves. I sense Bull getting involved, but whether the romance is going anywhere is anybody’s guess.

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Season of death

After a week of watching the season starters of Bull, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, what do I think?

The latter two could have done better. Much better. And there is quite a lot of death, or the threat of death.

So Bull survived his heart attack, but is feeling vulnerable. The way he kept checking his pulse almost made me faint, and was an understated way of bringing home how he felt, mentally and physically. He’s not the same man he was. It would have been wrong to bring back a chirpy, same as always Bull. And being away from his team for so long also causes new friction between everyone.

What I fear will happen in NCIS: Los Angeles is that after so many injuries caused in the explosive end of season nine, the team will be – mostly – back to their normal bouncy selves next week. Why on earth did the team split up in the desert? Watching Kensi pulling Deeks was painful, as was seeing Sam and Callen dragging their collapsing bodies towards some kind of salvation. And that boy, just walking onto the scene like that? Honestly.

If Hetty is to disappear, which seems inevitable, I’d rather she retired, instead of hiding Linda Hunt’s absence by sending in all her old men friends to look angry for a week at a time. Is Mosley coming or going? She’ll need to grow up if she’s staying put. I’d rather they had sacrificed her than poor Hidoko.

There wasn’t much doubt that Director Vance was going to survive in NCIS. But did the man have to lose his marbles so completely over the fake agent he was taken in by? Especially as the team suddenly ‘knew’ everything towards the end, fooling the bad guys. We need to respect you if this is going to work, you know. We need to see you working things out, and not just spring a miracle solution out of the blue.

Bull’s first episode was about more deaths than what almost caught our hero in the spring. It made for painful watching, but it’s good to know that they don’t merely follow the same tracks as last year, or the year before.

I could give up on both the NCISes now. Probably won’t, but this is a thought I never believed I’d harbour. Bull, on the other hand, has not been around for long enough for the writing to deteriorate.

The unexpected Bull

We needed something to accompany our dinners last week, Daughter and I, sitting in our holiday house, all alone, with nowhere to go. So we rewatched a lot of episodes of Bull, to get us into the right mood for when Bull returns in ten days’ time.

At least we hope he returns, and that the heart attack was merely a nasty warning for him to take things easier.

Picking episodes at random, going between season one and season two, there was no big plan. I’ve only watched them once, so some were more forgotten than others, feeling almost new.

And then there was Light My Fire, from December 2016. It looked unexpectedly new to me. The longer I watched, the ‘newer’ it felt. I concluded that I must have missed that episode first time round.

Bull - Light My Fire

Hmm, I hadn’t expected that.

I blame it on it having been nearly Christmas. I might have been busy with other things. 😊

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The one she doesn’t mention

We are not really any the wiser regarding why Pauley Perrette left NCIS. But it’s always possible to deduce something that may be close to the truth. After Abby’s last episode it was as if Pauley had to get it out of her system and she tweeted some very cryptical stuff.

I can see that she wants to save the jobs of her friends still working on the show. Whether the secret is so big and so bad that knowing about it would bring NCIS down is anybody’s guess. Or if she just thinks it would. Pauley had the opportunity of keeping quiet, but I can see that doesn’t sit well with her.

On the other hand, if she really wanted to have a go at someone, she’d have done better to get her act together to say something more lucid and meaningful. That opportunity is now lost.

But, OK, there are tweets saying nice things about most of her co-workers. We can start making our own deductions based on who is not mentioned. In fact, the most interesting tweet was Pauley saying she’d had a long conversation with Don Bellisario.

Because we know how Bellisario was shunted off his own creation. It was always something I felt uncomfortable about, even if he was a slave-driver. But what if he wasn’t?

And who got rid of Pancho Demmings? In fact, who was it who thought that practical jokes were good to play on their fellow actors on the show? Could that have had anything to do with Sasha Alexander leaving?

It’s one thing to have Gibbs the boss in the fictional team, but why should the actor playing him be boss of the team of actors away from the cameras. I felt uncomfortable when David McCallum spoke about Mark Harmon as though he was the one they all looked up to, the one who looked after his gang. If there was any looking up to be done, it ought to be the younger actors to Ilya Kuryakin. He’s the real deal here.

I have clearly read too much celebrity gossip, but there have been one or two bits of information about Mark’s personal past behaviour that always made me wonder what he thought he was doing.

And then there was Dave, the dog.

He is still being blamed for the break-up. But if it was him, there is no explanation for those badly written tweets in the last week. I wish Pauley had taken more care over those. Much can be said while avoiding being libellous.

If it’s actually so bad at NCIS that many wanted to complain but didn’t dare, so it was left to the one who was popular enough that she could, then someone needs to take a deeper look at what’s wrong. On who is wrong.

Whichever way this ends; if CBS had finished the show after season 14, the fans could have looked back and mourned their loss. Now, we will be mourning something far worse, something that will take away any pleasure we’ve had from NCIS over a decade and a half. Either we will [eventually] know, or we will have to keep guessing. I don’t know which will be worst.

Bull – Death Sentence

What an end to Bull! Marvellously done!

Death Sentence turned out to be, well, about death sentences, in more ways than one.

The legal one, I didn’t know about. We are obviously aware that in some states they have the death penalty, but I’d not really understood how such a trial might work. A sort of ‘all or nothing,’ with a ‘quite a bit’ as an option. It’s really pretty dreadful, and I don’t particularly like to think about it.

And poor Bull, feeling not entirely himself, and drinking too much and sleeping too little. It’s not good for you.

I didn’t totally understand where Marissa was coming from, though. She admires him and his work. That much is clear. But was there more? We don’t want more.

Interesting too to see what the ultimate point of Professor Jameson was. There could obviously be more to the man than we’ve seen, but this was some climb-down.

Look forward to next season, hoping it won’t be as short as this one was. I need more than 22 episodes!

Bull - Death Sentence

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Abby’s last kiss

Wanting to ascertain more definitely whether the problem between Pauley Perrette and Mark Harmon stems from Mark’s dog’s attack on a crew member, I will only say that it’s a strange coincidence, date wise, if it isn’t something to do with Dave.

And we know what Gibbs says about coincidences.

Also, sixteen stitches is quite a lot. Especially if it’s your body.

My research has taken me as far as season 14, episode 7, which was screened on 15th November 2016. Home of the Brave it’s called, and it’s a pretty good one, with the possible exception of Quinn’s odd behaviour. It’s also the first episode – if you watch season 14 backwards, as I’ve been doing – that seems completely normal.

Abby and Gibbs interact as always, for about as long as you’d expect, and there is a kiss. The first one during my research viewing. Still no offer of a Caf-Pow from Gibbs, although there has been the odd drink from the others, when they call in at Abby’s lab. Because that’s the thing; as long as someone asks Abby about what she’s found, it takes a while to discover it’s not Gibbs doing the asking.

So I’ve been looking for normal conversation lasting reasonably long, Caf-Pow and kissing.

I’ve no idea when an episode goes live, how long it has been after it was recorded. Depending on a variety of facts, I imagine at least a few weeks, in which case a mid-November screening fits in with having been filmed maybe up to a month before.

The Dave incident happened ‘last week’ according to about four different reports in the press, all dated 26th October 2016.

Whether any of this relates to the flipping of episodes eight and nine, I have no idea. But it’s as annoying now as it was then; with Reeves and Torres chatting perfectly normally in the Thanksgiving episode, and being introduced to each other in the next, a couple of weeks later. Also, there is talk of an election in episode nine, which is surely wrong, when you vote in early November, but this was on one month later.

All this is too late to undo, now that we are about three weeks off Abby’s departure. It’s not just season 15 suffering from the split Gabbs scenes. Most of last season had it too, the decline gradual but palpable.

Watching the ‘next’ episode, i.e. no. six, brought home to me how very normal it was. And I remembered how we used to say that Abby seemed to have been sidelined after Quinn and Torres joined the show. Strikes me now her role was made smaller for another reason. We believed it was the new situation with the other agents to get used to, and the loss of DiNozzo.

I wonder what Michael Weatherly would have done about Dave?