This is both late and early. I was going to muse on season 18 of NCIS, but took my time watching to the end. It wasn’t bad, but neither was it so riveting that ‘I couldn’t wait’.
To begin with I wondered if they were going to let the rescue dog be the way out for Mark Harmon, rather than just for Gibbs. It seems he’s staying, though, at least as someone outside the team. And the dog has already found another worthy owner. But seeing as it was Mark’s rescue dog that sort of did for the whole NCIS spirit, it made sense to introduce the loveable dog towards the end.
I think I mentioned that I watched the first two episodes of NCIS New Orleans, just to see how they dealt with Covid. And one way appears to have been to use Scott Bakula’s real life wife, Chelsea Field, to play his on-screen romantic interest. Means they can kiss.
When Pam Dawber wandered into Gibbs’s diner it looked like this was another Covid solution. So handy that actors marry other actors. If not for Covid, I feel there is unnecessary nepotism in this case. Shall we now wait for the younger Harmon son to turn up as well? But I like Pam. She’s a good match for Gibbs. And she has great post-Covid hair.
It’s definitely been a case of Ten Little You-Know-Whats for the team. With Bishop leaving and Gibbs permanently in his basement, it’s a team of two. It was rather obvious how they paved the path for Katrina Law to be the next female agent. But that’s fine. I like her so far, and there is the sympathy angle for Agent Knight. But it still felt like far too small a team, and McGee is no Gibbs. McGee is best as himself.
I’m assuming the news that Gary Cole is joining NCIS for a major role, means he will be the new Gibbs. Younger than Mark Harmon and older than Sean Murray, he looks right. I used to think Gibbs was irreplaceable, but this could be a working solution. I just hope Gary will be less rightwing than Diane Lockhart’s gun-loving husband.
The season end cliffhanger was less of a cliffhanger in those last few seconds. I feel we could have been deemed mature enough to wonder about Gibbs’s fate over the summer.