Tag Archives: Sean Harmon

When your nose fails

Many years ago I was having my photo taken. It was either the individual school photo or a passport photo, by an unknown photographer. That’s why I felt I wouldn’t make a fuss and delay things, when I could feel my glasses sliding down my inadequate nose. But he stopped and said, you will look better if you push your glasses up. So I did.

It taught me something. This is why I wish whoever is in charge of filming Bull would tell Geneva Carr to get a better face mask, or better still, get her a better mask. Or at the very least, have her pull it up, when it slides down as she speaks her lines. The others all seem to have functioning face coverings.

But having said that, Bull is still doing well. Four episodes before Christmas, and all featuring masks in a mostly realistic way.

I understand from my in-house viewer that NCIS: New Orleans have used face masks from the beginning of the new season too.

So why not NCIS? How long can they go on pretending they are flashing back to 2019? Even if they do it for a full season, however long or short that may end up being, they will at some point have to face a future after mask-wearing, if there is such a thing. It’s not going to be just a short, embarrassing interlude, which can be ignored forever after. Besides, hairstyles have changed. You shouldn’t keep having the actor in late 2020 pretend they are still in the previous year.

Speaking of noses, while it is charming to have Sean Harmon pretend to be his dad, they just don’t have the same noses. Gibbs the older would probably carry a face mask better than Gibbs the younger.

I’m not saying the three episodes we’ve seen so far have been bad. Just that real life implications grate a bit when the pretending is carried too far.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Rage

Granger and Agent Rand

Well, well, well. Two recurring NCIS actors on NCIS: Los Angeles. It’s almost too much, but still very nice, especially as the usual pattern of being the opposite of what you are on the other show, didn’t seem to happen. So we had Alicia Coppola as an FBI agent and young Gibbs, aka Sean Harmon,* as a convict.

Callen and Charlie

And we got to return to Callen as a con, six months after he was pulled from his undercover role in prison. You’d have thought his tan would have been a giveaway he hadn’t spent all that time in a solitary cell, but still. It was fine.

It’s a wonder what they can do to make an actor younger for a role, but I have to say that the younger Hetty was so scary as to make me worried. But it was another step on the journey to finding out about Callen’s past. Wonder how long they will be stringing it out?

Callen and Hetty

I welcome the break in finding fault with Deeks, which seemed like such a stupid plot device. As unlikely as him and Kensi thinking no one notices what they are up to.

All in all, pretty good, despite the high body count. Just wondered who else was on that bus with all the convicts. Surely someone would have noticed what happened?

(Photos © CBS)

*One day I look forward to seeing Sean Harmon with nice hair.

NCIS – Life Before His Eyes or This is your wonderful life, Gibbs

It was too sad, too introspective, to be a 200th celebration. I’d been afraid of confusion and a rush to get through all those old and ‘new old’ characters for NCIS’s milestone episode no.200. That part was OK. It’s nice to see old friends, and foes, for that matter.

Gibbs in his diner

I loved the diner where Gibbs goes. Very classic sort of place and just suited to someone like him. It’s a lovely idea to find the people you care about all gathered somewhere like it. But it got confusing, keeping track of who was dead. And the question is, considering what Gibbs learned through meeting both the obvious people and some unexpected ones, will he remember his lesson and be happier in future?

Is a happy Gibbs a good thing?

There was no question but that ‘his people’ love him. But would they have, in this alternate world? What was Vance doing playing chess with Ari? And Jenny Shepard and Kate were far too cardboardy. I know why, but it was almost scary.

One day surely Gibbs will have to ask the girl masquerading as Kelly whether she really is his daughter. Is that daughter number three or four? Having the young Gibbs carrying on with his Marine colleague also felt slightly inappropriate.

Ducky, McGee and Abby

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I need to get back to normal next week. And after all that psychoanalysis Gibbs will be more than ready for another woman.

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS season 9 – so far. It’s all in the family…

The funny thing is that I’ve been meaning to comment on the episodes we’ve seen so far this autumn, and despite the delays I’ve suffered, the topic doesn’t need changing. In fact, it’s been reinforced by the peculiar antics of the scriptwriters.

It’s television, so doesn’t have to be realistic. That’s why we accept and even welcome the inclusion of family members and others close to the team. We don’t bat more than one eyelid, and generally only briefly, over the fact that the team can investigate their own families.

But every week? OK, first we had Kate’s sister analysing DiNozzo. Then there was no personal connection in episode two, but it was certainly about families. Third is McGee’s grandmother, who also manages to be a little young. And she goes on a date with Ducky.

Next week it’s Abby in a right state over kidney donations and discovering her family background probably isn’t what she’s always believed.* Fine. But that tearful ending demanded a continuation, somehow, and six months later is too late! Now. But no, next week she’s as right as rain, and people are busy finding a girlfriend for Gibbs. And his ‘surprise’ reaction to that is out of character.

Three weeks after Ducky’s date with ‘granny’, he has an on-going romance with another woman. Fine with a love life, but when did he fit it in?

Last week Fornell was back. Yay! We have accepted by now that he shared an ex-wife with Gibbs, despite them never even having met in the first ever episode. Artistic license. But to have the reviled ex-wife turn up, be investigated by both the FBI and NCIS? And they are rude about her, only for Gibbs to go all soft and loving at the end. She knew about Shannon? No one else did. Before, anyway.

First half of Engaged Gibbs starts off in bed with the dead Shannon. Then he’s presented with a living red-head. And then we have Sean Harmon back as young Gibbs. Fine. Except he doesn’t look like a young Gibbs because he looks like his (real) mother. Handsome, but the wrong handsome. And this young Gibbs makes eyes at a woman who isn’t Shannon. Honestly!

There are discrepancies and there are plain silly things. Silly we can cope with, in moderation. But the (unnecessary) discrepancies. Have the scriptwriters not watched old episodes? Because the fans have, and we remember our facts.

We used to have threads, both obvious and more hidden ones, that could carry through a whole season. That requires not only some overall planning, but each writer ought to check how they did things before them, and what they did. Not just plough on as though they are the first.

I agree with Daughter, who says NCIS: Los Angeles is better written these days. It is. She looks forward to L A more. I don’t, but only because I love the NCIS characters the best. Maybe L A could lend them some writers?

(*Could deaf people adopt babies in those days? But Daniel Louis Rivas was the most fantastic match for Abby as far as looks are concerned. Well done!)

NCIS – Mother’s Day

This may well qualify as the worst ever episode of NCIS, and with over 150 to choose from, that’s not bad going. Well, it is. But something has to be at the bottom, to prop up all the others.

There are lots of reasons for this, and the main one is that they put so many wrong decisions together in the one episode.

You can’t really have someone like the Director of a Federal Agency condone what Gibbs did. Gibbs shouldn’t have done it, and since he did, Vance should have dealt with it more appropriately. As many fans have said already, it’s somewhat unlikely to have all these people connected to Gibbs witnessing crimes all the time. You could introduce friends and family as just that.

Gibbs and mother-in-law Gena Rowlands

For Gibbs’s mother-in-law to be Shannon’s mother, and for them to be estranged. I don’t know. It didn’t feel right. Gena Rowlands was excellent as the unpleasant mother-in-law, and old enough, if that isn’t a rude observation.

Flashbacks with Sean Harmon as the young Gibbs… Nice for Sean, but he had to be well over 18 in this and he didn’t look it, until it was eight years later and Mark Harmon, who definitely looked more than the 33 or so that Gibbs would have been.

I know. It’s only nerds who sit at home calculating these things.

And the ghastly lawyer was back and she and Gibbs were far too friendly. I can see what he needed to use her for, but what happened to get them to this stage? Keep us guessing – and fuming – by all means, but we need to be in on this, too.

NCIS team

Other than all this, I quite liked it. Palmer was funny, although his girlfriend was a little OTT.

Gibbs in the gents, mopping himself after what must have been a good cry? Hmm.

Interested to see that some fans on Special Ops thinks Gibbs should get less screen time now, because so many new fans are young and crave the younger characters more. What are they watching NCIS for then? And did they ever consider that old women need someone long out of nappies to drool over? Did they? I mean, I like McGee, but I’m old enough to be his mother. In which case I’d be married to Donald Bellisario, and that would be seriously weird.

(Photos © CBS)

More NCIS, again

2 x Gibbs and car So far, so good. That’s four episodes of NCIS series 6, and they are doing well. This week it was the much publicised story of Gibbs going back to his roots. I had thought that resurrecting the father he had claimed was dead, was a bit much, but in the end I loved it. Gibbs sr What I’d like to know is whether Gibbs lied when he said his father was dead, or did the scriptwriters simply forget? A very nice bonus was to find that the young Gibbs was played by the young Harmon. Suppose that’s likely with both parents being actors, and Sean is old enough now not to be kept out of the limelight. Young Gibbs and Shannon

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