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25th May 2010
I have to admit to being disappointed by this episode. This isn't the worst episode of season 7 by far, but it isn't a great NCIS episode by a long shot.
A navy lieutenant is found dead, his sister disappears and Tony turns into an obsessed stalker nutbag. I am sorry, but I had real difficulties dealing with an obsessed Tony. This came from out of the left field. There was no prior warning that he was a fan of the missing ZNN reporter. Nada. Suddenly Tony turns into a creepy fruit loop. I hate to say it, but I prefer the idiot Tony of most of season 7 to last night's offering. I was left wondering if this episode was George Schenck and Frank Cardea's take on a certain aspect of NCIS fandom. Creepy Stalker Fan.
Having said that, "Obsession" did have some very good scenes. The opening scene in the squad room with McGee and Ziva giving Tony a hard time about his "relationship" with one Brenda Bittner. Very funny and nice to see Tony cop it for a change.
Palmer and Ducky in autopsy when Palmer discovers the cause of death. Great scene. Brian Dietzen and David McCallum work so well together.
What was with Vance through out the episode? He seemed to revel in Gibbs' obvious discomfort at Margaret Allison Hart being a temporary employee of NCIS. I got to the point where I wanted to smack the smug smile off his face. As Vance is one of my favorite characters, this is not a good sign.
Speaking of smug. I did not take to Alejandro. I may be doing the character an injustice. He may turn out to be the hero of "Rule FIfty One". I find the character smug, slimy, phony and insufferable. Abby is a smart woman. So how come she responded so positively to Alejandro?
The very best scene of the episode was at the end with Tony and Gibbs in Gibbs' basement. A powerful scene that shows the strong bond between the characters. It was this scene that was the salvation of the episode.
As per usual with a George Schenck/Frank Cardea offering, there were some great lines.
Tony: How many friends can she possibly have?
Ducky: He was in a hell of a hurry to get to the hospital.
Gibbs: I'd worked that out for myself, Duck.
Abby: Palmer, I have guns in my ballistics lab and I know how to use them.
Tony: Give me the number or I will Gibbs-slap you.
Vance: Yesterday morning this was a simple car accident. Today it's a KGB murder.
Margaret Allison Hart: I thought you were going to start locking your door?
Gibbs: If I did that I wouldn't have any social life.
Gibbs: Aww, Gees Duck. Come on. English please.
Vance: You made us look good with the FBI. Fornell says he owes you dinner.
LAST UPDATE ON 26th May 2010, 6.24AM AEST.
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
SEASON FINALE LOOMS UP
In the US S7 finishes this evening, which by all accounts promises to be nerve racking if all the hype is to be believed, while here in the Spanish State we await episode 13 JetLag for this Friday on the ailing LaSexta. I say ailing, because so far this year the owners of said channel have to inject many millions of euros on two occasions so far this year. It's to be hoped the channel future is guaranteed at least until the end of Season 7 and their proposed merger with A3 comes through.
Anyhow, getting back to tonight's finale, although I enjoy this series thoroughly, it's the only one I watch on TV regularly and video if I can't watch an episode when being aired, I am rather sceptical as to whether it will be as dramatic and as unexpected as all the marketing hype states it will be. I have to confess the only 2 finales which really surprised and shocked me were Twilight in Season 2 and the Hiatus episodes of Season 3. Season 1 finale was intriguing though without the hype of successive seasons. Having said that, I found nothing wrong with those of Season 4, 5 and 6. Basically, I think the reason why I didn't really find those finales so exciting was all the pre-finale hype, which for me was excessive. Furthermore, I tend to find series, films, etc., which receive a lot marketing and hype about how brilliant, exciting they are, in the end they never quite meet the expectations I've formulated from all this info I'm receiving, and I'm not referring to spoilers but the descriptions with their superlative adjectives. Despite understanding why this is done, in this highly competitive age, I do feel very strongly that it tends to go overboard thus creating unreal expectations, obviously this isn't the case for everybody. For this reason, I don't expect tonight's finale to be as marvellous as pre-airing information claims it will. I sincerely trust it does live up to expectations, because it would make me very happy.
What would be really really nice though, would be for NCIS ratings to close the gap with AI completely; i.e. equalling audience figures, or insignificantly lower than, or better still overtaking albeit by 1 person; since that would be out and out spectacular. Besides which, I think all those involved in the series deserve it as a prize for all the hard work they put in to make it the Nº 1 series in the US.
Y colorín colorado este cuento ha acabado.
LAST UPDATE ON 25th May 2010 12.10 PM CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEASON 8
24th May 2010
With the season 7 finale airing tomorrow night in the USA, I thought I might look ahead to season 8. To that end I have composed a little wish list of things I would like to see in season 8. Some are serious and some not so serious. You get to work out which is which. *grins*
- More scripts from the collaborative team of Jesse Stern and Steven Binder. Their first joint script in season 7, "Moonlighting" was brilliant.
- More appearances by Muse Watson. Mike Franks is one of my favorite characters and one I want to see a lot more of in future seasons.
- Ziva dealing properly with what she went through in Somalia. The trauma of the beatings and rape she endured need to be properly dealt with so the character can grow and move forward. And yes, I did say rape. Held captive the way she was, that was inevitable. Her responses in "Patriot Down" paint that quite clearly as well.
- More appearances by Joe Spano. Tobias Fornell is an excellent character and, like Mike Franks, one I am always delighted to see.
- Death of Hollis Mann. Just so the underlying fear that she could return at anytime will go away. May I suggest eaten by a shark in Hawaii?
- Removal of Margaret Allison Hart. She Who Bears My Name has rapidly become She Who Gets Up My Nose. Maybe she could join Hollis Mann in aforesaid shark's stomach?
- Return of Holly Snow. I like this character. She is gutsy and quirky and makes a good female foil for Gibbs. My only reservations about the character are the inevitable comparisons people will make with the Gil Grissom/Lady Heather relationship in CSI.
- Continued growth of McGee. Would like to see more McGee story lines. We had a few good Tony ones in season 7. Maybe season 8 could be the season of McGee stories?
- Expansion of the Leon Vance story arc begun in the season 6 episode "Knockout".
- Return of baby agent Dwayne Wilson. Maybe we could find out who the NIS agent was who proved his father's innocence when he was accused of murder in Vietnam. It's my thought that the agent was a young Mike Franks.
- Resolution of the Ziva/Eli David story arc. I cannot believe Eli David would tamely accept his daughter turning her back on Mossad and Israel and becoming a U.S. citizen.
- At least one, maybe two or three, shower scenes a la "SWAK". Gratuitous titillation, I know, but we devoted female followers deserve something light-hearted and slightly naughty after the angst and escalating terror of the final three episodes of season 7.
- Meet McGee's parents. May I suggest Jonathan Frakes as McGee's father?
- Increased role for Jimmy Palmer in season 8. We haven't had a really good Palmer story since season 5's "About Face". It's about time Jimmy got another major story.
- A look at Abby's background. She's another character we only know snippets about. What happened in her past that has made her cling to Gibbs as a substitute father?
LAST UPDATE ON 25th May 2010, 6.44AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
23rd May 2010
This season 1 episode is a good episode, but not one of the best episodes of season 1. The writer is one that I don't think wrote anything else for NCIS, one Darcey Myers.
A young man is found in full dress whites, with a ceremonial sword and weights around his waist at the bottom of the ocean. Is it suicide or murder? The team fly to the USS Foster to find out.
Two small pieces of trivia. The corpse, Seaman McDonald was played by Sean Murray's brother Chad. There is a shot of a helicopter supposedly taking Tony from the ship to Puerto Rico. When the helicopter comes in to land it is a totally different helo. Next time you watch the episode, check the numbers on the side.
There are two stand out scenes, each for every different reasons. The first is Gibbs with Petty Officer Suger. Gibbs is trying to get through to the petty officer the seriousness of the situation without marked success. It becomes apparent in the scene that Suger is as obsessive about his computer game as McDonald was, and just as crazy.
The second scene is close to the end when Tony gives Kate and Gibbs their presents from Puerto Rico. Gibbs is very Tony-ish with his somewhat hopeful comment to Kate about the Puerto Rican bikini (bikini bottoms and a hat) Tony bought her of "Any chance you're going to try that on?" From that comment alone we can see how the character of Gibbs has grown and changed since season 1.
"The Immortals" does have some excellent lines, which make the episode a pleasure to watch.
Abby: You're a prince, Ducky.
Ducky: Is being a prince a safe occupation in this game you are playing?
Abby: Here's the big whoop.
Gibbs: Okay, Whoop me.
Tony: When you're a computer geek playing games and invading dungeons, Jethro just doesn't cut it.
Abby: This guy has diarrhea of the keyboard.
Kate: He expressly told me to wait for his call.
Gibbs: I expressly don't give a damn. Ride his ass.
Ducky: You know Abby, sometimes the dead make more sense to me than the living.
Gibbs: Any chance you're going to try that on?
Kate: You first.
Gibbs: Trust me. Not gonna fit.
Kate: Pigs. I work with pigs.
LAST UPDATE ON 24th May 2010, 6.20AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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|MargyW||Obsession - Blog Entry||8||Jun 14 2010, 8:45 AM EDT by Mulchahy|
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My blog entry today is on the season 7 episode Obsession.
All feedback/discussion is welcome.
|MargyW||Looking Forward to Season 8 (page: 1 2)||39||Jun 1 2010, 9:46 PM EDT by hansell227|
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My little wishlist for next season. *whistles innocently*
Any feedback/discussion would be great.
|Sorgiña||Season Finale Looms Up (spoilers allowed)||11||May 25 2010, 6:05 PM EDT by Willow22|
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