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EPISODE RANKINGS: SEASON SIX
27th May 2010
These are my rankings of the Season 6 episodes. It is quite hard to rank, and is more generally in clumps rather than a direct 1-25. Season 6 had mostly good episode, with only a few not so good.
- Heartland, an excellent plot with excellent acting all round.
- Nine Lives, an excellent Fornell plot differing from traditional Fornell episodes.
- Capitol Offence, a very good plot and sub plot with interesting relationships shown.
- Bounce, reversal of roles which makes Gibbs proud. Tony hasn't been used to being in charge for a while.
- Cloak, a very good and paced episode as Gibbs and the team attempt to corner Lee.
- Deliverance, a very good episode involving Mike Franks and Gibbs' history.
- Aliyah, a very good ending to the season in which Ziva loses trust in everyone.
- Semper Fidelis, a very nicely paced episode with the Ziva and Tony feud ultimately in Rivkins death.
- Last Man Standing, we finally find out what and why Gibbs team was split in a good episode.
- Dead Reckoning, first episode involving Trent Kort in the main firing line, good episode.
- Collateral Damage, good engaging episode.
- Caged, Who would have thought McGee would grow a pair in a women's prison.
- Dagger, a good ending to the Mole in NCIS storyline.
- Knockout, the first Vance oriented episode was good.
- Broken Bird, Ducky's history is slightly confusing but great acting anyway.
- Agent Afloat, a good episode reminiscing of the Season 1 days.
- Toxic, a good episode involving Abby when she changed jobs rather suspiciously.
- Legend (Part 2), a good introduction to the spin-off, but this is NCIS not the spin-off. First ever episode without Ducky.
- South by Southwest, a good episode, slightly overdone ending but decent.
- Love and War, a decent plot episode, but Tony is extremely weak in his acts against McGee.
- Hide and Seek, decent episode similar to "Lost and Found".
- Road Kill, a decent episode with good air guitar scenes.
- Murder 2.0, interesting enough but occasionally confusing.
- Legend (Part 1), decent plot, poorly executed in terms of pace (boring).
- Silent Night, decent plot somewhat ruined by Abby with some cringing scenes.
LAST UPDATE ON 27/05/2010 06:05 PM AEST
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"RULE FIFTY-ONE": WHAT I EXPECTED VS. WHAT I GOT
28th May 2010
This is just an opinion of what I expected in the Season 7 finale, and comparing it to what I got when I watched the episode. Obviously I didn't go into the episode with too many expectations, but here are some:
- I expected more Mike Franks. Of course, I have absolutely no problems with how it played out, but with the mystery, I thought he would come out of hiding a little earlier. Franks was part of the plot throughout the entire episode, with references to his missing whereabouts. There are some unanswered questions with Franks.
- There was the quote that the finale would be shocking. I don't think it was overly shocking. There were no deaths of loved characters. Nor did any of the main cast members find them in imminent danger. While the ending was somewhat unexpected, it was more tame than outright shock.
- I expected scenarios which would be out of the blue. I certainly got this. Jackson Gibbs actually appearing was out of the blue, there was no warning. Franks losing his finger, completely unexpected. Most would have thought he'd have died before that was going to happen.
- Michael Weatherly had said that the finale would be tragic. While indeed it was sad at many times, I wouldn't call it tragic. It perhaps would have been tragic had Jackson Gibbs actually died. Other than that, there was no where near the tragedy level that "Twilight" or "Judgement Day" brought.
- Less Vance, while this wasn't a big thing, after "Patriot Down" I perceived the Vance-Gibbs relationship resolved at least for another season. But they stepped up another level, with a bit of deceit and honesty, by both sides. But contrary to last season, they are both on the same side now.
- Gibbs and his non Gibbs decisions. I think a quote that was said was Gibbs would make decisions that normal Gibbs wouldn't make. While his tone and decisions aren't what we fans are used to, I don't think many of the decisions were non-Gibbs. There were some sad moments for Gibbs and I didn't expect the flashback with Shannon and Franks.
- Finally, I thought M. Allison Hart would have more of a role to play in the finale, but she didn't. She only appeared in two scenes, which I thought was a good use of her character.
- I also expected that most of my expectations wouldn't be correct. One of NCIS's great strength's is its ability to surprise and go along unexpected paths. This, I believe, happened in this episode.
LAST UPDATE ON 28/10/2010 10:17 PM AEST
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MCGEE IN SEASON FIVE
29th My 2010
This is a regular season for McGee, there are no centrical episodes like those of previous seasons or ones to come. He was just the computer 'guy' for most of the season. That certainly doesn't mean he was poor in this season it just meant his character didn't really develop as much as previous seasons. Perhaps the writers strike had something to do with that, or perhaps not.
His fear of heights comes out in "Leap of Faith", and an episode later his sea sickness is shown again in "Chimera". He does have his resourcefulness in these episodes though, he saves Tony's life which he promises he'll never tease McGee again. An episode later he also doesn't really care that Tony thought he was dying. He is the only one who thought Tony didn't die in the explosion in the season premiere.
He does have an expanded role in "Lost and Found" but is quickly overtaken by Gibbs in the role of mentoring the young Carson. He also gets bitten by a dog in "Dog Tags", and is put under pressure for his illegal actions in "Internal Affairs". Other than these examples, nothing too much to note for McGee this season.
LAST UPDATE ON 29/05/2010 6:42 PM AEST
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WHERE TO NOW FOR MIKE FRANKS
3rd June 2010
Today, I look at what may happen to Mike Franks in the near future. Franks lost his finger, right index, in the season finale. While it was evident the writers wanted not to kill off the character they did do the shocking injustice of cutting off his finger. This will plague him in all seasons to come. However filming won't be the difficult part. For the most part, the only time we will see his hand is when they have long shots, or even mid shots. Even then, you only would need to cover his hand in bandages, similar to the end of the finale, to cover it up. Of course, eventually after a while, one would expect the bandages to be removed and the hand shown.
Of course, we will no doubt see Franks in the opening arc of Season 8. There were too many unanswered questions to be answered. Whether we were meant to expect he was going to kill Alejandro Rivera or thats going to happen in the first episode of Season 8, we don't know. We also don't know the circumstances as to how he got captured and lost his finger. And if so, how he escaped and caught on to Rivera and was evidently following him like Tony was. We also don't know what happened to his daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. I mean, it seems obvious that they were safe, but if Franks got captured, what happened to them. So many questions.
Of course, his house was burnt down, he and his family will probably have to move else where to ensure their safety. While this is probably the last time Gibbs' past will bring torment to those around him, Franks would prefer to make sure his daughter-in-law and grand-daughter are safe. That could plausibly mean a move back to the States, perhaps even staying with Gibbs. Though I doubt this will happen, as they might need Muse Watson to appear more often. While I'm not saying this is a bad thing, I like Muse Watson appearing in 2 or 3 episodes a season, I wouldn't necessarily want his family to be there every time Gibbs goes to his home which happened a lot in Season 7. He could move elsewhere in D.C. or the United States. Or perhaps to another beach in Mexico and be more discrete about his whereabouts.
Well, I'm glad that Franks didn't get killed, which a few people predicted. Of course, there is much mystery that clouds the fate of this character, he could still plausibly be killed off in the opening episodes or later ones down the track. No doubt his finger will be a source of interest by most other characters should they meet in the future. It seems from the encounter in Rule Fifty-One, he wasn't too fazed about it. Franks probably has some unanswered questions to Probie about why most of this is happening. But no doubt we will learn this all in the not to distant future.
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