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Posted on 09/26/2012 5:36:12 AM PDT by Bender2
Review: 'NCIS' season ten premiere
By Rick Ellis
Season nine found Gibbs... --snip-- He began a relationship with CIA analyst Samantha Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis) and there were moments in the middle of the season where it seemed as if Gibbs was finally at peace. It was a slightly more optimistic take on his life and for fans, one that was welcomed. But the season ended with an arc that ripped that momentary contentment into small pieces and moved the series into a new direction for season ten. It was an arc with some jarring moments and it set up a season premiere that moves Gibbs into a much darker place.
The arc began with sabotage on several Navy ships. A mysterious series of explosions were initially thought to be terrorism but the agents slowly began to realize the motivations were a bit more complex. One of the things I like about "NCIS" is that it never takes the easy way out with villains. Unlike some similar genre shows, the bad guys are more likely to be American malcontents than foreign operatives. There is respect for the Navy, but the show isn't afraid to show the worst parts of the military.
In this case the attacks were being planned by a mysterious industrialist, Harper Dearing (Robert Shiff). --snip-- Dearing seemed to have the upper hand and last season ended with the bombing of NCIS headquarters. To say nothing of Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard's (David McCallum) apparent fatal heart attack on a beach in Florida. Agents DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and David (Cote de Pablo) are stuck in an elevator following the blast and it's not clear about the fate of Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) and Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).
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Last night, in the early part of the plot, the Secretary of the Navy placed a heavy tone on a call from ‘The President’ expressing “extreme prejudice” as the final outcome for the bomber of NCSI’s HQ. Shades of taking a subtle lap over Osama—
Then, just after that we find Tony and Ziva being rescued from the stuck elevator by Abby, who exclaims she wishes to be stuck in an elevator with Amelia Earhart or Michelle Obama—
That did it, I clicked my Tivo to delete. I shall not watch “NCSI” any more.
So far, the Winners are "Major Crimes" is a worthy follow on to "The Closer." The jury is still out on "Revolution" being a regular stop. "Boardwalk Empire" stays the course being interesting and bloody. "Son of Anarchy" is a guilty pleasure that has me watching while thinking out loud 'Why am I rooting for these crooked SOBs?' "Mike and Molly" still give me a laugh.
Losers so far are "Mob Doctor" that needs to be put down quick. Last year I tried watching 'New Girl' numerous times and did not find one funny thing. Not one laugh out loud instance. I find the same situation with "Go On, Partners and 2 Broke Girls" Not funny at all and even "How I met your Mommy" lacking laugh out loud anything.
Still to come and still on the Tivo are "Vegas, Son of Anarchy, CSI, Big Bang, Two and Half Men, Elementry, Fringe, Made in Jersey and The Good Wife"
Well, I shall return with more comments as time passes by... Y'all put in your two cents.
They’ve all aged. Not buying the young eager investigator deal anymore. Watching reruns and still occasionally see ones I haven’t seen.
A while back they had one where evil Defense Contractors were conspiring to use poison gas to kill senior military leadership.
That kinda did it for me. I did watch last night and the elevator scene was over the top.
What’s up with McGarrett’s mom not killing Wo Fat?
Wow. Sad. I loved NCIS. :(
The entire show was designed to put Gibbs in the shoes of Obama and to reinforce and justify the killing of Bin Laden in the memory of the public. If it chooses to go that route, it won’t last long, since the political overlay will take away any enjoyment I had in watching the show.
I know I won’t be watching if that is the meme, or if they add other canvass threads to the story line of a similar color. That’s ok though, nothing is immune from the effort to get us to think like a bunch of worker bees in a hive.
I thoroughly enjoyed the long-awaited new “NCIS.” It was pretty good up until the point where Abby slipped in a gratuitous plug for Michelle Obama.
Hubby and I LOVED that show. I think last season, it seemed to change overnight, as if new writers completely took over the script.
Everything that made those characters likeable was gone. It was as if new people had stepped in and took the parts from the original characters.
We haven’t watched it since. And that was the only series we watched.
The writing is poor at best now. The shows contains a lot of single lines with the camera jumping around. The old shows did well at developing each main character with good dialog. Now the shows are focused on one or two characters with choppy dialog of the rest of the team. The show has become unwatchable. Abby’s comment wishing to have a meal with Wookie Obama in the beginning was extremely cheap. Then Abby had her 40 plus face stuck in the background of too many of the dialogs. The end where they killed a criminal to protect the family was absolute bull crap. The writer was trying to invoke though but the story was so phony.
It all was crap.
Considering what else is on broadcast TV (we don’t have cable), NCIS is still one of the best things on, and certainly there are plenty of shows on broadcast TV that go out of their way to push a Leftist agenda even when it doesn’t make any sense to the story.
NCIS generally puts the military and intelligence services in a pretty decent light without being too propagandistic in either direction. The Gibbs character was a sniper in the USMC and is still portrayed favorably and unrepentant.
I’d like to see more storylines that were closer to real life (how many former industrialist terrorists are there really?), but, on balance, it is fiction, and it’s a fun show to watch, has interesting characters and storylines, and generally isn’t preaching LGBT/Leftists/PC hogwash. Not everyone wants to come home after a hard day and watch a show they have to be obsessed about just to figure out what’s going on.
Hopefully they won’t ruin it like they did with the Unit, which was great in the early seasons but then went off some sort of deep end for reasons unknown.
I stopped watching NCIS way way back when they offed Kate.
Vegas was watchable. I'll watch the next episode or two and see how it going then.
Some series [NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, etc.] have been on so long that they have run out of story ideas. Thus, they just have more bizarre crime scenes that test credulity.
TNT’s Perception is fun to watch, but the premise is ridiculous. The Prof is incapable of walking across campus without talking to hallucinations, yet he is able to conduct classes almost flawlessly and solve crimes. Add to that the female FBI agent who goes into dark alleys and abandoned building late at night, alone, no backup and manages to take down the bad guy. Yawnnnnnnnnn.
Mob Doctor was my prediction as the first series of the new season to be cancelled and pulled. So far, the viewership numbers are below the reruns on other channnels.
I missed NCIS last night due to a Legion meeting. NCIS-LA was half over when I returned home. I’ve never been into that one. My wife gave me a short rundown on NCIS, but didn’t mention any crap like this. I think she was too wrapped up in the story.
I bought a Sony Media Center box last week (similar to Roku but not as expensive if you need it HD capable). My cable co. is sending a new modem as my old modem isn’t capable of the download speeds I should be getting, but I like it so far. The only thing I’m paying for is monthly Netflix. Otherwise, it’s free content or pay-as-you-go. And there won’t be much of that. Most of my TV viewing will be thru the box. Otherwise, it’s either sports or news. And very little news, I get that here.
Now, it’s time to catch up on some old movies...
Person of Interest is the only show worth watching, period. Season 2 starts Thursday.
love two broke girls...any show where a main character is a cute leggy blond six in stillettos and a short waitress outfit gets my attention....jest sayin....
Ya, I saw that too... I hate it when a TV series interrupts itself with an announcement that it has a political preference, and you know, for the purpose swaying some idiot voter. Same thing happened with 24... why do these idiots like ruin a good thing. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ziva David converts to become a muzzi...
I watched Vegas last night for only one reason. I was told by a former HS classmate that another classmate was/is married to the rancher/sheriff in real life. The show didn’t show him married, although there seems to be something between him and a lady DA attorney. Her name is wrong (which may be intended), and she’s too tall. But, who knows?
I wasn’t all that impressed. Just another crime show, IMO. I’ll watch another couple episodes if I’m still up, but not excited about it.
I agree. I still enjoy cathcing the reruns of
episodes I missed, but the last few seasons
have definitely taken a liberal slant.
What really irks me, though, is that my husbamd
(who is actually a long time poster on here)
thinks I see things that aren’t there, such as the
liberal slant in NCIS. He’s been pretty pissed at
me for 4 years now, for going so ballistic at obama.
He’s not a Barry fan, either, he just thinks I waste
too much time and energy on the subject.
If Barry wins again I don’t think hubby will be able
to take my anger and frustration.
Good show - I can’t wait for this show to come back on.
Pauley Perrette isn’t just a liberal, she worships Obama:
Guys! Can You hound Michelle Obama & Barack Obama & ask if they watch me ABBY on NCIS? It’s my dream They must! LOVE THEM! They’re totally down & cool & will love it! TY! If Twitter fans get me adopted by Obamas I’ll post pics of Me & Michelle Obama, Barack Obama & BoBama the dog! Get Em!
“Then Abby had her 40 plus face stuck in the background of too many of the dialogs. “
People still dressing like that at 40 are just sad.
She is stuck in the 1990’s and has not grown.
I was very disappointed in the episode. Forst off, it was just too easy. The FBI, et al could never catch Deering for years... super elusive bad guy... then you get the call that they trace to a car in a parking lot. As soon as I saw the “thermal image” I expected the car to blow up... it did. The body in the car... too badly burned, but they accepted that it was him, except Gibbs... then the concluding scene... Just stupid. I sat there at the end of the episode thinking about the wasted time I just lost and feeling suckered for waiting anxiously all summer for the answers to the cliffhanger. Just a really , really bad episode.
Director Vance’s “It’s HIM!” comment in autopsy actually ticked me off - it was simple and stupid from what has always been a complex and intelligent character.
I caught the BS about Michelle Obama, even though my family did not. They seemed surprised to have it pointed out to them.
I am glad that they opened the show with Ducky’s waking up in “purgatory” (my wife loved that bit).
Because they rushed the last half of the show, they missed a great chance to develop the enmity/affinity between Dearing and Gibbs. As it was done, Dearing’s death is little more than murder. Gibbs always deals in justifiable homicide. The writers blew it.
I also thought the FBI hooker’s finding Dearing was far too dang easy for someone who had eluded detection for so long. The cell phone in the car with the dead brother was at least a plausible defensive move on Dearing’s part. The “I don’t know you but why don’t we go somewhere and talk, or something.” come on from the FBI check was utterly ridiculous. Well beneath the caliber of the show - at least in the past.
This should have been a two-parter.
JMO, notch! ;-P
Since I dropped cable and use Netflix/Hulu/Crackle for entertainment my viewing habits completely changed. I no longer worry about the latest broadcast shows. In fact, the only “first run” shows I watch are sporting events.
I’ve discovered tons of shows I had missed in the past—Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, The IT Crowd (British), early SNL episodes (which make the current ones look pathetic), and several anime series. Plus documentaries like Fat Head, The Story of 1, King Corn, or Helvetica that would never have been on my radar.
that’s so Wo Fat can come back an terrorize McG some more. The way Wo Fat’s guys used to free him from the transfer van was a bit too much. Like something out of a James Bond flick. Steve’s mom should have offed Wo Fat. She had the perfect oppurtunity. Now 5-O has to deal with him again. But, like in the original series, Fat never was cought.
An aside, producers in the original series named Wo Fat for after a restaurant in Honolulu.
I signed up for Hulu, but put it on hold. I couldn’t find much that interested me. Same for Crackle. Crackle especially seems fairly limited. I signed up for Sony Entertainment and Vudu, but those are pay-as-you-go so I consider them useful for good movies that may not yet be on Netflix.
One series I enjoyed on Netflix was Hell on Wheels. It’s a Western based on the expansion of the Union Pacific after the Civil War. They have 10 of 18 episodes on Netflix. It’s rated PG-13, and is pretty graphic regarding language and violence, but it’s a pretty riveting storyline with interesting characters. But, my main interest is old movies.
Also, since Pandora Radio is available, I can set it to run music when we feel like it.
Last nights Sons of Anarchy made me cry. I felt so blinsided by it. And I will say no more to avoid spoilers.
No Criminal Minds?
I was much happier not knowing that.
The actress who plays the part of “Abby Sciuoto” on ‘NCIS’, has already stated in the past few weeks, that she is quite comfortable in ‘paying more taxes from her salary’.
The character ‘Gibbs’ admitted in the show that ‘he hurt my family’, with the idea of ‘his family’ being the ‘NCIS Team’, that he leads, brewing for some time, between the basement discussion with ‘Ziva David’, of how he has been more of a father to her, than her Israeli Mossad Chief father, ‘Eli David’, and the training/’grooming’/’surrogate son’ (I’m old Fed guy, so this is the correct term ‘grooming’) of ‘Anthony DiNozzo’ in leading the team.
One thing about the series that I have noticed, from the beginning. Anyone that was ‘involved in Cold War activities’, has been played very low key, including Gibbs, Franks, and others whom I forget at the moment, and have survived for the sake of the show, “to have all the loose strings finally tied up and pigeonholed.”
That is probably the most nauseating tweet I’ve ever read.
I caught that too. Did you catch the part where the “news” is reporting that the president will not tolerate acts of terrorism...or words to that effect? I thought, “wait a minute, must be some other president. Obamashit would never call it terrorism.”
“The jury is still out on “Revolution” being a regular stop. “
I love this show. Katnis meets One Second After. But I am SO afraid they are going to take a PC turn. It’s almost like you can smell it coming.
Put me on a ping list for these updates if you have one.
I will watch "Vegas" in the coming weeks.... but they need some more pretty Vegas showgals!
This last episode of Revolution was disappointing. Some liberals I know do like the fact they are banning guns for everyone except the militia.
Tell Tony DiNozzo that Bender... has left the building for good--
That's fiction for ya, 'cause if an electromagnetic pulse event really happened like the one in "Revolution" there would be far more gun owners... than an liberals able to enforce any gun ban.
And if the liberals tried such an enforcement... it would be a bloodbath.
Yeah, the transfer van capture was goofy. I was expecting to see Wo Fat on the plane with McG mom at the very end in some bizarre new twist...
if i stopped watching everything because ui was offended by a single line or 2 i would have no media at all. yes the mo comment was annoying but we already know she is a big lib. as far as the president i honestly heard “the president” and thought “the president” not obama.
as long as it isn’t in my face and i have the freedom to turn it off and enjoy the show, i ignore some of this stuff.
I quit watching NCIS last season when Jamie Lee Curtis showed up as Gibbs’ love interest. Add in the gay agent episode, and it was enough. Why would anyone want to watch a crime show with a romance between a good lookin’ ex Marine and a person who looks like she could be his sister? Or brother? Ick.
All TV Series have a LIBERAL Slant...in some shows it is more subtle than others....in other shows it is the same as the Gays trying to shove their lifestyle into the mainstream of acceptance...People wo know the Bible will never accept this lifestyle as normal...
I think Im done with NCIS; thank you very much Other than being a poorly written season opener, (loaded up with way too many commercials for things I neither need nor want), it just didnt grab me. Too bad the writers didnt take the opportunity to clean up the cast
DiNozzo is getting old. I never understood why the hell Gibbs never slapped him (hard—in front of his head for once) and tell him to grow up before he fired his silly ass. Did anybody ever really believe this immature wise-acre would ever be acceptable in any real world, close-work team environmentnow Im over it.
Duckys instant autopsy defies the imagination. Even more compelling would have been Michelle Obama in a guest role. Can’t you just see it? “This bone was broken by a medic; ergo, the man had cardiac arrest!” she exclaims demurely...
But it’s Abby, (the 40-year old Goth holdover) who iced it for me with the gratuitous remark that shed rather be stuck in an elevator with Michele Obama. Gee, do you think that plug might have actually served to get out the vote for the sitting (as opposed to working) president? Good luck on the ride down Abby
I love NCIS and don’t find any slant to liberal stuff...Each character seems to stay honest in there portral. I find it enjoyable as I always did. To put Gibbs in the shoes of Obama is over the top. There has been no connection to the 2. Don’t see it, its not there. Still number 1....
Israel or a Red State like my native Texas? Yep... I do believe he would--
Don't think there will be a full season of "Last Resort." Me thinks it will be a race between it and "Mob Doctor" as to which gets cancelled first--
But I could be wrong as "New Girl" is still on the air and I cannot get drunk enough... to accept it!
Tomorrow night, I look forward to the return of Fringe.