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Yes, I enjoyed the Episode - it was good - not the best episode - and for sure not for all the hype of a 200th. Tell me this - do they think having Tony say "Tiva" makes anyone happy? Did that word replace the whole scene - because it seemed off somehow. And Tony and Kate hooking up ? NEVER - she was nasty to him for 2 years and she was nasty again to him in this - whatever it was - some scene from SWAK for sure !! UGH !!!
I have always loved your round table reviews Gentleman and I almost always agree with you and enjoy reading what you have to say.
This week Matt, you are my hero. I think you are right in saying that for the big 200th episode - how about more of the Team?? I would have liked that and maybe just maybe if it had of been 2 hours long - we would have seen more of that.
I agree with Eric and others that this had such a huge scale of characters & that more of them needed to be 'active',..so this concept really needed 2 hours.
Butttt, I did like Mike F. being the 'host' of the show (still miss Muse Watson, he was the best of all the 'non-regulars'),...how nice was the scene of Mike flicking the bullet away from Jethro in that first scene!! On the other side, having Gibbs' mom with such a large role,...why?...we'd never seen her before,...her time took away from people like Jenny and Ducky,...who had known Gibbs much longer than any of the rest of the team. Don't get me wrong,...Mom's messege was poignant but needed 'abbreviation' in the hour-long format.
All-in-all though, 'Life....' was an entertaining concept that keeps fans like me believing that an episode 300 can still be considered very realistic!
'Loved it. I was nice to see Muse Watson, meet Jethro's mom, see Ralph Waite. I was tickled by the Tony-Kate-baby thing, but I've always seen more chemistry between Ziva and Tony. I'm just sayin' . . .
I am one of those who thought it should have been two hours. Then we could have been given those scenes we were told about by actors and writers that obviously got cut in the final editing. And maybe a conversation between Gibbs and Ari or Gibbs and Hernandez.
And for me, the CGI images did not work. Too obviously recognizable from the episodes they were taken from which threw me out of the scene; a good thing as far as the Tony/Kate/Baby thing was concerned.
Also would have liked to see more of what Ziva would have been like. Two lines in an interrogation where we don't even know what she was being interrogated about seemed like a brush off of her character and her life now at NCIS is a direct result of a decision by Gibbs to let her remain on the team.
It was indeed a valiant effort and I applaud them and hope they put a director's cut on the Season 9 DVDs.
I thought the show was absolutely wonderful & 2 hours would've ended up feeling too long. My favorite parts were seeing Abby & Tim together, Gibbs as a frightening sad shell of a man, & most of all getting to see Muse Watson portray Mike Franks again. Great job EVERYONE!
I couldn't agree with Steve more about having a conversation between Young and Old Gibbs. Mark Harmon is my favorite actor so naturally I'm going to be interested in his son (not to mention he's close to my age and good looking) and Sean's acting ability. That would have been absolutely spectacular!
I cried like a baby when it came to the scenes with Shannon and Kelly. I have always looked at Gibbs avenging his wife and daughter as maybe not the right thing to do, but it's definitely understandable.
There are many great actors out there, but to me, Mark Harmon is the best. Just look at his performance Tuesday night. The man portrayed what seems like every emotion possible and did so extremely convincingly. The man's amazing! NCIS is amazing. And I definitely agree that this episode would have been far better as a two hour, one night, episode. No "to be continued..." nonsense.
Great homage to the fans! I look forward to every episode to come!
Well if I had not read the above reviews i was not aware this was the 200th episode and they were going a little "off script". Show was Ok but did not like thinking Abby and MacGee couple is just to weird for me. I am a little tired of Harmon still brooding for wife and child. I know something like that never really goes away but it is time to move on with life. It is kind of fun to see the Halloween and Christmas shows but this just really did not click with me....It was OK but let't get back to the NCIS I love.
I loved the Abby/McGee scenes, but this is episode 200 were talking about! Maybe just a little Tiva action would be nice. I wish they could have brought Sasha Alexander back for this one episode. I think the whole Tony/Kate scenario would have gone a lot smoother. I agree with you guys, Jenny should have played a more important role. It is kind of depressing to think that Tony would have had a huge future ahead of him including a wife and daughter if things would have been different. I adored the scenes with Kelly and Shannon. They were tear jerkers! It did seem a little rushed, I must admit. Happy 200th! :)
I thought this episode was awesome. MH did some of the best acting. I think, though, this should have probably been a 2 hour episode. So much more could have been done. I was glad to see Mike come back, was really sad when they killed him. Been watching this show since the start. Watch all the reruns any time I know they are on and LOVE the NCIS shows when they play them back to back all day long. It's the ringtone on my cell.
I thought Gibbs'mother died, not left home because father was a Lothario. The "different" realities were supposed to be somewhat off kilter to prove that the real reality was the way things were supposed to be. I certainly hope Gibbs is recharged now that he knows his place in the space-time-continuum. I am tired of Shannon/daughter haunting and would rather see Gibbs with a new feisty woman. McGee's story was also important and his decision, like Tony's, to stay with team, is a huge career moment.
Loved the episode and seeing everybody again.
My issue with the Tony and Kate AU version was that it seemed a bit twisted. So Ari killing Kate changed Tony's future, because he would go on to have a love intrests in Ari's .. sister?! That's a bit wierd.
Also, I don't ship Tiva, but I don't hate them either. I just wait and see where the writers take them. But that whole "the original tension came back" .... Did they cut the freaking scene or something? 25 seconds of, well nothing! I got really sad because with Cote and Michael's cemistry, they could have made something truely fantastic. Again this should have been an 2 hour event.
Would have liked a scene with Ralph Waite. Didn't quite understand what his mom said about his dad, went by too fast. But the scenes of everyone in the background of the diner were interesting. Felt he could have helped that boy more in the end. Was very pleased to see that he may get some relief now from his guilt, it's way past due. Need to move on from that. Overall it was quite an interesting show.
I really enjoyed the show but was a little disappointed that there is no indication of Gibbs ever finding a real love interest (except for Shannon). The Tony/Kate bit didn't go well for me either, seemed not plausible. All in all, though, great show.
Next year when they do 215 they should do Tony
This is the best show on TV! The entire cast feel like old friends. I have invested many years with them, and don't regret one minute!! This episode was heartwarming, just getting to see our old friends again.
This episode was so slow! I didn't like it at all. I had expected a lot more from the 200th episode.
My favorite line was the one about Palmer's abs. He does not look like someone who would have abs like that.
Mark Harmon has proved his tremendous though understated acting ability over many years. But he has made Gibbs such a complex, interesting yet compassionate character it seems he's a real person.
His performance in "Life Before His Eyes" was exceptional, even for Mark, This was not a common "near death experience" episode. He wasn't dying but that bullet gave Gibbs a reason to look back at his life, actually through Mike's viewpoint, giving it rhyme and reason. He came to realize his mistakes were made with the best of intentions or driven by powerful loss. But he always stood upon his principles, making judgements that seemed the best of what were only the worst of circumstances.
Mark Harmon has always been generous in giving all the actors great acting opportunities. We should be allowed to see an episode devoted to the man Gibbs is, how he became that way, and offering a chance for some healing from his demons. The show can only become more interesting because of this.
I loved this episode. I wish it had been longer and covered more but we still saw enough to see that the writers really have a lot of places to go for more episodes. I agree with Sharon, MH did an incredible job, but he always does. The rest of the cast gave some tasty diversity in their usual roles and I loved that. As for the guest cast, I was very happy to see them, even those who were just clips from pieces of other episodes. My love and thanks to those who could show up in person. And my love to the whole cast and crew of this show. They are indeed an awesome group of talent!
I hope we get to see Gibbs like he was in West Wing he was so cool in that show, as for Life Before his Eyes Compare to what we been getting from new Born King to one before these one I have to one it was 10 time better
Didn't really work for me or my wife. It felt disjointed, and "near death" episodes like this are all too common. I would have liked to have seen something more along the lines of what Matt suggested. Overall, it was a bit of a letdown. A two hour, exciting episode with some extra "relationship details" would have been more fun.
I meant MH did the most incredible WORK of his career. Hate these small keyboards on the smartphones. Try to be careful, but sometimes miss the mistakes. Sorry
A lot of the comments referred to how, in the first few seasons, we saw Gibbs smile more and be somewhat "playfull" (as much as Gibbs would be). Then, Kate was killed. Then he relived the loss of Shannon and Kelly in the two-part Hiatus episodes. Finally, Jenny died. So we saw Gibbs turn more inward (even with Abby, his favorite). This episode showed Gibbs that these losses, while devastating, do not mean that he should stop living and loving. This episode was amazing...Mark Harmon has the most honest, subtle, beautiful and truthful facial expressions, and he did the most incredible worm of his career in this episode. The range from fear to doubt to confusion to amusement to joy was beyond anything I have ever seen!!! I love this whole cast and think they are all amazing artists...not merely actors.
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