So Vance is still stuck in his "I failed my responsibility" roll. O.K. But he doesn't have to be relegated to being the fifth wheel on the team. It would only take a few lines of dialog to show him taking dynamic, decisive action to prepare the NCIS teams for tackling future super-villans. Or is the series never again going to do a multi-episode super complex plot setup? Is it never again going to do multi-series, joint team actions with NCIS-LA? Are the teams always going to be in "reaction" mode to whatever evil is being committed at the time? That would be a shame.
This was a good ep. showing team cohesiveness in awkward ways.
RE What's Gibbs building now?
Just noticed the spindle leg on the background table in Gibb's basement.. It was shown, inverted. Its a classic victorian table leg, for writing desks, end tables or other smaller table types. It could be just an easily acquired prop, for ambience; many woodworking magazines have adds for them. They're made by being turned on wood lathes; they are not usually made from such large raw lumber as was seen resting on the saw horses. The leg could imply a smaller piece that Gibbs is building, but doesn't fit as a the project result of the large raw lumber.
Such large pieces are usually 're-sawn' into thinner, shorter boards. Gibb's shop has never shown the equipment needed to do re-sawing; but maybe I recall a lathe having been displayed once. Traditional sail boats sometimes have turned railing spindles and belaying pins. Solid metal cleats are more commonly used today.
This series is quickly becoming a bad joke on the viewing public.
The writers/producers should at least invest in some good technical consultants.
Right off the bat there's a huge hole in the first episode's plot-logic.
40 million in liquid assets in one bank implies a thousand times more in fixed assets all over the world. So a theft of that amount cannot ruin that particular bad guy. Plus there's no mention of where such a theft could be hidden in such a way as to be easily disbursed to many wronged people. Such huge electronic transfers also imply rather easily trackable destination account activities.
This was a lame idea that might have played 15 years ago, but not today.
And that scene where the hero is 'grinding' his arrow tips on a bench grinder, making them red hot?
Come on. He just took all the temper out of the blade, not to mention he totally unbalanced it, so it would go wobbling off out to never-never land when shot.
We're not even going to start on the re-curved bow usage, instead of the current compound bow technology, which has totally replaced it. This series is quickly becoming a bad joke on the viewing public.
The thing about the Gibbs character is that his back-story doesn't show him as being the creative managing lead type. He's more the brute-force, plow straight ahead, always use the same approach type of character. Which is fine for a team leader.
What is needed is a strategic planning, managerial, let's prepare for such and such contingency type of character. Unfortunately, this is not how the Vance character has been portrayed up to now. He should have been; it would make the series stronger, as well as more interesting, in its plot logic. Maybe the series creative team needs some help with this type of thinking. Its less reactionary and more pro-active.
Critical to the ongoing success of any show is how well the various main characters play off one another. The Tony character has been shown as the "class clown", allowing him to provide much of the material used to display the bi-play. MW has proven to be very effective in this roll. He has also proven skillfully to play as the strong team lead, saving the lives of both Gibbs, and, I think, Jenny Sheppard.
This allows the Gibbs character to be more simplistic(strong, silent type), one-dimensional and stodgy. The Gibbs character seems to have been well developed, and completely self-consistent. Fans might not want Gibbs to display too many surprises.
Why is a network even bothering with a spinoff of a spinoff? There must be a lot of openings for storyline talent. Or does the process involve such an entrenched 'Old Boys Network' that no one with a hint of originality can get in?
RE: having to do with woodworking,
Its interesting that Gibbs has been shown as a very traditional woodworker, with very few power tools. Not only that, this year we're seeing him actually start a project with some majorly large pieces of raw lumber, practically a whole tree on the saw horses, as it were. He did mention some episodes back, I think, something about a larger boat and then needing a larger space to build this project. It would be a possible 'end of Gibbs' set up for him to finish a 30-40 footer, then to sail off into the sunset, alone.
Who knows? Maybe its just that Abby deserves a nicer coffin, er bed. heh heh.
Of course part of the set up was Ducky's assigning Gibbs as the executor of his estate last season. Writers don't include scenes like that for no reason. This part of the setup could be used at any time, not necessarily this season. It would make a somewhat creative wrap up to the series as a whole, if Ducky were to die, leaving a bunch of money to the various team members, and supplying each with a host of options for 'moving on' with their lives.
Being open ended like that was rather creative, albeit sad. I'd like a few more seasons please, with the whole team. More scenes of Ducky driving his Morgan plus four around.
This ep is almost like Ducky's swan song as a regular on the series. He had so much fun trying to lead the investigation, and seemed rather sad when it was over.
Its almost like we're being set up for his 'moving on' to some new position, not in NCIS.
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