Stopped watching last season because the characters had long ago dropped from three dimensional to one dimensional and were threatening to become a singularity. Caught a couple of episodes this season, one with the baby biting (singularity seemed imminent) and this one. This one really wasn't bad. Kind of reminded me why I'd started watching in the first place. At least Bones wasn't acting like a pre-teen's idea of an intelligent person.
Captain Malcolm Reynolds is back! It was an excellent episode, but it did make me long for the days of Firefly. But we have Castle now, and that's a pretty good replacement (well -- you know.)
I did like the fact that Castle did nothing that wasn't beyond his capabilities. He didn't turn into a super spy able to take out a gang of villains with a few well-placed karate chops. His fighting essentially consisted of knocking one guy out of the way in his desperate flight from the house. I was also concerned that the "plan" to blow up the electrical conduit seemed way too simplistic and was relieved to discover that it was just a decoy plan for the real one.
As one commenter mentioned, however, I was somewhat distracted by the fact that Alexis had no place to go to the washroom -- although I suppose they let her out and escorted her to the appropriate facilities when she needed them. In that case, however, holding her in a cage in the middle of the room seemed a bit overly dramatic.
PS: If they ever make a Clancy movie about John Clark, James Brolin is the man for the part.
And hi, Sue Ann. Good to see you still here.
Just a correction. Wash didn't play with the dinosaur figures in the opening of the movie, Serenity. He played with them in the first episode of Firefly (an episode called "Serenity"), and it wasn't at the beginning, but after the opening scenes in which we see Reynolds' troops decimated in the iconic battle at the Valley of Serenity.
It has its ups and downs, but NCIS is still one of the most solid shows out there, and episodes like this are the reason why. Good job, guys.
@Tom -- Don't worry. It's got another season at best. It's a lot like real life: all the women folk hover over the expectant mother and then fuss over the newborn baby, but shortly after the birth, they're on to other things. It's like the excitement of the coming baby makes them forget that in reality, babies are pretty boring. It'll be the same here. Viewers will drop off drastically now that the baby has been born, and by next January we'll be hearing that Bones is "on the bubble."
@Ron -- sounds about right to me. They can't actually resolve the romance, or the show is over -- so something needs to separate them again. The thing with her mother is perfect.
@Sue -- Nice catch on the action figures and Wash's dinosaurs. Also on the catalytic -- I didn't see that at all.
The episode was improved from some of the stuff they've been doing lately, but next episode they have to resolve the whole romance thing -- even if, as Ron suggests, they then get separated again.
Okay, I wasn't keen on Ryan at the beginning, but I'm starting to adjust. I've always liked Jamie Lee as an actress, I just wasn't sure about her for this role. But whether I, or any of us approve could be a moot point. There was that one look on her face after Gibbs left that seemed extremely ambiguous. Is there more to her involvement with him than meets the eye?
Good episode. A few glitches, but I think only Firefly ever ran perfect episodes. It feels like things are back on track for this excellent show.
I've not watched House for quite a while (liked it, just didn't have the time), so for me it's refreshing to see him playing his games again. A large part of my love for this show has to do with its complete lack of sentimentality. Any other show in which a character starts feeling despondent about not having children would play it out until it reached a tear-jerking Hallmark Moment(TM). Only on House do we see a fantastic and oddly cruel "joke" used to show the character that, as House said in the beginning, he'd "dodged a bullet." And as we can see by his expression at the end, Wilson agreed.
(Oh, and the "Can you do an Australian accent" comment as House and the kid were leaving was priceless.)
Crap! If we're going to be restricted to a set number of characters for our little tweets, could we at least have a counter, like they have on Twitter?
Well, better than last week -- but I think the shark-jumping episode of Happy Days could contend for that particular honour.
You know, many new mothers are quite capable of not seeing their babies for a few hours without going to pieces, and those who can't are often the ones who treat their babies more as prized dolls than as actual human beings.
And threatening to have the head of the day care fired unless she adheres to a completely ridiculous demand? That shows real mother love. No, not "mother love," the other thing -- "self-important entitlement."
As for Finn and Michelle, I really don't give a damn. I'm with Sue. The last thing this forensics-show-turned-soap-opera needs is yet another romantic couple.
(And to Jennifer wondering about Finn being willing to "risk his job for her, if he's only known her a couple of days?" The term for that is "stalker." Stay tuned for next week's episode: "The Restraining Order.")
I see the show has been picked up for next season. They'll regret that. The Moonlighting Curse is in full swing, and I predict it will be pulled by next January.
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