I quite enjoyed the Jackson/Gibbs storyline and didn't see the whole German fighter pilot bit coming, nice twist. However, as someone who has seen every episode and always liked the great relationship that DiNozzo used to have with Gibbs, back in the days when he used to call him “Tony”, I couldn't help feeling that I wanted some reason where Gibbs had cause to say the same thing about Tony, i.e., "he’s the best man I’ve ever met”. Now that would have made me cry! Kinda like how at one time Gibbs thought that Tony was “the best agent he'd ever worked with” which would seem pretty laughable if he said it now.
However, what I really didn't like though was all the bickering between Tony and McGee. How is it that one week Gibbs is proclaiming that he'd trust Tony anytime and the next he's giving McGee point over his Senior Field Agent? Has Tony been demoted and no one told us?! We used to get amazing episodes, where Tony supported McGee, like the season three “Probie” - now apparently (not that we saw it) they make it up watching “Beaches”!
And I agree can Tony PLEASE be given some continuity of character. I hate the whole “which Tony are we going to get this week?” Any resemblance between the Tony we saw in PPF and Once A Crook, and last week’s Tony is purely coincidence. And is it me but is there a pattern developing this season? We’ve just had the Gibbs & his father episode, we’re shortly getting the Tony & his dad episode, and oh look in December we get another Devils Triad. I had hoped with Ziva leaving that GG might shake things up a bit. What about one of them going undercover, or someone getting hurt or one of them going missing? Mix up the pairings a bit - perhaps Tony gets caught up in something with Palmer, or McGee and Ducky. Is it too much to want a bit of dramatic action and some jeopardy?! The last time I felt even remotely excited was the Tiva car crash and that was followed by one of the biggest anti climaxes in television!
Comment modified at November 11, 2013 21:04
No I just blame the writers. I fell in love with NCIS back in season 6, I've since bought all the DVD's, and happily watched every episode until S10 - when for me it became guess what Tony will do this week depending on who wrote the episode. I never could understand why we couldn't have smart Tony and Ziva as we did when she first joined. Bishop has been described as being "smart and intellectual" like you I'm just hoping that that doesn't mean they'll make her "superior" to Tony. I'd just like to see a little more of "the best young agent I've ever worked with" (LGG - Flesh & Blood)!
Emily Wickersham joins the team as Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop on 19th November 2013 in an episode entitled "Gut Check".
Hmmm flying high up maybe, but I'm not convinced you'd see the cliffs flying a plane as low as they were flying. Happy to be proved wrong though if you can show be different.
Re Tony and Gibbs I'd just like a little more of the relationship they had back in series 7 - go watch "Flesh & Blood" and you'll see what I mean. There's never been any explanation as to why that should have changed.
Yes I do remember that episode "Anonymous Was a Woman" but I was thinking a little more in terms of something a little more physical than just being on the end of the phone organising relief. However, more to the point and excuse me if I missed the point and "the boys" were being sarcastic which one of my friends thought, but after all those years working together did it really take just a movie for them to work out "what was important in life". And if this new found understanding is going to last longer than just this one episode, having followed McGee and Tony for over 200 episodes, I'd rather like to have seen the conversation.
@Alihan Well they do say life is stranger than fiction. I will indeed look it up. Thanks!
Probably a Brit thing - but I didn't buy the whole German flyer helping out Jack. Not so much because he was German, but from a logistics point of view. One or other would surely have been shot at by other aircraft - the sky seemed surprisingly deserted of other US, British or German planes. Sweet idea but bit of a stretch. Oh and you can't see the white cliffs of Dover from France - it's 30 miles away, but I guess you could just put that down to Jack's dodgy memory…….:-)
Comment modified at November 06, 2013 07:00
We sat down and watched Beaches, so we're fine now boss. Really?! Okay might have worked for some - didn't work for me. I'd like to have seen Tony & McGee protecting each other in the field and therefore realising that their silly bickering was ridiculous. However, they've been working together for more than 9 years (McGee joined proper in S2) so I'd have thought literally dealing with life and death situations and protecting each others six on a daily basis they might have worked out any silly childish differences already. Sort of strangers in a foxhole become brothers kinda thing. Obviously not....
And probably just me, but I miss the old relationship between Gibbs and Tony. Despite episode 5's great scene between Gibbs and Tony in the head, these days Gibbs seems much closer to McGee than he does Tony, accentuated this week by the fact that Gibbs initially confided in McGee to help find his dad's friend and the fact that he called him Tim on several occasions. Gibbs hasn't properly called DiNozzo "Tony" since seasons 7's "Flesh & Blood" incidentally the last time we saw a steak & beer night.
Comment modified at November 06, 2013 06:28
Let me start by saying I love Ralph Waite and he and Mark Harmon gave some terrific performances in tonight's episode. Gibbs can be minimalist to a fault with the result you can forget how good an actor Mark Harmon is.
However, that being said I have a host of problems with this episode:
Enough with the flashbacks. I don't mind the odd flashback but can we be done for a few episodes nowCan Tony please have some character continuity. Two weeks ago Gibbs was telling him he'd trust him any time, but this week he gives point to McGee, who's junior to Tony. Tony is the SFA - or did he get demoted and no one told me! I loved Tony in "Once A Crook", last week he was okay too, but this week he was insufferable and childish and were it not for the whole SFA thing I would have given McGee point too. Not only has Tony been dumbed down but sadly since the start of Season 10 it's become "which Tony will we get this week". After the first few episodes of Season 11 I thought we were over that, maybe now Tony and McGee have ironed out some of their differences we might see some consistency in Tony's personality.
Loved Diane Neal. Liked the new Sec Nav - definitely an interesting vibe going on between her and Gibbs and there's a lot more to her than meets the eye.
The pranks were good, but I didn’t like Tony’s tumble, the tone of the scene just felt all wrong to me, as if I’d accidentally switched over to a different show - from a relatively realistic drama with some lovely serious scenes (beautifully played by Diane Neal) which had a few humorous moments (DiNozzo’s crabs) to a slapstick sitcom where a character taking a heavy fall, ignored by his ‘friends' is considered humour. The scene would have worked better for me had the gang given Tony a hand up, as Tony gasps out “Believe me now?!" To which McGee could have answered “If not you, then who?” Cut to Agent Borin descending Gibbs’ staircase.
And sorry, no way do I believe that a computer geek like McGee wouldn’t be up on the latest computer language.
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