I loved Carter, and am sorry to see her go. But I think it was in keeping with this show that all along has said how high the stakes are. Early on in the series, I remember, Reese telling Finch (or maybe it was the other way around) that he'd be surprised if either of them lived through it. It's another reason to stay glued to the show, because you never know what can happen; we can't be complacent that the good guys will always win and be back again next week.
The case of the week was just ridiculous from start to finish. It was worth it to get the Kensi and Deeks scene at the end, though. I also got a kick out of Sam and Callen over Callen considering getting a tattoo.
I liked Bishop better than I thought I would. I think Bishop said that Flynn, the NSA agent, went to the payoff location because he went though the same thought process she did. And Yay! I am happy to hear Hollis Mann is coming back - out of all of Gibbs' potential love interests, she was my favorite by far.
I don't think Laskey murdered the shop owner. I think he was already dead and in the trunk. Laskey's job was to bury him.
It's always amazing how often the same storyline pops up on different shows. Castle had the same one - where the killer took advantage of a woman's prior murder charge and set her up to be framed for murder. I enjoyed this episode, as always, especially the insights into Sherlock. But when Joan said "May I?" to Sherlock and stepped forward, I thought she was going to take the bullwhip from him and show him how it's done, but no, she was just going to work on the computer. Dang!
I can't stand Root. But maybe that's the point - she's so crazy, you never know what she's going to do. It sounds like she and The Machine have been having some pretty extensive conversations, way beyond just the numbers that Finch and company get. But then she needs a lot of work, too. This is one of my most favorite shows. It's easy to see how this could go on for many seasons, with the cases of the week, the over-arching mythology of the show, and the terrific character development.
I thought this was an excellent job. They did a great job of acknowledging the loss of Ziva without wallowing in it. Loved Vera and her interactions with Gibbs and Tony, especially. Having the humor back is much appreciated. We've known from the beginning that Brina was a mortician. Palmer told the gang when he first talked about her and showed her picture around. I'm looking forward to future episodes. I don't know how I'll feel about Bishop until I've seen her episodes. But I liked Kate and liked Ziva, too, so doubt there will be a misstep.
I thought it was a great premier. I especially liked Deeks' character development and that they didn't just immediately recover and brush off the torture as though it never happened. And yes, MrWriteSF, I had the same thought, that Deeks was sure speaking well given what he went through. And I agree that his telling Kensi that thinking of her is what got him through was a huge leap forward for him and for the two of them. My pet peeve about this show, though, is that they never have any FBI, SWAT or police back-up like the orignal NCIS does. Their tiny little team, plus Sam's wife, Michelle, is all they have to go after THREE major bad guys? And nukes are involved? Come on.
I'm not a fan of Tony and Roxanne or Buck and Wanda. I'm sure Emily and David have fun with the characters, but they're so ridiculously over the top for me that I don't enjoy those episodes. As for as Pelant goes, I know that after a show has been on for a while, they need to have a new Big Bad every season so that it doesn't get too repetitive. However, when they make the Big Bad so ridiculously and improbably invulnerable, I'm just annoyed and want the storyline over. This is one that's dragged on for far too long and needs to be resolved. ASAP.
This season finale almost makes up for all the poor ones that went before. My favorite part has been Jeremiah's character development this year. And I so admired Divya's calmness and openness in hearing what Jeremiah had to say. If it had been me, and I honestly didn't have "those kinds of feelings" for someone, I would have been squirming and doing everything I could to save him from opening himself up to me, or rather really saving myself from having to deal with the situation. Divya was so much more emotionally mature than I would have been or as a consequence much more honoring of Jeremiah as a person and of his feelings. I was annoyed at Paige's passive-aggressiveness, but am glad she and Evan are going to work on their marriage. And Hank giving up the power over HankMed and traveling around the world with Boris was a big step forward for him, too, because he's gotten more annoyingly self-rightious as the seasons have gone on. This has been a good come-uppance for him. So maybe the show can get back to the things that made it fun. Plus I have high hopes for Jeremiah and Divya together. If nothing else, Jeremiah will have evolved so much that he will be able to find a true love.
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