I thought it was a great start. Gibbs' scene with the dying pilot was done really well. And I enjoyed the McGee and Gibbs dynamic as they are not paired together often. While I am intrigued by Sergio, I'm not sure how I feel about his connection to Ari as being his motivation. Ari was a great villain, but he died a long time ago. Why the big delay in getting his revenge? Perhaps that will be explained better.
Yeah I wondered about the Ari thing too. It seems obviously Sergei is looking for revenge but....."why now" is a good question.
My thoughts exactly in regard to Ari. Come up with some new dang villains! Don't recycle old sh** from when the show was actually realistic and exciting.
Eh, this was ok. First off, Kevin is an NCIS IT guy, not NSA. But that aside, there were a few things that didn't resonate with me. First, the throwback to Ari. That was a good bad guy, and I have my doubts as to the kind of character that Glasberg can create. I don't hold out much hope of this one being as good as Ari. Second, the helpless Abby didn't make sense. She should have known better not to click and better how to solve the problem. Third, having Bishop get the satellite imagery and finding them so fast - yeah, not very believable. And what a shame to waste the Kevin character. Anyway, I hope this season gets better and has some coherence to it. I would love to see a strong Tony in every episode.
Thank you for the catch on the NSA thing. The review's now been updated. What Abby did I thought seems semi-believable - I mean she made sure the computer was isolated from the network. That's systems 101 stuff. I really struggled with the mutant virus getting away via electrical cords though. Anything's possible, I guess but that one really stretched my ability to suppress disbelief.
Yes, I agree with everything you said. I just wish Brennan and Glasberb wld read more fan reviews like this cz show has gotten stale the past 2 seasons or so and I miss the show the way it was in the first 4-5 seasons because they created the best ORIGINAL villains and story arcs that were way more involved than the show after Belasario (sp?) became less involved.. I miss the excitement of near death injuries like SWAK and Hiatus among others, now I don't even get nervous when there is a danger cz agents ALWAYS come out totally unscathed.
Trite platform for needlessly sexualizing characters further
I think the NCIS line has stretched itself to the limit with this one. I didn't like it. I don't think even Scott Bakula can save this show.
I agree with NOLA and would love to read your reasoning. A followup question: did you see the NCIS episode when they introduced these characters? I did, and thought it was very well done, particularly in comparison to this episode, which was a bit too sleepy for my taste.
Please explain why?
It's interesting that you made the comment about Season 1, because Liz has been so vocal about how she went into this Season attempting to go back to it. Honestly, I
Totally true, it's so completely out of character for them...especially Jess. It has become much more shallow and it just seems like they are now writing episodes to fit how other sitcoms have done it in the past.
Remember how amazing they made an episode about Jess losing her job? And Nick's dad dying? Or a cancer scare or potential infertility? This seems like an entirely different show. :-(
And after looking at all the descriptions of upcoming episodes...most look pretty far away from the greatness of seasons 1 and 2...there's some potential in Jess' dad coming back with guest star Kaitlin Olson but other than that, all I see is Jess kind of slutting it up after breaking up with, what the audience understands is, the love of her life.
Totally agree with the both of you! I remember really looking forward to this season based off of what Liz was saying. The thought of going back to the original concept of the show, having a lot of laughs but also heart, made me optimistic. Looking at the just the last two episodes, I feel as though I set myself up. It seems like the characters, like you said Rebecca, are all "pre-season 1" mentality. I am just trying to figure out where the heart has gone with this show.
outlander, the last ship, Reckless, Dominion
The final was awful hate the show
Josh holloway also turned down some pretty big offers, i can remember only John Carter at the moment and I know it failed but on the drawling board it was big.
Thanks Hank; another great recap. Now to address some of your posts. 1. Nora's mom; oy vey! 2. Tunnel scenes were very suspenseful. I'm claustrophobic and there's no way in hell I'm enter without a) knowing what's on other side, b) guarantee exit as wide as entrance... Hell, I'm not goin' in!3. Equally creepy, being chased by something and your only exit is one of those roller conveyors. 4. Gus and Fet seem to bash and slash away with impunity; infected blood every. It's their calling card so guess writers give them a pass...For now. Kelly and Jim had no such luck.5. Was fitting and enjoyable to watch Setrakian use the hands he used to craft the coffin in the horrible conditions of the death camps, the hands that the Master sadistically crushed virtually sentencing him to death, to destroy it. By the way, I'm a grown man capable of separating fantasy from reality, but I shivered virtually the entire episode. Thought it was because room was kinda cool. 5 min after episode was over I was fine. Damn.
I didn't love the episode. I thought season 1 and 2 were definitely the best but I liked season 3 for all the Nick and Jess moments. I thought the conflicts between them seemed falsely contrived just because the writers got stuck. I hate that they're basically ignoring that Nick and Jess were a couple who were in love...its bothersome. This episode was a little boring. It had some great jokes but it was definitely not a stand out episode.
Exactly Rebecca! It seems as though they have just lost there way and have no clue what they are doing this season. The writers clearly have lost the heart that this show once had. It's definitely hard to stay optimistic about the rest of the season.
They've taken "light" to mean "heartless and shallow" though, and that's disappointing.
That's exactly how I am feeling! I do agree about the Nick/Jess moments within season 3, that's something I enjoyed. I just am not seeing the same spark this season that I have seen in past seasons. It seems as though the writers are running out of things to joke about. The first two episodes this season just feel really stale to me (it's how I felt about halfway through season 3 to be honest, that things were starting to go south for the show). Am I ready to write the show off? Not just yet and while I accept it as a sitcom, I also want to see development in the shows I watch.
I completely agree....it just feels like something's missing now. I think it has a lot to do with how great Zooey and Jake are in their scenes together and we're really not getting any of that. Also, nothing genuine like how they tackled Nick's possible cancer debacle and his father passing away or even when Schmidt and Cece broke up. This show was great at balancing these great realistic and heavy moments with lightheartedness and they've basically just rewound to season one but without much heart. I know the writers have said they want it to stay light but they need to tackle things a little more head on.
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