I'm with AngelZ - 8.5. A big point was lost from me considering that Tony's undercover mission with Jeanne wound up having very little bearing on the final outcome. (I felt like after having to put up with all those scenes, that should have lead to something more important, if you know what I mean)
Also, points off for Jen's ethics - this is one of the characters who's supposed to be a good guy. Points off for leaving us hanging in regards to Jen's father (which means this isn't a conclusion). And a tiny bit of letdown that it didn't seem quite the same as the CBS ep description on their website. I can't find the wording anymore unfortunately. I know those are for casual fans, but still, I feel a little gypped when they do that. Reminds me of when I used to read Thoroughbred and the event mentioned on the back of the book didn't happen until 3/4 of the way through the story.
But overall, very well done.
"You don't sound very optimistic. So all these people just die?"
Well, it wasn't all great but overall not a bad episode. Some things may still happen in the next episodes that deal with some of my complaints but that remains to be seen and I'll have to rate this one on its own.
I was disappointed with the whole Tadpole thing. We don't know that Tony's undercover mission served any purpose at all. Since she knew nothing about her father's doings what was to be gained there? Nada, zilch, zero. The writers may use her for Tony angst in the future but from a professional NCIS point of view I don't see why I had to sit through endless minutes of needy-whiny-clingy-look-at-me-tell-me-you-love-me horror.
And how could Tony really fall in love with her? Fine, they wanted to deepen his character but make it realistic. She's straight out of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days - everything he hates in a woman . Yes, we all know I hate her character but this is seriously not a likely choice of woman to reform a player like Tony (but that's neither here nor there).
Also points off for not exploring Gibbs' reaction to the whole secret mission thing more, both between him and Tony and him and Madame Director (aside from the 'one of my agents' 'no mine'). I fear they're just gonna drop that and we'll never hear another word about it.
Not enough emotion about Tony's supposed death and his return for my taste. Yes, yes, I know they're supposed to be professional agents and all that. I don't care, I wanted more shock and despair and relief.
Points off also for not explaining the fingerprints and what happened to Pink Scrubs (though they might in the next episodes).
Right, sounds like I hated it which I didn't. I loved Tony not telling Jenny everything and Gibbs' approving smile, Abby not wanting to believe Tony was dead and saying she wouldn't until Ducky had proved it, the SWAK reference and Ducky dancing out the door backwards chanting "He's never had the plague. He's never had the damn plague", Tony's look of 'Ahem buddy, you might wanna turn around' and Kort looking to see every single team member's gun pointed at him, the exchange between Ziva and McGee at the elevator, the slowmo bit when they walk to the site of the bombed car and the vague hope that Le Frog might rest in peace on the bottom of the sea together with his storyline.
A 7.5 from me.
Last Edit: Oct 1, 2007 4:01:57 GMT -5 by Sean'sGirl
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I gave it a '9'.. not too bad,had it's moments...especially when Gibbs gave Tony that little 'look' in Jen's office when she was interogating him. Points off for that fact that apparently anyone can get into her house...she's the Director, shouldn't she have a little more security there?! First her 'dead' Dad, and then The Frog, who I was really beginning to like and then they had to kill him. Plus, Jen is totally unsuited to her position. But points for the anguish on Gibbs' face at the accident scene and Ducky in Autopsy realizing it wasn't Tony's body. But where is Jeanne now? Nice slow pullback shot of The Frog's body in the water at the end.
Abby: "You're getting sneakier the older you get." Gibbs: "Not to mention better looking."
Gave it an 8.5. Would have been higher if someone had have slapped some sense into the Director.
Because of that reason I gave that episode a 8.5, too. Director Shepards obsession concerning LeGs guilt regarding the apparent suicide death of her father is driving me a bit crazy. I don’t blame her obsession. Every relative needs to know why a next of kin is choosing such a futile death. But in my opinion a director of a federal agency can’t let herself go that much. Nevertheless the reputation of the whole NCIS should still be priority for her even though the loss of her own father left a big gap in her soul.
Well and in my opinion there should be more McGee action, too. *giggles* That's why I rated the episode only as "Heaven sent".
I gave it a 9.5! I would have given it a 10, but I didn't want to not leave room for an even better episode down the road. I thought it was a good wrap-up to a bad storyline and our team was back to being a team! ;D
I am concluding that I must be too easy to please after reading other comments on the season opener .
I loved it - even if the Director gave me the %#@*& so badly I could have shot her she is over the top obsessive and thats all there is to it we have to accept that but now perhaps she will pull her head in and behave in the manner she should as agency leader.
I was sorry to see the Frog go even though he had to, he was a good bad guy, if that makes sense and while there could have been more emotion when Tony 'died' they are trained professionals who are expected to keep it all in check while on the job, also top points for Ducky's jig .. and chant he doesn't have the plague. By the time Tony returned they all knew he wasn't dead anyway so they'd probably all been relieved way previous to this but you can count on Abby always to show her 'out there ' joy
Over all I felt a great way to start the new season, a definate 10 , seriously !! ;D
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Post by silvergrass on Jan 29, 2008 8:10:22 GMT -5
the best moments:
tony's car explodes director's face when car explodes the whole slow mo' the look on gibbs' face in the slow mo ziva showing mcgee tony's id and then wiping the badge mcgee not believing tony died !!!!!!!!!!! ducky and palmer: "he's never had the plague"!!!!!!! abby hugs tony tony finds out ppl nicked his stuff the tony and jeanne flashback tony sliding down the couch onto the floor gibbs and teh bullets with the director the ending