"NCIS" Bête Noire (TV Episode 2004) Poster

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stratus_phere7 April 2017
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Not "Wow". No.


When the bad guy gets away, it's never a good episode. If you go to the trouble to make a bad guy REALLY BAD, and then let him get away, why on earth do you think viewers would enjoy this crap?

TV shows END when writers get all stupid and crazy and think that somehow viewers are interested in building some yearly long bond with a crazy, psychopathic bad guy. The writers can go sit at home and dream of their favorite bad guys, if that's what they're into. But the rest of us want an hour of entertainment with a good ending.

This was not a good ending. This was not a good episode. Do better, or find another career.
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dagget_says_hi30 September 2009
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OK, first off, yes, I am writing this review quite a few years after the episode first aired, but when I realised no one else had written one I immediately thought something was wrong with that.

"Bete Noire" features a first for the NCIS team - a terrorist has infiltrated NCIS HQ in Washington via Autopsy. The terrorist (later named as Ari Haswari) has taken Ducky, Gerald and Kate hostage. The terrorist's demands are made and Gibbs, DiNozzo and Abby are left to deal.

This episode was amazing. Action, thrills, humour and a hell of a lot of suspense - the episode had everything. The standout of this episode, without a doubt, was the acting by guest star Rudolf Martin (Haswari). The charming, charismatic terrorist is as deadly as he is alluring. His eyes look kind...moments before he fires his gun. The character is just brilliantly portrayed and well written.

All in all, Bete Noire is without a doubt one of the best, if not THE best episode of NCIS. 10/10
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