NCIS: Season 8, Episode 21

Dead Reflection (12 Apr. 2011)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Dead Reflection (original title)

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EJ and her team take over the P2P case; Gibbs and company investigate the death of a Navy woman officer. The solution, first believed to be simple, proves to be complicated. The killer jumps Ziva, and the gang pounce on him. [Continued.]

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The search for a killer continues; EJ and her team take over the P2P case (including the eyeball recently received); Gibbs and company investigate the death of a Navy woman lieutenant inside the Pentagon. Gibbs and McGee believe that they have a quick and easy solution; however, the gang do not find the suspect; further, they find romantic involvements; later the Virginia SP finds the body of the suspect. Duckman firmly raises an objection about times and days, and Abby tells and shows what the woman victim said just before she died. Tony and McGee visit a fascinating workshop, where they discover important clues. One of EJ's guys makes a contribution, and the Gibbs team pursue it and target a new suspect; soon the killer jumps Ziva, and the gang pounce on him. Finally, Palmer shows EJ what a dead eyeball can do. [To be continued.] Written by DocRushing

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Disappointing intro of new team; be careful or that shark will jump ship
13 April 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

TV series get stale with time, and the usual reaction on the part of the production team is to introduce new characters to liven things up, as witness the upcoming addition of my upstairs neighbor Jonathan Cake to the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES' front line. In the case of NCIS, itself famously a JAG spin-off that outran its predecessor and already has spawned a Left Coast version, the three new antagonistic cast members' spotlight was a turn-off for me.

Sarah Jane Morris is of course a beauty, there to spar with Gibbs and present an unconvincing romantic interest for DiNozzo. There should have been at least some bodice-ripping or other prime-time TV indication of sex between her and Michael Weatherly, but the NCIS masterminds decided on an unsatisfying more cerebral approach to romance. Sometimes taking the high road translates to taking the dull road.

Gargantuan footballer Matthew Willig was stunt casting as the ridiculously intimidating hulk/genius -it's as if Peter Lupus and Lou Ferrigno were combined with a Mensa IQ (the cat even has a photographic memory); result is silly. Having him bonding (at least implied) with Pauley Perrette is flirting with "jump the shark" territory for this series.

Third member of the team made little impression at all, as Alimi Ballard was given neither Morris's cover girl magnetism (boy division) nor Willig's triple-threat imposing status. Add the three together and it seems like a return to '60s tokenism in casting, not necessarily a bad thing (as witness Nichelle Nichols' breakthrough on STAR TREK).

As a long-time fan of the series I found the new characters distracting -of course they're supposed to be, but it got in the way of both the segment's narrative and the ongoing chemistry between the REAL lead characters we know & love. It's different when a guest star shows up -you usually suspect they'll be killed off colorfully or be shipped out of the lives of our favorite players by the final commercial break. But these three klutzes seem to be hanging around for the duration.

It adds up in the short-term to a pandering to the modern audience's alarmingly short attention span, and the pernicious trend to multiple story lines and arcs which make me long for the good old linear approach to storytelling. In the case of NCIS, we have Morris & her minions poring over a serial killer case which just hangs there, getting in the way of the current material and on this episode not advancing itself in the slightest. I know it's blasphemy to the mission of the NCIS story editor, but I would have preferred a one-off episode with just the new team, letting them wrap up their case, and then back next week to our heroes who make NCIS worth watching.


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