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This was a good episode. Interesting to have some interaction with the
British Royal Navy. Even MORE interesting to see Daniel Gillies in this
one. He's nice to look at, no matter what character he plays. :-p
Anyway, I have to wonder about Gillies' character being named Peter Malloy. I'm hard-pressed to believe it was a complete coincidence, and yet I can't find any mention of it anywhere. Classic-TV fans (in fact, fans of really good TV) will recognize the name Pete Malloy as being a character in the venerable show Adam-12. Malloy was the experienced, wry, and foxy (in more ways than one) senior police officer in that TV show.
Or it would be, if this episode wasn't so badly ridiculous.
Much as I like this series, it's impossible to know where to start with this episode; it's so full of stereotypes and impossibilities (Gibbs just walks on to a RN vessel and sabotages it; his team walk around without an escort, etc.).
What actually had me laughing out loud though, was Abby's new electron microscope, which looked suspiciously like an optical microscope with a video camera on top and apparently had a magnification magnitudes greater than any current scanning electron microscope.
Only the monumentally stupid or cloistered could take this episode seriously.
This is one of the better episodes. What makes it stand out is Daniel
Gillies as the British officer Malloy who has to be one of the
handsomest creatures ever to walk planet earth. NCIS usually tends to
be populated with doltish muscleheads for whom I have zero empathy. In
perhaps a year or two Gillies should be playing Bond. He just crackles.
I found myself holding my breath while he was on screen.
The fun comes in this episode from jurisdictional disputes with the British Navy, the CIA and ...
The one thing I did not like were the expositions on CSI technology given between experts who obviously should know all this already. The writers should have this exposition directed at a more naive character.
Well, well... once again, we are reminded of the One Night in Paris, a
mystery since 26 January 2010 (Season 7, Episode 13). That is 37 weeks,
or 8½ months, earlier. Or 16 weeks, if you live in Finland. In any
case, that particular mystery is dragging way too long. So much so,
that now that the night and its consequences are given several minutes
of screen time instead of a quick aside, it serves only to distract the
viewers from the main plot.
All that makes NCIS quality entertainment is present, except for this imbalance. Even with the main plot involving the Brits, which would normally make this episode stand out as fresh, it cannot compete with the "Tiva" relationship issues. This would not be bad if the audience were rewarded with something, anything, but alas, not so. It's likely to frustrate the fans, whose patience the show-runners are now testing to the breaking point. For crying out loud, either stay completely episodic like some relic from the 1980s (remember, the 1990s gave us Babylon 5) or develop the character interaction like a 2010s show should!
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