If I reverse the first two words of the title (and call the question mark to attention), it removes all uncertainty, but for now I’m on the fence and asking. I’ve already reached certainty with both spin-offs (the oldest many years ago, the younger sibling just last year). Now, either I might be over their parent, NCIS, or just maybe the show itself is over.
I sometimes get the sense I’m more attached to the idea of over than many. I’ve mentioned more than once that I try to look forward, and around, rather than in the rear-view mirror. I’ve also mentioned how a primary ask of mine for stories is: “Take me someplace new.”
Nostalgia never had much pull for me, nor did more-of-the-same once a story has been finished.
I do get the shock of transition and change, and why some might prefer to avoid it, might prefer to stay on known territory.
I can recall various SF series where the main characters would change from book to book. (The original Foundation trilogy, by Isaac Asimov, was one place I experienced this. That would have been back in late grade school.)
I also recall, after becoming a serious baseball fan in 2010, and learning all the players on the Twins team, my shock the very next year when so many of them changed. (I learned then and there, never get too attached to any ball player — a fact that makes Joe Mauer and his Twins career all the more awesome.)
To bring this back on topic, when, after just two seasons, they killed off Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander), and replaced her with Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), I was used to character change, but it was still a bit of a shock to the system.
But so it goes. Losing Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) on TNG was an even bigger shock, and I’ve always wondered if she came to regret it. (Are there alternate realities where she stayed the whole run?)
I mention Star Trek because it’s kind of my central self-example of both getting over something and something being over.
Star Trek arguably died completely sometime during its movies era. Or after Enterprise. Or during Deep Space Nine. Or when Abrams took over. Or at some other point where it all just got too silly or too much or whatever.
A key point here is that even though Trek has revived at CBS (and arguably in The Orville), it’s still over for me, because I’ve just had enough Trek (50 years!) for one lifetime.
To, once again, bring it back on topic, I’m pondering the idea that I may simply have had enough NCIS for one lifetime (369 episodes and counting).
It isn’t that the show has gone bad, they’re still cranking out decent episodes here in the 16th season, but something seems off this season. (But there’s a chance it’s just me and growing distance.)
That said, I do have some specific complaints, issues that have sullied my enjoyment of the show:
- I cannot stand Fez as an NCIS agent. I hate everything about him: dumb, emotional, self-absorbed, an idiot. (I’m talking about Wilmer Valderrama as Nicholas Torres, but you might remember him as Fez from That ’70s Show.)
- Not happy with hints and portents of a relationship between Fez and Ellie Bishop (Emily Wikersham), although the fans seem to be clamoring for it. And if I’m honest, she’s the weakest of the three women who’ve had that desk.
- Not entirely sold on Abbie’s replacement, Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover), but it’s early yet. The character’s “quirky” seams seem too rough and too apparent.
- And, of course, new agent Dr. Jacqueline Sloane (Maria Bello) has a past and issues. Don’t they all these days? (I do like the character, though.)
- There has also been some off-camera stuff related to the show that’s added a sour note to my perceptions.
- The frosting on it all: The return of Ziva David!
That last one is feeling like the back-breaking final straw. It feels like the show has started to go moribund.
Or (and this is important to repeat) I’m just over the show.
Perhaps it’s an age thing, and it’s no coincidence I still really enjoy the older characters (Gibbs, Mallard, Vance, Sloane) while finding much less to like in the younger characters (Torres, Palmer, Bishop).
Although, honestly, that last parenthetical list maybe should have been (Torres, Torres, Torres). I really hate that guy.
Everything I dislike in a character, few of the traits I like.
The recent episode, Crossing the Line (S16E15), showed him in his worst light (one of the guest stars really calls him on it). Being TV, he gets his act together by the end of the episode, but his usual behavior is repellent to me.
Fortunately, despite wishes of “shipper” fans, it appears Bishop is not attracted to him (which seems correct for her character). If they ever hook up, that would probably be a deal-breaker for me.
For now, I’m still onboard.
I’ve read articles that praise the second season (along with some caveats), but, as I wrote, I found it harder (as in: impossible) to enjoy this season.
I may give it another shot. I haven’t yet removed it from the Watch List.
I’m late to the party with this one, been meaning to watch it for years, and I’m glad I finally did. I’ve been watching five or six episodes each evening and have burned through the three seasons on Amazon Prime in a just a handful of days. I’ll finish the last four episodes tonight.
Read the Wikipedia description for details, but be wary of spoilers. This story has a number of crucial rug-pull moments during its course that change what you thought you’d seen.
I almost hesitate to describe it at all; the reveals are so central. I will say they’ll force me to re-watch at least the first two seasons again knowing what I now know.
It concerns a disaffected hacker, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and his experiences with regard to a major hack, but there’s a great deal more going on. (With only four episodes left, there seems a whole level not yet revealed.)
The show has earned well-deserved praise from the computer industry for its technical accuracy. Contrast that with another show about computers and people who know them intimately, Halt and Catch Fire, that was weirdly on-again, off-again when it came to accuracy.
I’ve really enjoyed it and give it a Wow! rating. It’s won quite a few awards and been nominated for many more.
I thought I was watching a three-season story, but there will be fourth (and final) season sometime this year. (So it’s a four-season single story.)
Speaking of Amazon Prime video, they do something I’ve been expecting from video for decades: active information about the actors while viewing.
I’ve long thought you should be able to “point” to an actor and get a bio. Or get detailed info about a film you’re watching. The information is certainly available; it just needs a way to connect it with real-time viewing.
Prime is a neat start in that direction, and it seems scene sensitive. Pushing the “up” arrow tells you about the actors (it seems) in the scene you’re currently watching. It’s come in handy a couple of times now when I wondered about an actor.
A final TV-related note: My MN Twins are in Spring Training and playing games, some of which Fox Sports North broadcasts for us baseball-starved fans back home.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the Twins made broadcasting history (for the franchise) by having long-time on-air journalist Marney Gellner in the booth calling the game.
I happened to catch the game Monday (ah, baseball!) and heard Marney but didn’t realize I was listening to history. I hope she calls a few games during the regular season!
And on that note, I should probably go watch TV.
Stay watchful, my friends!