2014 Oct 07 NCIS Critique of “So It Goes”

Another good show. In some ways, it was like every other good crime show. An Albanian mobster and assassin inserts his own people into various supply commands in the Navy and Marine Corps so that they can divert military supplies to the black market.

But the rest of the show appealed to the women viewers and all viewers who identify with Dr. Mallard. When we began writing our ‘factional fiction’, David focused on writing action, but Diane was dragging her feet, in hopes of including some romance. “The most loyal readers are women and they like a little romance,” she pointed out. For that reason, our novels contain a bit of light romance. In tonight’s episode, the producers send Bishop to London to find Dr. Mallard’s missing friend Angus Clark, from Ducky’s youth. Gibb’s hints Ducky should take some of his accumulating annual leave and accompany her. He jumps at the chance with a huge smile on his face, foreshadowing what is to come.

Many of us were surprised to learn in past seasons that Ducky’s nickname derives from his full name—Dr. Donald Mallard. Until tonight, we didn’t know why he always wore bow ties or why he never married. It was clever how the writers shifted back and forth to Ducky’s youth and his friendship with Maggie, the then young woman with whom both Ducky and Angus were in love. In the end, Angus got the woman and Ducky got the shaft. But, the bow tie Maggie gave Ducky as a going away gift stayed with him for his entire life, as did his love for her. In the end, when Angus is discovered the victim of the Albanian mobster who had infiltrated Angus’ business as an assistant, the long dormant spark between Ducky and Maggie is reignited.

Bishop kept finding reasons to leave Ducky and Maggie alone, so the spark could grow. We were both convinced by Bishop going to London with Ducky that she might shine and single handedly solve the crime. To our surprise, she had no role in the resolve. Ducky was the hero. He disarmed the villain and obtained the confession. Maybe the producers know Bishop’s character is a dud. The ending of this episode was like tied football game. The quarterback gets hurt, so the only hope is for the backup (Bishop) to go into the game and lead the team to the end zone. Instead, lacking confidence in the back-up quarterback, the coach sends in the kicker (Ducky) to kick a field goal.

One fun thing tonight was how Adam Campbell resembled David McCallum when as a young man when he played Illiayan Kuryakin on the “Man From U.N.C.L.E. Also, the actor who played Angus Clark resembled Robert Vaughn, Ducky’s avid McCallum sidekick on that show decades ago. We enjoyed seeing Alice Krige portrayal of Maggie. The South African actress also appeared in “Persuasion,” one of our favorite movies bringing a Jane Austen novel to the big screen. Do you think NCIS traveled to London for some Downton Abbey flavor? We expect Maggie will reappear in future episodes. The scene with Ducky and his forever love along the Thames Bridge in golden light was wonderful.

How many of you are watching NCIS: New Orleans? We stayed tuned and enjoyed the show, “Breaking Brig” immensely with Mark Harmon and Rocky Carroll appearing. This show really hit a home run with the espionage plot. The three lead actors work well together, and we especially like Lucas Black’s portrayal of an NCIS Special Agent.
Be Blessed, Diane and David

By |2014-10-08T02:30:31+00:00October 8th, 2014|NCIS|6 Comments


  1. Teresa Hanger October 8, 2014 at 3:17 am - Reply

    I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one thinking of tThe Man from UNCLE. I enjoy your posts.

  2. R Moran October 8, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply

    NCIS New Orleans seems a better match to the original show than NCIS Los Angeles. While Hollywood always glams over the realities of government service……drab offices, cramped quarters, out of date computers, coffee stains on paperwork, etc, NCIS LA just seems way over the top. It was nice to see that NCIS NO is a little more low key in that regard, though the giant garage office door that sits open is just too funny. Lets face it, in real life, it would be more like a dank basement with a narrow staircase more suited to an armory/weapons locker.

    Lucas Black was a good representation of a street smart, C student turned fed. While some agencies look for accountants, NCIS has always been open to hard working middle of the road types.

    I don’t think that Scott Bakula intentionally picked up and dropped his accent, but that is typical of jobs that require constant relocation and foster a chameleon like ability to fit in. I wonder if it wouldn’t be more effective for him to adopt the accent only when talking to locals. For many military folks and their dependents, this is second nature.

    CCH Pounder….sigh. Same actress, same character, over and over. Hopefully Vic Mackey and Jacks Teller will make a guest appearance and take her out.

  3. Jiesheng October 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    It shows Bishop is useless or a writing flaw. How can a Federal Agent leave a unarmed ME alone? Ducky is clever to maim/kill the actual murderer but technically Bishop should be charged for slacking.

    • Diane and David Munson October 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Teresa, R Moran and jiesheng have each made interesting comments, with which we agree. It’s interesting to see the approval that NCIS New Orleans is getting. We have not made time for NCIS LA, but NO has peeked our interest. We may have to restructure the time we budget for TV.

  4. Jiesheng October 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    RE NOLA: Exactly. New Orleans shows NCIS as NCIS in a new enivronment and not some high tech fake NCIS dream.

  5. Fred Scott October 10, 2014 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Must agree with your summation, and yes the old Uncle did shine through! Mst get your last two books.

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