CBS Announces Mini-Series on real NCIS cases.

Often we write about how things are really done within the NCIS. That’s because television productions are mostly created from whole cloth, just for our entertainment. Here’s a chance to learn about the real thing. Beginning this Tuesday night, April 25th, CBS will begin a mini-series in which real NCIS cases are explored. Rocky Carroll, [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|NCIS|4 Comments

2017 Apr 18 NCIS Critique of “One Book, Two Covers”

Undercover cases don’t make usually good episodes because in real life the undercover operations last long term and don’t fit well into the forty minutes plus commercials of the average episode. In tonight’s episode, One Book, Two Covers, writer David J. North used a flashback to weave one of Agent Torres’ undercover cases to spin [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|NCIS|1 Comment

2017 Mar 28 NCIS Critique of “The Wall”

Tonight’s episode was inspired when an elderly veteran took an Honor Trip to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments. His granddaughter-in law is Gina Lucita Monreal, the writer of this episode. Gina fictionalizes a Vietnam era Marine Corps Sergeant named Henry Rogers (he says he is no relation to the sweater-wearing Mr. Rogers) and tells [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|NCIS|1 Comment

2017 Mar 14 Critique of NCIS episode “M.I.A”

Thank you Jennifer Corbett for writing the script for this episode of NCIS. Just when we think the show has passed its prime, writers like you come up with a great story line. Tonight’s show brings up events and people from the past in Gibbs’ life when one of his former commanding officers asks Gibbs [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|NCIS|1 Comment

2017 Mar 07 – Critique of NCIS episode, ‘What Lies Above’

Not bad. This was an entertaining show, but once again the first question is, did NCIS have jurisdiction to investigate a shooting in the apartment that Tony DiNozzo once occupied and where Tim McGee now lives with his fiancée Delilah. Some viewers might say there wasn’t jurisdiction, but what about “assault on a Federal Agent”? [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|NCIS|6 Comments

2017 Feb 21 Critique of NCIS episode ‘A Many Splendored Thing’

We suffered through tonight’s episode of NCIS. It seemed schizophrenic. As we’ve written in the past, we keep hoping the writers and producers would move past the departure of some of NCIS’ best actors/characters and again produce real quality shows with the newly assembled cast. There have been a couple of episodes recently that encouraged [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|NCIS|4 Comments

2017 Feb 14 NCIS Critique of “Pandora’s Box”

Tonight’s episode has a fatal flaw. We always said that we don’t knowingly watch a ‘to be continued’ TV program, or read a novel that is a prequel. Tonight’s episode of Pandora’s Box is really such a show. The first half aired on CBS in the eight o’clock hour with the conclusion airing at ten [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|NCIS|1 Comment

2017 Feb 7 NCIS Critique of “Nonstop”

If you’ve recorded tonight’s episode of NCIS and you are wondering if it’s worth watching, the answer is yes. Unlike some episodes where it is gory and too complex for the one hour allotted, “Nonstop” is a light hearted suspense that includes Robert Wagner as Tony Di Nozzo Sr. He’s always a hit. As the [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|NCIS|4 Comments

2017 Jan 17 NCIS Critique of “Off The Grid”

Wow! They’re back. After the trauma of having Ziva and DiNozzo depart from the show, Gibbs’ reconstituted group has finally congealed. Tonight’s episode is well written and well acted. We really expected a continuation of the January 3rd episode (Willoughby) and the pursuit of a terrorist named Chen. Instead, while Ellie is distracted and examines [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|NCIS|0 Comments

2017 Jan 3 NCIS Critique of “Willoughby”

Our last blog was long because we shared a Washington Post article about a real live NCIS case. We wanted our readers to get an idea of how much work goes into a real case. So we thought that tonight’s episode of “Willoughby” would be a simple one-hour episode of a simpler case. Wrong! Instead [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|NCIS|5 Comments