Critique of 2012 Apr 17 NCIS – “Rekindled”

Michael Weatherly lit a fire as the Special Agent investigating an arson/murder at United Equinox (UE). A new character, Jason King, bursts onto the scene having met Tony in his Baltimore days, twenty years ago. The who, what, when, where, and why of their meeting makes for interesting speculation as the two men mix like oil and water. Jason is the Baltimore Police Officer in charge of tracking down the warehouse fire, while Tony is involved because a Classified Navy document is partially burned in the fire. UE’s owner doesn’t like McGee’s “geekness.” Oh really? When the guy’s employee, Carter Plimpton, is burned to a crisp and all the owner cares about is some techie invading his space, NCIS needs to watch him carefully. One true statement does leave the owner’s lips as he reminds us, “Classified is not equal to Top Secret.” So how does that clue further the story? The lies he tells spark faster than the fake fire on the ship. UE did provide faulty wiring to the Navy and someone wants this known. But who is the “someone”?
Jason and Tony ratchet up the eye laser tag until we discover Jason is carrying the bitterness of a nine-year-old boy. Although Tony risked his life to save Jason from a fire, he couldn’t save Jason’s little sister. The investigation into the Navy documents heats up when “Phantom 8” is revealed. Our wheels began turning and it didn’t take long for us to recognize some faces in the photo and to declare, “The microchip!”
Okay, remember when the NCIS agent was killed and E.J. Barrett dug a microchip out of his wrist down in autopsy? So the writers are taking us back to the first episode in Season 9. Next week’s show may put any number of weird characters in the hot seat to resolve the continuing terror plot. Is the crazed arsonist in the orange jump suit behind the scheme? Or did the explosive sales rep burn her neck simply to create an alibi?
Gibbs helps Tony deal with not saving Jason’s sister when he says, “You tried to help. Others didn’t.” Another cool moment is when Tony suggests Abby and Jason have found out something in the lab. Seconds later, Abby phones and asks Gibbs to rush to the lab. Is Tony getting a sixth sense, like Gibbs? Rumor has it Mark Harmon is negotiating a new four-year contract. We wonder if Tony’s premonition about Abby is the writers way of skillfully working Tony into position to fill Gibbs’ shoes. What do you think?
We are staying tuned for next week! Be Blessed,
Diane and David

By |2012-04-18T22:15:03+00:00April 18th, 2012|NCIS|8 Comments


  1. Deb Ragno April 19, 2012 at 12:10 am - Reply

    No previews so I don’t think there will be a new episode next week. We were glad to see all the silly love drama lacking this week and glad Jamie Lee Curtis did not appear again (although I’m sure we will see her in the future). All the characters were portrayed much more maturely this week. The writers needs to decide whether the characters or childish or mature and stop mixing it up.

  2. Cheryl April 19, 2012 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I have to agree with Deb Ragno. I was not happy with the Jamie lee Curtis character. I am getting a little frustrated that the episodes lately don’t seem to ever finish a story line. I am not a fan of “soap operas” & this is starting to feel that way. Having previous characters show up again is okay, but at least complete one story in an episode.

    • danddmunson April 19, 2012 at 1:14 am - Reply

      Dave still thinks that we will know that the producer intends to make JLC a regular part of the show, when she shows up as a redhead.

  3. Annie April 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Tony seems to finally be maturing this season again. I hated frat boy Tony. It was nice in season 4 when Jeanne was introduced into his life. But then when she left, frat boy Tony came back.

    I loved seeing the story of how Tony became a cop played out and the guilt he’s been struggling with saving one life over another.

    • danddmunson April 20, 2012 at 2:35 am - Reply

      We are watching to see what the future holds for Tony.

  4. Marilynn Crosby April 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    You two are nurturing my NCIS obsession (almost obsession). I hope the team isn’t broken up by Mark Harmon leaving the series. I don’t think it would ever be the same. Thank goodness for reruns and all those NCIS marathons on USA Network:)

    • danddmunson April 20, 2012 at 2:33 am - Reply

      We agree. Harmon leaving could turn out like another wildly popular series, i.e., Jerry Seinfeld.

  5. anna April 20, 2012 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Just an fyi – Harmon signed a 2 year contract at the end of last season (8) that takes him thru the end of s10….as did cdp.
    There has been some concern that Pauley, Michael & Sean are not all contracted thru s10 tho.

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