Wolfshades

I knew why they used the flashbacks - I just found that they cluttered up the
narrative way too much. It would have been better had they chosen one
character as flashback material, instead of a bunch of them. Like they
did with the Gibbs-centric episode with Mike Frank flashbacks.

Wolfshades

Your reasoning is eloquent and well-stated. I too liked the fact that the writers made the attempt to go down this road - with a story being told through McGee's eyes. Your last two lines in particular resonate strongly with me.

Wolfshades

Presumably any military installations are going to have up to date equipment - not to mention special rooms that block out external signals. Regular government departments might have to live with older equipment - but not departments or security areas where the latest is mandatory.

Wolfshades

Sure they did. But when I became an adult, that all changed. Things are a lot less black and white now.

Wolfshades

Yeah, many places are like that. But this show had scads of money - it's one of the top shows on TV right now so their budget could well afford the truly cheap cost of monitors, many times over.

Wolfshades

I think your top statement in the second paragraph crystallizes our disagreement: "all we have are rules in our lives". No doubt that's how McGee operates and it's certainly how Gibbs does too (and how McGee's dad did as well). Ultimately that's an individual thing….and to those for whom that maxim resonates, the character of McGee is relatable and no doubt welcome. For others who prefer a more laid back approach to life, where rules don't matter quite so much, McGee comes off as stifling and uptight. To be sure, Sean Murray plays the part well - I have no issues with the characterization or how well it's written. But the character just doesn't sit well with me. Your statement "all we have are rules…" makes me want to pull out my hair in horror.

Wolfshades

Exactly. There's usually one every episode - but not this time. This time it was all about Tony supporting McGee. (Which I liked, actually)

Wolfshades

I agree with you. She showed up on his phone - why not in person? Same thing goes for the villain of the week. We heard his name a lot - but we never got to actually meet him. Seems sloppy to me.

Wolfshades

I upvoted your comment just for the new monitors note. Honestly - this is 2014. Why the heck did they still have CRT monitors around? Those thinks are bulky, hard to move and take up so much energy. With McGee being such a techno-nerd, it just didn't seem right that he didn't have the latest technology on his desk.

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Wolfshades

Hey you're free to disagree and to think my review stinks - that's what the comment section is all about. In fact I'm grateful when readers state what they think. But I find it weird that on some positive NCIS reviews I've been accused of being paid by CBS to shill for this show, and under reviews like this the accusation is that I don't like the show. I disagree with your comment CaliMark - does that mean you work for CBS? : )