NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
It’s a nice role-reversal, mostly because Jason has been relegated to playing the fool for so long. Also, even though I know it’s coming, Jason’s were-panther girlfriend was thankfully not present in this episode. Eric is as snarky as ever (thank God for small favors), and Bill seemingly has moved on from Sookie. And what of Sookie herself? I generally find her to be the worst aspect of the show, but she was actually tolerable tonight. Maybe that’s because she wasn’t stuck in her usual endless cycle of break-up/make-up with Bill. Whatever the reason, it, along with all the other story arcs in development, have me surprisingly excited for what next Sunday night will bring. Do I think will be able to keep me NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
excited until August? I’m more than willing to extend to it the benefit of the doubt.
With Game of Thrones ending it’s second season, HBO happily moves onto a TV show that looks at hard hitting, real-world issues…that’s right! Vampires! is one of my favorite incarnations of vampires as it’s nowhere near as fluffy and sparkly as Twilight nor is it the overly metro/bi/homo/hetro-sexual vampires of Anne Rice. falls somewhere in the NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
middle and throws in a crap load of other supernatural elements to support its ever growing cast of characters.
With HBO (and now AMC) specializing in the 10 – 13 episode story arc, it feels like an eternity between seasons but finally returned to us in all its blood and gore covered, naked, fangy, werewolf growling, shape shifting glory with the premiere episode of season 5: Turn! Turn! Turn!
Now is a good time to insert my blanket ‘SPOILER ALERT’ statement so I only have to write it once. All reviews and recaps from here on out will include vast quantities of NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
spoilers. If you’re not okay with that then suck it! (vampire humor, not a sexual reference)
Old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and older vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) join forces after getting dumped by Sookie (Anna Paquin) and are captured by the Vampire Authority. They quickly escape and after a fair amount of bare ass sexual thrusting by Alexander Skarsgard (my wife was overjoyed and kept meowing at the TV) are again recaptured along with Eric’s vampire ‘sister’ (Lucy Griffiths).
To my utmost delight Tara (Rutina Wesley) was shot in the head at the end of season 4. In my opinion her character had run it’s course by season 2, and even making her a cage fighting lesbian in the last season did absolutely nothing to make her more interesting. Sadly, Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
shows up as Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Sookie are mourning over her death and begrudgingly agrees to try turning Tara into a vampire. She gets buried along with Pam during the ‘changing’ process and the cliffhanger of the episode rested firmly on her waking up and attacking Sookie (which, let’s face it, is nothing new). Here’s hoping this makes Tara more interesting but I won’t hold my breath.
Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) finds the ever flamboyant and preppy Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) at his front door and proceeds to get himself into trouble...again. Apparently the once devout leader of the anti-vampire cult now has his NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
own set of fangs and really wants to plant them on Jason, but in a loving sort of way. Jason is saved again by Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and their infatuation, or lack thereof (it’s hard to tell), continues later in the episode through an awkward game of Rock Band. Which begs the question: Do people still play Rock Band?
Every season of (except maybe the first) has a wealth of storylines that don’t go anywhere or seem needless and focus on characters that we don’t care about. This season it looks like shape shifter Sam (Sam Trammell) will be continuing the not-so-interesting story arc based around his involvement in the death of the local werewolf pack leader. While Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) shows up at the end to make it a little more interesting and we find out that werewolves NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
are cannibals it still doesn’t salvage Sam’s increasingly boring character. Other boring storylines include Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) getting caught with his pants down and, in an unrelated incident, taking bribes from a local judge and whatever the hell is going on with Arlene and Terry. Sure it was fun when we thought they had a demon baby but now it’s just getting silly. There’s something dark in Terry’s past, yada, yada, yada. Let’s move on.
- Eric using his vampire powers to clean up Bill’s office: As if the man didn’t have enough going for him already he goes and puts Mr. Clean to shame (yet again, my wife NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
meowed at the TV) - Lafayette shaved his head: For the past few seasons I’ve missed the old Lafayette who was confident and cocky and not terrified of his own shadow. The audience is momentarily led to believe that Lafayette is considering suicide but instead we find he was just thinking about shaving his head. This and the following altercation with Alcide show Lafayette returning to true form. I hope it sticks.
Pam in a yellow jump suit: Priceless! - Pam telling Sookie to use her ‘magic hands or her super snatch’ to fix the situation: Not sure how appropriate it is to use ‘snatch’ so my apologies to all those that take offense (and high-fives to all those who think it’s funny). Alcide growling at Lafayette: He’s a werewolf, makes sense. - 39 mins and 49 seconds in, someone gets fed to something: NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
This comes after a reference made to Russell Edgington’s escape from his concrete prison, so maybe it’s him…or maybe it’s something else?
With so many rich characters I don’t fully understand why we continue to dwell on things like Arlene and Terry’s relationship and Andy’s fling with a fairy, but I assume the writers know what they’re doing. returned to our TV sets with all the elements that made NCIS Season 10 Episode 1 the show great, and with Russell coming back as the villain, I can’t see how season 5 can go wrong…famous last words?
In the fourth season premiere of the line between goofy and good gets a little harder to see. Never a show to spin its wheels, the episode starts almost immediately after the season three finale, with Sookie (Anna Paquin) whisked away by her honest-to-goodness fairy godmother to the land of the fairies. When it very quickly becomes clear that this fairyland is something more sinister, Sookie flees with her grandpa (!), played by Gary Cole (!), while hagged-out fairies throw fireballs at them. Back on Earth, grandpa (!) dies, and then the episode really gets started in earnest: Sookie's NCIS Season 10 Episode 1
10 minutes in fairy heaven was really 18 months, her house is up for sale to a mysterious buyer, Jason's a police officer (and tending to the shambling, in-bred brood in Hot Shot), Bill's royalty, Eric's telegenic, Andy's got a problem, Sam's joined a group, and Tara's become a lesbian mixed martial artist. Also, Arlene's baby might be evil and the big villain of the season is some kind of super witch.