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Review: NCIS - Power Down

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 18th 2009 2:00AM
NCIS did something so great on tonight's episode that I'm surprised I haven't seen it done on another procedural until now. If you haven't seen the show yet, I won't spoil it, but I will say that it was a complication that really made the show.

There were moments for DiNozzo to reference all kinds of TV shows from the past, a chance for Gibbs to prove that there's nothing he can't handle with aplomb, and even the opportunity for Abby to show that sans Cafe Pow, she's still the sharpest lab tech in NCIS. More on the case after the jump.

When you have to go unplugged, how do the forensic experts and the criminologists and the specialists figure out how to do their jobs? No cell phones? No computers? No spectrum analyzers? That's right, the power was out and Washington was running on generator power only. For the NCIS crew, that meant literally working in the dark. It was hilarious to watch the techno-stress grip them all -- especially McGeek.

On the Swift Cast crime scene, Gibbs showed his resourcefulness. He had Polaroid cameras. That's what those things were, folks, that he handed McGee and Tony. Remember Polaroids? What was so funny was that not only did Jethro have the cameras, he had the film, too! And when McGee asked if he had anything to eat, Gibbs offered him a can of sardines.

After nine hours and 21 minutes stuck in the elevator together, I was shocked that Ziva and Tim didn't need a pit stop. Instead, they were right on the case. That's TV, right?

When they figured out that one of the servers had been switched out, it was sort of a nod to Switch -- a 1975 TV series with Robert Wagner, who will be appearing in an upcoming show as Tony's dad.

The undercover Naval officer who was killed in the line of duty turned out to be a heroine. She made certain that her death would be investigated and thus the switch would be revealed. It was a good story turn, especially since the ramifications of that one server blade getting out would have been a true security breach.

Other points of interest

-- Tony had shout outs to Kojak, Dragnet, Toma and Baretta. He even brought along a Tootsie Pop like Theo Kojak.

-- Gibbs got in on the act, too, with the "Book 'em, Dan-ozzo." Right out of Hawaii Five-O.

-- And what about McGee's appreciation of the storage container as something from Dr. Who?

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Just wanted to say that it's COMPLETELY plausible for this to happen--large sections of Ohio were without power for over a week last September due to a windstorm, so I've been there! It was terrible!
Other than that, I can't get enough of this show, and I absolutely *HEART* DiNozzo :)

November 19 2009 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVED this episode! So creative...especially all the paper cuts!

November 19 2009 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is one of my favorite shows. With all of Tony's movie lines, wish they had one of Mark Harmons "Summer School." Love the line.. "Don't you love me?" And Kirstie Alley, makes sure he knows only alittle. He can totally use it toward Gibbs. haha

November 18 2009 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was one of the better eps. Although it does have it's flaws, it was a lot of fun.

November 18 2009 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The key moment was when McGee said the shipping container was like the Tardis, proving DiNozzo's encyclopedic knowledge of things TV and movies has its gaps. I would love to see some more of that in future episodes. Make Tony squirm because he doesn't know science fiction!

and the Hawaii 5-0 reference was pretty funny - for us old farts.

November 18 2009 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I discovered this show last summer via bittorrent; in the sense that I knew of it, but I'm not in the CBS demo. I've been pretty happy with the discovery, but I have to say, this was the worst episode I've seen. The whole power outage thing was just stupid. I know, it's a plot device to make the story, but it's just not even remotely realistic. Maybe it's also that I know how DC has created basically nth level of power backup for all the gov facilities, so that can't happen. But even then, Abby and Tim don't have laptops, and cars? This was almost CSI:Miami level of goofiness. But one ep out of how many seasons? they get a pass. CSI:Miami not so much.

November 18 2009 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Rick's comment

Actually, it was established in the third episode of the first season that this sort of event is a massive danger. Things like the very essential MTAC had emergency power, but it simply isn't viable for every military building to have it.
As for laptops- the power outage lasted for days, and as shown by Abby's stereo dying, batteries run out.

November 18 2009 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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