'NCIS' Season 7, Episode 8: When the lights go down in the city - Recap

Last night, "NCIS" went dark. Not in a no-episode way, not even in a covert black-ops way. They went dark in a lack of electricity kind of way. Good episode.

Starting the episode with an adult nerd in his mother's basement complaining about his Internet going down was pretty good. Following that up with turning out all the lights in D.C. via a cascade failure was better. Forcing the team to do the entire mission without modern conveniences (except for when McGee cheated) was great.

I'm not someone who thinks we take all this technology we have for granted, but it is interesting to see how the world, including law enforcement, functions without it. There wasn't really a doubt tonight that Gibbs would be able to shepherd his team through the lack of power, but it was nice to watch him do it.

Gibbs and the gang got called in this week because one of the bad guys was a naval officer, Emma Paxton, whose own evil comrades shot her rather than leave her behind to talk. I always appreciate that sort of thoroughness. I'm not for murder or anything, but tying up loose ends -- and prisoners are loose ends -- is always a good thing. They may have tried to free her first, but ended up having to end her loose end-ness in a different way. Gibbs was going to get them anyway, but I gave them an "A" for effort (until we learned that's not what happened at all).

There was a fleeting moment of concern for me tonight when McGee turned on the backup generator in the storage container. I would have been hugely disappointed in the show if they'd allowed McGee that out. Instead, they gave him an equally bad one, allowing him to work with power back at the communications room.

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