Day 08- Best Twist in a Series
Warning- Spoilers ahead...
NCIS: Kate Todd Dies
I admit, I got into NCIS until it was in it's third season, but I started watching it from season 1 on DVDs. I had NO CLUE what was about to happen to Kate Todd. I, for once, did not look anything up on IMDB or Wikipedia. This is huge for me- usually I research a show to death while I am watching it. This time, I just watched it to watch it . I loved the character of Kate, played by my future wife, Sasha Alexander. I enjoyed both the first season and the second season, and they had a reoccurring villain called Ari. Then, in the 2nd season finale, Ari started hunting all the members of NCIS. Watch the last 2 minutes of the season- it's shocking how they did it:
They do the fake out- you think she's dead, then BAM. Middle of the sentence. That is how they ended the damn season. It's a good thing I didn't watch it in real time- I would have HATED waiting that summer. And you know it's not a fake out like some series (Criminal Minds and your exploding SUVs, I'm looking at you). You KNOW she is dead... there is no faking that bullet hole, or the blood on Tony. It still makes me sob every single time I see it. And the first episode of the third season takes off EXACTLY where they left off. Well done, NCIS, well done. It takes a lot to shock and surprise me. From what I researched later, they had managed to keep that a secret. In an era of internet and spoilers, I applaud them for that- it was well worth the effort.