It's not a full-on reboot, but JAG is back. The granddaddy of the NCIS television universe — NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans are spin-offs of NCIS which is a spin-off of JAG — has been spending some time with the kids in 2019.
Earlier this year, as NCIS: LA wrapped up its 10th year, two familiar faces turned up in the season finale, "False Flag." In the plot, conflict is brewing in the Middle East. Who should turn up to help deal with it? Captain Harmon Rabb and Sarah MacKenzie of JAG, naturally.
Harm is the executive officer of the USS Allegiance. Mac became the Marine liaison to the Secretary of State. But the big reveal was that the two were not together.
As any devout Jagger can tell you, the JAG series ended on a romantic cliffhanger. Harm and Mac flip a coin to see who will resign their commission and follow the other. But that was 2005 and this is 2019. Harm and Mac split somewhere along the way. They haven't seen each other in nine years, we learn. They weren't even in the same room together. (They do share an uncomfortable video conference call, at least.)
Fans were not jazzed.
#NCISLA it really sucks they didn't end up together, freaking ruined the ending of JAG for me!— Shane Dugger (@volsnumberone) May 20, 2019
Ok now I don't think I can do a rewatch of JAG knowing that nothing came of their relationship. So wrong. #NCISLA— Jennifer Watts (@JenniferEWatts) May 20, 2019
Disappointing, perhaps, but the Harm and Mac saga is not over. NCIS: LA returns later this month for its 11th season. And Harm and Mac are coming back.
The couple's "final chapter isn’t written yet," according to the fan-favorite NCIS character Hetty and showrunner R. Scott Gemmill.
Picard's return may be getting more ink, but this is one 1990s comeback that continues to surprise. A quarter-century of JAG stories continues to be told. Will Harm turn that XO into XOXO? Before the conclusion, be sure to binge and catch up.
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