The NCIS social media account offered a video tease Monday, hours before the Collective Memory episode runs on CBS.
The video opens as Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jess (Katrina Law) are quizzing a character named Geoffrey Sullivan (Matthew Hancock) about what they’re about to see. Hint, they’re seeing a dead financial advisor as her own interactive hologram.
Torres cuts right to the (bewildered) point – “time out, what the hell is this?”
And that’s when Sullivan explains a few broad details. “I don’t know how it works, but it works,” he says.
CBS explained what the episode was about in its recently released plot summary: “When a hotshot financial advisor is found shot at a naval station, NCIS investigates the case by interviewing the victim’s three-dimensional hologram of herself, which she created before her death.”
Stepfanie Kramer, a star from the 1980-era Hunter, portrays the (dead) “hotshot financial advisor.” Her name is Sandra Holden. And Jess and Torres are getting a good look at Sandra, but after her death.
Hancock explained some of the backstory: “Last month, a tech company came in and interviewed her for like two weeks straight, asking about her life, then they created this whole thing.”
But why would Holden do this? “Sandra wanted to leave something for her daughter and grandson in case she couldn’t make things right. … She’ll answer questions your questions, well most of them.”
So what do you say to a dead person’s interactive hologram? Start with the basics. Take it away, Jess- “Sandra, hi, my name is Jessica, how are you?” So Sandra replies: “I’m good hun, how are you?”
Jess told her “we are here to solve your murder.” And that totally creeps out Torries. “That’s it, I’m out,” he proclaims.
Here’s the tweet with the video clip. “Things are getting interesting on tonight’s NEW episode of NCIS. Tune in at 9/8c.”
NCIS Features Hologram Technology Started More Than a Century Ago
How about some hologram data. The site InterestingEngineering.com reported that Jules Vern first introduced the hologram in 1893. Yet the site says the public didn’t really comprehend the idea of a hologram until Star Wars was released in 1977. Remember when Princess Leia appeared as a floating image? As Luke Skywalker, C3PO and Obi Wan Kenobi watched, Princess Leia said: She said: “Help me Obi Wan, you’re my only hope.”
There have been other instances of holograms of deceased entertainers, including Tupac and Michael Jackson.
After Monday’s episode, NCIS goes on a holiday break. It returns Jan. 3 with the episode Pledge of Allegiance.