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10 July 2009 @ 06:42 pm
NCIS - a quick thought  
So I wasn't going to post about NCIS until I was done watching it, but something really bothered me that I'm probably going to take a little break. Please put no spoilers beyond the 2-part season three opener. PLEASE!

) I was REALLY, really bothered by how Kate was handled in the two-part opener. I was on the verge of tears at the beginning, having Tony sexualize her REALLY hurt. If they hadn't had the episode before the second to last where Kate risked herself and stayed with Tony when they had the plague, it would have been fine. But having that happen, and then have him just completely sexualize her was so wrong. That episode added a depth to them that was awesome, and then by having him remember her that way? What was the point of that episode then? Ugh.

And then on top of that, they had McGee sexualizing her, and that was just really wrong. I was just truly bugged by that. And I *liked* Kate; I knew she wasn't still on the show from the little bit I've seen here and there, but I had no clue how she'd go and her getting shot like that SHOCKED me, but then the two-parter premiere was just so disrespectful to the character, imo. It left a really bad taste in my mouth. And having Ziva come on -- I know she's still on the show -- and basically take the place of Kate's relationship with Tony right away, just made it worse.

What did Sasha Alexander do to deserve that kind of treatment?

Show in general: Gibbs is such a Gary-Stu, but I love him. Abby is adorable, McGee is cute, my faves are Ducky and Tony. I really appreciate that while it's a procedural, it's very much about these characters.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on July 10th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
What did Sasha Alexander do to deserve that kind of treatment?

She left the show.

The dude who created it (and JAG), and who, I understand, is no longer running the show, is a control freak of the Rom Thomas kind. Without Thomas's gift for writing. 'Nuff said.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on July 11th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Ah; I see. That's just sad, but certainly does explain it. Thanks.
yours truly: dollhouse: adelleonebrightmoment on July 11th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
It's been a really long time since I've seen those episodes, and when I did see them, I didn't have that reaction. Now that you point it out though, my older-and-wiser self is bothered by it too. At least with McGee. I always thought Tony was in character and wasn't disrespectful from his own pov, at least in those seasons. But again, it's been awhile, so I'm not too adament about these opinions.

Also, I don't really know why Alexander left the show, but I heard (on the internetz, so you know ~beware) that she asked to leave. Not that that justifies anything you're ranting about, or killing her off in general, but just an fyi.

I really appreciate that while it's a procedural, it's very much about these characters.
This is one of the reasons I love this show, and have continued to watch it for so many years. It's such a great example that it is possible to be BOTH an interesting and sometimes suspenseful procedural AND a somewhat compelling character (and TEAM!)-driven show without it devolving into soap opera form. *cough-HOUSE-cough*

Whew. It's been a while since I've talked about NCIS. That was nice! Now if only I still had some icons...
Arabian: dollhouse01arabian on July 11th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
The reason it didn't fit in character for Tony was simply BECAUSE of the plague episode two episodes before. THAT gave their relationship a new depth; had that episode not happened, Tony sexualizing her would have made perfect sense.
But you can call me Bowie: ncis: ducky & abbyisiscaughey on July 12th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah... the S3 premier, and some stuff with Director Shepherd... it's pretty obvious that it was written by dudes.

Glad that you're enjoying it (other than the occasional gender fail).

Oh! And since Ducky is one of your favorites- have you ever seen the 60s spy show "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."? A young (and extremely hot) David McCallum is one of the two main stars, and it's a total hoot.