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16 November 2009 @ 03:00 pm
Just thought I'd mention  
I've finally gotten sufficiently hooked on NCIS that we've bought the box sets for seasons 1-6 and I'm watching them (I just watched the first episode of Season 5 last night). Without spoilers, I will just mention how I feel about the various ensemble characters.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs -- I doubt I'd like him in real life, because he's kind of an asshole, but I do like him as a fictional character. And damn but Mark Harmon is pleasant to look at -- as Gibbs, he doesn't smile often, but when he does, I could fall into that smile for days. That one shot in the opening montage in seasons 1-4, where he's on the phone and ducks his head and grins? Hot. Oh, so very hot.

Tony Dinozzo -- again, I like him as a fictional character, but suspect I'd find him to be too much of a jerk for my taste in real life.

Tim McGee -- him, I'd get along with. He's a geek. I like geeks.

Kate Todd -- I'd get along with her, but we wouldn't be close.

Ziva David -- she's scary. I might like her, but very tentatively; mostly I think I'd be intimidated.

Abby Sciuto -- immature, but brilliant, cute, and funny. I'd like her even though I'd find her annoying sometimes.

"Ducky" Mallard -- he's a sweetheart. Like Abby, I'd find him annoying sometimes, but sufficiently interesting the rest of the time to more than make up for it.

Jimmy Palmer -- If I were the same age he is, I'd probably get along with him okay, but we wouldn't be close friends. Given that I'm at least 20 years older than his character, I want to pat him on the head and give him a cookie.

Jenny Shepherd -- way too Type A for me to get along with her on other than a casual basis.

Tobias Fornell -- hard to say. He's a jerk in his professional life, but there are strong indications that he's not all bad.

What I like about the show: ongoing story arcs; people remember what happened previously and apply it. Some loose ends are left hanging. Snark. Intelligence. Good writing and acting that make me care fairly deeply about the characters. Characters who care deeply about each other, even when they don't show it.

What I don't like: stuff gets resolved too easily. Lab work gets done way too fast. The LCD display on the back wall had the same display through the entire fourth season. People get away with shit that would get them fired in real life. People don't always know things they should know (like an entire subplot that should have been in Gibbs' file but apparently wasn't, or if it was, the Director never bothered to read it).
BaronLawbaronlaw on November 16th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Like "Law & Order" before it, the cast and ongoing story lines make the show.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 16th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
*nods* Precisely. I'm tempted to go back and pick up JAG, or anyway the season which had the episode that spun off into NCIS.
madshutterbug: Expostulationmadshutterbug on November 16th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Track down the episode; IIRC it was a two-part thing. You probably don't need the whole of JAG to get just that. Mind you, I enjoyed a lot of JAG, I just don't think you need the whole thing for just those episodes.

Interesting take on the characters. I expect I'd get along better with Gibbs (stipulating a RL kind of thing, eh) in part because he's a boat craftsman as well as his professional work.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 16th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see that.
BaronLawbaronlaw on November 16th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
What's interesting to me is the CIA guy crossed over too, although I am not sure if he kept the same name.
Violet Tigressviolet_tigress1 on November 17th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I love NCIS, but I agree that things get done way too quickly.

Gibbs is an asshole, but at least he's quiet about it. I like his character a lot but I'm sure that in person I wouldn't like him.

I can barely stand Tony on the show. He's a loud & obnoxious asshole. The overgrown frat boy type. We wouldn't get along.
piranha @ dreamwidthpir_anha on November 17th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
i'd probably get along with gibbs if we limited ourselves to certain subjects.

dinozzo is an unmitigated jerk. i'd clash with him constantly, and i'd want to see him fired. he's the sort of guy over whom i would leave a workplace if they didn't rein him in. he'd not be welcome in my home.

and i don't like him as a fictional character either. he grates on me awfully, and IMO the show would be better without him.
Barbrahirah on November 17th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Lots of the problems with NCIS are endemic to TV cop shows in general, which doesn't make them any less annoying, of course. But the characters are engaging enough to make me put up with the unbelievable lab work.
Maggiesillymagpie on November 18th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
It's not unbelievable! Abbie and Duckie are GODS! ;-P
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 18th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, if this were a supernatural show, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that Ducky and Abby are avatars of some god or another.
The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on November 17th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
he Daddy/boy themes in NCIS are a constant source of kink amusement for me.

Ziva, I would do in a minute, but I would end up bruised and broken... and loving it.

We too have the 1-6 box set and I LOVE how we dont have to wait for two parters to arrive. It makes me happy when there is nothing on telly.
Maggiesillymagpie on November 18th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
If I were the same age as Tim, I'd crush on him completely. I adore Abbie--especially her wardrobe. I think I'd get along with them, although I'm not enough of a computer or science whiz to hang with them.

I would probably want to smack Tony. Hard. He reminds me of Ivan, Miles Vorkosigan's cousin--smart, but puts most of his focus on sex.

Yep, David is impressive, but in a completely scary way.

I'd like Gibbs. Maybe Duckie, although he might get on my nerves. Jenny-too high-strung. I didn't start watching the show until after David replaced Kate, so I don't know her character.

It's a fun little show. :-)