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And even if you loved Mike Franks and thought that killing him off was a mistake, there is really no way to bring him back as a living character that wouldn't be a far fetched and implausible story. I don't want people coming back to life from the dead, Mary Sue too perfect to be true characters, or evil twins on NCIS. Leave that for the soap operas.
How was it a mistake if the character outlived his Welcome
As you cannot seem to recall, Muse Watson played Mike Franks. How you can reference every actor except the one who plays Mike Franks is beyond me. He was a true character on the show. The actors playing EJ Stratten and Scott Wolf are not even faint copies. The NCIS producers need to wake up and find up what a terrible mistake they have made and bring Mike Franks back from the dead.
Although I didn't really like the season finale episode terribly much, I didn't mind when Mike Franks came back and talked to Gibbs, since he had just died. I agree though that all these ghosts coming back seems gimmicky. I'm not interested in the Kelly/Shannon saga anymore. It's been done to death. Also, we've had Gibbs in two near death and momentary death experience episodes in which Shannon and Kelly appeared. Injured Gibbs being visited by these two has been done - twice. I hope we're not in for a third variation on this theme. Agree with mike though about it not being anymore ridiculous, or boring, than making Ziva such a Mary Sue character. Just simplistic bad writing really.
How can "ghosting" these characters be insulting to us and demeaning to the show. But Making Tony Ziva Bitch or making Ziva A God be ok
finally finding out wht EJ HAS BEEN UP TO-----------------------
I'm looking forward to Stratton's return too. I want some resolution for Nature of the Beast. I hope this episode has some dangerous and hero Tony, instead of the exciting scenes going to Ziva and Gibbs again. I can't say I'm tremendously excited about all the ghosts coming for the 200th episode. We've already had comatose Gibbs dreaming his past. I hope that they're not going with that theme again.
I am looking forward to his return. I hope he will bring some real intrigue, jeopardy and danger to the show. That's what kept me on my toes over the past few seasons. I can even live with EJ popping up ONE MORE TIME if the story is interesting and the focus on our beloved team.
And, yes, Debra D, I totally agree: the idea of "ghosting" these characters would be insulting to us and demeaning to the show. This ain't "Rescue Me," after all.
I don't know where the idea of Mike Franks et. al. returning as "ghosts." Every press release I've read on his return, or that of other characters who are long dead, is that they will be in the form of flashbacks. What concerns me is that all of these characters (Franks, the dead wife and daughter, etc.) are all supposed to show up in the 200th episode, which means that it is going to be very crowded in somebody's head. I think that, in an effort to draw viewers for this landmark occasion, TPTB are cramming as many "draws" into one episode that they can, which may just translate into a disjointed and confused story. There's no need for gimmicks; they just need to give us quality programming without trying to fix what ain't broke. Let the dead stay dead (and buried), and let's move on to fresh ideas.
EJ brought nothing to the table (so to speak), don't even remember Stratton, so why are they wasting our time? We want recurring characters that we know and like. First, Mike Franks - don't really care how you ressurect him but he's needed whether the big wigs want to shelve their ego's or not. Another was Colonel Mann, Jackson Gibbs, Ari, ressurect Jenny Shephard and Paula Cassidy. Lose the current director who tries to act like a tough guy but ends up looking constipated. And whatever you do, PLEASE DO NOT do the same old tired practice of having these people appear as "ghosts". If CBS cares about their fans they'll listen to them and do what's right, otherwise at sometime it's inevitable they'll lose the fans and lose one of the best shows ever on tv. On this show "ghosting" is insulting. It would be inspiring to see the people in their ivory towers admit their mistakes, right the mistakes, and carry on a unique and enviable show they can be proud of.
If I never see Ci-empty box Ray, EJ, Stratten and that whole covoluted yet predictable story line again, it will be too soon! But I guess it's coming, it only reason, and I do mean only, I am watching this 200th episode, is to see our beloved Mike Franks played by Muse Watson. Reading this "spoiler" I really would have skipped the episode but the tiny introduction on Mike Franks got me hooked, I am looking forward to seeing Franks (Muse Watson) again, I miss the dynamics he brought to the show, I agree with all who wrote, killing him off was a huge mistake!
I barely remember EJ; don't remember Stratton at all. BUT, I do remember Mike Franks (real name is Muse Watson...not RIP). He and Gibbs have a very unique relationship on screen (almost seems real...maybe it is just a tad). Plus, Mike Franks interacts with the other amazing characters. This is a superb show with mystery, friendship, humor. Not many current TV shows offer everything. The fans are waiting on Franks to return...........
just a guess, but I think we're discussing Mike Franks because it's much more interesting to discuss him than ej and ci-ray...
Why are posters talking about Mike Franks in this particular forum? Isn't it supposed to be about Stratton returning and that storyline? Franks was fun, but come on - he was a guest star maybe 4 or 5 times. Some of you are acting like he was the most important character on NCIS.
Sorry, Jeff...with all due respect I don't buy it. Killing off Franks was a huge blunder. Also, growing up doesn't have to mean growing boring and that's where they're headed. All those extraneous characters have just muddied up the team chemistry. They're a waste of space.
I'm NOT a Tiva person...I agree that it'll never happen until the end (if even then). I guess I'm just not totally into the whole arc thing. I really prefer the stand-alone episodes where they just kick some a-- and take names! lol
Mike Franks was much more than just part of Gibbs/Franks. The Tony/Gibbs relationship is special in its own way, but in no way replaces what Mike Franks brought to the show.
I can't believe the comments I have been reading! NCIS is better than ever! The characters are FINALLY evolving, changing, and growing (or in Tony's case, growing up), mostly due to the influences of characters such as EJ, Ray, Secretary Archer, Stratton, Cade, and all of the storylines they created. Even the death of Mike Franks has caused the characters to grow and change. Look at Gibbs. With his mentor/father-figure Mike Franks now gone, he has become even more of a mentor/father-figure to Tony. It's almost as if Gibbs finally realized that he had to be for Tony the same thing that Mike was for him. In a way, it is a tribute to Mike and a way for Mike to live on. The Gibbs/DiNozzo relationship is great to watch, too!
Personally, I like EJ and Ray. I think they bring out aspects of both Tony and Ziva that have rarely been seen before. I believe the only reason most people say they do not like EJ and Ray is because they are hoping that Tony and Ziva will finally become a couple. T
Muse Watson is a great actor. I know because he's sure not Mike Franks in "Christmas Snow" and I loved Mike Franks too. If you're in Branson go see another side of Muse.
I totally agree with everyone's sentiments...Muse Watson brought a tough/hard edge to a show that's quickly turning into a soap. Tony's turning into an insecure, self-doubting Debbie Downer, Ziva's "toughness" has evolved into a comic book superhero character, and (worst of all) they're turning Gibbs into a total WUSS!
I don't want them all to be mean...I just want that old edgy energy they used to have. Mike Franks was all that was left of that. I guess they're just all getting old. The writers/producers made a huge mistake killing of Mike, they know it now, and they have NO way out of it, so they'll resort to "ghost" appearances. That'll get old pretty quick!
Mike Franks,as played by the incomparable MUSE WATSON, was the heart, the id of NCIS. Gary Glasberg and Jesse Stern were the Id(iots).
As far as I am concerned you killed off one of the best characters ever on the show when you killed off Mike Franks - so glad to see you are bringing back Muse Watson's Mike Franks character and YOU NEED TO KEEP HIM IN THE SHOW!!!
These two are just two pretty faces with not much personality in the characters they play. NCIS has presented some individualization, moreso than some other series. If you lose that, I won't be interested in watching. NCIS lost a big hunk of personality when Mike Franks played by Muse Watson was killed.
Why is it that everyone else is mentioned except MUSE WATSON? Shame on you! The other actors have their place and are totally awesome! Mike Franks is an awesome man and fantastic actor!
CSI is still my favorite show but isn't the same without Mike Franks. Bring Mike back as a cast member not as a one time "ghost".
Having missed the 9 Premier, I'm not all that excited about this. I would be if there a return of Muse Watson as Mike Franks -- now that's one character I enjoyed each and every time he made an appearance. Parks and Robert Wagner as Tony's dad kept things hopping!
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