Usually Bishop-heavy episodes are kind of "meh" for me (I don't hate her; I just don't feel any emotional connection to her at all, which is a shame because Emily Wickersham always seems like such a nice and professional person in interviews - I wish I did feel something about that character), but this episode definitely goes up a grade for the awesome Tony field work and how well the group back at the office worked together to support him with the intel he needed! Wonderful balance between his humor and his competence, and it was nice that no one was questioning his ability to handle the situation (TSA was questioning NCIS' authority, not Tony's personal ability). I also got a kick out of Gibbs subtly judging Senior for being so unreliable! I'm okay with not seeing Gibbs making snow angels - I think it's one of those things that are better imagined than seen.
I always enjoy these roundtables, but there are two points I'd like to respond to: Christine's point that Bishop is the "little sister" of the group: having her in that role is one of the reasons why I still have a problem with that character. Not only is that role already filled (by Abby), we now have the only two regular female characters on a show with mostly male characters who are (1) basically in the same role; and (2) both in a role that's less authoritative and calls more for the men to "protect" them. Ziva and Kate were two different characters, but they were both strong characters/"big sisters" who could hold their own with the men. I very much miss that element of the show. Tanya's argument about fans not liking Bishop just because they want Ziva back: while that may apply to a few fans, in general that's not the case. Most fans know that Ziva's gone and not coming back; and arguing that this is the only reason why some fans don't like Bishop is lazy and condescending. If you want to sell us on the character, keep the argument focused on her point out the great stuff we're apparently missing about her.
I agree for the most part. Some sort of confrontation needed to happen, but the way Bishop acted was a disappointment. If she'd reacted with calm anger and professional indignation, it might have been the moment her character clicked with me. Instead, she shrieked and ran away in tears. This character is supposed to be a genius, highly competent analyst, information expert, experienced with the war on terror, and a married woman from a loving family - it's a disservice to her and the audience to have her act like a little girl.
Yeah, after Bishop basically gave Gibbs permission to. This episode was a step in the right direction, but it's not there yet.
I don't think Bishop is useless as an agent. She's doing a fine job for a rookie - it's just that Gibbs' team as it stands now in the NCIS agency isn't the right place for a rookie to be cutting their teeth.
I really liked this episode. The mystery was good and Bronson Pinchot was awesome in his role. Abby's heart-to-heart with Tony was great (even though it wasn't very subtle on CBS' part!) because she's probably the one person at NCIS that he can drop his guard around and who won't just roll her eyes and snark when he tries to deflect her. I loved Keates too - she can keep up with Tony verbally, she knows the man behind the facade, lets him off the hook for past mistakes, and she demanded - and got - Gibbs' respect in her first scene. Honestly, I'd rather have Keates (or someone like her) in the female agent role than Bishop. This season I've realized that my problem isn't with the character of Bishop - she's fine, and totally believable in her role as a rookie - but rather that I can't buy into a rookie (someone who hasn't even gone through all the training at that - being assigned to/hired on to such a high-ranking team at the home office of a federal agency. It wouldn't have been so jarring at the beginning of the series (and even then Tim went through about a year of temporary assignments before getting his spot on the team), but now this team works on a lot of cases that merit the director's personal attention and even not-infrequently with important foreign diplomats and the Secretary of the Navy - that's a gig agents have to work up to unless there's a super-compelling reason why they deserve to be there - and there's never been one with Bishop. Just for the record (and the trolls on both sides of the argument): I liked Ziva, but don't really miss her now that she's gone; I didn't care one way or the other about Tiva (as long as the story is good, believable, and makes sense I trust the writers with where they take the show); and I understand that as a fictional show they don't have to conform exactly with what would normally happen in the real world. I'm not hating on Bishop - I genuinely wish I didn't have this disconnect with her character, but I just can't make the leap to someone at the point of her career that she's at belongs on this particular team.
I agree - I wasn't impressed with the main story (although, to be fair, a main story that lets Wu step up like he did in this one will always mean the more interesting parts of "Grimm" will have to be played down until Wu finds out Nick's secret), but the side stories were compelling enough to hold my interest. I love how the relationship between Rosalee and Juliette has developed these last couple of episodes - hopefully they'll become really good friends.
I truly dislike the Renard-Juliette storyline. I cringe every time one of them is on screen because inevitably it leads to the whole awkward pining thing. This whole story feels like a bid on the part of the writers to keep Juliette relevant to the overall plot without letting her know about Grimms and Wesen, but it's not working. I like Juliette, but let her know - and accept - or cut her loose! As much as I like Hank, I miss seeing Nick and Monroe working together. Maybe if Monroe tells Nick, Nick can figure out who Renard is and quit the police force. He and Monroe can work together as PI's with Hank (partnered with Wu) their police contact? Just spitballing here, but seriously - let's see more of Monroe and Nick working together!
Another interesting thing in this episode that I picked up in terms of "below the exterior" is Hank's continuing discovery of just how far beyond normal Nick's gotten in this life as a Grimm. He may be accepting (for now), but he looked quietly freaked out when he saw the books, the weapons, and when he learned Nick basically ordered the ogre's death. I wonder if we're going to get to a point where things go a step too far for Hank and he finds he can't go on this journey with Nick anymore. I really, really hope the show's not gearing up for a Nick/Juliette/Renard triangle. It took awhile for most viewers to warm up to Juliette and having her cheat on Nick would lead to an epic setback; plus, it's hard to imagine Nick remaining a loyal employee of the person who slept with his almost-fiancee.
I'm surprised to say I didn't hate Sara in this episode. She doesn't have any romantic chemistry with Neal, but they make good friends. While I wouldn't want to see her back as a series regular (her frequent appearances in season 3 were way too contrived) but I'm no longer dreading the 3 or so episodes she's doing this season.
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