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NCIS Round Table: Has Tony Really Changed?

They did go a little overboard, but the writers have had trouble writing Tony ever since DPB was ousted.

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NCIS Round Table: Has Tony Really Changed?

I'm glad that the writers seem to finally be letting Tony move on. Let's face it - the same people who have been whining, moaning, swearing that they'll never watch again, claiming that the ratings are tanking, and that Weatherly simply can't "act" without de Pablo, will hate absolutely anyone who comes into Tony's life. They hated Bishop before she was on the show. They'll hate Keats or anyone else that the writers dare to allow Tony to have a relationship with. Apparently, in their way of thinking, Weatherly was supposed to immediately quit the show the moment he learned de Pablo did, or, if he was so selfish as to stay, Tony is supposed to walk around in sackcloth and ashes, flailing himself, morbidly depressed until his one twoo wuv and tragic wonder princess returns.

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NCIS Round Table: Has Tony Really Changed?

I'm guessing that Zoe will just disappear without any explanation. The writers rarely follow up on any of the little situations that they start for Tony. Gibbs and McGee seem to be the characters that have follow up these days. The only Tony theme that they seem to keep going is the yearly Senior episode which is always comic one and done.

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I so agree with being tired of the weekly Tony putdowns. Can't the writers change it up every now and then? Also tired of Gibbs always saving the day. Again - how about a little variety? And as a Tony fan I'm really tired the fact that the majority of his screen time he is either pretty inconsequential or spent being the object of ridicule. I'd rather see less of Tony and let him have some flattering and challenging writing than huge amounts of mediocre and down right demeaning scenes. Can't he ever be the hero? Just once? Wasn't the last time in Truth or Consequences? Five years ago.

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

Are you serious?

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

McGee was the one sitting at his desk looking at a girlie magazine.

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

I don't think that the writers are giving only Tony personality. I think that it's Michael Weatherly's ability to make even the most mundane writing pop. The other actors aren't as capable of making this happen, even when they are given drama, intense scenes, and action filled danger moments on a silver platter. TPTB simply don't want to acknowledge that for instance Gibbs, isn't the only one worthy or drama and action. They give him all the good writing but it's gotten old and boring because we've seen all of Harmon's tricks a million times. Now they are pushing McGee who is also limited in what he's good and not a terribly dynamic actor. Neither of these two pushed forward actors have as much "pah" as Tony and yet they (and especially Gibbs) dominate every story so the show lacks its once very present, personality filled banter. They continue to limit Tony to the humor moment and mundane scenes while giving GIbbs, McGee, and even Vance and Ellie more of the serious stories and action and this limitation has made the show dull. They just can't seem to suck it up and admit to themselves that they need to give Tony some real drama and action. It's GIbbs by himself or with anyone but Tony in the exciting and significant story arcs and it's gotten dull, dull, dull.

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

Obviously Glasburg and company either don't have a clue what to do with Tony or simply don't care. Their agenda, it seems clear to me is to extol the virtues and dominance of Gibbs. Period. Any other team member who might get to bask in the glow of Gibbs aura is just favored by tptb. Tony, quite obviously has lost favor with tptb as his writing seems to be largely insulting and demeaning. I don't for one second think that this is an accident. I think MH, GG, and others who I've never given much thought to, control who is flattered (hmmmm - Gibbs 100 percent of the time) and who is left insignificant - Tony 99 percent of the time. I've hung on for a really long time (for me) hoping to see Tony actually be written as an important team member again with a significant part in a significant arc, but with the current indicators, I have a feeling I'm going to give up on that little fantasy in the not too distant future. Once I have finally accepted the never changing agenda of super Gibbs/idiot Tony formula as the only one permitted, I guess I'll say a real good bye to this once really enjoyed series. I don't think I'm too far from this.

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

Perhaps I have misunderstood. I had gathered from your posts (not just the ones that I've read on this site) that your main gripe has to do with the loss of CdP's Ziva, and frankly, I was so sick of her by the time she left the series that I was skipping episodes in order not to subject myself to her dramas and tragedies. Perhaps I'm wrong that Ziva's return is your big agenda. I see many of the Ziva/tiva fans as fans of exactly that and not really Tony fans at all because IMO, they really only seemed to care about the iva part of that relationship. Tony was so completely emasculated and diminished in order to spotlight Ziva's skills and tragedies.

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 4 Review: Choke Hold

Well we agree on that anyway!