I would love to see Tony portrayed as the champion of the underdog in a case instead of Gibbs for a nice change. That would be a nice way to let us actually see Tony's evolution. It's strange but the last several Tony centric episodes that haven't centered around Senior have been stories about Tony doing something heroic or solving a conflict in his past. We rarely see present day Tony do something heroic, brave, or significant. I wonder if the writers are instructed to only allow Gibbs to show those types of admirable traits in the present. It's been this way for several seasons now and this year the super Gibbs agenda has reached an all time high. I somehow doubt we'll see much actual evolution for Tony except that we'll occasionally see him be a nice guy instead of absolutely always being the joke. I just wish they could sacrifice one case arc in which Tony was the one in the center of a dangerous storm, acting with bravery, heroism and intelligence, instead of always having to see these episodes centered around Gibbs. That would be a nice way evolve Tony back to the way his character was portrayed in the first four seasons.
Comment modified at February 15, 2015 07:00
There was no action (as usual) since it was a Tony episode so there would have been no one for ninja Barbie's butt to kick. Had she been along it would have been purely for the "fun" of seeing her hurl insults and out smart Tony. As we know - only GIbbs gets the suspenseful action stories - no one but Gibbs. Now that Tony's one and done is over it's time for more super action figure Gibbs episodes.
Can you actually quote some of the "nasty" remarks that Tony made to Ziva?
They worked so hard to make Ziva indispensable that they took away Tony's former agent skills and gave them all to Ziva. That was when they began to write him as the team's big joke and forgot for years that he had once been portrayed as a great agent.
I thought GIbbs kind behaved like an adolescent jerk in the scene where Tony was uncomfortable about going back to the military academy. I thought it was OOC for GIbbs and more annoying than funny. He just didn't pull it off.
I enjoyed the episode as well. What a treat to see Tony actually featured in an entire episode. I too tire of the All About Gibbs Show that NCIS has become this season. I didn't really care that Jake and Gibbs had their scene and just hope that it's not an excuse to have Jake be more significant in the season's final inevitable Gibbs arc than actual team members. I really wish the season finale could either be team oriented or Tony centric. It's been so long since Tony has had more attention than the occasional one and done. In the rare opportunities that he has to shine as an actor on the series (like last night) Weatherly proves that he is a subtle actor who is very interesting to watch interpreting drama. I'm frankly just bored with the near constant GIbbs drama. The over exposure of Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs, and more GIbbs has become tedious and frankly, ridiculous. With actors as interesting as David McCallum and Michael Weatherly how can they continue to focus so exclusively on Harmon? I'm a little embarrassed for them, their lack of imagination and their constant showcasing of Harmon's Gibbs. Sad thing is I used to like Gibbs. Now I find myself rolling my eyes.
Comment modified at February 14, 2015 07:00
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Comment modified at February 08, 2015 17:00
Funny - you're right. Dear Dean is the only one who brought Ziva up. I think he just wants to be able to use his "baby killer" schtick.
Well of course they won't have Gibbs accompany him. It's our yearly Tony one and done and they'll probably let Tony do something right so GIbbs can't be there or HE would HAVE to be the one to get it right. Also since Bishop is a newbie and not universally popular they seem to pair her with Tony a lot. That way if people complain it won't be a Gibbs episode they're complaining about.
Same here. My hope is that someone at the top actually cares what fans think and if I post my feelings on the lack of significant scenes for Weatherly, and enough people who are tired of the squandering of his talents do the same, maybe it will get onto the radar of someone who has the guts to suggest to the current ptb to change things up. Does GIbbs really HAVE to be the smartest, the noblest, the hero, the one in danger, the one targeted, the BFF of all and only champion of the underdog, and most flattered character absolutely every single episode? Can we not see Gibbs playing second chair and admiring Tony's abilities (presuming we ever get to see them)? Must every single important story arc revolve around super GIbbs who has an enemy with a personal vendetta? How many times has Glasburg used that plot devise now? Geeze - give it a rest. And the solution seems to be to give Sean Murray's McGee the only other drama worth having. I've got to wonder why they seem sooooo afraid to let Weatherly have an opportunity to shine as an actor and why they give ALL the good acting opportunities to Harmon now with Murray being the only other actor worthy in their opinion, of dramatic material.
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