You know what, Dan? You're right. It honestly never occurred to me to put that option in. I should have. Point taken. Thanks.
That might be nice if I was. CBS doesn't know me from Adam. (Edit: sorry - that was supposed to be a reply to MissUnderstood)
I'm guessing you're not a fan of change too? Help me understand: if I joined in the Bishop-bashing that would make me unbiased? Is that what you're saying? Like yourself or anyone else here - I like what I like and dislike what I dislike. I wouldn't be doing these reviews if I had a neutral opinion. Plus it would be boring to read.
The need to call in Prentiss, at least at the start, was sketchy. But as a plot device - particularly being the only one who would understand about "Blackbird" - she worked well, I think. I think the bigger goal here was to make the 200th episode memorable. More than anything, that's why she was there. Strauss too, now that I think of it. Did we really need Strauss running the operation in Afghanistan? Seems doubtful. I was glad to see them both.
I'm with you on that one. The NCIS team has been existing in a kind of stasis for the past few years: Tony jokes, Ziva rolls her eyes, Tim looks disgruntled at Tony, and Gibbs comes along to slap Tony in the head. The writers have taken the exit of Cote de Pablo as an opportunity to shake everything up. Not only does Bishop provide a different, more intense character (a lot like Reid on Criminal Minds), but her presence is used to reconfigure the team a bit. Have you noticed - Tony makes jokes but isn't the butt of jokes so much anymore. He's going through his own renaissance - learning what it means to support and lead, without taking potshots so much. Gibbs is experiencing a new dynamic too: he gets to lead by letting his folk take their own lead a bit, instead of micromanaging. Tim is learning to not be so defensive around Tony. It's all very very good. Also, very very different. A lot of people dislike change. I think that latter dynamic is what we're seeing here.
I think Rust was right: Martin is in denial, as evidenced by that "unadorned finger" that you mentioned. I really like the whole premise of the show, and the flash backwards and forwards between 1995 and 2012. How did Rust get to be so bedraggled? What happened to cause him to change so dramatically? And yet...his character really hasn't wavered, has it? He's always been somewhat of a nihilist, and that part of him hasn't changed through the years.
Frankly I like this show a lot more than I thought I would. Of all of the new ones, this one seems to have staying power. One thought about Adam's nonchalance about the shooting: he truly seems to not be bothered at all about it. That's not normal. Either he's a master of keeping his emotions bottled (doubtful, given his outrage over being questioned again and again about seeing the doc for a debrief) …or….the man is a psychopath. The latter seems more likely. Which, if true, will ensure that he rises through the ranks quickly.
I like what the writers have chosen for Haley's "direction in life". It's been said that you should always play to your strengths: being a stylist suits her character perfectly. The scene with Jay and Shorty near the end was sweet and believable. All in all a great episode!
The next episode is February 5.
With the caveat that I'm far from being an apologist for the show, I think what she does is what we've seen: her ability to pull disparate pieces of information together to form the information they're struggling to find. She uses white papers, text books, criminal profiles, whatever she can get her hands on, and treats them like puzzle pieces. Reid does very much the same thing, only he isn't limited to geography, but includes truly disparate pieces of information from everywhere. Your reference to him actually reinforces my admiration for what the writers have done with Bishop. She's both unlike him and like him, being a little more plugged into social convention, with a magnetic brain for detail, respectively.
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