I like her too, and appreciate the fact that the writers are giving her scenes that make her real. She may have come over to NCIS with some genius smarts, but she needs to fit in with her new environment - and that means learning new skills and new ways of dealing with people. It means, especially that she has to learn to "think outside the box". I don't see anything inconsistent with how she's portrayed at all. Also - having worked as an actor (which included a lot more training than actual gigs) - I can say that I think Emily Wickersham is a good actor. Not great - very few people are - but certainly believable. I have not once ever sat back and thought "okay, she's acting right now". She embodies her character and scene quite well.
You raise an interesting point about Tony using the word "friend" - it makes me wonder if he did that because he's still a little bit in denial and can't quite bring himself to use a stronger descriptor. Kind of like how Abby had to drag the word "Ziva" out of him.
Funny how that works, isn't it? If the writers portray Bishop as having great deductive powers, she's unreal and a superstar and the writers are just trying to bloat her up into an imaginary fairy princess. Show her pulling a rookie move like trying to kick the door in when she has a key available and the writers are saying she's a doofus. Seems there's no winning for those who hate Bishop. I get it. I understand. You're certainly welcome to your opinion - though I don't share it.
I have no problem with the logic you presented....except that it works only if everything is in a straight line here. Finding a body in such a huge space of square miles is ridiculously unlikely. Imagine walking in a similarly size countryside and you'll have an idea of the probability of stumbling upon such a relatively small object. I mean it could happen, but the probability is similar to that of being struck by lightening or winning the lottery. More so when you consider they weren't actively looking for anyone. They just stumbled upon him.
I think it's a measure of how great the casting was for this role by the fact that she was so easy to hate. We've all met grandstanding arrogant people like this - but she took the cake didn't she?
This episode was a heart-pounder, wasn't it? I was almost certain Root was going to die - she seemed that aware and okay with the notion. In most shows, when a character does ths, they do eventually end up dead. So it was a relief that she made it through with only a non-lethal bullet wound (though I could have sworn she was hit twice). Harold's chilling explanation of The Machine's workings and logic was real and it effectively negated Root's romantic stance - that The Machine cares and is trying to save them. They are all, at the end of the day, mere dots and pawns, meant to advance The Machine's goals. Root is right: the only real difference between The Machine and Samaritan is Harold himself. Man, what a great show! It gets you thinking.
I loved that scene where Claire told Luke to pick up the little hoe (so he could be seen as doing some gardening) and he walked over and grabbed Haley. I'm telling you - the writers on this series are amazing.
A beautiful woman, listening and singing along to an opera? What's not to like about that? I'm with Hank - I'd be putty in her hands too. The fact that Bruce is stepping out and demanding answers seemed very off-putting to me too, at first. Until remembering that the full-adult Bruce is somewhat of a genius. It makes sense that he's always been that, even before his parents were killed. I like the way they're growing his character - we can already see why he has determined to never kill any bad guys, regardless of how odious they might be. At some point though, Alfred's going to have to reign him in. He can't be seen in any way to be a crime fighter and must eventually grow into the public persona playboy we know the adult Bruce to be. He has to eventually fool even Jim Gordon. Overall, the depressing mood of this corrupt city is getting to be burdensome. Gordon is being made to look like he - and maybe his captain - are the only two truly good people in a city and police force full of corruption. It's overwhelming at times and, while it might be true of Gotham's history, it makes it a little hard to watch at times. I can't imagine writing for this series and looking for a way to relieve that mood - it's too well established at this point.
Even though we disagree on this episode, I think what you wrote was well-said. There are indeed only a few minutes (comparatively speaking) to develop an entire story, when compared to a miniseries or a movie - and there is only so much they can do.
I miss the keyboardist as well, and wish they'd bring him back. Thank you for the correction, by the way. I'll make the change shortly.
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