I was hoping Leonard and Raj would finish the project on their own, too. I become pretty annoyed sometimes with how much Sheldon dominates things. I still can't watch the re-run of the episode where everybody stops eating around the new table and goes back to eating i the living area just because of Sheldon. Of course, I blame Bernadette for that, too, as she's the one who led the exodus. I think the main problem with Penny's looks right now is her hair. It's more ash blond than golden blond and washes out her face. She makes fun of Leonard and how he hit the jackpot to have her, and he's not supportive of risk. Both of those issues need to be dealt with. (Although he did buy her a car so she could go on auditions despite his reservations, so that's something.)
One more thing. KIll Quinn. Kill her. End her characters life. The actress and the character never ever worked. Olivia hasn't had an emotional conversation with Quinn in years. She doesn't care and neither do we. Its gross how her character has evolved into a Mini Huck. But unlike Huck who didn't have a choice Quinn gleefully volunteered to become the monster we see today.
can't kill off the team. remember abby is no longer on the team and harrison is dead so only huck and quinn remain. plus quinn understands huck and it gives him an outlet when he gets a little out of pocket
I really enjoyed last nights episode, excluding everything B613 related. I too couldn't help but sigh when I saw Olivia's father return in all his epic monlogue inducing glory.. I am so sick of this entire storyline. It is as played out as the love triangle between Jake Fitz and Olivia. When Jake died in the last moments I was shocked but also relieved. It meant the end to a storlyine that for so long seemed to be just shy of completion. Thanks to Nathalie's review below I was disheartened to realize that Jake is ALIVE. As much as I would be sad to see him go it means that Scandal has officially crossed over to theDaytime Soap Opera territory. Yes Scandal has always been a guilty pleasure show but its lack of consequences for everyone except the core characters makes the show less emotionally compelling and so unrealistic that it detracts from the show. I don't want anything to do with Papa Pope. Kill him. Quick and simple. End the love triangle. Then Shonda, write another compelling storyine like the kidnapping this season. That arc kept me glued to my screen and I saw so much potential for Olivia when she returned. Now like a drug addict back from rehab she's falling into the same bad habits. I truly loved the Vice President scenes and the way she had Sirus on the run. Its nice to see him baffled for a change instead of always railroading people.
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Plot and marine issues aside, I believe the Bishop is or could be a strong character. In some ways the character makes a lot more sense than Ziva, but the real problem is Emily Wickersham cannot play the role. It's ultimately the reason nothing works and a major reason why the writing has been all over the place with the character revisions. Surprisingly bad casting, and the best they can do at this point is either transfer the character out and use her as a recurring star as needed, get a new actress and character, or fill the Bishop role with a different and competent actress. I'm not saying it's all Emily's fault, and I'm sure there are a lot better suited roles out there for her, but this is not one of them. I really think the reason why so many non Ziva worshippers say Bishop doesn't fit can be traced to the bad casting. It affects everything. I don't think she fits, but I can see beyond the actress to the character, and I might like the character with a good actress playing the role. Too bad they didn't hire Margo Harshman instead! She's just one example of a great actress!
I couldn't agree more. So many women wanted to be Kate and Ziva, and so many young girls want to be Abby, which is awesome. Who would want to be weak, coddled Bishop? Let her be an analyst. What a relief it was this week to see her get her brain back, instead of the cute little office gossip. Let her be an analyst and get her out of the field. She doesn't belong there.
I hadn't read through the whole thing, but I very much agree. I'm not interested in the weak, coddled little girl. I miss the badass Bellisario women.
I'd really like to know more about why you've concluded that she can't play the role. Having taken many acting classes and having played a number of roles myself, I came to the opposite conclusion to you: I think she's a fine actress and plays the part well. I've never yet noticed that she's "acting" the part instead of inhabiting it, for one thing. Actors act on what's on the page and play it according to the director. So if the role is wrong, I don't see the blame being placed at Emily's feet. P.S. I also disagree that the role is wrong.
I agree with what you said. The weak timid Bishop should not be a field agent. I would have no problem with Bishop as an analyst but she misjudged Parsa and Gibbs should have known better than to leave her alone with him. That blew me away. marines got killed in that fiasco and Bishop got a job as a field agent. But again, that wasn't Emily Wickersham's fault. That was a problem with the script. If they want me to accept Bishop as a field agent, they need to make some changes to her. She needs to be credible. Dressing her up like Sandy from Grease, I assume, was supposed to make her more sexy and likeable but it fell flat because the problem is with credibility. She is like a little lamb in a world of wolves. In real life she wouldn't be able to take care of herself or her team mates. I liked it that Gibbs finally laid down the law to her. It was long overdue. The lack of correction from Gibbs made him look foolish and incompetent. All the other probies got corrected and even head slapped sometimes but rarely Bishop. If they can't toughen her up, then issue her a lab coat and send her off to be with Abby in the lab. They can be scared together.
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Amen! I agree with your second paragraph (except that I disagree about the character, Bishop.). I've been saying that ever since the character Bishop was introduced. It's not Emily Wickersham that is the problem!!!! It is the writing, the character Bishop and probably the directing I don't think that the character fits with the paradigm of DP Bellisario. Bellisario was a master at writing characters that people wanted to watch. The fans of Bellisario fell in love with the characters. That is what happened with JAG and then with NCIS. Many times the story lines were weak but the characters carried the show. He had this paradigm. in which most of the major characters had problems with their fathers. Because this is a fact of life for many people, they identified with these characters. I will use JAG as a case in point. The character Admiral Albert Jethro Chegwidden in JAG was divorced and rarely saw his daughter. He is analogous to Leroy Jethro Gibbs who lost his wife and 8 year old daughter to a murderous thug from a Mexican drug cartel. They both became father figures for their team. The team members in JAG included Harmon Raab Jr, whose father went MIA in Vietnam when Harm was a small boy. Many of the plots were about Harm searching for his father. Another important team member Sarah MacKenzie had an abusive alcoholic father. Her mother abandoned Sarah when she was a teenager in order to get away from her husband. Bud Roberts had a father who was an abusive Marine Gunnery Sergeant. In one episode, Big Bud, as his father was called, beat up Bud's younger brother, Mikie, because Mikie did not want to follow in his father's footsteps in the Navy. Both JAG and NCIS had a strong woman on the team. Sarah MacKensie was a Marine officer who was skilled in martial arts and hand to hand combat. She is analogous to both Caitlin Todd and Ziva David on NCIS. When TPTB replaced Ziva David with a much weaker character, Bishop, that is when they changed the Bellisario paradigm in a major way. Many women fans lived vicariously through Bellisario's strong women. They wanted to be like Ziva, Kate or Mac. They don't want to be like Bishop. Guys may like Bishop better because she's a cute little blonde who is not likely to knock them on their can but many fans, both men and women, really liked Bellisario's strong kick butt heroines. TPTB changed the pardigm on purpose. They said that they wanted a very different character from Ziva. Well they got what they wanted but drove away a significant portion of the fan base.
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That's a fascinating analysis, Liz. Your theory makes a lot of sense too. I can't speak for other guys but I like Bishop just because of who she is. If I were Gibbs I'd put her through a boot camp though - there can't be anything worse than having a team member who through inexperience or timidity won't be able to have your back when there's danger afoot. Boot camp would toughen her up without changing her character all that much.
I just think that this role is not a good choice for this actress. Could you imagine Anna Farris (Mom) as Gibbs, Jim Parsons (Sheldon Big Bang) as Tony, Garcia (from Criminal Minds) as the Director of NCIS and Reese (from POI as Tim)? Abby could be played by Taraji P. Henson (Cookie from Empire). Can you imagine Cookie saying "Gibbs, Gibbs" Gibbs"? All good actors but would give the show a totally different feel no matter what was written on the script.Not every actor is suited for every role which is the purpose of auditions, to get the right chemistry and fit. For a lot of fans EW just does not bring that oomph to the show that we have become accustomed to by Kate and Ziva. Btw, don't expect Ziva to come back (although I would love it), just want an actress that is engaging and fits the team.
Not all of us wanted to be Ziva. .. I like Bishop, she makes sense. Bishop is a probe, very much like Tim was when he first joined the team.... Analytical skills like Bishop's make sense in the modern world, and not I say analytical skill not computing skill as they are not the same thing. I like seeing a smart, focused, team player; to me that is the epitome of a strong woman and means I now enjoy NCIS again as we've left behind Tales of our Mossad. One thing I find interesting it the number of Ziva fans who keep talking NCIS down as though they hope and pray it gets canceled thereby justifying their statements that Cote/Ziva was what made NCIS. ... Never once is mentiondf the change in veiwing habits as a whole because then they can't go on about dropping ratings which is al attributed to Cote de Pablo....Strangely I think the driving away of Ziva fans is balanced by the return those of us, I couldn't stomach what was done to the characters I loved during the horrendous Ziva arcs that covered 7-10, who are returning to regular viewing now that we don't have a woman being shoved down our throats (yes, I know Ziva is a character but the veneration of the behavior as strong is frankly scary) who had no self control, incredible daddy issues, was so entitled as to believe that she knew better than trained analysts, and DID gleefully injure her own partner (whom she's supposed to have loved) because he had the unmitigated gaul to survive Rivkin and basically show up how badly she failed as an agent... No, Ziva never made sense but could be ignored easily even as her list of talents grew in leaps and bounds over the course of her time at NCIS.I'm glad we've got Bishop... now if the writers would remember Tony is Senior Field Agent for a reason and I'd be a very happen camper.
Well Jeanette, here is the story. NCIS is a show produced for profit by CBS. CBS makes money by selling advertising time to it's sponsors. The sponsors want as many people as possible to see their commercials. The more people that are watching, the more CBS can charge to run those commercials. This is the time in the life of NCIS that you thought was the best. Season 1 about 12,3 million viewers per episodeSeason 2 about 14.2 million viewers per episodeSeason3 about 16.6 million viewers per episodeseason 4 about 15.4 million viewers per episodeseason 5 about 16.0 million viewers per episode.Season 6 about 17.7 million viewers per episode Now, you liked the show then, right? Me too. Then in seasons 7-10, you thought the show was awful, yucky. I still liked the show. But this is what happened to the viewership. Oh my goodness! I think somebody besides me liked NCIS during that awful time.season 7 about 19.3 million viewers per episodeseason 8 about 19.8 million viewers per episode.season 9 about 19.2 million viewers per episodeseason10 about 19.3 million viewers per episode Now you like the show again. Me, not as much. Here is what happened to the viewership.season 11 about 18.5 million viewers per episodeseason 12 about 17.6 million viewers per episode (3 episodes left in the season) You may think that this is a big improvement but I doubt that CBS does. Neither do I.
Wow, you can use wiki... again, I like who you take one set of data points and relay them without any context such as changing viewing habits, the lovely lows of episodes in seasons 7-10 predominantly the heavily pushed TIVA episodes, Jet lag comes to mind. Come back and talk to me when you are willing to look at ALL the data. ...
Sorry Jeanette, these numbers did not all come from Wikipedia. I used the season 1 through 7 numbers from wiikipedia and did the math to get the average viewership numbers. The season 8 through 12 numbers came from TV Series Finale. I had previously done the math on the season 8 through 11 numbers and they agreed perfectly with the ones from TV Series Finale. So my confidence is pretty high that my numbers for season 1 through 7 are accurate. TV Series Finale has only the numbers from season 8 forward. The origin of all of these numbers is Nielsen. My background is in General Science and Mathematics and I'm a semi retired teacher. I have in other posts discussed other possible reasons for the drop in viewership numbers. I have tried to investigate the claim of CBS and others that the drop in viewership is purely a result of more people using DVRs. My first reaction to that is that before DVRs, we had VCRs and probably the uptick in DVR users is at least partially accounted for by people upgrading from VCR to DVR. I don't know if those people got counted in the live numbers in the past. My understanding is that Nielsen requires a hand written log along with their meter on the television. So, in the past did they count the VCR recording as live viewing even if no one was watching at the time? I don't know, not enough information. Neison has only a sketchy description of how live +7 works. I have some level of confidence in how the live numbers are derived but not the live +7. Until I have more information, I am somewhat skeptical of live +7..This is like the sausage factory, I don't know what is put into the sausage. "Trust me" is not good enough for me. I'm a skeptic.by nature and training.
I was pleasantly surprised by Gregson's realistic view of his daughter and her weaknesses. It makes me wonder if she's a lot like his mother. If Hannah thinks she'll be able to bamboozle Joan again, she's in for a big surprise. I love Sherlock's lines - he makes me laugh several times an episode with his observations. The case of the week was convoluted as usual, but all of it was interesting along the way. One of my favorite shows.
I hate this Nina leaving thing. I couldn't enjoy the episode entirely without thinking that some things were forced to justify her leaving. Also, why in hell can't Nina and Ian share a propper kiss? Seriously, their kisses late is always interrupted by something or has a bad lighting. It makes me think if they asked to not kiss in scene.
I do agree with you that the news she's leaving made EVERYTHING to do with the character last night seem to force her in the direction of an exit. It was honestly hard to watch. I wish we didn't know she was going. I think the kiss interruption thing isn't because the actors don't want to kiss on screen (they're professionals) but because the writers are using it as yet another thing to divide them.
Thanks for the review. What happened to Carissa?While we all know that Francis will pass sometime in the near future, I was grateful to see him recover from this first onset of the infection ,if for no other reason then to make Mary see just how bad her recent actions have been an the total disrespect she has shown. I will agree that the confrontation between her Katherine and the last scene with a newly resolved Francis were great, I honestly don't think she's suffering. I actually feel that she's just putting on a front and is still using Francis and his love to advance her selfish agenda, including Conde.Stupidest scene of the night was Mary, Lola and Mary's lover, making military strategy decisions, while her husband, lay dying.
As a managing editor and reviewer Carissa is very busy with TVFanatic, but she nicely passed me the reins to Reign as she had grown too frustrated with the show and Mary and wanted to concentrate her attention elsewhere.I agree that was a ludicrous scene!
I kinda thought the writing for this season was part of her not reviewing the show any longer, it showed in her last few recaps and I couldn't agree more!You are doing a great job and actually nailed everything I saw in last nights episode. Keep up the good work.I need to rewatch ending last night because I see people saying Mary is back sexing up Conde next week. If so we totally nailed her lack of regret this week.
Terri was spot on in her assessment. I'm busy, sure, but too busy to be so frustrated with a show that I want to shoot it down. Additionally, Terri and I have the same taste, so I have to give some stuff up so she gets to showcase her talents! It's only fair and she's doing a great job with Reign. I'm very happy it's in her capable hands.
It's true, we could be TV twins. :) Thanks a mill, Carissa.
I don't blame you one bit for being frustrated with this show Carissa....it's tried all of our patients. I can't believe what they have done with season 2. It doesn't even resemble the same show we all came to love during season 1. And yes...Terri is doing an amazing job! :p
Thank you very much, I appreciate that. :)
Yeah, right...that scene with Mary Conde, and Lola made no sense!
This show just gets better every week - I agree with most of your points, here are mine: I feel sorry for Tony, who is so very immature and just trying to protect his sister the way he says she protected him...in all he does, he seems so very immature - maybe from being sheltered? Now he is just not smart enough to be a leader and he is following blindly where he is told to go so to speak.... Could that stick get any further up Barb's butt? What a horrible person she is....I look forward to finding out the why of it as we have with some of the other characters... I was infuriated with Gwen's dad and the way he treated Russ after all Russ did for him, what a jerk. I am really wondering if Aubrey told the truth about her brother or made it up to look the part of mentally unstable (although she needed no help there). Never thought she would testify against Carter. The way those two love each other is very touching and tragic to me. Carter's scene with Doreen was really riveting....what a wonderful actor he is - next week should prove interesting, can't wait
Totally agree this show gets better with each episode. I do agree with you about Tony, but I think I am done feeling bad for the kid. I definitely believe he should have never been put into juvie because that is essentially what sparked this new personality -- he's so naive and believe the people he trust won't turn on him on a dime. You can easily chalk it up to the way he was raised because it's been made clear Alonzo seemed to be extremely hard on Tony and was constantly putting him down. I'm not sure if Tony can get out of the dark hole he has found himself in, but I am rooting for him -- even though he can irritate me lol. Don't even get me started on Barb. There has to be some reason why she is so racist and I'm really looking forward to seeing what exactly happened to her. It doesn't seem like she was always racist, but actually developed her thoughts after Russ left and they ended up having to live a sketchy part of town. OK I am happy to see I'm not the only one who was wondering if some of the things Aubry was saying was true. I've always had this weird vibe from Brian and Aubry during their scenes together and I am curious if some of the things she was saying are true or even an exaggeration of what really happened to her. It just seemed odd she was able to come up with such an elaborate story so quickly and it seemed so real. There is definitely something that happened to Aubry and I'm looking forward to finding out what led her down the path she is currently on. I absolutely love Elvis Nolasco who plays Carter. He has been doing a wonderful job and his scenes with Regina King have been some of my favorite to watch. A wonderful actor who brings so much to the scenes he is in. We all know Carter isn't a good person and he's done a lot of questionable things, but Elvis makes you feel for the character of Carter and that is so rare.
I think Aubry is making it up to make herself look unstable.............
I don't feel sorry for Tony; he's an idiot. I used to feel sorry for him in the beginning, but now not again. His father loves him and wants to help him, but he is not listening. He's not even listening to Jenny, even while he sits in jail and needs their help, love and support.Barb is such a bigot and she can't see it. So she wants Rochelle to tell Mark to put off the wedding because this time is not convenient? Why does she get a say in people's wedding plans. Good for Rochelle to stand up to her, although I myself might have handled it differently. My mother has a saying "when your hand is in the lion's mouth, you've got to ease it out". Barb is hateful, but I would have tried a softer approach and tried to win her over.I felt for Russ when he got fired. No wonder America is the way it is. Even though he was a convicted felon, he proved his worth by his hard work and consistency to the job. The employer could have given him a chance. He acted as if there is a law that says you cannot employ a convicted felon. One convicted over 20 years ago? Is there no forgiveness in America?I wondered if Aubrey was telling the truth about the brother; she sounded so convincing, but it seems she was lying. I'm sorry, but I just can't get hers and Carter's love. I'm not sympathetic. I think they're two messed up people and I don't know that they know what love is. But maybe I'm wrong. All Carter sees is Aubrey. When he looks at the crumpled up picture, he looks like 4 years old. I mean who does that? What grown, mature adult?Doreen/Aaliyah must really love her brother. I'm sorry but I must have a hard heart, cause I think I would have given up on him a long time ago, and especially after he made her and her people lose the bail money. He doesn't care about anybody else but Aubrey. Aaliyah says he cares only about himself; but she's wrong. All he cares about is Aubrey.I'm still trying to figure out who killed Mark's brother and raped the wife. It's not clear to me at all at this point. Interesting show and I can't wait to see more.
Amelia and Owen make me want to scratch my eyes out! She is SO annoying. I always hoped Owen would end up with Callie! They both have always wanted the same things.
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