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TONY DINOZZO AS BOYFRIEND MATERIAL
13th September 2009
I have already had a look at Gibbs as potential boyfriend material, so now I will turn the spotlight onto Tony.
Good looking, intelligent, humorous with the occasional serious moment. These are really Tony's good points. But are they enough to build a serious relationship on?
Tony is by nature a playboy. Playing the field and running like crazy when things start to turn serious. His one serious relationship was a mockery. Ordered to get close to Rene Benoit's daughter Jeanne, he made the cardinal error of falling in love with her. We all knew how this was going to end - badly, and with much pain and tears. On both sides. Tony discovered the truth to the old adage "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned" when Jeanne accused him of murdering her father.
Since this disaster, Tony is unable to sustain any kind of relationship with a woman. He says so himself. To the former hooker wife of Vance's enemy in "Knockout". In the same episode he makes the point that the only physical contact he gets these days is a slap round the head from Gibbs! Hardly a substitute for a cuddle! Tony is not in a happy place at all. Tony is now carrying almost as much baggage as Gibbs.
He is also fixated on Ziva. Whether he genuinely does love her, or whether he knows that because of Gibbs' Rule 12 it is safe to admire her from a distance, we don't yet know. Tony does care on some level. If his attraction to Ziva was purely physical he screwed that particular pooch when he shot and killed Michael Rivkin. A man we know was Ziva's lover. Whether she loved Michael or not is something else we may never know.
I have to conclude that Tony is not good boyfriend material. He is still hurting from Jeanne. He is carrying some form of torch for Ziva. To be honest, Tony is one messed up individual.
LAST UPDATE ON 14th September 2009, 6.20AM
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
6x13 BROKEN with & without Commentary
Rather appropriate reviewing episode 13 on 13th September. This is another of those episodes, which lost their authenticity and myriad of emotions in the dubbed version not to mention David McCallum's lush tones.
As you can all see I'm getting immense enjoyment from seeing episodes in the original version, which were previously viewed in the dubbed version. The beauty of the dialogues was totally lost in the dubbed version and not only from an accent point of view but also the emotional viewpoint. The brusque exchange of words between Ducky and Jimmy sounded like a terrible argument in Spanish, when it was just a lot of bristling with no real hard feelings between them, although admittedly it was more the kind of squabbling you'd expect from Tony and McGee as opposed to Ducky and Jimmy.
It was interesting to see how everyone on the team panicked after Ducky was attacked even Gibbs, who went to take his pulse. Although this whole episode was pretty heavy emotionally, there was that wonderful light scene of a whoozy Ducky on the stretcher, where he looked and sounded liked he'd gone through half the whiskey distilleries in Scotland. Then of course, on the version with the running commentary we learn that the scene was filmed with a cameraman straddling him and that he'd been concerned about the camera falling on him - this little detail makes that scene even more superb, since I think we don't often realise just how close the cameras are to the actors in certain scenes.
There were a lot of incredible details in this episode like the scene with the bird and the corgis, Ducky's anger, shame, innocence - the scenes with the bird being stunned and then when it escaped from the box, the expression of the voice was almost childlike in its innocent dialogue, in that Ducky was talking about the bird in the same way that a young child would. There was another moment when talking about his mother's Alzheimer, the deep sadness there was incredibly poignant and so real, when you think about how people talk about their relatives with this ailment. Another tremendous moment was his shock at the sudden realisation that he had in fact been the object of torture and not the Afghani. Then of course, right at the very end with Jimmy babbling on about the history of the street names regarding the use of the I and the J, to end with Ducky's great sadness, despair at how his altruism had been abused.
One of the things, that really amazed me about this episode, was the sheer amount of dialogue David McCallum had not only to learn in the first place but also to convey with the myriad of emotions required, since that in itself was quite a feat, because if you re-watch this episode I think you'll that around 90-95% of the dialogue was his, the rest of the cast in that episode had relatively little dialogue, and they were all there, we only lacked the appearance of Joe Spano and Muse Watson.
Something, which I found particularly enjoyable on watching the episode with the commentary, was the change in timbre of McCallum's voice, it was much softer than when he's playing Ducky, it's still an uppercrust voice but without the marked resonance that you get during the scenes on NCIS. And something, which rather surprised me, were James Whitmore Jnr.'s rather timid voice, because somehow you imagine these people to be little more, shall I say forceful, yet here was a man, who came over as extremely retiring and not altogether comfortable in front of a microphone, despite the fact of being invisible.
All in all, it is certainly an episode well worth watching several times for the richness of dialogue delivered with inimitable eloquence on all levels.
LAST UPDATE ON 13th September 2009 10.00 PM - CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
SEASON 6 DVDS - BODIES OF WORK FEATURE
12th September 2009
Must be the day for blogs on the season 6 DVD features. I am slowly watching my way through the season 6 DVD set and got to the feature "Bodies of Work" at the end of disc 1.
This feature is hosted by Brian Dietzen and is a look at the bodies created for the show by WM Creations.
I found it very interesting and deeply absorbing. I simply had not realized the sheer amount of work that goes into creating the dead bodies for the show. I knew that some of the bodies were fake and others were actors, but actually got quite a shock to discover that one of the bodies I thought was an actor was actually fake. This was the corpse in the garage in "Nine Lives". It looked so real when being handled by the show's actors. Even their flesh tones against its did not make me think "That is a dummy." I genuinely thought it was a living actor hung up there.
The feature explains how the bodies are made. Even the detail of getting the internal organs correct. WM Creations head pointed out that if they put something in in the wrong place, someone always notices. To which Brian replies, proudly, "We have fans!"
If you are the least bit interested in the behind the scenes work on NCIS you will enjoy this feature.
LAST UPDATE ON 13th September 2009, 9.35AM Australian Time
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
PAULEY & COTE SINGING
With the arrival of my DVD set for S6, I've had another opportunity to hear Pauley and Cote singing, even though I have the CD of the NCIS soundtrack, it was still interesting to listen to them both.
Both girls have excellent voices and two totally different styles, I mean they are really miles apart, not that, that is a bad thing, quite the opposite in fact.
One of the things that stands out particularly about their voices, is their individuality, unlike these voices which are stereotyped by American Idol and similar competitions in other countries on different channels. This is fantastic in this day and age, where there seems to be an insistence on cloning voice types and styles, and here we have two girls with highly polished individual voices.
I really liked the clarity of their voices, not so much with regards to the lyrics, although it is always nice to be able to comprehend the lyrics, but the musical quality, which is limpid, i.e. the kind of voice that sounds good even when singing a capella. This is not a common factor among singers in either of these 2 styles unlike opera singers for whom it seems to be a sine qua non condition.
Cote has a lovely voice for blues and maybe even jazz, if she can put a little force into her voice. However, what immediately came to mind is how good it would sound if she were to sing Fados - the traditional Portuguese song style, since her voice reminds one of singers like Marizia or the lead vocalist of MadreDeus.
Pauley on the other hand is very much a rock or folk-rock singer, with a beautiful deep voice, who sings with wonderful clarity. There are not many singers in this style today who sing so clearly. The lyrics of the song she sings, i.e. Fear were written by herself, and are very profound despite the deceptively simple vocabulary used. I think the acoustic version, which you hear on the DVD's is much better than the one on the CD, not that there is anything wrong with that version. It is simply the fact, you can hear the purity of Pauley's voice better and the song comes over with much more feeling - of course we're also seeing her as she sings, which helps as you can see just how she immerses herself in the lyrics and the music, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar.
It would be really nice if we could hear Pauley and Cote singing some more on NCIS or on another soundtrack, it's just so refreshing to hear good music, good lyrics and great singers in a day and age, when all this seems to have been lost and replaced by artificial studio produced sounds and stereotyped singers singing bubblegum type lyrics.
You are probably thinking I'm biased and that these are my favourite music styles - wrong!!! I just happen to like good music, good lyrics and good singers. My favourite music types are soul and folk, but that doesn't mean to say I can't appreciate or enjoy other styles, as with the case in hand.
It's said their co-star Michael Weatherly is also a singer/songwriter, so maybe we'll be lucky and get to hear him singing something in the not too distant future as well.
LAST UPDATE ON 12th September 2009 9:30 PM - CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
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|iwannagibbs||Season Six DVD's special feature--6 Degrees of Conversation||1||Sep 16 2009, 9:49 PM EDT by MargyW|
Thread started: Sep 16 2009, 9:32 PM EDT Watch
I just watched the special features at the end of the 6th DVD of season six and in that conversation Mark Harmon says in this season Gibbs learned he had been married 5 times not 4 as he had played all these years. What's up with that? I've seen every episode at least twice and I can't figure out what the heck he is talking about. Anyone out there have any clues about this?
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|MargyW||Tony DiNozzo as Boyfriend Material||2||Sep 16 2009, 11:20 AM EDT by popsbent|
Thread started: Sep 13 2009, 4:23 PM EDT Watch
This time it's Tony's turn under the spotlight:
As always any discussion/feedback would be great
|UZI4YOU||nice||1||Sep 15 2009, 12:18 AM EDT by MargyW|
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