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WHY I DIDN'T LIKE JEANNE BENOIT
29th November 2009
Thought I would take a look today at the reasons why I did not like the character of Jeanne Benoit. Apart from the fact the character was nothing more than a plot device to screw with Tony's mind, the following are my reasons for not liking the character.
- Whiny. Not attractive in small children, even less attractive in adults. I found Jeanne and Hollis to be a matched pair. Boy those women could whine when they didn't get their own way.
- Needy. Jeanne was needier than Abby, which is saying a heck of a lot about the character. None of it good.
- Clingy. Goes hand in hand with the needy and the whiny. The unholy trinity of bratdom. After minimal exposure to Jeanne I felt she really need to be sent to her room without her supper. Obviously she'd been working with children too long. She had regressed to her childhood.
- Not very bright. You did not have to be Albert Einstein to realize "Tony DiNardo" was not playing straight. Even the least intuitive of women would have picked up on the fact that for a Professor, Tony kept some pretty weird hours.
- Desperate. Jeanne carried that air around her of "I need a man". Under normal circumstances I would have expected Tony to start running and not look back.
LAST UPDATE ON 30th November 2009, 6.17AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
FAVORITE EPISODES OF SEASON 4
28th November 2009
Today I thought I would take a look at my favorite episodes of season 4. Unfortunately, this is probably going to be a fairly short blog, as it is no secret that I consider season 4 to be the worst season of NCIS.
- Smoked. One of the best Gibbs and Fornell episodes. The scene in autopsy where Ducky baffles Fornell, and then Jenny slowly tears up the warrant, is a complete gem. The scene in interrogation when Gibbs is warning Fornell, is a powerful one. The perfect balance of drama and humor in this episode makes it one of my all time favorite NCIS episodes.
- Driven. The sexual harassment seminar makes this episode possibly one of the most watchable episodes of NCIS. And as well as being a favorite from season 4, it is also one of my all time favorites. No matter how many times I see the seminar, I always end up in a giggling heap.
- Suspicion. Tony and McGee's "Dueling Banjos" is a great moment. But this episode has a lot of great moments. The look on the redneck cop's face when Gibbs tells him to take his pants off, or he'll get Ziva to do it for him, is an absolute classic.
- Iceman. The discovery of Mike Franks' son and granddaughter makes this one a favorite for me.
LAST UPDATE ON 29th November 2009, 10.05AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
AS A MATTER OF INTEREST.....
I was going to write about something else, but my co-blogger's entry caught my eye, re: the interest of people reading difficulties being willing to read an NCIS storybook.
For foreigners learning English there are specific readers, i.e. adaptations of unabridged stories or TV episodes themselves of: ER, Star Trek, CSI, X Files, Ally McBeal, etc. These graded readers for foreigners are also ideal for people with reading difficulties in English, since they do encourage people to read and to progress. As a tutor of English as a foreign language I can personally vouch for these graded readers based on TV series or popular films, apart from the classics, are extremely popular with students, particularly those who don't care for reading or who also have difficulties, since they are more inclined to have a go at reading these books since they have the TV / film reference of the original.
It might be interesting if the NCIS episodes were converted into graded readers for people with reading difficulties and foreigners learning English, another possibility would be to bring out the stories in comic form. Graded readers and comics are ideal for encouraging reading in addition to aiding those with difficulties and those learning a foreign language in this case English.
With regards to foreigners learning English or anyone learning a foreign language a graded reader based on a popular TV series or film, with an extension of 60 pages (depending on student's level), is ideal, since there's nothing so off puttingnot to mention daunting when learning a language than having to read an enormous book where you have to get the dictionary out to search for the meaning of dozens of words in each paragraph, as I well recall when studying Spanish and my first reader was the unabridged version of Doña Perfecta by Pérez Galdos something like the Spanish equivalent of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbevilles just to give you an idea of the extension and difficulty involved for a student learning a foreign language. I think I was the only one to finish it in class, needless to say I haven't read this author again, and I love reading large novels, but as a student of a foreign language, well it's just not on.
So I'd urge CBS and/or the education authorities to look into the possibility of converting NCIS into book format as graded readers/comics/short novels since a lot of benefit could be obtained from it.
LAST UPDATE ON 26th November 2009 10:45 PM CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
NCIS TIE-IN NOVELS - FOLLOW UP
26th November 2009
A few weeks ago I did a blog raising the possibility of NCIS tie-in novels, after all, CBS does them for it's other hit shows like Criminal Minds and the CSI franchise.
I received an overwhelmingly positive response to the idea. As cassierules pointed out, in novels you don't have the restraint of budget or location shooting, so you can literally take the team anywhere and have them do anything. It gives a freedom that the television episodes don't have.
My suggestion that any novels be ghost-written under the pen-name Thom E. Gemcity was greeted with enthusiasm. With many respondents viewing it as a nice little in-joke for devoted fans of the show.
In private message exchanges with some members, it was pointed out to me by several respondents that NCIS novels could help raise adult literacy rates. These members, whom I will not name, told me that they have difficulty reading, but would definitely at least attempt to read an NCIS novel, because of the love they have for the show and for the characters. This alone makes me think that CBS are crazy if they don't get on board and release a range of novels.
Given the popularity of the show with younger teens, perhaps even a range of younger-reader novels would also be a good idea. I went shopping for books for Christmas for the younger members of my family last weekend and was stunned at the huge range of tie-in novels available for them: Hannah Montana, Ben-10, and High School Musical, just to name three. At the risk of sounding like an old fart, I was so jealous! At that age I had had to make do with the Hardy Boys Mysteries, Trixie Belden or the extremely irritating Nancy Drew!
The market is definitely there for NCIS novels. The ball is now in CBS' court.
LAST UPDATE ON 27th November 2009, 6.28AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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|MargyW||Why I didn't like Jeanne Benoit. (page: 1 2)||39||Dec 6 2009, 5:03 PM EST by jtzd98|
|MargyW||Favorite Episodes of Season 4||2||Dec 1 2009, 3:16 AM EST by emerellda|
|Sorgiña||As a matter of interest...||4||Nov 27 2009, 4:59 PM EST by emerellda|
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This is a variation on my co-blogger's entry, but looking at NCIS in the form of graded readers for those with reading difficulties or foreigners learning English as a foreign language. Comments are welcome as always.
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