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THE EVOLUTION OF TIM MCGEE REVISITED
3rd June 2010
Due to the strong response I got to the original blog, I thought I would take another look at the development of the character of Timothy McGee.
There is a measure of consensus that of all the characters, McGee is the one we have seen the most positive growth in. He started out insecure and geeky, but had growing into a confident field agent. Still geeky, but in a less annoying way.
I considered "Caged" to be the episode where we saw the most growth in McGee. Whilst many people agreed, emerellda pointed out that in "Truth or Consequences" the character development is more startling because, for the first time, we really see McGee on equal footing with Tony. Something that, up to that point, just hadn't happened.
I think KeliCraig really summed it up best. "In Masquerade, McGee said "We did a preliminary work up while you were showering for the third time." His dialogue often has small comments or asides like this that I think sometimes get lost. In this instance, a subtle dig at Tony. While Tony will quickly relate a situation to a movie scenario or comment with a quote from a movie, McGee's connections and comments are more literary or historical in nature and demonstrate a much more drier wit that the 'pie-in-your-face' kind of humor that Tony demonstrates." When you look back at the early episodes with McGee, he simply didn't do this. Over time his wit has evolved along with his character.
LAST UPDATE ON 4th June 2010, 6.43AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
ZIVA AND ABBY
2nd June 2010
Ziva and Abby had a turbulent start to their friendship. Abby took an instant dislike to Ziva when she joined NCIS. Partly because she was replacing Kate, but also because it was Ziva's half brother that had killed Kate.
Ziva tried hard to break down the barriers between them. The thaw began to set in at the end of the episode "Switch". A suspicious briefcase was supposed to be opened by the bomb squad. They got a little enthusiastic and blew it up. Gibbs tells Abby he wants it reconstructed. Ziva rushes to join Abby in the elevator, offering to help put it back together. Abby asks her if she knows forensics. Ziva's response that no, but she is good at jigsaw puzzles, brings a smile to Abby's face.
They slowly move towards friendship. When Ziva returns to the fold after the events of "Last Man Standing", Abby is the first one to embrace her. By now they are close enough that Abby invites Ziva to stay over with her when Ziva's apartment is being fumigated. Naturally, when Tony finds out he begins imagining all sorts of things. It's a measure of the women's friendship that they gently string him along for a while.
At Christmas, Ziva is genuinely delighted with the hand made gift that Abby gives to her.
It is Abby, when Ziva goes missing, who tracks down the terrorist leader through his orders for Caf-Pow. It is Abby who chews pieces off Ziva for her treatment of Tony....and then just about hugs her to death.
Ziva and Abby have a very strong friendship, if an incongruous one. A former Mossad assassin and a goth forensic scientist. Not the most likely friendship you would think. But it works.
LAST UPDATE ON 3rd June 2010, 6.53AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
1st June 2010
This episode is an excellent scene setter for the two part finale of season 7. Written by Steven Binder, this episode really gave Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette a chance to shine.
The episode was named the goriest show on television this season. With a truck load of severed feet, I can certainly understand why. I did feel that Steven missed a perfect Ducky story once they discovered the feet had been removed from competitors of the Reynosa cartel as proof of the killings. Presentation of body parts as evidence of the death of an enemy has a long history. At points throughout history hands, ears, foreskins and penises have been presented as evidence of killings. It even gets a mention in the bible.
I like the scene with Abby and the director's secretary. I hope we see more of her. I think she could be an interesting character.
Abby demolishing the heckling student in the class in Mexico was very Sherlock Holmesian. I loved it.
One of the best scenes was the one is autopsy where Gibbs discovers that the cold case corpse Ducky is working on is Pedro Hernandez. The look on his face and the slow motion dropping of the bullet into the jar were wonderful. More importantly, this scene means something else. It means that Leroy Jethro Gibbs cannot be prosecuted for the murder of Pedro Hernandez. Confused? Let me explain. Gibbs signed the evidence log for the bullet to deliver it to Abby. At that point the chain of evidence was compromised. The killer had custody of the evidence! The spent bullet is the sole piece of incontrovertible evidence. The bullet recovered from the ridge had not been fired and therefore could not be traced to Gibbs' sniper rifle. There is no DNA evidence linking Gibbs to the crime. Anything else is purely circumstantial. No wonder in "Rule Fifty One" Margaret Allison Hart says they could beat the rap. There isn't anything to beat. With the chain of evidence compromised it would be impossible to bring a case to court.
The final scene in Gibbs' basement showed just what good actors Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette are. It was a beautiful, poignant scene that brought a lump to my throat. Kudos to both actors.
For a very intense episode, Steven Binder still managed to give us some good lines.
Ziva: What is he doing?
McGee: Annoying me.
McGee: The last time I was in Mexico Montezuma got his revenge on me in a big way.
Alejandra: Agent McGoo, yes?
Paloma Reynosa: Love your shoes.
(Abby's shoes seem to have been the running gag this season)
Abby: As far as cold cases go, this one is practically frigid.
Abby: I need to know, Gibbs, that you'll love me. No matter what.
LAST UPDATE ON 2nd June 2010, 6.26AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
SEASON 7 AND AUDIENCES
As most of you know, this season in addition to watching the series itself I also decided to keep tab on the ratings as the series has steadily increased in terms of audience numbers season by season.
Briefly in figures: the mean audience rating for the entire season was - 19.26 Mill. Viewers, not bad at all considering they've been up against AI since January.
There was a tie for the best audience rating, as both 7.02 Reunion and 7.11 Ignition obtained the same audience ratings, i.e. 21.37 Mill. Viewers. The worst, which really wasn't that bad at all, was 7.21 Obsession with 15.10 Mill. Viewers.
I know there have been people who've complained about script quality throughout the season, and a fair number feel SB has abandoned ship in favour of NCIS:LA, however, I've enjoyed all the episodes so far this season (still have 11 episodes to view here in the Spanish State), quite simply because it does what I expect it to do, i.e. entertain me. In fact, it's the only series I watch regularly and when I can't view an episode on the date it airs due to work or any other engagement then I record it.
Perhaps I'm not the most discerning viewer, however, judging by figures an awful lot of people out there find the series entertaining too, with its quirks, warts and all. Having said that, there are obviously some points I don't like in the series, but then the same can be true for most other things. There's nothing that puts me in a worst mood than to switch on the midday or evening news, and have the broadcasters inform you yet another woman has been murdered by her partner/husband or Ex, etc., or the number of paedophiles in different church orders seems to be growing. Those kinds of things concern me far more, although admittedly I'd like to see TIVA dead and buried, because please I don't want to see NCIS turn into a soap like Grey's Anatomy or Bones; and keep shipping for fanfiction but out of the series itself.
This year's finale has left a lot of loose ends that need tying, so it's to be hoped, nay! expected audience ratings will continue in the same vien. It would be interesting to know the mean audiences for the first 6 seasons too, and perhaps the statisticians among you could put forward a theory or two regarding them.
Y colorín colorado, este cuento ha acabado.
Agur. Laster arte
LAST UPDATE ON 31st May 2010- 11.15 PM CET
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