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NCIS - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
I have a variable-sword. I urge calm.
I stumbled upon NCIS showing on FX recently and watched a few episodes. I knew of the show only through crossover fanfic, with BtVS and with Stargate SG-1, and was interested in finding out what it was like in its own right and how the characters compare with their portrayals in fanfic.

I was rather surprised. Gibbs was much taller and thinner than I had pictured him, and much more of an officer-class type, whereas McGee was much plumper and dimmer. I hadn’t expected Caitlin to be so beautiful and never in a thousand years would I have guessed that Ducky was played by David McCallum.

Most of all, however, I was surprised by how bad the show is at the science aspect and the firearms. It was Season 1, and therefore pre-dated Mythbusters, and that can be their only excuse. I won’t be watching it regularly – not even for Abby.
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ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: March 18th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are Abby and Ducky fans. The show actually got much better after the first few seasons. In one early episode, Gibbs is asked what Ducky looked liked when he was younger. The response was "like Illya Kuryakin". Pauley Perrette who plays Abby actually has academic background in forensics. Of course, the character is a one person forensics lab, which is totally unbelievable.
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: March 18th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, but Abby is sooooo awesome! LOL And once Ziva arrives... I don't think I watched much (if at all) the first season or so. It really has grown on me, though, and I like it a lot most of the time.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: March 19th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
And frighteningly, it's less inaccurate than a lot of cop shows. :P
wildecate From: wildecate Date: March 19th, 2010 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
:-) fortunately Glenn and I can overlook those deficiencies and get on with enjoying.... Gibbs in my case and Ziva and Abby in Glenn's. Possibly together.
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: March 19th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I watch mostly for Abby! But McGee does get better, and Ziva is fun. It was my Dad's favorite!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: March 25th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ziva is totally miscast. Cote de Pablo has a marked Chilean accent and does not resemble an Israeli in any way except for having dark hair.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: March 19th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Count me as another Abby fan (also Caitlin and later Ziva) - and as someone who likes to see DiNozzo smacked on the back of the head a lot.

It does get better re science etc. as the seasons progress, though there is always the "one man band" aspect of Abby's performance that grates a bit. Nobody is expert in so many disciplines. Bones gets that side of things slightly more right.
wildecate_alt From: wildecate_alt Date: March 19th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I often thought that there might be other labs with other equally talented tecs which deal with other amazing teams - that we never get to see.
reddwarfette From: reddwarfette Date: March 20th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The issue I have is the same as other military type shows, like JAG, I'm watching and then for some reason I completely tuned out. I just can't seem to get interested, but I know a lot of people really adore the show.
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