I watch NCIS VERY intermittently, and after the last episode, I’ve decided never to watch it again.
What I saw was the “˜hero’, Tony, strutting around like Mr. Big-Man-on-Campus. He didn’t seem to do much but grab other people’s work out of their hands and present it to Gibbs, their boss, to take credit. He dumps grunt work onto his colleagues, then snatches it back when it looks interesting. In one scene, he palmed off a translation job to Ziva, an Israeli-Mossad colleague, only to snatch it back when he heard something about a three-way, and promptly take credit for her findings.
In another, he gives a male colleague Tim untold grief about his use of moisturiser, saying it’s “˜women’s business’ – and by implication, Tim is effeminate – despite the fact everyone else but Gibbs comes to Tim’s defence.
He constantly shows a complete lack of respect for Ziva, despite the fact she is a highly competent person, who goes about doing Tony’s job while Tony is busy bragging about how well he can do it.
But what really got me is how Tony is portrayed as otherwise likeable and popular. There’s no real antagonism existing between him and his colleagues. In real life, higher powers would be inundated with complaints about such a man, and if his skills were so great that he needed to be kept around (and Tony doesn’t seem particularly vital to his job) he would be barely tolerated. You know the kinds of people who are barely tolerated in the workplace; they’re the ones who never know where the hidden stash of chocolate is, because they raid supplies and don’t replace them. They’re the ones who are always being left out of the loop in the hope they’ll be left off team excursions. They’re the ones who radiate from all the resentment being directed towards them (and the antagonism they’re directing outwards).
Not Tony. Tony’s a chauvinist, and lazy, and only bothers showing respect to his boss. In a real-life situation, he’d be the first person everyone warns you about. But other thAn that, he’s a hero – or at least, he’s supposed to be. Women are meant to be falling at his feet – and no doubt meant to be heartbroken when he dumps them. I think the NCIS PTB were trying to portray him as the hardworking hero, but I just saw a lazy chauvinist.
What kind of audiences are buying this crap?