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Old 02-04-2013, 09:51 PM   #48
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Originally Posted by frazod View Post
NCIS is dumb as shit, but it's a fun show with a great cast. When I watch it, I just try to forget a few things, like

1. I've worked with actual NIS agents, and they're about as exciting as undertakers.
2. None of them looked like Ziva. Or even Abby. Although I do remember one guy who sort of reminded me of McGee.
3. Anyone not in the Navy who was informed an agent is with NCIS would respond with "what the hell is NCIS?"
4. Norfolk is 150 miles from Washington DC, and cannot be reached from Washington in the few minutes implied in the show.
5. The Norfolk Naval Base, as the largest naval installation in the world, has lots of its own NCIS agents, and would not need to call in Gibbs and his crew from DC every time somebody got whacked.

I also like Vegas.
It's an extremely formulaic show that follows the exact same pattern every week (unless it's a multiple-parter). So don't mistake what I said as meaning it's on par with the best shows on TV. But it's popular for a reason: the good part of the show is the great cast dynamic, the ongoing season- and series-long arcs and the fact that they're not afraid to knock off important characters. It gives it a little bit of gravitas that you don't expect from a program that on the surface appears so formulaic and even simplistic.

As far as being accurate to Naval reality, well, I have to be honest and say I don't particularly care. I don't watch it for that, any more than I watch The Following for insight on the mind of a serial killer, or the X-Files because I wanted to know about FBI procedure when hunting bigfoot. I watch shows because they have interesting plots, have characters that I come to care about, or, in the best (and unfortunately rarest) cases, both. In the case of NCIS it's definitely the characters. It's not a high concept show by any means. It's definitely an entertaining one though.

I like Vegas a lot. I'm pretty convinced it's about to get shit-canned, unfortunately.
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