Rewatched this after seeing the rest of season 11. It's interesting to see what they were trying to do with her at the beginning. She was interesting and strong minded. Over the following 16 episodes she slowly disintegrated, becoming more insipid and boring with every episode. By the end of the season she was as strong and interesting an unsalted cracker. They had a great opportunity with her, and totally blew it.
Gibbs is my hero and I like the rest of the cast very much too and the chemistry between them ('cept abby, but oh well). And what are they doing? Is this about drawing in a younger audience or what? They don't need to. NCIS was perfectly fine the way it was. I miss ziva and dreaded the day they would present us with her replacement. I entirely agree with crookshanks and bms29bms. but seriously what' the point in voicing your opinion here, not that it ever made a difference. where there remains the question of significance, I still had to post it: wtf! Bishop srsly?
Bad enough CBS didn't try hard enough to keep CDP. But to add insult to injury by replacing her with a Barbie clone (who is an unneeded character whose quirks make her even less likable) takes the cake. The new character just plain sucks! She is just as unnecessary as the Samantha Ryan character was and fits in just as well (meaning she stands out like a sore thumb)! CBS should realize their mistake and get rid of this horrid character. Bring back the ninja, get rid of Barbie!
I liked the episode. Very good. I liked Bishop well enough. Glad (1) she isn't drop-dead exotic gorgeous, (2) she seemed honest/sincere/not a show-off, and (3) she isn't perfect, some rookie errors.
Four quick nitpicks:
(1) One of the bad guys inadvertently gave up his identity posing as an FBI agent to retrieve the spy pen sent to a contractor who died naturally. Why bother? Who is going to examine the pen of a man who died naturally? And many such spy pens were sent out.
(2) Why lure an NSA agent to that coffee shop parking lot to kill the agent (who was tracing the money transfer connections)? To embarrass the SecNav? Wasn't it enough to extort $10 million form them and record her private conversations? Would a murder of the agent add that much to her embarrassment? And risk a murder rap for that?
(3) Seems tawdry that Tony (ex-playboy who is attending men's conscious raising classes last week) would be sleeping over with tennis pro on their first date (she had to leave tennis ball with her phone number on it behind) and bragging about it at work.
(4) I guess they did it to milk the situation for as much humor and excitement as they could, but silly of Gibbs to carry on a lengthy phone conversation with Bishop when she pops up in front of the post office building being staked out by NCIS -- Gibbs should have quickly screamed that the guy was in the post office and she should run to car now!)
New character just plain stinks! Her skills were not needed, as other members of Gibbs' team already possessed them. Just like Samantha Ryan, her character was unnecessary and forced down our throats. And TPTB think we'll like her so much they signed the actress up as a regular!? I think they'd better rethink their position, because the character sucks. Knowing GG, she'll probably be thrown in our face so much it'll be like Gibbs doesn't even need a team-he only needs her. Yuck! And I didn't think NCIS could get any worse. Wrong!
Ellie Bishop did an okay job, however was too in your face/in the teams face, seeming like a bit of a know it all, besides not being able to work in a team. I'm annoyed how she was accepted so quickly by everyone especially Abby, who normally takes her time to warm up to new people who are not part of the 'family'.
I enjoyed this episode and the character of Bishop. I just hope they don't "milk" her off-beat personality too much, otherwise scenes of her sitting on the floor, cross-legged, will get old very fast. I do not like the new Secretary of the Navy. She reminds me too much of the woman who ran NCIS for a couple of seasons. Sorry, can't remember her name. I do remember she was killed, which made the show better.
Cue Ellie Bishop - the newest member of our team. What were my first impressions? Overall, they were very positive. Obviously Ziva is not someone you can just reaplace with anything. But also, she's not here anymore and hopefully the new character will be able to fill even some of her shoes.
The character seems interesting - I particularly enjoyed her scene with Abby, and I think she is quirky and very different to both Kate and Ziva, making it an interesting dynamic. Obviously it will take time to develop relationships with the other team members, but I think they've set it up well.
In terms of the actual case today - it was pretty fascinating. I absolutely enjoyed it.
Looking forward to seeing where this goes, but early indications are positive for me!
The new character is very annoying-reminds me of EJ Barrett. Didn't help that she was basically shoved down out throats. And having so much of the boring, unrealistic new sec nag didn't help matters. The story itself wasn't very interesting-just a way to insert a character that was unnecessary and frankly quite boring. NCIS just keeps getting worse and worse.
Very good way to introduce a new character. She has Abby's energy, Gibbs' determination, Tony's wit, Ziva's fighting abilities, Kate's drawing abilities, Ducky's discrete observations, and the brains of McGee. I highly enjoyed this episode!
Now, this is the way to introduce a new character. It is hard to say goodbye to beloved characters and embrace a new one in an old show. It is easy for people to do comparisons and say how the other was better and dislike the new gal on the block. Just ask the fans of criminal minds, how well cast changes went over. The writers here have smoothed things over to ease the transition. First, they made the decision to leave part of the story and the character's choice. The void was not immediately filled by having a new character be assigned. Just ast when Kate died, her desk was left empty while the other characters were given time to mourn her. Ziva had to earn the respect of the team first and then claim her desk saying that Kate wouldn't mind. Ellie Bishop is introduced as an NSA nerd, who wrote the spy playbook and is dragged along by Gibbs. She is brilliant, socially awkward, and outside of the loop most of the time. At first she feels like an outsider with the other characters at first wary but warming up to her quirkiness and gaining their respect. Like the NCIS team, Ellie loses a fellow agent she was close to and they have all shared that experience. In the end she single handedly ruins the carefully planned NCIS stakeout, but manages to capture the spy herself. She even manages to figure out who his boss was. In the end, Gibbs invites her to join the team, and by the end of the show many of the fans I think are also ready to welcome her. This is the way to introduce a new character.
So many things to comment on, where to start??? I think the plot line was alright, as somebody said more to introduce Ellie Bishop, but still a good plot.
As for Ellie Bishop, she reminded me a bit of Ziva and then not so much. She's clever and the best at what she does, her work is important to her and she wants to make a difference. She can obviously handle a weapon and has some good martial arts skills - Like Ziiva. The difference is she is quirky (like Abby, someone pointed out we already have one person who works in a strange way, I agree with this), she's a bit of a nerd and not as confident with herself. She's also a loner which Ziva was not. Ziva knew how to work with a team. Ellie is not as controlling and doesn't seem to have that same aura of authority. She's obviously not as experienced as Ziva was when she first came to the team.
It will be interesting to see what Ellie's differences to Ziva bring to the next episodes. I still miss Ziva though and it's deffs weird seeing Ellie Bishop knowing that she's taking Ziva's place on the team.
I liked Ellie Bishop. She was fun and still really smart. I also liked the fact that everyone on the team liked her. Her being married is a good thing so we don't have to have a new will they-won't they thing at the office. She is very different from both Ziva and Kate. I also loved the Kate-refrences. I remember the the shock when she was killed. I have been a fan of the show since day 1 and I didn't think loosing Kate was something the show could survive- but Ziva came in and now Bishop. For me the only person this show can't loose is Gibbs, Everyone else is replaceable. And also, Tony now has two goldfishes.. Kate and Ziva I guess?
Please get rid of bishop! Won't bother to go into all the reasons. NCIS has hit a silly new low. No longer on my favorite list since they will have this new actress on. Very lame, writers. They should have just let the empty position that Ziva left NOT added anyone. It's already OLD with Tony ( going to be trading barbs with her) when she said "don't even try to quote Oklahoma to me" or something to that GAGGED!!!
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