Well that's a relief! : )
Some interesting thoughts there, especially about the Ziva fans. Thanks for linking this!
She sure does!
It's got to be a relative thing, and I object to the notion that people "should" feel invested or have compassion. There are lots of people struggling with things like cancer. Certainly most of us have had a relative or two succumb to it. It's bad enough when it's someone close to you. To try and encompass the whole parade of people who have it is impossible. Compassion in that "well that's sad" is one thing. Empathy to the point of "I feel for you, let's get you some help" only works if you're invested in the person. We did not know this guy. We never got a chance to know him, ergo it's going to be nigh impossible for most people to relate to him. As Easton said in a comment above, why not give us a chance to get to know him? Spread the story over a few episodes or something. Introducing us to him, telling us "oh by the way he's got leukemia and his siblings - except for one - are dead" provokes nothing except "okay, think I've got the gist of the story….but what else?" I don't know. Maybe I'm dead inside. ;)
That's a great point. Rather than tell us about the Lieutenant's dead siblings and how important it is they find this last one, why not spread it out over a couple of episodes and actually *show* us what's going on? Talking about it just won't get the audience nearly as engaged as showing. I was glad to see Gibbs opening up about his need to talk with Taft. That's the first overt signal we've seen that he's actually taking Taft's advice dead serious - enough to advise Bishop to do the same. I think Lindsay looked amazing. But I watched closely to see how much she matched the Lindsay we saw in other shows - and couldn't see the resemblance at all.
Make that three of us, at least as far as his name goes. I never knew his name but have seen him in *countless* other shows, usually playing the bad guy.
Is that true when you're in a military prison, as he was?
I found this ep to be the most amazing one yet. (And I don't use that term lightly). So much so that I re-watched it from the start, just to get the highlights again. The beginning sequences, with all of those executions set to the music of "Locomotive Breath" was compelling, to say the least. And the buildup around The Undertaker was pure Coen Brothers classic formula. First, we hear about him as the big boss threatens to bring him in to the picture (and take Milligan out). Then, he shows up with his henchmen, all of whom check their ties. Heck, The Undertaker doesn't even punch the elevator button; he looks behind him and then one of his underlings reaches forward to do it for him! This is a man of presence and power, not to be fooled with! Then Milligan comes in and blindly murders him. Pure Coen magic. As for Simone, there were a couple of things that came to mind from the start of the ep. First off, she has a mouth on her that won't quit. Not a problem in itself, but when you put that dynamic in front of blood-thirsty guys like Milligan, well, it's just not a great idea to keep talking. Yet talk she does. When I saw her with Milligan I thought to myself "okay this girl is going to die before the season end." I had no idea it would happen so quickly. When she was on her way to her doom in the truck with Bear, she kept trying to fill the silence, which just increased the tension (given Bear's ignoring of her). She did reveal one really troubling thing: she said that Bear isn't aware of some of the things her dad did to her when he (Bear) wasn't around. Just as we were getting to appreciate Dodd's loathsomeness, this comment added a few levels to it. The man clearly needs to be terminated. Next ep will probably feature much more now of him, Peggy and Ed. And Milligan of course. To say I loved this episode would be putting it mildly.
This is great news! So far, each season has that unique Coen Brothers whimsical mark on it. I have no doubt the third will as well.
That Fargo quote was my favorite for the week. "You're a little touched, aren't you?" It was perfect.
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