Wolfshades

The short answer is that I've never been tapped to moderate any of the comment forums. My job with TVFanatic is limited (and quite rightly so) to doing the reviews and hosting the Round Tables. I participate in the comment discussions because the topics - and most viewpoints here - interest me. That said - I do see your point. This site is wide open to the world and that means it's going to attract mean-spirited and ignorant trolls whose only ability to argue lies within their immature hope of derailing conversation through ad hominem attacks. They are children who don't have two brain cells they can rub together to make a decent and logical point. Sadly, some of those children are grown men and women who simply have never grown up. My tried and true method of handling them is to either ignore them - or if truly tempted to respond to them, I enjoy ripping them a new one through logic. Nine times out of ten they end up shutting up, as it seems they're not able to use logic to defend their childishness.

Wolfshades

I agree. Those folk are generally nice to provide background on the main characters but need not become front and center. Not at all.

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Wolfshades

Yup. I've had that accusation leveled against me - despite the fact that there has been the odd episode where I offered some negative criticism of the show. If I was owned by CBS they would have fired me so fast. But....that doesn't matter to some. Let's not fog their righteous wrath with troubling little things like facts.

Wolfshades

Some who dislike Bishop seem to be reasonable and are able to articulate their opinions quite well - as your points attest. Others though are not, and can't be described as anything other than outright biased and rabid haters. Check out some of the comments on my review for this episode - you'll see a few examples of what I'm talking about there. To paint those of us who like Bishop as "biased" seems arbitrary and dismissive.

Wolfshades

So basically what you're saying is that anyone who disagrees with you about Bishop has to be biased and don't have thoughts about her that are based on logic and common sense. Color me astounded by your reasoning.

Wolfshades

I believe I did. Go up and read my comments - you'll see it in there. And I don't recall ever saying that I thought Ziva sucked either.

Wolfshades

You and the others who caught that are amazing in my book. I mean that sincerely. I never saw the little girl as the sociopath - not even once. When she didn't cry at her mother's death, I figured she was in shock or something. Deeply troubled, but struggling hard (because her father told her to be strong) at keeping it inside. It would have helped if she smirked a little but that would have given everything away - I'm glad the writers didn't have her do that.

Wolfshades

I like her too, and appreciate the fact that the writers are giving her scenes that make her real. She may have come over to NCIS with some genius smarts, but she needs to fit in with her new environment - and that means learning new skills and new ways of dealing with people. It means, especially that she has to learn to "think outside the box". I don't see anything inconsistent with how she's portrayed at all. Also - having worked as an actor (which included a lot more training than actual gigs) - I can say that I think Emily Wickersham is a good actor. Not great - very few people are - but certainly believable. I have not once ever sat back and thought "okay, she's acting right now". She embodies her character and scene quite well.

Wolfshades

You raise an interesting point about Tony using the word "friend" - it makes me wonder if he did that because he's still a little bit in denial and can't quite bring himself to use a stronger descriptor. Kind of like how Abby had to drag the word "Ziva" out of him.

Wolfshades

Funny how that works, isn't it? If the writers portray Bishop as having great deductive powers, she's unreal and a superstar and the writers are just trying to bloat her up into an imaginary fairy princess. Show her pulling a rookie move like trying to kick the door in when she has a key available and the writers are saying she's a doofus. Seems there's no winning for those who hate Bishop. I get it. I understand. You're certainly welcome to your opinion - though I don't share it.