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Love The Intertextuality Of The Show, But It Might Have Been A Bit Too Heavy-Handed This Season
on May 21, 2013
Everything about this show has always been top notch...and maybe it still is; but I will have to get back to you on that….after I re-watch it and see if it was just me not paying attention or if it was the writers being way too cryptic.
Last 2 seasons have been a triumph BECAUSE of all the great Intertextuality- allusion, self-reference, pastiche and parody
This season, not sure.
Too often I was left confused, expecting things to be untangled next week, but just more and more knots…and they seemed gratutitous.
There has always been 'code words’, the ‘rules’, and things characters knew, but as a viewer could trust they made sense if and when the whole picture came into focus.
This season I felt like an outsider.
It’s always been worth the wait for the resolution, even if resolution was that nothing was resolved. But it was a shared experience with the characters.
Just not so this season
I think they missed opportunities to develop characters….always slow, but may have lost ground this season
Skimmed over Ducky's health crisis, Jimmy's marriage; And Tim's either disappearing into the background of there is something big going on in his life and there is nothing to point in either direction….Abby's family situation?…and what the heck with Ziva and Tony? Something is going on but they sure worked overtime to keep viewers out of the loop.
Obviously Gibbs has some kind of deathwish, but now there seems to be something completely unknown escalating it.
Also kind of missed the weekly cases that too often were over shadowed by whatever is going on with the Vance-Mossad-inter-agency politics and international intrigue
NCIS was never a 'keep it simple' show and wouldn't want it to be....but I never felt like a needed a scorecard and a code book before.
Go back to what works.