NCIS Essay

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NCIS With the TV airwaves being dominated by the reality television craze, I am constantly searching for shows that are morally suitable and intellectually worthwhile. Through all of the titles on the TV guide channel, I find one on CBS called NCIS, which is an acronym for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. This show operates outside of the military chain of command and is centered on Special Agent Jethro Gibbs, a highly skilled investigator and interrogator who is smart, tough and willing to bend the rules to get the job done. Working under Gibbs is Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, a former homicide detective who joined NCIS just a few years ago but has instincts of a seasoned veteran NCIS agent. These instincts paired with a constant street smart approach allows for a deep and knowledgeable character to develop in every episode. Joining them are Agent Caitlin Todd, a tough former Secret Service agent who's gone head-to-head with Gibbs in the past, and forensics specialist Abby, a gifted scientist whose wit matches her goth-style hair and clothes. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties. NCIS provides depth of characters with intellectually stimulating plots that keep viewers on the edge of their seats and their thinking processes engaged. I define a character with depth as one with emotional commitment to the portrayal of all human emotion. When an actor is vulnerable they will be able to effectively communicate their emotions and also react to the stimulus given by other actors they are sharing a set with. This freedom to communicate and react gives a well rounded palate of available emotional connection between actors.
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