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NCIS again... 
15th-Dec-2009 10:00 am
Loz Calming
Now that I've caught up with series 4, 5 and 6 of NCIS, I've gone back to the beginning of Tim's arc and these are the things I have noticed.

1. Tony is obsessed with Tim from the offset. When he goes to him in 'Eye Spy'? I flailed a little bit. He needs to track down a number, so the first person he goes to is a guy he's met once? And he's obsessed with Tim's alleged tattoo as well.
2. Tim gives as good as he gets from the start. This pleases me. Yeah, he's a lot more gullible, and calls Tony 'Sir', but he also sets Tony and Kate up to deal with Gibbs, which I like.
3. In ways I can't explain, that they deliberately set Tim up the way they did makes me so happy. It's clear they've always intended him to start off as a talented rookie who gradually becomes a badass, but also that they've always intended him and Tony to be buddy-cop-style friends. It appeals to many of my fictional preference kinks.
4. This has nothing to do with Tony and Tim, but Gibbs is way, way more lighthearted in these episodes than he becomes in, say, S4. You really only see that return to that level of bantering, grinny Gibbs in mid-S6, and by then, it feels hard won in an awesome kind of way.
Comments 
15th-Dec-2009 08:40 am (UTC)
LOZ! I flailed at this post, thank you!

Tony is fidgeting with Tim's jacket within MINUTES of meeting him. It's utterly, utterly adorable. There's the obvious hint that he's spending time with McGee outside of what we see on screen that becks mentioned, there's traipsing to NORFOLK which is NEARLY 200 MILES AWAY when he could have just called. I just. He is so fascinated by McGee it is ridiculous and I do not understand how people can't see it--so many people think he's just a bullying idiot or can't see that there's any attraction there, but OH MY GOD.

And yeah, I love how Tim manages to be respectful of the team at the same time as getting their measure really quickly. Boy's smart.

Also, it is canon that Tim always denies being gay but never denies being bisexual. I don't know if this is deliberate or not, but I love it. Thank you, show!
15th-Dec-2009 09:08 am (UTC)
Yes! Tony is smitten, even if you want to look at it as being totally platonic (and really? why would you?) He kind of wants to be Tim's bestest friend straight away.

People really think Tony is only interested in bullying Tim? Really? Because, from the first, whilst there's mockery going on, he's like, so impressed with everything Tim does. Very quickly does he get to a state of admiration and high expectations when it comes to Tim's skillz.

This reminds me of people who don't think Sam and Gene are friends. Sometimes people do not watch the same shows I do.
15th-Dec-2009 09:27 am (UTC)
Sometimes people do not watch the same shows I do.

So much this. And, yeah, there are a lot of people out there who don't like Tony and cite his bullying of McGee as a major reason. I wonder if any of them have got brothers...

"We have a McGnome in our office. He never gets out. He smells like an overheated computer chip. But, boy, man alive, does he know computers, inside and out."

SO impressed. ♥
15th-Dec-2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Have they wilfully ignored more than half of Tony's characterisation? Sure, Tony can be an asshat, but there are invariably reasons, and his misconduct comes back to bite him, so...

I always really like how Tony doesn't actually want to be Tim, he just wants to be around him.
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