'NCIS makes America look bad to the rest of the world.'
That was a note posted to me by a woman in Italy.
'NCIS makes it look like America is superior to all other nations', she went on to say.
Okay, I will concede on NCIS some of the bad guys are from other countries. But many times the evildoer is American and part of the military. So I got my feathers a bit ruffled. She clearly had not seen several episodes.
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If you judged all America by NCIS you might come away with the view Americans are a bit smug like Tony DiNozzo, and abrupt like Leroy Jethro Gibbs. We envision ourselves erudite like Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard. Well maybe we do, a bit.
We're also caring like Abby Sciuto and a little goofy like Tim McGee.
Does NCIS polish the American Navy and Marine Corps apple? Of course it does.
"Ignition" was partially filmed at the Navy Air station, Point Mugu, California. It's an active base with real jets and real pilots. Some sailors became extras in the filming.
Retired Navy Commander, Robert 'Bob' Anderson is with the Navy's Office of Information West. He and other retired - active duty sailors look at scripts from productions wishing the Navy's blessing.
Navy participation depends on how it appears to the viewers. Painted in a good light its all for helping out the production. If not...
"We're not saying they can't make it, just that we're not interested in being involved," Anderson said.
NCIS producers hired retired Special Agent Leon Carroll Jr. He sees to it scripts are realistic without interfering with the entertainment value of the show.
They must be doing something right.
NCIS is the highest rated scripted show on television. Pulling ratings of over 24 million viewers this season.
If American's are insufferably proud of anything its our armed forces. That's as it should be. Being proud of our country is something I don't mind being charged with.
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