Saturday, March 21, 2009

Watch Closely

JAG Season 8 went on sale last week on DVD, memorable for the introduction of Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti (Tamilyn Tomita) as SecNav's spy on the JAG staff, and also for the two-parter "Ice Queen"/"Meltdown" introducing NCIS's Jethro Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo, Abby Sciuto, and Ducky. Robyn Lively played Special Agent Vivienne Blackadder, formerly of the FBI, who joined NCIS after her brother Rex was killed in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

Viv pleads with Gibbs to take her with him when he interrogates one of the masterminds behind the Cole bombing. Gibbs sternly warns her not to use NCIS as her personal instrument of revenge. His words resonated as I realized Gunnery Sgt. Gibbs himself used information from Special Agent Mike Franks to avenge the deaths of his first wife and daughter.

Unrelated, on the latest episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Jason Blood summons Batman to the 19th century when he is accused of draining people of their souls. Sherlock Holmes and Watson help prove Blood's innocence, and it took me a while to remember that Holmes and Watson were as fictitious as Batman and Blood.

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