NCIS has recently taken over my life. A fabulous show. I'm currently on disc two of season four, having worked my way there from disc one of season one not all that long ago. A really good show: the characters are quirky, the crimes are interesting, the filming is lovely.
Like many shows i have now seen, I started watching it to get some background for the fandom.
Normally I watch a few episodes, I might like it or not, but I'll continue to like the fandom more. (For instance, Vathara
's stories got me watching Airwolf
, but her stories are far, far better than the canon. I love those characters but her versions will always be the primary ones in my mind.)
However, watching NCIS is the first time that the cannon has far outstripped the fandom in quality. There's always a lot of dreck to weed through for good fic, but this is just weird. I have now read some really, really well-written stories, the stories that seem to be the classics of the genre, and they all have the tendency of turning Tony DiNozzo into a thirteen-year-old girl. What's up with that?
He's an awesome character: he's strong, silly, resilient, something of an ass, often takes his own jokes a bit too far, occasionally gets a joke played on him taken a bit too far, but on the occasions when he drops the teasing and is serious, he's an adult.
One of the things I love about fanfic in general is that it gives more depth and insight to the events of canon. So a lot of fanfic around DiNozzo focuses on a few central stories that the authors then delve into. I seriously get worried now when I watch them, wondering if this is the time when the show writers brought out the angst. And each time it isn't. DiNozzo can and does take care of himself. So what's up with the fandom?
(There are exceptions to this, here
for instance, but still, these should be the rule rather than the exception, and all of them are rather short. If you have more exceptions, please let me know. I really want to read a good long story in which Tony is both the silly ass he is and the competent adult he also is.)