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I'm not awfully familiar with NCIS:LA canon, but from what I've seen, Hetty Lange has a rather nasty habit of finding traumatized orphans with little or no family ties to mold them as operatives. Sometimes she does this when they are adults, and sometimes from a frighteningly young age; in many senses she built Callen almost from the ground up, and I believe she has begun to push him towards developing roots (buy a home, etc) because he's no longer more useful wholly unattached.

I used to think that she's overprotective of "her team" because that's part of the often disturbing pseudofamiliar psychodynamics underlying most genre shows (one of the most interesting bits of Hannibal is how much of a manipulative bastard Jack Crawford is). But her recruiting pattern gives another, properly Watsonian reason for it. She protects her team because they are hers in a way other people wouldn't; they are personally loyal to an almost fanatical level, carefully crafted in their skills, and, to a very large degree, broken in just the right ways not to have competing interests. Hanna is possibly the exception to this, although I suspect that his combination of skills, professionalism, and emotional stability made her choose him as the interpersonal core of her team; after all, he does have a tendency to form families and care about them.

I guess what I'm saying is this: Hetty does what Bruce Wayne did, except (a) on purpose, and (b) much, much better. She must have been one hell of an asset handler-slash-interrogation specialist-slash-whoever it is that rebuilds people in useful ways. Weaponized therapist? Jason Bourner?

If only she didn't *enjoy* the process quite so much. But carefully designed emotional relationships from a position of power are tempting, aren't them? Ask Geppetto (Pygmalion's goals were of a different sort).

ETA: I know what she's doing with Nell Jones, by the way. I can recognize a Tim Drakeing when I see one.


Another one of those sudden minor desires

An NCIS vid to the tune of Tom Lehrer's Send the Marines.


The scowling man with white-peppered hair walked past Bruce Wayne, slapping him in the back of the head and murmuring "Master of disguise my ass, ex-proby."

Neither men turned to watch the other, but both smiled as they walked away.

I'm perfectly aware that you'd have to eviscerate two canons to make this work. But hey, it's not Timmy, right? I'm breaking out of my pattern here, that's good.

Not that Timmy/Abby wouldn't rock.


No. Hey. Wait!

NCIS 3x19 - Iced.

Let me see if I got it right (without spoiling too much). Marine group in Iraq. One of its members was killed by a gang while on leave in the US. NCIS has to solve it before they bring the Marines back home, because otherwise they might go out for revenge.

Wait. What? That is so late-Republican Rome that I can barely deal. I know (assume) that's not how things are actually going, but the fact that a very rah-rah-usa-#1 show like NCIS went there... (ETA: And without nobody *batting a damn eye*, I might add.)

And then, Tony yapped about the origin of the name César, and how he was named Anthony, and I was just WAY TO GO WITH THE SUBTLE THERE.

Unless it was all a coincidence, because "We might be overmilitarizing our country to a dangerous point, cf Rome kthxbye" doesn't match the politics of the show. To say the least.


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