This is me pissed off about people bitching over the way I handled the Dead Air stuff. If you don’t want to read me annoyed, do not go further!
For starters, people really suck for fucking up my fic-finally-finished afterglow.
It takes a lot to get me this upset. And even when I’m upset, I’m usually pretty damned polite, even if do swear a fuck-ton. I’m not much of a ranter. Usually by the time I get the point of ranting, I just say ‘fuck off’ and figure out how to excise you from my life. Or turn you into a house elf named Pickle and mock you terribly and publicly. It’s not pretty.
I’m making an exception for the precious snowflakes who are giving me a hard time about Dead Air, so here’s my rant on the subject.
This falls into two areas, and the first is more forgivable than the second, IMO.
For those who aren’t familiar with NCIS canon, or didn’t watch later seasons (a LOT of people got disillusioned with the show around season 4/5 timeframe and moved on), there’s an episode early in season 8 called Dead Air. There’s a lot going on in the ep, but let me capture the salient points in terms of my rant:
- Two people murdered while broadcasting live on the radio
- linked to a domestic terrorist cell
- they have voiceprint of the killer
- Tony, Ziva and McGee go to the neighborhood where the cell is suspected to be and Tony runs around doing whatever he can to get everyone to talk to him so they can get the voiceprints
- After several hours, Tony gets back into the car and after a couple questions, Ziva and McGee reveal they haven’t been listening to him for a couple hours because there’s only so long they can listen to him talk.
- There’s never anything else said on the subject in the show
That’s canon. It’s not up for debate.
How you internalize and interpret those events… that’s the debatable part. There was a LOT of ranting in the fandom about it. Unsurprisingly, it created a whole sub-genre of NCIS Dead Air consequences fics to get some resolution around the 30 seconds of ugliness in that episode.
So, a lot of people were pissed off. There were also a lot of people who didn’t give a shit. Of those that didn’t give a shit, there seemed to be two camps; those who really didn’t care one way or the other, and those who didn’t want to hear one more damned thing about Dead Air.
Whatever camp you were in… I don’t really care. If you liked it or didn’t like, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m not going to judge you. Unless you’re one of the people whose position was: “It doesn’t matter if they turned off their comms because nothing bad happened to Tony.” I’m not even going to waste my time explaining how flawed that thought process is, and this is me being judgey.
For myself, I found it to be a horrible lapse in procedure that the writers used as a way to poke at Tony, yet never bothered to consider there might be real consequences. It bothered me. Profoundly. Perhaps it’s more personal for me because I have family and friends in law enforcement? I don’t know. But it doesn’t really matter why. That’s my point of view.
For me to write in season 8 or beyond, I have to either make it AU where Dead Air didn’t happen, or deal with what the fallout would have been / should have been. That’s me. If you don’t like it, don’t read my fic.
So, to the folks who wrote me to tell me that Ziva and McGee “wouldn’t do that”… Enough said. They did do it. What I hear you say is that you don’t like that I took it more seriously than the writers or producers did. Well, suck it up.
That, or you aren’t familiar enough with canon to know this was not a figment of my imagination. Either way, chastising me for bad characterization was a poor choice.
Now… to the person who told me I should have warned this was a Dead Air fic because they “don’t read those.”
First, I don’t have to do a damned thing. I warn for certain things out of courtesy because I don’t want people to get triggered. Major things like violence and rape and character death. I sure as hell am not going to run around fandom trying to figure out every little nitpicky thing people do and don’t like so I can “tag my fic appropriately.”
I should stop there, but I’m just going to explore what would have happened differently if I’d chosen to make Dead Air not happen rather than deal with it.
Not much changes. There’s a bunch of Tony’s internal angst that wouldn’t have happened, but the fundamental series of events? THE SAME.
Only one troll is allowed here, and if she trolls me, she gets a cupcake.
Anyone else does it? If you’re lucky, I’m gonna tell you to fuck off. If you’re unlucky? Please remember poor Pickle.