Saturday, March 15, 2014

30 Days of TV: Day 30


Saddest Character Death

Why, why, why?  TV shows put so much time and effort into creating great characters that the public ends up falling in love with.  We look forward to seeing these characters, cheer for them when they walk into a room.  And then what does the TV show do...kill them off.  Sometimes it's because the actor wants to be off the show; other times the character has gone as far as it can and becomes collateral damage to the story line.  And then there are times when a TV show kills a character for no apparent reason, and it leaves the public scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.  Such is the case with my pick for the saddest character death:




The death of Mike Franks absolutely stunned me.  He is a character who would always come around when Gibbs' and the team were in A LOT of danger.  Gritty, and sarcastic, Gibbs' former mentor gave NCIS fans a laugh, and more insight into the protected past of Gibbs.

Apparently the writer's of NCIS decided to give Mike cancer.  When the antagonist of the season came hunting for all of our beloved characters, Mike was there to give one last fight....the fight that he lost.  Fortunately for fans of Mike, he's turned into the Obi-Wan Kenobi of NCIS:  he keeps reappearing as an apparition that only Gibbs' can see.

Mike's loss was felt by all of the characters, and the video below shows why fans love him.



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