I agree with the comparison of Bishop and McGee, but I also think that Bishop is more mature than Ziva in one area. Bishop understands that there is a learning curve between being an analyst and being an agent. Ziva did not grasp that concept when she transitioned from Mossad officer to NCIS agent, and her lack of maturity showed with her reaction to the probie issue.
I think the difference between the two is that in canon, Ziva was trained in combat by her father from an early age, and she served for two years in the Israeli army, which is not known for being a soft job.
That said, I'm getting the feeling that I'm maybe part of another discussion I don't know about here. I've only been reading this topic for a little while, since I started bingewatching this show in reruns less than a year ago. I don't have particularly strong feelings about Ziva. I think she was an interesting character, because she was one of the few characters I can think of who had a strong connection to their religion and their culture without becoming The Religious Character, and I appreciated that she was from a different background than we usually see on TV. Still, of the two, I kind of preferred Kate. My reaction to Bishop isn't about comparing her unfavorably to Ziva, and if exploring the new dynamic in the team means less grade school bickering, I'm all for it.
I just feel as if we're getting buffeted with Bishop's awesome, and that they're showing the team behaving uncharacteristically with her because of it, and that doesn't do her character any service. I understand that when you're replacing a popular character you have to try to make the new character likable enough to bear comparison. Strictly for me, though, if she was shown having to struggle a little more to find her place in the team and learn all the things she doesn't know (as opposed to having Gibbs be understanding about her potentially life-endangering mistakes in the field and having a working knowledge of forensics because she read a book), I'd be far more comfortable with her.
All of which can be neatly filed under mileage varies, of course. But it's truly not about Ziva for me. As near as i can tell, the only thing I can see that they have in common is being female.
Edited by jmhm, Mar 4, 2014 @ 6:28 PM.