Move Over, Wonder Woman
María José de Pablo Fernández a/k/a Coté de Pablo
Coté de Pablo is a Chilean actress, songwriter, vocalist, and recording artist, best known for her role as Special Agent Ziva David in the hit television series NCIS.
In years past, Linda Carter was a television icon, spinning into her Wonder Woman garb to the delight of millions (mostly male). One expected the super feats and exploits of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and others, but Wonder Woman added a new dimension to the era in the form of a female super hero. It was a novelty at the time. Ziva David is different. She is real.
De Pablo plays a former Israeli Mossad Liaison Officer, now a Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Ziva has it all. She is blessed with the beauty Hollywood seems to require, but projects herself as a serious, intelligent, formidable protector of innocent folks everywhere. From day one of her appearance on the show, there was never a doubt as to whether she would make it in a world of men or be able to perform her duties as well as her male counterparts. She is better than everyone. Ziva gets the job done because she is the best, not the best woman.
I find her to be a role model for young women everywhere. I don’t believe I have ever seen a TV show or movie production dealing with terrorism, violence, spies, and criminal activity, or anything else for that matter, where the gender of the heroine was not constantly glaring at spectators, often creating a feeling of make believe.
Arnold and Sly were stronger than everyone else. James Bond was smarter. Chuck Norris had special skills. Most Hollywood female cops and CIA agents have been equipped with other qualities. They could seduce. They were masters of disguise. They were sharp shooters. They even had boyfriends or husbands to help them out of jams. Not Ziva. She has it all. It is impossible to follow NCIS without recognizing the true qualities she possesses. She is not the model woman. She is the model person.
In a recent episode, Ziva unsuspectingly found herself amid four of the worst foes on the planet. Besides being murderers, the men looked more like gorillas than humans. When the NCIS team discovered her plight, knowing they could never arrive in time to assist her, an FBI agent asked team-leader Gibbs if agent David carried a weapon. His response was appropriate: “She is a weapon.” When the team finally arrived, the four predators lay sprawled out on the ground, hogtied. The viewing audience never once thought it was quite a feat for a woman.
Ziva David has leveled the playing field ‘70s feminists never quite discovered. There is nothing forced with this lady. She is simply the best.