NCIS Season 9 Review
for Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is one of
the most successful television series ever made with a wide audience
different backgrounds and countries. It is no surprise the show is as
as it is. The series features continuing story-arcs from time to time
bulk of the series is episodic and the characters are some of the best
and acted on any network show. The plot follows a core cast of
to stop many horrible situations from happening and so forth. These
care about the community, world, and those who inhabit it.
number one reason to watch NCIS
is the characters and the performances the actors bring to their
Each actor has one of the best roles on television and it is rare to
much talent (both on screen and in scriptwriting) on one show.
writing and directing on NCIS
is strong and plays a huge role in why the show continues to be so
James Whitmore Jr. does a particularly great job in the director's
has crafted some of the most excellent episodes.
of the greatest strengths of NCIS
is that it remains creative in how it tells its stories despite being a
procedural series. The behind-the-scenes creative team is so good at
do that even with nine seasons the show feels full of great ideas and
energy. This season isn't even a bad place for newcomers to start.
would make a lot more sense to begin at the beginning of the show there
little doubt that NCIS can continue to gain new fans through
doesn't take long to realize the
greatness of NCIS is not in the plots (although there are some
but in the characters, the dynamics, and the unique writing and
keeps each episode in a special league known as the highest class in
entertainment. To put it simply: If you haven't already started
you're missing out on one of the best shows out there.
Harmon is Special Agent Jethro
Gibbs. Gibbs is the leader of the entire group on the series and the
is one that brings in charisma, intelligence, and strength to the show
(especially through guidance to the other characters). Special Agent
DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) probably looks up to Gibbs the most and he
the comedic factor on the show up by several notches, and still manages
to be a
dramatic backbone to the entire show too. As per usual, he's a
for his many and varied film references. Film buffs can and will enjoy.
Perrette excels as the lovable
and high-energy Abby Sciuto; an interesting character that melds the
gothic-style clothing design with the kind heartedness found in a
loyal and intelligent woman. Abby is one of the smartest and kindest
on the series. The eccentricities of the character would seem bizarre
sense of understanding but make perfect sense when considering who the
character is that viewers get to know and love over the course of the
It's actually difficult to not smile when Abby is on screen.
Murray plays the nerdy but somewhat
reserved and solemn Special Agent Timothy McGee. This character is a
bit of an
underdog in the show (McGee started out in a fairly normal office
there are many moments where the strength and dedication of this
shine through and that is wonderful to witness.
de Pablo surprises as Ziva
David. She is the toughest of the entire group (she always seems ready
some butt) and her storyline often brings some real sadness into the
but she demonstrates great strength throughout and that makes her
of the most important links to holding the group together. Ziva
some great chemistry with Anthony: if only the pair would admit to each
they have feelings for the other... and have a beautiful relationship
course, there's also tough glue to
the NCIS department: Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who is
character that manages to keep things running as smooth as
Lastly, the show just wouldn't be the same without the eccentric Ducky
McCallum) and his equally bizarre yet sweet apprentice Jimmy (Brian
working on all of the medical examinations.
immediately started off with a stellar episode, Nature of
the Beast, and it was an intense continuation and
conclusion to the cliffhanger from season eight's conclusion. Things on
NCIS begin to seem bleak and dark in the
opening episode of the season, and the tone is set to be one of
character development and more serious storylines. This feeling doesn't
long, however. The apparent game-changing
mode of NCIS seemed gone by the second
episode aired last season. By that point, things were already beginning
comparatively normal within the NCIS world.
still continued to truck along with another excellent season though.
to the previous season, NCIS just doesn't seem to have
enormous a storyline or arc of equal status in the ninth season outing.
doesn't stop the show from being a well-made and engaging series, of
it is disappointing that some of the intensity of the writing was
to some minor degree.
are plenty of standout episodes
though. The Penelope Papers is an
excellent episode that brings us some more background on McGee as we
grandmother (performed with the excellence of Lily Tomlin). Engaged
and 2) are some of the most intense moments in Season 9 and will have
glued to their seats. Life Before His
Eyes is the season's best episode and stands on its own as a fine
of television's opportunity to expand upon storytelling potential.
involved likely felt it had to be a particularly special show, because
the 200th episode. The way the plot was orchestrated it
could have just
been unspectacular flashbacks but instead it was an episode that delved
into Gibb's own history and character in a way that was fascinating and
of the aspects of this season
that I was looking forward to in the beginning was the arrival of Jamie Lee Curtis to the show. If anyone had
asked me before watching the episodes, I'd imagine my response to her
the show would be hugely enthusiastic. She is a wonderful actress.
felt the writers did a disservice to her by providing a role that was
established quite as well as I had hoped for. The character feels
times, and not so much because of the performance. I simply felt that
writing did little to introduce the audience to the character. Instead,
as though the writer's simply hoped that everyone would recognize her
enjoyable and talented Jamie Lee Curtis. This made the entire role
underwhelming to me. I sincerely wish more time had been spent
character, especially given that the character seems to be established
someone who will become even more prominent along whatever road NCIS is taking for its future episodes. It
made the entire character arc far less enjoyable.
was hugely entertaining and a welcome return but the lack of
development in the
storylines surprised me and was actually somewhat disappointing this
was expecting the writers to find more character moments to create and
to be in
line with the development of the overarching plot of NCIS. I was anticipating
that even though the show is largely episodic.
so, NCIS remains one of the best shows currently
airing on TV, and with one of the largest and most satisfying ensemble
ever assembled. It is worth seeking out and fans of the show will keep
in to see their favorite characters and the exciting chemistry that has
to exist vibrantly between the amazing cast members. I thought Season 8
a tad better in terms of plot-development, but that's the main
difference. As I said about last
season: the main reason I watch the show is the characters. Besides the
underdeveloped arc for Jamie Lee Curtis's character, this is something
disappoint at all. Fans will ultimately be delighted when they see NCIS season nine.
The Ninth Season arrives on DVD with each episode
presented with the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen
anamorphic enhancement provided for 16:9 television displays. The show
has a modern-day
look that makes it feel above-average as a production, but series
muted throughout and are never quite as memorable as other high-budget
television series. Despite some image imperfections due to
image quality remains impressive with good contrast and depth that
help the show remain both stylized and naturalistic at the same time.
The PQ is
pleasant and will satisfy fans of NCIS.
disc contains three to five of the twenty-four season nine episodes.
The NCIS sound design contains a 5.1
surround sound option and a standard 2.0 Dolby Digital option. Either
should work fine for this type of series, but the surround sound mix
listeners a more dynamic mix with some sound effects, and music that is
enveloping. Standard 2.0 and 5.1 mixes both contain easy to understand
are: English SDH (for the
deaf and hard of hearing), Spanish, and Portuguese.
included on the following episodes:
Housekeeping (Michael Weatherly and
Cote de Pablo), Life Before His Eyes
(Mark Harmon, Gary Glasberg, and Tony Wharmby), Rekindled
(Michael Weatherly and Mark Horowitz), Up in Smoke
(Brian Dietzen, Matt Jones,
and Steven D. Binder) .
(22:53) is a behind the scenes
look at the making of Season 9. It features interviews and footage from
the show's production period. This supplement is essentially one where
who worked on the show celebrates their success in making it to nine
while its a show that is still going strong.
(7:35) focuses on the
post-production aspect of the series (which literally begins while the
still filming due to the turnaround times). It features footage
the way this process works and features interviews with those who make
production elements actually happen.
(10:53) is about the casting on
the show. This piece features interviews with NCIS casting
directors and other NCIS alum as they discuss the
essential nature of the casting
process and how supporting guest roles have been essential to the show
maintaining its massive success.
(12:08) is a celebratory
behind-the-scenes piece about the show hitting its 200th
This is a neat extra and the cast/writers/crew share moments reflecting
the series has made such a huge impact all the way to its 200th
episode. This is an accomplishment in need of the attention it is given
this supplement -- quite the magnificent milestone for NCIS.
Season 9 Cast Roundtable
(41:20) was a blast to watch. Any
fan of NCIS should check out the cast
roundtable for this season. First of all, these actors are as charming
are for a good reason: they seem to be likeable people all around. You
enjoy watching the cast as they goof off, banter, and discuss the show
characters. One thing that is neat about this supplement was how the
answered several different questions received from fans of the show.
there was quite the uneven divide: Michael Weatherly seemed to receive
questions and this did not go unnoticed by the rest of the cast.
dedicated fans will want to consider it necessary to watch this
Up: Jamie Lee Curtis On
entirely about the season 9 collaboration with Jamie Lee Curtis. It
more clips from the episodes than most of the featurettes do yet things
still engaging overall, especially when fellow cast members and Jamie
herself discuss how the collaboration began and grew over the course of
(1:26) is the lone deleted scene
included from the season. It is from the season finale. Though it
expand upon anything related to the questionable conclusion of the
cliffhanger it is a nice scene that I found myself surprised to realize
deleted from broadcast.
pretty easy answer as to why NCIS is
such a massively popular television series. In this case, it's the
too: the cast is wonderful. People love these characters because they
charming, believable, and engaging. As far as television ensembles go, NCIS is one of the best examples out
there. While the plot-lines and directions the stories take can
underwhelming, I continue to watch because I care about the people of NCIS. The characters make the show, and NCIS
remains a favorite because of it. If
you aren't already on board the series train to entertainment bliss now
good a time as any to check out the show. There might be a good chance
love the show.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.