NCIS Season 13 DVD Review
for Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is one of the most successful
television series ever made with a wide audience spanning different
and countries. It is no surprise the show is as popular as it is. The
features continuing story-arcs from time to time but the bulk of the
episodic and the characters are some of the best written and acted on
network show. The plot follows a core cast of characters working to
horrible situations from happening and so forth. These characters care
the community, world, and those who inhabit it.
The number one
reason to watch NCIS is
the characters and the performances the actors bring to their
actor has one of the best roles on television and it is rare to find so
talent (both on screen and in scriptwriting) on one show.
The 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.
One of the greatest
strengths of NCIS is
that it remains creative in how it tells its stories despite being a
series. The behind-the-scenes creative team is so good at what they do
even with eleven seasons the show feels full of great ideas and genuine
While it would make a lot more sense to begin at the beginning of the
is little doubt that NCIS
can continue to gain new fans through re-runs and new episodes.
It doesn't take
long to realize the greatness of NCIS is
not in the plots (although there are some great ones) but in the
characters, the dynamics, and the unique writing and direction that
episode in a special league known as the highest class in television
entertainment. To put it simply: If you haven't already started
watching NCIS you're missing out on one
of the best shows
Mark Harmon is
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs is the leader of the entire group on
series and the character is one that brings in charisma, intelligence,
strength to the show (especially through guidance to the other
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) probably looks up to
the most and he brings the comedic factor on the show up by several
and still manages to be a dramatic backbone to the entire show too. As
usual, he's a character known for his many and varied film references.
buffs can and will enjoy.
excels as the lovable and high-energy Abby Sciuto; an interesting
that melds the world of gothic-style clothing design with the kind
found in a genuinely loyal and intelligent woman. Abby is one of the
and kindest characters on the series. The eccentricities of the
seem bizarre in one sense of understanding but make perfect sense when
considering who the character is that viewers get to know and love over
course of the show. It's actually difficult to not smile when Abby is on screen.
Sean Murray plays
the nerdy but somewhat reserved and solemn Special Agent Timothy McGee.
character is a bit of an underdog in the show (McGee started out in a
normal office position) yet there are many moments where the strength
dedication of this spirited man shine through and that is wonderful to
Ellie Bishop (Emily
Wickersham), who joined the series in place of former star Cote de
seasons ago is now an even stronger addition to the show. Bishop's role
show has been expanded even further in Season 13 and she has fully
central part of the ensemble. Ellie was a smart and on-her-toes analyst
NSA who leaves that agency to work with NCIS as a ground field
while using smarts towards figuring out some of the more difficult
stuff that the team can benefit from.
Season 13 introduces a new
recurring character to the show: Dr. Cyril
Taft (Jon Cryer), a doctor who helped to save the life of Gibbs during
surgical procedure in the premiere episode of the season. Gibbs, who
died after being shot, is aided by Taft during the season. Taft helps
Gibbs by meeting
with him regularly: he is determined to convince him that he needs
There's also the
tough glue to the NCIS department: Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll),
who is the one character that manages to keep things running
smooth as possible. Lastly, the show just wouldn't be the same without
eccentric Ducky (David McCallum) and his equally bizarre yet sweet
Jimmy (Brian Dietzen) working on all of the medical examinations.
NCIS: Season 13 continues to
expand on the series with more stories, excitement, and
This season has a stronger focus on character storylines than the last season did. The show explores the
difficult transition for NCIS leader Gibb's after a nearly fatal wound
being shot). While Gibb's continues to lead the team, he must also
learn to come
to terms with his near-fatality.
Ellie Bishop (Emily
Wickersham) has a lot on her plate this season as well: her character
have relationship problems with her husband. It becomes one of the
sub-plots of the entire season as Bishop must overcome the problems
her marriage. It's one of the major elements of the season.
The season has some
special stand-out episodes and side-stories revolving around family of
character's. There's a storyline revolving around Ducky and his
with his half-brother when he was a young man. It's a particularly
for fans of the character.
The season is also
distinctive for having a two-part crossover episode which combines
from NCIS and spinoff NCIS:
New Orleans. The first episode, Sister
City: Part 1 was an NCIS episode with guest appearances from NCIS: New Orleans characters. For Sister
City: Part 2, it was primarily a NCIS: New Orleans
episode with NCIS guest appearances. The episode
two-parter is also fascinating as the first time we see the older,
version of Abby's little brother. It's an exciting two-part episode
certainly entertain fans of either series.
Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) is given a storyline about a past
that ended badly. This season explores his character's grief in dealing
this relationship. It's also, significantly, DiNozzo's last season on NCIS as Michael Weatherly won't be
returning for Season 14 of the series. It's hard to imagine the show
him on it. In Season 13, DiNozzo remains one of the most engaging,
and fun characters on the series. DiNozzo will be missed.
Season 13 continues
to find a good balance between the drama of the characters and
still having a fun, humorous aspect to it. NCIS
can be quite charming and hilarious at times especially because of the
banter between the lead characters. DiNozzo, in the character's final
the show, continues to add much to the humor.
NCIS continues to
be one of the more entertaining
series on television. The series has a great core cast of characters
it an engaging, exciting, and worthwhile drama. The season wisely
places a good
emphasis on the character's storylines and it makes this a season fans
find especially engaging and worthwhile. The shift this season from
story arcs to character-based storylines worked well. NCIS
remains one of television's most entertaining programs.
NCIS: Season 13 arrives on DVD
with an impressive presentation. The picture quality is clean, vibrant,
impressive with good colors. The series is presented in the original
broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen. It is an anamorphic
presentation enhanced for widescreen HDTV displays.
While it is not as pristine of a
presentation as a Blu-ray release
would have provided, this is still a solid standard definition
of the series will certainly find it a decent and satisfactory
NCIS arrives on DVD with a Dolby Digital sound
presentation. Both 5.1 surround sound and 2.0 stereo audio
provided. The audio is clean, clear, and crisp. Dialogue is easy to
The series music and sound effects are also well presented on this
Subtitles are presented in English
SDH (for the deaf and hard of
hearing) and Spanish.
NCIS: Sister City Part 1, NCIS New Orleans:
Sister City Part 2, Viral, 16 Years, Reasonable Doubts
Deleted Scenes are
provided from the following
Reasonable Doubts and Charade
Bonus Episode: NCIS: New Orleans: Sister City
(Part 2) -
The conclusion to Sister City: Part 1, a NCIS episode
part of a special two-episode crossover event.
A Look At Sister City (16 min.) is a
scenes featurette exploring the making of both Sister City: Part 1
City: Part 2. It explores the unique way in which this two-part
episode was made between the teams behind both NCIS and NCIS:
BOOM (6 min.) is a behind the scenes look
at some of
the practical special effects work done to make the explosive sequences
on the series.
The featurette includes interviews with the effects team who help bring
"explosions" to life.
Celebrating 300 (9 min.) is a featurette
celebration of the series hitting a 300 episode milestone. The creative
behind the series (producers, actors, and others involved with the
celebrate the massive success of the series and get to eat cupcakes
episode titles on them.
Heroes' Song (9 min.) highlights the
music program featured in the 300th episode and focuses on the
behind-the-scenes making of the episode.
Inside Season 13 (25 min.) is a making-of
exploring the production of Season 13, featuring interviews with the
team (from cast to crew).
The Definitive DiNozzo (14 min.) explores
history of the character Anthony
DiNozzo on NCIS. Michael Weatherly
discusses his work on the series over the past thirteen seasons.
All's Fair in Love and War (7 min.) focuses
on the (many)
troubled relationships between the characters on NCIS over the
many seasons and the new development this season of the marriage issues
Bishop and her husband.
The Agency Turns 50 (8 min.) is a
featurette for a
50th Anniversary Celebration of NCIS featuring series actor
NCIS remains a fun and exciting television drama in
its thirteenth season. The season places a strong focus on the
is another well-done season of the long-running program. Alas, Season
13 is the
swan-song for beloved fan-favorite character Special
Agent Anthony DiNozzo. Fans of NCIS will certainly
want to check out Season 13.
The DVD release of
Season 13 contains an impressive presentation with a small assortment
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.