NCIS: Season 10
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NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team of special agents forced to work together in high-stress situations. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
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“NCIS” has always been one of my favorite TV shows. I like it so much that I now own every season on DVD. Not long ago, I watched all 24 episodes of “NCIS” Season 10 in the span of about a week. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.
“NCIS” is, of course, the long-running police procedural that is inspired by the real-world Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the civilian-run law enforcement agency of the U.S. Navy. The show, which follows a fictional team of NCIS Special Agents, has (to date) completed 13 seasons on CBS. Season 10 ran from September 2012 to May 2013.
As Season 10 opens, the very first order of business is to resolve the “cliffhanger” from the Season 9 finale. Who on Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs’s Major Case Response Team survived the bombing of NCIS headquarters by arch-nemesis Harper Dearing? Did NCIS Medical Examiner "Ducky" Mallard die after suffering a heart attack? We learn that everyone is alive, but what remains uncertain – and what is slowly and skillfully revealed as the season progresses – is what the long-term effects of the bombing are on our protagonists…
Thus begins one of the most intense and dramatic seasons of “NCIS” that has appeared in several years. Several of Season 10’s episodes interweave each team member’s personal struggle to recover from the bombing with many new and intriguing cases they must investigate. Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard begins a long and difficult road back to full health after his heart attack; and forensics expert Abby Sciuto’s nightmares force her to confront her worst fears…
Two multi-episode story arcs make Season 10 especially fascinating. An assassination attempt on Agent Ziva David’s father creates an international incident and results in the murder of a team member's loved one. During the ensuing investigation, Ziva begins behaving erratically while tracking down a suspect in the case. Against this backdrop, an over-zealous agent from the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office suddenly arrives at NCIS headquarters and announces that Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is now under investigation for possible criminal activities…
I don’t think there’s a weak or mediocre episode anywhere to be found in “NCIS” Season 10. In fact, I can say with confidence that I believe the tenth season of “NCIS” is so consistently outstanding that it ranks among the finest in the long history of the show. Highly recommended.
Having said that, I found Season 10 to be up to the usual high standards this series continually gives. At this point, dealing with "The Body Of The Week" part of the story has become secondary to the doings in the MTAC and between the team. The interaction between the team and those around it has always been the hallmark of the series, and continued to be in this season. The cast, as always, were great; and the "visits"--Diane Neal's Abagail Borin, Joe Spano's Tobias Fornell--were at their usual high standards.
This season began wrapping up the "Harper Deering" story, followed by Navy Yard bombing's aftermath--Abby being unable to sleep, Ducky fighting to get back to work following his heart attack...in the first half of the season, the episodes that stick out are "Lost At Sea"--where Neal's CGIS Special Agent Borin and the team investigate a downed helicopter and the murdered pilot of the chopper; the two-parter "Shell-Shock", where a Marine suffering from PTSD witnesses the kidnapping/murder of a fellow Marine (Or does he??!?) and Gibbs has to help him sort out what he saw and what he didn't;
"Devil's Trifecta", in which Melinda McGraw returns as the ex-wife of both Fornell and Jethro. McGraw is magnificent as Diane Gibbs Fornell Sterling--she isn't in the best of moods when she pops up, and the aftermath of Tim McGee having to be her bodyguard one night...and the looks on the faces of Gibbs and Fornell (To say NOTHING of Tobias' reaction) may be one of the funniest moments this series has EVER had. Robert Wagner comes back as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. for "You Better Watch Out", and for the first time, the series goes inside of Tony the Younger's apartment. The episode that most sticks out in the first half of the season is "The Namesake". This is a brilliant and touching episode, bringing back Ralph Waite as Jackson Gibbs and introducing Billy Dee Williams as Leroy Jethro Moore, the man Gibbs was named for. It's an episode that deals with the estrangement between Gibbs's father and Jethro the Elder...and Gibbs' mother, who both men loved. A strong episode, dealing with two old men's pride and stubborness.
The season flipped with it's SECOND two-parter--"Shalom Shabbat" and "Shiva". Michael Nouri makes his final appearance as Ziva's father, the Mossad spymaster Eli David; Paula Newsome makes her final appearance as Jackie Vance, Leon Vance's wife. Obviously, this is where I began to suspect--upon a second viewing of the season--that Brennan and Glassberg were writing an exit strategy for Ziva; but as the second half of the season progressed, Rocky Carroll's Leon Vance had to adjust to being a widower...but also came to understand Gibbs more, especially when it came to Jethro's avenging of Shannon and Kelly. For Carroll, the second half of the season was an evolving performance that was done well. Cote was very, VERY good in the back half--Ziva NEVER lost her focus at work, but was working off the books to pursue (And yes, KILL) Ilan Bodnar. That second half of the season seemed a stark contrast to Season 1 after "Bete Noire"--remember Gibbs' workstation running facial recognition on the photo of Ari until the end of the season??!? Notable in the second half are "Detour", where Mallard and Palmer are kidnapped with a body they were taking back to MTAC and have to work to plan an escape, and "Squall", in which we meet McGee's father--an Admiral in the Navy--and see the strain in their relationship (Note: Sean Murray has had a lot of fun in dealing with Tim's various family issues--in my review of Season 9, I forgot to talk about "The Penelope Papers", and how great Lily Tomlin was as Tim's grandmother).
The season's last two episodes actually come after Ziva has avenged both her father's murder and Jackie Vance's murder (The episode--major surprise--is named "Revenge"), and again, really seem to have been plotted out with the option of Ziva leaving the MTAC. Colin Hanks' Richard Parsons, the Inspector General investigator, seems to question whether Gibbs is leading a team that "has a lot of red on their ledger" (Avengers' line, I know...), and focuses on Gibbs--again, going back to this series go-to story, Jethro sniping Pablo Hernandez all those years ago. The season finale is unique--Muse Watson returns, so we get Mike Franks as spirit guide again. But the shock here is John M. Jackson dusting off A.J. Chegwidden from "JAG". It's a great return, somewhat surprising--of course, some probably were thinking "Chegwidden??!? They couldn't have gotten Harm or Mac??!?" Then again, Jackson's return could be just a start of Brennan going full circle...
This was a season that got angry after the deaths of Eli and Jackie. The usual lightness that sometimes is part and parcel of this series was shadowed by knowing that Ziva was on the hunt for Ilan, and KNOWING what she was going to do to Bodnar when she caught up to him. Again, in viewing the season again after the summer, I just was left feeling the showrunners knew Cote was more likely to NOT come back.
The only disappointment would be the final episodes are focusing once again on who DiNozzo is sleeping with. It would be nice to keep the focus on crime solving.
KUDOS to Mark Harmon for creating one of the most captivating characters and performances on television!
Well I returned it for full refund, then purchased it here..
Pro - Cheaper then B&M store, no hassle purchase..
CON - First disk Failed.. Again.. im seriously questioning the quality of the DVD releases now.. as I figured 2 separate purchases from 2 different locations entirely wouldn't both be bad!.. Its not even worthy going through the hassle to RMA - but ugh.. its annoying to have disks fail 2 times.. Guess i have seriously bad luck. its not a packaging fault / shipping fault - disk isnt scratched or damaged in any way - but it still fails to load (possibly due to DRM or bad copy?)