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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TV Review:NCIS

Premise:A team of cops and forensic experts solve crimes involving navy personnel.

Cast:Mark Harmon as Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly as Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo, Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Cote de Pablo as Ziva David, Sasha Alexander as Caitlin "Kate" Todd

Genres:Crime, drama

Notes:Image is from IMDB.

Pros:Interesting characters. Good dialogue.

Cons:Heroes do illegal stuff. Sometimes annoying characters.

So what do you expect from a TV about crimes involving navel officers? If you said feisty characters, patriotism, and scandalous/suspicious situations, you'd be right.

The characters are pretty cool but they also have some bad moments. Gibbs is the gruff team leader who treats the team like a bunch of kids he babysits and sometimes gets overly grouchy and is reluctant to show weakness. Abby is the surprisingly cheerful goth scientist who's great with technology and forensics. Tony is a lecherous jerk that often gets Gibbs-slapped. Ducky is a talkative medical examiner who loves his job. Kate Todd is a former Secret Service agent with some puritanical views (despite the fact that she has admitted she is definitely not a virgin) and who enjoys mocking Tony. Tim McGee is the awkward but earnest kid with less experience than everyone else. Ziva David is a foreign newcomer who can't quite grasp American idioms and often acts like she's invincible.

One problem is the lack of respect characters (especially Gibbs) show the law they're supposed to be enforcing. It's worse when you consider this sort of behavior is likely to end with criminals getting off because the arresting officers ignored protocol.

Overall, if you want a crime show to watch, this isn't a bad choice.

Sex:As with many other shows in this genre, there are sexual references. People have affairs. Sex is discussed. People are shown half-naked or in bed with their partners. Early on, a bunch of queer characters get killed off, frequently by suicide or their lovers. Guys hit on the women on the team, and women on the guys. And Tony DiNozzo is quite the lech, though he settles down some as the seasons go by. Rape comes up sometimes.

Bodies are shown after murders and autopsies. Guns, knives, cars, gas, bombs, and plenty of other items are used to hurt and kill people. Terrorists and serial killers attack people and places.

Language:Words like "G*d", "h*ll", "a**", "d**n", "bas**rd", "b**ch", etc.

Drugs/Alcohol:Characters drink and smoke. Illegal use and sales of drugs is brought up, as is getting drunk.

Spiritual:A handful of references to different religions.

So what were your thoughts?

© 2014 by M.R.R.

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