Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Endearing, engaging ‘NCIS’

(Published Oct. 3, PDI-Entertainment)
By Oliver M. Pulumbarit

The successful crime drama series “NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)” continues to strike a balance between dread and optimism, as well as humor and action. A mysterious, Navy- or Marine-related death almost every episode is solved by an intrepid group of investigators, experts in their respective fields sharing a familial bond.

The seventh season of “NCIS” simultaneously debuted on August on six cable channels. In the season opener, the NCIS agents embark on a daring rescue mission after tracking down their missing teammate, special agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo).

Based in Washington, DC and led by Jethro “Boss” Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the small but efficient NCIS Major Case Response Team is composed of Ziva David, Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), and Agent McGee (Sean Murray). Crucial to solving their cases are forensics specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) and chief medical examiner Ducky Mallard (David McCallum).

The friendly rapport between the characters counterbalances the discovery of grisly crimes and the revelation of sordid secrets in their subsequent unraveling.

Stories aren’t merely problem-solving scenarios; characters get to shine regularly as sides to their personalities are developed. A few cases have focused on, or are tangentially related to tragic events from Jethro Gibbs’ past. The snappy repartee and occasional bickering between DiNozzo and McGee keep things from becoming dreary.

The show recently spawned a spirited spin-off series, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which has its own dynamic and atmosphere.

“NCIS” season 7 episodes will be shown on Oct. 7 and 8 (8:15 p.m.) and Oct. 9 (8:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m.) on Fox. “NCIS: Los Angeles” airs Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. on Studio 23.

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