DVD Review: NCIS – The Fourth Season.

Paramount Home Entertainment

Riding high on its bantering chemistry, NCIS’s fourth season goes through several arcs, drawing viewers even deeper into its characters’ lives. In the season premiere, Ziva (Cote de Pablo)–now a trusted teammate–is accused of a role in a terror plot. Forced to hide from NCIS and Mossad, she calls retired Special Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) for help. A kinder, gentler, mustachioed Gibbs takes the first few episodes to recommit to the hierarchy that so frustrated him a few months earlier.

Having taken on more responsibilities in Gibbs’s absence, Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) receives a secret assignment from Director Shepard (Lauren Holly) that plays out over the course of the season along with his regular work. The “secret” aspect of several episodes in what was billed as “A Season of Secrets” sometimes seems forced. (How can anyone hope to keep Gibbs in the dark?) The bulk of episodes still serve plot and character well, remaining naturally suspenseful.

The fourth season set includes all 24 episodes on 6 discs, five audio commentaries, and seven featurettes–the star of which is an informal Q&A with the entire principal cast over dinner at The Smoke House in Burbank. You get a glimpse of the actors’ real personalities and see that their camaraderie is genuine.

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