DVD review: NCIS

NCIS: The Complete Second Season
Paramount Home Entertainment

Introduced in a two-part, eighth-season episode of the military legal drama JAG, NCIS–following the fictionalized cases of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service–promised to be grittier and faster-paced than its stately sister show.

Not held to military courtesy, NCIS’s characters let their personalities shine, each offering a distinct perspective on the action while adding to the overall chemistry; from senior investigator Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to slicker, more impulsive Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly); from grandfatherly M.E. “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) to goth forensic scientist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette).

In its second season NCIS further distanced itself from JAG, deemphasizing its military angle and highlighting human interest. Always employing inventive camera work, the second season included grainy flashbacks andblack-and-white freeze-frames to introduce and end each act, which have become the series’ signature.

The DVD set includes 23 episodes on six discs, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, and two audio commentaries–on “Black Water” with co-execproducer Chas. Floyd Johnson and on “Twilight” with writer John C. Kelleyand actors Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette.–
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Gerald So