I have to say it’s a good thing I love the characters of NCIS as much as I do or else I think I would have given up on the show last season. The season premiere of NCIS was pretty boring as for as plots go. Nothing much happened other than the obvious. On the other had it was a great team episode. Yes the whole thing was a cliche but it was one of those cliches I’m willing to put up with.
I do have to admit that I didn’t much like the scenes where they were trying to find a replacement for Ziva. There were a lot of sexiest elements to it, especially where it become obvious that the reasons why none of the options would work out was because they were too “weak” for the role. The scene where the one candidate runs out of the office crying after meeting Gibbs was especially troublesome. Yes I realize they were trying to show that only Ziva could fill the role but I think there were better – less sexist – ways of doing it.
I also thought the final scene with the standing ovation to Ziva’s return was a bit ridiculous. Not to mention probably humiliating for Ziva since she had to be saved… Which leads to the aftermath of this episode. I am a little concerned about how it will play out. The problems between Ziva and Tony is still there, not to mention the trust issues with the rest of the team. Things got really strained at the end of last season with them not really knowing where Ziva’s loyalties lied. The fact that Gibbs let her go so easily to start with speaks to how he felt about the whole situation. On the upside from the preview I does look like the issues will at least be discussed – as for how well they’re resolved we’ll just have to wait and see.
Other things I’m hoping for this season include:
1) Less of the “immature little girl” Abby that we’ve seen in the last couple seasons and more of the “eccentric but professional” Abby that we saw in the early seasons. If there’s another episode like the Christmas episode where she acted like a little girl excited to see Santa instead of a professional adult who can realize that it’s someone dressed as Santa (it was a colleague of Ducky’s who had come in to help on a case and happened to be dressed as Santa) I don’t think I’ll be willing to put up with it any longer.
2) Less immature humor that ends up making characters who should know better look ridiculous. The episode where Tony manages to trick Tim into thinking he was chatting with a women on the internet was ridiculous. There’s no way Tony who knows nothing about computers would be able to fool Tim the computer expert! Honestly, what were the writers thinking?
I do think that the above issues are due to how long the show has been on the air. I get the feeling that the writers are bored with the characters and are just going for the easy humor rather than thinking things through. Perhaps seven years is too long for a show to stick around. I was actually grateful that Atlantis ended after season 5 so I no I’m clearly not one to think that shows should last forever. Sometimes they need to end for their own good before the characters are completely ruined by sloppy characterizations and plots that require them to be idiots to work.