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Thirty Days NCIS Meme. Day #02 - Your Least Favourite Season
I saw this quite some time ago on dinozzoitis's journal and finally got around to doing it.

Day 01 – Favourite season
Day 02 – Least favourite season
Day 03 – Favourite episode
Day 04 – Least favourite episode
Day 05 – Favourite male character
Day 06 – Favourite female character
Day 07 – Least favourite character
Day 08 – Favourite villain
Day 09 - Best story arc
Day 10 – Favourite rule
Day 11 – Favourite DiNozzo movie reference
Day 12 – Favourite Ziva-ism
Day 13 – Your OTP (one true pairing)
Day 14 – Favourite quote
Day 15 – Favourite case
Day 16 – An episode you’ve seen more than 3 times
Day 17 – Best kiss
Day 18 – Saddest moment
Day 19 – Funniest moment
Day 20 – Two characters you wish had met properly
Day 21 – Something you wish you could go back and change
Day 22 – Saddest character death
Day 23 – An episode you wish you could have been in
Day 24 – Favourite friendship
Day 25 – An ‘OMFG did that just happen?’ moment
Day 26 – Most shocking/unexpected season finale
Day 27 – Episode you shed the most tears in
Day 28 – Favourite cast member
Day 29 – First scene that comes to mind
Day 30 – Anything NCIS related

Day #02 – Least favourite season

That would be Season 03.

For me it's the season where NCIS started to change - and not for the better.

We lost Tom Morrow (my favourite director) who was replaced by Jenny Shepard whom I took a long time to warm up to, in fact I disliked her to begin with and I think making her and Gibbs ex-lovers was a big mistake for her character. They could have just stuck with her being on his team, that would have given enough edge to the relationship, adding the lovers bit was a bad idea. And Kate was replaced by Ziva. I love Ziva now, but again to being with I didn't really care for her, I didn't trust her. It wasn't as though I was a huge Kate fan, I wasn't, but I didn't like the character changes.

However, had the rest of NCIS remained the same, it wouldn't have mattered. But it didn't. Everything was different, the cases weren't as good and we got away from real, in-depth naval cases. The team interaction wasn't as tight or good. know with two new characters it was going to change, but it changed between the existing characters.  The existing characters changes somewhat too, I don't mean developed or 'grew', but they just weren't quite the same as we had in S1 & 2.  It was the season that introduced the worst story arc ever (IMO) - Shannon and Kelly. We started to delve into the more personal issues at the expense  of the cases. And that wasn't all, there was something else that I can't put into words or explain, but it just changed the whole show for me.

In some ways it was probably the most even season insofar as it had no stellar episodes but it also had no really, really awful ones. But it contains none of my top fifteen episodes. And it's not a season I would recommend to anyone, I'm afraid.

NCIS is still a show I love, it's my favourite show but Season 3 was where it began to change. I wish we could go back to the 'old school' style of Seasons 1 and 2, but that is never going to happen - the ratings are far too high to change things.

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dinozzoitis From: dinozzoitis Date: 2nd June 2011 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
when i saw this I got excited! was like "OMFG THERE IS AN NCIS MEME!!! I HAVE TO DO IT!!!" lol then i saw that you got it off of me! lol completely forgot i did this!

I think Morrow was my fave director as well... and not just because Alan Dale is Australian (ok technically he is from NZ but we stole him!)

I remember there were fans saying they were gonna boycott the show after Kate was killed off. Now I am guessing most of them are ziva fans lol!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd June 2011 16:03 (UTC) (Link)
*Giggles softly* What are you like? (Mind you, I've done the same kind of thing myself at times). It was a long time ago you did it, I've had it sitting around for months.

Oh, really? That's interesting. I loved Tom Morrow.

People say that about any actor/actress leaving *g*
kytivafan From: kytivafan Date: 2nd June 2011 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
it's funny, your least favorite is my favorite. I think it is because I started with S3 - and only watched S1 and S2 in reruns on USA channel - so it never quite gelled for me -
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd June 2011 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
I thought that when I saw your favourite season *g*

I know a lot of people started with 3 and found it less satisfying to go back to 1 and 2 - which is very interesting.
appleindecay From: appleindecay Date: 3rd June 2011 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
I think that there are the ones that got more involved since season 3 because they love how the stories were more about the team now and less about the actual cases. And there are the ones who miss the crime that was replaced by drama.

I'm in between a little, because it was Season 3 that really got me hooked. Mostly because of Ziva, but also I liked that it got a bit more personal. But it became overbearing after a while.

Now that I've seen the development that started with this season and in which direction it went, I wish we could go back too.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th June 2011 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
I think for some time they got the balance totally wrong, as it all seemed to be about the personal and drama and very little about the cases - in fact many times the naval connection was totally tenuous.

Another reason I like Seasons 1 & 2 so much is I felt the balance of person stuff and case was very good.

I can understand that.

But ratings are the things that matter and whilst they stay so high, they won't consider changing :-(
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