June 2nd, 2011

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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.

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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.