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NCIS The Second Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 1007 minutes (23 episodes on six discs), two audio commentaries, four featurettes

STUDIO: CBS Paramount Network TV/ CBS DVD/ Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 11-14-2006

DISC 1- SEE NO EVIL/ THE GOOD WIVES CLUB/ VANISHED/ LT. JANE DOE

DISC 2- THE BONE YARD/ TERMINAL LEAVE/ CALL OF SILENCE/ HEART BREAK

DISC 3- FORCED ENTRY/ CHAINED/ BLACK WATER/ DOPPELGANGER

DISC 4- THE MEAT PUZZLE/ WITNESS/ CAUGHT ON TAPE/ POP LIFE

DISC 5- AN EYE FOR AN EYE/ BIKINI WAX/ CONSPIRACY THEORY/ RED CELL

DISC 6- HOMETOWN HERO/ SWAK/ TWILIGHT

NCIS is a fun crime drama. The cast is great and the guest casting is sometimes just fantastic. THE MEAT PUZZLE looks at Ducky's home life while TWILIGHT brings the shocking end to one of the team (and it was hinted at by accident in the season 1 finale). Do I think the developing relationship between two of the members was wasted because one of the actors didn't want to do it anymore? Yes. I just wish the season 3 opener didn't threaten to launch into jump the shark territory before again becoming the show it was. I can't wait to watch the season 3 DVD set because I missed most of the second half of that season.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 2.0, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround

Subtitles: English close captioning

Video and audio is on the same level of quality as the episodes in the season 1 DVD set.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries were recorded:

THE BONE YARD with Chas. Floyd Johnson

TWILIGHT with Pauley Perrette, writer John C. Kelley, and Michael Weatherly

TWILIGHT is the more fun of the two tracks. They hint at season 3 while watching the episode. The other track is a little dry with some info contained in the track.

four featurettes are on disc 6:

INVESTIGATING SEASON 2- Producers, writers, and actors talk about the changes and developments in season 2. How an actor leaving changed the plot for the end of the season and the growing rerun ratings during the summer.

WHAT'S NEW IN SEASON 2- the technical changes done to season 2 from using Super 8 film with blue streaks for flashbacks, each act of an episode starting with the last seconds from the end of the act, and more.

THE REAL N.C.I.S.- A look at the real NCIS, how the series is based on lots of real cases, the requirements for being an agent, and Mark Harmon posed as an NCIS agent during a real NCIS briefing he was asked to sit in. Mark Harmon and NCIS Special Agent In Charge Richard W. Warmack are interviewed.

LAB TOUR WITH PAULEY PERRETTE- Pauley gives a fun tour and you find out used gloves and old sides (dialogue pages) are hidden everywhere in the lab set.

FINAL ANALYSIS: NCIS is a step up from season 1 with the shocking ending to season 2 that was foreshadowed in season 1 by accident. I hope Mark Harmon and others contribute to the audio commentaries for future sets. It is a good step in the right direction with a couple of actors doing tracks. I hope they do more than two tracks per set in the future.

Related DVD Reviews:

NCSI Season 1- http://enterline2.tripod.com/ncis_season1.html

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