TV Show Review – NCIS, Season 13

NCIS: Season 13
Courtesy of CBS Television Studios
Release Date: August 23, 2016

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I haven’t been watching NCIS long, but it is definitely one of those shows I love to binge-watch. I can sit down and watch a whole season over a weekend. I can never catch the show on primetime, though, so I was excited to hear about the thirteenth season coming to DVD. And just as I had hoped, the show does not disappoint. Season 13 amps up the intensity, and the result is a crazy-fun season full of twists, turns, and surprises.

If you are not familiar with NCIS, here is the series’ plot synopsis courtesy of CBS:

Dive into the newest, thrilling episodes of the #1 drama series on television when NCIS: THE THIRTEENTH SEASON arrives on DVD packed with exclusive special features fans will love. Led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the NCIS team continues to investigate all crimes with NAVY or Marine Corps ties, from murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines. The popular ensemble cast also includes Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum, and Emily Wickersham.

The six-disc collection of NCIS: THE THIRTEENTH SEASON features all 24 episodes and includes a wide array of bonus features. As long-time star Michael Weatherly takes his final bow, The Definitive DiNizzo featurette includes special tributes to the actor from the cast, producers, and crew. The explosive special feature BOOM dives into all the action with a special look at some of the unforgettable explosions that take pace in the series. To celebrate the tremendous success of NCIS, Celebrating 300 features commentary from the cast and crew on filming 300 episodes. Heroes’ Song goes behind the scene of the 300th episode, “Scope,” which features a special appearance from the MusiCorps and guest star Taye Diggs. Last, Crossing Over: A Look at “Sister City” profiles the special two-hour episode when the NCIS cast meets the stars of NCIS: New Orleans.

I am quite impressed with how fresh the writers keep the show after all these years. I was concerned the plotlines would start getting stale after a while, but they never do.

Season 13 is shot well, and each episode is meticulously crafted with care. I like the cohesion of the content; you’re never starting an episode in left field, having no clue what’s going on. The episodes blend together nicely, offering a satisfying and rewarding entertainment experience.

True to form, the acting is great once again. The cast meshes well and gives believable performances. I never have to suspend belief in order to get into a particular portrayal. I am sad to see Michael Weatherly departing the show, but I hope they can reintegrate him into future episodes from time-to-time somehow.

NCIS is like comfort food for the mind. Regardless of what you have going on in life, you can sit down, watch a few episodes, and feel better about yourself. I loved season 13, and I highly recommend it. If you’re new to NCIS, work your way up to this one quick…you won’t regret it. The thirteenth season hits store shelves tomorrow, so make a note.

MSB

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