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NCIS S2 commentary

And so I find myself having finished S2 of NCIS.


I watched S1 ages ago - probably almost a year - and wasn't very impressed. My clearest recollection is thinking that the characters were all caricatures and hoping that a show with 11 seasons would one day move beyond that.

In all honesty, I wasn't overly thrilled with S2 either. The characters had only minor improvements, and for about 80% of the season I found Tony so skeezy that it almost doesn't make up for the moments where he really does shine. That could be a personal thing, though.

The plots were predictable and formulaic, the scripts somewhat trite, and the only real positive thing it has going for it is internal consistency, which few other shows have. It made me miss H50, as insane as those plots were, just because they were at least quality. And no less than three plots were ripped directly from somewhere else.

But the thing that gets me the most is that these are supposed to be federal agents, but 9 times out of 10 they bicker like children and it's just disgusting and annoying, not particularly interesting. In fact, I can safely say that I only watched as many as I did as quickly as I did because it flickered and made noise and that's what I needed. Again, not necessarily a bad thing for a show, but it shouldn't be the only thing it has going for it.

Though the handful of moments where Tony does shine towards the end of the season are kind of amazing, and the episode where he has the Plague is delightfully snippy, even if I really have to squint to see that one.

I'll probably end up watching the next season. I probably won't enjoy it either. But whatever. I hate-watch a lot of TV. I am fueled by semi-rightous rage, or something