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NCIS Naval Criminal Investigative Service - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: NCIS NAVAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

Release Date: November 14, 2006 (CBS DVD)
Color/2004-05
MSRP: $64.99
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 16 Hours, 47 Minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 104 Minutes, 16 Seconds.
Audio: English 2.0 Surround, Spanish 2.0 Surround
Closed Captioned
Special Features:
- “Investigating Season 2”
- “What’s New in Season 2”
- “The Real N.C.I.S”
- Lab Tour with Pauley Perrette
- Audio Commentaries


Introduction:

N.C.I.S: The Complete Second Season continues to thrill audiences with its surprising twists and character-driven stories. Led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), this squad of highly trained NCIS agents proves it is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to thwart espionage and terrorism around the world. Intense and fast-moving, all 23 episodes of NCIS Season 2 are filled with even more of the wit and humor that has become a signature of this smash hit show’s incomparable style.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Anyone who’s a fan of this show knows exactly how the memorable episodes section for *this* season ends already. So, we’ll definitely get that last. As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t especially get into this show until season three, so most of these episodes are new to me. Season Two kicked off with a good episode, “See No Evil.” The title refers to one of the characters being held hostage, the blind daughter of a Navy Captain (his wife is also being held hostage). It is classic “hostage scenario,” but in this series it works. In “Call of Silence,” an elderly Marine veteran and Medal of Honor winner confesses to murdering his best friends 60 years ago in a war battle. NCIS winds up getting involved in trying to solve the inherent secrets of the matter, and saving the man from prison. In “Forced Entry,” a Marine’s wife shoots an intruder in self-defense when he’s about to rape her. They find out the wife was leading a double-life, and had been chatting with the stranger on the internet, and that she might have lured him to her home not knowing he was a serial rapist. In Doppelganger, the team receives a call from a telemarketer (aaaaah!)… no….the team receives a call from a telemarketer, reporting a possible murder of a petty officer who appeared to be dying while on the phone with him. The team discovers this to be a practical joke, however, the person is soon found dead….(cue dramatic music)

In “The Meat Puzzle,” Ducky identifies the bodies of a sheriff and prosecutor that worked with him on a rape case 10 years ago. Anyone want to guess what happens next? If you said “Ducky gets kidnapped,” give yourself a cookie! Wonder Years fan might be interested in the next episode, “Witness.” Not only is it a good episode (A woman claims to have seen a murder of a sailor in the apartment across from hers….Gibbs assigns it to McGee, which doesn’t go so well), but it guest stars Danica McKellar, AKA: Winnie Cooper. Musician Mya is in the episode “Pop Life,” for those interesting. In “Red Cell,” a Marine is murdered, and shortly thereafter the main suspect is murdered as well. A trace is discovered in e-mails involving the two, called “Red Cell,” leading them to believe the marine must have been involved in a death game. In “SWAK,” Tony opens a mysterious letter, thinking it’s for him. A small puff of white powder comes out, releasing a virus. Kate calls for help, and as a precaution, they’re both isolated in a bio-hazard isolation room. McGee and Gibbs try to find who sent the envelope and how to cure whatever was in the envelope, while Tony’s health gets worse. Finally, there’s “Twilight.” For those of you who don’t know, here’s a brief synopsis: A group of terrorists seek revenge and send an operative, Ari, on an assignment to kill Gibbs. The NCIS team goes on a hunt after him, but discover he has a second plan, and it’s already too late…NCIS now has to face the death of one of their own team members….Kate.


Packaging:

As with season one, this set contains three slim cases inside a box. For season two, they’ve gone with a black/blue color setup. The show logo is at the top, with various still shots in a blue-ish black-and-white collage below it. The secondary characters are in a strip across the center, with Gibbs Being in front of the strip and collage, going all the way to the bottom. Each of the 3 slim cases is similar, with Gibbs standing on the right of a similar setup on case 1, Kate standing on the left of a strip on case 2, and Dinozzo standing on the right for case 3. Each disc is blue and black with out-of-focus stills making up the background ­ the entire cast is on disc 1, Gibbs is on disc 2, Kate is on disc 3, Tony is on disc 4, McGee and Abby share disc 5, and Ducky is on the final disc. Each disc contains 4 episodes except for disc 6, which contains 3 episodes.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is just like last season’s, except with different clips being used in the center. The center clips are bordered on either side by a blue data grid and tech font, similar to the opening credits of the show. Clips play while a rock track (not the theme) plays. Episode names are at the bottom ­ no play all ­ while Previews, Disc Setup, and Features are at the top.


Video and Audio Quality:

Impeccable--the video is simply outstanding, and the audio is no slouch either. Admittedly, I’d love to hear a 5.1 audio track for this show ­ but that minor nitpick aside what’s here is wonderful. The video is pristine ­ a genuine credit to its medium. Every little detail is shown in the finest quality, even on the most demanding sets. The best thing about reviewing new(er) shows on DVD is that the video is bound to be good at worst, amazing at best. For those curious, the video is anamorphic widescreen, as it says clearly on the bottom of the back of the outer box. Colors appear bright and vivid while not being over-saturated, there are no compression issues, no grain….it’s perfect. Audio is about the best usage of a Dolby Digital 2.0 track you’ll find. Chapter stops at the end of each scene.

Disc 1:
See No Evil: 44:15
Vanished: 44:16
The Good Wives Club: 42:47
Lt. Jane Doe: 44:06

Disc 2:
The Bone Yard: 43:54
Terminal Leave: 44:08
Call of Silence: 44:20
Heart Break: 43:11

Disc 3:
Forced Entry: 44:05
Chained: 43:31
Black Water: 43:14
Doppelganger: 44:15
Disc 4:
The Meat Puzzle: 43:22
Witness: 44:16
Caught on Tape: 42:49
Pop Life: 43:33

Disc 5:
An Eye for an Eye: 43:30
Bikini Wax: 43:40
Conspiracy Theory: 44:18
Red Cell: 44:11

Disc 6:
Hometown Hero: 44:03
SWAK: 44:15
Twilight: 43:21


Special Features:

Audio Commentary: “The Bone Yard” with Chas. Floyd Johnson (43:54) - Co-Executive Producer of the show, for those unaware. There’s a lot of production details and information given. One tendency he shows early on however is to mention what’s about to happen, which can be a bit distracting if you don’t already know.

Audio Commentary: “Twilight” by Pauley Perrette, John C. Kelley and Michael Weatherly (43:21) - John’s a writer; you should know Pauley and Michael. You should know what they mention early on, but you REALLY shouldn’t watch the commentary before the episode, ESPECIALLY if you’ve never seen it before.

Investigating Season Two (18:01): Love the disclaimer at the start that the feature you’re about to watch contains season two spoilers. Don mentions that starting with season two; he withdrew from the Navy aspect just a little to attract viewers.

What’s New in Season Two (14:42): Interviews with the crew with behind the scenes tidbits and info. The show uses multiple cameras in a one-camera setup, meaning a LOT of footage is shot and the final product is edited down. They spend a LOT of time on the episode SWAK.

The Real NCIS (6:15): Interviews about the realism of the show relative to the real NCIS. Generally, the show is considered more or less “realistic.” A fun anecdote is told about Mark Harmon filling in on a real NCIS meeting and pretending to be an agent during an inspection of the agency ­ and he fooled them.

Lab Tour with Pauley Perrette (4:46): It’s a lab tour…with Pauley Perrette. This should be obvious.

*Total Running Time of Special Features: 104 Minutes, 16 Seconds*


Final Comments:

I love this show; I really, really love this show. The show was finding itself in the first season to an extent, but this is the season where things really pick up, and it’s been a genuine treat to get to watch the entire season start to finish.

Aside from having a couple fewer special features than I might like, this is a technically impressive set for a GREAT show. When the inevitable season three release comes out, I hope they spend some special features real estate talking about the beginning of the season story-wise, and requisite cast change. Also, they mentioned that a lot of raw footage gets edited down. I know this might be a bit of a long shot, but if some of that’s still around, it’d be great to see. Or even just your standard blooper reel and deleted scenes.

Anyway, this set is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, and I urge everyone to pick it up (You can purchase the set, AND help support SitcomsOnline.com by ordering through our partner Amazon.com by clicking the link at the end of this review.). If you’re hesitant, watch a couple of episodes on TV first ­ the show can be found Tuesdays, 8 PM, CBS ­ I genuinely think you’ll like it; it’s not a “procedural” by any stretch, nor is it a “military show.” There are elements of both, but there’s simply so much more here.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Audio: 4.5/5
Video: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Final Score: 4.5/5

Seth Thrasher Seal of Approval

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 11/12/06

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