For many years my favorite Cop based TV Series was the original Law and Order Series. In fact I have the complete 20 season series on DVD. Then I came across N.C.I.S. which became my new favorite, and have the first 15 seasons of it on DVD. Now that being said, I’m not without complaint. In fact, I have several. I’m used to cast changes with the never ending lineups that came with Law and Order,
which never really had any effect on that series. But when it came to N.C.I.S. the show kinda went to the wayside with me with the departure of N.C.I.S. Senior Field Agent Anthony DiNozzo played by Michael Weatherly. Who I felt was the only character in the show ( with the possible inclusion of N.C.I.S. Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto played by Pauley Perrette ) that was not expendable. Even Mark Harmon as N.C.I.S. Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs was, in my opinion, and expendable character. And even the show had him seemingly on the way out a couple of times with no adverse effects on the series.
My second complaint is not with the series itself but with the makers of the DVD’s. I have bought many TV series over the years and one thing they all have in common is the ‘ play all ‘ feature. But the idiots who produced the DVD’s for N.C.I.S. completely ignored that feature for 12 of the 15 seasons I own. Like why would they get it right on 3 seasons and ignore it on 12. There are times you want to bitch slap these idiots.
My third complaint is the problems on set. Which, incidentally I only recently even heard about. Some conflicts mostly surrounding Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette. Some incident about a dog and Harman exasperating the issue by bringing the dog to the set in spite of others reservations. Not that it surprises me, Harman always came across to me as a bit of an self-important ass. Apparently she has reported to have said she was afraid of him. I was aware of his issues with the series creator but completely unaware of any issues between him and Perrette. In the series itself it looks like they have the best relationship of all the characters. Maybe that’s just a reflection of good acting skills.
My fourth and final complaint is all this ‘ Special ‘ agent crap. Maybe they explain it in the bonus material I haven’t viewed yet, but in the series itself I have not ever heard it explained why they are called ‘ special agents ‘ as opposed to just ‘ agents ‘. Are there ‘ agents ‘ and ‘ special agents ‘ or just ‘ special agents ‘. And WTF is so ‘ special ‘ about them that they wouldn’t just be called ‘ agents ‘.
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