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NCIS: The Complete Third Season
NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, formerly led this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), an ex-homicide detective who may come off as the world's oldest frat boy, but whose instincts in the field are unparalleled; forensic specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a talented scientist whose dark wit matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), a former Moussad agent who shares a bond with Gibbs over the death of his arch nemesis, Ari, the terrorist who killed former NCIS Special Agent Kate Todd. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), who knows it all because he's seen it all, and he's not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Jennifer Shepard (Lauren Holly) who has a romantic history with Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
||Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum|
||Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen|
||English, Spanish, Portuguese|
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|DVD Release Date:
||April 24, 2007|
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 194 reviews|
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125 of 134 found the following review helpful:
Starts with a bang...and keeps going from there...Jan 13, 2007
By A. G. Corwin
Killing a main character in the second season cliffhanger is a pretty shocking way to set up a third season. Ending with a bang, literally, NCIS returns with a excellent third season with the right combination of wit, drama, and cast. This is good television. And you dont let good television sit on the shelf too long, so hot on the heels of the release of the Second Season on DVD is the April release of the complete Season Three of NCIS.
NCIS is the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, responsible for crimes by and against members of the United States Navy and US Marine Corps. The team of NCIS agents introduced in Season 1 is led by former Marine Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a tough no-nonsense leader and interrogator. The team also includes ex-homicide detective Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Mossad agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), goth forensics expert Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), computer specialist and rookie Agent Tim McGee (Sean Murray), and quirky coroner Doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum). Season Three witnesses the aftermath of Kate Todd's murder by Ari, the introduction of Mossad agent Ziva David, and increased screen time for McGee and Abby. Harmon again does a knockout job as the lead, with his best work coming in the season premiere, as he grieves over the loss of Kate. Micheal Weatherley and Sean Murray continue to develop their competitive older-younger brother relationship, Perrette lights up the screen as Abby, and David McCallum delivers a refined and dignified performance.
Season three began with the two part episode Kill Ari 1 and 2, which examined the aftermath of Kate's death and the hunt for Ari. The introduction of Ziva and Director Jenny Shephard (Lauren Holly) seemed out of place and awkward considering the emotional tone, and it took five or six episodes for Ziva to be less of a cardboard character and more a part of the team. Her first really impressive episode came with Tony in the solid "Under Covers". Some of the better episodes include "Probie", when McGee shoots a man who turns out to be an undercover cop, "Mind Games", where Gibbs goes head-to-head with a serial killer, "Bait" which showcases a great performance by Weatherley. The season-ending Hiatus Parts 1 and 2 are decent episodes up to the last five minutes, which are incredibly rushed in order to get to the cliffhanger of Gibbs quitting NCIS.
The Season Three DVD box set contains all 24 episodes in widescreen for a total running time of almost 17 hours. Because of its quick turn-around time on the release, the extras are not as good as Season One, with only a few commentaries and featurettes anticipated. That is the unfortunate trade-off, but given that we get another full season of NCIS on DVD so quickly, its not a bad deal. Fans of the show will quickly snap this up, for those who have never watched before, if you liked JAG, CSI, or Bones, you will like this show. NCIS Season Three demonstrates exactly why this show is such a big hit. The DVD is on shelves in April. Highly Recommended.
44 of 47 found the following review helpful:
A Great ShowMar 01, 2007
By Long time fan
NCIS is one of those hidden gems you always hunt for and so rarely find. A great ensemble cast headed by Mark Harmon (as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs) makes the whole show look so effortless. As with his other productions, Donald Bellisario has created a great group of characters who are so down-to-earth that you immediately see them as almost real. The stories can be far-fetched on occasion, but the real interest in the show is the cast of characters. Ably supported by Michael Wetherly (as Agent Tony DiNozzo), Pauly Perrette (as forensic expert Abby Sciuto) Cote de Pablo (as Mossad Agent Ziva David) Sean Murray (as Agent Timothy McGee), Lauren Holly (as Director Jenny Shepard), and David McCallum (as Medical Examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard) Harmon acts as team leader and sometimes, stern father to the younger agents under his command.
Harmon and McCallum, the two old pros, often show up the younger actors with their seamless, believable performances, but everyone on this show is great. The characters all interact with one another more like a family than a working group, and the loss of one of the main characters at the end of Season Two gave everyone a chance to show their acting chops in dealing with the death of a friend who was more than just a co-worker. If there is a weak spot in this third season, it has to be the addition of Jenny Shepard as the new director. And old flame of Gibbs, there is entirely too much time wasted on fuzzy out of focus flashbacks of their evidently red-hot love affair in Paris, only hinted at (far too much) and never really explained. Although Ziva took some time to become more of a fleshed out character, she made a more than adequate replacement for the lost character, bringing a toughness to the group, and more humor with her mangling of English expressions.
There is a great deal to like about NCIS, and sadly, CBS has never really promoted this show, spending far too much time on their CSI franchise. NCIS handles odd murder cases, a la CSI, but the humor that rests in the characters interactions (you've gotta love a hero whose name is Jethro, and a co-worker with the nickname Ducky) and the actors performances bring a humanity and warmth to a crime show that is sadly lacking in the glitzy world of CSI. You really start to think of these people as someone you'd like to meet and talk with (particularly listening to one of Ducky's stories all the way through, since he usually gets cut off by Gibbs) and that you'd have something in common with them. It gives the show a touch of realism that you so rarely find in TV these days.
45 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Great show, don't you thinkJan 29, 2007
By Daniel Lee Taylor
This series has been a class act from the first season. The proof of depth in this show is the loss of a major character at the end of the second season and replacement in the third. This is a great example of an ensemble cast. The actors have created believeable characters. Dialogue sounds like real conversation. Couple this with some really tight writing spiced with some fine humor and you have some excellent television. Story threads run through episodes giving a greater sense of continuity but it is not necessary to view in strict order. I have both season 1 and 2 and look forward to the release of season 3 with great anticipation.
18 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Best ShowJan 22, 2007
Can't wait get this season.I am a huge NCIS fan.I have watched the 1st and 2nd season aleast 10 times each.I am glued to the T.V.each week watching it and It is without a doubt my favorite show.
21 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Takes a lickin' (from critics) and keeps on tickin' (with the fans)Jan 26, 2007
By L. S. Tucker
I'm so glad that the release schedule is speeding up. This is truly the only current series that I simply MUST watch and will buy every season released on DVD. I do disagree wtih the lack of Bloopers, or as the NCIS cast and crew call it, the Michael Weatherly Show. C'mon, Don, Charles, John, please, please, please...for season 4?
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