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NCIS – The Sixth Season (CBS DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



JAG is one of the worst TV shows ever made, a sickening bore that would not die, was cancelled by NBC only to be picked up by CBS and was enough of a moderate hit (and key filler in their down years) to last for 10 inane seasons and even spawn a spin-off called NCIS that is still with us.  Though a very weak show, it is lucky enough to have Mark Harmon in the lead role and David McCallum (who is never in any episode long enough) as a supporting medical investigator.


This Sixth Season is where we pick up, in part because no one was interested here was interested in dealing with the show, but now that it is here…


Despite it being 23 years later, it still wants to ape Tony Scott’s 1986 hit Top Gun in its approach, editing, look and some of its attitude.  Along with other would-be fancy editing and tired hit-you-over-the-head audio and visual cues, someone needs to tell the makers (especially Donald P. Bellisario) that the 1980s are over and that this show is barely squeaking by.  The 25 hour-longish episodes are indistinct, the multi-part shows are no better and if this was better earlier on, that is hard to imagine.


Add the lack of character development, people talking at each other and other homogenizing factors and this is still a bore.  The longer it runs, the worse it gets and the more of a waste of time it is.  Wonder how much longer they’ll try to keep this one going?


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is likely at this point an all HD shoot and the lack of detail, motion blur along with often substandard color throughout would help confirm this.  Worst of all are the moments where the image goes (so it thinks) black and white, but you can still see the gray scale of the color.  Geez.  Then you get weak Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes and Dolby 2.0 Stereo mixes that are even weaker.  What gives?  For a new show, it should not sound this dull and even compressed.  Extras include six making-of featurettes and audio commentaries on select shows.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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