TV Report Card: How Did The 'NCIS' Season 10 Premiere Measure Up?
TV Report Card: How Did The 'NCIS' Season 10 Premiere Measure Up?
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It's a big week for television as most of the networks are either bringing back their primetime series or introducing new ones. One of the biggest premieres by far is for CBS's hit drama NCIS, so let's take a look at how their opening episode measured up.

Dearing (and Gibbs) storyline: B+

Overall, I liked this storyline. Dearing was a foe definitely worthy of Gibbs; he was incredibly smart, systematic and thought that everything he did was absolutely right. That is a one heck of a scary combination and only a guy like that would be able to pull off doing something as heinous as blowing up NCIS headquarters. The ending was the best part in my opinion. Sure it was just a wee bit unrealistic that Gibbs would be allowed to go confront a madman killer on his own, but it lead to a fantastic scene between the two. Dearing trying to compare himself to Gibbs was poignant as we saw then two men who loved their children. Though of course Gibbs is nothing like Dearing and I'm sure he knows that. 

Tony and Ziva's storyline: B

I am not a fan the whole "Tiva" thing so I'm never going to enjoy scenes that strongly hint at those two getting together. But even though some of the scenes in the elevator could be interpreted that way, I enjoyed the fact that mostly they just showed them growing closer. I chose to see it as them growing closer as friends and it reminded me a lot of one of my favorite episodes 'Boxed In.' In fact, the only real gripe I have about their scenes together is that they weren't long enough and there weren't enough of them. But since the whole premiere couldn't be about them, I'm only taking a little bit off for that. 

McGee's storyline: C-

I'm giving this one a low grade only because I feel like the writers really missed a golden opportunity with his story. McGee doesn't often get stories of his own and while I understand that there was a lot going on in this episode, they could have done more with his injury than just have it fixed off screen. Sure, we did get that lovely little moment with him and Gibbs when they discovered the glass, but it was very fleeting. We could have had lots of added drama if his story had been a bit more serious. Also, having no one on the team hurt seriously in the blast was pretty unrealistic in my opinion. 

Ducky and Palmer's storyline: A

Unlike McGee's injury, I thought they played Ducky's heart attack very well. Those first scenes when Ducky woke up and asked about the team were great and I loved the interaction between him and Palmer. I also loved Palmer flying back to D.C. to take over as M.E. for the team. All of his scenes were spot-on; from nearly losing it in autopsy and starting to talk to the bodies after no sleep, to giving some very Ducky-like advice to McGee about his father and finally making another one of his completely inappropriate (and absolutely hilarious) jokes. 

Abby's storyline: A

I like to think of Abby as the heart of the team and she proved it once again in this episode. Through her we hear the voice that the rest of the team probably tries to hide. She's the one that questions all the bad things that happen to them and voices the fears that everyone is feeling but maybe won't say out loud. The fact that they are going to continue with her story at least into the next episode makes me even happier.  

Overall Score: B+

Overall a very good beginning to NCIS season 10. 

What about you guys? What did you think of the NCIS season 10 premiere? 

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