So, season 10 premiered Tuesday, and while I enjoyed it, I gotta say it felt rather anticlimactic.
The whole, sending the FBI, DIA, and NCIS after one guy, only for Gibbs to figure out, 'oh hey, I bet he's here, I'm going alone', and he does and stabs him"? It didn't feel right. And given how long Dearing had been relevant to the plot, why did they just now bring up the whole, "you and I are a lot alike" deal. It all felt like a cop-out. Plus, we don't have a new story started yet. So the show feels a little soft right now. All we have is more tension between Tony and Ziva. At this point, after six years, you'd think one of them would have spontaneously combusted. Even everybody Tony ever talks to says they belong together. I don't care if they do or not, the tension thing is getting old.
Ducky seems ok. After he was out of the hospital, he seemed like himself. Took Gibb's advice to heart. "You're alive". I guess that's all he needed. I noticed that Brian Dietzen was listed with the main cast in the opening credits. I hope he shies away from his whole deal with saying the wrong thing at the wrong time 100% of the time, and starts being Ducky's protege again. Perhaps Ducky decides to retire soon after his heart attack, which makes Palmer's need to take over even quicker.
I think they realize the show is starting to feel old, so they're introducing new characters. Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Ryan. A new love interest for Gibbs. Makes sense, fits, and doesn't ruin the dynamic of the team. Matt Jones' character, however, does. I really hope they don't plan on going anywhere with him. You can't even compare him to McGee, because he at least had some brain. Dorneget is just some loser. His desire to do field work should never happen. On that note though, unless you count Mike Franks, nobody major has died recently, which is odd for this show. I always wonder if deaths of major characters are important plot points they wanted, or if it was an out-of-show decision, whether it be that the actor was moving on, or the crew didn't like the actor and wanted someone new.