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I am a huge fan of “NCIS” and was anxious to see the introduction of the new characters on last night’s (Tuesday, Sept. 20) season premiere.
Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show”) is now NCIS special agent Nick Torres. He was an undercover agent on assignment and what he was doing in Argentina is connected to a crime back in the Washington, D.C. area that Gibbs (Mark Harmon), McGee (Sean Murray) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) are sent to investigate.
Torres has been undercover for quite a long time and it shows. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with the team as the season progresses.
Jennifer Esposito (“Spin City”, “Blue Bloods”) plays Alexandra Quinn, who trains new NCIS agents and finds herself working on this case and on the team at the end of the episode.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Quinn is a quirky character and I got the impression she’ll be filling the role that was left by DiNozzo, when Michael Weatherly left the program last spring.
Also, those who were fans of the program “JAG”, which “NCIS” is a spin-off of, will get a pleasant surprise. As I have said before, I don’t want to give away too much for those who haven’t seen the episode yet.
I am of the firm believe that television shows that don’t change directions every now and then, will go stale. It was just the first episode last night, but I like the direction “NCIS” is going so far.