NCIS's premiere will begin with a bang
by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 12th 2009 12:02PM
Only 42 days to go. That's how long until the season premiere of NCIS. According to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello, quoting exec producer Shane Brennan, the first minute of NCIS is a mindblower. What could this possibly mean? Will someone die, or will we discover what happened to Ziva? Was that her being beaten and tortured in the closing scene of last season's finale?
Here's more of Brennan's tease: "You'll think you know what's going on, but then you'll go, 'Am I seeing things? What just happened?'" If the scene he's referring to is Ziva and she's being tortured -- assuming that was her -- will she give up information that jeopardizes NCIS ... or is it possible that she doesn't and Ziva's killed? I don't think it could be the latter, because Cote de Pablo is coming back for the new season.
In fact, Brennan confirmed that the Ziva and Tony romance will be on the agenda. Reportedly, the friction between them sparks in the season premiere and combusts over the next three episodes. However, that doesn't mean the Ziva/Tony relationship will be hearts and flowers. The consummation of their "thing" hasn't been written yet, but at some point, they do "do" it. "You can't have an on-again, off-again relationship like this that isn't on-again at some point in a very unexpected way," said Brennan.
If that sounds confusing, I think it's more that it's just a way to keep fans glued to the set. Viewers tend to drift when couples are happy and in bliss. Also, if NCIS has been successful at anything, it's keeping loyal watchers engrossed. The top five Nielsen numbers don't lie.