I have to agree with a previous reviewer, season one through six are incredibly strong. But starting in season seven, things kind of went alittle south. We have the season opening up with Gibbs killing Paloma and her brother, and then the season kind of meanders. One thing I did notice, when Ziva first came to NCIS, she was built up as this lean mean unstoppable killing machine. But in season eight, she becomes a U.S. citizen. And then is just there, Ziva is no longer Ziva. She's a shell of her former self, Mcgee's the same way. I'll put it this way, everybody almost looks bored in this season. And the only episode that really sparks anything, is the one with Abigale Bourne. Personally I'd like to see more episodes of her in NCIS, even the ending arc story didn't feel real thought out. The port-to-port killer story seemed way to drawn out to me, and then they tried to shove too much into it. While it was nice to see how Dinozzo got NCIS, it took away from the season ending story itself. And it felt like they didn't know how to end it, so it just ends. Hence the weak opening to season nine, E.J Barret and her team brought nothing to the story. It juuust didn't have that NCIS spark, don't get me wrong. I still love NCIS, but season eight is not up to par.