This season started off really well, with Gibbs semi-absent and a new team dynamic under Tony’s leadership. There was the set up of an interesting dynamic as some of the team try to keep secrets from other members and a nicely balanced element of mystery for the audience too. But then there were 15 more episodes and the big reveal at the end of the series turned out to be that the writers decided to stretch their minimal plot out yet another season.
It’s not that the stand alone episodes were bad, they still have the nice mix of humour, action, drama, character and mystery. They’re a lot of fun to watch, but nothing much stands out. My overwhelming feeling at the end of the season was one of frustration, a sense that I’d been led on somehow.