Attention NCIS fans! Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster as season 21 approaches. The recently released trailer for the upcoming season is tugging at our heartstrings, particularly with its heartfelt tribute to the late David McCallum, who portrayed the beloved Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard.
For over two decades, McCallum brought the character of Ducky to life, earning the admiration and love of fans worldwide. His passing in September 2023 left a void in the NCIS universe, and the season 21 trailer pays homage to his legacy.
The trailer opens with a poignant scene featuring Dr. Jimmy Palmer, portrayed by Brian Dietzen, visibly upset at what appears to be a wake for his friend and mentor, Ducky. McCallum’s voiceover sets the tone for the season, emphasizing the essence of change in life.
A special tribute episode, co-written by Brian Dietzen, is scheduled to air on February 19th in the US. The storyline revolves around the team learning about Ducky’s passing and reflecting on their memories of him. Even in death, Ducky’s meticulous and compassionate nature shines through as he helps the team solve one last crime.
Showrunners David North and Steven D. Binder emphasized the importance of honoring McCallum, describing him as a legendary actor and a dear friend. Season 21 also brings turmoil for Wilmer Valderrama’s character, Nick Torres, who faces arrest on suspicion of murder following a dramatic cliffhanger in the season 20 finale.
As we gear up for season 21, emotions are running high with anticipation for the tribute episode for Ducky and the intriguing developments in Torres’s storyline. February 19th can’t come soon enough for NCIS fans. Share your theories and reactions in the comments below, and stay tuned for more updates from the world of NCIS.