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NCIS: Los Angeles – Sans voir

If it’s May, then Hetty will resign.

Hetty

Well, that was another explosive and deadly finale. Possibly deadlier than NCIS, because we lost two agents for certain, but at least they didn’t have the nerve to kill off Nate. Other than that, they are fond of killing off people we sort of know, and might be attached to. It’s a sneaky way of doing it. Use minor recurring characters, allowing the viewers to form a bond, but make them so minor that you can kill some off without compunction. And one of them doesn’t even get credited on IMDb. Some death.

Kensi and Deeks

Renko

Callen

The other interesting thing is that NCIS: Los Angeles is generally very violent, and people are shot, and killed, for very little reason. So we began with a ‘normal kind of bloodbath,’ only to find that when they got to the bad guy they don’t shoot at all. Clearly he needed to live for a bit. So why should we be all that concerned if someone kills him at a later stage? We wouldn’t have batted many eyelids if they’d got him from the start.

The writing continued pretty good, but I feel that if they offer us NCIS plot clones, they shouldn’t expect us to see it as fresh and clever. To my mind this double episode end to season three had several such moments. On the other hand, I do like the longer length episode. Wouldn’t mind that more often, as long as the frequency of episodes remains unchanged.

I have no doubt that once we return in September, the killer agent will soon be back to normal. Although, it would make for an interesting season if he wasn’t.

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NCIS: Los Angeles – Callen, G

Sam and Kensi

The last LA wasn’t as low key as NCIS, but then Los Angeles isn’t. Where Gibbs went out using his wit, NCIS: Los Angeles ended its first season with some explosives and overturned cars. Luckily Callen could just ease out unscathed from his upside down vehicle. It’s television, after all.

G with Amy

He’s still searching for his elusive past, and he nearly found his sister. He may have claimed not to have one, but I think he’d still have been pleased to have found her. Though I’m a firm believer in replacing key people with a substitute, if necessary, so why not adopt the one he found?

They all disobeyed Mum Hetty, and I don’t think she minded in the end. Nate still hankers after a gun, and it might be wise if he analysed himself, for a change.

Nice (well, we think so) to see Trent Kort again. It’s good for the soul to have nice British villains. Is he a villain, seeing as he’s CIA? More confusing to find Mossad’s Washington chief cast in the role of the bad baddie. I know I had this theory before, that all actors appear twice. Good or bad in NCIS, they are the opposite in LA.

G, the Baby Brother. Poor G.

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Why getting personal is better

With NCIS: Los Angeles – Burned, things suddenly got a lot better. I wonder if it’s because we are sticking with the personal? The whole agency is under threat, and that sort of scenario always works well. And ruminating about where you come from is another good one.

I was impressed by the penultimate episode of NCIS: LA. It almost made me wish it could continue over the summer. But I know a break is what we all need. That’s why they are putting everything into this. It’s funny, though, that plots about themselves are more effective than crimes done to outsiders. Fighting for your own existence is just that much more exciting. It also felt like there were unusually many good quotable lines.

Having poor Callen worry about his origins again, while the rest of them are in total shut-down mode, is almost too much. I know it’s supposed to be attractive and worthy. But whereas it’s understandable for Gibbs to still grieve his loved ones, I fail to see that Callen’s unknown past can ever be in that category.

I do see he wants to know. But on the whole, what matters is what he does with himself now that he’s an adult. The mere thought that he’d jeopardise his job and co-agents just to know some baby secret, is beyond understanding. He didn’t, and he shouldn’t.

Just a few more hours to wait now. It’s bound to be the CIA.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Bank Job

It was the old 24 hours earlier trick again. But whereas we could be certain that Gibbs wouldn’t die when his car went into the water a couple of years ago, you are less sure when NCIS: LA appears to kill off its characters. What if Dom was only the first one?

Bank Job

Whatever it was, it had Daughter literally sitting on the edge of the sofa. Because she likes Kensi, too, it seems. I was again struck by how unaffected I was, and decided it didn’t matter to me.

Kensi

All I knew was that if planned, then Kensi wasn’t wearing anything bullet proof. But at least having her shot in the intro provided some excitement for the rest of the Bank Job episode.

NCIS: Los Angeles - Bank Job

Not sure if it’s me and my boring life style, but some of these plots are a little farfetched. But fun.

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