Who’d have thought?
I know I’ve been saying NCIS: Los Angeles has had the better writing for quite some time now, but Hot Water was really something. (Even the Resident IT Consultant noticed it was good.) It was a bit like Philip Pullman’s Tiger in the Well, where one by one the team is taken out and you’re not left with much.
Well, you’ve got the ladies, who unlike me are probably stronger than a washed out Twinings Earl Grey. And Beale. And they had their escape route down the hatch. Unless that was a red herring. But I don’t think it was.
OK, so all the alphabet agencies are either very evil [all of them] or they are surprisingly stupid to have been taken in by the mole. I mean, someone must be able to think! Yes?
I take great care not to leave my dead bodies where just anyone can find them, especially if trying to appear normal. So why would NCIS?
In a way not much happened. Yet. And now we have a two week wait before we are continued. It had better be worth it.
Still hunting for the elusive mole, NCIS: Los Angeles is managing better than its big brother in keeping us entertained. Keeping the team together is one important factor in this. So, Daniela Ruah might have been pregnant with her second baby (right up until Labor day, of all days), but they have worked round this. No sudden introduction of two or three new faces to make up for the loss of a much loved one.
We could tell she was pregnant towards the end of season seven, and now they have hit on the clever solution of having Kensi badly injured and putting her in a hospital bed. How long for is another matter, but she is there. And out on jobs she has been replaced by Nell, without the need for a new actor.
The question is who will turn out to be the mole. I suspect that when they first thought of having one, they never decided who it would be. Maybe they still haven’t. (The first actor to want to quit, perhaps?)
Hetty is ripe for retirement. Will she go? Granger has improved and risen in everyone’s estimation, and he could replace Hetty, were it not for the interaction the two of them have.
To be honest, however, I am less bothered by the LA team, because I never loved them as much as I did their Washington colleagues.
Would it have been quite so disturbing and with that edge-of-your-seat feeling if this week’s NCIS: Los Angeles hadn’t screened at much the same time as the Brussels suicide bombings? On top of that Bookwitch had a book review featuring identical twins with no prior knowledge of each other, and with more disturbing plot developments.
It was as if I’d got suicide bombers and multiple births on my brain. I found it very hard, actually I found it impossible, to relax while watching The Seventh Child. I’m not even sure if it was especially good as episodes go. Kensi and Deeks engaged in silly chat about babies, and Callen was back talking about his rotten childhood.
Yes, I know both of these fit in with the plot, but just sometimes it’d be good not to have everything the team does mirrored in the cases. It’s always different when there are child characters involved, and this was probably far worse than most. It wasn’t all sweetness and cute, or particularly safe.
Am I alone in being underwhelmed by Callen’s disproportionately childish search for his unknown father? It is not that big a deal. The man is an adult, and finding this long lost father will not take away any hurt he suffered as a child. And why are the people around him keeping back the information? If they know something, or can find out (and why can’t Callen?), why not tell him?
I’m grateful that we didn’t leave season six on a massive cliffhanger. It is quite possible to have a good summer and return to a new season without them. Although if Callen could have seen what we did at the end, he’d really have something to brood about.
Hope they will deal with this sensibly and swiftly when we meet again.
Tried to understand what the big deal was with the missing oil. No, we don’t want known terrorists to have access to money or weapons of any sort, but they will and they do.
Those forests were decidedly un-Russian, but was obviously the best California had to offer. Good to see they asked a friend to shoot some real Moscow street scenes for them. And Arkady is always a delight. Glad that he’s not enough of a baddie to die when shot.
The last few episodes of the season were a bit weaker than the beginning and middle, but there is hope.
Well, well, well. Two recurring NCIS actors on NCIS: Los Angeles. It’s almost too much, but still very nice, especially as the usual pattern of being the opposite of what you are on the other show, didn’t seem to happen. So we had Alicia Coppola as an FBI agent and young Gibbs, aka Sean Harmon,* as a convict.
And we got to return to Callen as a con, six months after he was pulled from his undercover role in prison. You’d have thought his tan would have been a giveaway he hadn’t spent all that time in a solitary cell, but still. It was fine.
It’s a wonder what they can do to make an actor younger for a role, but I have to say that the younger Hetty was so scary as to make me worried. But it was another step on the journey to finding out about Callen’s past. Wonder how long they will be stringing it out?
I welcome the break in finding fault with Deeks, which seemed like such a stupid plot device. As unlikely as him and Kensi thinking no one notices what they are up to.
All in all, pretty good, despite the high body count. Just wondered who else was on that bus with all the convicts. Surely someone would have noticed what happened?
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*One day I look forward to seeing Sean Harmon with nice hair.
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Sahib? Seriously? I suppose the scriptwriters for this week’s NCIS: Los Angeles wanted to appear to be genuine. I just wonder whether having their returning Gurkha character address white people as sahib was the best way to do it.
But, he was very charming, and they were right to have him return. (Interestingly IMdB has not listed the actor. They have one of the other Gurkhas instead. One Gurkha is much the same as the next one…)
Did we really want to see Kensi and Deeks in bed? Perhaps it’s the beginning of the end.
Now, I liked this episode, much as I have liked nearly all LA episodes this season. But when you stop and think, there were an awful lot of deaths (perfectly all right, it seems) ‘in return for’ having Sam Hanna survive. LA tends to be very bloody. Maybe this week was no worse than average. Could be I just started to count the bodies.
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Poor McGee. We could tell early on that not all was well. But it was a strange kind of episode, and while snowy, it was basically a little too sad for Christmas.
OK, they rolled out some old villains and half of Gibbs’s rules, and saved on the filming by giving us plenty of flash-backs to rules in the past.
It can be nice to revisit old stories, but this felt like too much photo album and too little new real episode. Not so much of a Christmas one if you ignore the snow.
But it was based on families. Fathers and sons.
That went for LA as well. Flimsy-ish script, but with many personal touches. Very sweet, pretty surprising, but where on earth do they go from here?
Granger sharing more than a drink with Hetty. I believe that was an innuendo I spied there.
Nell and Eric? Really? And Deeks and Kensi too.
This much happy ever after cannot work. What were they thinking? It’s lovely, but what do they do now?
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Happy Christmas from me to you!
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