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NCIS/NCIS: Los Angeles – Uncaged, Something Blue, Unleashed, Rendezvous

So. I’ve not written much here about either of the NCISs. The last bit of attention they got was when they both had a seriously good episode back in the winter. Since then I’ve restrained myself from moaning about the state of things.

And when both NCIS and LA managed to offer up pretty strong 23rd episodes I didn’t know what to expect of the season finales. What we got was weak; clichéd as far as LA was concerned, and slightly lowkey for NCIS, apart from the last five minutes. Perhaps it sensed me wondering whether they were about to leave us for the summer with nothing more than an ‘ordinary’ episode.

Seems we are to worry about the father-to-be for the next four months. The man who fainted last week, is now risking his life in South America. Oh well, I suppose Delilah can hold off giving birth until September, if that’s what it takes. Or are we to have more team sacrifices?

I didn’t like seeing Mrs Hanna taken hostage last week, but when I worked out where we were heading, there was no avoiding the admiration that they dared, yet again. Although, we are back to my old complaint that it’s the women who go and the men who stay.

And then we had Sam Hanna ‘going rogue,’ which is something we have come to depend on too much. Macho is all very well, but some common sense would be refreshing. DiNozzo was able to hold back when they cornered Trent Kort a year ago. There is more to life than revenge. I’d have liked to see Sam act differently. If they’d let him, there could have been a final episode with feeling instead of what we got.

All in all, LA was better this year than NCIS. The latter offered two good episodes out of 24. The biggest disappointment with LA was the end, plus the fact that so much of the action hinged on individual team members lives. What about the general public, or plain unbiased crooks?

A year ago a fellow LA fan voiced her concern that the show wouldn’t be renewed. That risk looks greater now, because they tied things up fairly neatly. No cliffhangers. Granger is gone and Hetty is feeling her age. And we have two couples in the small team.

As for NCIS, I don’t see how they can survive without Gibbs, but he could do with retiring along with Hetty. The way we left our heroes this week, Gibbs could be killed. But that would be the end of NCIS. I’d rather have left off after episode 23, when we had a ship-based crime, plenty of humour and a happy ending.

NCIS

NCIS: Los Angeles – Hot Water

Well.

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.

Mole in Los Angeles

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.

Daniela Ruah and family, on instagram

Sam, Deeks, Kensi and Callen

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.

NCIS: Los Angeles – The Seventh Child

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.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Chernoff, K

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.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Rage

Granger and Agent Rand

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.

Callen and Charlie

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?

Callen and Hetty

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?

(Photos © CBS)

*One day I look forward to seeing Sean Harmon with nice hair.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Expiration Date

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…)

Gurkha, Deeks and Kensi

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.

(Photo © CBS)