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NCIS: Los Angeles – starting season five

When I realised yesterday that we’d forgotten to watch the third episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, I had to face the fact that it’s not been tempting so far.

The torture and the cliff-hanging from back in May seem to have been almost forgotten. Mrs Hannah who performed so valiantly and did what I think no one expected, has been relegated to wifedom and making sure the child gets on with homework. What century is this? Either we have two spouses being federal agents, or we don’t.

Deeks and Kensi

And Deeks, who didn’t do what Sam suspected him of, gets told by the ever un-charming Callen that he’s not wanted. It would appear that he might be better off going back to LAPD after all. Except I suppose he can’t, seeing as we are bound to lose Kensi, what with Daniela Ruah being pregnant (by Eric Christian Olsen’s brother, no less). I was wondering if we could already see signs of them trying to hide her shape a little by going for less body hugging clothes.

But being a federal agent must be good. No matter how much you suffer physically, because within hours you’ll be up there, fighting fit and moving as though nothing happened to you.


It’s entertaining – still – in some ways. It was nice to see Nate return briefly for a bit of shrinking. I can almost not believe it’s been over four years now. By season five big brother NCIS had a lot more going for it (setting aside the unfortunate strike that year). The best scenes so far have been Kensi boring Deeks to sleep, and Hetty stroking her sports car.


There’s time, I suppose.

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NCIS: Los Angeles – Sans voir

If it’s May, then Hetty will resign.


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



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 – Lockup


NCIS: Los Angeles continues to outshine big brother NCIS. Lockup this week might even have been the best they’ve done so far. When he called to talk about it, Son certainly thought so, and we didn’t talk more about it because I hadn’t watched it at that point.







Nate was back, although possibly only temporarily. At least they didn’t kill him off. This time. It could be, of course, that he will be back intermittently.

Not everyone was so lucky, but sad though it is to see a character die, it makes for a better show to keep changing. Within reason.

Presumably we will return to this terrorist plot at a later stage. Sam needs to avenge his personal loss.

Kensi might have been eating doughnuts, but she can still jump around on the roofs of vehicles with the best of them. It’s she who calls the shots, and Deeks who follows.

And Nate has become quite violent for a psychologist. Also, what’s between him and Nell?

I’m less convinced about Callen’s surveillance of the cemetery, but it might be one of those long term plots, I suppose.

They needed him out of the way this time. Could it be that they economise by having one actor less each episode? One in, means one out? And not just by dying. You can just go somewhere else for a week or so.

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Up the wall

I hate to say this but currently NCIS: Los Angeles is far better written than its big brother NCIS. I still love the characters better in NCIS, but that’s from habit rather than that they are more interesting.

NCIS: L A Archangel

Archangel (Why do people think that’s a cool title? It’s so worn out.) was co-written by Shane Brennan, and he doesn’t seem to write much for NCIS any longer. One man can’t do it all, but you sometimes lose something in sharing tasks out. Overwatch the previous week was also pretty good.

Luckily they didn’t cheat on us when they left Callen and Hetty climbing that wall. It’d have been easy to leave, so to continue with them mid-climb in the next episode was more than we had expected. And the climbing was allowed to go on, and we might not have seen the last of it yet. Hetty is like a small fly on that wall!

OK, so the FBI were made to look stupid again, but someone has to do it. Agent Frisbee was, well, amusing. For once the two main guest characters were almost normal, which made a welcome change. There was also enough reference to the current war and its effects, which does not go amiss amongst all the hilarity.

NCIS: L A Overwatch

In Overwatch Nate was mentioned, which could make you speculate on whether he’ll be allowed back in, if only temporarily. His ‘girlfriend’ is on the ditzy side, but her heart is in the right place.

And call me an idiot, but I had never stopped to think why Venice is Venice. Water. Bridges. Venice.

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22-year Eve

There is 40% off the sushi somewhere. Son was intending to celebrate his ‘birthday eve’ with his 40%. Me, I don’t hold with sushi, even when veggie.

It’s a weird notion this, having an eve to your birthday. I think he intends celebrating twice. Good thing, because we struggle so much with gifts around here that he won’t be getting one.

He phoned this morning with the same heavy breathing I always get. He phones while walking to and from places so as not to waste time. Today we didn’t waste much time on having a real conversation, either.

We moved straight onto television. He said he’s just about caught up with NCIS now, after the Christmas hiatus. Then he started on about a psychologist and I wondered where I’d lost him.

In Los Angeles, apparently. He needed to know what’s going on with Nate in NCIS: Los Angeles. I put forward my theories, and suggested he could follow Nate on Twitter. The man’s been gagged, so I assume he is being paid for not appearing on the show.

After some pleasant speculating I moved on to this day 22 years ago. The Resident IT Consultant went to a meeting and I settled down to MASH, accompanied by twinges. (At least I was watching a medical show.)

I complimented Son on avoiding ruining my MASH viewing. We went off shortly after, and then we returned home with a few hours to spare before the next episode of MASH, so I didn’t have to miss a single one due to this childbirth business. Much appreciated.

New girl in NCIS: Los Angeles

Renée Felice Smith as Nell

It’s funny, but I greeted the news that Renée Felice Smith is joining NCIS: Los Angeles permanently as Nell Jones, Eric’s personal sidekick, as something positive. Then I turned to various forums and found that at least half of viewers hate her.

I know it’s upsetting when a favourite character goes, and most are assuming Nell is replacing Nate. It certainly looks like it. I don’t know whether CBS do audits to see who the fans like and don’t like, and the losers have to leave. But it wouldn’t surprise me.

They got rid of Macy even before series one proper started. That was because viewers felt she wasn’t right. And whereas I liked her, I think Hetty is more right. And Dom went halfway through series one, only to return to be got rid of again. They tested Deeks before deciding on Dom’s fate, and we appear to like Deeks better.

Now we have seen Nate go off to somewhere, and Nell turned up a little later. The fact that she’s now permanent doesn’t rule out a return for Nate. But I’d say it gets more unlikely. We can have lots of characters in a show, but ultimately they can only afford to pay for so many actors.

Other than that, I have to say how much better I’m finding NCIS: L A to be this season. The weeks are running by me at great speed and I won’t cover every episode here. Suffice it to say that the other week when I felt big brother NCIS was short on humour, that L A had plenty to offer.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Human Traffic and Black Widow

For a season start NCIS: Los Angeles did better than its big brother NCIS, and I say this as a much bigger fan of the older sibling. Human Traffic just had that little bit of oomph where you sit up and notice things. Though I wondered at the decision to have a double episode. Were they worried fans needed persuading? If so, does a double serving help?

Slightly confusing with Callen’s dream sequences, but I suppose they are part of the bigger picture with the agonising over his background. The house was a nice touch, though. Let’s hope his sleeping can be done there from now on.

I’d thought they intended to keep Deeks off our screens for longer, but ‘disappearance’ might mean different things to different people. Suspected CBS were wanting to save on paying Eric Christian Olsen, but wonder if they are doing that with Nate instead.

Interrogation, LA style

On the other hand, they had ‘Bulldog’ back. One assumes on the basis that he’s done NCIS and now it was time for the other one.

The dream

Black Widows are always fun. Russians are fun. I don’t think I’ll take up a regular time for any supermarket trips. I prefer the unexpected. And that way no one will plan to assassinate me in Sainsbury’s. But then I don’t live the American dream, anyway.

Am surprised that agents who go undercover for a living, can’t actually make up a decent white lie for their own social life.

Hetty's drawer

Loved Hetty’s drawer. A spare driver’s license is so useful.

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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.

Back to Los Angeles

Just because I haven’t blogged about NCIS: Los Angeles for some time doesn’t mean I’ve not been watching. I have. I sort of just decided to bide my time and wait and see. I have waited. I have seen.





Dom and Sam

And they are being brave-ish over in LA. It would have been too much to expect a happy ending for poor Dom, even though Daughter liked him so much. But now at least we have closure, as people like to say. First they went and got themselves a replacement for him. That was a big hint. And then when we knew they’d find Dom again, they sent replacement off on some undefined case somewhere, so that there would be no embarrassment.

In Found they seemed to be recycling parts of something like five different episodes of NCIS. There was the rooftop shoot-out. Ended no happier than it did for Ari and Kate. There was the feel of Truth or Consequences and Good Cop, Bad Cop. And a variety of others. It would have been a letdown to have Dom safe and sound and everything back to normal.

And in Hunted I wondered if they wanted to put Letty out to pasture as well, but maybe not. Getting close to the end of the season and we viewers need to feel the pinch a wee bit. Will it all go well? Will we see him/her back in September? And I do love it when Hetty stares into Director Vance’s stomach. Small and fierce.

Quite like Dom’s replacement Deeks. There was a certain feel to him even before we knew he was a ‘good guy’. Name suggests he’s Dane.

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