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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

Hetty

'Found'

'Found'

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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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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Smother me with a synthetic pillow

Well not me, please, and while not a direct quote, it’s close to what Hetty said in NCIS: Los Angeles – LD50. I’d say that feathers might do an even better job for anyone allergic to them, but…

We had the team in post-disappearance mode after last week. Sam isn’t ready to say they need someone else while Dom is missing, however short that period might be. The others are coming round.

Otherwise, pretty exciting with a race against time theme. Between them the two NCISes this week seemed hellbent on destroying Los Angeles and Washington. Though the beginning of this LA episode didn’t make sense to me. But I’m willing to rethink if someone can explain the fake television soldiers.

Sam did a great job of starting the brawl between the assembled crooks, who were no better than little boys. And I’d have thought that with his dangerous lifestyle Callen would be no stranger to needles.

NCIS:Los Angeles – Missing

The halfway cliffhanger. I didn’t see it coming, but I suppose it’s a good idea. I like Dom, but not so much that I’m heartbroken. On the other hand, Daughter said she likes him best, which was something I didn’t know.

First I was so cynical that I thought Shane Brennan felt NCIS: Los Angeles needed a larger audience, but maybe he’d planned this a long time ago. But it’s odd how much more engaged I feel after an ending of ‘is he dead or isn’t he?’ I went looking for more thoughts on the situation, and it seems that no one is safe from being experimented with and written out of the series, permanently or temporarily.

In fact, to me it wouldn’t have mattered who they did this to, which goes to show that I like watching, but have no particular need for any one of the characters. Whereas if they did this in NCIS I’d be ready for murder.

Past Lives – NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS: LA was a surprisingly civilised affair for us this time. We had some nice food at home, for a change, and ate a lovely meal in front of the television with the latest instalment of LA. That, too, was pretty good, and certainly made more sense than the week before.

A bit sad for poor Callen again, but he’ll get there eventually. It was clear from the start that such a nice extra as Jeffrey Pierce had to be bad, deep down. He was. Recognised him from the ‘real’ NCIS, and by pure chance he was in the episode shown on television at the same time. I need to keep stats on whether they get to be good on one and bad on the other. He was good on NCIS, but a suspect. Obviously.

Not much more to say, unless someone wants the menu.

Actually, there is. Why are all children in series like these so cute?

Oh yes, and there was one more ex-NCIS actor on-board. Both he and the bad one looked so much better this time, which goes to prove that marine or navy haircuts give you a bad hair day. And my stats theory is working. Good today, bad the other time.