NCIS Los Angeles review: “Assets”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Assets.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I was told last week there was a scheduling switch and “Assets” was originally supposed to air before “Se Murio El Payaso.” I don’t know why they changed the schedule, but at least we get a continuation of storylines that began in the season premiere. “Assets” was an entertaining follow-up episode, giving our characters room to figure out how to get used to their new normal.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Se Murio El Payaso”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Se Murio El Payaso.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

“Se Murio El Payaso” is a Spanish idiom apparently common (?) in Peru meaning “the clown is dead.” Further google searching (take with a grain of salt) tells me that it’s a colloquial way to say that something long has finally wrapped up. This week’s NCISLA episode chose the phrase as the title, and I suppose it works as a nice nod towards the Peruvian counterfeit operation that was taken down by the team as well as Claudia’s long years of pretending to be Lucina. However, I thought the episode itself was not as strong as last week’s season premiere.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Party Crashers”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine premiere “Party Crashers.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

We’re back with season 9 of NCISLA. As has been the standard the past couple of seasons, we start the story off fresh. The only dangling plot thread from the season 8 finale is the loss of Michelle, still hanging heavily over Sam’s head. It’s the team’s biggest failure, and this is a team who doesn’t often fail. It would have been nice to see them all a bit more affected, but I think that’ll play out more as the season continues. For now they have to contend with a new boss and the mysterious retirement of Hetty.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Unleashed”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight season finale “Unleashed.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Another season has come to a close and I think it went out on a good note. The crew delivered an interesting, exciting, and emotional episode in “Unleashed.” We received an hour of excellent character development and thrilling action. (Even some humor surprisingly) “Unleashed” works as a great close to a very decent season.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Uncaged”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Uncaged.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I’ve struggled since Sunday to decide what to write for this episode’s review. “Uncaged” was a tough one to watch, particularly with that emotional ending. Because the ending was so jarring, it’s hard to figure out what to say about this one. There are things I disliked but also parts I did think worked out well.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Golden Days”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Golden Days.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Okay, I’m used to NCISLA being a bit unrealistic on occasion. That’s the nature of television. Things are going to be exaggerated sometimes for the sake of making a point. But for me, “Golden Days” felt like a mess of a plot, something that spiraled out of control. And everything was so over the top that it wasn’t even enjoyable to watch.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Battle Scars”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Battle Scars.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Most of the time, I don’t pay much attention to the episode titles because they’re mostly unimportant to the plot. But “Battle Scars” is aptly named for an episode that deals with the emotional fallout of this turbulent season and brings back Hetty’s old friends who have their own proverbial scars to deal with. This is just the first part of (presumably?) a two-episode arc, so there’s no sense of resolution, but it does set up some great character moments to focus on.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “From Havana With Love”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “From Havana With Love.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

While watching “From Havana With Love,” I thought it seemed like the episode wanted to examine themes about how men and women are treated differently. An interesting topic for sure. But while that may have been the intention (I think), the episode itself falls short of making any grand conclusion on the subject by the time the end credits roll.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “767”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “767.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Are you terrified of flying? Perhaps this is not the episode for you. “767” gave us an investigation in the sky, and it was an exciting hour of television. We finally get to see Callen and Sam team up again and the rest of the team settled back in their usual roles. Other than the nightmare scenario of people waving around guns on the plane, this episode was pretty good, despite being rather ordinary.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Getaway”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Getaway.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I was quite harsh on the previous two episodes because they didn’t seem to live up to the quality we’ve had all season. But “Getaway” was a return to form. There were many fun moments and a focus on undercover work again. And finally, Eric and Nell had their time in the sun (literally and figuratively), all making for an entertaining hour of TV.
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