NCIS Los Angeles review: “A Line in the Sand” and “Ninguna Salida”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine finale “A Line in the Sand” and “Ninguna Salida.” 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 usually expect season finales to be action-packed, to be something above and beyond what a normal episode offers. The two-part finale of NCISLA season 9, “A Line in the Sand” and “Ninguna Salida,” definitely delivered two hours of excitement, danger, and action.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Venganza”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Venganza.” 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.

“Venganza” is Spanish for “revenge” which makes it a fitting title for an episode about the Peruvian counterfeiter from earlier this season attempting to get revenge against the team for disrupting his operations and locking up Claudia Diaz. It’s good usually when the team gets to follow up on previous cases and face consequences of their actions (even when they did the right thing). But the case this week seemed a bit convoluted, leaving the rest of the episode to rely on character stories to hold the audience’s interest

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” 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.

The joy of cooking, at least for me anyway, is taking a bunch of unrelated ingredients and mixing them together to create something new and tasty. On their own, the ingredients might not be that good, but together they make something wonderful. I’d never eat mushrooms or onions by themselves, but throw them in a pasta dish and they’re great! Writing is a lot like cooking actually. So when I was thinking about the most recent NCISLA episode, I considered whether it does a good job with the mixing the ingredients to make an entertaining episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Reentry”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Reentry.” 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.

*Reviewer’s Note: I’ve skipped an episode (Outside the Lines). I apologize for reviewing out of order. That episode should be added soon. 

There have been a lot things different about season 9 of NCISLA. Hetty was missing for a good chunk of episodes, Mosley and Hidoko have been new additions to the team, there’s been a lot of partner-swapping, and a lesser amount of undercover work. But “Reentry” felt just like old times. It hit all the highlights of what works for this series.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Vendetta”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Vendetta.” 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.

“Vendetta” is a nice change of pace after the darkness of “The Monster” last week. For one thing, Arkady is back to provide some levity, and the episode plot follows up on a case from earlier in the season. Throw in some drama with Eric going undercover and Anna making her return, and you have an entertaining hour of television!

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “The Monster”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “The Monster.” 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.

This is an episode about failures. It may be obscured in the gory details, but the main theme in “The Monster” is one of failure. It’s an interesting topic to explore, though the episode had some flaws to distract from this subject too.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Warrior of Peace”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Warrior of Peace.” 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.

Episodes with a personal connection to the team are almost always going to be elevated a level above usual. “Warrior of Peace” was certainly one of those episodes, leaving the audience a lot to think about afterwards. The focus this week was on Callen and his father, with the team rallying to help.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Liabilities”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Liabilities.” 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.

“Liabilities” felt like a return to form for NCISLA after last week’s episode fell a little flat. While we didn’t get too much in the way of character development, the storyline worked just fine and the elements of the case tied into previous storylines smoothly. Plus it might be time for me to admit that any mention of Granger will instantly make me more fond of an episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Goodbye, Vietnam”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Goodbye, Vietnam.” 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’ve had to wait a while for the conclusion of the Save Hetty storyline. That wasn’t the show’s fault, considering that the Olympics sidelined it for a couple weeks. But still, the wait definitely upped the expectations for “Goodbye, Vietnam.” What we got, however, was a bit of a disappointment.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Cac Tu Nhan”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Cac Tu Nhan.” 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.

Much like Hetty’s been left hanging all season for a rescue, I’ve left this review hanging for two months. (Sorry!) “Cac Tu Nhan” (Vietnamese for “Prisoners”) finally gets the team into motion to find and rescue Hetty. While I think it’s taken too long to develop any sincere urgency about this situation, there were still a lot of good parts to this episode.

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