NCIS Los Angeles review: “Vendetta”

78a87cf18b1404da888aa765e073

Photo credit: spoilersguide.com

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!

Continue reading

Advertisements

NCIS Los Angeles review: “The Monster”

ncis la the monster

photo credit: spoilertv.com

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.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Warrior of Peace”

CBS_NCISLA_914_CLIP2_1374117_640x360

Photo credit: cbs.com

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.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Liabilities”

CBS_NCISLA_913_IMAGE_NO_LOGO_thumb_Master

Photo credit: cbs.com

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.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Goodbye, Vietnam”

Goodbye, Vietnam

Photo credit: buddytv.com

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.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Cac Tu Nhan”

MV5BNGEyN2MyNDctN2JkNi00Yjc5LWIwZDUtN2I1YWRjOWNkYWNjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTM3MDMyMDQ@._V1_

Photo credit: imdb.com

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.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Under Pressure”

CBS_NCISLA_911_HD_IMAGE_LOGO_1295353_640x360

Photo credit: cbs.com

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

It’s not often when I would declare an episode with minimal character development and minimal Deeks an enjoyable one, but “Under Pressure” really surprised me. The opening office banter was a welcome return and there were plenty of details in the case to hold the interest of the audience.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “All is Bright”

CBS_NCISLA_909_HD_IMAGE_NO_LOGO_thumb_Master

photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “All is Bright.” 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.

It’s time for the annual holiday episode, which for NCISLA means an excuse to redecorate the set with Christmas lights and dress the cast in yuletide apparel. “All is Bright” was in line with typical episodes, but didn’t seem to develop character moment as much as it wanted to.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Forasteira”

e43c53d5e552fc55_ncisla_recap_1920x1080

photo credit: CBS.com

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

A great thing about NCISLA is its commitment to showcasing strong women. We’ve seen Kensi show off her physical strength over the years, Nell show off her technical skills, and Hetty consistently wielding power in many aspects. Season nine has also given us two more strong women with Mosley and Hidoko. “Forasteira” is a good episode to discuss this topic because the culprit of the crime is also a strong woman.

Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles review: “Fool Me Twice”

ent_ncisla_clip_112117a_1268969_640x360

photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Fool Me Twice.” 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.

Every story arc comes to an end, even if we sometimes would like to see it continue. Some last for a long time, whole others are abruptly cut short. “Fool Me Twice” brought back a storyline which had been wrapped up last season: Joelle and the rogue CIA operatives. The question remains: were these stories worth opening up again? Let’s discuss it here.

Continue reading