NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Field of Fire”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Field of Fire.” 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.

After two really strong episodes, “Field of Fire” was an episode that was just sort of… there. It wasn’t bad like the disjointed episodes earlier this season, but it wasn’t all that particularly amazing either. It was a pretty standard NCISLA episode, but when we’re this close to the end of the season, I have to ask: why cut down on the momentum of the previous episodes to give us this?

The episode starts out like any other. We see the beginning of the case they’ll be investigating and then we cut to the team chatting in the office. These chats are always fun because the characters are so established that they interact perfectly, but this scene always obviously functions as a means to set up a theme for the episode. This one was parenting/mentoring. That’s not a bad theme of course. It was fun to see everyone’s perspectives on having children (especially Callen who is suddenly all for having kiddies???) and I thought it was the most entertaining part of the episode. I am a little wary though that this is twice now that an episode has brought up the idea of kids in regards to Kensi and Deeks. They’ve only been dating for like two months, y’all. Slow down! But despite my own personal worries, this subject gave the episode the emotional weight it was lacking in the main story.

The sniping story had a lot of potential that it wasted. Since we’ve apparently taken a break from Callen’s story, we could have at least focused on Kensi. Sniping is her thing! Hetty and Granger even mentioned her time in Afghanistan from last season, but that was where that story fizzled out. She doesn’t even think about it at all, let alone struggle with it. The only things we get is one shot of her sad face when they figure out the missing guy’s plan. That’s it. I wish they didn’t drop storylines so fast. They become less like real people and more like stock characters when they aren’t given the change to explore their feelings and struggle with issues like we do. And if everyone just becomes a stock character, then why should we even watch at all?

“Field of Fire” just felt like a regular routine episode. It didn’t connect with the events before the episode and it doesn’t seem like it’ll connect to anything after. The episode could have aired weeks ago and what difference would it have made? (Minus one stray reference to Joelle, not much.) After we’ve built up the Callen and Arkady and missing oil tanker arc, why are they chasing missing snipers? We didn’t need a breather episode. We’ve only just begun that story. The only thing that hurts this episode is that it’s out of place. Perhaps the next episode will kick things back into high gear.

Notes from the Boat Shed

  • Eric and Nell are back to just functioning as expostion and Granger didn’t even get any snarky lines this week. I am disappoint. 😦
  • I applaud the show for going in what I like to call the “equal opportunity crazy” direction. A few episodes ago, I complained that the show always sets up the Muslim extremists to show their crazy without balancing it with normal Muslims. But now we’ve seen a crazy American anti-Muslim extremist group along with the White Supremacists from “Rage,” so at least the series is showing us that there are crazy intolerant people everywhere. (I would have just settled for showing Muslims as normal people, but I suppose this approach works too)
  • Bonus points for current topics with the mention of VA hospital problems (although that was sorta brushed aside as well)
  • Favorite ridiculous moment of the episode was watching Deeks tackle the escaping nurse guy down the stairwell. He’s obviously been hanging out with Sam too long because that’s such a Sam thing to do.
  • No preview for next week so no new episode I guess? I could check the TV guide of course, but my idea of living on the edge is just turning on the TV to see what’s playing each night. LOL

So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Just want to share your own parenting stories? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


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