NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Seoul Man”

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photo credit: ksitetv.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Seoul Man.” 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 last week’s very excellent episode “The Seventh Child,” anything was probably going to be a bit of a disappointment. But despite the stakes not being as high, “Seoul Man” turned out pretty okay. The investigation was a little different than usual and connections to previous storylines made it feel more developed and real. Maybe it wasn’t the most riveting episode of the series, but it was a good episode that made the characters seem like real people.

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Elementary Review: “Ready or Not”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Ready or Not” 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 hate to say it but this was another disappointingly predictable episode of Elementary. Like I mentioned in my last review, the show is suffering a bit of procedural fatigue. The mysteries just aren’t interesting because we’ve seen them all before. “Ready or Not” started out with potential which fizzled out halfway through.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “The Seventh Child”

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photo credit: cbsexpress.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “The Seventh Child.” 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.

Intense. That’s the best word to describe this episode. The subject matter—young children brainwashed into being suicide bombers—was enough to make anyone’s stomach turn, parents or not. It’s reprehensible and vile but it made for a captivating hour of television. “The Seventh Child” worked as a great episode because of its high stakes but emotional core.

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Elementary Review: “You’ve got me, who’s got you?”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “You’ve got me, who’s got you?” 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.

Personally, I enjoy an Elementary episode the most when it’s fun combined with a touch of poignancy. I like to laugh but I also like to resonate on an emotional level with the episode as well. But not every one will have that same balance, which is fine because that would become boring. “You’ve got me, who’s got you?” was very entertaining to watch but lacked the emotional depth we usually get from Elementary.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Exchange Rate”

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photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Exchange Rate.” 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.

Let me start off with saying that I didn’t care about the case in this episode at all. I was not invested in the botched prisoner exchange, nor did I really care when he was outed as a Russian spy. But, like many episodes this season, the investigation wasn’t as important as the character dynamics on display. And that’s a good thing. NCIS is just the organization they all work for. It’s just a job and it doesn’t define the entire aspect of their characters. To make them more well developed characters, we need more than just their jobs. “Exchange Rate” delivers just that as it focuses much on the partnerships of the team.

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Itadaki High Jump Photo Recap: “March 2nd, 2016”

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Japanese Variety Show Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is a recap of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy! 

It’s been a while since I was able to do a photo recap for anything, so I randomly picked this episode of Itadaki High Jump. The case this time was very simple: Hikaru, Daiki, and Takaki have to endure -10C temperatures and then figure out which kind of food warms them up the most. Food challenges aren’t always the most exciting thing to watch, but the added challenge of the low temperatures made it more fun. Let’s talk about it!

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Revenge Deferred”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Revenge Deferred.” 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.

Do you remember those compare/contrast assignments in school? You’d get two topics and you’d have to write about all the similarities and differences you could find. “Revenge Deferred” feels like one of these assignments, especially since it takes place after the trip to Russia. (Did they just stop in Eritrea on the way back home??) The focus in this episode is all on Sam as the case becomes personal. It’s fascinating to see how he reacts under these circumstances.

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Elementary Review: “Who is that Masked Man?”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Who is that Masked Man?” 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.

With the exception of revealing information about Sherlock’s mother, “Who is that Masked Man?” feels like a dud. The case isn’t particularly engaging—it’s a tangled web of Chinese gangs and a dude with lots of masks. And we don’t get a lot of meaningful interactions between Sherlock and Joan, which makes this episode feel like it’s just going through the motions. But at least the reveal about Sherlock’s mom expands our understanding of his character and actions.

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