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.
One of the great things about this episode was seeing both Eric and Nell out in the field together, undercover nonetheless. While Nell gets this opportunity occasionally, Eric rarely does. It’s fun to see him out of his element and see how he reacts. This was the perfect opportunity for him considering that he didn’t really need to act much or use a weapon (except for when he blew up a car).
In addition, getting Nell and Eric out of Ops gives the audience a chance to observe how they interact in a different environment. We know how and what they do generally in Ops, so the audience doesn’t know what to expect out in the field. It was fun to see them play a couple and then go hiking in the woods simply because we hadn’t seen that before.
This episode also seemed to finally confirm that Eric and Nell are together romantically. It was pretty obvious before but most of their developing relationship happened offscreen. Although they’re not my favorite couple, it is nice to have some concrete evidence that they like each other instead of just passing comments about moments we didn’t get to see.
One thing that NCISLA tends to do quite well is humor. Deeks and Kensi basically play the comic relief part together this time. Normally it would be a little disappointing that that’s their only role in an episode, but after the stress they’ve been through all season, they deserve a fun break. Their banter kept everything from getting too bleak while the rest of the team investigated. Humor is a great way to keep the audience entertained.
The only real disappointment was that Sam and Callen didn’t get a chance to team up again. Callen still has a few loose ends to tie up, but hopefully they’ll be back bantering together soon. The Joelle storyline has ceased to be interesting anymore. Let’s let the past stay in the past, so the team can move on.
Notes from the Boat Shed
*I asked on twitter (mostly jokingly) why Anna is always around when she’s supposed to have another full-time job with the ATF. Apparently she’s either STILL waiting for clearance to work with ATF or she’s on loan like Deeks is from the LAPD. I don’t mind Anna being around at all, but I wish they’d give us a real explanation!
*Do you think Eric was horrified by the prospect of having to wear pants and spent the car ride to the retreat complaining about it? I feel like he would.
*While we didn’t get Callen and Sam to team up, we did get a brief bit of banter about Sam’s car at the beginning which was fun. I’ve missed that.
*I could quote basically all of Deeks and Kensi’s scenes this week because they’re hilarious. But “we always keep marshmallows in the Audi” made me laugh the most.
*I hope the show just forgets Joelle exists and we can all move on from this weird plot twist. I just wanna find Sabatino
*Was I supposed to recognize the temporary tech guy? You know how bad I am remembering guest stars…
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.