NCIS Los Angeles review: “767”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “767.” 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.

Are you terrified of flying? Perhaps this is not the episode for you. “767” gave us an investigation in the sky, and it was an exciting hour of television. We finally get to see Callen and Sam team up again and the rest of the team settled back in their usual roles. Other than the nightmare scenario of people waving around guns on the plane, this episode was pretty good, despite being rather ordinary.

Watching Sam and Callen work together again was comfortable, like slipping on a well-worn pair of shoes. We know what we’re going to get, but it’s still fun to watch. Especially because they’re in a different environment (the plane) with a sorta different investigation (finding the missing bad guy).

It’s nice to see how they interact with the people who helped them on the plane too. The air marshall was a good ally to work with until he was injured, and it was very sweet to see Sam encourage the flight attendant. The captain only made an appearance at the end, but his little speech really resonated with both of them. It was a little on the nose but it is something for Callen and Sam to think about. The good odds of them getting old enough to retire aren’t guaranteed, and if they do, they’ll long for the action again. That’s certainly something to continue to explore down the road.

The rest of the team did their usual work, and it was nice but not anything that really stands out. There’s no reference to Eric and Nell’s romance of the previous episode, so there’s no opportunity for character development in this episode.

Deeks and Kensi have a quiet moment at the beginning which was a nice way to show how much Kensi has recovered since her injury from the first of the season. After all the angst they had to deal with earlier, it’s nice to see them happy too. I’ve enjoyed how the show has maturely handled their developing relationship.

This wasn’t exactly a highly emotional standout episode, but “767” gave us something a bit different than usual and still was quite exciting with the action.

Unless, like me, you’re terrified of flying.

Notes from the Boat Shed
*Possible plot hole: Couldn’t they have come up with some excuse to stop Mr Tinker from getting on the plane, thereby saving themselves a lot of trouble?

*They were supposed to go to Tokyo. Man, I would have loved a whole episode of just Sam and Callen arguing about Japanese food.

*I like that this season has made sure we have had a variety of villains so far. Not everyone is an extremist Muslim or a Mexican drug dealer.

*I had forgotten about Kensi’s group of similarly named friends but I enjoyed the callback. Will Deeks survive a weekend with the Tiffanys??

*I always think it’s hilarious when the team casually talks to Ops over the comms and no one ever thinks they’re crazy talking to themselves

*How did they not poke a hole in the plane shooting at each other??

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


8 thoughts on “NCIS Los Angeles review: “767”

  1. Good review..I love Callanna but I really missed the banter between Sam and Callen in the past episodes. They were funny as always. Another thing that I’m missing this season it’s a bullpen scene with the four of them together, but other than that I’m loving this season. The Kensi storyline,the mole, the Deeks/Whiting thing and the Callen/Joelle/Beth story. I’m guessing that they are leaving Sam storyline for the season finale, and maybe a wedding proposal for Densi fans.

    • Thanks for reading and leaving a comment! (Sorry I’m terrible at replying to comments in a timely fashion) It really was nice to see Sam and Callen back together again this time. I hadn’t noticed but you’re totally right about the lack of bullpen scenes this season. Now that Kensi’s back, maybe the last few episodes of the season will make up for it.

      I’ve really enjoyed the season so far too! They’ve really stepped it up a notch in the past couple of seasons. I think you’re right about Sam’s story being saved for the season finale, and it’s about time for a Densi proposal again. One that sticks this time, hopefully ^_^

  2. Loved your comments in the Boat Shed. I loved this episode. This is just the way I like #NCISLA. Everybody was right back where they should be. I like Nell and Eric in OPS. That is where they shine. Deeks and Kensi were funny and so comfortable with each other. So nice to see! I was so happy to see Sam and Callen back to bantering about seats or anything. The whole chicken wings scene was hilarious. There was plenty of action and I too, have wondered about a shooting in a plane. It all worked out as they all worked together. It was a different setting and as you said a different villain. I really enjoyed this and I am not afraid of flying.

  3. Nice review. Enjoyed the action on the plane (and from research a few shots wouldn’t bring down a plane unless they blew out a window or hit electrical/fuel). The scene with Kensi and Deeks in the opening was sweet, but odd since she’d promised him a “retreat of their own” last episode when they were on overwatch–so that sounded like sex to me. Enjoyed Callen and Sam back together and loved the chicken guy and the flight attendant. The captain’s words seem prophetic–and not in a good way. Don’t know how they could have prevented Tinker from boarding with no probable cause (besides, Hetty wanted to see if someone was trying to buy the plans, so they had to let it play out).

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