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.