Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Se Murio El Payaso.” 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.
“Se Murio El Payaso” is a Spanish idiom apparently common (?) in Peru meaning “the clown is dead.” Further google searching (take with a grain of salt) tells me that it’s a colloquial way to say that something long has finally wrapped up. This week’s NCISLA episode chose the phrase as the title, and I suppose it works as a nice nod towards the Peruvian counterfeit operation that was taken down by the team as well as Claudia’s long years of pretending to be Lucina. However, I thought the episode itself was not as strong as last week’s season premiere.
Though the case this week wasn’t terrible (counterfeiting is a nice change of pace), and it’s nice to see Sam have an undercover job that doesn’t require him to be some sort of drug dealer, we didn’t get much in the way of character development. The only b-story was a little bit of Callen and Anna flirting over video games. (I personally thought it was cute, but didn’t serve any other purpose). Sam got a little bit of time when talking to his Secret Service friend, but it’s looking more and more like he’s going to avoid mourning his wife as much as possible. It’s still early in the season, however, so that storyline may still develop.
Another odd choice was the lack of Mosley and Hidoko this week. After their big introduction last week, it seems weird to have them be absent this week. It gives the episode less urgency because the conflict isn’t there from the previous episode. This has always been a problem with NCISLA for me: the overarching story gets randomly dropped for an episode or two before picking up again. It just seems more unrealistic to me to do it that way. Not that I particularly enjoy the Mosley storyline yet, but I would at least like to see it develop naturally.
Don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t an awful episode at all. It just seemed to lack the elements of better episodes, like character development and office banter. The shootout, however, was exciting as usual, and Callen and Anna made an effort to shoot less people. So maybe that’s something to think about considering last week’s conversation with Mosley. All I know is that it’s too early in the season for filler episodes, so next week will hopefully be better.
Notes from the Boat Shed
- I… still don’t care at all about whatever Hetty is doing in Vietnam. It’s just too disconnected from everyone else right now.
- You all should know by now how awful I am at remembering recurring guests. Was I supposed to recognize the Secret Service team? Because the team knew them but I definitely didn’t.
- Claudia’s brief attempt at hitting on Kensi just reminds me of how nice it’d be to have some sort of lgbt character on the show.
- How long has poor Anna been waiting for clearance for the ATF job?! I know it takes a while but GEEZ. I’d have found another job by now.
- Speaking of Anna, I liked that she was randomly carrying around a night stick!
- It was nice to see Sam put his mathlete skills to good use undercover 😛
- How do you feel about random episode titles like this one? I’d prefer something more straightforward.
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.