NCIS Los Angeles review: “Battle Scars”

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

Most of the time, I don’t pay much attention to the episode titles because they’re mostly unimportant to the plot. But “Battle Scars” is aptly named for an episode that deals with the emotional fallout of this turbulent season and brings back Hetty’s old friends who have their own proverbial scars to deal with. This is just the first part of (presumably?) a two-episode arc, so there’s no sense of resolution, but it does set up some great character moments to focus on.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “From Havana With Love”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “From Havana With Love.” 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.

While watching “From Havana With Love,” I thought it seemed like the episode wanted to examine themes about how men and women are treated differently. An interesting topic for sure. But while that may have been the intention (I think), the episode itself falls short of making any grand conclusion on the subject by the time the end credits roll.

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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.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Getaway”

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.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Queen Pin”

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

In the two episodes since the end of the mole storyline, the thing that strikes me most is that the team feels scattered. Kensi is back to work, but we’re lacking the usual team banter. In “Queen Pin,” Callen and Anna deal with a separate case, while Sam does undercover work alone and the rest of the team hovers around the edge of the plot to provide support when necessary.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Old Tricks”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Old Tricks.” 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 suppose anything after the last three action packed episodes was going to be a bit of a letdown. There needs to be some quiet after the adrenaline-fueled storyline the characters just went through. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for a very compelling story. “Old Tricks” plays more like filler, letting our characters go back to normal with barely any consequences.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Payback”

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

The best thing about serialized storytelling is that there is a lot of room for the characters to grow and develop. One episode alone is probably not going to be pivotal to a character’s development, but a multi-episode arc gives enough time for any changes to be realistic. The mole storyline finally comes to an end in “Payback” (despite a few loose threads still) and this episode is exactly the kind of perfect payoff we should see from serialized storytelling. Each character is affected by the events of the episode, all in different ways.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Under Siege”

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

NCISLA has never been low on action and intrigue. Even the filler episodes have at least one shootout and probably an undercover scene. The team has the NCIS name (that’s the Naval Criminal Investigative Service if you don’t remember), but they operate more like super spies most of the time, led by the best super spy herself: Hetty Lange. So it’s with a bit of irony that the mole’s motivations come to light here in “Under Siege” as the team is forced to actually contend with the consequences of operating outside of their initial role.
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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Hot Water”

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

So we’ve finally reached the beginning of the end. The end of the mole storyline, that is. After more than a season of this threat looming over the team’s heads, things finally are put into motion to reveal the big secret. “Hot Water” is a good title for an episode where the team gets put into some unsavory positions.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Kulinda”

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

The episode’s title “Kulinda” means “protect” in Swahili. A fitting name for an episode about a security company at the center of the case. But this episode’s theme is less about protection and more about hope. Considering that this is the first episode of 2017, I think it’s a fitting idea to explore.
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