NCIS Los Angeles review: “All is Bright”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “All is Bright.” 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.

It’s time for the annual holiday episode, which for NCISLA means an excuse to redecorate the set with Christmas lights and dress the cast in yuletide apparel. “All is Bright” was in line with typical episodes, but didn’t seem to develop character moment as much as it wanted to.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Forasteira”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Forasteira.” 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.

A great thing about NCISLA is its commitment to showcasing strong women. We’ve seen Kensi show off her physical strength over the years, Nell show off her technical skills, and Hetty consistently wielding power in many aspects. Season nine has also given us two more strong women with Mosley and Hidoko. “Forasteira” is a good episode to discuss this topic because the culprit of the crime is also a strong woman.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Fool Me Twice”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Fool Me Twice.” 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.

Every story arc comes to an end, even if we sometimes would like to see it continue. Some last for a long time, whole others are abruptly cut short. “Fool Me Twice” brought back a storyline which had been wrapped up last season: Joelle and the rogue CIA operatives. The question remains: were these stories worth opening up again? Let’s discuss it here.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “This is what we do”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “This is what we do.” 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.

“This is what we do” marks NCISLA’s 200th episode, a milestone which few television shows ever reach. The occasion wasn’t marked with a hard-hitting story like last week’s “The Silo” and they didn’t load up on the other end of the spectrum with an entirely silly episode either. Instead, the episode lived up to its title. It was simply an episode where the team went through their typical kind of case, complete with shootouts and car explosions as usual. It was a fitting tribute to the series so far.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “The Silo”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “The Silo.” 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.

It might be too soon to pick a best episode of the season, but I have a hard time believing anything else will top “The Silo.” It was a well-constructed episode which hit the audience with heavy topics and emotions. It was an episode that got your heart pounding in a way that rarely happens in procedural television shows. “The Silo” took a terrifying situation, made it personal, and then zeroed in on how everyone reacted to it.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Can I get a witness?”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Can I get a witness?” 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 have to be honest and admit that Deeks has always been my favorite character. I pretty much like any character who makes me laugh, and he makes me laugh the most. I’m always quite excited for any Deeks-centric episode, so I guess I can chalk up my disappointment with “Can I get a witness?” to high expectations. Honestly, I can’t figure out what about the episode didn’t seem to work. But I just didn’t find this one as entertaining as usual.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Mountebank”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Mountebank.” 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.

“Mountebank” was a pretty typical but enjoyable NCISLA episode. It had all the things we love like the usual fun banter, some undercover scenes, and a few bits and pieces relating to ongoing storylines and character development.

Oh, and it also had Arkady.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Plain Sight”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Plain Sight.” 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.

As far as memorable standout NCISLA episodes go, “Plain Sight” isn’t one of them. But that’s perfectly okay. With a show on its ninth season already, not every episode is going to be the one you think about weeks or months later. What this week’s episode was, however, was a fun return to form. Between tracking down stolen guns and infiltrating a fancy gun show, the team got to work with Mosley and show what they do best.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Assets”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Assets.” 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 told last week there was a scheduling switch and “Assets” was originally supposed to air before “Se Murio El Payaso.” I don’t know why they changed the schedule, but at least we get a continuation of storylines that began in the season premiere. “Assets” was an entertaining follow-up episode, giving our characters room to figure out how to get used to their new normal.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Se Murio El Payaso”

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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.

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