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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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Tidings We Bring”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Tidings We Bring.” 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.

Christmas episodes are generally much more lighthearted than usual and “Tidings We Bring” was no exception. It was a nice episode with low stakes which focused more on characters than the inconsequential case. Hetty explicitly sets the episode up to be filler by essentially telling Callen that they’ll just procrastinate on finding the mole until the last minute like college students avoiding a deadline. This would be annoying but the character stories are more entertaining to watch anyway, so this is probably how a Christmas episode should be.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Sirens”

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Sirens.” 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 NCISLA team of writers have crafted a very strong season of interesting storylines so far. Each episode builds on previous ones while still maintaining the usual “case of the week” structure. Because almost every episode so far has been really good, I think my reviews will get repetitive if I focus on the same points each week. So this time, I’m going to focus on the use of humor in “Sirens” and how it works alongside the serious moments.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Glasnost”

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

Some of the best episodes of the season are ones that have a personal connection to one or more of the main cast. We have seen that often with several previous episodes, all of which help to enrich the characters’ backstories along with their characters. “Glasnost” is the first episode this season that really makes the case personal by bringing back Callen’s father. As usual, it turns out to be a pretty good episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Parallel Resistors”

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

After a rather depressing end last week, this week’s “Parallel Resistors” is a bit more upbeat in tone. There’s still serious stuff going on but it’s not as heavy as previous episodes. This one has more banter, a cute kid, and even Kensi in a somewhat better mood than before. Every now and then, it’s good to have an episode like this.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Crazy Train”

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

At the risk of sounding repetitive, NCISLA has once again delivered another solid episode. Again, we get strong character storylines amidst a relatively interesting case. And finally we get to see some undercover work again. It all ties together in a way that’s not forced, making “Crazy Train” a pretty good episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Home is Where the Heart Is”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Home is Where the Heart Is.” 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 really hit its stride early on this season with a lot of focus on shaking things up to help our main characters grow. Just like last week’s “Ghost Gun,” this week’s episode, “Home is Where the Heart Is,” is very well-written and well-acted and keeps the audience invested in all the storylines. Both the case and the characters come together to make an entertaining episode.

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Elementary Review: “Render, and Then Seize Her”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season five episode “Render, and Then Seize Her.” 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.

We are three episodes into the season and it feels like a rough start. While the cases have never been super riveting on Elementary, I feel like the ones we’ve had so far this season are not as good as they could be. This episode is no exception. Normally, the strong b-plot would make up for this, but even this episode’s character story fell short of the mark. “Render, and Then Seize Her” is just not up to Elementary’s previous standards.

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