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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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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