Category Archives: NCIS Los Angeles

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S08E14 Under Siege

Last week’s  episode left the team in dire-straights as planted evidence meant the men (bar Eric) were arrested by different agencies and Granger was fighting for his life.  The rest were left holding the fort and finally inroads were made to identifying the mole or at least who is behind their security breaches; the CIA.  In Under Siege the focus again is on individual predicaments as Hetty deliberately separates herself from her team and then Kensi is kidnapped.  There are numerous threads and sub plots and all of it is worthy of attention, from the men in jail to Hetty’s daring plan and Kensi’s ordeal.  And that is before tackling why the CIA want to bring down the team. Continue reading

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S08E13 Hot Water

Hetty’s self-imposed deadline for a successful mole hunt has just expired and Under Secretary of Defence Duggan arrives at NCIS to accept her resignation.  But it seems that the mole is also aware of the deadline as bang on the ninety days, the team is sent in to disarray when Granger, Sam, Deeks and Callen are all arrested by different agencies and for different crimes. Continue reading

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S08E12 Kulinda

The case of the week sees the team investigate a private security firm who are under suspicion of being in cohorts with criminal gangs, and Sam is sent undercover as himself, to investigate the security firm, ‘Kulinda’, from the inside.   Continue reading

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S08E11 Tidings We Bring

This year’s festive offering centres around the search for a missing Navy Lieutenant who’s been working with the NSA on cyber threats.  The team discover her boyfriend is missing too, and make the connection that she has been kidnapped due to his journalistic involvement with drug cartels.  

The case itself is not particularly memorable; what does make this episode is the discussion of Christmas traditions between the characters, and they are each given their chance to shine.  The notable exception is Assistant Director Granger who is absent throughout. Hetty puts in an appearance at the start and close, bracketing the episode as she and Callen discuss the thirty day countdown to D-day in the mole investigation, and finally by wishing everyone a merry Christmas. Continue reading

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Anticipating S08E14 ‘Under Siege’

It seems like S08E14 ‘Under Siege’ (written by Scott Gemmill and filmed over the last seven days) may be the key ‘mole’ episode.  Already the Christmas episode teasers are reminding viewers there’s thirty days left for Hetty to find the mole.  ‘Under Siege’ features the return of the following characters – as seem on various Instagram accounts of the actors, RT from fans etc.  A photo of a script page also suggests that Deeks is in jail in this episode – undercover or under suspicion that he’s the mole?

NCIS Agent Thompson – Jeronimo Spinx (IMDB cites S1 Ambush, Empty Quiver, S3 Exit Strategy, S4 Rude Awakenings, S5 Zero Days, S7 An Unlocked Mind

NCIS Agent Nassir – Tom Winter (IMDB  -S1 Found, S3 Exit Strategy, S4 Rude Awakenings)

Carl Brown – Adam Bartley (the one and only original mole from S5 Traitor, S8 Ghost Gun, Sirens)

CIA Agent Randall Sharov (AKA Balinski) – Salvator Xuereb (S7 Matryoshka Parts 1 & 2)

 

Note these photos are not used by permission of the actors but are publicly posted on their own Instagram and / or Twitter accounts, so hopefully there is no offence caused or taken by anyone.  The above text is all supposition but is certainly food for thought…whichever way, it seems that this will be one big episode!

 

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S08E10 Sirens

During the last few episodes, the hunt for the mole has taken a back seat but the chase is on again after an unknown female assailant shoots dead two men masquerading as sheriffs, outside Callen’s house late at night. The scene is set extremely quickly, allowing the episode to focus on the team’s investigations, and it is indeed a team affair.  Sam and Callen work the crime scene, Deeks spends time with Eric in Ops and later partners with Hetty in the field.  Once again Nell is allowed out of Ops, this time to interrogate the ‘original’ mole Carl Brown, something she has apparently done before.  Even Granger pops up with a key piece of information.

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S08E09 Glasnost

‘Glasnost’ is Russian for openness and famously coined by Gorbachev towards the end of the Cold War in the 1980s to promote a desire for increased transparency in Soviet politics. It is an ironic title choice for an episode pivotal to Callen’s life long quest for answers. Openness is the one thing seriously lacking and there are streams of lies and deceit, for good reasons and bad, that are unravelled as the narrative progresses.

Artem Fedor, arrested as a favour to Pavel Volkoff in return for helping Arkady escape a Russian prison (Matryoshka part 2) wants to exchange information on an assassination, for a transfer to a minimum security prison.  Fedor was hired to track down Russian Katerina Polumin, who now goes by the name of Mary Reynolds.  Katerina was poisoned four days earlier and as Deeks and Eric interrogate Artem in prison, Sam and Callen visit Katerina in hospital, an encounter that later leads to the discovery of Callen’s father Garrison in her room, having killed a would be assailant.   Continue reading

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S08E08 Parallel Resistors

The high standard of episodes in season eight continues with Parallel Resistors, where the case of the week concerns the safety of national security, after a graduate student working on a classified navy project is electrocuted.  The investigation is dealt with in an intelligent and interesting manner, full of twists, but it is the underlying theme of family and the intriguing child guest character (superbly acted by Shree Crooks) which really lifts this episode.  Kensi is finally making progress, demonstrating the well thought out sub plot and the timing of each phase of her recovery, which is so much better than the white ghost story line from season five, which was so far removed from the agents in Los Angeles, there was little investment until the team had to rescue her. Continue reading

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S08E08 Crazy Train

NCIS Los Angeles is an office that specialises in undercover work and it’s been a while since any of the team have been on assignment.  Recent cases have focused on the investigative side but watching various team members adopt different personas differentiates this show from the mothership.  Episode writer Frank Military (Spoils of War, Rage, The Seventh Child, An Unlocked Mind) has set the bar high for dark, character driven episodes and once again, he does not disappoint.  NSA Analyst Gary Dill has gone missing whilst investigating an ISIS cell who’s using a Mexican drug cartel to infiltrate the US.  Using information from two fellow analysts, the team believe Dill may have been committed to a mental health hospital under the name of Noah Leipzig, and Callen is sent undercover as a fellow patient to make contact.   Continue reading

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S08E06 Home Is Where The Heart Is

The form of season 8 continues with another great episode that focuses on character and has a case that is worth caring about.  A Naval Engineering Lt Commander and his girlfriend are victims of a home invasion and are saved by the apartment’s maintenance man – John Martin, who fights and kills the perpetrator.  The team are assigned the case due to the Commander’s work but they become suspicious of John Martin who disappears when the media want to give him his fifteen minutes of fame.  A search of Martin’s apartment reveals a hidden cache of weapons and a newspaper article of a local school girl, Carla Stone.  Martin is not all he seems and the case turns in to a simple revenge plot.

There are more partner swaps this week as Deeks remains at Kensi’s bedside and Hetty is revisiting last season’s hobby of mole hunting off-screen.  Granger is left holding the fort and once again Anna is drafted in to fill the void, this time partnering Nell.   Continue reading