Category Archives: TV Reviews

S07E17 Revenge Deferred

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Several episodes in season seven have set the foundations for the return of Tahir Khaled, warlord brother of Jada, whom Sam romantically befriended in season three.  Sam tricked her into leaving her home land, and destroyed her dreams when he abandoned her upon arrival to the US; Jada had to testify against Tahir or return home, where her brother would kill her.  In ‘The Long Goodbye’, Jada managed to escape witness protection and returned home, leaving the storyline open for her brother to finally seek revenge upon Sam, hence the title ‘Revenge Deferred’.  Continue reading

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S07E16 Matryoshka Part 2

 

“Matryoshka Part 2” – the episode which promises to reveal Callen’s name.  For the audience, it has been seven years in the making but for G. Callen, it’s been forty odd years – as long as he can remember…

Hetty has sanctioned Sam and Callen to rescue CIA Agent Sharov from the same Russian prison holding Arkady Kolchek, and part two sees the action move to Russia. Yet surprisingly this episode isn’t really about the prison break, even though a reasonable amount of time is devoted to planning the mission; in fact there is very little action at all during the episode. Continue reading

S07E15 Matryoshka Part 1

 

vlcsnap-2016-02-11-21h46m49s721‘Matryoshka’ is the name given to the Russian nesting dolls.  Each time a doll is opened, a smaller one is found inside until an entire family is revealed.  The dolls are an analogy to the mysterious past of Callen.  Every time a secret is revealed, he is a step closer to discovering the truth about himself, his family and the past he cannot remember.  When he does encounter someone with information, they usually die (Eugene Keelson, Alexa Comescu, Hans Schreiber), and during the season six finale, Arkady Kolchek is also removed from his reach.  Arkady is a tantalising link to Callen’s past; he’s met his father. Continue reading

S07E14 Come Back

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Last week’s episode focused on Callen’s character, but this week the attention is clearly on Kensi, with Deeks also under scrutiny.  Kensi’s back story has been explored during earlier seasons; investigations into her father’s death led Kensi to be accused of murder and to the subsequent reconciliation with her estranged mother.  Kensi’s spell of living on the streets as a teenager was also touched on in last season’s ‘The Grey Man’.  She was previously engaged to a marine named Jack who suffered with PTSD and left her on Christmas day.  Hetty used this to her advantage when she sent Kensi to Afghanistan on the ‘white ghost’ mission.  She knew that when Kensi found and recognised Jack, she would not be able to pull the trigger, and would instead investigate.  But Kensi deliberately allowed herself to be captured and found Jack was also being held hostage (and that he had found peace in himself and moved on). Continue reading

S07E13 Angels & Daemons

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Angels & Daemons is another strong standalone episode from the solid combination of Andrew Bartel’s writing, and James Hanlon’s direction.  The pair have previously collaborated to bring us the important character based episode, The Grey Man (S6) and earlier this season, Driving Miss Diaz.  Bartels’ episodes may not (yet) form part of the season’s arc, however they do provide amusement (S5 Allegiance) and key insights to the main characters (also think S6 Humbug and Fighting Shadows). Continue reading

S07E11 Cancel Christmas

‘Cancel Christmas’ is another fun-filled forty-three minutes where the case yet again plays second fiddle to the characters, meaning there is a little something for fans and followers of all characters.  There are insights into Callen and his relationship with Joelle, important conversations between Deeks and Kensi, and Sam is once again panicking over Christmas.  Nell and Eric are indulging in their dressing up fantasies, Granger is confirmed as the Grinch, with a twist, and Hetty is – well, just Hetty!  Overall the Christmas spirit and humour was overflowing, and those on the naughty list got their comeuppance. Continue reading

Blindspot – Pilot Episode

The pilot episode of Blindspot is an intriguing mix of sharply stylised visuals, a fast paced plot, gun fights and explosions, and with convincing acting.  A lot is packed in to forty three minutes as the scene is set and the main characters established.  There is the mysterious naked lady who is found in a duffel bag with amnesia, dumped in the middle of Times Square, the solid FBI Agent Kurt Weller, whose name is tattooed on her back, and the usual supporting cast of FBI officers and analysts.  ​ Continue reading

S07E07 “An Unlocked Mind”

An Unlocked Mind is another episode from the pen of Frank Military and this time directed by NCISLA actor Chris O’Donnell.  As a result, expectations are already set that this will be a more serious episode, with a little less Callen than usual.  And these expectations are indeed met; the episode deals with a religious cult, the Church of the Unlocked Mind, who target emotionally vulnerable high level executives and manipulate them into revealing corporate secrets which they use for their own financial gain.  The wife of former DARPA engineer David Ramsey manages to escape the cult and turns to LAPD, who turn to NCIS.  Evidence has been uncovered which suggests David has revealed secrets about the DODs cutting edge technologies; an executive cult member has been seen meeting with a Chinese National who is a suspected spy. Continue reading