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
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!
‘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
The Queen’s Gambit picks up a day or so from the previous episode. Hetty has sacrificed herself as the mole to safeguard the rest of the team’s jobs and Kensi is still in a coma, having arrived in the States and been successfully operated on. Even with two of the team out of action, it is business as usual and the others are tasked with investigating the kidnapping of a Muslim by a female Marine. The first thing of note is that this is a proper Marine related case – yes there turns out to be a loose terrorist connection – but the Muslims are not the bad guys, and NCIS is asked by the Marine Corps to investigate. Continue reading
The season 8 premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles was a treat, with the first two episodes merged together to create a two hour movie; an epic adventure that ends in tragedy. There may have been no cliff hanger at the end of the previous season but there were plenty of threads to be pulled, the main one being the mole, who has been floating around since season six. That mole may have been captured but there is another at large, one that has infiltrated the Office of Special Projects. And that is where the opening episodes take us, running in parallel with the team’s investigation in to stolen radioactive material which leads them to Syria and a mission to capture a high value target. And incidentally this target was in US Naval Intelligence, a Syrian born American national, who betrayed his adoptive country and defected to Syria. Continue reading