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NCIS: Los Angeles Review: "Found"

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Quite a night for Shane Brennan Tuesday. After a terrific NCIS, the executive producer's spinoff delivered a thrilling installment as well, continuing the story of Agent Vaile.

It was back in January that Dom went "Missing," nabbed by Colombian gangsters and handed over to more sinister, unknown captors who evaded the L.A. team's pursuit.

Last night, NCIS: Los Angeles finally revisited the issue of Dom's capture in "Found." The result was non-stop action reminiscent of a big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer film.

Upon receiving a video of Agent Vail being held by Muslim extremists demanding the return of an imprisoned terrorist in exchange, the OSP team sprung into action.

We had barely gotten to know Dom when he vanished, and some say his character was mishandled as a result, his loss clearly weighed on the team, particularly Sam.

Naturally, Sam would have boarded a plane for Africa, where he believed his young protege was being held, instantly had Callen and Hetty not talked him out of it.

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Dom was imprisoned by extremists hiding almost in plain sight.

Sam's protective feelings and guilt were on display throughout, showcasing LL Cool J's surprising acting chops as the team raced against a 24-hour deadline to free Dom.

Surprising and captivating scenes weren't in short supply.

Getting one of the suspects to talk by fake-torturing a fellow NCIS agent was a clever ploy, and led Callen to an L.A. financier suspected of funding terrorist dealings.

Also unexpected? The return of Mo, the Sudanese boy mentored by Sam until he was recruited by extremists and returned to his homeland (supposedly) in "Breach."

Mo could clearly be seen on the video sent to NCIS, bringing back even more painful memories for Sam. With time running out, the search grew even more desperate.

But where was Dom being held?

We did not expect that he would be right under their noses in Los Angeles the whole time, although it began to make sense the longer the team stayed in the country.

We also didn't expect Dom to be found, and nearly freed, only to be killed in a firefight, but it might have been more unrealistic to have everyone escape unscathed.

Unlikely as it seemed that their paths would cross, the extremists did open the door by sending the video, and clues did lead to the financier's performing arts center.

The scene were Dom (Adam Jamal Craig) broke free with Mo's help and realized he was right smack in L.A. on the roof was awesome, as was the ensuing shootout.

Callen, Kensi and Sam were their typical bad ass selves during the full-blown gun battle that broke out, with vintage trickery from G., employing the enemy's disguise.

That entire sequence, ending in Dom's death, was startlingly intense. While more could have been done with Dom's character, he certainly went out in a blaze of glory.

Sometimes NCIS: Los Angeles overdoes its action sequences, but given the stakes last night, it felt warranted, and the conclusion both emotional and heart-pounding.

What did you think of the episode? Are you upset Dom was introduced only to be killed? Or did that add to the surprise impact? Share your comments!

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CBS has sacrificed one to many of my favorite characters (NCIS & The Unit) so with the passing of Dom, my viewing of the show also passes into oblivion.

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It was sad seeing Dom go. I think I might have been one of the few people who actually liked him. Still, this was a great episode! I have to say this, though. Did ANYBODY else notice that Sam was in bed with somebody when he got that call? Anybody? Does that mean he's married, or is dating, or something? Come one people, how could you not notice that? Finally, music on this show is wonderful. I hope they come out with a soundtrack!

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in the beginning of the episode, who is the person lying next to Sam Hanna when he gets the call?

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When I saw SAM on the roof with DOM and they where shooting i was please don't let this happen please do not tell me you gonna kill him the next thing Dom is on the ground dead.Come on I was like really how could you kill him to see him back and think for a 2 that Dom was back to NCIS where he belong they kill him.I think it was to early to kill him we did'nt even get a chance to know him and you kill him I think.That NCIS was dumb with this storyline to kill Dom to early I think that could have did more with his character.I am made at them for killing him.

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Did anyone else think thatthe way Dom was killed looked alot like the way Kate died in NCIS the second season? I mean...on the rrof and yelling watch (or something to that effect...he might have yelled shooter or Sam...not sure) but it was similar.

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I hate to say it, but I knew from the moment that Dom was kidnapped back in January that he was going to be killed once almost rescued. It was blatantly obvious in the beginning of the episode that Dom was not to survive, especially how Sam kept rehashing the point that he wasn't dead YET. And the incorporation of Sam's friend in the beginning? Yeah... total give away of the whole episode. Frankly, this was (in my opinion) the worst episode (and arc) that Shane Brennan has produced to date.

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