NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Who Wants a Parker Pony?

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It's Christmas at NCIS: Los Angeles, but all is not joyous. A Flux Compression Generator has been stolen and the team must hunt it down before it's activated and kills people. That sounds like an exciting and complicated case, right? Well, just a little.

Don't get me wrong; it wasn't a bad episode at all. However, after Sam going undercover in Sudan and Deeks pretending to kill someone to get kicked out of NCIS, "Higher Power" was a ho-hum outing. Not bad, but not the edge-of-your-seat action-packed and emotional brilliance of the two previous episodes.

Henrietta Lange Photo

NCIS: Los Angeles is one of the few shows I've watched that has addressed the real threat of an EMP attack. If the power outages from the early snow storm on the East Coast or those in California last month from high winds are any indication, we would be in real trouble if there was a long-term, extensive power outage. It would be even worse if all electronic devices themselves were destroyed. No phone, computer, TV? Disaster!

The professor was right to be upset and angry that no one was taking the threat seriously, but stealing the device was clearly not the best way to go about resolving the issue. Though, why would he think someone with less scruples would steal it from him to cause real damage?

While the threat from an EMP attack is real, so is the desperation of the many unemployed, including college students. This story and the way it played out seemed a little far-fetched, but at the same time it's something I could see happening. Desperate times call for desperate measures, whether you are a college professor that isn't being taken seriously about a real threat or college students with a bleak looking future.

To offset the serious nature of the case, there were some lighter and funny moments. I wonder if in the writers' room they came up with this storyline just so Deeks could make the Back to the Future cracks. They were hilarious. I love the comic relief we get from Deeks.

Eric and Sam

The back-and-forth between Eric and Sam about the Parker Pony was priceless. Is there an impossible-to-get toy this holiday? I'm not aware of one; but the story, however unoriginal, played out well. It was the perfect way to bring Sam's family back into the picture. The Comic-Con comment was a nice callback to the cast members own NCIS: Los Angeles panel in San Diego this summer. There weren't Parker Ponies, but they did give out awesome Hetty t-shirts (I gave mine to my mother, who loves Hetty).

This episode was back to the normal NCIS: Los Angeles after a couple highly emotional situations. That's not a bad thing at all! And, as Hetty said in closing, "God bless us, everyone!"


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Things seemed a little tense to me. There wasn't as much focus on the characters. It makes me thinkk that everything that happened in "The Debt" is NOT forgotten (at least to Kensi). I think she just wants to get away from everyone (unfortunately, especially Deeks). Her partner lied to her. While she may understand why is needed to be done, I think she still can't get over that he didn't say more when he left and that she couldn't tell that he was lying in the first place. I think she feels some trust was lost (her trust in him).


I love all the "who said what's" and "who did what's" but can anybody tell me who the actor was that played the professor?


@Raquel: Good point. Once it was clear she was going to Hawaii, I had a feeling it would be for another H50 episode. I had forgotten she knew about Shellbourne. I hope you're right.


This was certainly one of their better episodes, and with NCIS LA that’s really saying something. I loved that plan A, plan B scene. It’s times like this that make me thankful that DISH, my employer, set up the instant streaming site dishonline. With all the holiday responsibilities and distractions not only was I not home to watch this episode, but I completely spaced out setting my DVR too. I didn’t want to wait for a rerun so I checked dishonline and there it was. That site is definitely worth a few minutes to check out, especially since there’s a good deal to watch even if you’re not a subscriber to dish, and once you are, it opens up an extensive library for streaming.


Stephanie and Madison why don't you try re-reading the part where the recapper said? I wonder if in the writers' room they came up with this storyline just so Deeks could make the Back to the Future cracks.


Callen and Sam could go along with Kensi for the H5-0. I would like to see Callen, Steve, Danny and Sam together. It would be awesome!


I think Kensi is going to Hawaii because Joe White from Hawaii 5-O is either a friend of her dad's or her dad in hiding

Carla day

@Madison and @Stephanie - Thank you. Corrections made.


Hawaii 5-O fans - am I the only one thinking that Kensy discovered what Shelbourne means? In the cross-over episode she said she could searshing for the name, what if she really did it? Afterall she's going back to Hawaii. Anyone? (sorry something wronf in my english - I'm portuguese)


Love NCIS L A n Deeks always steals my heart, he has great lines, but last nights Eric n Sam's were the best.
As Hetty said "God Bless us, everyone".

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