NCIS: Los Angeles Season Finale Review: Checkmate

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The previews for the NCIS: Los Angeles finale made it seem like we would be losing a member of the boathouse crew. And, we did, just not as expected.

While "Sans Voir" was not nearly as thrilling as last year's finale, it will certainly have greater ramifications for the team. One similarity between the two endings was that Hetty submitted her resignation. Last year, it didn't stick, will it this time around? Lauren's murder and Callen's loss of control may be the push she needed to leave NCIS for good.

NCIS: LA Team in Action

This two-hour episode had a similar problem to the Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles crossover: each hour consisted of two very different cases that were then tied together with a sliver of story.

In this case, the Chameleon was the ultimate "big bad" in both hours, but his involvement with the Mayfields didn't make much sense. Although, it did feature the desired effect of bringing Callen and crew into the case.

The first hour was pretty boring even for a regular episode. I don't specifically remember Renko from the first season, so his death while unfortunate didn't have any emotional pull.

The second hour picked up the pace with the execution of Lauren Hunter. Her death definitely caused some pain on the team. Even though they didn't like her at first, she was a member of their family. It caused Hetty, the formidable Hetty, to break.

The Chameleon knew all the pieces to play to get what he wanted. He was winning the game, but he underestimated the damage he was causing along the way. He manipulated NCIS into negotiating (doesn't our government have a no negotiation policy?) payment for Atley even though the undercover agent had already been compromised. But he didn't count on Callen going rogue.

Wow! Callen really lost it, didn't he? Will he be sent to Levenworth now? He killed an unarmed man, in front of civilians, a television crew and the police. It doesn't get much worse than that. With Callen's face plastered all over the news, his undercover status is forever compromised.

No one from the team was killed in the finale, but they lost one of their own in Callen. He decided to dole out his own justice and with that he may have lost everything. I'm at a loss for how Callen can get out of this. Sam needs his partner and NCIS would be worse off without him on their team, but his action seems irredeemable.

Do you see a way for Callen to return to the team after executing the Chameleon? What about Hetty, will she return? It will be a long wait until fall to find out what happens next.


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I have been a fan of NCIS Los Angelo's since it's first episode. After viewing Season 4's final episode on May 14, 2013 I will
No longer be watching this show! With the recent violence in our nation, Newton Mascare, Boston Bombings, explain why
We were subject to the graphic torture of Sam and especially Deets. After two days I am still having a problem getting the violent Torture scenes out of my mind. SHAME on the producers of this show and shame on the network for letting it air.

@ Charlene Tracy

Whoosh. Someone (Charlene) needs to take a few deep breaths and a few steps back. Maybe you have a personal connection to one of the awful recent shootings and hence the visceral reaction to the NCIS episode. But it IS just a TV show. And a show about catching the bad guys--who are invariably killers. This isn't The Big Bang Theory. But maybe you should be watching that kind of show, save yourself the grief... (And yeah, I know I am replying to a post from nearly a year ago. But, weirdly, USA is running an NCIS marathon today and I just so happen to be watching the episode you're talking about!


i am sure we all noticed that when Callan shot the Chameleon there was,nt any bllod plus i think it was all a set up to get Granger as that guy was,nt for real hope Hetty and Callan are back


The whole thing was staged. They've done this before in other seasons (remember when Callan and Sam shot that guy at the front of the court house whilst on a motorbike). The whole Hetty resigning is getting old. IT WAS STAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Renko may not play a big role in this show but he helped the team from time to time. And clearly he was pretty close to Kensi. We saw her reaction to his death and I disagree with your article that his death didn't have any emotional pull. It did. It may not for you but it certainly did for a lot of us. Also, I disagree about you saying that this finale was not as good as last year's. I found it just as good. Both hours were pretty interesting to me. Honestly, I disagree with most of your opinions. Sorry.


Can Kinzy and Deeks kiss already?


love This show much.....can't wait for NeXT season


Callen will be saved anyway but the chameleon has to die


I remember Renko, really liked him, was hoping he'd become a more regular character, but the writers thought otherwise I guess. I did not watch the finale too much going on in this show, hard to keep up, but from what I ready Hetty is again on the line?! jeez, glad I missed it, my poor heart cannot take such disappointment & heartbreak aain.


There is always the Dallas solution for bringing Callen back.


in which episode did agent callen first meet the chameleon?

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