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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How can I find out what the music credits are? I am very interested in knowing what the song near the end of this episode was. Not the very last song, the one just before that.


who played the cameleon in final episode, Christopher Lambert?


What was the song playing at the end of the season finale? I dvr'd it and didn't get the credits.


Of course Hetty and Callen will be back with NCIS, the show would be awful without them. The scene had to be staged, the question is what will they show come the season opener. Callen won't be doing any undercover work even though it was staged, his face will be all over the news. So it will be interesting to see what they have in store. I rather liked the whole episode, and felt it was a good cliff hanger. Can't wait until next season.


After reviewing the final scene, I'm with everyone else. It has to be a setup. There's absolutely no way that Callen would just lose it like that and shoot him in front of the world like that. It was planned; Callen got what he wanted, but it was legit. The cameras, the police, very convenient if you ask me. Everyone was in on it except for Granger, who probably wanted to keep Callen a tight leash and is more than likely the leak. Now it's all about exposing the leak and revealing the true mastermind behind it all. I also believe that the main bad guy is not dead. No blood coming out of his chest at all, not even in the face either. It was made to look like he was killed. Callen made a move, all right, but it was a move that his enemy didn't expect. The shooting was staged.


And the first half was only suspenseful because you were waiting for one of them to die.


Its all a set up!! Remember Granger and Hetty's conversation about a compromised agent? She asked him if it was one of hers. He did not respond but gave her a look. Season 3 opens with a mole hunt!!


After the initial shock of "G. did WHAT?!?!?" wore off, something struck me: where was the blood. None of the police shows have trouble showing blood these days. In fact, they will show the growing pool when someone is shot in the scene. So, for a person that got hit 5ish times, where was the blood? My guess is that Mr. Chameleon was wearing a bullet-proof vest or Callen's gun had rubber bullets (or tranquilizers) in it. The Chameleon is now "dead" and Callen "locked up" So, no one in Tehran will be expecting him to free the compromised spy. The Hetty resigning thing is getting old. Other than that, it was a good finale. The second hour was definately better than the first.


My guess is that the entire shooting scene was a set up with everyone in the know (including Hetti) in order to find someone on the inside who was working with the Chameleon. That someone is Granger and this will smoke him out. I just can't figure out how they got the Chameleon to be quiet or cooperate.


I love Hetty and Callan. Leave them alone please!

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