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NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Operation Wide Awake

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A new crowd-sourced side of Naval intelligence was explored on NCIS: Los Angeles when a diner blew up with four men inside.

The cold war days of recruiting cryptographers with a difficult puzzle in the newspaper was updated to the 21st century through a computer game called Wide Awake. It's a rather cool idea, except for the whole getting killed thing.

Kensi at the Casino

It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Astrid, not Hoffman, was the game's missing elite player. She definitely didn't make it easy for NCIS to find her. The most informative part of her character wasn't about her at all; it was about Kensi.

The back stories of the NCIS boathouse crew are given out slowly and only in tiny bits. In "The Fifth Man," we found out that Kensi ran away after her father's death and lived on the streets for a year. That explained why Kensi was able to get through to Astrid more than others. She understood her in a way that nobody else could.

While Kensi and Deeks have the banter down between them, they also clearly care for each other. The kindness that Deeks showed Kensi proved that. I've written it before and I'll write it again: I'm not a member of Team Densi. They are professional partners and I don't want that to change.

The writers were playing to those fans tonight. Not once, but twice their relationship was brought up. As the team walked through the casino, one of the women at a table mentioned that they made a cute couple . And then the big one ... Astrid asked Kensi if she loved Deeks, after which Kensi conveniently changed the subject.

I found the case compelling and it held my attention. I didn't have a clue that Mathers was the murderer until Toretto outed him, but it made sense. Mathers' career was on the line and he did what he thought was necessary to save his project. He probably thought the ends justified the means. With a fixed program, he could save many more lives in the future.

Odds and Ends

  • Bad sushi excuse! Hilarious that Sam and Callen claimed they invented that excuse. 
  • Good question -- why would the Office of Naval Intelligence have a Twitter account?
  • I could go for a John Hughes marathon. 80s movies rock!
  • Kensi's reaction to the girl on the train tracks was enough to give away that she felt a connection to her.
  • I'm not exactly sure what the purpose the car chase served, but it was a decent action scene. The victim had to be decapitated, right?
  • Learned something new: Art of Civilized Bushwhack
  • I knew Deeks had a softer side, but Phantom of the Opera? That was a shocker.
  • The roles of the women at the poker table were played by the cast's real mothers.
NCIS LA Cast, Moms

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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I loved this episode. The whole Kensi and Astrid thing i thought was amazing, i hope to see this softer side of Kensi more often. I feel that Kensi did get a little to emotionally involved but with her past I kind of expected it. She really shocked people especially Deeks with how fast she was able to understand Astrid and get her to open up. I feel like he always seems to be in a state of wonder or shock when Kensi reacts personally to a case and shows different sides to her personality. I love episodes surrounding Kensi and her background or if shes undercover they always seem to be really great and interesting because her past is so tragic. Although I wish something bad and dangerous would happen with one of her old aliases and she have to go back undercover like Deeks did in "the debt" i think that would be an awesome episode because we never get to see her at all in that predicament and to see Deeks react to it like Kensi did with him and his old alias would be awesome I love those 2 together.

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I loved this episode. The plot i thought was interesting and the beginning with the sticks was great. The whole Kensi and Astrid thing i thought was amazing, i hope to see this softer side of Kensi more often. I do feel that Kensi did get a little to emotionally involved but with her past I kind of expected it. She really shocked people especially Deeks with how fast she was able to understand and talk to Astrid and get her to open up. I really feel like he always seems to be in a state of wonder or shock when Kensi reacts personally to a case and shows different sides to her personality. I love episodes surrounding Kensi and her background or if shes undercover they always seem to be really great and interesting because her past is so tragic. Although I wish something bad and dangerous would happen with one of her old aliases and she have to go back undercover like Deeks did in "the debt" i think that would be an awesome episode because we never get to see her at all in that predicament. We almost did in "personal" when those men really wanted her for information, that was pretty cool and to see Deeks react to it like Kensi did with him and his old alias. The ending to this episode was amazing and emotional to loved it:)

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"Kensi's reaction to the girl on the train tracks was enough to give away that she felt a connection to her." Yeah, it was. I think it should've just been that scene and the Deeks/Hetty scene, not the rest of the over-emotional stuff. I loved the "Are you in love with your partner" and when Hetty told Deeks that Kensi had been homeless. That was perfect. But other then those scenes, I think Kensi got a little too personally involved. I wish that Deeks would've been there more for Kensi. It had the potential to spawn even more great Densi scenes, and considering Kensi was a little short of crying half of the episode, it was obvious she could've used the support. I don't know, maybe I'm being too critical.

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Great episode. Cute Moms scene. Kensi's reaction to Astrid was touching. The fact that Kensi was a runaway adds to why she is who she is. Deeks is such a loyal and caring partner "sigh". I love the show's consistency with the characters, Deeks doesn't want any child to suffer as he had and neither does Kensi. Wonder if Hettie will bring Astrid in under her wings with her high IQ. She needs some help with the real world but would be a great asset for NCIS. As usual, Hettie is my favorite character, she has the best lines and her delivery is impeccable. And all the banter and background filling...phantom of the opera...very cute.

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I love the double G and Sam. And I would like to see a female agent who recurring in the series to be a love interest for Callen. Before was Lauren Hunter, but how she died, now it's another woman. Callen is very much alone.

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Good episode.
I didn't see Mathers as the bad guy either. I like it when they trick me. So many times I am left saying, "too obvious! I could have written that plot!"
I think Nell and Eric are going to get together waaay before "Densi".
Nell started out being sarcastic about Erics "moves", but she is showing the signs now.
Lovend the way Kensi was afected by Astrid, and how Deeks (for once) "got it" and backed off.
And then there is Hattie.. every episode seems to be ending with me yelling.. "Hattie is the greatest!". Linda Hurt is awesom.

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LOL at Buck. Trolling fail. You expected everyone to get all mad and argue with you and nobody did. Lolololololololol. Trololololo

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Great show.