NCIS: Los Angeles Review: The Assassin Twist

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After last Tuesday's disastrous introduction to Team Red, I didn't have high expectations for "Red, Part II." I hoped it would focus a little more on the new team members and really wanted to see the action that makes NCIS: Los Angeles stand out from other procedurals.

The conclusion to the two-part NCIS: Red backdoor pilot succeeded in providing both, but neither made me excited for the potential new series.

NCIS Red Team, Part II

I've been fans of both Kim Raver (Paris) and John Corbett (Roy) on other shows, but their characters were too bland here. I've written before that Raver exudes so much chemistry, she could have a relationship with a wall and it would be believable. I missed that in her performance here, but that's because of the character not her. Paris is awkward. Hetty was pushing for a relationship between her and Callen, but their interactions felt forced rather than natural. 

And, the contentious relationship between Paris and Roy didn't pique my interest in them, instead I was turned off. Though, I did appreciate that Paris' preference for head shots and what happened between her and Roy on the night he was shot was introduced and connected. With the prevalence of body armor, head shots do make sense. Paris and Roy came to an understanding about working together, but he broke his word immediately. Of course, it saved Paris' life, but what does that mean for their future working relationship?

The rest of the Red Team members didn't make much of an impression on me. The banter between Dave and Claire at the beginning was forced both in the writing and performance. If the show gets picked up for next season, I look forward to seeing how the team develops together and as individual characters. When NCIS: Los Angeles was first on, I didn't care for Kensi at all, but she's now a favorite of mine. I also hated Nell in her first episode and now she's the lovable Nell.

As far as the case, the surprise twist that Spears was not the one killing people was well-written. It was believable that someone with Krause's connections would hire someone to kill Spears once he realized that he had helped a terrorist. Krause may be a criminal, but even he has standards. The investigation went full circle with the reveal that the marine was killed for filming the hot female and not Spears.

She was hired to kill Spears and couldn't have a video showing her in his proximity. That video was evidence that would tie her to his execution. By identifying her unique kill method, NCIS was able to attribute over a hundred other killings to her. Plus, Spears was shot and killed. Not a bad day for the team.

The conclusion to the two-part backdoor Red pilot was an improvement from the introduction. The pacing problems were resolved, the investigation went into high gear, and the characters became slightly more developed. Based on these two hours alone, I'm not sold on this new installment in the NCIS franchise, but because of Raver and Corbett, I'd give the new series a few episodes before I'd dismiss it.

Will you watch NCIS: Red if it airs on CBS next fall? Does the working and/or personal relationship between Paris and Roy interest you? Who was your favorite Red Team member?


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Not going to lie - I'm just not impressed with NCIS:Red. I didn't feel any affinity to the new team. I'm afraid without the interaction with the established NCIS:LA team, these new characters are going to fall flat. I felt no chemistry between the actual Red team members, and I just don't understand what they are supposed to do! Laverne and Shirley, really? Wasn't that whole "HQ in a semi" done eons ago on Night Rider? It still takes a couple days to drive a semi across the country, how can that be more mobile than flying the team where ever they are needed? I do wish the show well, but I doubt I will be going out of my way to watch this come fall - especially if there's something better on!


Really? NCIS RED is boring, I don't like any of the characters, and why on Earth do we need another spinoff. NCIS and NCISLA are great shows, they hold their own and DO NOT need another team. Last week was not good and yesterday was even worse. Spare all of us who love NCIS and let's not brign RED back.


I enjoyed the introduction of the new team, and realize there must be time for character development. Kim Raver is always excellent, but must be given something to work with. I'll certainly give it a chance if it's brought in as a new fall series.


I found the last two episodes very confusing....way too much going on. And has anyone else asked themselves, how this new team has the guy who was Tony's ex partner in Baltimore, and was killed by the Port to Port killer, suddenly become alive and well in the newest NCIS spinoff? Good Luck to the spin off but let's get back to the regular NCIS LA episodes which I so enjoy!


I thought the plot twist about the hitperson was good, but it would have had a lot more punch in a single episode. Though I've always liked John Corbett, I won't be watching Red. The intro episodes to NCIS LA had interesting technology and good characters; this didn't even have much of Nell and Eric and the Ops room, and the fascination with the setting up of the trucks gimmick beats the heck out of me. I didn't see anything in this one that would make me think Red is worthy of the NCIS name.


it was alright....but, i'm still NOT sure about be honest, i wish we'd have gotten one where there is a team in HAWAII. and let's face it;we saw how well the spin-off for criminal minds worked....they had a different type of team...and that didn't work well. alisa


Another example of them taking a perfectly good show and adding to many people to it. No wonder cable is doing so good. When will they learn people watch to relax not to be confused or have to keep up with multliple plot lines.


I was not really impressed with the introduction of the Red Team. But I want to like it and will give the new show a chance. I felt the same way about NCIS-LA when it first came on. I wanted so much to like it because I loved Chris and LL, but I had to force myself to watch it at first. I am glad I did because now it is my 2nd favorite show (NCIS is my 1st). Therefore, I would be willing to give Red a chance to prove itself too.


Last week was not good but this week was decent, but not great. The twist was good but the question is whether or not you would watch the characters of the Red unit just by themselves. Right now, maybe, but only if something less worth watching was on. Meaning I would make no special effort to watch or record unless something of lesser value was on. That being said it does have some potential but it needs some different characters to pull it off (sort of like 24 rather than NCIS).


Ok Granger asked Hetty who redacted Roy's shooting and it seems like Hetty was the one that did it so does that mean Hetty's the redactor. In the first season Nate and Kensi were wondering the same thing. So is she? Is Hetty the redactor?

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