NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Cold War Part Deux

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The Cold War Part Deux?

Most of the time NCIS investigates terror threats from either Islamic or Homegrown Extremists, but they aren't the only groups that pose a danger.

On NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 8, it was an old nemesis that emerged as the culprit behind the theft of highly sensitive information that threatened the country: Russia.

The Anti-Terrorist Device

As the terrorists become more sophisticated, so does the use of technology to try and prevent attacks before they happen. A major deterrent and preventative measure has been the deployment of nuclear detection devices throughout the country, especially in major cities like Los Angeles.

When thieves stole the data which provided the locations of those detection sites, NCIS went into high gear to get that information back and presumably stop a bombing. The NCIS: LA team went through a investigative maze which led them from person to person with no real clue who was behind the theft.

The first half of the "Fallout" was a tad exhaustive to watch. The team wasn't making any real progress and their attempt to track people wasn't all that exciting. Plus, the investigation didn't seem to be going anywhere.

The team dynamic and occasional jokes were all that held my interest. One of my favorite Deeks' lines ever, "I'd rather kiss the Outbreak monkey than use a payphone." Seriously, where does he come up with this stuff?

When the nuclear detector went off it was game on. The perpetrator made a mistake by showing their hand by testing the system. The thought that there was a bomb in the park was quickly discounted and they realized someone was testing their response to a positive nuclear alarm. 

The resulting capture of Kelvin Griffin was problematic for Hetty. At least, Sam and Callen's near-death by train was worth it, as Griffin was able to provide the missing link regarding who was behind the theft. Though, the answer was not one that helped Hetty's case at all.

With the critical data in the hands of the Russians, the team decided to go rogue to get the information back. They had to protect Hetty, but also wanted to keep LA County safe. It may not have been an ideal situation, but despite the risks to their careers and freedom they knew what had to be done.

Props to them for doing the "right" thing, even if it wasn't necessarily legal. In an odd way, these off-the-book missions just bring the team even closer together. They have a common goal and have to rely on each other without a doubt to get it done.

The plan to get in and out of the Russian consulate's place without detection didn't exactly go as planned, but it was a success. It's a good thing they had an good exit strategy planned just in case things went awry. The highlight of the hour had to be watching Callen and Sam do a blind fall out of the upper level windows to land on the back of the "shuttle." 

Confidence in their partners. And, the ultimate trust fall. 

Even though, they successfully retrieved the stolen data from the Russians and protected Hetty's job, it wasn't without the wrath of Granger. Though, really, what did he expect? It's not like this is the first time they have disobeyed him. 

Granger: Do you have any idea what you've done?
Callen: Retrieved our technology.
Sam: Made the world a better place.
Deeks: And, looked good while doing it.

Granger's warning, "If any of you pull something like this again...." cracked me up. It's not the first time they went rogue. Remember, Romania? And, it most certainly won't be the last. Poor Granger. He'll never learn, will he?


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Good episode. The train scene was interesting first when the dude jumped on the track then tripped and got knocked out I was just like how does that happen how do you trip and get completely knocked out it didn't make a lot of since. After Callen and Sam barely made it off the tracks alive Sam gave Callen a little hug which I kind of thought was interesting because sure it was a near death experience but they have those all the time and some of them were way more dangerous and a lot closer. Deeks was funny as usual. I like when the team goes rogue to protect each other it shows how much they care about each other as that they're not just colleagues but they're a family. Can't wait till the next episode.


The train rescue was over played. The motorman just honking the horn as opposed to hitting the breaks (releasing the dead man switch) was played for drama. Since he sees the guy on the track, why keep going instead of just stopping (note that he blows through the station).


I though it was good I am really looking forward to seen the actor who play pleant on bones be on NCIS LA


Thank you Carla. Thank you Steph. It was not the best of the episodes this season. The plotline of the episode was too weak for me to call it impressive on dramatic, logical and emotional subtelties that NCIS LA hugely is. Joseph Wilson is great about writing about Sam, Deeks as he understands their characters. That was there. But he made Hetty tad too weak and under the weather and made Granger grow a lot taller unnecessarily. I mean Hetty atlease could have shown her cheeky side of her sense humour while she was still apprehensive of her past catching up with her. She was far more impressive with humour in tact in Season 2 episodes when her past came to threaten her and team rescued her in Absolution and Deliverance episodes. Obviously Joey Wilson does not know Hetty as Shane B, Scott Jemmill and Frank Military know her. Hetty's representation in this episode is what made me crave for more. And to be fair to Joey Wilson, since she was personal about the case, I should say her investigative skills on the field were on display. He made her find out what that thing on the table was, by being patiently meticulous about to go checking behind the books in the case there; without resorting to any code breaking logic as employed by Eric. So yes Hetty's instincts were sharp, but she was vulnerable beyond my belief and could not digest that Granger's veiled threats were being registered by her. Maybe I am wrong, but its the fault of NCIS LA previous episodic representation of Hetty. She was shown all along to take care of herself quite well and would never allow anyone to talk to her in that manner. Coming to Team's interpersonal dynamics, they were all in good shape, which Joey understands quite well. And true to his grip on the male characters, he made a good parley of banter and emotions between Sam, Callen and Deeks....the Building thing for kids, the relaxation time with drinks and the germ phobia for Deeks and finally Sam-Callen and Deeks-Kensi partnership(can't leave the other alone no matter how risky and wrong it looks) and their love for Hetty was spot on.


Yeah, this definitely wasn't one of the best episodes... There were too many things that didn't make much sense, like the "robbery" at the end - if they went rogue, how did they get the help to pull off an evacuation as big as that? I'm pretty sure I saw at least one squad car on the street... And the taple with the pins - honestly, I knew what it was the second I saw it, and they only discovered it accidentially by flipping a switch? No way!
But the action and the team dynamic were as good as always, so I'll forget about the flawed logic (and the somewhat slow pace you mentioned, too) this time ;)

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