NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23 Review: The Guardian

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The OSP's final two-parter is certainly taking the team far afield.

The squad is spread out across the globe following NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23.

International intrigue and Harmon Rabb of JAG fame.

Teaming Up with Harm - NCIS: Los Angeles

How could things possibly go wrong?

Well, they didn't, for the most part.

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It's been an incredible convoluted storyline. So far.

I've got a feeling that it's going to get worse before it gets better, maybe even carrying over into next season.

After all the talk about the JAG reboot/reunion, it was encouraging that Harm didn't show up until the second half, and even then he was relatively unobtrusive.

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I have to admit I did enjoy hearing a few notes of that JAG theme upon Harm's introduction. It was like he'd never left, and it's been, what, 14 years?

Harm was late to the party, so he just largely stayed out of the way and took things in. 

Still, it's his ship on which ISIS sympathizers/killers are hiding out, so I expect he'll be assuming a more active role in the finale. Hell, he knows how to investigate so that he could fill in for the dead NCIS agent.

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Maybe there's even a way to work in some foolhardy jet flying. I mean, Harm's on an aircraft carrier now, so that might make some sense.

Was anyone surprised that Callen was back to work already, other than his teammates? 

Haven't most of them worked with him for a decade, and don't they know he would deal with grief by throwing himself into his work?

That's nothing new.

He was desperate for a distraction, and the burnt, mutilated body of a former Marine cryptologist certainly fit that bill. Even if he had to drag along Eric, who apparently craved the fresh air of field work.

At least until Eric got confronted with the corpse of Ellie Simms, which caused him to debate man's inhumanity to his fellow man.

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Maybe that's a good thing, because it would be too easy for the field agents who witness such things regularly to become inured to such tragedies.

Anyway, it was timely that Eric got out then because he was trapped in Ops for the rest of the episode.

That was partly because he had to coordinate teams in the Middle East and L.A. and partly because Nell got called away again because of her mother's medical condition.

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It was amazing that Sydney is such an annoying character that she even could irritate Nell, and viewers, by phone. She couldn't relay medical information which she had gotten.

How is it a government intelligence agency employs her? Or did they wise up and she isn't any longer?  

So, because of Sydney's ineptitude, Nell had to leave in the middle of a crisis.

Domestic Duo - NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23

Whatever his shortcomings as a field agent, Eric can certainly handle himself in Ops, even when he has to hold down the fort by himself.

I still have to wonder what the deal is with Eric and especially Nell, who keeps getting pulled away. Are one or both characters getting written out?

Eric is tolerable, in managed doses, but could get replaced. Deeks is still there for comic relief.

But Nell would be a major loss. I keep thinking that if, as it seems, Hetty is done, Nell could move up the administrative ladder. She's also an asset in the field, unlike Eric.

Hopefully in the finale we'll find out in there's anything to all their recent waffling about moving to the Bay Area.

It was encouraging the powers that be once again refused to take the easy way out and use Islamic jihadists as their villain.

Chasing a Suspect - NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23

It looked that way when news of the texts from ISIS in Syria to L.A. popped up.

It took Deeks to point out the fallacies in their investigative direction.

Viewers got a much-needed reminder that Deeks is more than a pretty face with lustrous locks.

The brilliant barrister inside Deeks made a rare appearance as he systematically demolished the concept that a ragtag bunch of ISIS sympathizers stood any chance of destroying a secure military target, and instead suggested that espionage was the goal.

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Kensi stood there slackjawed, dumbfounded that Deeks was making salient points.

Around this same time, Eric discovered a call from Baird's wife Olivia to Volkoff, the Russian intelligence chief, from before his death in Havana on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 22.

Really? We're supposed to accept that a deep sleeper agent called her boss from her personal cell phone? I think not.

Duly Impressed - NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23

That did result in a lot of suspicious information activity about both Bairds which, frankly, led nowhere, at least not yet. But he's blown up and she's missing, so that couple is pretty much a dead end.

So precious little got solved. An ISIS sympathizer likely blew up Baird. That's about it.

Simms's killer is unidentified. On board the Allegiance, the killers/ISIS sympathizers are likewise unknown.

Then there's the whole question of what's being planned by the Russians.

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Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie from "JAG" returns in the finale. By the glimpse of her in the trailer, it appears she's moved to the private sector.

I'm not sure how you can do a reboot with him at sea and her back in the states, but by next weekend, JAG could already be announced for next season's CBS schedule.

The best news is that Hetty was also in the trailer, so hopefully she is back for the finale as well.

To catch up before the finale, watch NCIS: Los Angeles online.

Did Deeks surprise you?

Where you glad to see Harm again?

What did you think about Russian involvement?

Comment below.

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 23 Quotes

I didn't know how to help her.


Eric: I thought you were taking a few days off.
Callen: I did.
Eric: No, you didn't.