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TV of the Week: 16/06/2012

NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 3, Episode 24

‘Sans Voir, Part 2’

Season 3 of NCIS: Los Angeles certainly came to an explosive close this week, as the team had to deal with the consequences of the Chameleon’s actions in this and the previous episode. Last week he was responsible for the deaths of Agents Renko and Hunter and he essentially handed himself in to the team, only to force them to release him this week in order to protect an asset in Tehran. The actual plot of ‘we have to find this guy before he is sold and gives up one of our agents’ wasn’t incredibly original or fascinating, but it didn’t really matter because everything else in this episode was so strong.

Of all the different types of villains which you can get in crime shows like this one, the game-playing ones are always the most interesting to me, and the Chameleon (like Pelant in the Bones finale) was a great example of this. He didn’t really have anything to gain from the events of this episode; he just liked playing with Callen and the rest of the team: killing their colleagues and friends in front of them, and then forcing them to let him go.

I had a feeling something huge would happen at the end, but I certainly didn’t expect what did. Callen shot and killed the Chameleon in full view of the world’s media without a legally-justifiable reason. He’s now been arrested and I don’t know how or if he will get out of this one. It’s not impossible; Jane managed to get away with murder on The Mentalist last season, despite committing it in public. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Callen somehow doesn’t get away with it and simply leaves the show. Both this show and the original NCIS are often quite high stakes, and normally are full of surprises.

I don’t, however, expect Hetty to leave the show. She’s threatened to resign before and it didn’t happen, and I imagine the same thing will happen again. To be honest, I’m feeling a bit the-boy-who-cried-wolf with Hetty’s plot. We’ve seen her be in danger or threaten to leave so many times that I don’t really care about the plot anymore, and when it does eventually happen I’ll think it was just another fake-out.

Overall, this was a fantastic episode of this show and a worthy season finale. We also got a bit of a chance to say goodbye to Agent Hunter and to learn more about her relationship with Hetty. It seems that the original NCIS team aren’t the only ones to get visits from dead friends. I can’t really tell if the ending was meant as a cliff-hanger or not, but seeing as it ended with “To be continued…” I imagine it was. I look forward to seeing how or if Callen gets out of the situation he’s in and to a lesser degree what happens with Hetty’s plot. This is a great show, and I can’t wait to see what happens in September.


Season 8, Episode 18

‘Out of the Frying Pan’

Ever since Vance ended up in the hospital a few weeks ago, he has been acting even more mysteriously than usual and ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ served to further that idea. Gibbs and the team were told to investigate the murder of a retired marine and, more specifically, get a confession out of Metro P.D.’s prime suspect, which obviously didn’t go down as expected. It was fairly predictable that Nick wasn’t the one responsible for his father’s death, but this was still an enjoyable episode.

While not as rife with laughs as many NCIS episodes are, there were still some entertaining moments. I always like seeing members of the team work together, so I particularly enjoyed Gibbs and Tony’s interrogation of Nick. It wasn’t a funny scene, but seeing them both take such different tacks in the same interview was great to watch. As I say, there wasn’t a huge amount of laugh-out-loud moments within this episode, but there were several things to enjoy about it.

It’s is always interesting to watch Gibbs interact with younger characters on the show, as that it normally when he shows his most compassionate side. Nick was a bit older than the usual type of child Gibbs ‘befriends’, but it was still nice to see Gibbs in the boy’s corner, especially when Vance was pushing so hard to get the confession. Speaking of Vance, the fact that the victim was a friend of his was a bit predictable and personally I was hoping for something a little more complicated in way of an explanation so that it gave the show somewhere else to go in the coming weeks.

To conclude, this was a good episode of this show but it wasn’t really anything special. There weren’t a huge amount of character moments or humour moments, but it was still a fairly enjoyable plot. I look forward to seeing what the show has to offer in future weeks, and hopefully the episodes  contain a bit more comedy and character than this one did.


Season 1, Episode 18

‘Cat and Mouse’

This week’s episode of Grimm was one of the most mythology heavy ones we’ve seen so far, as Nick, Monroe and Rosalee tried to protect a freedom-fighter from an assassin. One of the great things about Grimm is that there is a whole universe beyond what we see of the events in Portland, and this week we started to understand more about the ‘political’ climate and history of the creatures Nick faces. We discovered that there are seven ‘houses’ in this society and that they have influences in every aspect of the world, and also that there are Wesen who rebel against their power, like the man we met this week.

Another interesting thing about this week’s episode was that it really brought to the forefront the difficulties Nick faces being both a Grimm and a cop. At the end, he had to let a murderer go free because it was the right thing to do and to protect his friends. I imagine that this theme will appear many times in the future of this show, and I hope all instances are as good as this one was.

This was a fantastic episode as we got both a greater understanding of the mythology surrounding this universe and development of the main characters. Monroe and Rosalee seem to be developing feelings for each other and I look forward to seeing where this goes, and it’s also enjoyable to see Nick having to deal with the challenges of being a Grimm. We also learnt a little more about Captain Renard, who I still can’t decide if he’s really evil or not. He doesn’t seem to work for the houses (although it seems that Grimms in general do) and it seems like he just wants peace in his region of the world, but he is clearly not entirely good. I can’t wait for next week’s episode and to find out more about the universe and the characters of Grimm.


Season 4, Episode 3

‘The 15 Minutes Job’

The supposed premise of this week’s plot was that Nate had to take down somebody like himself, but to be honest that was the aspect that I felt least worked. There weren’t that many similarities between Nate and the mark, and I never really feared that Nate would end up destroying himself during the con. Having said that, it is interesting to see him continually spiralling into almost despair and, while I wouldn’t complain if this were at some point during the series actually resolved, it does make a good story. It does mean that I care less about Nate than the other characters, however.

The con itself was enjoyable to watch, especially as this time the team had to build up the mark before knocking him down. It was extremely fun to watch as the team tried to get him to do a good deed and he kept completely foiling their plans, although the team did manage to get him in the end. Once he was in the public eye, the team then succeeded in ruining his career and getting him arrested for a crime he committed years earlier. It was a bit far-fetched, but this is Leverage so it didn’t really matter.

There wasn’t a huge amount for the rest of the team to do this week, in terms of character development. There were some nice scenes between Parker and Hardison, but in general this was supposed to be a Nate episode. It was entertaining to watch, but the Nate episodes aren’t especially interesting to me and so I didn’t like this episode as much as some in the past. Still, this is a fantastic show and I look forward to next week’s episode.

A Town Called Eureka

Season 5, Episode 5

‘Jack of All Trades’

This week’s episode of A Town Called Eureka featured the obligatory body-swap episode, which is one of the most common plots in sci-fi shows to the point of being overused. Despite that, this was probably the best episode so far this season, and by far the funniest. I lost count of the number of times I was in fits of laughter during this episode, from Jack in the shower with Jo, to Zane sexually harassing a woman as Jack, to all the being “in” somebody else’s body jokes. I think this was possibly one of the episodes of this show with the most ‘adult’ humour, as there were a lot of sex references in this episode. I also have to applaud the actors and actresses in this show, especially Colin Ferguson, as they all played each other’s characters extremely well, adopting the mannerisms perfectly.

We also discovered in this week’s episode that there may be hope for Holly yet. It turns out that her brain waves are still inside the Matrix and, although they had to shut down the system before everything could fully load, I don’t think that they would have introduced this idea if they weren’t going to go any further with it. I hope that Holly does return to the show; she is one of my favourite characters and Felicia Day plays her very well.

My only slight worry with this episode is that the show seems to be heading more and more towards a Jack/Jo relationship. I much prefer Jack/Alison and Jo/Zane, and I hope that now that Jack had proposed to Alison this plot will go away. Still, Jo didn’t seem especially happy with the turn of events and did confess to having considered what it would be like to date Jack. We did also get to see a slightly cruel side to Alison this week as, while in Jack’s body, she told Jo that she (Jack) had never thought of her that way. She seemed to be feeling some remorse for it at the end, but it wasn’t an attractive side to her.

Apart from the Jack/Jo tones of this episode, this was an exceptional episode and demonstrates exactly what this show is capable of. It was fun to see Warren again, and this episode had a great balance of humour and some more serious plots. This was an episode worthy of the final season, and I hope we get more like it before the season is out.


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