I've seen just enough of "NCIS" to appreciate its appeal, which I suspect lies in casting and character development (combined, of course, with occasional explosions of action). Those elements appear to be part of the DNA for NCIS: Los Angeles.
My husband and I do NOT miss any episodes of this show because you all work so well together... a family. Unfortunately though we do have 1 complaint, Nell's attire. Nell is an attractive young lady and yet she is always dressed frumpy and so mother Hubbard-ish. For a short while there she was being dressed in jeans and jogging suits and clothes that matched, very nice looking. What happened?
It's a serviceable hour that takes the NCIS formula--a light tone and a lot of banter wrapped around a fairly rudimentary investigatory plot--and transfers it to a special, undercover NCIS division in Los Angeles. Nothing more, but also nothing less.
It's a Pre-Cambrian specimen that crept out of the primordial ooze of TV past, with a rhythm so profoundly familiar that if you happened to fall asleep during the first few minutes and woke up for the last, you'd be able to mentally reconstruct the entire program from scratch.
Which viewers are you going for? Are you going for adults who think eric Christian's Scooby do is cute. I don't care about them adopting a child I want to see what NCIS does. A little personal life is okay but this program has way too much. Of course they deal with Navy and Marine criminals the name of the programs is N.C.I.S.I don't like that you start to like a character and then they are gone Replaced by a Muslim hey how about replacing them with a Cherokee Indian the first Americans.
I've watched NCISLA thru the years in spot binges. Relegated to watching many episodes recently, I've developed a negatively critical approach to viewing based on:
Characters' limited portrayals. Whether it's the writers' fault, creator's intent or not, the key actors (O'Donnell primarily) seem to be unwilling or able to show vulnerability in their characters' makeup unless called upon due to main-plot necessity. The supporting roles are offered such opportunities and come through fairly consistently, though when the time comes, they're called upon to show they are, in fact, inferior to Callen, Hannah, Hetty. Deeks & Kensie stradle this fence fairly well – I'll give them that. Now, on “Superiority”
Characters' superiority complex. Every time an outsider, whether friend or foe, encounters this group of super humans (again, primarily key players), the knowing leers, side-view dismissals of “others”, and general arrogance of complete superiority as a unit or individual, always prevails through story lines, portrayals and finales. NCIS LA should be ruling the Universe!
AMOUNT of ammunition spent. This normally, even in exorbitant displays on most shows, isn't much to fuss about. But really. Almost every show, how many rounds of ammo spent by team? Hundreds on AVERAGE? Too much, whatever it is.
Now, 'superiority + ammo' = almost comical gun shootouts. Every enemy, foe, criminal, foreign agent – apparently they can't shoot straight and must have attended the Barney Fife school of marksmanship. NCIS agents? Expert marksman all. Really, all enemies, even when having clear shots at NCIS, miss their target then arms go flailing upon bullet impact from NCIS weapons.
Hannah (buff), Deeks (lengthy and athletic), Blye (same as Deeks, lengthy & athletic); they can take on foes in physical battle – Sam indestructible? OK. Deeks, rightfully not so, along with Kensie. But Callen? The every-man (Robin? OK, couldn't resist) can take down the most imposing of physical foes? Don't buy it. He runs for exercise. Hannah: “when he's eluding attackers”. That sounds and looks right.
OK, NOW finally. The overarching, uber-competence of these people and their accompanying attitudes are tiring, then eventually comic cliches fit only for youths yearning for their own delusional superpowers.
I was disappointed on last night show. Why doesn't someone find what Hetty gave Deeks a few seasons ago and have him finally be an agent and not LA Police?
Last night you made the show Stupid! They shouldn't have hired someone who has only made stupid mistakes. Have another girl. And Kensi she has been there since the beginning and needs to into more. Great with girl power! Callen is great. Maybe him and Kensi can be a team and have more action. But have Deeks be the agent!
I enjoyed the show but last night was degrading! And didnt like it and not sure if I am going to continue because no good vibes!
I used to like this show but it stopped with shey mosley as part of the crew, this show ****. not sure why she was cast other than to ruin the team & the show. i'm watching the show on ion tonight & apparently her son was taken so she beats up a guy, fires deeks, & breaks every rule possible. she does everything illegal & what's worse is the "team" backs her up. the deeks/blye relationship is obviously a lie because she never had any intention of ever quitting ncis. the fact hettie part has been underminded & is vertually nonexistent. this show, while has walked the line verging on the illegal, it has never gone this far. as of now, i will not be watching the rest of the show!