‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ season 8, episode 8 review: Kensi gets stronger, NCIS team investigates mystery accident
The progress Special Agent Kensi Blye is making in therapy is noted on this week’s episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Fans watched in delight as the frustrated agent took her first steps since the accident in the Middle East. Starting to slowly get back to herself, she appears to be embracing her grueling therapy and starting to appreciate that her soon-to-be husband and partner at work LAPD Detective Marty Deeks isn’t giving up on her progress. He even let her see the engagement ring again.
This week the team was sent to investigate a strange accident as a graduate student was attacked. He was developing an electromagnetic weapon that could be used by the Navy, but someone else appears to want the weapon too. After watching the man get nearly electrocuted when playing trivia within the first two minutes of the episode, the viewers quickly realize the connection as the incident wasn’t an accident, but a path to international warfare. The graduate student’s brilliant daughter Nadia, played by talented actress Shree Crooks, is in immediate danger as she knows too much about her dad’s work.
When Nadia is kidnapped, the stakes are upped as the kidnappers use her to force their hand in getting to the technology they want to use overseas. While the bad guys might have suspected every move of the NCIS team, they didn’t count on the smart girl’s quick thinking to bring them down. After faking an asthma attack, she was able to send a picture from her cell phone to help the team locate the coordinates to find her.
Again this week, Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones helped the team in the field. Going undercover at the university she, along with Deeks, were able to narrow down the suspects of the crime. This exciting portion of the show has fans wondering what might happen once Kensi returns to the team. Nell is more than qualified to continue to work outside the office, and returning to her old job might not be the best place for this character.
Overall we really enjoyed the episode. The fast pace of the episode was exciting, including the scenes with Deeks taking on a very steep set of university campus stairs with a motorcycle while dodging pedestrians. The team worked seamlessly in making sure America’s latest (and greatest) technology was safe. Episode grade: A-.