With production of NCIS: Los Angeles season 9 coming up just around the corner, who’s excited for some early premiere scoop?
In a new post on Twitter, the premiere’s director in John P. Kousakis confirmed that “Party Crashers” is the title for the first episode coming this fall, which also happens to be written by showrunner R. Scott Gemmill. For the record, we don’t think Gemmill gets the credit that he deserves for elevating season 9 and taking on some cool, interesting risks. The mole story was probably one of the most serialized plots that we’ve seen the show put out there, and the writers also took a huge risk with killing off Michelle Hanna in the penultimate episode of the season.
That moment in Michelle’s death is going to be the jumping-off point for much of the upcoming season ahead, given that Sam’s in a position that is so different than he’s ever been in before. We wouldn’t say that he is untethered per se given that he does still have a family to care about, but how he reacts to losing his anchor could send him down a wide array of different paths. It’s certainly possible that it propels him down a dark road, one where he’s going to struggle to find much hope on the horizon. The other members of the team could help prop him up.
Now that we’ve gotten all depressing … let’s focus for a second on something fun. “Party Crashers” doesn’t sound like the name of an episode that is going to send anyone down a spiral into constant tears. Instead, it sounds like something that could be fun or at least entertaining from start to finish. Maybe we could see a Densi engagement party, or an undercover mission where some of the agents have to put on their best undercover disguises to work a big social gathering? Both feel like fun possibilities.
In getting back to being depressing again (yea, sorry about that), one of the things that you do have to think about with this episode is that it may be difficult to see Deeks and Kensi celebrate their engagement too much given what Sam is going through. You want to be happy, but you also don’t want to be in a position where you’re making someone else feel bad. Sam wouldn’t be bitter at angry for them for it (he’s an understanding dude), but at the same time, they will probably be sensitive to him.
One other thing that we imagine that we could see moving into season 9 is a new Assistant Director. It’s hard to say the words “replacing Owen Granger,” but there is an opening presumably at the office.
What do you think about the NCIS: Los Angeles season 9 premiere title, and what sort of foundation do you think that will set for the rest of the season? Share in the comments!
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