NCIS: Los Angeles season 10 episode 8 review: Stopping the Patton Project

NCIS: Los Angeles

Tonight on NCIS: Los Angeles season 9 episode 8, we come to you with a story about the Patton Project.

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So, who is this group? Think of it this way: They are a secret group, a sector within the United States military, who believe in a number of controversial methods. They often take down terrorists by any means necessary, but they also have a tendency to torment, torture, and use excessive military force. This is a group who believes that what they are doing is right and is just, and that’s a problem since what they are doing is a breach of all sorts of international law … especially when it comes to genocide and some acts that are basically terrorism.

One of the questions that the NCIS: LA team had to figure out over the course of this episode is how the Patton Project is able to do some of the dangerous acts that they do, including finding a way to eradicate Muslims formally on the no-fly list who are aboard other flights. Basically, this was almost a needle-in-a-haystack operation that caused a tremendous amount of quick thinking and discussion. After a number of interrogations, the team was eventually able to pinpoint precisely what the team was doing. They were finding people with mental illness, bringing them on board the plan, and then using them in order to commit acts of terror that could be labeled something otherwise?

In the end, the Patton Project is basically an organization that trades off of normal people being weaponized as a means to carry out their own terrible operations.

What was the point of this episode?

We would argue that, more so than any other, this episode was out to try to show some dark corners of the government. It was also a way to show a distinction between the NCIS and some organizations like the Patton Project. It is clear that NCIS doesn’t always operate around the letter of the law. They do at times have controversial methods to solving cases. Yet, they never generalize and never eradicate anyone on the basis of who they are or where they come from.

As for some personal storylines, there weren’t really all that many that matter or will be remembered for some time. That’s kind of a shame given that there is so much going on in between Deeks and Kensi’s wedding, Anna’s recent sentencing, or even what’s going on with Nell and Eric. There’s also still the status of Mosley and Hetty out in the wind.

CarterMatt Verdict

While fascinating as a study of controversial military tactics, “The Patton Project” did miss the mark when it came to painting an interesting depiction of much of anything beyond that. We do, however, still like the Turk character who was very much involved throughout here.

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