What’s the current state of things when it comes to NCIS: Los Angeles season 10? We’re back with another entry in our Midseason Report Card series, and we are taking a closer look!
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What’s working – In terms of long-term storylines, the Callen – Anna arc has delivered some of the most compelling material for the two in a while. It’s forcing Callen to confront some of his feelings for her while throwing him at the intersection of his duty and his personal life. Seeing him care for her at the hospital was a touching way to tie together the fall finale.
Meanwhile, from a comedic standpoint we have enjoyed getting a chance to see Deeks’ bar take on a supporting role this time around, mostly because it gives the show a venue outside of where they work where they can relax and spend time together. Also, it brings back Deeks’ mom in a way that feels useful for the show itself … while also explaining how he’s able to balance both this and the job. We understand the frustration over the lack of major Densi wedding movement, but we do think that there are some logistical reasons for it.
What’s not working – What’s been happening in terms of NCIS: Los Angeles leadership this year has been challenging, to say the least. Basically, this season we’ve seen Mosley, Ochoa, Kilbride, and Rogers sort of serve as the de-facto person running the show, and that’s made it rather hard for the writers to tell many consistent, long-term stories. We sympathize with them, given that this may not have been the original plan. Linda Hunt has been recovering from a car accident this summer and the original plan was to have Hetty back sooner.
The one thing that we really wish was a little bit stronger this season is some of the story-of-the-week plots, since a few of them have felt both predictable and a little bit forgettable. It’s admittedly hard sometimes to keep a show like this fresh ten seasons in, but it could benefit the show more to play around with different LA filming locations and come up with adversaries who look and feel very different from any others that we’ve seen over the years.
The verdict so far – This has been a mixed-bag season for NCIS: Los Angeles to date. While there are some individual storylines that have worked, there haven’t been enough consistent through-lines and that’s something for season 10 to work on once we get to the other side of the hiatus.
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