Is it just me or have they amped up the music and background noise more every season. It's just about impossible to hear the dialog any more. I like the show but it's not much fun if you can't hear the people.
I recently caught reruns on USA or TNT.... Whatever channel airs them. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the episode. I remember originally trying to watch it in season one and thinking it was just okay. It was decent but not enough to catch my attention. However, I caught 2 episodes in a row from season 2 and was blown away by how much better it was. I ended up going back and rewatching the entire series. It really started to pick up towards the end of season one story wise and character wise. It really found its footing in season 2 with the addition to the cast and with regulating Nate to a few episodes a season. The cast now are work well together and the chemistry on screen is great. Deeks hads a lighter side to the show with witty banter. I will say that LA can be over the top action at times but to be honest im okay with that. Its like being at the movies. What action movie these days are realistic. I was never a faithful NCIS fan because it was an easy show to just pop in and out and still keep up. It was your basic cop procedural. Just story of the week without much character background. However with NCIS LA I now find myself really embracing the characters and the partnerships. We get that procedural aspect but we also get character movement. I actually find myself wanted to catch this show everyweek unlike its predecessor. It summary if your looking to judge it against the original you might be disappointed but if you go in looking at it as a new show you might find your self surprised.
I tried watching the first two episodes of NCIS Los Angeles and gave up. As someone else commented, the background music was so intrusive each time they tried to introduce some comedy into the show and the characters didn't gel to me. Anyway, I decided to give it another try and watched the season 5 opener - and now I'm totally hooked. You can thank the introduction of Deeks. I love his character and love the chemistry between him and Kensi. And having now watched every episode since his introduction, I've also developed an appreciation for all the characters. What a brilliant piece of casting by Shane Brennan to have Linda Hunt play Hetty - she's another reason why I now love this show. G and Sam seem to have developed a good rapport as the series has progressed and that's helped the show as well. I do think the storylines are a little too Sam/G focussed but this season has been an excellent one for some Deeks/Kensi scenes and from what SB has said, it looks like there'll be plenty more this season. My advice to anyone who watched the first season and gave up on it - then give it another try.
I have enjoyed this program and the relationships between people. The action has been good and consistently creative. However introducing the heavy level of torture in the season finale is making me wonder if I want to watch next season at all. It was totally over the top especially given the type of violence out in the streets today. The writers were scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with a season finale to create the typical cliffhanger for the year. It was totally unacceptable to me and as such I will no longer support any of the advertisers for the program if this type of writing continues.
At first, I wasnt too keen on watching this show but when I got to know Marty Deeks and Kensi Blye, I just couldn't stop watching it. They are perfect! Just get together please! and have "little mutant ninja assassins". I love the banter between them! I'd probably stop watching if they took out Densi. On the other hand, I enjoy watching Sam and Eric! Overall, I love NCIS:LA.
Why is it when the team(s) are staking out suspects whilst in a car they can openly sit on empty streets, a matter of metres from what/who they are targeting and NOT be seen? This is not an isolated incident. Rather it is repeated in lots of episodes. Maybe NCIS have the vehicular equivalent of the "cloak of invisibility". Or maybe the criminals/terrorists are so relaxed that they never look around them when leaving wherever they are. Then again, the 'bad guys' could all be visually impaired and have left their guide dogs at home. Get real NCIS.
Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the show. That being said, however, there is WAY too much man power. I'm not trying to be a feminist, but SERIOUSLY!!!!!! Ziva and Abby get plenty of action on the original. This show feels like Sam and Callen are the main characters, and everyone else is just tagging along. I want more Kensi!!! And I DEFINITELY want more DENSI!!!!
If you watch NCIS: LA and you're interested in shipping, one of the most popular ships of choose is Densi (unless you're a CaKe shipper which is a totally different story). Even if you're not experienced in the shipping world, if you watch NCIS: LA the attraction between Deeks and Kensi is more than a little obvious. Densi, in my opinion, is one of my favorite things about NCIS: LA. Their cases are so-so, the eye candy is brilliant, and the scripts are witty enough. But what really sets this show apart from others is the chemistry between a certain blond LAPD liason and a certain brunette NCIS agent (though I do love my Neric as well).
I love Densi- it's fresh, fun, and cute. It's different from, say, the Tiva relationship on NCIS because it's newer. Tiva has so much history, and though Deeks and Kensi have a little, it's not enough to make them occasionally act like they're a married couple who know way more about the other person then they should. (Well, maybe SOMETIMES they do :) )
I'm really afraid that much like the writers of NCIS did with Tiva, the writers of NCIS: LA will drag out this flirty, fluffy stage of the Densi relationship. I love watching them get all flustered and banter-y on screen as the next person, but could you really imagine this show going on until season ten without so much as a kiss between Deeks and Kensi when they're not under cover? As rabid an NCIS: LA fan I am, I don't know if I can spread my shipper heart out six more years with just the same old same old jokes, wit, and if we're lucky the occasional jealousy. But like all good captains, I do believe I'll probably go down with my ship.
I think I'm speaking for a large majority of Densi shippers when I give Deeks and Kensi this one piece of advice: JUST DO IT ALREADY!!!!
Sadly, I honestly don't think season four will be the year of Densi. It's definitely going to be the year of Neric; they basically came right out and said it. If it did happen, I'd be (pleasantly) surprised. As for season four, at this point I'm just crossing my fingers for a hug or an emotional scene or SOMETHING (anything) us Densi shippers can latch onto and stay satisfied, for a little while anyways. I really hope they cover the topics of Jack (Kensi's PTSD-ridden x-fiance), more of Kensi's life on the streets when she ran away (there's still so much to discuss; she was only fifteen. How did she manage high school with good enough grades to get into a descent college?), and more about Deeks' father, considering it's such a touchy-feely topic for him (as it well should be). All of these topics have amazing Densi potential.
The writers should be proud; their third spin-off of two amazing shows turned out great, they've made great chemistry for a team, and they've created a fenomenal relationship that's somehow different from all of the usual agent/agent partnerships. They've set themselves up for something great, and I know that when the time comes, they will deliver it perfectly. I just hope for the sake of my fandom that the time comes sooner than later!
I have to admit that it took a few shows to get me hooked. Probably because I was so in love with Gibb's team on the original NCIS. BUT gradually I became hooked. There is No comparison between the 2 shows. They are 2 separate shows & no reason to compare.
-- This group I really enjoy watching. Sometimes the writers have Deeks & Kensi 'talking' too too much which becomes boring quickly.
-- But G & Sam - oh, m, what men..............
- AND I love their boss (forgive I just had a brain freeze & forgot her name - shame on me) - But she is a feisty older woman and so short she's cute yet very forceful.. She adds that extra ump to the show.
-- AND the 'nerds' are great..... Would not be same without them.
I love this show because i am a fan of the show and the original show too. Kensi and Deeks need to date because there is something in the air with them. G and Sam a tag team you do not want to mess with because if you mess with there women friends they will come after you.
I may have to bid adieu to my favorite actress, Ms Hunt. Romanticizing drone attacks is beyond my sensibilities. And there is nothing real about this episode. After a drone attack the US doesn't go in to identify the remains pursuant to international laws of war. And there is nothing to retrieve to test for DNA once humans are obliterated by hellfire missiles. I won't vote for either Romney nor oBama as both argue that they can assassinate more people than the other. What a campaign promise. Apojigo (dot) com/JohnDickinson
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I love anything that has Mark Harmon in it!! I do need some help tho. Is there anyone out there who can tell me if there's a website
where I can watch full episodes of past ncis and ncis Los Angeles shows?? I have searched EVERYWHERE!! If you can answer my question please send the answer to my email because I'm not very computer savvy and ill probably never find THIS page again to see if I got any answers!!
It is: sandra88883@live. Thanks for any help. 10.0
Callen is the best....a real tuff cookie but a gentle heart.....Love the cast Sam, Kinsey, Hetty, and not to forget Deeks the newbie...Keep them coming I never leave home on Tuesday at 9:00....My favorite show on TV and I am buying the DVD's so I can watch them over and over.
Really like Callen and his relationship with Hetty. Like the comedy of Deeks and Kensie but it is getting to be a bit too much. Keep them as it was when Deeks first appeared. I would like to see more Callen and him finding out more about his family and past. Hopefully he finds his father and would be nice to see him find a nice girl, not like Hunter, someone younger and softer. Maybe he can meet Hettys neice?? Anyway keep the show coming and I will watch it. My favouite show on tv.
I remember not connecting well with the pilot when I viewed the cross-over episode, while mildly enjoyable I didn't feel the connection to the characters like I did with NCIS. However only recently have a started watching from season 2 and I have loved the changes they have made to the show. The introduction of Deeks and Nell, and pushing Nate back into a recurring role has revitalised the show and given it some new dynamics (as well as replacing that lead woman with Linda Hunt).
The show is fast paced and adrenaline inducing, there are great chemistry's between the lead's from the bromance of Callen and Sam, to the sparks that constantly fly between Kensi and Deeks. Personally I find Eric a little flat, but Nell is always peppy and entertaining. Of course Hetty is the glue that holds the team together, and her relationship with the team and Callen particularly, is always great to watch.
While I watch both NCIS and NCIS: LA I wouldn't be able to comfortably compare the shows, it feels like they come from different worlds, LA has the explosions, constant under-cover work and wildly extreme cases. From my recent viewings I'm actually surprised to be finding the LA counterpart more amusing than the recent seasons of the original.
Overall, I would definitely suggest you give this show a chance, skip most of the first season, highlight episodes start from 1x15 'The bank job' and continue forward as Deeks is introduced, from there it only gets better. Stand out second season finale and first episode of the third season, with many brilliant stand alone episodes.
I look forward to watching this team grow over the (hopefully) many seasons to come!
For another criminal investigation show, LA really do it! The cast is awesome, love the storyline- Callen trying to discover his identity. Since Deeks' introduction the show's also become a lot funnier as well. The action is awesome, the drama is awesome, Dom's death was sad, but everything else is awesome!
All the characters are of different backgrounds and ages. BUT, they work so well together as a team. LL Cool J definitely is an actor to keep up with. I think Linda Hunt is the perfect chief if I must say. Each episode covers and describes what life is as a hero and a criminal... this is what keeps NCIS on my list of must-watch. Action packed, suspenseful, and humorous are words to describe the majority of the episodes. I try not to miss an episode... can you blame me?!
In my opinion, NCIS: LA is now, in its third season, a much better show than the old reviews of season one would lead you to believe. I didn't care for the first season (in fact didn't watch past the pilot) and have just recently returned to the show.
First, this is not the original NCIS and nor should it be. NCIS is a pretty straight up, cookie cutter police procedural. NCIS: LA is more of an action show with wild shootups, car chases, explosions, and far less police-type work (interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects, etc) than a traditional cop procedural.
Also, NCIS: LA doesn't take itself very seriously. It's usually over the top and the plots often pay little heed to realism. It's the jumping into and out of helicopters and other crazy stunts that JAG (both NCIS' predecessor) sometimes was, and that NCIS was supposed to be but isn't.
If you go into the show knowing all of the above and willing to turn your brain off and not nitpick every little (and not so little) plot hole and insane thing, then you'll enjoy it. Like I said, this isn't a realistic cop drama/procedural. It's an action show.
In its third season, I think NCIS: LA has found its footing and a good balance of screentime/storytelling for each character. The first season felt like a buddy show for the Sam and Callen characters, to the point the whole series felt like little more than a vehicle for O'Donnel and LL Cool J's banter. However, more time has been devoted to the others and their backstories fleshed out. There's a fair amount of time devoted to the characters and their relationships.
Overall, I think NCIS: LA is worth a chance - or a second look - because I believe it's a quite improved show now than it was at its premiere.
The original NCIS set a very high standard for an ensemble cast, and with several other very high quality law based programmes, NCIS: LA was always going to have to really hit the heights to be noticed.
And that is where there is a certain level of frustration in watching it. The cast are great, headed up by Oscar-winner Linda Hunt, who is always good value to watch. Sometimes the writing rather lets them down. The first season was all about finding its feet, and it did, but the second season seemed a bit more patchy.
In season 3 the solution to the mystery of G Callen made for compelling watching, so the next two episodes were bound to struggle a little by comparison, they were however strong episodes, but the two most recent have been rather disappointing. Some loose ends, confusing set ups, strange comedy situations, I had expected better. A bit of a shame, I would have given season 1 an 8, season 2 a 7.5, but season 3 only scores a 6.5 as of now. I will continue watching, things may pick up.
Loving this show. I caught it mid season and was rivetted to the seat. This is much better than some of the crim based shows out there. The main characters are interesting and actually have some personality!!! Even the secondary characters are interesting. I'm hoping they do A LOT on Eric who is just absolutely gorgeous despite the ugliest pair of glasses on the planet. I don't want this show to go the way of Criminal Minds where the characters don't change or grow anymore and the gruesome murder story is the only thing holding the series together. But that Eric Beals character - mmmmmmmm!
NCIS: Los Angeles is a fabulous show, acting as the spin-off of NCIS, which is just as amazing.
Within the first one and a half seasons, we have had all sorts of great episodes. The cases on the show are intense and brilliant, and they get to showcase the beautiful city of Los Angeles, from Hollywood in the episode 'Fame', to the beaches in 'The Only Easy Day', to the deserts in 'Ambush' and 'Borderline' and all the way to the suburbs, in episodes like 'Identity', 'Past Lives' and 'Black Widow'. They are truly doing a magnificent job of portraying the different sides to Los Angeles, and that is why the script and cases are fresh and innovative.
I think the characters are also amazing. You have G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell), who is a mystery, even to himself. Then there is Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), who looks tough on the outside, but supposedly smells like baby powder. You have Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), who can very much mix it up with the guys and Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt), a.k.a. 'The Duchess of Deception', who is small in stature, yet elephantine in power!
The cast is brilliant! There is suspense and an exceptional amount of action in every episode! The cases are fresh, dynamic and innovative! This has the right formula to continue to be such a great hit! Keep it up, and I would highly recommend this scintillating show to all!
I am strictly a movie man since childhood. But this is one of the few TV eoisodes that kept me completely glued to my seat. How lucky the younger generation people are to have quality shows like this to watch.
When the leading person of the investigative unit
completely disappears and ended up in Europe somewhere, with the crew running after and trying to rescue her. This is almost like the Mystery of the Third Man, combined with A James Bond Episode.Who, What, Where? I want to know. And I'm not going anywhere till I found out.
My wonderful actress Linda Hunt, and the crew led by the handsone Chriss O'Donnell. who speaks several languages no less.
Brilliant writing and story telling.
As a foreign language student, thrilling discoveries in a foreign tongue. The guest actors parts all done with savor.
I was just sorry it ended so soon.
This show has a lot of action and surpising twists. I love all the charactors and my favorite is Deeks, hey I like funny guys. When I'm watching this show I feel like I'm seeing a xbox shooter game turned into a tv show. Before NCIS LA I was a fan and still am a fan of the original NCIS. To me both shows are great. NCIS LA keeps on getting better, I hope it will be around for many seasons. I'm tryng to convert my sister into a fan and so far her favorite charactor is G Callen. In the future it would be cool if NCIS and NCIS LA did a crossover episode.
NCIS: Los Angeles is a great show. It's got action, great cast, good scripts besides the main cases on every episode, good interaction between characters. And it's pretty different from its parent show, NCIS. That was the point: to make it different. Those who compare NCIS: LA to NCIS couldn't be more wrong; only thing both shows have got in common are the first 4 letters and one guest star (Rocky Carroll). And Shane Brennan, of course. If you enjoy watching the little parts that make up the whole picture, then you should watch NCIS: Los Angeles, because it's full of those little details, and even better, it's well done. With a cast made up of well known stars as well as actors unknown to usual tv and movie viewers, they all work as a team, on the same level. Definitely, it has nothing to do with the original NCIS. I'm not saying this one is better; I love both shows, because both of them are very distinctive and different enough to have their own identity. In a few words: you should check this one out. Then, you decide if you keep watching; do whatever you want to do, but first check out this show for yourself.
"Ensemble cast doesn't work"
Even in ensemble cast there's someone who takes a lead. In Original NCIS, Gibbs the leader character is the one who unites the team no matter what. In NCIS LA, who leads the team? G? His past may be interesting and his talent may be legendary, but did you ever see he actually commands the team? Sam? He may be an ex-SEALs, but did you ever see he engages the enemy mercilessly like a soldier? Don't get me wrong, but in any other federal agent dramas, a good leader IS bossy. Like Gibbs, or Don Eppes in Numb3rs, or Lisbon in Mentalist.
"Story arc flaws."
Like a reviewer said, how many Middle Eastern terrorist out there in LA? I don't doubt there's some, but depicting them like a legal group like in "Found" and all-powerful like in "Hunted" and undetectable like in "Fame" is quite pathetic. Also, story arc about terrorism needs an unlikeable, yet formidable archenemy, with determined army. So far they have no archenemy and all terrorists are just running around with AK47s.
It takes me three episodes to figure that every time they want to have a comedic scene, they will always have that music, you know, a lame one who they think will encourage us to laugh.
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