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  1. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    This has been a problem for me the entire season. IDK what the problem is, but every writer seems to write episodes and make the characters the way the writer wants that character to be and this makes the characters so inconsistent, it just disrupts entire episodes. Sam was WAY out of character (this isn't the first time an episode has involved a SEAL), as was Callen--he has NEVER watched TV (in fact, he didn't even OWN a TV a few episodes back), and what was up with Kensi? OMG, I thought she was on something, she was so silly. And I wish they would get SOMEONE who can actually remember past episode: Callen and Sam have had THREE different conversations about pets and they were all better than this conversation. Kensi really annoyed me in this episode from her snarky attitude with Deeks to her telling Sam to "calm down" (coming from the woman married to the team member who's lost control more often than any other team member was ironic--as was Deeks putting in his two cents worth). PLEASE, writers, review some of the earlier episodes and TRY to write characters with consistency and true to their personalities. BTW, this is a series, so having things--like arguments about the bar and pain/anger over losing your family and girlfriend--can continue into the following episode instead of having characters act as though none of these things ever happened. I'm glad they're going to resolve the Anna storyline, but I don't have any hope that it will be well done or that the Nikita storyline will make sense. This has just been a MISERABLE season imo because the writing just sucks. I don't know that I even care if there IS a S11.
  2. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    I think it'll be renewed. Sunday nights are tough and the viewers have been pretty steady (they had a drop off last season more because some viewers couldn't stand Mosley). I remember S7 finale was written because TPTB didn't know if it would be renewed, but I think every season since then, they've known before they shoot the finale even if the viewers don't. I wouldn't be surprised to see some changes next season, though (like Fatima becoming a regular and seeing less of Deeks with everything ECO has going on outside the series). Regardless, if they don't improve the writing, I can't see it continuing into S12.
  3. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    IMHO, I think Gemmill (and Military) are what's gone wrong. For some reason, these two seem intent on making the show mostly about Kensi (maybe Deeks, but I get the feeling ECO will be around much less in S11) which, while I like her, will not work for me. This is an ensemble cast, and the strength has always been in the ensemble, but the focus (especially by Military) is ONLY on Kensi and Deeks (this from his interview) and Sam, but neither Gemmill nor Military seem to have any affection for Callen--and that is a BIG problem for me because he's like the glue of the team. He's seldom in the forefront of the story, but he's the lynch pin holding the team together. And all the guest actors just mess things up and seem to be brought in because the writers can't come up with good plots unless they have new faces. The writing this season has been overall awful imo. Boy, do I miss Brennan, Kalstein, and Wilson; heck, I miss the "old" Gemmill when he could write consistently.
  4. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Wow! To me this season has been nothing BUT Densi! They had the MOST screen time in the premiere, I think EVERY episode until the wedding had them talking ABOUT the wedding or some aspect (cake, seating, honeymoon, etc.). Then there was "Pro Se' in which Deeks got to showoff his very minimal attorney skills (not his fault, the writer's), but which contained still another Densi scene or two, and then there was "Better Angels" which was not only one of the dumbest premises ever (right up there with "Pro Se" this season) but was simply an homage to Kensi by Military, the newest Densi fangirl on the staff. And then there was "the wedding" for which TPTB developed a media blitz unseen for any other episode or character: 2 weeks of IG and Tweets, multiple interviews/articles, TV Guide cover, and a talk show appearance. No other character has had anywhere NEAR the screen time or story focus devoted to them that Densi has had this season (especially Kensi). If I never see another Densi scene the rest of this season, it will be too soon. I am maxed out, and while I like Kensi, I'm really getting tired of her this season.
  5. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Why do I feel like the writers don't know where they're going when they write episodes like this? It was really weird. I don't get why Sam, Kensi, and Deeks couldn't have handled the assignment. Why bring in Fatima and Lance? There wasn't nearly enough between Callen, Jake, and Alex imo because it felt like this is a set-up for ep 21 & 22. And did they really need all that stuff about the bar? How is that more important than the Nell-Eric storyline? The entire season has been about Densi. Can we have at least ONE episode before the series ends (if this is its last season) where Densi and their problems AREN'T a focus, you know, like a "Better Angels" for Sam or Callen? Geesh, just rename it NCISLA-Densi.
  6. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Agree 100%. Aren't these agents supposed to be undercover operatives? What happened? Has their designation changed and nobody bothered to mention it to the viewers? I mean, first the bar and then Callen's REAL name on his mailbox. Do TPTB not remember the basic premise of the show? Anyway, Born to Run was junk. Her stories are completely lacking in logic and she doesn't seem to know the main characters--Nell and Sydney are professional, extremely intelligent women, not silly, tongue-tied girls. Why is it that acting professionally is somehow not considered appropriate on this show? And do Kensi and Deeks have to call each other "Babe" in front of their boss? OMG, it's like high school. The way the show is making such a big deal about guest stars just seems to highlight the poor writing. They promoted the hell out of the wedding--and didn't even get the highest overnights of the season. Now they're promoting the WWE connection this week, and for good measure (and to help with ratings), they're bringing back Harm and Mac. I wonder if Gemmill knows what he's doing because the show definitely seems to be suffering with him as show runner. I like the cast, but the focus has been just horrible this season--and Linda's absence isn't a good enough excuse. Once they knew she wasn't coming back--that was in July or August and not midway through the season--they should have adapted. Instead, everything just became a mess. I'm going to watch the episodes about Callen (Anna and Nikita) just to see if the writers make some sense out of what's happened (I listened to an interview online with Frank Military and it explained a LOT about the messy storylines). After this season, I may be done.
  7. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    TPTB on NCIS Los Angeles are totally unrelated to NCIS and have nothing to do with anything on the original. I don't think they made a mistake with Tiva; the mistake is Densi.
  8. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    I don't mind his encouragement; that's consistent. But "jazz hands"? It's doubtful Callen would even know the term, and I prefer characters to be true to who they are instead of being used for clever lines. The writer should write for the character, not to show off his cleverness.
  9. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    That's okay that opinions differ. Some folks prefer soap-operaish Hallmark relationships (Densi), and some folks prefer more subtle, complicated relationships (Tiva and Callanna). Frankly, I loved the relationship between Ziva and Tony (and Callen and Anna): it had tension, drama, and mystery. I find the Densi relationship childish, tedious, and boring. Despite ALL their manufactured troubles (they never had any real, serious disagreement until S9--and that was only one and lasted all of 2 episodes according to Military), there was never any doubt that they would be true to each other and always be together. That may be great in real life, but it makes for boring drama--except on Hallmark. To each his own. 😉
  10. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    The longer the show is on, the worse I think Gemmill is as the show runner. This episode was awful. Didn't anyone else think it really weird that DeChamps talked so casually about testifying in front of Callen--after he had to testify at Anna's hearing--and then to see no reaction from him? And when Densi was giving her little "pep" talk to DeChamps, I thought, "Why didn't we see a scene like that between Kensi and Anna? And WTH does Kensi know about what DeChamps is going through?" The Sallen scenes seemed forced and stale (Callen would NEVER do "jazz hands"). Why was Rogers even IN the episode? Callen could have done what he did & didn't Ochoa just say the team could operate without Hetty? Do the writers even WATCH (or read) the previous episodes? DeChamps was brought in as a "love" interest? Seriously? Maybe they should just rename the series Kensi and Deeks (I'm really tired of these two getting all the good scenes). I doubt I'll even watch the wedding I'm so tired of all the hype. The quality of the show has really gone downhill imo, and Gemmill has done a horrible job keeping it on track. It's not drama, it's not a crime show, I don't know WTH it is anymore. I don't find that to be true about the other shows I've watched that last 8-10 seasons or more. I find the writers to be very consistent in the original NCIS (16 seasons) when writing about the main characters. Same with the Bones series (12 seasons), original CSI series, Law & Order: SVU, H50, Blue Bloods, etc. A lot of these writers are just SLOPPY. (I think Harimoto, Broadhurst and Bartels are the most consistent in their writing.)
  11. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    No. (Did somebody already answer this?)
  12. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    I disagree. I much prefer Callen and Anna to Kensi and Deeks, so if they're keeping the Densi thing going--which is obviously the case--I'd like to see the Callen-Anna relationship continue because it's so different. Kensi-Deeks reminds me of something I'd see on the Hallmark Channel, while Callen-Anna is grittier and more dramatic. Yea, lots of "stuff" has happened to Kensi-Deeks but nobody ever believed they would break up (they were ALWAYS going to be together). I don't feel the same way about Callen-Anna: they could break up or Anna could die, and that uncertainty makes it much more interesting as drama for me. Nell and Eric I don't mind; It's pretty insignificant.
  13. 123BP

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    I couldn't figure out why Military dragged Elmslie into the story. The whole reason for the guy coming to LA was so farfetched and forced, it made the rest of it unbelievable. I'm a big mystery buff, and there's nothing that kills a story faster than ridiculous coincidences--in this episode that would be the Turk subplot. And Sam and Callen were off doing what? And if they kept the guy conscious all that time, I imagine that he would be heavily drugged and barely able to carry on a conversation for hours, especially since it was hours before anyone found him. I mean, in the other similar episodes I've seen, the victims all received medical attention really soon after they've been injured. This huge delay just made it that much tougher for me to get emotionally involved because it seemed so fake. Also, State could have come in when Sam and Callen were questioning the general (Turk knows where the boat shed is). And would someone from State dismiss an allegation by senior NCIS agents so easily, especially when the person was accused of being Syrian and using a false passport? I don't know. It just seemed like Military wanted a tear-jerk scene for Dani and really didn't care about the rest of the plot-other than keeping Sam and Callen out of it as much as possible. Just awful.
  14. 123BP

    Season 10 all episodes talk

    I don't find the Callen-Anna relationship at all manufactured; I think they have so much in common--not to mention the Arkady connection--that their relationship (if that's what you can call it) seems as natural for them as is possible. I don't watch H5O, so have no idea about Catherine. Even if Nate's no longer on the show, they DEFINITELY need an operational psychologist. Maybe the folks in DC should focus less on investigating these agents and more on their mental health. I like Rogers, too, but I don't entirely trust him (like I do Ochoa). As a special prosecutor, I think he's more devious than he appears, but we will see if that's the case. I do like that he's not overtly combative and annoying. I liked this, too, but I'm not sure Anna's on an assignment. I do think there's something going on--maybe it has to do with her relationship to Callen or Arkady (one of their enemies)--and we still don't know exactly what happened with Sokolov (will we ever?). I do wonder what Anna wanted to tell Callen. I hope the writers don't drop this story line, but I was glad that these scenes were much less confusing than previous ones. All-in-all I liked the episode. It wasn't over the top (no silly helmets) and the actual case made sense. It was a very personal episode.
  15. 123BP

    Season 10 all episodes talk

    Anna is back next week, and I for one, am okay with that. IMO they're a nice break from the silliness that is Neric and the sappiness that is Densi. I don't care about couples, but if they're going to have one, at least one of them should act like adults. As for this latest concoction by Jaffe, my question is, Who does she know? She obviously didn't get to be a producer because of her experience (outside of NCISLA she has virtually none) or talent, so she either knows a lot of people through her family or her schooling. I am NOT going to call her a writer because putting words on paper doesn't make her one of those, either. That was almost as bad as "Pro Se." The case was boring and made no sense Was she CIA? If she might be selling government secrets, wouldn't you get a warrant to open the box? Or were our two "elite" NCIS agents so enthralled that they believed her story (she did know Sabatino, and she might know Joelle--another good reference) and just handed her back the box without a worry in the world even though several people had died trying to steal it and the theft involved possibly a foreign government whose agents were operating on US soil in violation of how many treaties AND with a special prosecutor present? Boy, is he providing "adult supervision" -- and he's a gamer, of course! And let's not forget the endless conversation about the name of the bar because that is so important. The writing is so inconsistent, I'm starting to check the writer and avoid those who just create junk. No idea. Jaffe must have completely forgotten about that.
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