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"NCIS: Los Angeles: Season Two"
Reviewer:
Daniel Ruwe
Studio: CBS Films
Genre:
TV - Series
Release Date:
8/23/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Maybe Iím behind on my celebrity knowledge, but Iíll admit that I had no idea LL Cool J had a TV show now. Not that it really matters, but still, somehow I didnít picture him playing a cop in NCIS: Los Angeles. While on the subject of Things I Didnít Know, I didnít know that NCIS: Los Angelesís parent show which is of course plain old NCIS, was itself a spinoff of the naval legal drama JAG, whose most famous guest star was probably former Marine colonel and gun smuggler Oliver North. Oh, and did you know a Harris poll voted NCIS Americaís favorite show? I didnít. ***

So there are a lot of things I didnít know about this show. Is there anything else you need to know? Not really. NCIS: Los Angeles isnít a horrible show, but it is very forgettable. Is there any need for another police show where you have the requisite buddy cops G. Callen (Chris OíDonnell) and Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) heading a team of younger cops Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olson), under the supervision of head cop Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt)? ***

All the characters have special abilities in lieu of personalities. Callen is a master of undercover work. Hanna is an expert in Middle Eastern language and culture, which Iím sure comes in really handy in Los Angeles. Lange has a Mysterious Past, because someone in this kind of show has to have a mysterious past. ***

Most of the plots are pretty predictable, mostly ending with shootouts where the team stands in the middle of the street firing at the perps. While the original show focused on the mystery element, the spin-off mostly leaves this facet behind. The viewer is left with an unoriginal, testosterone drenched police procedural with too much in common with all the other police procedurals on television. ***

Image and Sound:

The image looks good, with sharp colors and realistic flesh tones. The image is crisp and generally the picture is really good. As far the sound goes, the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix offers a great surround sound. The frequent gunfights sound good, and the dialogue is always clear.

Special Features:

There is only one audio commentary, in which Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olson talk about the episode ďAnonymous.Ē It isnít really very good. Also featured is a table read of the episode ďAbsolution,Ē a featurette called ďShooting Up LAĒ about cinematographer Victor Hammerís work, a short video with location manager Jason Savage, and a feature called ďUncovering Season TwoĒ which focuses on the partnerships of the characters on the show. There is also a featurette about the character of Hetty Lange. ------

Final Words:

NCIS: Los Angeles isnít bad, but it is too forgettable to be considered a really good show.

 

 
 
 
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