Jessica Jumps In: A Newbie's Guide To NCIS: Los Angeles
Procedurals arenít for everyone, but as CBS has proven, they are for a lot of people. Now in its fourth season on the network, NCIS: Los Angeles pulls in well over 14 million total viewers on its worst day and well over 17 million total viewers on its best. If you are one of the few who havenít caught the series, or just want to see how it snuffs up to some of CBSí other procedural fodder, this is the column for you.
While there are shows that are easier to invest in if they are watched from Day 1, luckily there are plenty of shows with the ease of plot or the writing finesse to help people to jump into any episode and get involved with a new series. To determine whether a show falls in to the former or latter camp, TV Blend writer Jessica Rawden has vowed to watch episodes of shows sheís never seen before and analyze those show in different areas to let you, the reader, know how quickly you could become a fan. This week Jessica is tackling NCIS: Los Angelesís Season 4 Episode 21 ďResurrection.Ē
1. Quality Of Story
Iím not sure if every episode of NCIS: Los Angeles is this jam-packed with random death and violence, but a lot of people were killed in this episode, which featured a Mexican Mafioso faking his own death in order to get the police off of his back. Of course, the NCIS team is too intelligent to be so easily fooled, and thanks to a young songwriter, the team is able to learn about the fake out and pursue the veteran criminal. Itís a wild storyline, but if this only happens once in a while, it could be believable-ish.
Tonightís episode offered plenty of violence, but it was mostly vanilla violence. Unlike network shows like The Following and Revolution, NCIS: Los Angeles never gets graphic with its violence. Thus, random mafia dudes are shot and fall down (forget blood spatter) and one guy gets poisoned. Thatís a far cry from watching a dude kill his loved one with a pillow, a la The Following.
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