NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1, Episode 23

Burned (18 May 2010)

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After Callen's cover is blown and compromises the unit, the NCIS team races to find out who is behind the security breach.

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Callen blows his Beauregard cover after witnessing Northgate Elite Security P.I. Michael St.Paris, who was tailing him, getting run over by a car on Venice Beach and hearing his last words 'Callen, Callen G.'. The team is operationally frozen. Callen is contacted by Eugene Keelson, who proves to know about G., his family. Callen accepts to pose as him and deliver a memory stick to Ruman Marinov's Bulgarian vet thugs, which proves dangerous. After a masterly hacking attack, Hetty orders Beale to check up offline. Sam breaks protocol by contacting Callen. Written by KGF Vissers

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Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange: Agent Callen is in trouble? He enacted the Beauregard Protocol via text message.
Special Agent Sam Hanna: His current cover's been blown.
Nate Getz: How did this happen?
Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange: That is not clear for the moment. The only thing we know for certain is that our operations have been breached. As of this moment, we are not to make contact with him. That means you, Mr. Hannah.
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The Puppet Master
19 January 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Well well, after too many formulaic and similar episodes, NCIS Los Angeles surprises pleasantly with a plot not used yet. Well, in NCIS Los Angeles at least - we've seen this pretty much in every other "spy" series - most of which are not worthy of the more sophisticated word espionage.

This sure starts promisingly. There is a mystery and we don't even know what questions to ask let alone are able to predict the answers. But experienced viewers have been, ahem, burned, by promising starts in the past. And we are offered the *possibility* of learning what the "G" in Callen's name stands for. For frak's sake! Is that supposed to be important? Callen is far too bland to make us *want* to know his past, compared to, say, Christopher Chance's (or Guerrero's, for that matter) in Human Target.

There's action. Not bad, but not great either. Later, there is more action. Better, but this is 2010 - it's *hard* to stand out. The aforementioned Human Target, for instance, has *constantly* both intense and inventive action sequences, whereas in NCIS-LA we are given pretty much only "shoot-and-take-cover" action. Also, *both* the good guys and the bad guys in NCIS-LA shoot and take cover like civilians, not like trained professionals they are supposed to be. Watch Heat, frak-dammit! Also, a high speed chase is a luxury in this series - in Human Target a fistfight *during* a high speed chase is considered ordinary.

So, how does the plot in this episode fare? Well, again, the lack of urgency, especially in face of a grave threat, is sadly lacking. More of the director and composer's fault than the writer's really, since neither seems able to create 24-style tension. Also, both the infamous Enhance Button and Facial Recognition Software tropes make another appearance. In the end, we are left with questions most will find hard to care about and are none the wiser. That is called the Reset Button trope and it makes this a sad 6/10 episode. (Yes, there are seeds planted, but again, interest in them is low.)


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