NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1, Episode 23

Burned (18 May 2010)

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While undercover G realizes that someone tails him, G chases him and watches while the tail dies; G becomes a ghost; two weird phone calls lead to major confrontations with Bulgarians and computer problems. G and the team walk away safely.

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While undercover G realizes that someone tails him; G chases him; the tail runs into the paths of two vehicles, each of which hits him; G hears his last words: "Callen, Callen". G leaves the scene, and he sends a codeword to signal that the operation has become breached; G becomes a ghost, and he receives two weird phone calls from Eugene Keelson, who offers to sell data to G about himself in return for a favor. G accepts the offer; the OSP server becomes compromised, so Eric shuts it off; Hetty says that G is alone and in the cold; a group of armed Bulgarians approach G, who does the favor, but the deal turns sour; G torches a Burb and walks away; Sam finds G and chats him up; on a borrowed server Eric gets a trace on the Bulgarians; Sam makes a discreet inquiry; another meet and shoot-out follow. Hetty tells G that the entire NCIS has become compromised, and she brings him back in from the cold; G meets Keelson and zaps him. Eric gives the gang another lead. Written by DocRushing

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At around 29 minutes, someone says "There's a jam on the bridge, turn right" in German. The pronunciation is pretty good. However, "Turn right!" is translated to "rechts umbiegen!" The verb "umbiegen" means "to bend something". If a car turns left or right, you say "abbiegen". You really can't say "umbiegen" in this context. See more »

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Special Agent G. Callen: Yeah?
Eugene Keelson: Mr. Callen, or do you prefer Special Agent?
Special Agent G. Callen: Sorry bud, wrong guy.
Eugene Keelson: The payphone on Ocean Walk and Sunset. You got 3 minutes. And Mr. Callen, I know what the "G" stands for.
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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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