TV Report Card: How Did The 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 4 Premiere Measure Up?
TV Report Card: How Did The 'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 4 Premiere Measure Up?
Michelle Carlbert
Michelle Carlbert
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Now that the NCIS: Los Angeles season 4 premiere has aired and we all know how the story ended with Callen's shooting on live TV, let's take a look at how the episode measured up. 

Callen's storyline: A+

I'm never going to say that I didn't have at least a few suspicions that something wasn't quite right about Callen shooting an unarmed man in cold blood. But while I may have thought that there was a possibility that the whole thing was some sort of a set-up, never once did we see that hinted on screen. Not one person gave away the fact that Callen and Hetty came up with a devious plan to make Janvier pay for his crimes and for that, I give that story full marks. I've become very suspicious of everything on TV now so sure, I did wonder but at the same time I was very much enjoying where the "shooting" was taking Callen as a character. I could see how he could get that far down that killing Janvier that way would seem like his only option. Because it was completely realistic and very much in keeping with his character, I had no trouble believing it and made the final reveal so much fun to watch. The writers definitely pulled most of the wool over my eyes and I liked it. 

Granger running the team: B+

I love Miguel Ferrer and it's probably a testament to how good an actor that he is that he was able to make me hate Granger as much as I used to. It's usually hard for me to hate a character if I really like the actor playing them, but I had no trouble despising Granger. But this episode changed that for me. Whereas before I saw only a guy who was only out to protect his own interests and, unlike Hetty, had no interest in protecting the team, now I see him differently. Once he joined in on Hetty and Callen's plan and even went so far as to (gasp!) protect them and keep the team together while Hetty was gone, I decided that maybe Granger wasn't so bad at all. To do all that in one episode is a major feat so I'm giving him pretty high marks. 

Sam, Deeks, Kensi, Eric and Nell: A

Like I said above, the most fun part of this story was the fact that no one hinted to what really happened. Sam, Deeks and Kensi played their parts very well and when we got to see the flashbacks to earlier scenes and how each one of them had helped with the ruse, I was impressed. That's quite an operation to pull off with so many people in on it and no one messed it up or let on to what was really happening. It's not the first time the team has had one of their own fake an existential crisis for the good of the team but when Deeks did it, they left Kensi out of the inner circle of truth. I think what I loved most about the story was knowing that the whole team was in on it and that everyone trusted each other to keep the secret safe without feeling the need to keep anyone out of the loop. 

Hetty: A

Oh Hetty, how I love that woman. She may be small in stature but she more than makes up for it in wit, intelligence and guts. Hetty had a huge part to play in the whole scheme and of course she did it perfectly. Her role also led to her being put in danger, which she handled as well as she always does. I loved seeing her and Granger working together and found it hilarious that through everything else that was going on at the time, she somehow managed to dispatch a personal enemy without leaving a single clue behind. That woman is one person I'd never want as an enemy, that's for sure. 

Overall Score: A

Overall I found the NCIS:Los Angeles season 4 premiere to be a lot of fun and full of awesome surprises. 

What about you guys? What did you think of the NCIS:Los Angeles season 4 premiere?

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