NCIS: Los Angeles is returning for season 12 – yes, twelve – this Sunday, and we have to admit we’re excited to see the show return. Not just because we’re generally excited for everything at this point – it’s been a while – but because NCIS: Los Angeles has been, consistently, one of the most consistent procedurals out there.
And consistent might seem like a boring word, but there’s nothing better than a show that, twelve seasons in, can still give you consistently good entertainment.
We know a lot of this might need to carry a bit asterisk, because health and safety come first, and a lot of the things we want might not happen because of coronavirus, but hey, it’s our job to dream and the show’s job to figure out which of our dreams they can safely make come true.
A Densi Baby
It’s been 84 years. And, in truth, it never truly made sense before. We had to see Deeks and Kensi as partners, then as friends, and then they needed time for the thing between them to grow, and of course, once they got married, we were fine with enjoying that for a bit. But now the two are actively trying, so …it feels like the time, doesn’t it?
Of course, the problem with that is that it could take Kensi away from the action for a fair bit of time, but the show can write around it, we’re sure. They wrote around Daniela Ruah’s ACTUAL pregnancies, so a fake one should be easy. And besides, we all just want to see those mutant ninja assassins, right?
Linda Hunt has had some health issues in the past few years, and Hetty has never been the type to not pull weird stunts, but we have to admit we have missed the consistency of Hetty in the background, knowing more than we – or the rest of the characters do. And even if Linda Hunt isn’t available for many more episode than last season, can we at least get more Hetty mentions?
We also wouldn’t mind some more Hetty backstory. We’re 12 seasons in, we don’t need all the mystery, and we promise we won’t stop thinking Hetty is badass, no matter how much they tell us about her.
A New Team
We’ve had Fatima on and off for a bit, and Devin for a few episodes, but we’ve yet to see how these two really click with the team when things get rocky NCIS: Los Angeles style. Which is to say, the cases will always be crazy, and people might come close to getting blown up every few episodes, but every once in a while, there will be a case that’s personal, and we’re really looking forward to seeing how the team clicks once that is the case.
After all, as much as we love Callen, Sam, Deeks and Kensi, adding some diversity to this team feels like the right call.
Did I say the Densi baby was a long time coming? Because THIS is a long time coming. Every other member of the team has gotten this kind of backstory episode, and though yes, we have gotten some Deeks backstory, I think 12 seasons in we can just …stop with the LAPD storyline and just, do whatever it is the show needs to do to bring Deeks into the fold.
Yes, I want Deeks to become an NCIS: Los Angeles agent, and I want one of those backstory episodes that’s all about him and that requires the team to do their thing to help Deeks. We’ve waited enough, haven’t we?
A Little Romance
It’s been four seasons since Michelle died, and though I don’t need Sam to get a serious romantic interest, I wouldn’t mind a little more than glimpses or suggestions. And, as for Callen, well …I’ll take all the Anna the show can give me, because I actually like Callen with Anna, and I think she works about as well as anyone ever will within the context of the team.
Plus, we won’t say no to more from our established couples. Maybe it’s time for Eric and Nell to take things to the next level? And more Densi is always something we want – nay, need from the show. Who says that because this is a procedural we can’t get some loving in?