NCIS: Los Angeles 14×12 “In the Name of Honor” is a strange episode to watch. The show has been on hiatus for a bit, and the return comes with the bittersweet reminder that this is now the final season of the show. We have to say goodbye to these characters, and though we did have 14 seasons with them, and they did get enough time to wrap up all the storylines …it’s not nearly enough. It never will be.
We won’t get to truly explore Densi as parents. We’ve barely gotten to see Anna and Callen happy. We never got to truly figure out what Sam’s next chapter was going to be. We’ve been without Hetty for far too long, and whatever resolution we get in that regard will probably not be enough. Not to mention the Fatima and Roundtree of it all.
So yes, it’s more than a little sad, even if NCIS: Los Angeles 14×12 “In the Name of Honor” is a very good episode of the show — entertaining, good banter, with a good focus on the dynamics we enjoy and on the ones the show has tried to build the last few years. Plus, we also get to see Kensi and Fatima kick ass, always a plus. But most importantly, this episode makes the right decision to use Fatima to frame a storyline that isn’t really Kensi’s, or anyone else’s.
In general, NCIS: Los Angeles is very good at this, and the diversity in the main cast allows them to tell more stories than most other procedurals have. Of course, the genre has become increasingly diverse, and this show has too, but there’s something to be said for what this show attempted to do before it was trendy to do it.
NCIS: Los Angeles 14×12 “In the Name of Honor” also gives us some good Densi moments, something Season 14 has been very light on. Nothing beats their dynamics while they are together, but the reunion and the moments right after are also very, very good — and in many ways, a not-so-dramatic reminder that the conversation with these two, for seasons now, has been about how long they both want to do this job. It never seemed like the answer was until now’ — at least not while the show was going on. But now, well …it might just be time.
Either way, it remains sad that one way or another, we will be deprived of some good moments from these characters, moments we had been looking forward to. We might get a satisfying ending, but it will probably not be enough, because we just didn’t want it to end.
Things I think I think:
- Now that’s a way to start the episode.
- I DON’T WANT SETUP FOR THINGS I WON’T GET TO SEE.
- Callen being the one to give Sam advice — and good advice at that — is A+.
- LOOK I love how Deeks is often the most emotional. The way he looks up so he doesn’t cry? I love it so much.
- Also, also …backseat for Deeks?
- The Sam and Callen banter in this episode is chef’s kiss.
- Deeks being a concerned parent as a baseline is also chef’s kiss.
- Ofc Kensi gets kidnapped the one time she tells her husband to stay behind.
- Normal stuff, kidnapping women so they do what you want them to do.
- And Deeks having to hear as Kensi gets kidnapped? Rip my heart out, won’t you?
- I hate that Killbride was right to stop Deeks.
- Kensi and Fatima doing their thing? I loved that. Though, I would have liked to see more of HOW.
- Yes, Deeks. Let’s please never do that again.
- “That’s not honor, that’s fear.”
- Callen, Kensi and Deeks having dinner together? Yes, please. I hope they called Anna.
- The convo between Sam and Fatina was very, very good. It had to be the two of them.
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NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays on CBS.