Gayle: I agree that we are all pretty much on the same page in that it has all become about the character development. The cases when they start and finish in one episode are sort of forgettable at this point. I just remember being so struck at the end of Season 4, where they had sort of secretly built this integrated storyline with Sidorov and the nukes over a long period of time but I kept looking for that in season 5. Even after the plane crash after “Impact,” I kept wondering, ‘Is this coming back?’ at the end of the season. So this was the biggest disappointment at the end of this season, and I hope that they go back to that with these bold threads that show themselves later.
Karen S: “Spoils of War” was so good and so intense and then the very next episode was a dud. The only saving grace in the next episode (“Windfall”) was Deeks smiling at Kensi, that was it. It was very much a letdown.
Lindy: The three episodes at the end were a letdown. They had gotten rid of three of the best villains that they had, especially when they got rid of Sidorov, and then they locked up the other great villain Janvier and I kept thinking that they were going to bring him back at the end of the season, and they never did. I think that one of the things that made Season 4 so great was that they had those villains that were so bad… and it was a great pay-off. And this season they didn’t have a villain you could hate, and it was just kind of dull. I did like the story arc of Kensi in Afghanistan because it gave you some consistency for the season, but at the end after “Spoils of War” it just fell off and they didn’t know what to do next. That was amazing to me, and they didn’t build up the season finale for me. Here we were supposed to be all concerned about what happens to Callen and Sam, but they didn’t even give us enough build-up to make us worry.
Diane: It just seemed like a regular episode for me. Who cares? You know they are going to get out of it. Because at the end of Season 4, you wanted to know what was going to happen to Deeks and Sam- were they hurt? This time it wasn’t a very exciting finale for me.
Karen P: I think Gayle and Lindy have great points about the quality of the villains, and even in “Impact” where they had the plane crash, there wasn’t a bad guy, there was some evil organization and they never had a face to it… and even in Afghanistan the Taliban were the bad guys but we never saw individual bad guys except for the cleric. So that is something they can do better next time.
Lindy: Or maybe they can bring Janvier back, they wouldn’t have kept him alive if they weren’t going to bring him back sometime. Same with Angelo in “Three Hearts.” They are going to bring him back too.
Brenda: I was just sorry they killed off the crazy drug dealer in “Three Hearts,” Steve Wozniak, because I thought he was such a great villain because he was so off the wall and so unstable, he would have been great to have around, so unstable.
Brenda: I don’t mind the metaphors as long as they use them consistently. What I felt annoying at the end of “Three Hearts” is that Kensi says, “What does your third heart tell you?” I think it kind of destroys the metaphor because the third heart is the one you don’t show anybody. So he’s answering it by giving the knife back, but the whole thing didn’t make sense to me. But I love metaphors, I’m all over it, but I couldn’t follow that.
Brenda: Plus I have a job where I interact regularly with cops and corrections officers and they are just a lot more concrete, black and white and not the metaphorical types for the most part. So, a little bit is fine, but if you are going to mix more than one metaphor… it’s kind of like those cakes that have sprinkles, nuts and icing and it just gets to be too much!
Gayle: I think they need to be a little more careful with it. They are teasing the audience and they are getting their attention and it gets you all anticipatory for what’s coming, and then it’s like Charlie Brown, Lucy and the football! How many times are you going to let Lucy pull the football away before you stop taking a kick at it? I understand they have to make these editing choices afterwards, and cutting for time, but maybe they need to pump the breaks a little more on the spoilers before they put them out so blatantly.
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