Last week’s episode, “Fighting Shadows” was a refreshingly cool glass of water for the legion of Deeks fans who have been pleading for more of a backstory on our intrepid hero Marty Deeks. As the credits rolled, we were left wondering what the LAPD has against Deeks, who insists (to the two most important women in his life) that he has no idea what is wrong. And how will they turn around and use Kensi as a pawn against her partner and lover? Most of us are hoping this story arc will go thru to the end of the year and if we’re lucky continue into the next season. We all agree that if you love Deeks… it’s about time too.
But it looks like that’s not going to happen in this episode and we will have to wait a bit longer to find out more about what’s going on with Deeks as the writers switch their attention to the other love birds nesting in Ops… Neric. This time Nell has some competition for Eric’s affections as a new computer techie is brought in to help the team search for a terrorist group that has hijacked a defense contractor’s missile test. The team needs to find out if other Navy systems have been compromised, locate them and shut them down. Hetty and Granger bring in a younger tech geek to infiltrate an online group of college hackers who may be involved in the crime. Enter Blaze who is an expert in network security. Look at Beale smile. Look at Nell scowl! This is going to get interesting.
On the other side of town, Sam is having a bad case of coulrophobia (fear of clowns)… and Callen enjoys watching his partner squirm. (Callen: Don’t worry, it has to be dark for them to come to life.) The agents get closer to a motive as they find out why the hacker may have wanted to compromise the missile test. Meanwhile, Blaze has infiltrated the suspected hacker’s lair but instead finds the real contractor who hacked the system. This geek can take care of herself! But what follows is a very convoluted maze of he-said, she-said and a round of finger pointing that had my head spinning. By the end, I was so confused I gave up trying to figure out who was responsible for the crime. How Blaze got in the thick of the action without anyone knowing she was missing was a bit unbelievable too.
Finally, the team shuts down the outside terrorist operation, and celebrates by sharing ice cream sundaes at the back of a marionette theatre. (Never thought I’d write those words in a review.) This has got to be this show’s most bizarre plot and storyline ever. And seriously… Eric just dumps Nell at the drop of a hat? Blaze may be brilliant but the girl has absolutely no personality whatsoever. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure this is not the Beale I know and love. Even Nell was a bit of a wet rag as she just decides to forget about Eric’s indiscretion and play drone games with him at the Mission. The real Nell would have cut off his head! Instead we saw a woman hurt and betrayed. Where’s my feisty Nell? What’s going on here? Is there still a chance for Neric? I feel this entire episode was set in an alternative universe! Also, I was waiting for at least a mention of Deeks’ possible problems with the LAPD but there no signs that anyone was even a bit concerned about his predicament anymore. A very strange and unsatisfying episode all around. I think I’ll go back to bed, now and pretend this show never aired!
- It’s been awhile since we have seen a team bullpen chat to open up the show. It’s amazing how they can talk about the most such ridiculous topics (Leprechauns?!) and with a little help from Deeks make it work. (Sam: Thank you Dr. Phil.)
- MTE! Sam cracks me up when he tries to prove how cool he is with his daughter.
- Sam is still trying to change Callen’s eating habits too with no success. Give it up Sam! (Callen: Eat up your spinach, Popeye… we’re on the move!)
- Speaking of Sam…will we ever find out what’s behind his aversion to clowns? This would have been a perfect opportunity to uncover what his phobia is all about.
- Of course Hetty attended Liza Minnelli’s 5th birthday party. One of these days we’ve really got to get the backstory on this woman. How did she get to know so many famous people? It has to be one hell of a tale.
- Huh! We find out that Deeks is a holiday skin-flint? Who knew? Somehow I can’t imagine him giving Kensi three-day old roses on Valentine’s Day! Does he have a death wish?
Deeks: This is bringing back some happy memories.
Kensi: Oh my gosh. You lived like this in college?
Deeks: For a second there I thought I was back in your bedroom.
- So now we know how Densi will sound when they are an old married couple. Great banter between Ruah and Olsen who can nag their way thru a scene with the best of them. The bike scene was a Densi gem. I have to wonder how much of that was adlibbed? (Deeks: You also majored in bother me.)
Joe Sachs’ scripts are usually a lot more interesting and believable than this. Not much drama, action or intensity here, although there were some fun interactions between all the team partners. Becca Tobin’s portrayal of Blaze was boring and uninspiring and what Eric saw in her, I’ll never know. Blaze of glory? Not quite. All in all, a very flat script and definitely the worst offering of the season! Let’s hope the next episode will redeem itself!
We have another break but be sure to come back later this week and check out Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. For all of you who enjoy reading about Deeks in FanFics, we have another Writing Deeks on the schedule as well. See you soon.
Episode: “Blaze of Glory”
Writer: Joe Sachs
Director: Terrence O’Hara
Original Air Date: March 30, 2015
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