Looks like it’s going to be the Callen (and Sam) show over the next couple of weeks where we may find out more about the senior partners and this week a new Callen reveal. Showrunners promised a little more insight about the first time Callen meets Hetty, which may shed new light on the relationship between the show’s iconic figures. Frank Military has written this script and was the man behind the camera as well, which hasn’t happened since he wrote and directed “Spoils of War”. Military’s episodes are always intense and a bit dark, but they are usually a nice contrast to some of the lighter, unrealistic superhero episodes that we have been served up in the past.
This week Callen and Sam go undercover as a prisoner and guard to infiltrate a white supremacist group in possession of stolen nuclear material. We immediately get a flashback from Callen’s past as he relives time spent in the prison system as a juvie. Once out of the ‘shoe’, the team is able to help Callen break out of prison in order to infiltrate the band of thugs who may be planning on carrying out a terrorist attack. We find out in the end this was just a ruse to cover up an elaborate bank heist and then flee the country. But this episode is about so much more than prison breaks and bank robberies.
Densi fans on social media had a field day with the romantic pairing of Kensi and Callen as the two agents share a sexy undercover kiss and bed scene together. (Callen: Hope you boys don’t mind a little noise.) It seems these moments were a little too hot for Densi devotees who were wondering if Deeks was going to be privy to these private moment and what, if any, his reaction would be. I was hoping for a “Plan B” scenario when Kensi got to watch Deeks kissing Nicole but alas, it was not to be. Instead we are treated to Callen and Kensi, naked (?) in bed and interrupted by one of the gang members. Can you say awkward? Perhaps that’s why Deeks was imploring his partner to be safe? My only complaint with this scene was Kensi was a bit too beautiful and sexy to be hanging around with the likes of the type of criminal Callen portrayed. I think her whole biker chick persona should have been toned down a bit to fit in with the group.
But I was truly impressed that the showrunners took the episode’s subject matter further than I expected they would ever go. Military’s script and directorial vision effectively explored the white supremacy culture and wasteland. It was a hard episode to watch for so many reasons and I’m sure that was the author’s intent. (Sam: I want you to hold on to the hate, because that’s all you got.) Sam’s words to Jimmy Ray summed up this group’s philosophy. It’s all about the hate. Not surprisingly, Sam’s got some of his own too (San: Go ahead move. I’ll sleep great tonight.) Of course, you can’t blame him. Sam’s a good man but I’m sure it would have also been satisfying to just blow Jimmy Ray away with one bullet. That’s the dichotomy. How do you make the hatred on both sides stop and the healing begin? Callen may best understand the madness. It only takes one person to help turn another person’s life around. Maybe that’s how the healing begins and the hatred stops… one person at a time.
The final scene between Hetty and the young Callen was heartwarming. Another beautiful glimpse into a complex relationship that surprisingly has stood the test of time. Maybe it had to do with the content of Callen’s character or maybe it just had to do with one human being caring about another and wanting to do something about it. This may be Hetty’s greatest legacy and one that Callen has deeply embodied. It’s been noted that some fans are complaining that this is not how Callen and Hetty’s first meeting actually went according to the last scene in “Fame”. Perhaps they have decided to take Callen on a different journey? What do you think?
- It was a sad conversation that Kensi had with Jenny. A lost life caught up in hatred and despair. Hard to comprehend how much hate there is still in the world. Kensi’s imploring Jenny to “value herself” was a powerful scene.
- With every blow to Callen I had to look away. Boy that was hard to watch.
- The only light moment in the entire show was Sam’s enjoyment of how they were going to blackmail Jimmy Ray. Nice legs!
- Wow! So cool to see a younger Hetty! She almost looks sexy! Almost….
- I, for one, prefer a serious Deeks and there wasn’t one barb, joke or silly moment in the entire hour. It was kind of refreshing.
- It’s rare to have the show start with a serious Densi talk. Sam is worried about Callen, Kensi is worried about Sam, and Deeks is worried about his partner. No banter here but a very poignant scene about two people who care and worry about each other for all the right reasons.
To me this episode at least felt real. I complain a lot about the comic book quality of this show sometimes but not this time. They weren’t out there saving the world because the subject matter would never have lent itself to that kind of ending. They tackled a very hard topic with no easy answers. It may not have been a very entertaining episode but leave it to Military to give us another script that leaves us searching for those answers.
Come back next week as we get another Sam/Callen-centric episode to talk about. Also if you haven’t voted yet for the episode you think should be chosen as the Olsen/Ruah annual commentary episode, be sure to vote by this Thursday when we will publish the results and share it with the showrunners. There is a new Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal as well to enjoy and another edition of Writing Deeks coming your way this week too! See you soon….
Writer: Frank Military
Director: Frank Military
Original Air Date: April 13th, 2015
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