The team is back in action in part two of “Matryoshka” except this time the venue has changed and Callen, Sam and Anna find themselves in Russia attempting to rescue Arkady and the imprisoned CIA operative. After six and a half years, a little more of Callen’s backstory is also revealed and we find out more as to why this man has been denied a first name for so long. The script by Harimoto and Gemmill (with a difference director, Terrence O’Hara) takes up where the team left off in search of the missing men.
Finding a way into the prison and getting Arkady out is not going to be easy and even Granger is worried and wants to join them in Russia to assist with the operation. Callen tells Anna breaking into Russian prisons is a first for the team, but what he’s really not sure of is why she is going through so much trouble for a ‘business associate’. It seems we have another character with daddy issues. Yet Callen understands and realizes that he has more in common with Anna than he first realizes, although we never do find out what’s behind the Arkady’s tenuous relationship. That was kind of left hanging for speculation.
After realizing they need a Plan B, Callen and Sam get Arkady moved to another prison with the help of a shady Russian official who needs a favor in return. Enter Kensi and Deeks and… Beale? Eric seems on top of his game in this episode and Granger is going to let him play along with the big boys this time. (Granger: You got five minutes. Go put on some pants.) Granger finds the whole thing amusing, Hetty is nervously unsettled and Deeks is getting a big kick out of having to take Eric along as a third wheel. (Deeks: Alright Serpico, yeah this is going to work out…) The three musketeers set off to find and detain the petty criminal that the Russians are seeking in return for Arkady and the missing CIA agent.
After rescuing Arkady and the CIA agent, Callen’s history with the agent is revealed and he leads them to a safe house and their mysterious benefactor, Garrison, and his collection of Matryoshka dolls. The significance of the dolls is not lost on Callen. Like most people, this man has many layers as well. He also recognizes the same coin that connects him to his father. Out of all the safe houses the CIA agent could have led them to it seems very convenient that it happens to be where Callen finds his dad. A little too easy after all these years but something tells me Hetty had a hand in all this. When Deeks argued about going to Russia to help, she immediately cut him off. She knew what would eventually take place. Other than Sam, Callen had to go it alone.
The rescue of Arkady was a pretty uneventful operation and in the end very easy, almost too easy. This whole story was written to get Callen back to Russia and to find a dramatic means to reconnect him with his father and allow the disclosure of his full name. (Not sure we needed a full two episodes for so little, but it is Callen’s story as we keep being told.) We go from one letter to three very romantic given names. Anything else would have been anti-climactic. I enjoyed Daniel J. Travanti’s role as papa Callen. I hope he has a chance to re-connect with his son again. But now that we found out one of the biggest Callen mysteries, is there any more to learn about this man? What do you think?
•Densi are trying desperately to get over to Russia to help Callen and Sam but Hetty is having none of it. It was strange to see Deeks refrain from humor as he tries to stand up to Hetty, but he was angry and not happy they weren’t all together on this mission. Nice scene.
•Eric: “…and that’s why his job at Hallmark didn’t work out.” Brilliant one-liner from the Beale.
•Callen: Maybe being broken is normal. Callen’s little talk with Anna is revealing. Not having a father is all he’s ever known. Maybe he’s finally come to accept that part of his past.
•Eric is pleased with himself in helping Densi bring down their Russian target. It’s obvious he still has a lot more to learn before he feels comfortable out in the field. Like Nell, I’m still not convinced he should be there though. I feel his skills are much too valuable to be out in the field as an agent. But what’s the alternative? He wants a challenge. I guess we can all identify with that but I’m not convinced, although they almost had me buying it until he pulled out the candy bar! But it’s not a joke, and his new career move should be taken seriously. I think keeping him in Ops allows him to maintain that whimsy and silliness we all love. I think it’s a bad move all around to put him out there…period.
•Can’t say I’m a big fan of Bar Paly either. She’s great to look at but a terrible actress. The scene with Sam and the harp was very strange and forced. Not sure what that was all about.
So was it worth the wait? We finally know Callen’s first name and a few more to boot! We want to know your reaction to this long-awaited reveal. Leave your comments below and let us know. Also don’t forget Deeks and Kensi will definitely have something more to say about this case in their Log and Journal and we also have another Edit of Week by @monique0429. We’ll see you back here again next week for a new episode!
Episode: “Matryoshka, Part 2”
Writer: Kyle Karimoto & R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Terrence O’Hara
Original Air Date: February 22, 2016
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