Howdy NCISLA fans! I know you thought wikiDeeks was long gone, but we decided to keep the site up to post occasional reviews and features. Talking about the Season 10 premiere seemed like an event worthy of a post, even if it’s a short one. In sum, as I pretty much always say, Frank Military is the best. He wrote and flawlessly directed a gripping, emotional premiere centered on the four stars.
Densi is Back
Be still my heart. I never quite pictured Frank Military giving us a Deeks dream with a pregnant Kensi. But it. Was. Awesome. What a beautiful yet heartbreaking scene to start, setting the tone for the episode by showing us how much was at stake. Every Densi scene to follow was equally great and very much them.
There are few female characters who’d be believable dragging their 180-pound fiancé through the desert, yet Daniela Ruah made me believe that Kensi Blye would have dragged him all the way back to Los Mochis if she had to. Her pleading with him to wake up, plying him with promises of “desert sex,” and noting that even unconscious, they were still bickering, felt real and not overdone. It was in this scene I most got the feeling that Kensi was getting a healthy dose of perspective about what Deeks had gone through in worrying about and supporting her in the last few years.
The scene in the church was lovely, with Deeks finally waking up and showing signs that he was OK, notably by teasing her about forgetting Sam and Callen, a wonderful throwback to his faked amnesia in “Personal.” Well done Mr. Military for a reference that only Densi fans would truly appreciate. Deeks’ final line, twice repeated, about how beautiful pregnant Kensi looked, was gorgeously photographed. Deeks’ face as he remembered the image, and his shuddering voice, conveyed so much emotion. It made me feel the power of that hallucination, how intense it had been for Deeks. It was my favorite moment of the episode.
The finale scene in the hospital was also beautiful. The tight framing of their faces, and their words of devotion, strongly recalled the final scene of “The Silo.” I just hope we didn’t hear Deeks totally capitulating to Kensi’s wishes for the future.
Sam and Callen’s bromance was also on full display. Their scenes together, particularly the one in the shed where they acknowledged the direness of their situation and held hands, touched me. It made me take a moment to appreciate how much I enjoy their partnership, even as I’m always wishing for a Densi spin-off. I think LL Cool J does serious scenes really well, maybe even better than Chris O’Donnell. Oh, and Arlo Turk was great. I loved his dog D-O-G and his words of support to Kensi. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him in the future.
Rant of the Week
OK, maybe not a full-out rant, but I did want to take a moment to say a few words about dearly departed Hidoko, winningly played by Andrea Bordeaux. I liked her character even as I resented the way Hidoko’s presence threw off the other core partnerships. I wish they could have found a way to work her in without taking away screen time from the others. And while we can’t technically blame Frank Military for killing off a second well-liked woman of color since R. Scott Gemmill did the deed in the Season 9 finale, it’s a more than unfortunate pattern for the show overall. Couldn’t they have at least let her survive and go work in DC or NOLA, or to the same San Diego field office as Agent Deschamps? She’d have been a welcome recurring character.
- Is Linda Hunt’s notable absence a temporary result of her car accident, or might she be on an extended leave again like last season?
- Is Gerald McRaney’s Admiral Kilbride sticking around? He was immediately more enjoyable to watch than Mosley, just as Admiral Chegwidden would have been.
- Speaking of Mosley, is she sticking around? Sigh. Just because she semi-made up for putting the team in danger does not help me forget her unethical, illegal and downright hateful behavior in last season’s finale. The conflict she brings to the show just brings aggravation, not real drama.
- Spoiler alert… Is Arlo coming back in a recurring role, or just a one-time reappearance? As much as I’d welcome him back, I’d hope it’s not because Deeks is taking time off to work on the bar.
- Will Kensi learn from the experience of worrying about Deeks’ survival? Will this trauma give her any perspective on what Deeks has been going through the past few years? Or will the show just pick up with the two planning their wedding even as they continue with their dangerous job? Will we see any consequences or any sort of compromises being made? Given how methodically the showrunners planted the seeds of their conflict, I’d like to think we’ll see a resolution that is fair to both characters.
- Can the other writers and directors rise to the level of Frank Military and deliver an amazing season?
If anyone’s still out there, tell us what you thought of “To Live and Die in Mexico.” Did you love the Densi? What was your favorite part? And what are you hoping to see in Season 10?