NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Premiere “Endgame” Review – Checkmate

NCIS Los Angeles Season 4 Premiere Endgame

In the NCIS:Los Angeles season 4 premiere, called “Endgame,” Callen, Hetty and the rest of the team deal with the aftermath of the shooting that sent Callen to prison. They also pull off a caper of epic proportions.

Oh NCISLA, how you led us on a long and winding journey with lots of twists and turns. Did I suspect that Callen shooting Janvier (aka The Chameleon) was all part of some big ruse? Sure I did. This is television after all. But I wasn’t positive that it was a set-up and that’s completely due to how well everyone played their parts; not only the actors themselves, but also their characters. Everyone did such a good job at acting like Callen was a man who had fallen apart, that I definitely believed it for a while.

Plus, that would’ve been such an awesome story. Callen seemed like he’d reached the end of his rope and was taking out his anger about the whole situation on everyone. He was barely talking to Sam, had completely lost communication with the rest of the team and was only barely speaking to Hetty. As much as I didn’t want the shooting to be real, the other part of me was so caught up in what was happening to him that I wasn’t concentrating too hard on the facts.

Such as the fact that Callen and Hetty are clever, clever little beasts and would have no trouble pulling off a plan as epic as this one to get their ultimate goal: having Janvier pay for his crimes. It may not have been at their hands, but by sending Callen down this imagined path of self-destruction they brought out some other bad guys from hiding who will do it for them. Like I said: clever.

And the best part of this scenario is that we got to have all the angst and drama of Callen doing something as awful as shooting an unarmed man in cold blood, but then got to have everything and everyone put back to normal in the end. I loved how they went back in time and showed us all the bits of the scenes we hadn’t seen before, giving us every detail of how the team pulled it off.

All in all, a fantastic season opener.

My favorite bits..

Whoa. That was a pretty major confrontation for those two. I’m thinking that Callen’s trying to protect Sam, though.

Sam taking out two of Vaziri’s men without even breaking a sweat.

Poor Eric trying to take down the video and it popping up faster than he could.

“How long do you think you can hold your breath under water, Calvin?”

LOL, of course Hetty’s boat is called “Lady H.” So perfect. And of course it was once impounded. Hetty is so very badass.

“Get the HELL off my yacht.” Oh, how I love that woman.

Callen. In a wetsuit. That is all.

Hetty telling Sam that he could come out from his hiding place.

“He says he’s fine.”
“But you and I know otherwise.”

“Go home Sam. Mr. Callen and I are on our own.”

“How is retirement?”
“I could die of boredom, if someone doesn’t shoot me first.”

“And if I need to find you?”
“Nearest bar.”

Callen bargaining with Vaziri for Hetty’s life.

Okay now I’m suspicious that this whole thing, this whole darn thing, is a set up.

Is anyone else thinking that poor Vance and the SecNav must’ve been busy, considering all of this is happening at the same time as the bombing at NCIS in D.C.?

Aha! I knew it! What plan, Sam? Hmm.?

“This could get interesting.”
“I like interesting.”

“You got everything?”
“Yes mom.”

Deeks checking out Kensi’s ass and remarking that the skirt was “working.” And for the record I’d just like to say that Deeks’ suit was “working” for me, too. Just sayin’.

Whoa. Kensi does a nice impression of a bitchy wife.

Yep, looks like the skirt is definitely working. LOL.

“I hate Plan B.” – Considering it consisted mostly of running like hell, I can’t really blame Deeks for that.

“There is someone who can prove that everything I am saying is true.” – AHA!!! I KNEW IT!!!


Sam handing Callen his bad and gun back.

“I hope you haven’t moved my things, Owen.”
“I’m not that crazy.” – LOL! You know, I think I may be starting to like Granger.

Hetty flopping down in her chair.

Laughing as soon as Granger said that a body had washed up on the beach. I had no doubt that it was Khadem and I also had no doubt who put him there.

Final Funny Blackout Moment – “Would you like a cup of tea, Owen? Or would you like something a little stronger?

What did you think of this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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