NCIS: LA “Forest for the Trees” Review (Season 6 Episode 15)

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What the deuce CBS. Last week’s preview for “Forest for the Trees” made the episode out to be a an action packed outing with Sam and Callen being kidnapped by ISIS. Instead we had Sam and Callen hanging around (yes, that’s the term I’m going to use) with one, just one, ISIS operative. This would not necessarily have been a problem for me had the episode’s preview not been so misleading. I was expecting something more along the lines of the season’s premiere “Deep Trouble Part 2.” It is February after all, one of television’s sweeps months. And honestly, anything dealing with ISIS, which is prevalent every day in the news right now, deserved something bigger. Having an ISIS cell in Los Angeles could have made for a great 2-parter had the story been laid out right. What we got was small potatoes, a normal NCIS: LA plot that used ISIS as the antagonist due to its current worldwide infamy.

Not only that, the episode didn’t feel up to the caliber of what I’ve seen over the more recent outings. I wished last week’s “Black Wind” would have gone with the downer ending, but it was nevertheless a strong installment. “In the Line of Duty” had the cool FBI crime scene recreation. And “Spiral,” the mid-season premiere, was excellent all around (along with the mid-season finale “Humbug”). Maybe I’ve just watched too many procedurals now. Fake Martin Samir could be seen from a mile way along with moving Granger’s covert meeting location. The easiness of Sam and Callen escaping through the tunnel was explained with Nezzi wanting to gain their trust to obtain information yet the character of Nezzi himself wasn’t a worthy opponent. I’ve said it a dozen times, I don’t expect NCIS: LA to be The Bridge or a cable show of that type. It can, however, still be exciting to watch. Everything was too easy this time unfortunately.

Can Callen’s father just show up now please?