NCIS: LA “Core Values” Review (Season 7, Episode 12)


Coming back from the holiday break, NCIS:LA continued its recent stretch of strong episodes. “Core Values” even broke away from the normal plot mold a bit by containing an opening that focused on the actual military, not including an interrogation scene in the boat house, and ending with the status of a patient up in the air. Overall, it was a nice slight change of pace, one that I welcomed.

Oh yeah, and Granger totally threw himself on top of a bomb. Okay, it was the detonator, and he had a suit on, but that whole scene was awesome, and the reveal of Granger being the man in the suit was icing on the cake. It’s as if the writers have realized, wow, we have Miguel Ferrer at our disposal, we should probably use him.** Keep it going, keep it going.

**The last major arc I remember him having was with Kensi and the White Ghost. Correct me if I’m wrong though. I know he had that car accident awhile back caused by the mole, but if anything, that made him MIA for a period of time.

More Thoughts as I Marvel at Cellphone Coverage Underground

– The opening was definitely more in line with a NCIS outing. Ducky could have come in had the Gunnery Sergeant actually been found dead on the scene. Again, I’m glad for the change in approach. Once a show has aired this long, a detour in formula is necessary.

– I’m also a bit shocked Patterson didn’t come out of critical condition at the episode’s end. It made for a very bittersweet moment of Kensi and Deeks singing to his newborn baby. Leaving questions unanswered doesn’t happen often in procedurals, especially during the case of the week, and I actually give the writer’s a lot of credit for going that route.

– You would think Jiminy Cricket (I knew I recognized Leo Steadman but still had to look the actor up. Raphael Sbarge from Once Upon A Time!) of ALL people would know that a plan of lowering the water level to set off the alarm was going to backfire. Or that giving a badge to someone who looks like an academic is just plain stupid. C’mon Jiminy.

– For a split second, I thought Hetty was going to say she was 2,000 years old (hey, I wouldn’t put it past her to be immortal) versus 2,000 years of military history.