NCIS-LA is a crime drama series about a special undercover surveillance team at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), who are responsible for apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals who pose a threat to national security. The team of highly trained agents, including Special Agent G Callen and Agent Sam Hanna, use any means possible by utilizing advanced technology and adopting false identities to bring down their targets, often at the risk of their own lives. The team is assisted by Special Agent Kensi Lo and Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, who is an expert in target profiling. Henrietta “Hetty” Lange is the Operational Manager and Eric Beal & Nell Jones provide computer support. It follows the original NCIS formula with light hearted banter and an elementary investigatory plot.
Season 5 has the usual high profile cases that need to be solved, from averting a disaster by stopping a missile from destroying an ally country, to finding a submarine full of Ammonium Nitrate. The NCIS: LA team will risk everything to save the day. Meanwhile a relationship between LAPD Liaison Deeks and Agent Kensi is forming, and the viewers are left speculating whether their relationship will finally move forward or not.
Callen and Sam are frequently faced with dangerous situations. In one episode the team is in search for stolen nuclear weapons, in another they investigate the murder of a Navy Admiral. The team succeeds in averting a planned terrorist attack on a train, and the search for a diplomat murder suspect leads Sam and Callen to Mexico. Meanwhile Kensi is reassigned to Afghanistan. When she disappears there, the team goes to Afghanistan to investigate. Kensi returns to the field after that. In the finale, the death of a Navy submarine engineer brings NCIS to the case along with DEA Agent Talia Del Campo. It turns out that a network of Colombian mafia has acquired a submarine and it is loaded with Ammonium nitrate.
There has been quite a lot of criticism for this show as well. Loyal fans of the original NCIS think of this as a cheap spin-off and a lackluster attempt at imitating the characters, which lack the chemistry found between the actors of NCIS. Viewers also complain of too much background noise that makes it difficult to hear the dialogues.
Others think that the series got off to a slow start but has picked up pace and is getting more and more exciting and action-packed as the seasons progress. It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there’s enough room for character development to give NCIS: LA a personality of its own.