This show should be yanked next week. Her development really kept you watching during the first couple years of the show as you could see her character come into her personality. She was an interesting and strong character, certainly posed a mental challenge to Gibbs. It looks like they work in some sort of dressing room or boutique which caters to wannabees from Universal or somewhere. How can no one have mentioned that? And Barrett Foa is perfect as the somewhat geeky technical assistance.
I thinks this is so because it's about embodying the type of man you would imagine a chameleon would be rather than actively being a quick-change artist. The other characters are strong and well played, also essential but they are a team because Hetty centers them. You'll also notice differences in the way of how the organization deals with cases. I believe this is key to the popularity of the show as anything that shakes up the typical procedural format is looked upon favorably by television audiences. If we needed another mindless cop show, this would be perfect! Now Deeks is simply part of 'Kensi and Deeks the partnership' and I no longer wish for his sudden irreversible death.
For the bulk of the pilot it was Callen and Hanna doing the bulk of the muscle for their investigation. Each season has a good back story. As opposed to other reviewers who are sadly so limited they can only conceive of Linda Hunt as an object of derision, I tune in specifically to see her. I'd rather watch Gunsmoke or Adam 12 reruns. Also, Kensi stays at the crime scene and comforts Sarraf who is pinned behind a vehicle.
There's a computer guru like Abby. Hanna is a straight shooter, a perfect foil for the silent Callen, and a strong, moral character in his own right. After watching this show twice and trying to watch it twice more I find I can not understand how a show so stupid can be allowed on T. Did it really get through trial screenings? We know this is only fiction but it's great fiction. It is unbelievably entertaining and fun to watch. At first, Kensi Blye was just the token female for me. I think they put in very solid performances as supporting team members.
We get a taste of the supporting characters but not enough obviously to let us know what makes them act the way they do. The original is such a great show, one I wait every week for. Callen is really the central character, before or after Hetty, depending how you look at it, whoever you love more. Normally with chemistry we're worried more between a woman and a man but it's also important between partners, or rather actors portraying partners. They're in good hands and hopefully, they'll get even better. The nerds suck, especially when you consider Abby from the original show.
In the the pilot is about a Navy Officer whose gunned down by people who are working for the drug cartel. They play off of each other so well. Gibbs would never pamper his agents to that level. Also, still mourning the death of his wife and living in a trailer on the beach, Sam is adamant that Callen find a new partner. Why not call it whatever cool title they have laying around waiting for the next macho-man cop-show?. And having Director Vance and Abby make short crossovers is excellent. Eric Christian Olsen gradually won me over as his partnership with Kensi developed in tandem to the flourishing of her character.
Sorry to be so negative, but that's how it is. In my opinion it was smart to link her to the Hawaii Five-O crossover as of all the characters we knew the least about her and it immediately added depth to her character. Other than those minor changes, it doesn't need much. We've now watched most of the previous episodes and are deeply attached to the screwball comedy aspect and ambiguous sexual tension between the character that give the show its special flavor. The investigation is quite different, but expected.
Overall, this so far is a nice spin-off. However, there is more than just the casual element. Do I want Deeks and Kensi to get together…no, to be honest. In the end, it was an inside job. Anyone sent to take her place is seen as our enemy and we long to see them eliminated.