NCIS: LA Season 5 Review “Exposure”

“They always come back, Owen. Until one day they don’t.”

And with that statement NCIS: LA goes into the Season 5 finale. Lining up the tone more than plot for next week, “Exposure” was mostly a strong episode showcasing each member of the team along with a solid story. The one fault I’m going to lay on it is the ending. Everything went back to normal too quickly following a terrorist attack that had our characters meditating on their feelings for those they loved. This episode had echoes of the Boston marathon, addressed the constant horrors that plague the Sudan, and even delved into the ruthlessness of the journalist. While Hetty had her ominous line to Owen at the end, none of the occurrences prior felt like they made a lasting impact. Sure, Eric and Nell finally expressed their thoughts to one another on sticky notes (which was a great moment for Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith), and Sam took a moment while holding a child’s shoe at the attack scene to think about his daughter. Other than that though, the slate seemed to be wiped clean by the closing moments. NCIS: LA is not The WireHomeland, or The Americans, but it had a wonderful chance to explore the ramifications of Bakri Deng’s (Anthony Okungbowa) actions and motives along with Dana Steele’s (Tiffany Dupont) reliance on making her story stick. Over a year later, the effects of the Boston marathon still linger. The terror group Boko Haram continues to hold over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. And any news outlet still jumps at the mention of a connection to the missing Malaysian airplane, no matter how flimsy. Every aspect of “Exposure” could have been continued through next week.



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