NCIS: Los Angeles (NCISLA): The Fourth Season is one of television’s most popular scripted drama that features a “high stakes” world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS charged with apprehending dangerous criminals that pose a threat to national security. NCIS LA is the first spin-off of a spin-off, and we can blame the CBS series JAG (acronym for “Judge Advocate General”) for that. To include that this is yet another television series’ spin-off that has the same familiar intensity of the original NCIS police procedural drama which premiered on CBS in 2003.
The NCISLA fourth season episodes picks up where the end of season 3 left off: the events surrounding Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O’Donnel) suspension while the rest of the team proceeds with business as usual–espionage, Iranian agents and Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) rejoin the team while Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are on a mission of their own. Together, they must track down a suspected terrorist, “double-agent,” and kidnapper. The succeeding episodes are just as interesting. Criminals have much to fear of the highly-skilled NCISLA team.
Overall, the undercover operations and personal dramas that plague the LA division of the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service is not as well formulated as the original NCIS series; however, NCISLA does present realistic events from a comprehensible perspective. The characters and their back-stories are well-developed, and the acting performances believable and watching “buddy agents” relationship between Callen and Hanna can be exhausting. I would not recommend watching the entire season in one sitting. I suggest watching one “disc” at a time. NCISLA does not have the “creatively collective” cast like its predecessor, but it is another well-situated program to get into.
DVD Specifications: In addition to all 24-episodes of the fourth season, the 6-disc DVD collection has a host of exclusive special features:
• Un4gettable: Season Four of NCIS: Los Angeles cast and crew reflect on the season and discuss its unique dynamics and memorable moments they enjoyed about the season.
• Chris At The Helm is a peek into Chris O’Donnell’s directorial debut episode #417 “Wanted.” You even get to listen to the cast discuss just how he fared.
• Some assembly required features some interesting “moving sets” commentary from the show executive producers Shane Brennan and John Peter Kousakis.
• Sound Off offers viewers a “look inside” the show’s sound department.
NCIS: Los Angeles – The Fourth Season DVD presnets in a 16×9 widescreen format and includes English 5.1 and English Stereo audio in addition to English SDH, Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish subtitles. Total approximate run-time 17 hours and 12 minutes.
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