So, was last season just a dream? Should we have had Chris O'Donnell coming out of a shower?
Much of what most viewers didn't like about NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9 seemed well on its way to being undone on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 10 Episode 1.
And that's fine with me. The thing most worth retaining from last season was Sam's moving onto a boat with his own guard sea lion. The SEAL living on the water was just so appropriate.
Let's address the biggest problem from last year -- Mosley.
Sure, the idea was to shake up the comfortable team dynamic at the Office of Special Projects, under Hetty's benevolent rule.
But that direction stems from the rather specious logic that there was something wrong with the status quo. You want to change things up, do it like on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 8, during Daniela Ruah's maternity leave. That way, it's short-term and it's not open-ended.
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I get that's what happened in essence during Hetty's Vietnam odyssey last season. But when they brought in a new director who was making change for change sake, it just didn't feel organic. Plus, when Hetty returned, Mosley needed to disappear.
But she didn't. And to make matters worse, she rubbed Hetty's nose in her authority every chance she got. At least Granger came around after a while.
Yes, the team learned about Mosley's private pain and cut her some slack as a result. Mosley did come around to the OSP way for doing things, at times. But too often she was just trying to prove she was in charge.
The real crime was that Sam, Callen, Kensi, and Deeks wouldn't have even been in Mexico in they hadn't been on an unsanctioned mission to rescue Mosley's son Derrick from his gunrunner father on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 9 Episode 24.
And Hidoko would still be alive.
I didn't mind Hidoko. Unlike her boss, she learned how to fit into the team, in whatever role she was given. Her fatal flaw was being too supportive of her mentor despite Mosley's obsession.
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Every member of the team had suffered loss, so of course, they headed south, with no plan and little resources or support, to find Derrick and return him to his mother.
That they did. They just couldn't pull off another escape against overwhelming odds from unfamiliar territory.
At least they got a little help from Aldo Turk, although I kept expecting him to do more. The dog-in-the-duffle trick paid off, in the short term. Then he went away until the quartet took their separate journeys to the hospital and he met up with them again.
One big plus was that Deeks and Kensi became Densi again. Kensi's struggle to keep Deeks alive long enough for him to get help certainly put them back on the right track. Maybe we'll soon be back to hearing wedding plans again...