'NCIS: Los Angeles - The Sixth Season'
(Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Paramount Pictures)
Overview: Season 6 of 'NCIS: Los Angeles' blows suspense out of the water in 24 adrenaline-charged, thrill-seeking episodes. Agents 'G' Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) lead their team of high-caliber operatives, including Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), tech wizard Eric Beale (Barrett Foa), and intelligence analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith).
DVD Verdict: While this show isn't exactly like the original NCIS, I still absolutely love it. There is still that dynamic of banter. Instead of Tony/and the then Kate (or Ziva, back further in the day)/ McGee, it's now always Sam/Callen. While I do think this might have been better set in San Diego, I still like the premise.
The investigation is quite different, but expected. They are not part of a MCRT, like the original NCIS, but rather OSP. They are undercover agents, more CIA then FBI, if you will. Their technique will be different. They don't wear badges, or ID themselves, because OSP 'doesn't exist'. This is referenced many times, especially when a story of their case comes on the news on TV, and Callen mentions that they never get credit, it's always the FBI or LAPD, and Hetti always used to tell him that they can't get credit, because they don't exist!
This sixth season, the team mobilizes to protect beloved Operations Manager Hetty Lange (Oscar winner Linda Hunt) from a lethal Cold War enemy, even as they're being investigated by the Department of Justice. NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer) struggles to keep the unit in check, as they push every boundary and cross every line to defend their country, complete their missions and safeguard their own.
Simply put, 'NCIS: Los Angeles' is a very entertaining, topical, fast action program. terrific cast, no weak players, and lots of interesting personal dynamics between the team, also plenty of comedy moments, smart slick writing, highly entertaining. the stories are typically self contained with just some elements of references back to previous episodes, but these are usually explained so it can be enjoyed even if you missed the earlier episode.
The violence is not too graphic and the emphasis is on being smarter than the bad guy, rather than being more brutal. the stories are topical, and reflect the many terrorist threats which now exist. The story is also fast paced and there is an emphasis on technology which is interesting. Anyway, the twenty-four episodes contained on six DVDs here on this sixth season DVD box-set are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
The World On A String
Turning Back Time
Too Close For Comfort: Season 6 Of NCIS: Los Angeles
Clothed For The Season
And Much More!