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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 DVD Review

You know what you’re getting with ‘NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13.’

The NCIS franchise continues to chug along as the spin-off series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ enters its 13th season. Whether that’s a lucky or unlucky number will be up to the show’s fans, but one thing is for certain- you can expect more adventures of OSP (Office Of Special Projects of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service) team members  Callen, Sam, Kensi, Deeks, Fatima, Rountree, and Hollace Kilbride (the Operations Manager). 

In the full 22 episode 13th season, plots revolve around Agents searching for Russian operative Katya, guns, Kensi and Deek planning to adopt a child, character cameos, undercover assignments, murders, Callen and Anna’s relationship, and deepfake technology.

If you’ve been following ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ this long, you’re no doubt in it for the long haul and are drawn to the procedural format this show offers up. It seems unlikely that this is the type of show that will draw new fans in season 13, but you never know. Anyway, fans can expect more of the same here with criminal investigations, deaths, and even some exploration of personal relationships and connections (namely with the characters of Callen, Sam and Kensi and Deeks having key arcs through the season). It’s not my cup of tea personally as serialized television with unique stories are preferred, but it’s easy to see the appeal of the NCIS franchise.

Some fans have been quite vocal about this series covering topical events that makes the show “too real” and less entertaining, but that’s an absurd criticism. The NCIS franchise has always pulled from the headlines to create stories and this season is no exception as there are plots about hate crimes, white nationalists, a birth that is the result of a rape and racial profiling. How can a series be expected to evolve and stay relevant if it’s stuck in the past and not addressing what is happening in Los Angeles and the U.S.? Kudos to the writing staff for covering these important subjects.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. Grade: B+

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. Grade: B+

Extras include A gag reel, deleted scenes, extended scenes, a featurette about the 300th episode milestone titled ‘300 And Counting,’ and two other featurettes ‘Lucky Number 13’ and ‘Welcome Aboard, Admiral.’

August 31, 2022 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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