File this under “Things That Are So Weirdly Awesome We Literally Clapped With Glee”: Los Angeles garage thrashers together PANGEA saved a child’s life on last week’s episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Yup, still more proof that rock ’n’ is far from dead.
The band doesn’t have a song on the episode’s tracklist — or a guest-starring role. Nope, the “Too Drunk To C-m” singers are integrated directly into the plot. Allow me to break it down:
When a 10-year-old girl that NCISLA agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) once provided protection for in Saudi Arabia goes missing, he’s certain that her disappearance is related to the theft of a fancy new plane designed by her engineer father.
Why? Well, the only thing left in the getaway van is the CD booklet for together PANGEA’s new record, Badillac, and the little girl is a HUGE TP fan. She used to play the band’s jam “Snakedog” all the time on the drums when she was in Saudi Arabia with LL — I mean, Sam.
“It’s a little girl’s SOS,” Hanna says of the CD.
So how did this gloriousness — which includes LL Cool J muttering “together PANGEA” in a “it’s a clue!” voice — come about?
According to music supervisor Mark Wike, he had been aware of the band for a while and was looking for a way to integrate them into the show.
“Jon Granat [who signed the band] and I were barreling down a killer single-track trail in the Santa Monica mountains on our mountain bikes and I went over my handlebars,” Wike told MTV News. “When I came to, Jon handed me his headphones and said, ’Check this sh-t out; it’ll set you straight.'”
Initially, the band in the episode was going to be Metallica, but they were too pricey and Wike wanted someone fresher. “Here’s where I had the opportunity to pitch some cool artists,” he said, referring to the band that had cured his bumps and bruises on that fateful day.
And the rest, they say, is history…
According to Wike, this might not be the last we see of the band on “NCIS.”
“I will try to get them on camera next season,” he said. “Perhaps they can be playing outdoors on Venice Beach where we shoot regularly and their amps get blown up by a hijacked drone so the NCISLA team has to come to the rescue!”
I, for one, would watch the hell out of that.