There are already two “NCIS” series on television, and it is thanks to that that you really have to ask a worthy question: Is there any need at all in a third? This is something that is not particularly needed by any means, but Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon obviously decided that it was going to be worth a try.
In this case, though, the one who really sold us on this was Scott Bakula as the “NCIS: New Orleans” lead Agent Pride. He was awesome, old-school, and someone worthy of that last name. It’s a little hard to get to know all of the new characters in a pilot (especially one planted in another show), but so far, we dig them. We’re also happy to see CCH Pounder on something else, even if it means a little less of her on “Sons of Anarchy” moving forward.
While there wasn’t anything that necessarily happened in here, case included (save for how Pride chooses to handle a witness), there were still a number of nice little standout moments. The setting of New Orleans was appropriate for the show, and the writers made pretty good use of it.
Obviously, there are so many different ways that a spin-off can go when it gets to series, and we worry about having too much of a good thing. But for a backdoor pilot, this was one of the best ones we’ve seen. There was still stuff for most of the regulars of “NCIS” to do, we met the new team, and thanks to this being a two-parter, the writers didn’t feel pressure to tie everything up. The unfortunate part of this is that this also means that there isn’t much to talk about until the story concludes. It’s tough to grade an incomplete case, but we’ll start with what we saw so far. Grade: B.
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