Hmm. That was a bit of a disappointment, after having enjoyed the NCIS: New Orleans trial episodes in season 11 of NCIS. A first ‘real’ episode needs to try really hard.
Don’t try and tell us what a wonderful man Pride is by having one of his friends murdered. And the victim’s poor father might have been distraught, but soon cheered up enough to compose some music, with Pride joining in on the piano. Unrealistic, and I prefer my agents not to be jack-of-all-trades.
Pride is Gibbs, minus what makes Gibbs special. I still like Brody and LaSalle, as well as Dr Wade (even when they have gone out of their way to make their ME female and black). I could easily lose Sebastian, though.
Wise move to have Ducky join in, even if it was on screen only. The team is small. Gibbs started out with a similarly small team, so I wonder if they will recruit more agents if the show is popular?
The setting is great. Maybe just take it nice and slow and not throw all that is New Orleans at us straight away? Looks like someone has something to prove.