NCIS: Hawaiʻi : Boom sneak peek
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CBS witnessed the full force of fan outrage when the network brought the still popular spin-off NCIS: New Orleans to an abrupt end earlier this year. With a new NCIS offshoot, NCIS: Hawaii, continuing tonight, an outspoken portion of the audience believe the latest addition pales in comparison to Dwayne Pride (played by Scott Bakula) and his team of Louisiana-based agents.
Fans are pleading with CBS to resurrect NCIS: New Orleans from cancellation following the ‘lacklustre’ opening episodes of NCIS: Hawaii.
The new spin-off introduced a brand new task force led by Vanessa Lachey’s highly capable Jane Tennant, the NCIS franchise’s first female team leader to head her own series.
Unfortunately, the show’s pilot episode was met with some harsh criticisms from a vocal pocket of NCIS fans when Hawaii premiered last week.
Many of the responses directly challenged CBS’s decision to axe NOLA after just seven seasons, in addition to other series such as All Rise and Macgyver.
Patricia Desens wrote on Twitter: “Not impressed. Not impressed at all. Boring. Bring back NCIS Nola. At least it had character.”
Jocelyn Henrichs said: “Boring and characters did not click. And you took NCIC NOLA off the air for this?
“Very disappointed in the casting. Won’t watch this one. Back to the drawing board boys and girls.”
The second episode, ‘Boom’, also received similar complaints.
Daniel D tweeted: “I’ll stick to NCIS and NCIS New Orleans.”
And viewer OffTopicTim suggested: “Maybe since #NCISHawaii is so bad and none of the CBS viewers like it, they can rename it Hawaii 5-0 and set it in New Orleans.”
NCIS: New Orleans’ seven season run thankfully brought the series to an arguably satisfying close.
In the finale, which aired in May this year, Pride finally married Rita Devereux (Bakula’s real life wife Chelsea Field).
However, die-hard fans of the New Orleans-based offshoot thought the series still had plenty of life left in it, especially considering NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles’ continued longevity.
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While NCIS afficianadoes were intrigued by the show’s unique setting, many felt the new cast failed to match up to the other mainland teams.
There were also plenty of unfavourable comparisons to fellow North Pacific action-drama, Hawaii Five-0, which was revamped by CBS in 2010.
Some viewers offered some helpful suggestions to beef up the series, such as cameos from some more well-established NCIS agents.
“So far I think they should’ve moved one of the regulars from New Orleans (Carter?) to Hawaii,” a fan named Cyn offered.
“There’s a lack of cohesiveness to the team & it feels cookie cutter. I’ll give it a few more episodes.
“However, @VanessaLachey is on her A game, writing needs to step it up.”
And a more disgruntled viewer named Jacob tweeted: “Hey, @CBS could you please tell whoever was responsible for cancelling #MacGyver or even New Orleans for this s****y #NCISHawaii show to resign immediately.”
Reactions to Lachey’s lead performance as Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant were more or less positive across the board.
Unfortunately, her supporting cast hasn’t grabbed viewers’ attention just yet, so those still on the fence will have to keep tuning in to see if the spin-off shows signs of improvement.
NCIS: Hawaii season 1 continues Mondays on CBS.
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