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NCIS New Orleans - (S03E03)

Crime . Drama . Action & Adventure

After a decorated petty officer is found dead inside a sports arena, evidence leads Pride and the NCIS team to a kidnapping case of a petty officer who was last seen in Mexico.

Episode Title: Man on Fire
Airs: 2016-10-11 at 22:00
  • David Wiegand

    The show makes good use of its New Orleans setting and the script hits all the right, albeit familiar, notes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The cast is appealing, despite Bakula’s questionable accent.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    There's enough detail in the setting and characterization to keep it distinct from the mothership, but also more than enough of the template (down to the freeze-frame tic at the open and close of each act) to make it go down like a comforting plate of crawfish etouffee.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The formula remains solid: A colorful, supportive work family solves mysteries with technological savvy and a dash of humor.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    [Bakula and Pounder] should make the process of watching--or chore of watching, depending on your appetite for more of this formula--just a little more agreeable.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The result is a show that is neither ambitious nor exciting, but is now, at least, competent enough to be a decent companion for NCIS.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    There’s a Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Not an especially good first episode (the two-part backdoor pilot on "NCIS" last spring was better), but one I may return to on occasion, just like the original series, just to see the actors work.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Jason Hughes

    It's the strong sense of family within the team that's going to keep viewers coming back.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    NCIS: NO is set and shot in Louisiana's signature city, providing a visual and cultural richness that will help set the show apart. More than the writing does, anyway, at least initially.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Myles McNutt

    Bakula is a strong anchor for a series like this one, and the supporting cast is likable and engaged.... However, based on the framework laid out by producers, NCIS: New Orleans is primarily concerned with continuing the franchise, at the expense of telling stories of the lived realities of its primary setting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    For some viewers this sameness will be like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers; for others NCIS: New Orleans might be too much the same.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    NCIS: New Orleans bears a closer resemblance to “CSI: Miami” than anything else, simply in terms of trying to use a specific locale to differentiate a spinoff that otherwise doesn’t orbit far from the mother ship with a Big Easy vibe.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The cast has easy chemistry, the New Orleans setting is colorful, and Pounder lends class to anything she does. The CBS procedural formula works, but that doesn't make it feel any less formulaic.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The title tells you all you need to know.... The rest is pretty much gumbo from a can.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This iteration of the very successful "NCIS" franchise is, unsurprisingly, as competent as all the others, Bakula is typically good and it's nice that the show actually shot in New Orleans.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The plot of the pilot, which begins with the discovery of a severed leg in a load of shrimp, is clever enough and manages to fit a lot of locations into its 40-minute hour. That time is also filled with cornball dialogue, shameless sentimentality and B-movie displays of toughness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Despite all those [Louisiana] touches, the pacing is slower, the jokes more labored, the personalities more wooden.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It all ends in thoroughly predictable fashion--and without any zip or pop.

    Uncle Barky Full Review

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