NCIS: Sydney Review

NCIS: Sydney Review
BTS of Olivia Swann as NCIS Special Agent Captain Michelle Mackey and Todd Lasance as AFP Liaison Officer Sergeant Jim  'JD' Dempsey, on the set of NCIS: Sydney season 1. PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Asher Smith/Paramount+    © TM & © 2023 CBS Studios Inc. NCIS: Sydney and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Last week, Paramount+ unveiled its newest local production in the form of the highly anticipated NCIS: Sydney.

NCIS: Sydney is the first international spin-off of the much-loved crime solving procedural NCIS, which has aired for 20 seasons and has already spun-off three successful series.

When we begin, we are introduced to Sergeant Jim ‘JD’ Dempsey (Todd Lasance, Home and Away) from the Australian Federal Police, a man who is both devoted to his job and not afraid to get a result.

Following the death of a US Seaman on a US nuclear submarine during an AUKUS ceremony on Sydney Harbour, NCIS Special Agent Michelle Mackey (Olivia Swam, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) enters the fold with her mysterious past.

Both bring their own teams, which includes NCIS Special Agent DeShawn Jackson (Sean Sager, Fate: The Winx Saga), AFP liaison officer Constable Evie Cooper (Tuuli Narkle, Bad Behaviour), AFP forensic scientist Bluebird ‘Blue’ Gleeson (Mavournee Hazel, Neighbours), and AFP forensic pathologist Dr Roy Penrose (William McInnes, The Newsreader).

It’s safe to say that JD and Mackey don’t get along, and throughout the four episodes watched for this review, the character growth and progression is inciting to keep you coming back for more.

Showrunner Morgan O’Neill may have to follow the tried-and-true NCIS formula, but with a mix of intriguing cases and some of Australia’s most well-known faces, NCIS: Sydney is hopefully in it for the long run.

4 Stars

The first episode of NCIS: Sydney is now streaming on Paramount+ with a new episode every Friday.


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