I may not have actually *been* to New Orleans, but sometimes it’s unclear if NCIS: New Orleans has either.
Oh, says NCIS: New Orleans we most certainly *are* New Orleans. Just look – gaze! – at this week’s pre-credits sequence:
- New Orleans brass band? Yes.
- Bourbon Street? I… cannot tell which if any of these scenes are on a set or on location. A qualified yes, then.
- Accents? Oh, hi Shane Black.
- Statement of things/people/events unique to New Orleans never to actually be shown?1 Yes. And, also – oh god the B-plot is the formerly awesome and now whatever transplanted female agent studying up on her new home and chattering facts endlessly?2 That can’t be the entire B-plot, right?
Commercials! Now, what else NOLA-licious does NCIS: New Orleans have for us?
- Oblique Katrina reference? Check.
- Establishing shot of a New Orleans street? Blatantly greenscreened.
- Bayou? Yes! One with a rickety shack that says ‘Swamp Tours’ on the side! Oo, and someone gets thrown through a screen window into the swamp!
- ‘Gators? Mentioned.
- The real B-plot? No… no. That was what we got.
- Other references? Andouille sausage and ‘Southern charms’, in reference to someone being charming, not something risque so, no, I don’t know why I put that in quotes.
This week’s episode of NCIS: New Orleans was set in Baton Rouge. It’s in Louisiana, and it’s not that far from New Orleans, and they have andouille sausage there.3
Wait, is that guy a shrink or a medical doctor? He was doing grief counseling and now he’s got a stethoscope and is helping with an outbreak of plague. Also, if he’s from Baton Rouge why does he not have a lick of an accent?
Annnnnnd once again:
If This Week’s Episode of NCIS:NOLA Was a Children’s Book Instead, It Would Be Called:
Brody and LaSalle and the 34 Drunken Plague Carriers