The highly-anticipated premiere of NCIS: Sydney took place on Tuesday night, marking the arrival of the long-running franchise Down Under. The spin-off introduces viewers to Special Agent Michelle Mackey and her second in command, Australian Sergeant Jim “JD” Dempsey.

Viewers took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share their positive reactions to the opening episode. Praise was directed towards the cast and the compelling storyline, with many expressing excitement for the upcoming episodes. Comments included accolades for lead actress Olivia Swann as well as the engaging dynamics among the cast members.

The series follows a group of NCIS agents and the Australian Federal Police working together to combat naval crimes in Sydney against the backdrop of rising international tensions in the Indo-Pacific region. The team, comprised of Americans and Australians, must learn to trust each other to solve cases in the contested ocean.

Olivia Swann leads the cast as Special Agent Michelle Mackey, with Todd Lasance portraying Sergeant Jim ‘JD’ Dempsey. Other key cast members include Sean Sagar as NCIS Special Agent DeShawn Jackson, Tuuli Narkle as AFP Liaison Officer Constable Evie Cooper, William McInnes as AFP Forensic Pathologist Dr. Roy Penrose, and Mavournee as AFP Forensic Scientist Bluebird ‘Blue’ Gleeson.

Showrunner Morgan O’Neill provided insight into the character of Michelle Mackey, describing her as a “hothead” and a “maverick.” As a former Marine Corps chopper pilot, Mackey is known for her instinctive investigative skills but proves to be a challenging and tough taskmaster, making her dynamic with second in command, Jim Dempsey, particularly interesting.

NCIS: Sydney received positive reviews for its premiere, with viewers expressing enthusiasm for the new addition to the NCIS franchise and the unique dynamics of the Sydney-based team.

By chrysos