I've recently started watching NCIS, so i've watched the whole series in the last couple of months. It quickly became one of my favorite shows.
The season openers are usually close to flawless, with the only exception being season 1 and 8 IMO. Season 9 unfortunately joins that group.
This episode really did not fee like NCIS to me, the team dynamic was not present, and without that the show felt a bit soul less to me.
Weatherly gave a strong performance, but Harmon pretty much phoned it in. The lack of the rest of the group also left a sour taste in my mouth. The story was predictable for the most part, and even the 'twist' was underwhelming.
Still looking forward to next week, NCIS are usually better when they stick to case of the week.