‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Finally Debuts Charles Michael Davis and Fans Have Mixed Reactions
After months of speculation, NCIS: New Orleans finally introduced the newest member of Dwayne Pride’s (Scott Bakula) team, Special Agent Quentin Carter (Charles Michael Davis). It’s going to take a lot to fill Special Agent Christopher LaSalle’s (Lucas Black) shoes. How do fans feel about the “replacement” so far?
[NCIS: New Orleans Season 6 spoilers below]
Pride and his team aren’t fans of Special Agent Carter on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ just yet
Just as Pride finally admitted he needed help to deal with those “Man in the Red Suit” hallucinations, a new agent, Quentin Carter appeared in the team’s kitchen helping himself to a latte.
The arrogant, self-assured agent didn’t hesitate to claim his place or to let the others know he’s not interested in making friends.
First introductions began with Carter complaining about the quality of the kitchen Cappucino machine — including the lack of whole milk readily available — and awkward handshakes the established agents weren’t thrilled to give.
Love him or hate him, Quentin Carter is this season’s newest “wild card.”
The episode touched on the aftermath of LaSalle’s death
A lot has yet to be addressed regarding LaSalle’s murder. Not only has Pride not faced any consequences, but some pointed out the lack of hierarchy support in the aftermath.
In a real-world scenario when an agent is shot and killed, there would likely be more formal support from those above Pride or in other agencies that know Pride (such as Vance or Gibbs from NCIS).
The lack of closure makes for an underlying discomfort, according to fans still grieving the beloved character. The NCIS: New Orleans addition of Davis as Quentin Carter — whose personality clashes with the team — will either gain new viewers or lose part of its devoted fanbase.
It didn’t help matters that Agent Carter planted his things directly onto LaSalle’s desk, claiming it for his own before clearing it out. Special Agents Gregorio, Lund, and Khoury aren’t fans of Carter yet.
By the end of the episode, Pride asserted what LaSalle meant to the team, referring to him as family. With LaSalle’s work belongings in a box, Special Agent Carter didn’t back down from taking up space.
“You can’t move forward if you’re staring at the past,” he said to Pride.
It’s clear the wounds are still fresh for Pride and the NCIS team. Carter doesn’t seem to care, making it known that he’s not there to make friends — only to do his job and do it well.
Only time will tell if they ever warm up to him, but it’s not looking good. That said, fans aren’t sure about Davis’ first impression.
Fans have mixed reactions on LaSalle’s ‘replacement’
As expected, Davis’s debut stirred up a lot of emotions. Some enjoyed Special Agent Carter’s confidence but many others noted it only reminded them of Lasalle’s absence.
“Oh yeah….NO. Pride’s gonna have to take this guy down a few notches…which is something he shouldn’t have to worry about right now,” this fan tweeted. “Well he’s doing a great job at being an arrogant so and so!!” another added.
“Wowweeee…Mr. Priss just needs a messy case in the swamp area and maybe a run-in with Loretta, after which I expect that he’ll either change his suit and shoes or go running back to his previous post…” this fan said.
“Oh hell no! Who is this clown… they better knock him down a peg or 2,” another noted.
Executive producer, Jan Nash — who took over the show’s Twitter account for the night — reassured everyone saying, “No one can replace Lasalle. He’s just the new agent. #NCISNOLA.”
Sorry fans, but it doesn’t look like Carter is going anywhere anytime soon, so buckle up.
NCIS: New Orleans airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS.