It's a show that follows a formula, that's certain, but it also makes for a familiar and easy to buy into the 'scene' - it's not meant to be intellectual or heavy, but it's good entertainment. I'm really happy to see the group of actors who are cast in episode 1 and 2 continue. I really oved the actor who plays Kai in 800 words - he did an incredible job in that show and here he translates a very believable persona right away with some depth. I know a New Zealand actor playing a Hawaiian is a bit of a stretch, but he does a great job especially with the accent. For a few moments, I kept thinking I heard his New Zealand syntax/rhythm, but then I got caught up in the story and his acting just made the past positionning in my favorite drams from last year's quarantine (800 Words) fade into the NCIS Hawaii context. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the actors cast in this show and curious to see how the writing and directing melds them together. I got the sense that this show is less a police procedural than a human drama with a police procedural setting. The actress who plays Tennant is really good at drawing you into her character and made me believe immediately in her leadership ability. I started watching this with a bit of a negative, 'ugh, I don't think I will like an NCIS format' feeling but felt immediately, "at home" with the whole show, the writers and acting made it so likeable - like there is a lot of camaraderie and these are 'nice' characters, which is a welcome tenor to a police/crime drama. It's really so nice to enjoy a show like this - not overly technical and not aiming to be more than it is. Really nicely done!