"The detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division are still reeling from the departure of Brenda Leigh Johnson and the realization that Captain Raydor is now in charge. Unlike their previous chief, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with whom she works. Raydor's hardest job, however, will be gaining the full trust and confidence of her detectives, who aren't quick to forget her long history of internal investigations targeting them and their previous boss. Especially troublesome is Provenza, who has a difficult time taking orders from someone he doesn’t think knows as much as he does. "
if you are reading this then you already know it's a spin-off from The Closer without Brenda, Gabriel and Pope, so, moving on ...
This episode was kind of jarring after watching the Closer finale. They introduced a lot of changes very rapidly and the pace and focus was erratic. I thought it seemed to be trying to hard to be Law and Order: Major Crimes and the introduction of the kid as a Raydor's temporary adoptee was a forced way to give her character some instant personal drama. It was nice they didn't just leave that hanging from the Closer finale but overall, just like the new detective (who I'm expecting will become annoying very quickly) it was too much.
This episode should have just dealt with Raydor moving in on Provenza's turf. With the lack of Pope and Taylor in charge there was already enough squad friction to work with. The lack of a very strong central character to revolve the show around could be a problem now, but it will also allow the other guys some room to do their thing instead of just being knowledgeable sidekicks.