So far, the first three episodes have been pretty interesting. It's mostly the same cast as The Closer, so there's solid continuity, just a new emphasis on how they get their bad guy. Raydor is a strong contrast to Brenda - very stiff and formal, so she's struggling to bond with the team and take up her leadership position. And they've moved Taylor up pretty much filling in as the hard-assed boss who's mainly worried about the political angle. So far the killers have been pretty easy to spot, but then again, the Closer had mostly given up on the shocking twist, "oh my god, I can't believe it was him!" story lines long ago. So it mostly comes down to how they manage to get the confession and seal the plea bargain. It's not as exciting as how Brenda used to do it, but compelling none the less. The one thing that bugs me is that with The Closer and Brenda she was always driven by getting justice for the victim. This caused her to be totally driven and frequently to do crazy/extreme things. So far with Major Crimes the justice for the victim angle has been downplayed and replaced with a focus on the legal/police process. It's just not as emotionally engaging as before.