2013 Sept 24 NCIS Critique of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Is it just us, or do others feel that the summer-long wait and the drama over Cote de Pablo’s leaving the show, resulted in the season eleven debut show of NCIS being anticlimactic? All that hype and we didn’t even get to see Ziva. Those Tiva fans will have to wait until the next episode for the face-to-face interaction between Tony and Ziva.

The opening show leaves us with more questions than answers. At the end of last season, Tony, Tim, and Ziva all turned in their badges. Tonight, two of them are back at NCIS, as is Gibbs. So is Fornell. This comes as no surprise to us. A few twists are lobbed into this episode though. Our favorite moment comes when Ducky and Palmer confront an unknown assailant in autopsy and bring him down.

Much mystery is in the air as threads are being pulled one by one. However, some may find the episode to be unrealistic—with too much action, too many different bad guys, and too many agents investigating big business’ efforts to profit from terrorism. Wait just a moment and consider last week. As we reported in previous posts, real Special Agents of NCIS arrested one of their own Supervisory Special Agents at Quantico along with Navy Officer for accepting bribes from big business. Also, we reported three NCIS Special Agents were involved in confronting the terrorist killer at the Washington Navy Yard. One of these heroic agents rescued the Metropolitan Police Officer who was shot.

The bedlam of the debut episode, even though surreal in many ways, is too close to home. The plot line brings sad reflections. The fight is real folks. May God help us and our nation!

Be Blessed,

David and Diane Munson

By |2013-09-25T14:29:28+00:00September 25th, 2013|NCIS|7 Comments


  1. Karen giampaolo September 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Couldn’t agree with you more…anxious for next week. Yes, may God help our nation.

    • danddmunson September 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Karen: Welcome back to the new season. Nice to hear from you

  2. Nancy Cummins September 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Your words echo my feelings about this dis-jointed episode. Where are the answers to last season’s cliffhanger? Also, didn’t Parsons change sides too quickly?
    Love your critiques. . . . always spot on!

    Nancy Cummins

    • danddmunson September 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Nancy’s right. Parsons did change rather quickly, but then they only have about forty minutes for the episode. We think too, that Parsons was poorly cast. He doesn’t look like the seasoned investigators that usually are assigned to root out corruption involving other investigators. There is a rumor floating around that he may make return appearances. To what end, we wonder. Will he turn his stripes again, even after the Gibbs’ shoulder slap?

  3. Sallie Carpentier September 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    My money is still on Tobias Fornell being a traitor. A longshot? Sure. But even though Gibbs said “I’ve got your back”, Tobias sure was looking shifty last night. And was shifty in the last episode of last season.

  4. Cheryl September 26, 2013 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I am in total agreement with your assessment & your responses to the other comments. Since it was “To Be Continued”, why not stretch things out a little more & make the story line a little more believable. I must state emphatically I do not care for the Parsons character & feel the same way about him as I did about Samantha Ryan. The character doesn’t work. It is very sad that a show that had to have been written over a month ago (if not longer) was so close to reality in some ways. Aren’t we blessed to know this isn’t the end for followers of Christ?

    • danddmunson September 26, 2013 at 2:43 am - Reply

      Great observations, Cheryl.

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