Why can't we go back to the days of Gibbs walking by and shouting, "Dead marine!" and we kick off the whodunit for the week? The show the past few seasons has embraced this controversy and scandal mentality and it is alienating fans who want to just sit back, relax and watch these characters work their magic. I get that it wants to be more "high concept" but that's not why I watch the show and I do not even think it was more complexity. It came off as more dull than sophisticated tonight.
Maybe it is just me, but this was not a strong start to a crucial season for the program.