‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Is One of Jane Tennant’s Team Members Already Undermining Her in New Trailer?

by Shelby Scott

It’s September and that means we are edging closer to the season premieres of “NCIS” and its spin-offs “NCIS: Los Angeles” and the latest, “NCIS: Hawai’i.” Fans anxiously await the premieres of all three, however, despite the major cliffhanger that closed out “NCIS” season 18, many are even more anxious about the all-new premiere of “NCIS: Hawai’i.” As CBS slowly feeds us tidbits about what to expect, one thing is for sure. Jane Tennant and her team function much differently than our beloved “NCIS” crew.

“NCIS: Hawai’i” introduces a lot of new concepts to fans of the long-running franchise. However, one major character highlight shows one of Tennant’s team members seemingly edging off on their own. Do we have a lone wolf on our hands? Someone who refuses to acknowledge the authority of a female Special Agent In Charge?

The “NCIS: Hawai’i” trailer opens with a feature on a massive jet explosion, as it soars low over the heads of beachgoers. It’s followed by a revelation that among managing 40 NCIS agents, Tennant is also a mom. Skip ahead and we see the Agent in Charge already experiencing subordination from one of her team members, Kai Holman.

“I gotta do this one alone,” Holman says. Tennant replies, “Look, you’re new…we work as a team.” However, Holman immediately becomes defensive. “I’m a local. People will talk to me.” From there, we are mostly left in the dark as the trailer doesn’t feature the senior agent’s response.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Premiere Promises Several Stand-Offs

Weeks before the “NCIS: Hawai’i” premiere, tension is already building, and “NCIS” fans (including myself) are becoming even more impatient. While Holman and Tennant already appear to be at odds, the Agent in Charge sees pushback on other fronts.

More than anything, the jet’s explosion is significant for an opening episode. As Tennant and her team begin investigating, it appears a serviceman is at odds with the female agent. Later in the trailer, we see Tennant face to face, again with the same serviceman, apparently threatening her job.

“People are paying attention to this,” he tells her, most likely referencing the investigation. “One wrong move, you’ll bring your whole team down with you,” he concludes.

The next frame shows Tennant as she states, to no one in particular, “This case just got a lot more complicated.”

Special Agent Tennant is “Boss”

The next few scenes feature Tennant’s right-hand man, Jesse Boone, a former Washington D.C. cop specializing in urban crime. The pair appear on a stakeout spying on an armored truck when Tennant tells Boone, “Light ’em up.”

“My pleasure boss,” Boone replies, the affectionate and respectful “boss” title hitting long-time “NCIS” fans like a truck. For members of Special Agent Gibbs’ team back in D.C., their Agent in Charge is frequently just “boss.”

The final face-off comes near the end of the clip when the troublesome servicemember says to Tennant, “Robbers, murders, massive explosions. When exactly does the solving the solving-the-crime part come in?”

“Just going where the case takes us, Captain,” the Agent in Charge replies.

Well, whether or not the aforementioned Captain appreciates all the “massive explosions” and preceding actions, “NCIS: Hawai’i” appears to be one of the franchise’s most explosive spin-offs yet.