“Blue Bloods” is certainly the sort of show that likes to begin with a big episode, and it is certainly fair to say that we saw that with “Worst Case Scenario.” It was action-packed, intense, and fairly self-explanatory when it comes to its title.
The story here is fairly easy to describe: After being tipped off about a possible bomb threat, the entire Reagan family and the NYPD had to come together to try to figure out the best way to ensure the safety of the city. They had to find the bomber using limited evidence, and then figure out just where this person intended to place the bomb.
While the story unfolded in typical “Blue Bloods” fashion, the show also touched on a few issues that make it stand out. Take, for example, questions about whether or not Danny was profiling attackers based on their Muslim religion, or if Frank was going at this too aggressively based on the comments of just one person who did not even speak English. However, Frank’s gut is apparently the size of New York State, and he trusted it when seeing just how panicked the man with knowledge of the threat was.
Come the 50-minute mark, we were starting to think that this episode would unfold in almost the same way that we have seen for many seasons; we did not expect the incredibly violent showdown in the end between Danny and an attacker. He has to kill him, and while we know that he has been overly forceful at times in the past, he was really in a situation this time where he had no other choice.
The episode ended with Frank trying to downplay the crisis to the press, and then a classic Reagan family dinner. While there may be some that wished for a little bit more of a serialized story over an episode that clearly stands on its own, this was about as intense as an episode of “Blue Bloods” can get. A solid way to start the season. Grade: B+.
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