Dita leads the charge through various homes, bombed out buildings, and underground tunnels, helping to track bad guys and point out dangerous traps facing the team.

Dita, in short, is a very good dog, but she comes to represent the mediocre ambition of “SEAL Team.” The show is easy to love, especially with the charming Boreanaz leading the way, but it’s not trying to do or say much of anything.

As the team executes Captain Hayes’ risky plan, Dita loyally walks with them every step of the way.

It’s a super cute look – one we’re glad to have memorialized forever – but it doesn’t feel like the “SEAL Team” writers are taking a tonal break for some fun; they’re just explaining how the dog can end up on the ground with this group, even after jumping out of a plane.

“SEAL Team” will introduce a goofy debate over cinematic discrimination, which feels like it’s expanding its topical comfort zone – “‘Mad Max’ is wall-to-wall white guys, so that’s definitely racist,” Ray quips – right before getting back to basic military jargon.

It’s a move sophisticated enough to make you think t could be more going on than meets the eye, but “SEAL Team” always finds its way back to even.

David Boreanaz