Set amidst flashbacks and present time, Quantico tells the story of FBI Agent Alex Parrish, wrongly accused of carrying out a terrorist act. She escapes the FBI’s custody and is on the run to find out which of her former classmates set her up. The show is divided between her time as an FBI trainee at Quantico and her time as a fugitive.
Commonly dubbed as “Grey’s Academy”, Quantico tries to mesh soap material with police business. The show is essentially divided into two segments: life at the FBI Academy (think One Tree Hill training to be agents) and the more action-packed fugitive part. While the former tends to linger on personal relationships and feelings, the latter is thrilling and actually interesting. The show has an incredible ability to be both annoying and captivating at the same time. The suspense involving which of the classmates is behind the attack is what keeps viewers in front of their TV every week.
Alex Parrish is played by Bollywood superstar and former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra. While she has been acclaimed for her roles in Bollywood, it appears as though she had a hard time getting in character. She was focused on breaking the typical South Asian stereotype by portraying a modern, non-accented (hah!), and forceful young woman. In fact, in the first episode, we see Alex Parrish having sex in the car of a stranger she met on a plane ride. That would probably be frowned upon in Bollywood. Stereotype successfully broken!
Parrish is this super smart, very skilled and overconfident trainee. Chopra’s portrayal of her in the beginning of the season involves a lot of over acting; she does not seem like she believes her lines. She tries so hard to fit in that she stands out. Thankfully, it somewhat eases out as the season progresses so much that in the midseason premiere, it’s barely noticeable (or I probably got used to it).
The supporting cast, each with their own crazy story and secrets, is solid. From the Muslim twins, the gay guy, the Mormon, the southern royalty and the jock, Quantico hints at everything. With Alex Parrish being both endearing and annoying (but mostly annoying), it would be tough to sit through a show that is strictly about her story – oh wait. Luckily enough, the rest of the cast make this one-Alex-show bearable.
The main storyline is to be thanked for my weekly viewership. The suspense is well timed such that the main plot line does not feel dragged out. It is safe to say that about half of each episode is full of action and makes the audience care about what is going to happen to the characters. On the other hand, the sappy soap opera that happens at the academy is fifty shades of boring. It very much feels like a teenage sitcom with a string of complicated relationships and identity crisis. Nevertheless, Quantico finds a way to balance it out with proper wit and smarts.
With Quantico coming back in force this past Sunday for the second half of its freshman season, it looks like the show is going in a good direction. ABC seems to think so as well since they ordered an early renewal for Season 2.
♠ Main storyline is solid enough to keep viewers.
♠ Very diverse cast offers character.
♠ Backstories of other trainees are interesting.
♠ Chopra’s over acting.
♠ Sappy soap drama.
Rating: 7.5 ¢