It’s been a while since I sat down and watched a show LIVE. With the Internet, Netflix, Amazon, and all the interactive TV sites it’s easy to watch at your convenience. Furthermore it’s been a very long time since I turned away from Sunday Night Football on NBC to catch a premiere of a new show (not since the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead back in Oct of 2010). I was very eager to see how this new show from creator Josh Safran (Gossip Girl, Smash) was going to play out. So with my residual chips and dips in hand (from earlier Sunday NFL activities) I turned away from Broncos vs. Lions and tuned into ABC, and I was MADE THE RIGHT DECISION! Quantico was everything I hope it would be and even a bit more.
Everyone who knows me will tell you that I am VERY Critical when it comes to storytelling and character development in television as well as film. This show takes a page out of the Shonda Rhimes Book of successful storytelling, but managed to keep its own identity. This show feels like a cross between How To Get Away With Murder, and Graceland, two shows I really enjoyed watching, however it seemed to be a little easier to follow the story than Ms. Rhimes’ hit show.
The series’ protagonist is Alex Parrish (played by the gorgeous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra), who is suspected of committing a terroristic attack. Flashbacks tell her story and the ones of her fellow recruits at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
Chopra is witty, sexy, and confident as she portrays the complex yet gifted Alex, you are introduced to her darkest secrets as well as the secrets of her classmate’s backgrounds. Josh Safran takes you on back using the infamous Now Famous “Flashback inside a flashback” technique (Thanks Ms. Rhimes), chronicling all of his diverse character’s reasons for wanting to become an FBI agent. One very interesting and touching storyline is the Character of Shelby Wyatt (played by Johanna Braddy), Shelby is a young blond determined to make it as an FBI agent. Her parents were killed as passengers of one of the ill-fated airplanes on 9/11. In an interrogation exorcise scene, it its revealed that she carries around a small piece of metal supposedly from the wreckage of her parents airliner as reminder of why she is here at Quantico. I thought that was a bold, clever and heartfelt move by Safran as we just entered the 14th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks.
Tate Ellington as Simon Asher, a virgin homosexual who seems to use his wit as his ultimate weapon, displays another good performance; he is definitely the “Colombo” of the class. Also The mysterious Muslim women Nimah Anwar (Played by Yasmine Al Masri ) Offers another “red herring” to the storyline, and it’s revealed at the end of the episode that she’s “double” the mystery (Spoiler alert). Add all that up along with Jake McLaughlin as double agent Ryan Booth, Josh Hopkins (Cougar town) as the alcoholic and troubled past Special Agent Liam O’Connor, and Aunjanue Ellis as the Mentor and class teacher Miranda Shaw, we have a recipe for a great ride. Quantico airs Sunday’s at 10pm EST on ABC. Rating: 4 of 5 Reels.
By Da Director