Quantico: America

Quantico is a hit. ABC’s throwing so-called ‘encores’ around like Christmas morning. I don’t really see the point of an encore nowadays, since everything’s everywhere, at any point, on multiple devices and streaming outlets, but okay. It’s well-deserved, because even though episode 2 doesn’t open up about the whole mystery, it’s wildly entertaining.

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Quick Switch
The only thing about the show that could be done a little better, is the switching between flashbacks and -forwards. At times, the scenes jump from the Training Days 9 Months Ago to Attack in New York Current Day, and back, and forth, within 30 seconds (maybe less, I didn’t keep count). That’s just too quickly. However you decide to edit the separate time lines together, the audience needs to adjust every time – so give them that time.

Automatically on her Side
The flashbacks are fun. They could’ve easily been a boring distraction from the thing that matters most; Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) running from the FBI, while trying to figure out who is actually responsible for setting off a bomb. If she’s not the one, that is. She’s the main character, a likeable, easily relatable character, so you’re automatically on her side, but this show holds so many secrets and is bound to surprise you whenever it can, so we shouldn’t rule her out just yet. The longer it takes before a real bad guy comes into view, the more likely it becomes that Parrish is the criminal mastermind.

Dirty Hills Suspects
However, the flashbacks serve one purpose and one purpose only. To put a lot of suspects in front of you, make them all as suspicious as possible, and leave the speculation up the viewer. It’s a combination of The Usual Suspects, the board game Cluedo and The Dirty Dozen. With a little Beverly Hills 90210 thrown into the mix. It’s because Quantico has seemingly plotted out interesting enough backstories, motivations and quirky personality traits for every single recruit, that makes the training days just as entertaining as Parrish running through New York City, discovering a hidden entrance to her own apartment.

Shadow
If you’re being chased by the FBI, rule number one is not to go to your own apartment, where the evidence is (allegedly) planted. The place is definitely going to be watched, if not crawling with special agents. But Parrish finds a way in. Finds the evidence just sitting there (so why not take a few things with her?) No one’s guarding the door, until what used to be her ‘shadow’ shows up. During the months of training, Parrish found herself in a rivalry with Natalie Vasquez (Anabelle Acosta, Ballers). A worthy competitor, who’s chasing her across rooftops – but ultimately, Parrish manages to – quite simply – handcuff Natalie to a pipe and get away.

Drama Writing Trick
Parrish’ idea is to somehow get some clues from the evidence she snatched. She’ll also get help from Booth (Jake McLaughlin), who was found shot and unconscious in her apartment, but he’s okay now. In order to lead the FBI away from her, he says he needs to act like she was the one who shot him. I’m not sure why. Couldn’t he just have said he didn’t remember? Or if he does, tell them it wasn’t Parrish? I’m afraid this is merely a drama writing trick, to let everybody have as many secrets as they can bear, but they should’ve had Booth explain his reasoning a little better. A few words would’ve been enough, because now it’s kind of just hanging there.

Head Spin
But maybe that’s exactly what they want. Who knows whether Booth is still in Josh Hopkins’ (Liam O’Connor) pocket. Maybe he has no intention of helping Parrish. Or Hopkins. Maybe Booth is behind the bombing.
Well, as you can see, Quantico has put the head spinning in serious motion. Anything’s still possible. No one can be trusted. Hopefully it’s going to stay that way for some time.

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