A Review On Quantico S1
Quantico is the name of a television series that premiered on Sunday 27th September 2015 and is based on terrorism thriller-drama. The 1st season was based on 22 episodes in total. The story is revolves around the Alex Parrish played by a Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra. Alex is suspected of committing a terrorist attack on United States and the viewers can see her story through flashbacks of her life and her fellow FBI Academy recruits in Quantico. The story shows a group of FBI recruits with particular reason to join the academy and in the flashbacks their previous life is shown where they go through the tough training sessions in the academy in Virginia. Then in a flash forward twist the story tells that one of the recruits after graduating from the academy is suspected of being the mastermind of the biggest terror attack on NYC since 9/11.
The TV series had an average start when it began in September of 2015. The ratings were below average for a target audience aging from 18 to 49 years. The series had viewers numbering 12.15 million for its first episode titled Run however, due to lack of creativity the series kept on loosing audience as the weeks passed by and was 8.24 million in the end now, for airing time at 10pm on Sundays, the figures are way too low. Despite all that Quantico has received positive reviews from the the television critics, Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator website gives 83% approval based on 6.6/10 rating from 54 reviews. The consensus of the website says that “ Obvious copycatting aside, Quantico provides ludicrously entertaining thrills from a well-balanced cast.” Another similar website gives favorable reviews with a score of 70 from 100 based on 25 reviews. The pilot of the series went very well and raised some expectations, some of the scenes are very close to what the actual FBI training really is, but as the series continue the certain realism seems to fade away. The story just fells into excessive entertainment and looses the serious topic that it covers.
Quantico is very much like a twin sister of How to Get Away With Murder, its just getting some layers off and you will get the same drama serial. In the beginning when Alex Parrish is arrested a lot of stuff just races through very quickly and with not much to understand or get a grip of and then a terrorist act takes place and the evidence points out at Alex which means one of her classmates is responsible for that terror strike.
ABC didn’t do much to promote the television series as well apart from that teaser in which Priyanka Chopra looks seemingly naked in FBI official flag. But if you give it a deep thought, there is not much to tease about in the whole series either. Even the second teaser goes the same way explaining that Alex Parrish is a young women with great body and looks and she works devotedly but is wrongly accused.
The level of expectations from the viewers are too high now especially after the series like Homeland. The dialogues and acting of many performers in this series has been below par, well, there is no need of too many actors on the first place and this is exactly why the story seems all over the place. The flashbacks used in the series do not help in way, in fact they only leave you with more confusions. However, some of the performers did very well to keep people entertained. But if you want to see something new then this show is not the right thing to watch.
On the positive side however, the acting of Josh Hopkins, Aunjanue Ellis and Priyanka Chopra has been very good throughout the series. They seem to have kept the viewers going despite the same old story line and those pesky flashbacks. Joshua Safran has done nothing creative in this series except telling the story in short scenes. The same old twists and thrills but with some eye candy, yet the writer has put in enough to keep it inline to show the what FBI recruiters have to go through in their training and that’s the only thing which keeps the viewers interested.