Did Quantico S1 Stop in the Middle?
TV series Quantico went on air on Sunday 27th September 2015 which is based on drama and thriller. The story revolves around Alex Parrish played by Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and her fellow recruits in FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The plot tells about the various difficulty levels of training in FBI Academy and how these exceptionally talented group of young agents go and try to out perform each other. The plot also tells that after completion of the training from the academy one of the fellow recruits of Alex is going to be involved in the biggest terrorist attack in US history since the 9/11 on New York City. The plot then goes around to tell how Alex tries to find her way out of the miseries and who is the mole among her fellow recruiters. The series starts with a bang and explaining many instances from the lives of Alex and her fellows through flashbacks.
The series began with a promising start introducing various recruits and their purpose to join the FBI Academy, it really bounces back and forth in times telling the story of current events where Alex is trying to escape and the past events of the training of the recruits. However, after all things said and done its not the kind of shoe that should go for the full season of 22 episodes, it should have been a mini-series. There is not much class in the show itself apart from the good-looking cast and their tight suits, there is not much in the shoe to allow the audience to stick to their screen and stay at the edge of their seats.
Despite all that Quantico did well in the beginning to attract the audience and that is definitely due to the super hot FBI recruits training in adult summer camp. However, when ABC network was in some trouble with the scheduling of its programs after ordering additional 6 episodes and the total went to 19 episodes. The main issue was that another soap Blood & Oil was also running but not with good ratings (0.8) and the network was nearing the cancellation of the show for the time being. On the other hand, Quantico was going good enough in ratings (1.6) especially anything that has nothing to do with football and most importantly the series have been the most productive asset of the season for ABC. This caused some issues and the viewers had to wait for episode 9 Guilty that was scheduled for 22nd November 2015 which was aired on 29th of November 2015.
Quantico was very close to another show on the same channel How to Get Away With Murder, in fact it was very close to many things. Some say that the story line is taken Homeland while others say that its a lot closer to Grey’s Anatomy with an FBI and terrorist twist. While there is another news about a lawsuit on the producers of the series that this has been taken out from a documentary film from 1999 that aired on CNN named Quantico – The Making of an FBI Agent. So, being the mixture of so many things the issue with this series is that it lacks originality.
In 2014 ABC announced that they have bought the concept for the series from Joshua Safran from Mark Gordon Company in which they described it Grey’s Anatomy meets Homeland and on 23rd January 2015 the pilot was ordered for the 2015-16 season and after that the next 12 episodes were bought. Then on 13th October 2015 and additional 6 episodes were brought in and the season of 22 was completely purchased in November. The filming the TV series was all done in Quebec and Montreal while the pilot was filmed in Atlanta. The series got over all positive reviews primarily out of the entertainment perspective and the gorgeous recruits which was very much opposite to the reality. As far as the critics reviews are concerned, they have given very mixed to positive reviews but mostly relating to the acting of the primary characters.