TV Review: Quantico

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Airs: Sundays at 10/9c on ABC

Review: Pilot [Spoilers below]

I wanted to hate Quantico, I really did.  Yet, somehow, I didn’t.  I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it.  Hardly a ringing endorsement, I know.  The show is intriguing, yet the writing was sloppy at times.

It starts with our heroine lying in the rubble of the “worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.”  Yet, five minutes later, she is walking around without a scratch on her, even though she was “100 yards away.”  The writers at least lampshade this absurdity.  The key to the identity of the bomber lies in her recruiting class at Quantico (flashback nine months to meet the class – hurray for non-linear storytelling.)  It’s never explained why the FBI believes it was an inside job – just that it was.

The focus quickly turns on her – she knows this, as she sees a note about stalling, yet she does nothing about it.  Then 30 seconds after watching a live feed of the FBI raiding her apartment and finding a dead FBI agent and bomb-making equipment, she is arrested.  She cries, “Why are you arresting me?”  Wait, really?  Did you not see the video?

Instead of escaping on her own, she gets help from the deputy director of the FBI (or at least she was the DD nine months ago).  To which I say huh?  She is the boss of the arresting officer – why would she point out that she isn’t guilty, because what FBI agent would be stupid enough to leave incriminating evidence in her own apartment?

Quantico is a bit predictable, which is bad for a mystery-thriller – e.g. I have a good idea of who the bomber really is.  Quantico had a lot of twists, even if you could see them coming.  The characters are all intriguing –they all seem to be hiding something and you want to know why and what.  I will give the show a couple more episodes to clean up the writing, but they need to explain a lot.

WWYT Rating: 5.8

Nielsen Ratings: 1.9 – Up a significant amount over the dreadful Blood & Oil.  A 10pm show on a Sunday, I suspect ABC will take the 1.9 rating if Quantico manages to hold its audience – and with generally positive reviews, I expect it should hold a good number of those initial viewers.  60% Chance of renewal (unchanged from initial projection.)

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