Public Service Announcement 10 of 2016: Quantico

ABC’s kind-of hit – which is, Empire apart, the only sort of hits networks have these days – Quantico starts in the UK tonight. The premise is that a new FBI recruit, Alex Parrish (the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra), is suspected of being responsible for a terrorist attack on New York City, and while she fights to clear her name there will be flashbacks to Alex and her group of trainees at the FBI’s academy in Quantico, Virginia. And, let’s face it, those of us who have watched American procedural dramas will already have heard enough about Quantico to be able to get through basic training ourselves. Reasonably well-received, with enough of a following to get a 22-episode order and, as of last week, renewed for a second season, Quantico sounds as if it might be worth a look. I’m not planning to review it, but I am planning to watch it (tonight, 9pm, Alibi).

And Amazon Prime releases season 2 of Bosch tomorrow – I love the Michael Connolly books on which the show is based, but have never seen it, and probably never will. Peak TV, eh? Which reminds me: Blindspot, Big Bang, and Modern Family are all returning soon for their post-hiatus runs, and Jane the Virgin will be starting season 2 before the end of the month. More about those shows and others in due course.

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5 thoughts on “Public Service Announcement 10 of 2016: Quantico

  1. e March 10, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Bosch? How did I not know about S2 of Bosch? I loved S1!

  2. CPS March 10, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Quantico is not a hit when the key demo rating is a 1.1 and less than 4 million viewers in the first season. The key demo increases based on 7 day delayed viewing to a 2.0 but that does not help with getting advertising revenue. It will likely get worst ratings in season 2 since 95% of shows go lower not higher.

    The reviews have not been good. The story line is beyond ridiculous and the acting is bad.

    ABC only renewed Quantico because the network is having a bad season. So most shows are getting renewed while they develop new shows to take over mid-season next year.

  3. Jed Bartlet March 10, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    70 on Metacritic. I’d say that meets my description of “reasonably well-received”, but of course YMMV.

  4. Snoskred March 11, 2016 / 2:15 am

    I highly recommend Bosch, loved it. 🙂 Titus Welliver is great. And I love the opening credits! I would suggest that rather than Quantico. 🙂

    • e March 11, 2016 / 2:39 am

      I love how they slowly play out the story over the entire season, instead of doing a standard procedural story of the week. The entire show feels like a low, slow, jazz piece, playing the blues. There was a such a richness to the storyline, with a more complex protagonist than we’re usually allowed to experience. Yes, a lot of it felt familiar — the confrontation at the end, the stock-issue daughter, the complicated backstory — but a lot more of it seemed really fresh, including the civil lawsuit.

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