We all(Indians) were excited when ABC announced that Priyanka Chopra is casting in their upcoming series Quantico. This made us really proud because for us it was a big thing. Our girl being part of International media is itself sounds like an achievement.
Well, Quantico first season was released in 2015. I watched it when it came to Netflix. Maybe I was expecting more from the series or I have seen too many TV shows. I don’t know! Anyway, I didn’t like it at all!
Unlike Bollywood movies, Priyanka’s charm didn’t work in this series. After watching her Bollywood movies Fashion, 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaminey, Dostana, we had much more expectation from her in Quantico. But the series has miserably failed to bring the best out of Priyanka!
If we keep Priyanka aside and look around at other factors, Quantico fails again!
Let me brief the summary of Quantico;
Alex Parish is a newly joined FBI trainee who joins her training squad along with other trainees. The FBI Academy has a series of training activities to prepare these future FBI agents. Every person in that Bureau has its own story which gives the base to the next scenes.
After the training, Alex & others are graduated from the FBI Academy and allocated to different locations for work. Terrorist attack Grand Central Terminal, NewYork and Alex was one of the suspects of this bombing. While she tries to prove her innocence with the help of other agents, the story unfolds making everyone looking suspicious.
While we keep guessing who might be the real person behind the attack, Alex succeeds in gathering the evidence. She will use her training effectively and proves as one of the best FBI agents.
The story presented on the screen is in two phases, Past & Present. Present days are Alex’s being suspect of bombing and its associated activities and Past days are the FBI academy training days.
The story looks cool and interesting, right?
But the easy-to-predict story makes you feel bored by the end of Season One. While mixing Past and Present scenes they have failed miserably. It simply jumps from one scene to another scene making viewers confused about the plot.
The name of the show says Quantico but it highlights only Alex Parish! I know Priyanka is the face of this show but there is an imbalance in utilizing and bringing the best out from the entire cast. There should have been more weight to Ryan Booth, and Shelby Wyatt’s characters because as we see in the show, their potential has been decrypted.
Another thing is, the FBI takes so much time to resolve one single case. What is that? Hindi serial? They spent 22 episodes to find ONE terrorist and finding one terrorist was the motto of the entire season!
They shouldn’t have bought relationship conflicts in this series. The story is made on Bureau training, Investigation and other FBI activities. It should look like a serious drama with the thrill of FBI vibes. Instead, they made it look like teenager drama with love triangles.
In Quantico FBI and CIA are treated as a joke! Instead of making me respectful about these academies It brings doubts about their work style and intellect.
I can come up with many reasons why you shouldn’t watch Quantico! Until Season three I just didn’t LIKE the show. But after season three I started HATING it.
If you are aware there was a controversial scene in the Season 3 episode related to India and Pakistan. There is a scene where Alex (Priyanka) discovers a Rudraksha implementing Indian terrorists trying to frame Pakistan in an attack.
That was not necessary!
First thing, India Pakistan situation is a sensitive matter. You cannot just use it in your fiction to make the plot interesting!! Our soldiers are fighting to keep the peace, to avoid hatred so it’s not sensible to use it just like that in the story.
The second thing is about Rudraksha. Why Hindus again? We have seen many Bollywood movies that showcase Hindu temples, Hindu saints, Hindu festivals in a bad manner. People have already boycotting Bollywood, if Hollywood also steps on the wrong foot then definitely there will be consequences.
Of course, Priyanka knew about the scene. The director must have explained the story well before the shooting. Still, she choosesd to be silent hence be a part of hypocrutic team who always portrays india and indians in a bad way.
That is why I started hating the show Quantico. I don’t recommend it in any of the TV shows not just because of this controversy but also for its not-so-good-show factors.