Thursday, December 3, 2015

What I’m Watching: Quantico

Quantico: Season 1, Episode 9 “Guilty” (C)

I do certainly enjoy watching this show, but it’s impossible not to recognize how preposterous it is. My two biggest issues with this episode came towards the end of the hour, when one inexplicable decision was made and another unbelievable twist was thrown in that essentially makes the last eight episodes a waste of time if it’s not just a red herring. After convincing even Nathalie and Liam of her innocence, Alex still decided to plead guilty so that the real bomber would somehow be overconfident enough to make a mistake and reveal his or her identity and plan to the FBI, which is crawling with so much deceit that I don’t think anyone would even notice. It’s just like when Ryan confirmed that Alex shot him – what good can a lie do if it only further convicts you? I think it’s absurd to believe that the president’s top interrogator, although well cast with Oded Fehr from “Covert Affairs” and “Sleeper Cell,” would be authorized to take a suspect, abduct and string up her bloodied colleague, and tell her that he wouldn’t listen to anything she said until she told him what he wanted to hear. I don’t know how that accomplished anything, and how Liam so quickly got ahold of their location to come in and stop the whole thing. The notion that Simon became a revolutionary after exposing Anne Heche’s profiler for the fraud that she was, an over-the-top plotline in itself, just doesn’t track with what we know about him, and as far as I’m concerned, he’s already been exonerated. I guess there’s no one left to be put under the microscope, and so this show feels the need to go back and reexamine its initial guesses with unbelievable new information.

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