Thursday, May 26, 2016

What I’m Watching: Quantico (Season Finale)

Quantico: Season 1, Episode 22 “Yes” (D)

I’ll admit that the opening scene of this episode was well-executed, showing how Liam was involved in every step of the terrorist plot that went from before everyone arrived at Quantico to the present moment. The problem is that it didn’t really get to the root of why Liam would have been the one engineering the whole thing. My biggest issue is that he actually trained the entire Quantico class, and there’s no reason he couldn’t have shifted the curriculum to mold the trainees to his vision of the FBI rather than create something he wanted to destroy. This show unsurprisingly fell vulnerable to the TV trope of villains being far less careful once the audience knows their identities, with careless decisions like having Miranda tied up in his car that was parked in the FBI garage. Also, in the end, only Nathalie, Elias, Drew, and Clayton, all fringe characters, died, which demonstrates that this show isn’t interested in truly taking risks and letting its characters be put in harm’s way. The one part of it all that is interesting is that Claire conspired with Liam to ensure that her candidacy would be positively affected from all the chaos created by his actions, though I still think there are more than a few holes in that logic. Will Alex join the CIA in season two? I do hope the writing is much better, though I’m also not sure that I’m going to be watching. This season was not very impressive at all – highly watchable but also very poorly-crafted.

Season grade: C-
Season MVP: Do I have to pick someone?

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