Who has been the big traitor in season 2? Well we finally found out and it wasn’t as shocking as it should have been.
But that’s not to say it wasn’t confusing… and convoluted, just like the past few weeks.
The episode continued to be a tangled mess that the writers tried to untangle piece by piece, only to create a new knot. In other words, answers raised more questions and viewers raised more eyebrows. If season 3 keeps this type of messy storytelling up, the show will go CAPUT – that’s some advice, free of charge.
Let’s start back at the Farm. Owen tells Alex he wants to hand their entire “unauthorized” investigation to the authorities, which obviously isn’t a good move considering one of his ex students just died. We find out the man in the warehouse explosion was Jeremy Miller. I don’t blame you if you don’t remember him because he left after a few episodes. Heck, even the recruits don’t really remember him. (But he’s definitely made it to the present because if you remember the first episode of this season, he’s the “dead man” Alex sees right before the CLF takes everyone at the summit hostage).
The FBI agents interrogate Owen and basically tell him they know that his tapes were hacking the NSA and funneling info to Jeremy’s warehouse. Thinking that Lydia is behind it all, he takes the fall for Lydia because as Ryan pointed out, she’s actually just running a black ops sanctioned by the President. Or is she?
FBI Director Keyes pops in to teach the class about mortality, asking them all to prepare a will before they can be assigned officially. The recruits all decide to do it at the bar with a lot of alcohol because really, that’s the only way to ever write a will.
Things turn pretty ugly however when Harry and Sebastian chat and he reveals that he emailed Keyes to get him kicked out for trying to destroy Sir Lawrence Bishop. That’s when Harry cracks and tells everyone the truth – he’s undercover for M16. Seriously, what is the point of this training anymore? It seems like none of it was ever real and everyone’s working on their own agenda!
Short version – Owen is arrested, Lydia kicks out Alex and tells her she “never belonged,” Miranda calls of the AIC investigation since it’s not what they thought it was, Alex is still convinced something shady is happening cause her gut is probably pulling an Olivia Pope, Ryan stays behind on Lydia’s orders and we’ll assume, this led to the break up.
Back in the present, the recruits debate returning into the hostage zone to save Dayana and Will even though those are Lydia’s orders and she stresses the importance of getting those drives. At this point, we don’t know who to trust although I never trusted Lydia to begin with and I guess for good reason. But more on that in a second.
At the FBI headquarters, Shelby is questioning Miranda and Raina, who turned themselves in. Miranda finally comes clean about the AIC, adding that she’s NOTHING like Liam. Mhhhm girl, mhhm!
Here’s how it goes – Jeremy apparently contacted Miranda a month after that faked warehouse death and confirmed that she was right in looking for a dangerous, rogue group. How does he know? He was recruited by them after being kicked out of the Farm. He didn’t join them, instead reporting it to former instructors – the same ones we saw donning the black gear and killing off people like it was no big deal. These guys are known as the Citizens Liberation Front and they weren’t actually supposed to kill anyone, just stage a hostage situation to lure out the AIC. That’s why they killed the First Lady – because she was apparently part of the enemy group and so were a ton of her followers.
When Miranda agreed to help, she thought she was doing the right thing – she didn’t know it was about to get bloody and deadly.
Following along? Because I’m barely holding on.
So back to Alex who has finally found Dayana and Will and they tell her that they’re holding the hostages for Lydia, their boss. That’s when Lydia SHOOTS Alex in the back (fitting) and I freak out thinking she died. Thank god for that bulletproof vest.
Lydia begins uploading the drives, exclaiming that no one can stop them now. I’m surprised she didn’t give out a maniacal laugh to go along with it, you know?
In the end, Lydia won and we’re to assume she was always working for the AIC and the CFL tried to play it nice and then got violent because no one gets anywhere with playing nice. Correct me if I’m wrong, my brain just doesn’t get what’s happening.
Shelby covers for Miranda and Raina and everyone believes the Islamic Front was responsible because they’re always claiming responsibility for crap right?
Flash-forward now. Before we get the cliffhanger, we have to address Ryan and Alex’s relationship. They started off hot and heavy, they got engaged, they easily betrayed each other, they hated each other, they saved each other and now… now they’re still broken up but loving. They leave a door open to rekindle their relationship in the future but with this line of work, nothing is ever certain. Then, they say goodbye forever.
Or for a few minutes actually because they meet at the White House. President Haas has summoned them along with Shelby, Raina and Dayana. Along with Director Keyes, they inform them that they have been recruited to a new force that will be watching the AIC at all times. Seems simple enough for now right?
The hard drives housed the nation’s trade secrets and when Lydia uploaded them, they became available to the entire world… with just a click of a button. So yeah, definitely improtant and who better than these handpicked candidates, who are very familiar with the case, to tackle it all on. Plus it’s a way to keep the core-group (minus Harry…. bring back Harry!) together.
And the cherry on top of it all – they’ll be reporting to Caleb Haas. Ahh, I missed him. I wonder if Shelby’s relationship will rekindle or is she still into Leon. We never did get more about that.
Thoughts on the finale of Quantico? Did it shock you? Did it make any sense to you? Do you think the show has potential but needs a reboot to stick around for more?
13 Best Government Conspiracy Shows to Watch During Your Self-Quarantine
Feeling a little restless and bored at home during your self-quarantine? It’s understandable. You didn’t expect to be living and working from home a month or so.
While you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, if you don’t have something to keep you occupied, your mind begins to wander just a little bit.
That’s honestly the only explanation I can think of for all the conspiracy theories I’ve been reading. While there’s absolutely no basis to them, it made me think that maybe there’s something there entertainment wise– people are craving a specific genre of television to help them through this tough time.
So, I’ve put together a list of shows surrounding government conspiracies that you might enjoy while you are cooped up inside.
Manifest (two seasons – currently airing)
Manifest is a mystery inside of a riddle that focuses on the return of Flight 828 five years after its initial disappearance. The plane’s re-emergence shocks everyone because they assumed their loved ones were dead. As the passengers begin looking for the truth, they stumble upon a government conspiracy that’s dangerous and frightening.
Emergence (one season so far)
Manifest made way for Emergence, a drama about a small-town cop who takes in a young girl at the site of a mysterious plane crash. The young girl begins exhibiting certain supernatural powers, and as high-ranking officials develop an interest in the girl, Jo realizes she’s entangled in a mystery larger than she ever imagined.
Stranger Things (preparing for season 4)
When Will Byers goes missing, three best friends in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana begin their search for him along with his mother and police chief Hopper. The investigation leads them to unraveling a series of supernatural mysteries that lead to secret government experiments with an alternate universe.
God Friended Me (two seasons – currently airing)
Not all government conspiracy’s have to be dark and dangerous, sometimes, they’re feel-good shows! Miles is friended by the “God Account,” a mysterious account on Facebook that allows him to help people in need. Miles and his friends try to figure out who is behind the all-knowing account, and the possibility of a government entity is high up on that list.
The Bodyguard (one season)
The British police thriller follows Police Sergeant David Budd, who is a war veteran suffering from PTSD. He currently works for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service and is assigned as security for Homeland Secretary, Julia Montague, who is rather controversial in the political landscape. It keeps you guessing until the very end over who did what and who knew what.
The Passage (one season)
The series, based on a trilogy of the same name, focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists test dangerous viruses that could potentially be a cure-all. However, there’s a chance they could potentially wipe out the whole human race if they get into the wrong hands (this might be a little too on the nose). A federal agent grows to love a young girl who becomes a test subject and attempts to protect her at all costs… even human destruction.
Alex Parrish is the one of the top recruits at Quantico, a training facility for only the best and brightest, but she’s being set up of masterminding the deadliest attack on U.S soil since 9/11 — a bombing at Grand Central. Can she solve the conspiracy and clear her name before its too late?
What’s better than a show that combines time traveling to relevant, pivotal, and iconic moments in history with a government conspiracy? Timeless is an adventure series that places you in the middle fo all the actions as Lucy, a historian, Wyatt, a soldier, and Rufus, a scientist, get recruited to thwart a nefarious government institution that wants to change the world as we know it.
Prison Break (5 seasons)
Michael Scofield’s brother, Lincoln Burrows, is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and put on Death row. Michael holds up a bank to get arrested and begins his elaborate plan of breaking them both out, which eventually leads into the reason he was framed and yeah, you guessed it, it’s an intricate political conspiracy that’s really messy.
24 (9 seasons)
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, thwarts assassination attempts, torture, traitors, and nuclear attacks, while hoping to save his nation from ultimate disaster.
Designated Survivor (3 seasons)
In a similar vein and also starring Kiefer Sutherland, low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman ascends to the role of President of the United States after a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union blows up the Capitol and kills the President and most of the top-reigning officials. Soon, it’s revealed that Kirkman wasn’t the designated survivor on accident as a government conspiracy unfolds.
The Event (one season)
Extant (2 seasons)
After a year in space, Molly Watts (our girl Halle Berry) returns to Earth and reconnects with her husband, a gifted scientist, and her son, Ethan, who has skills and powers that make him incredibly special. However, she begins to realize something isn’t just right and the conspiracy that unfolds threatens her career and family. The thrilling drama hails from Steven Spielberg, so even if it’s slightly overcomplicated, you know it’s bound to be an adventure.
There’s likely plenty of other shows… which ones would you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments or on Twitter @CraveYouTV!
Quantico – Ghosts (3×12)
Quantico’s penultimate episode took us on an intense trip overseas all the way to Ireland.
As most things on this show, getting there safely wasn’t an easy feat, especially when the snake Connor Devlin escaped from custody.
Their exchange in the very beginning of the episode couldn’t have been more accurate — Alex has dealt with many monsters but none have ever come close to Devlin’s level of dangerousness.
Extradition was all part of his greater plan because as you imagine, he has almost everyone on his payroll back at home.
And you know who else is in his corner? Fricking Fiona. Which meant that they couldn’t remain ghosts, aka dead in a plane crash as most would have presumed, for too long.
We didn’t find out about her real motives until a little later in the episode, but I always knew there was something off about her. She was too eager to help and get Devlin to Ireland and also, getting too close to McQuigg.
Turns out, she was an MI-5 agent who felt like she owed her life to Devlin who supposedly saved her and her brother back in the day. Per usual, she was romantically involved with him and he only needed her until the job was done.
When Alex finally caught on and realized that Fiona was the mole, Devlin left her behind knowing that she would probably sacrifice herself to protect him.
Then again, this is the man who shot his brother in cold blood just to regain the kingdom for himself.
Seriously, Devlin is the BIG BAD who makes all those who came before him look like child’s play.
He’s also really conniving. Then again, you have to be if you’re going to gain control over so many folks and order them to do whatever at your beck and call.
He played his own brother, you know, before killing him, by allowing him to follow through on his auction. Eamon was so convinced that this new business was better than the simple drug shipments his father and brother dabbled in because it guaranteed big money. However, there’s something slightly more dangerous about auctioning off kidnapped women so at least Devlin realized this wasn’t something he wanted to get mixed up in.
He knew that since his brother had Maisie, Harry’s sister, the agents would pursue the lead and walk right into his plan.
When they busted the auction, they thankfully saved all the girls costing Eamon tons of money. None of that matter though because Devlin then killed him and made it look like a kill by the FBI so again, he walked away scot-free. How does he keep getting away with it all?
Harry was reunited with sis, though at one point, I really thought she was going to mess this up for everyone because of her big mouth. And then I thought she would die after being saved. Thankfully, none of that happened.
McQuigg felt understandably stupid for believing Fiona and not seeing her for who she really was. Yeah, pretty girls can definitely have that effect on you.
Alex tried to cheer him up by saying they were all fooled but you know that’s a lie — she never trusted her.
Since this is the final episode before the finale, the writers had to give into all that tension that’s been building up between her and McQugg. And boy, did they deliver!
McQuigg mosied his way into Alex’s room where she was conveniently laying in a silk nightgown. She was practically beginning for him to come over. They could have definitely done away with that because when has Alex ever done such a thing? Never.
I have to say, I was always Team Ryan and wanted her to end up with him, however, their chemistry didn’t light a match to what she and McQuigg have. I guess it’s a good thing he married Shelby.
Of course, the moment Alex gave into temptation, you know that they had to bring back Andrea and his daughter into the picture.
Remember when Devlin told Alex she hadn’t “lost” anyone yet or paid the price for killing his son? Yeah, he didn’t mean her mother, he meant Andrea and his daughter.
The man is connected so he easily got his hands on the two of them and is probably holding them as leverage in exchange for Ryan Booth.
You know, maybe she was onto something when she told McQuigg she couldn’t hook up with another co-worker. That’s one messy web to be tangled in.
Devlin’s ultimate revenge is to kill Ryan since he’s the one who took the actual shot that killed his son.
The question is, would Alex trade Ryan to spare Andrea and his little girl? Shelby definitely wouldn’t allow it, but the stakes are higher because there is a child involved.
And if Andrea is saved, what does that mean about her relationship with McQuigg? I would say that regardless of her feelings, she would need to let Andrea and the girl go because even inadvertently, she’s still a danger to them.
I doubt Andrea would even want anything to do with her if he found out that she’s the reason they are in this situation.
How do you think it will all end? Will Ryan pay for his sins? Will Alex survive? Will they kill Devlin? Will this finale be as good as the rest of the season? No matter how messy things got in season 2, the writers really redeemed themselves for this season and I have to say, I’m sad to part ways with these incredibly talented FBI agents.
Since the series finale is called “Who Are You,” maybe Alex finally has to stop and think about who she is when she’s no longer an FBI agent. I don’t believe she’d ever give up the profession — it means too much to her — but it’s no secret that it has impacted her life greatly. Who would she be without it? Who is the real Alex?
Quantico – Hell’s Gate (3×03)
Quantico seems to be getting it right with their cases in this rebooted third season.
Yes, personally, the only tension is still between Alex and Ryan and now, Shelby, but case-wise, things are linear, interesting and at times, even funny.
Charlie was a great one-time addition to the team because his motive wasn’t readily available and you couldn’t actually argue with his plans for the cartel. He was a legend; he’d been in with them longer than any undercover cop and understandably, he didn’t come out unscathed.
Culebra took everything away from him — his freedom, his career and the love of his life.
You can’t argue with a man wanting to get revenge for that.
It’s not every day you see someone use an EpiPen to take down the kingpin of a massive cartel in a courtroom while the FBI is shooting at him to stop him. The storyline definitely kept you on your toes.
While Owen’s newly minted FBI unit began searching for the mole, I thought it was pretty obvious that the mole was standing right in front of them. It wasn’t pure coincidence that when they went to pick up Charlie, the cartel was tipped off about the exact route they were taking.
Knowing how good Alex and Owen are at what they do — I can’t speak for the remainder of the team since I don’t know them all that well yet — you’d think they would have suspected it from the get-go.
If they had, we probably wouldn’t have seen Ryan donning leather pants and trying to get his gay-flirt on to “pull off the role.”
Again, for an agent that always follows through on the character that’s needed to get this done, I’m surprised that he couldn’t sell being attracted to a male. Put your ego and your pride aside for one moment and just do what needs to be done. I won’t say he deserved to be stabbed, but really, what did you expect? This guy deals with the biggest cartel in the world. Don’t you think he’s ready at all times even at a gay club where he’s trying to get his hook-up on?
Shelby didn’t even seem too concerned about Ryan’s well-being which was just further proof that there is zero chemistry between these former Quantico cadets. Truth be told, Alex cared more than his own wife.
Charlie was good at reading people so he intensified the conflict brewing beyond the surface with Shelby and Alex. I’m not sure if Shelby was just hopeful or if it really didn’t occur to her that there would be some ongoing awkwardness regarding the whole “I married your ex” ordeal.
Personally, Alex is being super cool about all of it, especially the fact that Ryan tried to kiss her. She’s wedged between two people she cares about so it’s difficult to decide who she “owes.” Should she honor Ryan’s wishes and keep quiet until he decides to tell Shelby? Should she tell Shelby the truth because she’s her best friend and deserves to know?
And does honesty trump heartbreak here? Because that’s what Shelby will be when she finds out — heartbroken.
He’ll finally be convinced to tell her when he can no longer deny or suppress his feelings. Which based on his jealousy of Alex and McQuigg’s innocent interactions is coming up really soon.
I’d imagine on some level, she already knows. She knows Alex is hiding something from her and Charlie’s winded-clock analysis simply proved that to be true.
I think she also expects it to happen because let’s face it, Ryan has never gotten over Alex; Shelby is a band-aid, second best.
And it’s truly unfair that Ryan put Alex in this position and is asking her to withhold the truth. I used to root for him but his messy love triangle this season is painting him in a really negative light. Even Harry called him out for it.
Quantico incorporating a deaf-character as a lead and allowing for dead-air so they can communicate strictly in sign-language is awesome. I’ve never seen this happen on a TV series but do think it’s important to address. It is possible to tell a story without using words!
- There was a shootout on a packed highway and not one civilian was injured. I find it hard to believe.
- What kind of courtroom has a window where you can see the witness testifying? That seems rather dangerous.
- Charlie knew Alex better than she knew herself and everything he said, right down to her hesitating and buying him some time, was accurate.
- Who had the best abs? I’m going to say Harry won this round. Deep and Celine are proving to be comedic relief. When he asked her how she explains the job to her parents, I could just picture an Indian mother inquiring about what kind of work he does.
Overall, there’s no avoiding a love-triangle on Quantico and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The series was built on this doomed relationship between Ryan and Alex and followed them coming to terms with never getting a happy ending because of their career demands. It doesn’t succeed in love stories, however, but in friendships, which I think have always been solid.
And the case-of-the-week layout is just an added bonus so that we can see just how badass Alex and co. really are.
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