Season 2 of Quantico introduced a new Alex Parish with a new haircut and new wardrobe.
What wasn’t new? The premise – multiple bombs have gone off in New York City again and we’re going to get to the bottom of it in dual timelines.
Just like in season 1, the show jumps between a new training facility and a nationwide catastrophe, which of course Alex is caught in the middle of. Now you might like the fact that Quantico found a way to keep the dynamic of season 1 going or you could be tired of trying to keep up with two timelines bouncing back and forth while meeting a whole new class of “NATS” who are hiding secrets galore. I’m riding in the middle but have to admit, this episode was kind of confusing.
We last saw Alex sitting in a car with Matthew Keyes, the director of the CIA. He was trying to recruit her and she wasn’t sure if she should pick the job or her BF. She got both… kind of.
Alex has been working a desk job at the CIA so not exactly exciting after all she’s been through. But her relationship with Ryan hasn’t suffered. They are finally in a good place and he even planned on proposing. Of course, it never gets to that because Alex is called into a work emergency, which is actually her being recruited to boot camp at “The Farm,” basically an tougher version of Quantico for the CIA. And she isn’t there alone – another NAT also pulls up… Ryan! Both find out they’ve been working undercover for the FBI and it is NOT pretty. Lying in relationships never is but you know, what can you expect from agents?
A screaming match ensues with both Miranda and Keyes moderating. They expected this when they set it up but they had no choice. They need both of their best agents to infiltrate the CIA to find a group of rogue agents who have an agenda similar to Liam but with more man power. And just think how bad things would have gotten if Liam weren’t working alone to take down the “crooked” FBI. Also, why does everyone hate the FBI?
Alex and Ryan keep their relationship under wraps, promising to only be truthful in their secret room where Ryan gives her the engagement ring. That’s not an easy feat considering they are literally working with people who are trained to spy human deceit. Thanks a lot Miranda. Other potential agents in the group include photojournalist Leon, novelist Jeremy, Brit named Harry and an eager to fight her fear of taking risks Lydia, who Alex becomes friends with.
During their training, they are asked to pass a series of tests. Ryan passes the “lying” portion with flying colors, much to Alex’s surprise. Alex however fails the test that requires them jumping out of a plane because she tries to save Lydia and compromises the mission. Apparently, the CIA doesn’t like heroes. Oh and Lydia, she’s not a trainee, she’s actually an undercover agent and daughter of leader Owen Hall, who we only know is actually her dad.
Meanwhile in the present, Alex attends the G20 summit in New York as a “civilian” which could possibly mean that she isn’t working for the FBI/ CIA anymore. Or she’s undercover. Who really knows. She and Ryan are both there for a gathering of world leaders who are meeting to put an end to global surveillance.
She meets up with Ryan for little .2 seconds and we find out things between them aren’t as peachy anymore – they never got engaged and he’s asking for the ring back. Alex asks about “her” but he tells her not to bring it up. Who is her? Hanna? Shelby? And why are they not together? We also find out that Booth is working as part of the President’s briefing team, which is more bad than good considering what is about to happen.
Despite being “off duty” Alex is sensing that something is not right when she leaves the building. Her gut instinct is prove right when she sees a “dead man” walking and calls Shelby, who she apparently isn’t friends with again (which is why I think Shelby and Ryan are together) to run facial recognition. “How do you know he’s dead,” Shelby asks. “Cause I killed him,” Alex explains.
Before Alex can piece together anything, several bombs go off in the area of the meeting. Booth, Nimah, who is there as a translator, and all the leaders are gassed and attacked by masked men speaking in Swahili who call themselves the “Citizens’ Liberation Front.” They want pardon for global perpetrators of security crimes and if they don’t get what they want they threaten to unleash a biological agent.
Alex jumps into action finding their stash of masks and voice changers. She gets caught and a fight between her and one of the assailants ensues. When she unmasks him, she finds out it was Jeremy, the dude that trained with her on the farm. He warns her that she can’t stop what’s coming before he jumps out the window.
The assailants are able to negotiate with a pardon for one of their men because of course, the President doesn’t stand by the “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” rule. While there seems to only be a handful of these assailants, they do warn that there are more then meets the eye. At that point, Booth begins to notice tons of his trainees from the farm, including Lydia. Does this mean EVERYONE on the Farm was going rogue except for them?
The final moments are where Quantico really cranks up the drama. The writers were going for a season that shows the realness of terrorism. Terrorists don’t take pity and even though they got what they wanted, they still BEHEADED the First Lady in the final seconds. That sets a precedent for the series as a whole and we can expect the show to take some dark turns that we’re normally not used to seeing on primetime. If you want to tell a story about real terrorism, you have to be willing to go there right?
Wonder how Alex will help get Booth and friends out of this one? Will she be blamed for being at the wrong place at the wrong time again?
What did you think of the season premiere of Quantico?
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.
Quantico – Fear and Flesh (3×02)
It took me awhile to get used to the new flow of Quantico, but I have to say, the procedural case-of-the-week format is really working for them.
It’s the same team, doing the same kick-ass work just without the drawn out, overly complicated storylines that came with the first two seasons. I can get behind that!
And the best part is that we get to see Alex Parrish in a variety of different situations.
This week, she took on a motherly role to Gracie, who vaguely reminded her of Isabella, the “stepdaughter” she left back in Italy. While we won’t be seeing her or her father, Andrea, in Alex’s life anytime soon, I’m glad the writers didn’t just overlook all the years she spent living a normal life with a family. The “peaceful” years, as Alex calls them.
Though Harry swiftly grounded her when he made it clear that FBI agents don’t get “peaceful” family lifestyles.
Have I mentioned just how much I missed Alex and Harry working together? It was so disappointing when he was written off back in season 2, so I’m glad the writers found a way to weave him back in.
Alex and co. tackle on a bioterrorism situation after a restaurant of low-income, African American diners is poisoned with man-made tuberculosis.
Everyone from the restaurant is accounted for except for a woman named Millie Richards who is later found dead at a train station after being exposed to the virus. They immediately pull her granddaughter Gracie off the train before she can spread the airborne disease and quarantine her.
Deep, the newest recruited cadet from Quantico, theorizes that Gracie is probably immune to TB and that the antibodies in her blood could be the cure which makes her quite the target.
Their van is attacked, Alex is forced to remove Gracie from quarantine and then in the hubbub, Deep loses the young girl.
As they hide out in a nearby cabin waiting for help to arrive, Alex, Deep and Harry start getting infected with the TB.
Meanwhile, Ryan goes undercover to the white supremacist organization with another agent, McQuigg, who has been infiltrating the group for the last two-years.
Since this works the same way as a gang, he has to prove himself in an initiation which requires him to beat up an unsuspecting victim, in his case, Owen, till he’s barely conscious.
I’m not quite sure why Shelby apologized to Owen for Ryan’s actions when he obviously didn’t want to hurt his friend but didn’t have much of a choice; he needed to sell it.
Celine, the other newest recruit from Quantico, makes the connection between Grosch, the leader of the modern-day KKK, and Warren Renway, the CEO of Renway Biotechnology.
It’s the perfect recipe — his company produces the pathogen, his goons spread it to low-income neighborhoods to kill off the “leeches.”
Renway tries to wash his hands clean of any involvement so Celine, Shelby and Jocelyn go undercover to some fundraiser where Celine pulls the textbook trick of spilling water to get his office key.
Inside they find the same insignia that the white-power group has in their hideout and eventually, that Ryan finds in the pamphlets that reveal which major cities they’ll be targeting next.
As Owen, Ryan and McQuigg narrow down the next hit, Alex, Harry and Deep look to save Gracie who was injured when Renway’s goons tracked down Deep’s government issued phone to the cabin.
Since she’s losing a lot of blood, Alex orders Deep to take preventative measures at a veterinarian. He’s nervous, obviously, but Alex believes in him; she did recruit him for a reason after all.
The next thing we know, everyone is at the hospital where Alex and the others are being treated for TB with the cure they got from Gracie’s blood. I’m really not sure why they didn’t use the cure that Renway and his team of racists obviously had in their possession but whatever, they had to make Gracie’s bravery worth something.
Ryan is by her side and he tries to kiss her while she’s sleeping which is weird and also, terribly messed up considering he’s married to Shelby.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Alex and Ryan, but I’m not here for this wishy-washy best-friend love triangle. He married Shelby and he has to respect that decision. Alex doesn’t want to get in the middle of this, Shelby doesn’t deserve it and Ryan needs to stop being a tool. You’re better than that, bro.
And to do that right as Shelby was standing outside anxiously waiting to see her husband her bestie?
McQuigg and Alex had a spark the moment they shook hands and the look of jealousy on Ryan’s face was priceless. Honestly dude, what did you expect for marrying your ex’s best friend?
My only concern with this new format is the rapid pace that sometimes rushes the storytelling. Back then, everything was told more precisely because it mattered in the long run while now, it’s easier to gloss over certain moments as they’re just necessary stepping stones.
Thoughts on this week’s episode? Will Shelby find out about Ryan’s attempt at kissing Alex? Will Alex and McQuigg hook up?Will we ever see Gracie again? I could see there being a spinoff about her time at Quantico as she was inspired by this Revlon looking, butt-kicking agent who saved her life.
Is the series easier to follow along?
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