Alex and company have finally figured out who the 8 most powerful players in the game are. But is that enough to take them down, seeing as their always 2 steps behind?
We kick things off with Alex keeping her promise to Owen, to help him get out of his head. Funny how the tides have turned and the teacher became the student. Alex is enjoying whipping his body and mind back into shape a little too much and he’s not used to seeing her call all the shots. I would definitely like to have her as my trainer at the gym, I’d have a summer body in no time.
But onto more pressing business – everyone is called back to The Farm after a cache has been accessed five times in five of the most divided cities in the US.The task at hand involves them figuring out which city to collaborators will use to stage the riot thus further proving that under President Haas’s rule, the country is more divided. Finally, a storyline we in the “real world” can relate to. It’s been fun to see Alex take on terrorism, but we have to be honest with ourselves, none of what happened in the first two seasons was believable. This however, riots and attacks being staged by our own government to make people believe there’s an issue where there was none previously, hits close to home.
When they get no where using rational thinking, Alex asks everyone to turn off their computers and stop researching. To beat the “collaborators,” they have to think like a terrorist. The answers aren’t going to be logical but they will be the ones that provide the best story and the one that leads back to Claire Haas. And that story is in Cleveland, where a husband shot an intruder who was raping and killing his wife with an illegal gun. It’s the narrative that sells, that’s something always worth remembering.
As Alex, Shelby and Raina gear up to make a pit stop in Cleveland, Clay continues to be skeptical and makes the decision to visit his mother to convince her to disband the team. That’s where he runs into a sombrero-wearing, drug-filled-pinata-smuggling, haven’t-seen-him-in-a-minute Caleb, who stopped by on his way from Tulum after receiving Shelby’s cry for help. The brothers aren’t pleased to see each and that is even more true when Claire suggests putting Clay in charge was a mistake since he’s so skeptical. Caleb offers to help out since the team is made up of all his Quantico friends and surprisingly, Claire doesn’t object. You’d think that after all the drama that happened with him, she’d be weary of her son dropping the ball but it’s a family business at the end of the day.
The ladies strut their stuff into Cleveland like the badasses they think they are only to come to a major roadblock – Miranda Shaw. Miranda is running things and orders them to be on their best behavior, since this is her attempt at making up for what she did at the G20 Summit. How the FBI still kept her on is beyond me.
Instead of listening to Miranda, they run their own investigation into every single juror, hoping to find the one that was being bribed to sway the vote into a “guilty” verdict. Much to Alex’s surprise, it isn’t the jurors being bribed by the AIC but the judge, who admits they threatened him. Before they can stop the plan in motion, the jurors voted guilty, much to the AIC’s delight.
While it took the ladies a bit to figure out what was really happening, Clay really took Alex’s one-step ahead of the terrorists pep talk to heart. He calls Felix (dude who betrayed him last week) and sets up a meeting with Rourke. It’s unclear if Clay is actually considering working for his camp but when he explains that he can’t support his mother because she wasn’t elected, it confirms his bid for Presidency. That’s when Clay puts his plan in motion, flying Haas out to Cleveland to be there in the middle of the verdict announcement and one-upping Rourke’s “shining” moment. He even used some of what Rourke said in their meeting in the speech Haas gave, proving that she’s worthy of leading the people and playing the dirty game just as much as the next guy.
Turns out, Rourke isn’t all rainbows, sunshines and “more than two party America.” After being set up by Clay, he gives Felix an ultimatum – either he finds out what Clay and his “friends” are up to or he’ll get him deported. Now would be a good time to phone a friend Felix… get on the right side of history and all.
And while all of this is going on, Owen gets to prove that his instincts aren’t actually THAT off. Sebastian thought he could get away with breaking into the Farm and spying on them but he was quickly attacked by Owen. Boothe came in just in time for the questioning and just like him, we had a lot of questions, the first being where the hell is Harry.
You’ll be happy to know Sebastian seems to be a good guy and working solo to take down the AIC. To prove he’s trustworthy, he throws Owen and Boothe the names of a few additional conspirators, which essentially fills out their bracket. He let Harry go too, advising him to get as far away from all of this as possible. He could have ended up like Raina and Nimah.
Speaking of, it only took about a day and a half for the team to find out that the two had switched places. However, it was Miranda who immediately made the realization proving that while they may be inquisitive agents, they’ll never be as good as her.
As for Ryan, he made his appearance right as Owen kicked Sebastian’s ass. About time, you could hear me say but in his defense, he was playing a cat and mouse game with Sasha, the Russian girl you weren’t sure if he was really having feelings for or just into because he wanted to know what she was up to. In the end, she promises to be “on his side” and vows to come back after chasing down a “lead,” which ultimately gets her killed. I’d say the whole thing was pretty predictable – she figured out the whole AIC tree and called one of the dudes asking too many questions revealing her cover. It was only a matter of time.
And as sad Ryan is, there’s more at stake here. If these powerful people who basically run the world were onto her, what makes them think they haven’t figured out what’s happening at The Farm. Look how easy it was for Sasha. Plus, they probably have a tail on Ryan since he’s been around her place so much.
Despite that, the team takes comfort in knowing they won. And a small victory erases all their prior setbacks proving that the work they do is vital and important. With the right tools, they might be able to take these guys down.
For a bunch of FBI agents, it’s shocking how many of them go the “sex appeal” route to get what they want. Just as predicted, Shelby stopped by Clay’s place to tell him she’s proud of him. A poor excuse to see if she has any shot with him which would be alright except for the fact that he’s engaged and she slept with both his father and his younger brother. Much to her surprise, Caleb is at the house spending quality time with his bro and eagerly escorts her out of the house with a threatening message that basically translates to “if you don’t stop flirting with my brother, I’ll make your life a living hell.” Caleb for the win AGAIN this week. I’ve really, really missed him and his blatant sarcasm.
That sex appeal is also happening at the Golden Leaf with Alex and Owen, who yes, spend way too much time together. I guess he’s a good distraction for her so she doesn’t have to put forth energy into Ryan’s new fling (soon to be burned fling). She admits that he’s the only guy she ever trusted, which basically is an invitation to her bed right? You could cut the sexual tension with a knife here! Alex, get your head in the game – teachers have always been bad news on this show!
You think they’ll be able to take down the AIC or will the AIC get the best of them?
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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