If you’ve never seen Quantico on ABC, let us give you a little bit of information surrounding the show before we jump in. This show revolves around Alex Parrish, played beautifully by Priyanka Chopra, as an FBI agent who tends to have a knack for saving the day. The first season was all based in the FBI training facility Quantico with jumps forward to a real time terror attack on NYC. When the show ended it’s first season, Alex was approached by a man from the CIA to begin working for them. This man’s name is Matthew Keyes (Henry Czerny) and it left fans wondering how a show titled Quantico would fare in a CIA environment. The first season was a who-do-it caper based around the trainees at Quantico and their instructors. If you haven’t seen it, we won’t spoil the ending for you but it was well done and a great season of television.
Let’s zoom forward to Fall of 2016 when Quantico came back and now we are in another terrorist created crisis and who’s there to save the day? Alex Parrish, of course. This time, the show displays current moments and then zooms back to her training at the Farm for the CIA. Everyone from her class is a part of this again just like season 1 and it’s the viewer's job to find out who the real bad guys are. So, here comes the breakdown of the second season and we’ll start with what went right.
- The beginning of season 2 was filled with suspense and fun with most of the same faces we were used to only adding a few more. Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) is back as Alex’s potential fiance and they are at a really good place until CIA training breaks them apart. Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy) returns as an agent and for a short time Alex’s handler at the Farm which leads to some nice scenes. Overall, the gang is back together and this time one of their previous teachers is the big bad, for the beginning of the season anyway. Miranda Shaw (Aunjanue Ellis) is the FBI agent turned terrorist but luckily, her acts have good intentions.
- Another big plus for season 2 was the addition of the team’s CIA teacher Owen Hall (Blair Underwood) who tests these people in ways Quantico never could which turns the agents who are already FBI into even better field ops. And reports have confirmed that he will be back for season 3 which is a huge plus.
- The backend of season 2 was amazing as well and we believe that it was the addition of Dennis Boutsikaris as Speaker of the House Henry Roarke. Boutsikaris is an acting legend and he played the role of villain very well but also remaining somewhat sympathetic.
- The storyline in the first six episodes and the last six episodes were amazing and the show ended with a bang.
Let’s move on to the lows of season 2.
- The middle of season 2 was rough and hard to watch. We binged it on Netflix but we can’t imagine the disappointment that we would have felt week to week with those episodes. The show lost focus between the two large bookend events and it seemed a lot like the showrunners were lost on how to fill the required episodes before the next big thing.
- Clayton Haas (Hunter Parrish) was a good leader for the back half of season 2 with his insecurities and his hope to save his mother’s Presidency but the mistake came with his story with Shelby. The idea of another love story between Shelby and a Haas man was a low point for the season and it dragged on for a long time to end up with them not even becoming a couple. Shelby needs more storyline then being the desired woman for the Haas family men.
Season 3 will be back for a much shorter 13 episode season and even though that isn’t a great sign for a season 4, it may be great for the show. A shorter season allows for fewer episodes that don’t fit in with the big picture storyline and that makes for a better season. All the cable networks run their shows for 10-13 episodes and those are very successful. We are still wondering where the show goes next after the sacrificial takedown of the bad guys Alex did. She is off the grid, presumed dead. What we don’t want is a terror attack abroad in the city she chose to live in. What we want to see is the U.S. Government forgiving her because what she did was for the greater good because they need her and her team to take down another big bad. We also hope to see Alex and Owen continue their mentor relationship because that was a highlight of season two. What about you guys? What did you like or dislike about the second season and where do you hope the show goes next?