Overall, not a bad episode when it comes to Quantico but not a memorable either. Except for that last twist, the rest of the episode is relatively harmless. And yes, it also featured Priyanka Chopra’s boldest lovemaking scene ever.
The first episode of the last season hinted that this could be a tighter, and more interesting season. But that’s doesn’t mean that Priyanka Chopra‘s show is not following the same mistakes in the last season. Quantico still has an interesting premise, but the Hunger Games’ style training session (except without the deliberate bloody evictions, most of the times that is) and the frequent pandering to the teen audience to kind of make us a little wary of the show. But then there is Priyanka Chopra, and whenever, he s onscreen, as a Bollywood fan, it is not easy for us not to cheer for her. The second episode again shows that she is willing to go beyond her conventions to own the role, and thereby the show as well. Here’s our review of the second episode of the second season…

What’s it about

Let’s start talking about Alex’s CIA training at The Farm first. She still sucks at being the best spy of the class, but she has improved a bit compared to the last episode, that worst credit goes to her roomie, Dayana. They were given a new surveillance test, where they have to get avoid getting caught by their fellow trainees who are masquerading as the taggers. She nearly succeeds, but a little oversight makes her fail the test again. Ryan, meanwhile, is doing real good at the training though. At a couple of minutes at the starts where she spends having some naked fun and frolic with her boyfriends and fellow trainee Ryan. Then they are interrupted by the arrival of Miranda Shaw, who informs them that they are not supposed to act as couple as they are on different missions at The Farm, and they are getting different handlers. But, as you know, they such at hiding themselves as a couple.

In the future timeline, the hostages are rounded up and wired and kept in a separate section, including Ryan and Raina. They also mix a few terrorists amidst them. Raina tried to mark one of them, but they are smarter than her, so they put the same mark on the rest of them. Shelby informs Miranda that Alex could be somewhere near the perimeter, but Miranda has her own agenda.

What’s hot

Again, like the previous season the future timeline is getting interesting than the training portions, as Alex gets to be a female John McClane a la Die Hard, as she infiltrates into the building where terrorists have taken ownership of it, and save the President and her friends. The training portions aren’t bad per se, but still pale when it comes to standing out compared to the previous season. But there was one interesting scene, where Ryan, tasked of following Alex as an assignment, is told by a passerby that he sucks at the job and he is instead being followed (by Owen). It’s also good to see that Raina and Shelby getting involved in The Farm mission, as they become Alex and Ryan’s handler respectively. Lydia and Harry are still being the standout characters of the show. The ending twist with regards to Miranda, can be interesting or too shocking, depending on how you see it.

What’s not

One of the characters in the show exclaim, ‘As if this doesn’t feel enough like a reality show’. It’s good that the script writers are poking fun at themselves for using the reality show format to bind their narrative, but doesn’t spare them from being repetitive. Some of the new characters in the season will remind you of the previous ones in the first season, like Dayana is similar to Natalie, while they are writing Harry to be just like Simon (with his fake accent being the talk of the town). The needless injection of showing the trainees in their skimpy training clothes, could also be avoided nearly every episode. The dialogues still suck.

What to do

Overall, not a bad episode when it comes to Quantico but not a memorable either. Except for that last twist, the rest of the episode is relatively harmless. And yes, it also featured Priyanka Chopra’s boldest lovemaking scene ever.

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