So, what should Quantico be judged on?
Spoiler alert! It’s the ladies!
If we can be bothered, even for two seconds, to look beyond Priyanka Chopra’s accent, we find an eclectic mix of characters that gel together really well. With some strong female characters, Quantico might yet join the ranks of shows like Covert Affairs, Homeland and HTGAWM (to name a few).
Let’s take a look at them, shall we?
- Alex Parrish
In the forty-odd minutes, Priyanka Chopra has shown us that she is more than just a pretty face. She keeps it simple and real in the pilot, ‘Run’. Parrish is complex, intriguing, independent and headstrong: a combination that works in her favour as a confident new FBI recruit. I can’t wait to see her character develop and grow.
- Miranda Shaw
Shaw (Aunjanue Ellis) joins the long line of strong female characters that adorn television screens. She does not sugar-coat the hardships women face in her line of job (Assistant Director of the training centre at Quantico) thereby blowing a hole into the misconception that it’s now a “woman’s world”. Ellis has played strong women in the past (anybody remember Agent Hightower from The Mentalist?) and this role is right up her alley.
- Shelby Wyatt
Blonde and rich, Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy) shoots down stereotypes (literally!). The feminist vibes that she shoots just magically rebound through all the characters and reinforces the female presence throughout the episode. Yes, Shelby, we all love those gender neutral uniforms as well!
- Nimah Anwar
Yet another culturally diverse character, Nimah (Yasmine Al Massri) is a Muslim from Ohio who is obviously twice the woman she is. She deals with a xenophobic store owner in her own way and handles her first assignment perfectly; all with a pinch of badass.
A big thank you to Joshua Safran for delivering something even remotely close to what he had promised – a show where Homeland meets Grey’s Anatomy.
Quantico not only has a diverse set of female characters but also a brilliant male cast. With intense characters, glib scripts and plot twists more than the Kardashian clan; one can only hope that the sass never dies.
Quantico has a strong hook (they had me at Caleb’s perfectly chiselled body). Let’s see if they can reel us all the way in.