Quantico’s fifth episode, Found, is finally something I enjoyed watching. There are sexy times throughout the episode (long time coming) and a bit of name-calling (Jihadi Jane? Seriously?). I particularly enjoyed the amount of screen time present day got. And (spoilers!) Caleb is Deputy Director Clayton’s son? WHAT. Apart from the revelations (the curious case of Simon Asher is solved. Or is it?) in the episode, I like the message Found sent to its viewers.
- They framed the brown girl
Can we pause a bit on the pre-broadcast interview Parrish gave? There were so many comments made on the way society thinks nowadays. Skin color is taken to be a causal component of bombings without batting an eye lid.
People accused her of being the bomber by focusing on her past connection with India, Pakistan and Iran. I admire how Quantico throws racial discrimination right at your face.
- It’s just easy to blame them, like it’s easy to blame me.
For me, this is not a casual line just thrown in there to add drama to the series. The general public would, perhaps, have to trouble in believing that hijab-wearing Amin twins are the traitors. Or Simon.
Not once would the spoiled, rich, white kid be the first name that pops into your head when you hear the word “bomber”. The FBI, too, believes that they can get away with framing Alex Parrish. They obviously went to great lengths to do so.
- But the country I love shouldn’t shoot first and ask questions later.
Any country, for that matter, should not and cannot play God with someone’s life. The police force cannot be biased against a perpetrator, irrespective of race, gender, colour, caste or sexual preference.
Alex Parrish drives home a point in her interview: law enforcement does not get to decide who lives and who dies. This abuse of power, which is seen almost everywhere in the world, is an anathema to society.
- …the rash of violence and racial profiling against our community.
The negative spill-over of a terrorist attach (or any bombing, for that matter) reaches specific communities. A bombing, which already has a suspected target, still affects the lives of the Muslims in the city.
Why? Because if one’s a bomber, so are the rest. Such communities are tired of this attitude and the constant wave of suspicion that they are put under. And they should be. It’s laudable that Quantico brought out the feelings of the community in a scene which also helped Parrish escape.
- …living undercover was the only way that I could cope with what I did…
The toll war has on people is enormous, unquantifiable, unfathomable and it’s terrifying. Nations are so eager to jump into wars that they forget that they harm people in the name of “sovereignty” and “religion.” Simon couldn’t cope with what he had seen and done. So much so that he had to build a complete new identity to stay sane.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has affected at least 20% of the Iraq and Afghanistan war soldier from USA. 700 Israeli soldiers have been suffering from PTSD since the last war. There were more military deaths by suicide than in combat in 2012. Please tell me how war is necessary.
The world is a mixture of fantasy, fiction, colours, music, and a little bit of reality for Anwesha Bhattacharya. An avid screen junkie, she is currently pursuing Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. Struck by wanderlust, she dreams of backpacking through Europe someday. Cynical, ambivert, eccentric, eclectic and esoteric: she is everything and a bit more.