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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I was very pleased by the first episode of Quantico, at least partly because pilots are not usually very strong. There are a few exceptions, and this was one of them. I continue to be intrigued by the mysteries that are presented here, and I wonder how long they’re going to have this particular story continue. Will the terrorist plot be explained by halfway through the season? The end of the season? Or longer? I hope by the end of the season, because it shouldn’t be stretched out too far. I am still intrigued by everyone in the show, but Nathalie’s intro was a little abrupt. I’m not sure why they didn’t introduce her in the pilot if she’s going to be a main, or semi-main? I just hope this show doesn’t overplay the love drama. It’s fine on its own. Previously on Quantio, we’re introduced to all our main characters. Alex is at the FBI academy at least in part because she thinks her father was an agent, and she killed him when she was a kid. She also had a quickie with fellow trainee Ryan, except Ryan isn’t a trainee he’s a real agent undercover studying Alex. Why? Teacher Liam told him too and we don’t know why. Also we flash forward to the future when a horrible attack on Grand Central Station has happened and they believe Alex is responsible.

I actually thought Ryan was dead. I’m a little disappointed he wasn’t. Not that I dislike him exactly, it was just shocking for them to kill off a main character right at the get go, so everything he did in the rest of the season would’ve been weighted with his eventual death. Except no go. I’m going to start here, because he makes it through the surgery and Alex talks to him briefly. She’s playing cat and mouse with Liam and everyone else to try and figure out who did this to her; she even went back to the “crime scene.” He says he has to make everyone believe she’s guilty but he’ll help her on the inside. I side eye him, honestly, I think he might be in on it or at least not as innocent as he seems. Alex still needs to figure out who is responsible, and this interplays with the students learning about how to pick apart a crime scene. This once again leads me to suspect that Liam is the villain, although now it’s just seeming too obviously him, I’m wondering if there’s more to it.

QUANTICO - "America" -- Alex is on the run and must outsmart Liam and his team to get into her apartment for anything that could help clear her name. Meanwhile, in a flashback to Quantico training, the NATS are tasked with finding a needle in a haystack while looking for potential threats to national security, on "Quantico" SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 (10:01--11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Phillippe Bosse) ANABELLE ACOSTA, JAKE MCLAUGHLIN, PRIYANKA CHOPRA

In the flashbacks we see the trainees learn how to observe crime scenes and put together information. There are three potential terrorist attacks and they need to analyze each one to figure out who they are, who they are targeting, and why. We see Caleb come back here, and he’s now an analyst instead of an agent. He acts high and mighty for awhile, but expresses later that he failed out and this was the only way to keep being in the academy. I just wish he was less of an ass most of the time, but I still do like his failure of a character. We do find out that the twins Nimah and Raina were placed there by Miranda and it’s part of some plan she has for the FBI in general. Liam is also aware of them, or he at least puts it together. He informs Alex her father was an agent and that’s it. It’s weird to me that Ryan isn’t a lot better at this test, but they do say that no trainee has figured out the test before so maybe he just went a better route than before. He tries to earn back Alex’s trust and it doesn’t work for awhile. She is the first trainee to finish the test correctly, figuring out that Liam is actually the bad guy (lol). He’s feeding them the information and he’s teaching all of them not to 100% trust authority if your gut is saying it’s wrong. This feels like a bit of a hammer to the head for a lesson to learn, but okay.

Also there’s Rick Cosnett gracing my screen again as Elias, an analyst who becomes hyper focused on Simon. At first he hits on him, but then gets suspicious about him, especially when he realizes he doesn’t need glasses. Surely the FBI know he doesn’t have a prescription. Maybe he’s doing it to look smarter or to appear weaker? Who knows. Elias also pokes some holes in his Palestine story, so interesting. There might be a big conspiracy, more than one person is involved in the attack! We meet Nathalie who is trying to beat Alex at being the best of the class, and always coming up a little short. In present day she chases Alex down and Alex says something very soap opera like about “how could I shoot the man we both love.” Yuck. Let’s leave the soap opera off our screen if possible, guys. Also Liam apparently is in love with Alex by this point? Sigh. It’s not that I’m against a romance or think that in this situation there would be no sex/romantic connection between characters. There’s just so much going on bigger than that! Oh well. Just like the pilot I felt connected to the episode and can’t wait to see more. I’m not sure how this will unfurl over the season and where Alex is going next in her secret investigation. Can’t wait to find out!

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