Quantico is Heating Up Sunday Night TV

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Guys. I watched the first episode of Quantico (premieres Sunday, September 27 at 10 p.m. on ABC) and I have so many feelings they might burst right out of my chest. This show is good. Like, Alias meet Homeland meets How to Get Away with Murder good.

It tells the story of a new recruit class at Quantico, the highly competitive FBI training facility. From the start, we bounce between the different characters and their stories, but the main focus is on new agent Alex Parrish, played by Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. She wakes up in the wreckage of a devastating terrorist attack at Grand Central Station in New York City and has to recall her time spent at Quantico in order to figure out who might be the secret double agent behind the bombing. But by the end of the episode, we’re left with no idea who to trust—including Parrish herself.

Between the secret lives of the characters, the world of Quantico, and the present-day bombing, there’s a lot going on. Luckily, all of it is compelling, exciting, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. In the meantime, here are the Top 5 reasons you should give Quantico a chance:

1. Mixed-up Timelines

Shows that follow one linear timeline have gotten so boring, don’t you think? Quantico immediately sets up the action by jumping back and forth between the first day at the training facility and the explosion that takes place nine months later. How did we get there? You’ll have to watch the series to find out.

2. Steamy Sex You Just Know Will Lead to Love

I’m a sucker for we-slept-together-at-random-but-oh-wait-turns-out-we-work-together storylines. From the moment Parrish and Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) meet on an airplane headed toward DC, their chemistry is burning up the aisles. It’s no surprise when they end up in the backseat of his car, but it is a surprise when they lock eyes on the first day of training. I have no doubt that this romance is more than just a one-time thing.

Jake McLaughlin and Priyanka Chopra
Jake McLaughlin and Priyanka Chopra

3. No Weak Links

This is an ensemble cast where everyone is pulling their weight and each character is more interesting than the last. Plus, the diversity! From Bollywood stars to different religions and sexualities, this show is a melting pot that represents a true picture of America.

4. Secrets, Secrets, Secrets

So many secrets get revealed or hinted at, it’s a little hard to keep up. Some are mind-boggling, some are seemingly-benign—but by the end of the hour you’ll need a spreadsheet to keep track of who’s hiding what. I’m not complaining; I love a show where you’re never quite sure who you can trust.

5. WTF Moments for the Win

I thought I had this show figured out in the first 10 minutes. But, whoa! Man, was I wrong. No spoilers, but let’s just say things get pretty nuts, pretty fast. I have a feeling Quantico is going to be a wild ride—and I can’t wait.

Recommended reading:

catherine coulter nemesis an fbi thrillerNemesis: An FBI Thriller, Catherine Coulter (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, July 2015)

Thwarting a terrorist attack at JFK airport is just the beginning for Special Agent Lacey Sherlock, who is the only person the terrorist will speak with once he’s been captured. When a separate case across the country seems to have connecting clues, she must work with other agents to get to the bottom of it all. Can Sherlock and the agents save everyone in time?

Also check out: Our review of Keeper’s Reach, Carla Negger’s fast-paced thriller about FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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