Quantico Season One is a 5 DVD set with a slipcover. There are 22 episodes for a total run time of 945 minutes. The show was created and written by Joshua Safran who has also done Gossip Girl and Smash. It stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish and Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth.
What is the show about? Well it is a look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia. The story starts when Alex is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist responsible for an attack on Grand Central Terminal. Of course, her instructor doesn’t believe she could have done this and helps her escape so that she can prove her innocence. If you think that sounds like a really ridiculous premise then this isn’t the show for you. Its the kind of show where no one is who they say they are and tons of things are “explained” by flashbacks. The cast is pretty diverse but unfortunately the characters they play are just paper thin stereotypes and very little complexity or growth happens in the story line.
The biggest problem with Quantico Season One is that it is very average and doesn’t do anything very well. It also is not doing anything new. So if you just started watching TV in the last 2 or 3 years you might really like it. If you are like me and have been around the block once or twice there really isn’t anything new to see here. It has a very similar structure to the Fugitive (the TV show and the film). If you like seeing a derivative show that is full of plot holes and unrealistic decisions then we may have found your holy grail.
Audio and Visuals:
ABC continues in it’s quest to only release new shows on the DVD format. Even if I loved Quantico Season One that would basically be a deal breaker for me as I am trying to get everything in Blu-ray if at all possible for the best picture and sound quality available. This might not matter much to you but I think it is good to keep it in mind. With that being said, the audio and picture quality seem to be fairly solid, in alignment with the other modern ABC shows only available on DVD.
The visuals are in the original aspect ration of 1.78.1. Audio for the show is mostly dialogue heavy and comes through on Dolby Digital 5.1 and when there are action set pieces it seems adequate. Dialogue is clear and what you would expect from a 2016 release. Also included are English, French and Spanish subtitles.
“Run” Video Commentary – Featuring Creator/Executive Producer Joshua Safran and Actors Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington and Graham Rogers.
Welcome To Quantico – Priyanka Chopra and the cast and crew share stories from the set of the friendships they forged and how the show came together. (18:54)
Deleted Scenes (5 of them)
Who Did It? – The cast reflect on not knowing who the culprit was until the very end, and the various false leads, red herrings and theories they held about his or her identity throughout the season. (8:11)
Quantico Season One Final Thoughts:
I’m pretty sure this show is not meant for me. It was pitched as Grey’s Anatomy meets Homeland. Obviously those shows are pleasing to certain demographics or these companies would not keep making them. I honestly think this is a forgettable show and that it will run a few seasons and then be off the air. There wasn’t enough substance here for 22 episodes so unless you just fall in love with the characters (or the actors) I think it’s going to be a long boring slog to get through this. If you haven’t seen it, I think it is an easy pass, you aren’t missing much. If you’ve already seen Quantico Season One and want to buy it I suggest either waiting for a “complete series” release that will inevitably come in a year or two or wait for a major discount on Season One.
If you are interested in owning a copy you can purchase it here from Amazon.
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