Among fall 2015’s buzzier new television programs is Quantico (ABC, Sunday 10:00), a crime thriller starring Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, a former Miss World. In its annual Fall Television Preview issue, Entertainment Weekly called Quantico “both knotty and naughty,” referring to the complex, multi-charactered plot and its main character’s having sex in a car with someone she just met on a plane.
Chopra plays an FBI recruit, training for the bureau with 49 others. We are treated to the rigorous training, which provides clues to the flashed-forward story nine months later, when one of the trainees commits “the worse terrorist attack on American soil since September 11.” Chopra’s character Alex is held as the main suspect, but she is encouraged to think back on her weeks of training to try and identify the culprit.
The premiere aired September 25, drawing 7.4 million viewers. Thrillers are not my genre of choice, but I admit the interesting characters grabbed my attention, and the intriguing story is likely to have me back for at least a few more episodes. Car chases are a huge turnoff for me; yet I found myself rooting desperately for Alex during hers. The premiere episode is worth checking out if you can find it. I’m on board with a TiVo season pass.