QUANTICO (2015): Priyanka Chopra’s New ABC Drama
When I heard that Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was going to feature in an TV Series produced by ABC, I figured she’d have a small supporting role. Like the lead’s ethnic best friend or something like that. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see her leading this new ABC Drama about terrorism. While I’m still skeptical about this show being anything more than a cliche’d over dramatized novelty, the Trailer lays everything out on the table. Check out the Trailer for Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Quantico’ below and see why it could be a good show, or a complete train wreck.
The most interesting thing about the Trailer is that it focuses heavily on the training and student interaction between FBI Recruits at their training facility at Quantico. Chopra plays the lead of the show whose perspective the entire show is from. Seeing the recruits at the FBI boot camp is pretty engaging, as the recruits’ first assignment is to dig into each others’ pasts and come up with whatever secrets were hidden, eliminating themselves in the process. It’s intriguing how the agents-to-be turn on each other and reveal their own secrets, bonding with each other in the process.
Where the Trailer gets kind of cliche’d, is when apparently a terrorist attack happens and Chopra’s character is suspected as being the terrorist, along with her fellow recruits… or some of them ? It’s not too clear, but with the help of someone, she turns fugitive, having to find out who the real terrorists are. I feel like that is going to be the more regular premise of the show: a promising FBI recruit on the run from the law, suspected of being a terrorist herself. The season will probably follow her adventures of doing whatever she can to clear her name, with subplots of the other characters trying to track down their own.
FBI recruits turning on each other inside of FBI Training grounds sounds a lot more interesting than a typical terrorist crime drama though. I guess we’ll have to tune in to ABC in Fall 2015 to see if ‘Quantico’ shapes up or ships out.