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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Quantico is an FBI-based drama with strong themes relating to 9/11 and other terrorist acts. It highlights some of the stereotypes that exist about who's responsible for these kinds of crimes. There's lots of violence (guns, killings, suicides, explosions), some strong innuendo, rare drinking, and occasional iffy language.
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What's the story?
QUANTICO is a dramatic series about new recruits at the FBI Quantico Base in Virginia and their potential connections to one of the largest terrorist acts on American soil since 9/11. It stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, a tenacious top recruit, who unexpectedly finds herself a prime suspect after New York’s Grand Central Station is bombed nine months after she joins the agency. But as the story unfolds, we go back in time and watch Parrish, along with fellow recruits like Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin), Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy), Simon Asher (Tate Ellington), Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri), and the obnoxious Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers) going through training -- and attempting to hide their personal and professional secrets in the process. In the middle of it all is Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Josh Hopkins), and Quantico’s first female director, Miranda Shaw (Aunjanue Ellis). As Parrish tries to prove her innocence, important details from the past are revealed, distrust increases, and the threats to U.S. national security grow larger.
Is it any good?
The intriguing series relies on a flashback-driven story style to purposely raise suspicions about cast members and highlight clues that will determine the identity of the actual "bad guy." It also underscores many of the preconceived notions that currently exist about different communities and the alleged threats they pose to the country.
While many of the events are predictable (some would argue implausible), what makes the series interesting is how the recruits interact with each other while slowly revealing themselves to the audience. Ultimately, the show is an entertaining puzzle that will force you to pay attention to details, and leave you mistrustful of everyone.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way entertainment media addresses issues like terrorism and other threats to national security. Is it appropriate to use tragic events like 9/11 as a foundation for a fictional tv show or movie? Why or why not?
What is the function of the FBI? What does it take to be an FBI agent? Does this show realistically portray what training is like?
What do you think about the portrayals of terrorists on the show? Are they fair or based on stereotypes?
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