Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Besides saving lives, of course, another upside to social distancing is having the time to enjoy some entertainment. On my Twitter timeline, people decided that this was a perfect time to do a re-watch of Beyonce’s epic Homecoming. Though I didn’t live tweet, I did re-watch parts of it andRead More →


“Who Are You?” is supposed to invoke questions about the work done by Quantico’s black ops team, and what that work does to each individual. Instead, the title of this series finale evoked this question for me: “Who are you, and what have you done with Quantico?” It was aRead More →

Quantico is barrelling toward its series finale, and “The Art of War” is one of the better entries of the season. The episode has few surprises, but there is some nifty procedural work, a very different take on a shootout and some character building that’s been missing. To wind downRead More →

“Home is where the heart is.” “There’s no place like home.” “Home is the place where, when you have to go there/They have to take you in.” “Home” is a concept that looms large for all of us, whether good or bad. It might be a safe haven, or perhapsRead More →

“Feargach” means “anger” in Irish, and this episode sets the Quantico team up as targets for a vendetta.  It also features a mixed bag of emotional development. The Caper Of The Week Shelby is set to testify before a U.N. commission on Syria, along with several Syrian witnesses – mostRead More →

There’s a TV critic “wisdom” that a shorter season makes for better individual episodes. But this episode of Quantico is an example of why “wisdom” sometimes isn’t so wise. I had to watch “Deep Cover” twice in order to review it. It just didn’t do a good job of holdingRead More →

With “Bullet Train,” Quantico gives us a clever title, a moral dilemma and another dash of soap opera, embedded in a slightly scattered action plot. For 8 p.m. on what’s otherwise been a bad day (#SaveTimeless), it was an okay way to unwind. The Caper Of The Week This episodeRead More →

“Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” The title of this episode of Quantico is taken from a Latin legal phrase, which Wikipedia says ”signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.” Dig a little deeper into the meaning, and you learn about “Piso’s justice.” AgainRead More →

I think the writers were trying to go somewhere with their Shakespeare-inspired title for this episode, but aside from mentions of Prokofiev’s ballet, there didn’t seem to be much “Romeo” in “The Blood of Romeo.” There was blood, though. Not the gory, turn-your-stomach kind; just a few quick splatters hereRead More →

“Spy Games” is a title that sounds a lot more fun than the episode really is. This week’s caper is just a bit too predictable, and the resolution feels a bit too obvious. It’s nice to get a little backstory on Harry Doyle, but the attempts to start a coupleRead More →

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise when a show about spy games makes a sneaky move. Quantico, canceled earlier this week by ABC, will finish its remaining episodes on Friday nights, starting May 25th. There wasn’t a lot of warning; just a tweet posted by the official show account at 7:30Read More →

“Hell’s Gate” is a title that promises a bit more than the episode delivers, but at 10 on a Thursday night, after watching new episodes of Gotham and Arrow, I don’t need anything too heavy. (I may feel differently in two weeks, when those shows are done and Quantico isRead More →

The new recipe for Quantico appears to be one part Tom Clancy, one part current headlines, one part Ian Fleming, a dollop of character development, and a dash of backstory, seasoned well with a mélange of characters new and old. And it works. Two episodes into the new season, andRead More →

I’m a latecomer to Quantico. Somehow, I managed to miss the first two seasons when they were on the air, and started bingeing them back in December. But if you haven’t seen those first two seasons yourself, you don’t have to do what I did. (Unless you want to enjoyRead More →