The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Guilty? (SPOILERS)


The Quantico recruits had a guest lecturer in “Guilty:” Dr. Susan Langdon.  In class, Simon and Dr. Langdon had an interesting conversation about simplicity and discovering the truth.  Dr. Langdon had some great lines, for example, “The longer you stare at something, the more out-of-focus it becomes,” and “Finding the truth can be simple.  It’s accepting the simplicity that can be hard.”  I found these lines to be very relatable.  It was great writing.

I did not understand Dr. Langdon’s character.  She was psychotic.  She was a former FBI agent and forensic pathologist, yet she was very suspicious.  In fact, it looked like she was planning to murder Simon.  I’m still confused about that whole situation.  It wasn’t believable.

In “Guilty,” Alex took a sudden interesting in Liam.  Alex was Liam’s savior, protecting him from himself.  She claimed that Liam reminded her of her father.  While it was sweet to see her wanting to save her father’s friend since she couldn’t save her father, it was still odd.  It was a sudden shift.  Alex had never been close to Liam before, mostly because Liam didn’t trust her.  It was odd to see Alex go completely out of her way to help Liam.  It would have made more sense if she saw him drunk at a bar and then took him under her wing.  The fact that she showed up at his house was a bit extreme.  How did she even know he was drunk?  Just like me, Ryan was skeptical of Alex’s new behavior.  Though, the writers made him take it a step too far as well.  Ryan believed that Alex was picking Liam over him, and he did not want Alex to help Liam even though Liam was suffering.  In fact, Ryan became so upset that he just left.  Talk about being dramatic…  This whole Liam storyline just didn’t make sense to me.

“Guilty” had an amazing ending.  The ending shuffled between two scenes: one of Simon at his time at Quantico and one of Alex after the terrorist attack.  After being angry at the FBI for their handling of right versus wrong, Simon met with his bomb-making friend.  He requested blueprints of a train station.  As they made the exchange, Alex muttered the words “guilty” as she confessed to the bombing at Grand Central Station.  Does this mean that Simon is the terrorist?  Or are the writers still tricking us?

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