The premise of the FX Class of ’09 series premise had a lot of potential. But the slow pace wasted some of it, in favor of an overly produced standard package.
Starring Brian Tyree Henry, Kate Mara, Brian J. Smith and others. Should I say more? Tom Rob Smith’s Class of ’09, with its three timelines and great cast, seemed to be the very definition of a binge-able thriller. Alas and alack it is not.
The concept is intriguing, but the execution is a bit wobbly. FBI agents who graduated from Quantico in 2009 are reunited following the death of a mutual friend, by a sentient AI created by them. To be honest, I have no idea how you could mess this up, but they did. The story couldn’t be timelier, but the execution left a lot to be desired.
This is a show that wants to be talked about and pondered more than anything else, but its modern take on old dilemmas sometimes forgets an essential ingredient in good television – it must be entertaining on its own terms. And it’s lot. I love FBI shows with plots, sub plots and good action. This wasn’t it.
The show is so caught up in its intricate plotting that at times it feels more like an intricate diagram than a human drama. The show is rife with promising ideas and some foreseeable elements.
Should You Watch It?
The show might not be great, but Class of ’09 hardly flunks out thanks to an impressive cast and intriguing structure. However, the anemic execution keeps this series far from being a masterpiece.