Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 4/5
While there are many crime investigation shows out there, Class of ’09 is unique in its approach. This show explores crime from a different angle, making it more interesting than your run-of-the-mill investigative beats.
The show follows a group of FBI agents, Ashley Poet, Tayo Michaels, Daniel Lennix, Hour Nazari, and Murphy, through their past, present, and future lives in the FBI. We’re taken to the past when these characters joined the FBI academy in Quantico in 2009. Then we’re taken to the present, where we see these characters as they navigate their lives as they work in different areas of law enforcement. Finally, we’re taken to the future, where we see the lives of these characters after years of working with the FBI.
This show also focuses on a new technology system introduced to the FBI during the present lives of these characters and takes centre stage in their lives in the future. While this system, which was created by Hour, proved to be an excellent addition to the FBI, it eventually took a turn for the worst in the future.
One thing that’s particularly great about this show is the way it portrays the past, present, and future lives of these characters, clearly indicating these distinct points in their lives in each episode. There’s some expository text too to help viewers know which time period we’re in, while the shifting viewpoint is a nice way of helping this stand out next to other crime dramas.
The series also explores common issues viewers face by bringing them up in the characters’ lives. We get to see racial prejudices, physical weight struggles, sexuality problems, past trauma, and marriage challenges too. All of this helps to make the show that much more relatable.
However, the writers do have a tendency to write their characters in a rather shallow way. One character, Warren, is introduced towards the end of the season. Although he turns out to play a significant role in the show, we don’t know much about how his role in the FBI other than him being an attorney.
Another character, Murphy, trains with Tayo, Ashley, Daniel, and Hour at the FBI academy, but then we don’t see much of his present life compared to the other characters, and he only briefly shows up in the future timeline.
The show is also unclear about some things in the personal lives of these characters. For instance, we don’t know if Tayo and his wife Vivienne really got divorced in the future or if they just separated. What’s more, we don’t know if Ashley had romantic feelings toward Hour the same way she did toward her.
Another character, Amos, isn’t given as much light as he perhaps should have been given. Amos, who created the updated system that the FBI uses, is shot dead early on in the show and by the end, we don’t know why Ashley and Murphy were ordered to look for him at the beginning of the show.
With all things considered though, Class Of ’09 is a great show. It’s relatable and offers the suspense needed to keep viewers hooked until the end.
Verdict - 7/10