I have to say I’m really, really liking this season of Covert Affairs. I think the serialised arc has served the show well and made it a lot more fast-paced and interesting than in the past. So I was happy to see it back on my screen last night! Especially since last episode left us in limbo after Annie had shot and killed Lena the evil spy queen in a remote cabin in the Russian woods somewhere.
How was our girl Annie going to get herself out of this one?
First things first: Annie was in absolute REVENGE mode when she pumped Lena full of lead. And who can blame her really? After all Lena killed Simon and this is unforgivable!
But before Annie could click her heels together and head on home she was caught by the Russian military (gun butt to the head, that must’ve hurt) and delivered to a dark, dark hole, which we later discover is a super fortified underground prison, completely impregnable…for all but one!
I’ll come back to that in a bit.
As is the custom when one’s ass gets thrown into dark dungeons, torture tactics are the name of the game. Poor Annie has to deal with some serious shit: constant sounds blaring so she can’t sleep, lights blinking, no comfy bed to rest in, and then the cherry on top, a creepy guy interrogator who uses psychological torment involving Simon and threats to harm his sister. But Annie doesn’t give in, she’s a stellar agent!
All in all, not such a great day, or rather two weeks, to be Annie Walker.
But fear not my fellow TV addicts because there is a light at the end of the tunnel and his name is Eyal Lavin (or Lavine, depends on who you ask, IMDB or the USA Network)!
Now…there’s been some discussion on this and not everyone likes Eyal. Especially not while Simon was the top dog in Annie’s life. But I’m not afraid to admit it, I love Eyal! I think Oded Fehr and Piper Perabo have this insane chemistry that makes the TV screen give out sparks whenever they have a scene together. I’m not necessarily rooting for them to jump into bed together but I really want them to continue their little banter and clever repartees.
That said, #EyalSavesTheDay was definitely the action de jour.
Though we of course have Auggie to thank for all of this!
He is definitely a real man of action, Auggie is. He just storms into offices, engages people to participate in seemingly suicide missions, goes behind superiors’ backs, and makes it all work. Ah, Auggie! He always has Annie’s back and we all love him for it.
So, Eyal breaks into the prison that cannot be broken into, gasses the place, and gets Annie out safe and sound. Getting her out of Russia proved to be a little more difficult than the impenetrable underground prison though. It didn’t help very much that Annie gave her clean passport to Simon’s sister so she could escape Russia.
I admire Eyal’s restraint in all of this. I would have been seriously pissed off at Annie for throwing her lifeline away like that. And why didn’t anyone think of dying Annie’s hair or something during all of this? She sticks out like a sore thumb when they go the train station! Either Russian soldiers are just that dumb or Annie is just that lucky. Take your pick.
In any case, despite some serious PTSD Annie’s adrenaline keeps her focused enough to get out of Russia alive.
After failing to catch the train to Helsinki, Eyal and Annie try to hitch a ride with a Polish cargo plane just to get apprehended by creepy interrogation guy who, after some calculated guesses on Annie’s side, then turns out to be a traitor! Playing that angle, Annie promises the guy (whose name is totally irrelevant ’cause we’re not seeing him ever again) a clean passport and access to funds in return for an escape.
And they all lived happily ever after. Or something like that.
At least Annie and Eyal made it to a port and hopped on a boat to Stockholm. Where Annie finally got down to some serious R&R. Or you know, she closed her eyes and went to sleep. Girl was exhausted after hardly having slept for 2 weeks and running from the Russian military and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
Well, while we were busy freaking out about how Auggie would get Annie and Eyal safely out of Russia there was some (slightly snooze-worthy) development happening back at Langley.
Joan turned all maternal and treated Annie’s imprisonment more like a daughter in trouble then an operative in deep shit. Which was a little bit adorable but at the same time also a bit annoying. She was pissed at Arthur for treating Annie like a thing by sitting down to discuss risks and vulnerabilities instead of showing some parental worrying. Are we headed down splitsville road with these two?
Meanwhile, I watched and kept wishing Joan was more consistent as a character. I like what “they” (the omnipotent writers) are trying to do with her this season but it has been a bit inconsistent nonetheless, up and down, right to left…not sure what to make of it all. It does look like Joan is heading down a dark road though what with all that pill popping and marital fighting. At least I figure the show (’cause it’s an entity all on its own) had a point with specifically addressing Joan’s absence for some hours while Auggie and Arthur were trying to devise a rescue plan for Eyal and Annie.
So, another action-packed episode that now sets the tone for the latter half of this season?
There are 5 episodes left and since the whole Dipper tattoo, Jai, Lena, Simon, and all has been laid to rest (pun intended) I suppose there’s a new chapter in Annie’s life now.
Does this mean more Auggie and Annie? Some PTSD Annie?
Also, shake-up in the agency. I think we’re gonna see something of the sort go down in the final episodes. Joan and Arthur will probably be at some sorts of crossroads. That wouldn’t actually be such a bad move in my opinion.
Anyway, we’re not getting the answer to the meaning of life and all that jazz just yet so we’ll have to wait patiently and tune in again next week for some more Annie and Eyal! And why yes, I am rejoicing! Even though, according to the promo, things aren’t looking good on the Eyal/Annie friendship front…
What do y’all think? Liking the season? Rooting for Annie and Auggie to be more than friends? Hoping Joan gets Arthur’s job? Hating Eyal? Missing Simon? Wondering what the hell happened to Auggie’s therapist (actually she’s busy playing rebel games in Revolution)?
Sound off in the comments peeps!