UNDERCOVERS “Crashed” Review

Undercovers "Crashed" NBC

UNDERCOVERS “Crashed” Season 1 Episode 8 – CIA management feels the Blooms are, once again, “uniquely qualified” to handle the mission. Izzie is left behind to take care of a very important client whilst Mr and Mrs Bloom and Hoyt head to Chechnya.

An American pilot shot down in Chechnya was injected with something nasty. This makes him betray his country. The Blooms are sent in the retrieve the pilot, unaware of the country-betrayer-shot he has been injected with. As usual the plot is predictable. Upon arriving in Chechnya, the Blooms and Hoyt encounter minor difficulties (in this case land mines) solve minor difficulties (in this case with…em…bushes) find the plane and, conveniently, a blood trail, and follow it to a conveniently close village where they happen to see a man standing around wearing a US pilot watch. They follow him, find the pilot, pilot goes all betrayal on them, escape from capture, find pilot again. Pilot is shot by mysterious man (oh my gosh, remember last week when Sam discussed her mentor who died in a car bomb? You don’t think he, shock and horror, didn’t die in a car bomb, do you?) so they head to a party, ruin a perfectly lovely cake and save the day Angels and Demons style. Yes, it is that bad. Yes, they did indeed take a bomb and drop it into a body of water from a helicopter.

NBC announced that Undercovers was to be cancelled. I cannot say I’m terribly disappointed. I was excited to watch this show. I knew it wouldn’t be as dark as Alias and probably not as good, but I was fine with that. I figured it would be more of a romantic comedy spy television show, a little like Mr and Mrs Smith. Alas, it was not. Riddled with cliches and uninteresting characters and tired plot devices and dumb coincidences, Undercovers never really got its feet off the ground. This week an arc sort of ended, but eight episodes in is far too late.

After eight episodes all I can say about the Blooms is that they love each other and they’re good looking and they always win. How boring is that? JJ Abrams is anything but boring, and I’ve a feeling he just signed his name on the project as a favor to a buddy.

Oh yeah, before I forget: Izzie scared off the very important client. But the Blooms are fine with it, so I suppose she wasn’t terribly important.

What did you think of this episode? Are you sad about the cancellation? Sound off in the comments below!

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