Covert Affairs season 3 only took a break for a month, but it seems like forever since we last saw Annie standing in a remote cabin facing Lena with a gun in her hand. The big question then was: will Annie do it?
In this episode, called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide,” I can tell you that the answer to that question is given to us very quickly. The good news is that you won’t have to wait long to find out whether or not Annie shoots Lena and repays the woman for all the awful things she’s done not only to Annie, but to her country as well. The bad news is that you will have to wait until the episode tonight to find out. Sorry, but I think that’s way too much of a spoiler to give away in an advance review.
Since USA has released an episode description and video that mentions a little of what happens after Annie leaves that cabin, I feel safe in talking about what I feel was Annie’s greatest challenge yet. Annie ends up in prison and though I won’t go in to too many details, I will say that her experiences there change her, at least for a little while. We’ve all seen the many different faces of Annie that she’s worn as a person and also as a spy; there’s sexy Annie and ass-kicking Annie, as well as snarky Annie and protective Annie, and many more.
The Annie who appears in the prison is one I’ve never seen before. This Annie is quiet and, I hate to say it, perhaps a little broken. Even when things change, she still looks around her for a while as if wondering if it’s all real. In fact, Piper Parabo did such a great job at portraying Annie that way, that I myself wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t for a little while.
A few other things I can tell you about this episode are that each act ends in a moment that either made me gasp, cheer or scream “Noooo!!” at my TV screen. Also, the action that starts pretty much from the moment we again join Annie and Lena in that cabin, doesn’t really let up throughout the episode. Even when it does let up and we get a few quiet moments, they are usually followed by even more intense action. So be prepared for a rollercoaster ride.
I will also say that, based on the descriptions I read of what happens in the last few scenes (which weren’t shot when this episode was made available to the press), I think that Annie’s adventure may be heading in a whole new direction. Not only that, but I *think* there’s a chance that a very popular character may be making more appearances in the rest of this season. If that’s true then I will be one very happy fan, since I happen to like that character a lot.
Here are a few of my favorite (non-spoilery) quotes..
“You can keep referring to her as ‘Operative Walker,’ but it’s not going to make this any less personal.”
“Sorry to drop in unannounced, I didn’t have your phone number.”
“Just know that you have at least one really good friend back home.”
“A normal person doesn’t do this sort of thing, you know that right?”
“Maybe next time the stars will shine brighter on us.”
“Our options are extremely limited. As in, I can’t think of any.”
“I admire you Annie, you obviously inspire great loyalty from your friends. Shame you can’t inspire more intelligence.”
The second half of Covert Affairs season 3 premieres tonight at 10/9c on USA Network. Once you’ve seen the episode, come back up and let me know what you thought of it. I love hearing from you guys!
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