COVERT AFFAIRS “Around the Sun” Review

COVERT AFFAIRS "Around the Sun" Season 2 Episode 5 (11)

COVERT AFFAIRS “Around the Sun” Season 2 Episode 5 – When an American satellite is corrupted by FARC, Annie is sent to investigate NASA employees for a possible data leak. With Auggie moving to a new overt position upstairs, Annie finds herself given a new handler. Riva is good with people, not so good with technology, but she, Annie and Jai work well together and eventually put together damning evidence against the suspected NASA leak.

But Annie isn’t convinced all is as it seems. She decides to look at the case a little closer, against the wishes of Riva, and finds that the leak was just a loving father protecting his son. His son is still in danger from FARC after agreeing to hand over more data, however, so Annie runs to the rescue, the FARC spies are caught, and all is well.

The episode ends with a bar scene featuring Annie, Jai, Riva – and Auggie. He decided that he couldn’t go overt at the eleventh hour and is now back to being Annie’s handler, while Riva is set to return to her old position, albeit with a ‘bump in pay’.

As far as Covert Affairs cases go, this was a simple one. It blended together the series favourite elements – foreign spies, clear cut cases and good people doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. It was a genuinely good episode and an enjoyable watch, but I couldn’t help feeling that something was lacking. Perhaps because there was no real attempt at diverting our attention to another possible suspect, no twists and no turns. What you saw was what you got with this week’s case.

And it was pretty much the same story with the non-case related elements, too. Auggie changed his mind about going overt after being told by both Annie and Arthur that he would be good at the job and we weren’t really given any proper explanation why. It’s not hard to imagine that he would prefer the thrills and intrigue of being covert, but that was a plotline that could, and probably should, have been given more time and episodes. It was wrapped up too simply.

As was Arthur’s potential trial. I can barely even remember what the potential trial was about, truth be told. The entire thing felt so utterly pointless and then today, suddenly, voila, it’s gone. While I enjoyed the brief comic moment after the first meeting with the lawyer, the scenes felt hollow and the conflict was nipped in the bud before it even really started.

But, I can’t be too harsh on this show. I love the character interactions. Annie and her sister, Annie and Auggie – even Riva thrown in to the mix wasn’t too awful. I love the way the characters play against each other and there was some palpable Annie/Auggie tension going on at times. Man, I love those two. I just wish Jai had more to do. I know he was breaking and entering and he actually got a decent amount of dialogue this week, but Jai always seems to me like he should be out in the field, not cooped up in the office trying to look stern while wearing expensive suits. I hope he finds his niche in the show soon; there’s only so long he can float around not doing much before he becomes expendable.

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