Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode Review “Starlings of the Slipstream”

Covert Affairs Season 5 Episode 12 Starlings of the Slipstream (6)

How do you solve a problem like Auggie? “Starlings of the Slipstream” made a step in the right direction. As I mentioned in my post last week, I have not been a fan of the character this season so far on Covert Affairs. His interactions with Hayley and Natasha made him look like a jerk, and the instant chemistry between Annie and McQuaid didn’t help. I still have concerns that his situation with Belenko is being shoehorned in to have him interact with Annie more, but I’m willing to see how it plays out.

Christopher Gorham also did a great job behind the camera this outing. As much as I love an Annie and Eyal episode, I enjoyed the second one back more. Perhaps having Gorham behind the camera is one reason Auggie came off more favorably this time. Even though he lost his fight with Belenko’s two thugs, he put up a damn good fight, and it was exciting to watch. Thankfully the coldness towards McQuaid also didn’t last very long. Auggie has every right to not love the man due to his own past with Annie, but it doesn’t mean he has to be rude when it comes to accepting help that he could use. It therefore made a huge impression on me that Auggie was able to thank McQuaid for what he did. Of course after they had their nice little toast to Tony, it was obvious something ill would happen. Perhaps Auggie and his fellow soldiers are responsible for the death of someone who Belenko loved. But why would Belenko only kidnap Auggie when he’s killed everyone else? Does he want answers?

Annie’s encounters with Olga and Britta in Germany were also well done. And Lynn Collins finally spoke at the end of the episode. If she hadn’t, I was going to be angry. You don’t hire an actor that can do Shakespeare, and Shakespeare opposite Pacino no less, and not have her speak. Her final line packed a wallop as well. So not only does Olga know who Annie is, but she says she’s on Annie’s side. Let’s hope it stays that way. Caitlyn did the double cross thing last time, and we don’t need another instance of that again. How does Olga’s FSB agent fit into everything though? Is she so deep undercover that she killed those 4 people to save face? Or are those murders actually attributed to someone else instead?

With the way the chess pieces have all been set up, I can’t wait for next week.

More Thoughts As I Leap Over A Turnstile in Stilettos

– Belenko is definitely the Covert Affairs version of Yusef Kabira from James Bond’s Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. He lures these very smart, capable, connected women in saying he loves them along with giving them a token of said love. Belenko’s token being an engagement ring on a necklace and Yusef’s being an Algerian love knot.

– For a quick moment, I wondered if Britta poisoned herself. Josette Eales was a nice presence too. I would liked to see her around awhile longer.

– Ask and it will come: Joan’s past in the Balkans was brought up again. That incident will no doubt become a major aspect later on.

– Stephanie’s days are officially numbered now. She’s so happy to jump back in with Maschov that you just know it’s going to end badly.