Covert Affairs Season 3 finally returned this week after an extended break, and the action picked right up where it left off back in September.
Interrogations, a prison break and many attempts to leave Russia kept viewers on the edge of their seats throughout "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide."
One of the concerns some had in anticipation of Covert returning to our screens was that Annie might get out of this hot water too easily. While a phone call from Auggie to Eyal led to what seemed like a pretty convenient prison break, I wasn't upset at how effortlessly Annie was removed from the Russian jail for two reasons:
- Once on the run, Annie was still far from safe. Even after multiple attempts to get out of dodge, she and Eyal still aren't out of the woods.
- She was stolen from the prison by Eyal, and Oded Fehr's appearance makes up for any minute issues I have with the story telling. I mean, can you get better than his "Sorry to drop in unannounced, I didn't have your phone number" greeting?
After Annie was able to compose herself and the duo planned on departing, I couldn't help but live vicariously through Eyal and his supreme frustration. When she told him that she had to save Simon's sister, it felt like a slap to Eyal's handsome face.
Eyal went through all of that trouble to get her to safety - and then she wanted to stick around town to help out some girl she barely knew, who may or may not be in harm's way?!? The look on his mug when he realized was she was doing said it all.
But, like the honest and loyal man that he is, Eyal did everything he could to help her help Simon's sister, and THEN they made an effort to make it home safely. Oh, sure, there was that one issue of the fact that Annie gave her go-pack to Simon's sister. Seriously, at what point is Annie being too selfless?
There were a number of great action sequences during "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," but my favorite was probably the run of scenes at the train station. Between Eyal's smooth kiss-and-hide technique... sprinting past the moving train... and them finally getting away after a couple of blows to the head on their followers, that was some seriously pulse-pounding action.
After allowing some time for our hearts to stop racing, Annie and Eyal started to make their way back home thanks to the CIA's plan to get them on a plane. Unfortunately, that was when our stomachs' all simultaneously jumped up into our respective chests when the wheels on that plane suddenly stopped. I was expecting them to make it out safely in that moment, so kudos to the writers for roping Annie, Eyal and the audience back in one more time.
Finally, when Annie took an educated guess on having dirt on her former interrogator in order to negotiate a deal to get out safely, it all seemed a little too convenient. That's how she gets out of this gigantic problem? By guessing that this guy is dirty? I know she had some clues, but it should have been a little more difficult than that.
While all of this was going on overseas, Auggie, Joan and Arthur were going through every emotion in the book while attempting to get Annie back home. I loved that Auggie took the initiative to bring Eyal in, and I loved how deeply saddened Joan seemed about the whole thing. Arthur's a rock, so I wouldn't have expected him to act any differently.
For now, let us know what you thought of the return of Covert Affairs. What was your favorite moment from the hour? Was there a time during "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" that you called it for being too convenient or no? And how awesome was Oded Fehr in his return?
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