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Covert Affairs Review: Incredibly Bloody Stupid

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This season of Covert Affairs has been a whirlwind of danger, secrets and new characters with hidden agendas. I've enjoyed the journey of mysteries unraveling at a lightning pace, as well as the ones that remain just out of reach.

That was until the truth about Helen came out in this week's "Crackity Jones." I didn't mind that Teresa ended up being Helen or that Auggie's "wife" was still alive. It wasn't much of a surprise since I speculated about Helen's true identity in last's Tuesday's review.  

The problem with Helen's appearance was that the whole existence of her character ended up being a disappointment. 

Facing the Past

That could change over the coming episodes, but at this point it appears she showed up, stirred up trouble and is returning to her dark undercover world. In the season 4 premiere, Arthur told Helen that their deal was off, but Arthur didn't show any discontent over her. What happened to the discord between Arthur and Helen, especially since he's the one that recommended that Annie work with her?

Given Helen's relationship with Arthur and then later following Henry, I expected there to be more depth to her character. Instead, she faked her death, lied to Auggie about her feelings and then used her poor decisions to push Annie and Auggie apart. It felt very contrived and unnatural to the story that's been told so far. She was another new character and wrinkle in their world, but this one didn't work well.

The overarching story is complicated enough with Henry, Teo, and Calder. The episode was saved by those reveals. One thread that worked well was Calder's unwillingness to accept Annie's story about Stravos' killing. He knows that there's something up with Annie, but it doesn't appear he's made the connections yet.

Calder's loyalty to the CIA is still questionable. Is he working for Henry like Seth was? Or, is Calder just a by-the-book guy who really wants to change how things are done at the CIA? Annie doesn't trust him, but should she? Given the two flash forwards, I believe that Calder is working with Annie rather than against her. Helen faked her death, could Calder be helping Annie fake her own?

It's still unclear what Henry is doing. He's meeting with ALC members, buying stolen missiles, and trying to turn CIA agents. When Annie dismissed him, Henry was adamant that she was making a mistake. Is it possible that Henry has good intentions? He believes Teo is a terrorist with the ALC just as Annie believes Henry is corrupt.

Wouldn't it be hilarious if Henry and Teo are playing the same game? Okay, it probably would be more irritating than funny. With all the build up, Henry has to be on the wrong side of this or it's all for naught.

While several storylines moved forward in "Crackity Jones," it really was all about the break up of Annie and Auggie. Until they got together, I was against any romantic relationship between the two. But ... when it happened, I bought it because it felt authentic. Their break up was just the opposite. It felt forced and contrived.

If they were going to break up, it should have been when Annie found out that Auggie lied to her and was keeping secrets. The excuse that they will never have normalcy in their life was a cop out. If they wanted it, they could have it. Up until the appearance of Helen, they looked to Joan and Arthur as an example of a successful couple. It made no sense for them to forget what they have and what they strive to be together. 

The final moments were heartbreaking to watch. Piper Perabo and Chris Gorham portrayed the hesitancy of the decision well. And, they exuded the intense emotional pain of the moment.

It was distressing to watch, but I'm putting that aside for now and holding firm that Walkerson isn't over. Annie and Auggie will overcome this blip in their relationship and move forward stronger than ever.

Did you enjoy the introduction of Helen and how the story played out? Or did you also find it contrived? Should Annie and Auggie broke up? Is Calder a threat or a potential ally against Henry?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (55 Votes)

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Annie just doesn't fit the part, disguise her identity she is a spy after all! Put her hair up when she's following 10 feet behind someone...MORE REALISTIC!!

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This season is boring. It used to be my favorite show with different case stories. It was fun. Now it is tiring with everything about Henery Wilcox. It has become a negative soap opera. I keep hoping Wilcox will get killed, Augie and Annie will get back together, and the department will be given back to Arthur and wife. Hopefully the writers will leave the depressing soap opera approach and get back to various cases like the first two seasons.

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Hate Helen, kill her off immediately and let us see her in the morgue to make sure she is dead this time. Hate Calder, let us watch him die slowly and painfully. Annie and Auggie's breakup was painful and didn't feel true. As you said, forced and shallow. Hope this show gets to a better place, including Arthur and Joan, because it's always been one of my favorites. I'm very unhappy with it now.

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Absolutely to soon to break up Auggie and Annie, especially on the say so of his first wife. Geez!!! who wrote that? Come on guys, this show used to be fun, where's the fun. btw, I still don't believe J is dead, and if you remember, Henry his father didn't like him at all, so where is all this passionate hate coming from? Yeah, I know I watch to much TV LOL

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I think you pretty much nailed it. What bothers me the most is that this whole season has turned into a nuclear war of office politics and intermural lust for revenge. I don't get the sense of a greater good here. Henry is causing the trouble and people are getting killed in the name of his revenge. Where's the heroism in that? Where's the cause that's worth the risk?
Last season there was a sense of patriotic purpose in her mission with Simon. Annie got confused and attached to Simon, but there was still a spy mission worth the risk and involvement. She kept coming in with major intel. This season, it's all about Henry's revenge. The other stuff is just peripheral to that. The whole sense of carrying out the CIA's mission to develop intelligence to protect the country is missing.
If that says gone, I'll be surprised if there is another season. Covert Affaris is getting it's butt kicked in the ratings. Putting it opposite R&I was a big mistake.
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I am tiring of this storyline. A little intrigue is good but Henry always turning up and having the scowl on his face is getting tiring. The Annie and Auggie storyline was boring to me from the start. You can't have a romance with your handler. From the beginning you could see the problems ahead. Auggie over protective and questioning Annie's decisions. Plus having Auggie in the field with Annie was unrealistic, he's blind, he would be a liability. I always liked the Arthur and Joan interaction and now they're pretty much out of the picture. Helen's character just seemed thrown in for no reason other than to cause problems between Annie & Auggie. Lets get back to Annie traveling the globe, kicking a$$. That's what I first loved about the show. I do love the beautiful location scenes.i also like Teo, I'm not sure if he's a good or bad guy but I like his character. Calder is a total "I'm moving up even if I have to walk over you" guy. Can't be trusted.

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I wish people would stop comparing couples, they are in totally different positions. Arthur and Joan are older and desk jockeys, they have been out there and are now settling into a life pattern. Annie and Auggie are young and still have adventures before them, only they can decide if they want a family or a career.
I think we still have more to see of Helen and how all the pieces fit. I think Annie has a lot to learn from her. Annie keeps telling people (and family) that she is 'good' at what she does, so why give it up for a relationship? She misses the 'normalcy' but the job is too alluring to give up just yet.
I wish the show was a bit more then 45 min long (minus commercials). They have packed so much into this arc that it will definitely be a season to rewatch back to back to see all the nuances we seem to be missing (applied or not).
I think Annie will pull a 'Helen' and then she can become the master spy to take Henry and his CIA moles down for good. Give Calder a chance, he supposedly did things in South America that meant going outside of book, do not underestimate his abilities and loyalty. Look out Jason Bourne, your female counterpart is growing up fast!

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I wish people would stop comparing couples, they are in totally different positions. Arthur and Joan are older and desk jockeys, they have been out there and are now settling into a life pattern. Annie and Auggie are young and still have adventures before them, only they can decide if they want a family or a career. I think we still have more to see of Helen and how all the pieces fit. I think Annie has a lot to learn from her. Annie keeps telling people (and family) that she is 'good' at what she does, so why give it up for a relationship? She misses the 'normalcy' but the job is too alluring to give up just yet. I wish the show was a bit more then 45 min long (minus commercials). They have packed so much into this arc that it will definitely be a season to rewatch back to back to see all the nuances we seem to be missing (applied or not). I think Annie will pull a 'Helen' and then she can become the master spy to take Henry and his CIA moles down for good. Give Calder a chance, he supposedly did things in South America that meant going outside of book, do not underestimate his abilities and loyalty. Look out Jason Bourne, your female counterpart is growing up fast!

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It is very clear what Henry is up to. He's said it himself, along with Arthur. He wants to bring Arthur down, as well as anyone that's connected to him. He blames Arthur for Jai's death. And to quote Arthur, it's not enough to just bring him down, Henry wants to bury him. He's setting Arthur up for a huge fall.