Sunday, October 24, 2010

What I'm Watching: Undercovers

Undercovers: Season 1, Episode 5 “Not Without My Daughter” (B+)

In an episode that's entirely Leo Nash-free, it's good that there's still some couple-based drama to keep the Blooms going. While we didn't get to see all that much of the French spies (though I'm pretty sure I recognized Alex Nesic of “Sleeper Cell” as the guy and have found no hard evidence online to back that up), it was enjoyable to see how they functioned and how Steven and Samantha were so flabbergasted that there was another married couple on the case. In the absence of the guest characters being given an extensive spotlight, some of the other supporting players do get a bit of a chance to shine. In a rare turn of events, Hoyt actually gets to accompany Steven as he charges forward, gun held out in front of him, to take down the enemy. I wouldn't say that he performed better or worse than expected, rather that it's fun enough and also fine to have him just stay in the car to take care of tactical support. I do love seeing the little snippets we are privy to of Shaw and his moodiness, which seems to be curable by ordering room service and not by seeing the Blooms. Their willingness to hop on over to North Korea makes sense as something that would case him a great deal of stress, and therefore his “good job” to them at episode's end is all the more meaningful. Regarding Samantha's sister, I'm only a little curious about what big secret Lizzy is keeping, and I do hope it's something interesting and surprising.

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