Sunday, October 31, 2010

What I’m Watching: Undercovers

Undercovers: Season 1, Episode 6 “Xerxes” (B)

And with that, this show pulls its first preposterous twist. I would have been okay with Tessa working for Xerxes because such fickle loyalties and treacherousness has become commonplace in spy dramas. Tessa as Xerxes, however, doesn’t compute. If she really was a legitimate criminal mastermind, she wouldn’t have recited confirmation numbers out loud when there was a chance that the doe-eyed Hoyt could overhear them. On that note, Hoyt’s ability to memorize long string of numbers is impressive, and he should really recognize his own achievements before praising Steven and Samantha’s ability to deduce the meaning of the numbers. Watching Hoyt and Steven ride on the sides of the truck was wonderfully and nostalgically reminiscent of Indiana Jones, and Hoyt seems to be doing just fine in the field, especially when he decides that he wants to be the one to take down his former crush and current criminal mastermind. I enjoyed the casting of Sean Maguire, who I very much enjoyed in a short-lived 2001 WB sitcom called “Off Centre” starring Eddie Kaye Thomas of “American Pie” fame, as the latest guy to come between Steven and Samantha. I’ll admit that I’m a bit perplexed by the mysterious absence of Leo Nash and the usage of another character to fill the same role he’s supposed to play. Overall, the show is still entertaining enough to sustain my interest and be worth my time, especially considering the dearth of television on Wednesday nights as compared with the three nights preceding it.

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