Sunday, November 25, 2012

What I’m Watching: Covert Affairs (Season Finale)

Covert Affairs: Season 3, Episode 16 “Lady Stardust” (B+)

I like how this episode played out, changing the game in a few ways and then ending on not one but two cliffhangers. Khalid demanding the names of all CIA assets in his operation seemed like a high but fair price, and Annie seemed willing and reading to fulfill his wishes to get Eyal back. Fortunately, Auggie’s quick arrival helped speed things along, allowing Eyal to escape unharmed and them to move on to who was most eager to kill Khalid. I enjoyed seeing Auggie and Eyal together in action, and though the door appears to be closed on Eyal’s spy career, I’m sure that Oded Fehr would be up for a return appearance some time in the future. Annie’s decision not to kill Khalid but instead to turn him against his father was very smart, and I’m so intrigued to learn what was in the intel that Henry showed her at the end of the episode that prompted her to so readily agree to work with him. Going against Joan and Arthur won’t go well, and Henry seems determined to reassert himself and get back to the top. If Annie wasn’t going to be with Eyal, it’s great that she and Auggie finally got to realize their romantic connection in a wonderful, sweet final scene. Their new status definitely changes things, but I’m sure they’ll both be able to be professional if and when it doesn’t end up working out. This season has been very focused on arcs and done well in that regard, and I look forward to this show’s return for its fourth season, presumably sometime next summer.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Sarah Clarke as Lena

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