27 September 2023

Covert Affairs: Seasons 1-5

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Directors: Numerous, Via Vision Entertainment.

This American spy drama, created by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, ran for five seasons and planted a number of story seeds for a potential sixth season, which from all accounts, is not to be.

Two spy agents, Piper Perabo (The Prestige, Coyote Ugly) and Christopher Gorham (Insatiable, 2 Broke Girls) star as Annie Walker and August ‘Auggie’ Anderson, working together on missions all around the world. That’s with the help of their bosses, Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett) and Arthur Campbell (Peter Gallagher), and associate Jai Wilcox (Sendhil Ramamurthy). Annie must also deal with her home life and her sister Danielle (Anne Dudek).

Season five ends with a cliffhanger. A number of story leads were planted for a potential sixth season — Annie ponders over a marriage proposal and new gig with a CIA taskforce, Auggie’s plan to leave the CIA and travel the world with his girlfriend Natasha and Arthur’s potential Senate run.

Annie is smart and the CIA’s newest field operative in one of their most secretive branches. Suddenly summoned by headquarters for active duty one month before training is over, she’s quickly thrown into a shadowy world full of cons, killers and international crime rings. All the episodes are engaging.

Annie is sent to work in the Domestic Protection Division as a field agent. She is unexpectedly sent out into the field because of her language skills (she can speak six languages). Auggie is a vision-impaired tech operative. Annie’s cover story is that she works in Acquisitions at the Smithsonian Museum. As of the fourth season, her new cover is that of a glamorous and well-connected importer/exporter, with expensive tastes and dealings that may not always be legal.

The 19-disc set traces Annie’s evolution from a wide-eyed young operative, who fetches coffee for her co-workers to a hardened spy who doesn’t balk at enhanced interrogation.

With the exception of the pilot episode, all Season 1 episode titles are names of songs by Led Zeppelin. Season 2 episodes are titles of songs by R.E.M.; Season 3 by David Bowie; Season 4 by The Pixies; and Season 5 by Pavement.

The spy series ran between 2010-14.

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