07 November 2012

What I Watch: Covert Affairs

Covert Affairs is a USA show about a CIA operative named Annie Walker. I've watched it from the beginning, in part because the lead character's name is Walker! Also we had recently seen Piper Perabo in a play on Broadway when the show started so I wanted to at least check it out. I've kept watching, and I think the show gets better and better.

Last night I watched it and kept flipping back to election coverage on commercials (eventually I just went to sleep -- Daylight Savings Time has done a number on us, and I'm glad I didn't try to stay up until 1 a.m. when the election was finally called. I was just as happy finding out this morning at 7 a.m.!)

Basically I love that this show has a kick ass female lead. She's not perfect and makes mistakes and has to be saved sometimes, but she also gets to do the saving plenty.

She's also beautiful, and they constantly change up her look -- her hair goes from curly to straight, up to down, etc. And the recent arc when she was in a Russian prison -- OMG she looked amazing in a haggard, beat down way. And the no makeup, pissed off look as she recovered from a gunshot wound. Anyway, I think the styling on this show is ridiculously good. Love it.

There's the right amount of romance, and although her male suitors seem to come and go, there is consistent sexual tension with her tech guy Augie. I love the solid friendship and when they give hints that the two could end up together. (I'm a sucker for love stories, even when they're less skillfully handled.)

Some of the side storylines are a little weird (suddenly her boss has a drug addiction, what?), but the main storyline right now is complex and rich. I have to watch the "last time on Covert Affairs" at the beginning to remember exactly what has happened (on most shows I don't). But it makes it SO good.

It's not a show you can really pop in and out of, but it's not so hard to catch up that watching an episode out of order would be unreasonable.

1 comment:

Sydney said...

Much better than your average TV show.