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post #121 of 375
Did they not run a season 1 marathon before the opener?
post #122 of 375
Yes. It lasted til 2et. I like this show. I watched it last season And will continue to. Sure, it can be sill sometimes, like the shootouts with no gun.
post #123 of 375
I love Covert Affairs. I watched the marathon of reruns and this week's season opener over the last couple of days and was reminded why I like the show so much.

Annie's ability to kick the asses of beefy assassins, although she is unarmed and dressed in designer clothes, is the show's running joke. Covert Affairs to me is mostly a chance to see charming, beautiful women, especially Piper Perabo, doing exciting things. Every time I see Perabo in the incredibly high heels she usually wears, I wonder how she can walk, much less run and fight armed thugs.

I like the strained but apparently loving relationship that Annie's boss, Joan, has with her husband, Arthur, who is also Joan's boss. That thread has worked to illustrate the interesting bureaucratic infighting that seemingly is always going on in Annie's CIA.

Auggie, the blind man of action, strains my credibility to the breaking point but I put that aside, as I so so much of the other silliness in the Covert Affairs universe. Finally, I like Ben, who is Annie's on again off again lover and played by Eion Bailey. Both he and Christopher Gorham, as Auggie, have done a creditable job, I think, as have most of the other members of the show's large ensemble cast.
post #124 of 375
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post
I love Covert Affairs. I watched the marathon of reruns and this week's season opener over the last couple of days and was reminded why I like the show so much.

Annie's ability to kick the asses of beefy assassins, although she is unarmed and dressed in designer clothes, is the show's running joke. Covert Affairs to me is mostly a chance to see charming, beautiful women, especially Piper Perabo, doing exciting things. Every time I see Perabo in the incredibly high heels she usually wears, I wonder how she can walk, much less run and fight armed thugs.

I like the strained but apparently loving relationship that Annie's boss, Joan, has with her husband, Arthur, who is also Joan's boss. That thread has worked to illustrate the interesting bureaucratic infighting that seemingly is always going on in Annie's CIA.

Auggie, the blind man of action, strains my credibility to the breaking point but I put that aside, as I so so much of the other silliness in the Covert Affairs universe. Finally, I like Ben, who is Annie's on again off again lover and played by Eion Bailey. Both he and Christopher Gorham, as Auggie, have done a creditable job, I think, as have most of the other members of the show's large ensemble cast.
For reasons I can't fully explain, I just don't like the character of the sister. It seems to me the sister and family are an unnecessary and contrived complication in Annie's life.
post #125 of 375
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For reasons I can't fully explain, I just don't like the character of the sister. It seems to me the sister and family are an unnecessary and contrived complication in Annie's life.
of course you don't like her, its cutthroat bitch! she needs to resurrect and fill in for the departing cuddy on house
post #126 of 375
I agree that the scenes involving Annie's sister, Danielle, are a drag. Although I think that Anne Dudek, who plays Annie's sister Danielle, is a fine actress she is grotesquely miscast in Covert Affairs. Dudek was perfectly cast in House as Dr. Amber Volakis, aka Cut Throat Bitch, where she could be edgy and, sometimes, downright mean. But Dudek's performances in Covert Affairs as the sweet but slightly ineffectual wife, mother, and loyal but needy sister, just don't work, at least not for me. Still, I enjoy Covert Affairs' action and bureaucratic infighting so much, I forgive the writers for the boring domestic interludes.
post #127 of 375
I'll bet the bureaucratic infighting in the real world is probably at least ten times as bad as portrayed here. Probably explains some of the intelligence lapses over the past number of years.
post #128 of 375
I fell asleep on last week's episode, and I had no real incentive to watch a repeat. This week's episode was vast improvement. It was nice seeing the Masoud agent make a return to the show. The two actors have better chemistry than almost everyone else on the show. And they showed Annie kicking butt which I think is when show is at its best.
post #129 of 375
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I fell asleep on last week's episode, and I had no real incentive to watch a repeat.

Yeah, It could have been better- it seemed to be missing something. Just no spark...

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This week's episode was vast improvement....And they showed Annie kicking butt which I think is when show is at its best.

Agreed! Need a fill-in for Nikita, Annie will do nicely
post #130 of 375
Oded Fehr is a very good actor, [nice neck snap last night] and an even better villian. Ck him out in Showtime's Sleeper Cell and I think he was on 24
post #131 of 375
I was just thinking to myself earlier... how odd this show is.

I don't look forward to it... but I want to watch it. When I watch it, I usually like it... but I'm not on the edge of my seat waiting for next week.

I remember watching Alias, and thinking... wow, this is a good show but sometimes the Rimbaldi stuff is over the top... I wish I had a spy show that was serious without the mystical weirdness.

So... Covert Affairs is kind of like Alias, without the supernatural... and IF we saw the beginning of Sydney joining the agency like we are seeing with Annie.

So I kind of have my wish... and yet, now something seems missing. Maybe it is hard to do this kind of show without weirdness on serial TV? Movies like the Bourne movies work well... but I don't think I could take a Bourne TV series.

I like many of the actors on Covert Affairs.. and I will keep watching... but I feel like something is missing.
post #132 of 375
I agree that Oded Fehr added a lot to this week's Covert Affairs. I really enjoyed the episode in Switzerland that he was in last season, too. Covert Affairs isn't a world class TV series but it is usually fun. In the charm department it seems to me that Piper Perabo's Annie in Covert Affairs is a female analog to Jeffrey Donovan's Michael Weston in Burn Notice. Overall, I think Burn Notice clearly is the superior show but Perabo is wonderful nonetheless.
post #133 of 375
While I did not finish watching last week's show I did tune into the ending while flicking channels. I think the one conversation with the tennis's star at the end encapsulated all of the issues with the show. At first Annie comes off as harden agent who tells the tennis star she has to give up her life. She gets complimented for being honest and forthright she immediately backs down to being the wimpy agent again. It is like there was an rewrite of the script because they did not want to push the character too far.
post #134 of 375
I thought this episode was decent. I hated the court room cr#p. I can't tell you who I really work for but it is more important than being on a jury. Also, the Masoud agent I like, but I can't get over my bias against Israel. I do find it interesting that they have the money to go to Paris. Why does Dexter have to save money by filming in LA instead of Miami, but USA shows seem to have a bigger budget?
post #135 of 375
and what makes you believe they were actually filming in Paris???
post #136 of 375
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and what makes you believe they were actually filming in Paris???

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06...overt-affairs/
post #137 of 375
There was no doubt that it was shot in Paris to me. I was looking for tell tale green screen artifacts and found none. Hollywood does not have a stage that mimics Pairis roof tops, and they certainly used a lot of those. Well done.
post #138 of 375
Yeah, the rooftops are what did it for me. Unless they had filmed it in another city that looks like Paris, I figured it was Paris. With how cheap cameras are getting these days, I figure at least some of the location shoots have to be cheaper.
post #139 of 375
Bah, rooftops are easy. For reference, look at the Undercovers pilot for some fantastic Eurpean rooftop VFX that are seamless. I think it was Paris but I don't remember for sure. The shot that demonstrates that Covert Affairs wasn't VFX was the escalator trip down into the Louvre, with the glass pyramid above her. That would have been a bitch of a VFX shot on a TV budget/schedule.

@Ericglo: Camera prices are a trivial cost relative to everything else on a location shoot. Cheaper cameras doesn't make it any easier/cheaper to shoot on location. You still need dozens of crew people, permits, security, hotels, food, trucks, lighting, grip equipment, makeup, extras, etc. etc. The camera is nothing compared to that.
post #140 of 375
I liked the chemistry of these characters last year, but they've amped it up to a new level this season. It's turned into one of my favorite summer shows. I've always enjoyed Christopher Gorham, and Augie's relationship with Annie is especially poignant for me. Augie's blindness limits their interactions in some ways, but that makes their exchanges even more moving.

Up next week - Eureka and Warehouse 13. It's gonna be a fun summer.
post #141 of 375
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I liked the chemistry of these characters last year, but they've amped it up to a new level this season. It's turned into one of my favorite summer shows.

I'm wondering, is this still true? Because this week's episode was a mess. TERRIBLE writing, horribly contrived scenarios, and implausable in every respect. I watch this show because my wife likes it, and she puts up with my shows. Last season, I found it fairly entertaining. But so far this season...yikes. Really really awfull. It's definately gown down hill.
post #142 of 375
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I'm not sure what you see as mutilated. She looked just fine to me being nearly 47 years old. This is from Covert:


Nah that some serious BAD work done her face . shame too,she would have aged nicely . amazing how many have had bad surgical work these days, Mickey Rouke is a monster now L O L !
post #143 of 375
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I'm wondering, is this still true? Because this week's episode was a mess. TERRIBLE writing, horribly contrived scenarios, and implausable in every respect. I watch this show because my wife likes it, and she puts up with my shows. Last season, I found it fairly entertaining. But so far this season...yikes. Really really awfull. It's definately gown down hill.

I agree that this week's Covert Affairs episode was dumber than usual but I still enjoyed it. I particularly enjoy Piper Perabo as the intrepid Annie and Kari Matchett as Joan, the Bitch Goddess From Central Casting. I have been less impressed, though. with the woefully miscast Anne Dudek as Annie's clueless sister. I keep remembering her wonderful performances as the Cut Throat Bitch on House and wonder what she was thinking when she took this silly role.
post #144 of 375
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...I have been less impressed, though. with the woefully miscast Anne Dudek as Annie's clueless sister. I keep remembering her wonderful performances as the Cut Throat Bitch on House and wonder what she was thinking when she took this silly role.

I can think of five reasons:
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post #145 of 375
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post
I'm wondering, is this still true? Because this week's episode was a mess. TERRIBLE writing, horribly contrived scenarios, and implausable in every respect. I watch this show because my wife likes it, and she puts up with my shows. Last season, I found it fairly entertaining. But so far this season...yikes. Really really awfull. It's definately gown down hill.
This is light summer fare for me. I'm not holding it to terribly high standards, but for what it is, it's good hot weather entertainment in my book. I like Piper Perabo, and I think her chemistry is good with anyone she shares the screen with. I really like Christopher Gorham, and I hope he finds a truly great show one of these days. He's not been fortunate finding the right parts in his career. Unfortunately, his "blindness" in this role limits how they can use him. Too bad. But I think he and Perabo have the best chemistry of all the performers.

Implausible? OK, but the relationships work well enough for me to give it a pass. Chuck was completely implausible for two years, but the relationships worked. When they stopped working for me in the third season, I lost one of my favorite shows. If the relationships in Covert Affairs become as contrived as they are now in Chuck, this show won't work for me either. Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the chemistry and Piper Perabo's charm.
post #146 of 375
So, during the latest episode, they flashed "For more shirtless Auggie pictures, go to..." and some URL.

First off...tacky. Secondly, if they had to do that, then in all fairness they need to do the same for Annie.
post #147 of 375
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post

So, during the latest episode, they flashed "For more shirtless Auggie pictures, go to..." and some URL.

First off...tacky. Secondly, if they had to do that, then in all fairness they need to do the same for Annie.



First off... if they did the same for Annie, I suspect you'd post that it was tacky only after rushing to the web site to check it out.

Second, they've had plenty of shirtless Annie shots, but the camera was in the wrong position (i.e. behind her).

Third, I was going to agree with you about implausible storylines after watching this week's episode. Auggie's backstory was interesting, but the "blind man's revenge theme" was one of the most implausible things I've ever seen attempted on television. I'm all for giving Christopher Gorham more screen time, but that's not the way to do it.
post #148 of 375
Next week we'll see Auggie win the National Paintball Championship.
post #149 of 375
I love how the flight attendant felt the need to wrap the bed sheets around herself when she got out of bed... while in the room with a blind guy!
post #150 of 375
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post

So, during the latest episode, they flashed "For more shirtless Auggie pictures, go to..." and some URL.

First off...tacky. Secondly, if they had to do that, then in all fairness they need to do the same for Annie.

I have to admit... I largely ignore the things they flash on the bottom of the screen... but I saw that one, and thought... what?? Really? I think the one a couple of weeks ago "How will Annie do without Auggie" was crazy when by the end of the episode Auggie was back in his normal role!

People chatting online (like we are doing now) after the show is fine... and people who want to chat during the show is even fine... but don't ask me questions on the bottom of the screen while I'm trying to watch!

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I love how the flight attendant felt the need to wrap the bed sheets around herself when she got out of bed... while in the room with a blind guy!

I had the same thought. I suppose in real life, though, it might just be natural habit/instinct... so it wasn't completely unrealistic.
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