I was surprised to see that I am the first to post about this week's Covert Affairs. I thought it was one of the best, if not the very best, episodes of the show I have seen. Who would have thought that Simon, the charming but ostensibly untrustworthy Russian spy, would kill his handler to protect Annie? Clearly, he loves the girl.
What has made the Simon thread so fascinating to me is that Annie, until now at least, has been playing Simon in order to garner valuable intelligence. But now Simon has risked his life by killing his handler and it makes Annie sick. Is she falling in love with Simon? Who knows. Whether she is or not it was her use of her trade craft that put Simon in the position where he felt he had to kill the handler to save Annie. What delicious stuff. It reminds of John Le Carre at his darkest. Like some of Le Carre's tortured spies, Annie doesn't know where she stands or what she should do right now. Even more deliciously, we don't know whether Simon is playing some other double game and his decision to kill the handler was driven by something other than his love for Annie. Or did Simon not kill the handler at all and what Annie saw was a carefully staged bit of theater? I can hardly wait for next week!
Edited by gwsat - 8/30/12 at 6:52am