Covert Affairs: Season 2, Episode 8

Welcome to the Occupation (26 Jul. 2011)

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Eco-terrorists hold a group of oil executives hostage in Mexico City, and Ben Mercer re-emerges as part of Annie's team sent in to assess the situation.

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Delgado's ruthless, previously unknown eco-terrorist organization takes everyone hostage at a Mexico city energy conglomerate board meeting, including CIA undercover Megan Wilkons. They want to give an interview to a local cable station, so Annie has to interrupt mountaineering with Dr. Scott Weiss to pose as reporter, accompanied by Joan as producer and Ben as cameraman, while Jai gets his father Henry Wilcox to use his influence as US board member. Arthur only authorized an observation mission, but action becomes unavoidable. Written by KGF Vissers

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Greatly revamped story lines and round characters
31 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm so glad that Joan has been allowed to be seen as a real human being instead of the rigid, unfriendly control freak she was the first season. Now she can actually defeat people swiftly with martial arts, smile and be likable, and show both her masterful and her feminine and loving sides to and with her husband.

Piper Peribo has also been allowed to develop her character. During the first season, she did not do well in any hand-to-hand skirmish - either being just plain put down or so unready for a real fight that her combatant slipped away after making her look more inept than someone with her supposed credentials should ever appear. This season has been different.

The show is edgier, too, this season, with real menace suddenly looming up in the characters' faces.

No doubt this show has realized it must compete with some other extremely well-conceived and well-written shows like "Suits" and "White Collar," not to mention "Fringe" and "Alphas." The results provide enhanced viewer enjoyment. Good story. Good writing. Good acting. Great cinematography and special effects.

In his "Aspects of the Novel," E.M. Forster defined the term "round character," i.e. one who is multi-dimensional, one who is not totally good nor totally evil, one who exhibits flaws and weaknesses as well as superb talents and skills. A flat character is one who is one-dimensional.

Successful television shows today are being produced with the care and at a cost that feature length movies even 15 years ago might envy.

I appreciate the results of this ongoing competition. Sometimes, when art collides with the profit motive, maybe both elements can flourish.


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