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COVERT AFFAIRS

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Full Name: Annie Walker
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Matt Corman, Chris Ord
Time Span: 2010 - 2014

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Annie Walker is an agent with the CIA.
       When we initially meet her in the first recorded adventure, she is a trainee in the CIA program, still learning how to become qualified to work for the Agency. She is, as are her instructors, surprised when she is pulled out of a training session and told to report for duty.
       The department she is sent to is the Domestic Protection Division (DPD), a part of the larger National Clandestine Service. Her immediate supervisor at the DPD is the sometimes quite brusque but usually spot-on former field agent Joan Campbell. Two facts are soon made apparent about Campbell; she is upwardly mobile in her desires but she is also determined to make sure she does her current job as best she can.
       Walker is luckily assigned as her handler Auggie Anderson. Anderson had also been an experienced operative for a few years before an accident while on assignment in Iraq with a Special Forces unit cost him his sight. The loss of his vision has put him back in the DPD as an analyst as well as handler but his experiences in the field, coupled with his friendly mannerisms, make him an excellent tutor to Walker. Anderson's keen points of wisdom not only help her manage the dangers out in the field but also aid immensely in surviving the political and bureaucratic dangers in the CIA Headquarters.
       Initially Walker assumes the reasons for her abrupt promotion to active duty came because, as she was told, of her impressive skills as a linguist. Since she speaks six languages fluently, she trusts what her bosses tell her, not having learned the hard way yet that people lie or hide the truth and spies are exceptionally skilled at doing so. The truth will come out soon, though, that her brief, three-week relationship while on vacation in Sri Lanka some time back will be a key factor; there she had met and fallen for a handsome fellow American named Ben Mercer, not knowing that Mercer was a CIA operative who subsequently went rogue and was very much sought by the Agency.
       The matter of Mercer will get resolved soon and Walker will, in the process, prove to her supervisors that she has the makings of an exceptional agent. During the next few years, her naivety will be swept away and her impressive survival skills and instincts will make her a very valuable operative.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:75
First Appearance:2010
Last Appearance:2014
Network:USA

REGULAR CAST
Piper PeraboAnnie Walker [ 1-5 ]
Christopher GorhamAuggie Anderson [ 1-5 ]
Kari MatchettJoan Campbell [ 1-5 ]
Sendhil RamamurthyJai Wilcox [ 1-3 ]
Hill HarperCalder Michaels [ 4-5 ]

MY COMMENTS

       Being a spy-nut, it was a no-brainer that I would check out the new spy series on USA just over a decade ago (as of this writing). I was therefore predisposed to liking it and I did so, quite a bit. Even my wife, who does not suffer from spy-fiction-addiction as I do, found it quite enjoyable and would watch it along with me for the next five years.
       Along the way, the character changed from someone we hoped would not be messed with too badly to someone who we dared bad guys to mess with at all. It was quick but not instantaneous and that make it believable (well, largely) and a whole lot of fun.
       When it came to an end, I was sorry to not have more to watch but there are infrequently what I would consider right times for a show to wrap up and I felt Covert Affairs had reached its point. It was still good but it is usually best to go out on top that to linger.
     Mind you, it did end on a bit of a cliffhanger which a decent enough network might have resolved in a made-for-television movie. Just saying!

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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