Covert Affairs – Episode 2-12 Review – “Uberlin”

I didn’t review last week’s fall premiere because the episode contained the worst parts of the show, basically anything to do with Jai. Normally, a show might retool things that didn’t work in the first season, cutting them out entirely or radically changing them. Covert Affairs, however, doubles down: more Jai, this time with a different job within the CIA.

“Uberlin” places Jai off to the side and instead focus on Arthur’s past. He and Joan have been underdeveloped, so it was good that we got lots of backstory on him as well as seeing him doing spy world. While this will certainly not be a normal occurrence, Arthur was a lot cooler than he’s been and worked well with Annie.

For the second week in a row, Covert Affairs was partially shot on location. There’s really a marked difference seeing the real Venice and real Berlin compared to the lame green screen we usually have to see. Unfortunately, the show doesn’t have the budget to fly all around the world, so we probably won’t get another episode like this for a while.

Score: 8.8/10

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