History Series / CovertAffairs

25th Aug '16 5:43:11 AM JamesAustin
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** [[Adorkable Adorkable]] Eric Barber seems to have a crush on Annie, but when rumors start circulating about Annie and Auggie getting together romatically (-there was even a betting pool!) he's just happy for his two friends.

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** [[Adorkable Adorkable]] {{Adorkable}} Eric Barber seems to have a crush on Annie, but when rumors start circulating about Annie and Auggie getting together romatically (-there was even a betting pool!) he's just happy for his two friends.



** There's a very brief music snippet in "Communication Breakdown" that sounds like part of the X-Files theme song.
** In "Bang and Blame", Auggie's fake cover when he's pretending to be faculty at a student training cocktail dinner is one Dr. Stephen, neurosurgeon, similar if not the same as one Dr. Stephen Strange. Their backgrounds are similar too.

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** There's a very brief music snippet in "Communication Breakdown" that sounds like part of the X-Files ''Series/TheXFiles'' theme song.
** In "Bang and Blame", Auggie's fake cover when he's pretending to be faculty at a student training cocktail dinner is one Dr. Stephen, neurosurgeon, similar if not the same as one [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Dr. Stephen Strange.Strange]]. Their backgrounds are similar too.



** "The wake up bomb" is possibly the first researched, non-eye rolling appearance of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETA ETA]] in American TV fiction. There is mention of the group being in its last throes and going through a third truce in a decade; Annie gets herself and the CIA involved by accident[[note]]She meets a guy in a bar who turns out to be a former member being monitored by Spanish intelligence, and the Spanish demand an explanation from the CIA after photographing them together[[/note]], with the CIA trying to stay on the fence; and the NecessaryWeasel of having ETA plotting attacks on American soil, out of Spain and France (a big no-no through its history) is justified as it being the work of a splinter cell who wants to force the rest of the organization back into fighting.[[note]]Even then, the two targets are that former member and a Spanish diplomat against whom the cell's leader has a personal ax to grind, not American targets per se. Contrast this with ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Intelligence2014 Intelligence]]'' and its throwaway reference to the CIA killing half a dozen [[LatinoIsBrown conspicuously dark]] "Basque terrorists" who have done "attacks on Spain and the United States", as if that happened every tuesday.[[/note]] The actors even make an effort to speak Basque, some with better accents than others.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/{{Alias}}'', so much so that several elements have been directly lifted from that show - most notably Jai Wilcox's father being a MagnificentBastard of a [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]] and his mother being a double agent.
** Also, like ''Alias'', it takes until season 2 before [[spoiler: Annie is shown directly killing someone]].
** The executive producer of the show is Doug Liman, who is also responsible for ''The Bourne Trilogy.'' In one of the preview videos before the show debuted, he likened the show to seeing what happened to Jason Bourne in between the movies.

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** "The wake up bomb" Wake-Up Bomb" is possibly the first researched, non-eye rolling appearance of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETA ETA]] in American TV fiction. There is mention of the group being in its last throes and going through a third truce in a decade; Annie gets herself and the CIA involved by accident[[note]]She accident,[[note]]She meets a guy in a bar who turns out to be a former member being monitored by Spanish intelligence, and the Spanish demand an explanation from the CIA after photographing them together[[/note]], together[[/note]] with the CIA trying to stay on the fence; and the NecessaryWeasel of having ETA plotting attacks on American soil, out of Spain and France (a big no-no through its history) is justified as it being the work of a splinter cell who wants to force the rest of the organization back into fighting.[[note]]Even then, the two targets are that former member and a Spanish diplomat against whom the cell's leader has a personal ax to grind, not American targets per se. Contrast this with ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/Intelligence2014 Intelligence]]'' ''Series/{{Intelligence|2014}}'' and its throwaway reference to the CIA killing half a dozen [[LatinoIsBrown conspicuously dark]] "Basque terrorists" who have done "attacks on Spain and the United States", as if that happened every tuesday.[[/note]] The actors even make an effort to speak Basque, some with better accents than others.
* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualSuccessor:
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To ''Series/{{Alias}}'', so much so that several elements have been directly lifted from that show - most notably Jai Wilcox's father being a MagnificentBastard of a [[TheSpymaster Spymaster]] and his mother being a double agent.
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agent. Also, like ''Alias'', it takes until season 2 before [[spoiler: Annie is shown directly killing someone]].
** The executive producer of the show is Doug Liman, Creator/DougLiman, who is also responsible for directed and produced ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' and produced the rest of the films in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' (except ''The Bourne Trilogy.'' Legacy''). In one of the preview videos before the show debuted, he likened the show to seeing what happened to Jason Bourne in between the movies.
9th Apr '16 11:38:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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As per USA formula, Annie is surrounded by a cast of quirky characters: [[TheSmartGuy Auggie Anderson]], a field agent who was blinded on a mission and now works MissionControl; [[HandsomeLech Conrad Sheehan]] (only in the pilot), Annie's superior agent; [[BelligerentSexualTension Joan and Arthur Campbell]], the respective head of the Domestic Protection Division and CIA itself (and troubled married couple), [[TallDarkAndHandsome Jai Wilcox]], who follows in his CIA legend dad's footsteps, and Annie's sister [[HeyItsThatGuy Danielle]], who doesn't know of her life in espionage.

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As per USA formula, Annie is surrounded by a cast of quirky characters: [[TheSmartGuy Auggie Anderson]], a field agent who was blinded on a mission and now works MissionControl; [[HandsomeLech Conrad Sheehan]] (only in the pilot), Annie's superior agent; [[BelligerentSexualTension Joan and Arthur Campbell]], the respective head of the Domestic Protection Division and CIA itself (and troubled married couple), [[TallDarkAndHandsome Jai Wilcox]], who follows in his CIA legend dad's footsteps, and Annie's sister [[HeyItsThatGuy Danielle]], Danielle, who doesn't know of her life in espionage.
1st Jan '16 10:01:28 PM nombretomado
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* GeekyTurnOn: Auggie met his ex Natasha at a laundromat where she was reading ''{{Snowcrash}}''.

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* GeekyTurnOn: Auggie met his ex Natasha at a laundromat where she was reading ''{{Snowcrash}}''.''Literature/{{Snowcrash}}''.
20th Nov '15 11:58:03 AM crazysamaritan
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* TheBechdelTest: Pass.
24th Oct '15 9:01:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* BathroomBreakOut: While Annie escorts a prisoner he tries to escape this way, [[spoiler:but [[GenreSavvy Annie]] already waits for him outside the window.]]

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* BathroomBreakOut: While Annie escorts a prisoner he tries to escape this way, [[spoiler:but [[GenreSavvy Annie]] Annie already waits for him outside the window.]]



* GenreSavvy: Escorting an outed Italian operative after being forced down in Argentina, they stumble across a farm;
---> "And this is when you steal some poor hapless peasant's vehicle; his only worldly possession." (Averted when [[spoiler: Annie buys the truck instead of stealing it]].)
28th Apr '15 12:44:25 PM nombretomado
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* CombatPragmatist: Sort of brought up in "Bang and Blame" by the CIA training instructor. When asked to escape from a building and offered a weapon to do so, all of the recruits pick up a gun and shoot their way out. Annie on the other hand takes a gun... to break a glass box that contains a map of the building. She then disappears on the course and walks back into class via the exit. The instructor promptly chews the rest of the class out and explains (much like [[BurnNotice Michael Westen]]) that guns are a last resort. The best weapon is your mind.

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* CombatPragmatist: Sort of brought up in "Bang and Blame" by the CIA training instructor. When asked to escape from a building and offered a weapon to do so, all of the recruits pick up a gun and shoot their way out. Annie on the other hand takes a gun... to break a glass box that contains a map of the building. She then disappears on the course and walks back into class via the exit. The instructor promptly chews the rest of the class out and explains (much like [[BurnNotice [[Series/BurnNotice Michael Westen]]) that guns are a last resort. The best weapon is your mind.



** 1x04, "No Quarter", shows the problems with this; as ''BurnNotice'''s Michael Westen once noted, it's easy to become paranoid, interpreting even innocent gestures as evidence of a threat.

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** 1x04, "No Quarter", shows the problems with this; as ''BurnNotice'''s ''Series/BurnNotice'''s Michael Westen once noted, it's easy to become paranoid, interpreting even innocent gestures as evidence of a threat.



* TortureAlwaysWorks: Averted, as in the sister show ''BurnNotice''. In Season 4, [[spoiler:Annie tries to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torture]] an operative who turns out to be TooKinkyToTorture and actually gives her ''tips''. The situation ends up with the guy dead, shots fired, no information gained, and both her and her sidekick forced to leave. It probably didn't help that Annie's training is mainly in HUMINT, not interrogations.]]

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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Averted, as in the sister show ''BurnNotice''.''Series/BurnNotice''. In Season 4, [[spoiler:Annie tries to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torture]] an operative who turns out to be TooKinkyToTorture and actually gives her ''tips''. The situation ends up with the guy dead, shots fired, no information gained, and both her and her sidekick forced to leave. It probably didn't help that Annie's training is mainly in HUMINT, not interrogations.]]
18th Jan '15 7:00:00 PM WildGoose
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** In Season 5, Annie has found a terrorist financier who can link the Georgian Foreign Minister to terrorist attacks on the US, when Eyal busts in and empties a mag into his chest.
--> "Couldn't you have waited five minutes?"



** [[spoiler:But the bus came back for Eyal in the fourth season (briefly).]]

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** [[spoiler:But the bus came back for Eyal in the fourth season (briefly). And then he made another 2 appearances in Season Five.]]
14th Jan '15 11:56:06 AM Jinx03
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* Augie probably qualifies, seeing as how he's spoken, what, ''arabic, spanish, French'' and ''Chechan'' so far on screen.

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* ** Augie probably qualifies, seeing as how he's spoken, what, ''arabic, spanish, French'' and ''Chechan'' so far on screen.


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* ObfuscatingDisability: A very, very mild version. Auggie is genuinely blind, but is shown playing up his blindness during field work in order to distract marks or put them off their guard.
6th Jan '15 11:13:15 PM relthceb
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* AbortedArc: Annie's boyfriend Ben is a major (if inconsistent) motivating force in the first season, and he returns to her life and the CIA at the beginning of the second. And then... poof! He's [[PutOnABus put on a bus]] within the same episode. They do write him off the show in a way that makes some sense, but it sure was anticlimactic.
6th Jan '15 11:04:53 PM relthceb
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''Covert Affairs'' is a USANetwork SpyDrama, starring Piper Perabo as trainee CIA agent Annie Walker, who is suddenly roped into actual field work.

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''Covert Affairs'' is was a USANetwork SpyDrama, starring Piper Perabo as trainee CIA agent Annie Walker, who is suddenly roped into actual field work.
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