Sunday, December 7, 2014

Covert Affairs - Transport Is Arranged

Running out of time before Aleksandre Belenko (Shawn Dowyle) can torture the information he needs out of Auggie (Christopher Gorham), Annie (Piper Perabo) and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) sneak into Russia to find and save their missing friend. Willing to do whatever it takes to find Auggie, McQuaid grows a bit concerned with the ruthlessness Annie shows in torturing a location out of one of McQuaid's contacts eventually leading the pair to an abandoned warehouse just in time to see Belenko escape and the entire building go up in flames.

Along with finally revealing what Belenko is after, the only other member of Auggie's unit still alive who Belenko holds responsible for the death of his brother, "Transport Is Arranged" offers an unexpected guest-appearance by Natasha Petrovna (Liane Balaban) whose inclusion in Auggie's torture is meant to force the CIA agent to reveal the location of his long-believed dead former compatriot. The timeliness of Belenko's escape also suggests the man still has a source inside the CIA continually feeding him information when needed.

With only two episodes remaining and Auggie rescued, but assumed dead by Belenko, the hunt for the madman begins. Although unexpected, the return of Natasha is a pleasant surprise and it will be interesting to see if she sticks around for the next couple of episodes (and possibly beyond?). The suggestion of a link inside the CIA or McQuaid's company brings up another possibly big reveal before the end of the season as someone is obviously helping Belenko stay one-step ahead the determined Miss Walker.

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