Covert Affairs Review: A Tale of Two Auggies
If the Emmys ever decide to recognize the USA Network, and the Academy takes rightful notice of what a fantastic performance Christopher Gorham continues to display on Covert Affairs, "Half a World Away" should be his submission episode.
With Auggie taking center stage, viewers - and Annie - finally learned how this tech went blind. This has been on Annie's mind over the last year or so almost as much as mine.
It was the grand scale of the material that made "Half a World Away" such a great episode, along with such a platform for Gorham to steal the show once again.
In essence, he was playing two characters. These were two extremely different versions of the same guy. In every flashback sequence, he became the freewheeling Captain Anderson of the Special Forces; a shirtless, short-haired, football-playing, sighted Auggie that was hard not to love just as much as the 2011 version. In real-time, he was a man on a mission, in search of the individual that blinded him way back when.
The flashback scenes gave the audience a care free man, on who loved his team - and then lost them in a matter of minutes. That sequence, when the squad came upon the safe house and Auggie took out each bad guy one at a time, was as suspenseful as it gets. We all knew that it was going to end with Captain Anderson getting blinded, but the anticipation it created was still brilliant.
The modern day moments gave us an Auggie that so badly wanted to get back at the man that not only blinded him, but maybe more importantly, killed his entire team. And boy was it easy to sympathize with him, as he told Annie he appreciated everything she had done for him. He then told her goodbye just before heading out to find his blinder.
Although it may have been a bit obvious that Auggie wasn't going to stab the eyes out of - and/or kill - his opponent after besting him in the cargo plane wrestling match, it was still gratifying to see him win that match. Blind. The Auggie we have grown to know and love wasn't going to go as far as possible because he knew it wasn't the right thing to do. But that doesn't mean he wasn't thinking about it. Gorham showed all of this with a simple gesture of putting his knife away.
Maybe it's just that I am a big Gaslight Anthem fan, but We Did It When We Were Young was just the perfect song choice to overlay Auggie walking out from the plane in all of his glory. I had chills.
While most of the characters not named Auggie Anderson didn't have much or anything going on in the episode, Annie still had a few great moments. Whether it was helping him over the phone, or rehashing everything that went down over a few beers upon Auggie’s return, she kept "Half a World Away" grounded.
But it was Christopher Gorham's time to shine. Even those who may have wished for the blindness mystery to continue had to have been thrilled with the way this played out. Right?
Covert Affairs: "Half a World Away"
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