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29 August 2012 @ 03:51 pm
Covert Affairs  
I know, a fannish post! Shocking. But I've been catching up on this season of Covert Affairs, and although it may be an unpopular fannish opinion, I'm sure it comes as no surprise to those who know me that I am a huge Simon/Annie fan. I know there are  alot of Auggie/Annie shippers, but I just can't get behind it. I love their friendship to pieces, but I just don't feel them as a romantic couple. 

Of course, TPTB sure look like they're going there, eventually, but oh well. I've never been one to ship the ship I'm supposed to, you know? I'd rather ship her with Oded Fehr's recurring character, despite the age difference. 

Anyway, I am all caught up, and I have a few comments and predictions (and just know that I am completely unspoiled, so these are only my own personal predictions):

I have loved Simon since day one. Some of that is because I really like the actor. I have since I saw him in Prince of Persia. But, as you all well know, a LOT of it is because Simon is a badass international super spy. It doesn't hurt that he is gorgeous with beautiful blue eyes (a well established weakness of mine), has mysterious motivations, and an apparent weakness for Annie despite probably knowing who and what she really is. 

Of course, this week all of the cards he's been playing so close to his chest finally came out on the table! He admitted he knows Annie isn't what she seems, but that he's "got it under control" to his evil hitman handler, who wanted to kill Annie. Then, he proceeded to turn on his handler and murdered him right in front of Annie in order to save her! 

It's totally something I would have written, and I loved every minute of the episode. Richard Coyle plays Simon with just enough mystery and badass intensity, balanced with an endearing confusion regarding his feelings for Annie, which clearly are now guiding his actions over his own experience and common sense. I'm a sucker for these storylines. 

Of course, all of this is running parallel with the "CIA traitor" storyline, as we found out this week that Jay was actually investigating Simon and his dealings before his death! Now, I know they want us to ask ourselves if Simon is involved in Jay's death, blah, blah, blah. But honestly I am more concerned about where things are heading with these converging storylines. I have a very bad feeling, after watching the promo for next week's episode, that Annie is going to end up in the traitor's crosshairs, and Simon will save her...and very possibly die himself in the process. Because, you know, that would clear the way for the Auggie/Annie ship the writers are clearly moving toward. While I understand this reasoning, I do not like it. I would much rather Simon hangs around for awhile, creating ambiguity in Annie regarding her feelings for him, and for the other men in her life. You don't sleep with someone and have a pretend relationship with them without becoming emotionally compromised on some level, and professional as Annie has tried to keep her feelings, it is obvious to me that she really cares about Simon. (She already tried to keep him out of law enforcement custody once, and I don't think that was solely because she wanted the CIA to keep him as an asset.)

If I had my wish, Simon would become a CIA asset, and Annie would be his handler. But I know that's not what the show will do, sadly, and I'm very afraid that killing off the very cool and interesting Simon will be the writers' easy way out of the little emotional triangle they think they have going.

So what does everyone else think?

I joined the Rebel Alliance ironically: spydaddy pornstache - by outoftimemorwen_peredhil on August 30th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
I ship Annie with Oded Fehr's character, Eyal, and I used to ship her with Jai (RIP, assuming he's really dead). I can't stand Auggie. Simon's fine — I don't mind them together.

Edited at 2012-08-30 12:12 am (UTC)
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 30th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
And of course I misspelled everyone's name, but oh well. :)

Yeah, I shipped Eyal and Annie before Simon. I think they have 50 million times more chemistry and tension than Auggie and Annie.

The treatment of Jai as a character on the show was ridiculous. It was clear from day one that the writers had no real idea what to do with him. Then, when he was sent in to rescue Annie one time, I thought "here we go, finally!" They even portrayed him as being kind of a badass when he went in with the team. And then they had him stranded by some bs vehicle issue, and again did nothing with him. I was not surprised in the least when they ended up killing him off, and even though it seems like the spy!show thing to do to bring him back, I'll be surprised if they do.

Sad, really.
Lexcrankylex on August 30th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Eyal/Annie is HOT HOT HOT and I am sad that there is practically no fic for it.