SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA 21.1: Young at Heart

There was something about the premiere of SURVIVOR: NICARAGUA that immediately put me off, and I’m damned if I can figure out what it was. I simply was not real interested. I suppose it’s because no one in this cast was immediately colorful enough to capture my attention. This bloodless group has the misfortune of following up probably the best season ever, SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS. That one was packed with larger-than-life personalities. Everybody in this edition – with the exception of Coach Jimmy Johnson – seems rather bland. Even the location felt non-descript: a generic seaside beach that looked interchangeable with any of the previous seasons’ tropical settings.
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COVERT AFFAIRS 1.11: When the Levee Breaks

The second hour was not really a “dramatic finale” of a two-parter so much as the denouement of the season as a whole. But there was a recurring theme in both hours: each episode began with seemingly mild-mannered men running for their lives. In the opening hour, it was that pharmacist/mule at the airport. And in this installment, it was a science teacher at a private school in Hong Kong.

Ben Mercer (Eion Bailey) was not doing any running when he surrendered himself at Langley. “My name is Ben Mercer. I’m a former CIA operative,” he declared. “I want to come in from the cold.” He didn’t exactly get the cold shoulder after two years in the wind, but his reception was hardly heart-warming. He was immediately strapped into a polygraph. Please. As if a superspy like Ben would even break a sweat beating such a phony and useless device.
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