In the year 2000, we were sent two vastly different movies from the lords of cinema. One was The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. The other was Coyote Ugly. Both films featured an attractive young lass in the lead named Piper Perabo — a name that surely sounds like a Marvel superhero's love interest. With the release of one film, it appeared Piper was destined for a slot on the A-List. Alas, the other movie seemed to completely kill that option altogether. Sadly, no one can really tell Coyote Ugly apart from The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle anymore — as both have earned a reputation for being quite, quite dumb — so trying to attribute the blame is futile.
But Ms. Perabo did not disappear forever, kids. Following several unmemorable roles in several forgettable movies, Piper landed herself a starring role in an espionage series for the USA Network entitled Covert Affairs — a name that surely sounds like a late-night Cinemax softcore flick. Premiering in July of 2010 with an eleven episode first season, the show proved successful enough to warrant another go, which is presented here in Covert Affairs: Season Two — a sixteen episode set presented on four discs and with several special features to boot.
If you're not at all familiar with the series, Covert Affairs finds Piper Perabo as Annie Walker — a gifted CIA trainee sans the experience and gun. Nevertheless, her own God-given talents manage to get her through whatever it is her superior (Kari Matchett) assigns her to do. Christopher Gorham co-stars as Annie's blind special-ops friend who frequently uses his skill to get her out of sticky situations (they also land in one together in this season, which seriously sets up a shark for the series to jump over), Sendhil Ramamurthy is the proverbial annoying Federal Agent jerk, Anne Dudek ("Cutthroat Bitch" from a memorable House story arc) is Annie's oblivious sister, and Peter Gallagher has a low-key supporting role as a CIA executive who never seems to be entirely kosher (frankly, Pete should just start lending his marvelous voice to animated works and video games if this is the best he can do for an on-camera role these days).