“Unndercovers” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” is the latest in a number of hip spy dramas in the same vein as “Burn Notice” and “Covert Affairs.” The show is a creation of J.J. Abrams, whose previous show, “Alias,” also concerned spy adventures.
The episode starts with Leo Nash being chased by a number of black-clad men who seem intent on killing him. Leo seems to know who is out to get him, because he calls one of them on the cell phone suggesting that he will deliver the item they are looking for if the black-clad pursuers are to be called off. He then hides a flash drive in the exhaust of a car just as his pursuers close in.
Samantha and Steven Bloom, a young African American couple, are running a catering service and are in full frenzy getting together a spread for a wedding. It seems that they were not always caterers, because a gentleman from their previous job, Carlton Shaw, arrives to ask them to come back to the CIA for something concerning “Operation Black Swan,” which turns out to be an ongoing op to get an arms dealer/crazed killer named Alexander Slotzky. At first they demure; working for the Company put too much of a strain on their relationship.
Still, the call for the old life proves strong. Steven shows up at Shaw’s office only to find Samantha already there. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to find Leo Nash, with whom Samantha worked and, it is later revealed, had a relationship. Nash has been running Black Swan on his own and has fallen off the grid, presumed to have gone rogue.
The adventure that follows takes them to Madrid, then to Paris, then finally Russia. We meet Hoyt, a geeky, comedy relief CIA agent. There is an information heist in a bank, a set piece infiltration of a wedding that features something called “Sexpionage,” and the final battle in Russia. The flash drive is recovered, Leo Nash is rescued (he was simply trying to infiltrate Slotzky’s gang), Slotzky himself is taken down, and the world is made safe for democracy.
The Blooms are a sharp, attractive couple with an obvious chemistry and the gift for light banter that is always necessary for this kind of thing. They are both equally talented and intelligent, so there are very few Steven-having-to-save-Samantha situations.
It looks like, now, the Blooms will be caterers by day, spies by night. It looks like it’s going to be fun.
Source: Undercovers, Pilot, TV.Rage