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Obsessed TV Report Card: State of Affairs

There's w88手机版登录fashionably late,and then there's missing the boat completely—and I wasn't quite sure where NBC's new drama State of Affairs was going to fall,considering it is entering a chock-full genre of political-powerhouse shows.The field isn't just crowded—it's also fiercely competitive,with established award-winners including House of Cards,Homeland,and Scandal already having cemented their spots in the fictional Beltway.So where does Katherine Heigl and Affairs fit in?The premise,on paper,appears to be trying to combine the best of all its predecessors into one show: Charleston Tucker (Heigl) is a CIA analyst (a la Homeland's Carrie Mathison) responsible for briefing President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) daily on the nation's top security threats.To sprinkle in a little bit of Scandal-like drama,Charlie was also engaged to the President's son Aaron,who was killed a year ago in a terrorist attack in Kabul—that both Charlie and the President survived.Now,Charlie is coping using what her therapist describes as "reckless personal behavior" (a.k.a.sleeping around and getting drunk,also Carrie-esque).To top it all off,she's receiving anonymous,threatening texts that we can read via on-screen bubbles (House of Cards) from someone who knows whatreally

There's w88手机版登录fashionably late,and then there's missing the boat completely—and I wasn't quite sure where NBC's new dramaState of Affairswas going to fall,considering it is entering a chock-full genre of political-powerhouse shows.The field isn't just crowded—it's also fiercely competitive,with established award-winners includingHouse of Cards,Homeland,andScandalalready having cemented their spots in the fictional Beltway.So where doesKatherine HeiglandAffairsfit in?

The premise,on paper,appears to be trying to combine the best of all its predecessors into one show: Charleston Tucker (Heigl) is a CIA analyst (a laHomeland'sCarrie Mathison) responsible for briefing President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) daily on the nation's top security threats.To sprinkle in a little bit ofScandal-like drama,Charlie was also engaged to the President's son Aaron,who was killed a year ago in a terrorist attack in Kabul—that both Charlie and the President survived.Now,Charlie is coping using what her therapist describes as "reckless personal behavior" (a.k.a.sleeping around and getting drunk,also Carrie-esque).To top it all off,she's receiving anonymous,threatening texts that we can read via on-screen bubbles (House of Cards) from someone who knows whatreallywent down the day her fiance and five other Americans died.

You'd think pulling aspects from three great shows would result in one even greater show,but the result is more like a watered-down version of each.It's not as politically riveting asHouse of Cards,even with the first episode's ripped-from-the-headlines hostage-beheading story line.It lacks the intensity and suspense ofHomeland,despite a weird 10-minute sequence where Charlie gets banned from the CIA,通过自动倾卸卡车躲避安全官员,and sneaks her way into the White House.And it falls short in the soap-opera drama category,whichScandalhas down pat.By placing itself in this category and borrowing so blatantly from its peers,State of Affairspractically begs for comparisons—and that is where its sins become most obvious and less forgivable.

Affairshas some redeeming qualities,though,that make it worth sticking it out (at least,for a bit).For one,as Megan Angelo pointed out,the relationship between Charlie and Constance is unlike anything we've seen on TV before—these women in power have an equally personal and professional relationship,a complex dynamic that adds the most substantive layer to the show.And the plot twists in the final minutes of the series premiere [SPOILER]—that the man responsible for the attack that killed Aaron,Omar Abdul Fatah,was Charlie's CIA assetandthat Aaron had a gun pointed at Charlie before he was killed— were both unexpected and leave us wanting for more.These two elements could make up for the show's previous missteps but only if it also gets rid of those text bubbles,D.C.cliches,and horrible outfit choices (no one does a white coat like Olivia Pope).

How do you rank the latest women in Washington,Charlie and Constance?And how did you feel aboutState of Affairs?