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Alias: Conscious

Sloane: "Sydney, as long as you're alive, you'll never owe me a thing."

This was more like an acid trip than a dream sequence. Dippy, drugged out professor David Cronenberg and his equally dippy, drugged out grad student were two of the most fun guest characters they've had yet on this show. Eighteen months of traction? An interesting case of the munchies, with fake bacon and barbecue chips?

The dream/memory sequences were confusing. So, because it's me, I wrote down bits of what happened so I could understand it better.

Dream one: Sydney experienced a sort of alternate history, in which, after shooting Alison, she was in an ambulance and her apartment didn't burn down. Then Sydney was a little girl, and the words "St. Aidan" were on her birthday cake. The cake she was cutting turned into a hand, and Lazarey was there. (Convenient, since it was supposedly his hand.) Hanging plastic kept Sydney from seeing things or getting anywhere. The number 47 was on the door keeping Sydney from her memories. And Lauren tried to kill her.

There was distorted dialogue during dream one. Three men were talking: "... expected by now... at least two more... we've got one of them... it should be somewhere near [garbled]... get Allison... [garbled] almost pulled it off... there were three all together... she's waking up... take her out... they should meet us at the safe house... good work, we'll drop her off at forty-seven." (Thanks, Dan.)

Dream two: A fifties/sixties dream with Dixon in a St. Aidan car. Weiss and Marshall were playing cards and smoking cigars, and there was something that looked like a Rambaldi device on the table. Lauren was back. The Sydney double told Sydney to trust Lazarey. Sydney (in white) fought with her double (in black) and killed her. She opened the door to 47, and cliffhanger, dammit.

Time for a little speculation. Sydney was supposedly watching herself, in all sorts of different Sydney disguises. But having two Sydneys also suggests that Sydney might have been doubled, as Francie was. And – if it wasn't really Lauren trying to kill Sydney, if Lauren represents something or someone else, could it be that the NSC took Sydney, not the Covenant?

So, what do we know now?

1. Lazarey, a Rambaldi fan, is in pieces, but we don't know if he's dead or not.
2. Lindsey has ordered Sloane to kill Sydney. And,
3. Lindsey has proof that he knows Sloane's end game. Supposedly.

Bits and pieces:

— No theme music this week, just credits over action.

— Sydney showed way too much enthusiasm punching out Lauren. Lauren, in turn, was very cool and collected when she told Lindsey the lies about Sydney and the Covenant. Just as I was starting to like her, she tried to kill Sydney in Syd's dream. I don't think the writers want us to feel secure about Lauren.

— "I used to think you didn't have much of a spine." I saw that little smile. Are Jack and Vaughn finally bonding?

— When Sydney was kissing Vaughn and it turned into Sloane, I was so shocked I gasped out loud.

— Dixon is now in a cell, and Lindsey is working on him. Lindsey simply must die horribly, and soon; that's all there is to it.

— The clock on the table has something to do with immortality.

— This week's itinerary: New Haven, and a strip of desert near the San Andreas fault. Bleah.

Very good. Three out of four spies,

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. This was an incredibly fun episode, and one of the few shows I've seen in which I enjoyed the dream sequence. (Buffy Season Four is another.)

    "When Sydney was kissing Vaughn and it turned into Sloane, I was so shocked I gasped out loud."


  2. I've been watching a lot of Alias this weekend...

    The professor and his assistant were too cute, especially with all the side-eyes being given by Vaughn and Jack. Yes, those two are bonding. Jack will likely not be able to forgive him for his marriage to Lauren, but he will always know that Vaughn can be trusted to help protect Sydney. I still don't understand why Jack didn't enlist Vaughn's help when Sydney first disappeared.

    Anyway, I was confused by Lauren showing up in the dream/memory sequence. I find it interesting that Vaughn wasn't there at all, but everyone else she knows made an appearance.

  3. I realize this is many years late but I have been re-watching Alias and this caught my eye - "a strip of desert near the San Andreas fault. Bleah." Bleah? For the love of the Gorn doesn't Vasquez Rocks deserve better than that? ;-) Love the reviews and notes!

  4. Todd, it's never too late to post a comment here -- we're a time travel sort of site. And I'm a dyed in the wool Trekkie. I have absolutely no excuse for not recognizing Vasquez Rocks. :)


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