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Alias: The Frame

Sloane: "You have such a beautiful smile, Sydney. I miss it."
Sydney: "If you're executed, I'll be a witness. I'll smile then."

So we have yet another duplicitous, enemy spy wife. That makes at least four (Irina, Elsa Kaplan, and of course, Lauren). Are the Alias writers running out of ideas? And, hey, Lauren's parents were together for thirty-five years, still spent all their free time together, and she walked in and plugged him – just like that? Hard to believe. (One thing about Lauren's mother makes sense, though; someone other than Senator Reed gave Lauren her belief system.)

I'm also having a hard time swallowing Sloane as a helpless scapegoat, a victim of Lauren's. Will Sloane be executed? I doubt it, even though his character has been so freaking ambiguous this season. What do the writers want us to feel? Triumph? Sympathy? Sloane is still one of the best bad guys on television, or he was once and hopefully will be again. I don't want him to be a good guy, and I don't want him to be Sydney's daddy; this whole thing just doesn't work for me.

We now know that the box contains "the passenger," which has been referred to before. "After all, the passenger is Irina's legacy." Huh? Do they just mean the box has her name on it? But why would it be particularly dangerous for Sydney? Is the bio weapon somehow linked to Sydney's and Irina's DNA?

We now know that Sark ordered the hit on his own father; I don't think we actually knew that before. Why didn't he and Lauren do a strangers on the train, then? Why make Lauren kill her own father, which she couldn't bring herself to do, anyway?

Finally, Boy Scout Strikes Again. Am I the only fan who is tired of how honorable Vaughn is acting? I want some sweaty, illicit giving in to passion, and I want it now!

Bits and pieces:

— Djimon Hounsou returned as Bomani, a man so violent that he actually shocked Sark. Now, that's violent.

— Jack appeared to accept Lauren's "daddy made me do it" cover story. But what does that have to do with "Not if I see you first, love?" Why isn't Lauren still a suspect?

— If I remember correctly, Vaughn's father said he could set his heart by that watch; Vaughn said it stopped the day he met Sydney. Lauren getting it fixed as a conciliatory gesture was interesting symbolism.

— Speaking of Lauren, she looked slightly different, like she's getting a different makeup job or she got botoxed.

— Lauren's mom was played by Peggy Lipton, who was once a star of The Mod Squad. I'm either showing my age, or my talent for remembering useless facts, or both.

— Soft spoken scar guy is back. He was in the Snowman episode.

— Vaughn: "If I need it, can I crash on your couch? Weiss: "Yeah. You just have to wipe off the Cheese Nips." Have I mentioned lately how much I like Weiss?

This week's...

... itinerary: Mexico City, Gaborone, and the Sea of Japan.

... hot look: Lauren wins the hot look sweepstakes with her "kill daddy" outfit, while Sydney ended up with red poodle hair and a tacky green dress that looked like a nightie. I also noticed that Jennifer Garner's bangs appeared and disappeared throughout the episode. Bad continuity there.

Two out of four spies,

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

1 comment:

  1. You said everything I was thinking of posting in the comments, Billie! How is that fair? :-)

    The red curly hair was a tragic decision.


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