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Alias: The Prophecy

Sydney: "Maybe it's a picture of my mother."

Moving headlong into the mystical, we had two big developments in this episode: (1) We finally saw the inner sanctum of the Alliance (and having Roger Moore there was just fun); and (2) Sydney herself has been integrated into the Rambaldi storyline. Okay, three big developments: (3) Vaughn asked Sydney out to dinner. Except it didn't happen yet.

There was added dimension to Arvin Sloane, too: his obvious love for his dying wife, his willingness to murder a friend to get something he wanted, and his vulnerability and anger when he realized he had been manipulated. This is not a man anyone should cross. Roger Moore had better watch his back.

Enter the NSA's Department of Special Research, the "fringe science" X-Files guys, investigating Sydney to see if she matches the three prophecy match points: DNA sequencing, platelet levels, and heart size. Why the hell is Sydney in a document that Rambaldi wrote five hundred years ago? (Haladki: "It's like 666, guys. You see the writing on the kid's scalp, you know there's some problems at home.") Did they decode it incorrectly? Is it Sydney's mother, after all?

Sydney got her first op with Vaughn! "Yeah. I'll break into the Vatican with you." And he wants to take her to Trattoria de Nardi, his absolute favorite restaurant in the world. Forget the restaurant. Why don't they just go hit the sheets, or do something illicit in some other private place? They clearly want to.

Bits and pieces:

-- There was more about "The Man," who is Alexander Khasinau, former KGB.

-- I liked that Devlin stood up for Sydney.

-- Miss Evans (Lindsey Crouse) reminds me of Maggie Walsh, the evil scientist Crouse played on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

-- Emily thinks Sloane is a sweetheart?

-- Haladki is supposed to facilitate interagency cooperation? Haladki?

-- Will and Francie were so out of the spy world in this one, with a Lakers game and Francie obsessing about Kobe Bryant.

-- Okay, I'm not a nitpicker, but I think the Vatican would have a better security system than we saw here. And don't they have Swiss guards, not cops?

-- Here's the quote from Rambaldi: "This woman here depicted will possess unseen marks, signs that she will be the one to bring forth my works, bind them with fury, a burning anger. Unless prevented at vulgar cost, this woman will render the greatest power unto utter desolation."

This week's...

... itinerary: Brazil for a little parachuting, Rome for a little breaking and entering, Montreal for a little assassination, London for a little back-stabbing.

... language skills: Sydney and Vaughn both speak Italian, and Sloane speaks French.

Three out of four spies,

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


  1. I missed Dixon in this episode, but it was otherwise wonderful. The mystical fun is such a great way to add tension while avoiding politics. And it really amps up the personal factor, doesn't it? It's not just about Sydney's mission to take down SD-6, which is good. After a while, that would start to seem like a refusal to move on from Danny's death.

    Vaughn and Sydney seem to agree to date as soon as they get the chance, which is cute. But she told Emily that it was still too early for her, in reference to Will. Is she saying that only about Will, or is she backing away from her previous hockey advances towards Vaughn?

    Lindsey Crouse is great in everything.

  2. While I love the fact that Sydney and Vaughn are in Rome together ("I'll break into the Vatican with you" always makes me sigh), it drives me crazy that two people who are meant to be fluent in Italian mispronounce the name of the restaurant. I don't know why it bugs me so much, but it does.

    The prophesy itself gives me chills.

  3. Josie... My theory is that Sydney will not enter into any relationship where she cannot be completely honest about who she is. At the moment, Vaughn is the only contender, and that can't happen. So, it's the single life for Syd.

    It was fun to have Syd and Vaughn working together and to have Vaughn be happy to break some rules for Syd. He never stops being a babe!

    The prophecy is creepy. Hmmmm....


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