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Alias: Q&A

Vaughn: "Either this thing is completely insane... or it isn't."

This one was a really terrific clip show interspersed with new info – the perfect way for new viewers to catch up with the series. We got more background of how Sydney was recruited and trained by SD-6, her engagement to Danny and his death, Jack's role in all of it, Marshall, Dixon, the whole enchilada.

I am so in love with Spy Dad. (Jack to Haladki: "Just so we're clear. You report this conversation, you'll never wear a hat again.") And Haladki, our FBI mole and a total pain in the butt, reported the conversation. What an idiot. The man must have a death wish.

Vaughn and Jack are in cahoots now, "extracting" Sydney and getting her to Mt. Subasio to render the prophecy worthless. And Weiss went along for the ride, too. Weiss is a lot of fun.

So Sydney's mother planned her own death, and is undoubtedly going to show up as a character at some point. I don't know why I'm surprised. I'm not sure I believe that she's the woman in the Prophecy, though.

Bits and pieces:

— There was no "My name is Sydney Bristow" piece at the beginning; we went right into her driving the car off the pier.

— We learned more about Rambaldi: that he was Pope Alexander VI's chief architect, and that he was executed. "The entire intelligence world is on a Rambaldi scavenger hunt."

— The episode introduced a new character: the wonderful Terry O'Quinn as Kendall. I totally approve.

— Marshall is such a hoot. I really liked the run-together clips of Marshall explaining the tech stuff.

— Sydney was raised by a nanny. I was wondering.

— I loved Francie and Will watching the high speed chase (Sydney) on the news. Is it me, or are they getting outright couple-y?

— The scene with Jennifer Garner under water sucking air out of the tire couldn't have been easy to film.

— Here's the rest of the Prophecy: "Unless prevented at vulgar cost, this woman will render the greatest power unto utter desolation. This woman, without pretense, will have had her effect, never having seen the beauty of my sky behind Mt. Subasio. Perhaps a single glance would have quelled her fire."

— This week's itinerary: a conference room, and all over the place in flashbacks. Ditto for the hot look, although I noticed that Jennifer Garner also looks good with shorter hair.

Four out of four spies,

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


  1. Blue tracksuit, tacky hair, 70s sedan, and Jennifer Garner still looks beautiful.

    For a clip show this was still interesting, particularly in terms of what they chose to highlight: Will but not Francie, for instance. Very little of Sloane's recent troubled relationship with the rest of the Alliance, which makes sense, since Sydney doesn't know about that. And luckily the FBI doesn't seem to realize that Vaughn is a big deal to Sydney.

    Terry O'Quinn! Obviously I remembered he was in this, but I didn't realize we met him so early. Hooray!

  2. After struggling for half a season with the new Terry O'Quinn show, what a joy to see him in a good one. He does exposition like no one else.

  3. I love that Jack and Vaughn were working together. They have finally realized that, because of Sydney, they are not enemies. They are working together to keep her safe, which is cool.


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