Alias

Season 5 Episode 2

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2005 on ABC
8.5
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Sydney teams up with Renée - a fugitive on the CIA's most wanted list -- to track down Vaughn's murderer before the killer can strike again. Meanwhile, Jack enlists a reluctant new agent, Thomas Grace (Balthazar Getty), and Weiss struggles to decide whether or not to accept a promotion that would force him to leave his friends and colleagues.
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  • Average Alias episode, with some really nice moments.

    7.5
    The mediocricity of early season 5 episodes starts... now.



    ...1... was by no means a bad episode, but it didn't really stand out either.



    The episode had, for me, 3 bright points.



    First, Eric Weiss leaving. It's so sad. First, Sydney loses her fiancé(for the second time... and if we count Danny, then for the third), and now, she loses one of her best friend.



    Eric leaving was definitely a sad moment, and the show's actually starting to feel something different. I call it the season 5 syndrome. It gets better as we're closing in to the series finale, but until then...



    The second good thing about the episode was Tom Grace. He only had a few brief scenes, but... that guy's great. Out of the 3 new regulars, people tend to hate Tom the most. I don't understand that. I think Tom's a cool addition, because, he's low tech, he doesn't like kung fu(he even mentions that in a later episode), he says what he thinks... and he simply has the appearance. No wonder Jack likes him.



    Finally, the ending was great. A pretty good twist. The episode was, as usual, about retrieving a bomb, however, in the last few scenes it was revealed that it isn't a bomb, but a box, with a man inside.



    Now, for the downside. Reneé Rienne is the worst character in the history of Alias regulars, in my opinion. She seems like a regular bad guy, but on the good side. Basically, her character lacks depth, and there's really nothing interesting about her.

    Her stealing the box without the knowledge of the CIA or Sydney is interesting, but nothing to get shocked about.



    Another problem is how empty it felt. The effects of the time advancement show. The characters live their "normal" life, like nothing happened.



    And finally, Sloane is going nowhere. He is by far the most interesting character in the series, but it feels the writers are just using him as a time filler. For now.



    Overall, while this one had some good moments, it felt really like an average Alias episode. But average Alias still means highly enjoyable, so...moreless
  • Review

    9.2
    Losing Eric Weiss and Micheal Vaughn in back to back episodes is a huge hit to the casting for the final season of the show. Im sure Alias didnt want to lose either of them, but because of contract issues had to lose the both of them. While Eric wasnt as big as Micheal was, it was still hard to lose another regular in the second episode of the season. The episode itself was confusing, but I like that from JJ Abrams based shows. The man in the frozen coffin has woken up, though we dont know what his purpose is yet. Renee is the one who must have helped raid the facility as she is the one that has the body. I thought the man from the plane would have lasted a bit longer, but his death just opens up more questions.



    The fact that from the first episode of the season we skipped a head four months in time was interesing. I suppose its for the best. Sydney has somehwat moved on and we dont need to have many filler scenes of her getting all upset. Shes on track for revenge now - not crying over it. Season 5's story, while somewhat confusing, is still one of the better devoloping storyarchs this show has seen in a very long time.moreless
  • A few really good parts! One bummer part that is unexcusable.

    8.5
    This episode overall was very good if you ask me. We got to meet a new character, Rachel Gibson. Not to mention the creepy evel Gordon Dean that is always lurking around the evil parts. Anyways, we learn that Rachel is really going through what Sydney went through all those years ago with SD-6, so she overall joins CIA. Also, later on we see a man hooked up to a machine, which we don\'t know what is going on. To me, I secretly think since it is the last season it could be Rambaldi? Nahhhh... But what I didn\'t like about this particular episode in which I rated it so poorly is Weiss returned to Washington DC. Weiss was one of my personal favorite characters, along with Marshall, woohoo, he\'s still on.moreless
  • Sydney teams up with Renée - a fugitive on the CIA\'s most wanted list to track down the murderer of a close friend before the killer can strike again.

    8.9
    For those who were hoping that we\'d heard the last of ancient manuscripts, this episode was probably a letdown. Ditto for those who were hoping to see Nadia, those watching to see Syd wearing a skimpy outfit, and those with a strong aversion to seeing extremely handsome agents get brutally shot.



    Personally, I wasn\'t thrilled to learn that Jennifer\'s pregnancy would be written into the story line, but I suppose it is more practical than trying to cover it up. Given what we know about the characters and the life they lead, the last thing we would expect (pardon the pun) is that they would want to bring a baby into that world. At the same time, starting a family would have been the next logical step for Syd and Vaughn. They were already engaged to be married, and with Sloane no longer the head of APO, their continued employment would be less of an obligation. Of course, this is Alias, so we should know better than to look for a happy ending.



    For the record, I do not think Vaughn is dead. If he had died by the train tracks where he was shot, I might have believed it. But the way it happened, with him falling asleep right before the monitors started to flash . . . it\'s all too convenient. If his death was indeed faked, the question becomes, \"Who is behind it?\" If it was the bad guys, then Vaughn\'s situation mirrors Syd\'s; recall that the Covenant faked her death so they could be free to try to brainwash her. In this case, I think it\'s more likely that APO orchestrated it to protect him from Dean and the other baddies. The key evidence for that is the way Vaughn started to get sleepy - I think we were supposed to view that as him starting to \"fade\" - right after drinking from whatever Syd was giving him.



    If Vaughn\'s apparent death and the buzz about Vartan\'s rumored departure was all a stunt to gain publicity for the show, I hope it doesn\'t backfire. Critics are saying that the show has quite a few obstacles to overcome this season, including their killer new Thursday timeslot; maybe this isn\'t the best time to make the fans sweat.

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  • All in all I enjoyed the episode. I did not think it was quiet as strong as the season premiere but It was still a good way to spend a Thursday Night.moreless

    7.0
    I have to start off this review by saying I loved the scene with Sydney and Curtis: \"It\'s a funny thing about Pregnancy, Hormones.\" This then ended with her kicking him out of the window. It is probably one of the last kicks we will see from Miss Pregnant Bristow until she delivers her baby and I enjoyed it (yes I know she probably would not have been able to kick him out the window).







    Curtis implied on the plane that the person who ordered the kill on Vaughn was someone Sydney knew....and The Plot Thickens. I have no earthly clue who that could be, maybe Sloane?







    And the big question is who is in the box? At first I was thinking Vaughn but the white hair made me think again. Also why would Rene steal it? It probably has something to do with Prophet 5 but exactly what I have no idea.







    Weiss is gone also!! We have lost 3 characters this season: Nadia, Vaughn and now Weiss. I just don\'t think I can take anymore. I mean Nadia never did exactly click as a character for me but it is still nice to see familiar faces. I wonder if Greg Grunberg (Weiss) left to work on his new show \'The Catch\'. Well he is not dead so hopefully he will be a guest starring later in the season. We need him for the comic relief, the season 4 finale interactions between him and Marshall were hilarious and I hope we will get more.







    Plus we got a new character this episode: Tom Grace. We do not really know a lot about him except that getting drunk and taking part of bar fights seems to be a hobby. Seems like a strange guy for Jack to ask to join the C.I.A but who ever knows what Jack\'s motives are. I sense there\'s more to uncover about Mr. Grace.







    All in all I enjoyed the episode....I did not think it was quiet as strong as the season premiere but It was still a good way to spend a Thursday Night. Also I like the new credit sequence, better then last years even though I wish they would have taken out the soft moaning that plays in the background.







    Final Ratings: 2 1/2 out of 4 Stars











    - Tim Bronx

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Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Victor Garber

Victor Garber

Jonathan 'Jack' Donahue Bristow

Balthazar Getty

Balthazar Getty

Thomas Grace

Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Heinrich Roemer

Guest Star

Marsh Mokhtari

Marsh Mokhtari

Technician #2

Guest Star

Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman

Carrie

Guest Star

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sydney: I'll see you soon enough . I mean, God knows I have enough frequent flyer miles.
      Weiss: You're lying, but I appreciate that.

    • Sydney: It's not fair; he should've been there.
      Jack: I'm here.

    • Blond Agent: No, you can't. It's a myth.
      Friend: No, it's not. Listen, it has something to do with the Earth's axis and the alignment of the sun. Trust me; I Googled it.

    • Sloane: This is your first lead, isn't it, Sydney.
      (Sydney doesn't say anything, she just looks down)
      Sloane: Look, I know how important this is to you. But revenge is ultimately a hollow pursuit, Sydney.
      Sydney: This isn't about revenge. They know who I am. They know where I work. And as long as they're out there, I am not safe.

    • Marshall: I'll run it against the Echelon call archive. I'll use the five ... Got the audio. Patching it through.
      (He and Sydney listen to a foreign-language conversation)
      Sydney: They're ordering takeout, Marshall.
      Marshall: Right. Sorry. Must be the three.

    • Sydney: You called him "Michael."
      Renee: Yeah.
      (She turns to leave)
      Renee: Don't worry. He was crazy about you.

    • Sydney: I understand why you're reluctant. You're number eight on the CIA's most wanted list, I get it. But you have to understand: these people killed my finance, the father of my child. I'm going to enlist every resource available to immobilize them, and if that means that this is the last time you and I see each other, that is fine by me. Just tell me how you want to do it.
      Renee: Number eight?
      Sydney: Yes.
      Renee: I'm slipping. Used to be number six.

    • Renee: You're gonna want to step aside now.
      Guard: Sexy. So I'm being threatened by a waif and a pregnant chick.
      (Renee punches him and shoves him against the door.)
      Renee: Is it sexy now?

    • Sydney: Do you recognize me?
      Curtis: No.
      Sydney: Four months ago, you murdered a man, Michael Vaughn. Do you remember? I do. I was there. It'll be burned into my memory for the rest of my life as the day my child lost its father . . . So you can imagine what I'd like to do to you. Lucky for you, there's someone I want even more. Tell me where I can find Gordon Dean.
      Curtis: Is this whole routine supposed to scared me? I do this for a living.
      Sydney: It's a funny thing about pregnancy - hormones. Whoo. I woke up today... (she gives Curtis a dark, threatening look) ...feeling pretty hormonal.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 24, 2007 on Channel 7
      Slovakia: February 10, 2010 on Markiza

    • The new credit sequence shown for the first time in this episode actually contains Morse code, as the letters that spell out ALIAS flash. They give the message: 'AGENT KANE'.

    • Balthazar Getty appears as Thomas Grace for the first time in this episode, the second of the season.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" by LCD Soundsystem
      "Lately" by David Gray
      "I've Been Thinking" by Handsome Boy Modeling School

    • This is the first episode of the season to feature a title sequence. It has changed once more from season four, showing clips of all of the stars with the cast names enlarged to make them easier to read.

    • Michael Vartan is removed from the credits.

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