Alias

Season 5 Episode 13

30 Seconds

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 03, 2006 on ABC
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9.1
out of 10
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    8.0
    The past four episodes have been exciting and revealing, and eventually the fun had to stop for a transitional episode that sets up the final four hours. "30 Seconds" has two deaths that are extremely surprising, yet the first two-thirds drags. The production team fails to have appropriate pacing for most of the episode and it drags. Time constraits may be a primary reason for this slow pacing to set up story, though six commercial breaks don't help matters either. The final fifteen minutes redeem the entire hour... though I am willing to give the episode another chance when viewing it on DVD. Without advertisements the character moments can shine - though there are enough in the program already *Hybrid* cough. Each character shines during the hour, and Nadia is given an appropriate exit that is worlds better than a la Dawn of the Dead. The only concern heading into the final hours is the Sydney's double storyline. This feels rehashed, and Project Helix was barely mentioned in the past batch of episodes.

    Writing: 7/10
    Acting: 9/10
    Direction: 8/10
    Overall: 8/10

    Notes:
    - Nadia dies by being stabbed by a glass table - much the same as the glass shards hitting her and Sloane in "The Descent" in season 4.
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