Season 5 Episode 17

All the Time in the World (2)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 22, 2006 on ABC
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Peyton tells Sloane that she has made a deal for the Rambaldi Sphere with an ally in China. Sloane arranges for stolen missiles to be sent to Hong Kong. Sloane's plan is revealed to the APO members, who race to stop him before he can use the Rambaldi Sphere to put the plan in motion. But this all leads to a long awaited confrontation between Sydney and Irina.moreless

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  • Everyone praising this episode has no idea of just how horrible this episode and all of its previous episodes (excluding the first two seasons) are.

    After the fourth season of Alias, I learned to stop taking the show seriously. I started to have hope for the fifth season, but then it turned out just as crappy as the third and fourth. And this season finale makes the entire show just seem like one big joke.

    For one thing, Tom's death was horribly written. I especially love how he asks Rachel out, hears her say yes, and then decides to stay in the subway car and be blown up. And Sloane becoming immortal? What the hell is that?!

    If this episode hadn't been the series finale, then I might not have been that upset with it, but after three straight seasons of epic fail I expected the Alias crew to put in their best efforts and make this episode cause me to forget the past faults of this show. To quote John Locke from Lost, "I was wrong."

    The whole fifth season made me want to kill someone. I never understood why they couldn't just kill a character off and let them be; they resurrected almost every single character they killed off on the show, and then used the dumbest excuses known to man.

    "Oh, but he's actually an excellent swimmer!" (Vaughn)

    "Oh, but Jack had given him an injection to mimic death!" (Sloane)

    "Oh, but she had been doubled!" (Irina)

    "Oh, but Jack had given him an injection to mimic death!" (Vaughn)

    Not to mention when Nadia was eaten alive by the cray rabid dog people of Russia that had been driven mad by a giant red ball in the sky. They never actually explained how she survived that. She didn't even have a single scratch on her once she was seen again walking in the subway.

    Then she comes back again in the fifth season, only to end up falling on a piece of glass and slitting her throat. If you're gonna bring a character back only to kill them off, at least give them a somewhat good death.

    All in all, Alias was a ridiculous show, and the finale didn't even make the feeblest attempt to help the show redeem itself for its last three seasons of epic fail. What a disgrace.moreless
  • Alias came in with a bang and ended with a bang, the bang being the sound of objects crashing into TVs around the world.

    The episode features the return of several fan favorites such as Lena Olin, Merrin Dungey, and David Anders. It's supposed to be good, after all it is the series finale. But it's not. It is in this episode that the viewers witnessed the utter character assassination of Irina Derevko at the hands of a last-minute script change. The writers had disregarded everything that had happened in season 2 and Lena Olin's great characterization of Irina. They replaced the complex Irina with a 1 dimensional cardboard villian. Gone was the Irina with conflicting loyalties, here comes the anti-Christ Irina that a small group of fans had always wanted. The 'happy ending' at the end came at the cost of Irina's character and Jack's death. Even then the S/V ending was disappointing. I was tempted to give this a zero, the only thing that's stopping me from doing so is my love for Lena Olin and Victor Garber. Whose chemistry was not even exploited in this sad excuse of a finale. What had happened to the Alias that we all knew and love? The answer is, it got LOST in the shuffle.moreless
  • The truth took time; time I'll never get back.

    "Reprisal" saved this finale. It was a quick, at times heart-wrenching, and pretty much epic, in some aspects.

    But all that stopped when this episode began. Two words, "Please. No." Although it closed some doors nicely and, in a few respects, everything came full circle, all the time in the world cannot make me love this SERIES finale. Some slated "Resurrection" (the third season finale), I'd bet about 80% of them would've loved to tune into an episode at least HALF as decent as it this time around.

    Jack's dead, Irina's dead, and it seems Dan Brown lent some of his "Da Vinci Code" to this episode. It was so insulting. How could you let it happen JJ? You are a genious, you could have found some way to fix it. I respect you SO much, and yet you abandoned the show you love.

    More on Irina Derevko. Everything connected to her was dashed. Over the years, this strong, above money, INTELLIGENT woman had been portrayed, and we were given a vamped up version of Dick Dastardly, and yes, she finally caught her pigeon, and oh so smartly fell through the glass ceiling which she KNEW was going to smash but yet continued to reach for it, not even contemplating that after years of deception, she could get Sydney's help, and still get the Horizon with some quickly constucted story.

    Make no mistake, the actors were fantastic. Top notch, as always. It is the writers who will have to live with this. Perhaps they transferred some feelings from within themselves into Arvin Sloane; they can, for eternity, remember the hurt they've caused, only have themselves to blame, and they can have all the time in the world to think about it.

    Well done to the cast. You did phenomenally with what you were handed! And it's always good to see Lena Olin back! Oh, but where was your onscreen sister, Katya? Well, perhaps a fellow reviewer of this episode can answer that, the show must've got "LOST in the shuffle". Or maybe in the CRUISE they seemed to take this season, and all their slacking off, it was just IMPOSSIBLE to do.

    Nevertheless. 5 great years. 50 unforgettable moments. 500% from JJ overall. And 5000 times a day, I wish it were coming back.moreless
  • Bad ending, bad series

    Anyone who gives this series overall something over 8 points, is... well, no comment.

    I watched it, some of the beginnings and endings of each season were great, but in the middle, this series was boring as hell and had the worst \"villians\" I\'ve seen so far. Sloane was cool, yes, but also just in the beginning, not after 100 of changes. Anyway, as I said, I watched all of it, and sure, it\'s one of the better shows out there, but overall it was the \"worst of the good shows\".

    No comparison to really breathtaking ones like Lost, 24, The Shield, Boomtown or similar.

    Anyway, besides all that the ending was really, really bad.

    All I can say is, please: Don\'t let this happen with Lost - the best series ever (so far).moreless
  • This series knows how to go out in class. I've seen this episode three times now, and have loved it every time.

    This series knows how to go out in class. Yes there were some disappointments in the finale but overall it was much better then the past couple of seasons have been and kudos goes to the producers for raising the bar once again. I've seen this episode three times now, and have loved it every time.

    I had suspected Jack would get killed off the show and yet I found it shocking just the same when Sloane shot him in the chest. The look in Sydney's eyes, right when she got to shoot Sloane though was priceless. Sloane killed her fiancée, friend, and now her father? You could see all the anger swelling up in Sydney's face as she finally got to shoot Sloane not once, not twice, but four times and then straight in the head.

    The scene that had Sydney and Jack outside with Jack dying, telling Sydney to go along with out him was one of the most moving scenes I've seen on television. Both Victor Garber and especially Jennifer Garner deserve an Emmy for it. You got to love though how Jack went out, taking the just resurrected, immortal Sloane with him. "You beat death Arvin, but you couldn't beat me." Jack gave Sloane a fate worse then death. He wasn't going down alone.

    Which leads us to Rimbaldi. I had suspected Rimbaldi's endgame was immortality which helps explain a lot: the clockmaker in season one episode six, the old inmate two episodes ago. I've heard many comments though about why Rimbaldi used Immortality on so many other people but not on himself. I can only assume he realized that immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just ask Sloane. I was a little disappointed that they didn't fully explain how Sydney was the Chosen One and why certain Rimbaldi prophecies didn't come true. He had predicted The Passenger and The Chosen One would fight, resulting in one of them dying. We were assured in season three that Nadia was the passenger (she was able to deliver a message from Rimbaldi using that green liquid) and we had been told Sydney was The Chosen One. But the only fight they had was at the end of season four and neither one died as of a result of that fight. Nadia did die at the hands of Sloane though so it is possible that he was The Chosen One. It doesn't look like we'll ever be certain though.

    The prophecy on Page 47 though, if you consider it, did come true in a sense. Jack has told Sydney before that Irina comes from the Greek word eirene which means "peace". At the end of season two when Il Dire (the Rimbaldi machine) printed out the word peace, maybe Sloane shouldn't have interpreted it literally and instead should have taken it as Irina. The message then could have been saying that Irina would be the greatest power. In this sense Sydney did "render the greatest power to utter desolation" when she battled her mom to her death. This is all speculation though.

    This leads to my one other disappointed, that Irina turned out completely evil. It makes perfect sense plot wise but it just doesn't seem in character for her. I see how Irina could swing both ways: good or evil. In one way she did work for the KGB, and she's just been manipulating everyone to get what she wants, and all this time she's really just wanted power. It's just that Irina's been leaning towards the good side for so long, it was just a shock to see her act completely evil. I guess though, while she really has always loved Sydney, she would let nothing get in her way of becoming the ultimate power. It was ironic that Irina died reaching out for immortality. Sydney lost both of her parents in a matter of hours. Now that's a rough day. Once again dead Nadia was much wittier then the real Nadia and provided many one liners. I loved the scene where Sloane said he was glad Nadia was there as a witness or else he wouldn't believe it with his own eyes. Nadia responded with: "You're talking to your dead daughter, now's not the time to question your sanity." I loved that Nadia also left him as he was stranded in the cavern. I guess even Sloane's conscious realized he deserved to be alone.

    The ending was well done. Sydney and Vaughn finally got to live out their lives, watching the sunset on the beach. It seemed very in character for Dixon to stay with A.P.O. and become head director, it's all he has left. I also liked that Sark is still out there making trouble as usual. Makes it seem as if the 'Alias' world really will still keep going on.

    Overall this was an excellent episode. While 'Alias' unarguably, has gone down in quality over the past couple of years it still remains one of the most entertaining shows on television and that's hard to accomplish.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - Sark: "Did it have to be so filthy. I mean really. If Rimbaldi could prophesize the future he might have advised me not to wear $500 shoes." Here's hoping for a Sark spin-off.

    - The flashbacks were a nice addition and showed many important scenes in Sydney's life that we had heard about but never seen.

    - In a flashback Francie mentioned her boyfriend Charlie was bringing a Danny somebody. It was nice to have one last mention of Danny, the only character on 'Alias' who didn't rise from the grave. The only problem I have with this is that Sydney didn't met Danny until after she already worked at SD-6. Does anybody remember Noah? I blame this on the continuous shuffling of new writers. It still bothers me though.

    - Uh-oh Isabelle got her hands on the Indicator Puzzle. Could we have a future spy here?

    - Sydney: "This is my purpose. I was meant to do this."

    Final Rating: No matter the small disappointments. This was the finale Alias deserved 4 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

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Rachel Fox

Rachel Fox

Young Sydney

Guest Star

Nicole Sessions

Nicole Sessions


Guest Star

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban


Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders


Recurring Role

Lena Olin

Lena Olin

Irina Derevko

Recurring Role

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: The actress who plays young Sydney has blue eyes while Jennifer Garner has brown.

    • After APO was destroyed in the previous episode, the gang are now working from the old garage that was once Sydney and Vaughn's main meet-up spot!

    • Number 47: The transaction number of the purchase of the missiles by Sloane is: 8447.

    • Number 47: The missiles override code is: 3-9-8-alpha-4-tango-6-4-7.

    • Goof: When Vaughn confronts Sark in the control room and fires at Sark's knee, the gun's sound is of a silenced gun, yet Vaughn's gun has no silencer.

    • When Dixon shows Sydney and Vaughn the photo of Sark during the final scene, the page behind Sark's photo has the scene's script on it.

    • When Sydney was talking to her shot father before he urged her to leave, she had a booger coming from one nostril, shots following, the booger altered from being on the other nostril and not being there at all.

    • When Sydney is moving Jack's hand to apply pressure on his wound, her hands are covered in blood. In the two times we see her hands they are clean. Then they are bloody again.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Vaughn: Alpha, Tango, 6 4 7.
      Marshall: Come on. Come on! Launch aborted!

    • Vaughn: Speaking of mess, didn't someone promise to finish unpacking her toys before dinner? Go on.

    • Marshall: Oh, my God. They've started the launch.

    • Sark: What's our status?
      Voice: Mil-sat one just hit atmosphere. The rest of the satellites are right behind it.
      Sark: Initiate the countdown.

    • Voice: Sir, beginning final preparations...
      Sark: Excellent. Proceed according to...

    • Irina: For whatever it's worth, I truly do love you.

    • Vaughn: Sark...
      Sydney: Don't look at me. You're the one that let him go.

    • Irina: I'm afraid I can't allow you to be such a complication in my life any longer.

    • Sark: (about Rambaldi's end game) I can understand we're still going on with this.
      Sloane: Don't tell me you're having second thoughts.
      Sark: Of course not… it's just that not everyday one gets to be a part of global genocide.

    • (Sloane eludes Sydney once again)
      Sydney: Still how are we going to find him? It's impossible… we don't have a single lead, we can't trust the CIA.
      Vaughn: Sydney stop. Let's not overlook the fact that you basically died today, you and I have gotten pretty good at impossibles.

    • (Sydney interrogates Peyton)
      Sydney: We know you're working with Arvin Sloane, and we know about the ICBM's he recently acquired, what we don't know is where they are… or where they're headed. Now, I'm well aware that you're tough, and that you've conditioned to withstand torture… but I have something you don't have… your former best friend.
      (Rachel walks in)
      Rachel: And I know what you're afraid of.
      (a snake starts hissing around Peyton's neck, she shivers in fear)
      Sydney: If I were you, I'd stay extremely still.

    • (During one the episode's flashbacks)
      Francie: Education. Done. You can be a teacher like your Mum, I mean you always talked about how happy she was.
      Sydney: I've thought about that, but I've always thought about teaching like my safety net.
      Francie: Your safety net? You know how dangerous it is to be a teacher these days? Kids bring knives to school these days.

    • Sark: (walking into a Rambaldi crypt) Does it have to be so filthy? If Rambaldi could prophecise the future, he might have advised me not to wear $500 dollar shoes.

    • (Inside the Rambaldi crypt Sloane is again haunted by a vision of Nadia)
      Nadia: Is it everything you imagined?
      Sloane: Nadia! I'm so glad you're here, if I didn't have someone to share this with, I would have doubted my own eyes.
      Nadia: You're talking to your dead daughter… this is an odd time to be questioning your sanity.

    • (Sark captures Jack, Sydney and Vaughn in Mongolia)
      Sark: Correct me if I'm wrong Mr. Vaughn, but aren't you supposed to be dead? I suppose we'll have to rectify that.

    • (Vaughn confronts Sark in the missile control room)
      Vaughn: Give me the codes!
      Sark: I don't have the codes, I swear.
      (Vaughn shoots Sark in the knee)
      Sark: Argh!!! You shot me!
      Vaughn: Yeah, and I'll keep shooting you until you either give me the codes or bleed to death. You choose.

    • (Dixon needs help from Sydney and Vaughn who are retired)
      Dixon: We've already prepared the mission spec, low risk insertion, simple alias, who knows? Could be fun.
      Sydney: That's what you say every time you show up at my doorstep, the next thing you know I'm jumping over canals in 3 inch heels, while napalm explodes around me.
      Dixon: Yes, that's how I define fun.

    • Jack: (holding an explosive loaded harness and a trigger in his hand) You beat death Arvin...but you couldn't beat me.
      (Jack presses the trigger and the bomb harness explodes, collapsing the room over Jack and Sloane)

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 VES Award for "Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program" and was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 7, 2007 on Channel 7
      The Middle East: October 9, 2008 on MBC Action
      Slovakia: April 29, 2010 on Markiza

    • At the close of the series Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber are the only actors to appear in every episode with Ron Rifkin coming very close missing only the penultimate episode of season 4.

    • Originally this season was going to run for 22 episodes like the other four seasons, but due to lower ratings, and Jennifer Garner's pregnancy in season 5, the number of episodes was cut to 17.

    • Music from this episode includes:
      "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum


    • In the final scene of the series, Dixon says: Truth be told, I could use some field-assistance. "Truth be Told" was the name of the very first episode of Alias. Moreover, while in Rambaldi's tomb, Sloane uses the words "Almost Thirty Years", which is the title of the season 1 finale.