Alias

Season 3 Episode 14

Blowback

4
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 07, 2004 on ABC
8.9
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Episode Summary

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While trying to retrieve a bomb, Sydney and Vaughn are ambushed by unidentified assailants. Meanwhile, Lauren and Sark continue to solidify their new partnership, Sloane divulges a dark secret to Dr. Barnett and Marshall shows the strains of new fatherhood.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Syd:"Yesterday was the day,wasn't it?The anniversary of your father's death." Vaughn:"How could you remember that?" Syd:"I remember what missing him does to you."

    9.5
    Syd:"Yesterday was the day,wasn't it?The anniversary of your father's death."

    Vaughn:"How could you remember that?"

    Syd:"I remember what missing him does to you."



    Although the episode feels and is repetetive(I think it's laziness on the part of the writers and the directors the fact that we watch whole conversations and scenes twice),it's really entertaining and fun to watch.It has a lot of hillarious moments,which is unusual for Alias,and watching Sark and Lauren together in action for one more time was really nice and fun.



    As I said,the episode contained many funny moments which made me laugh my ass out:1)The funniest of all was Syd's performance as an alien researcher("Don't worry.The alien invasion is still few months away").2)Equally funny was Jack's reaction when he saw Marshall's newborn baby.3)The photo showing Marshall feeding his baby.4)Syd switching the electronic sniffer with that paper in Marshall's hand.5)All scenes with Lauren and Sark.



    Syd's line to Barnett in the previous episode that Vaughn belongs to her felt so right here.She,in contrast to Lauren,remembered the death anniversary of Vaughn's father,despite all of her problems this year.The thing that stroke me ass odd was why Lauren punched Vaughn in his face when he revealed his feelings for Syd.Does she also have any feelings for him or is it just so painful losing to Syd?The latter,I guess.After all,she belongs to Sark and his sadomasochistic tastes.



    Sloane's secret revelation to Barnett was a real shock,despite the fact that that's what he's been hinting at for almost 3 years now.Sloane and Irina?Syd possibly their daughter?If this is true,then the storylines that could come out of it are inummerable.But,I hope Sloane's wrong cause that would be so unfair for Jack.Taking into consideration that Irina's lies devastated his life,one could only imagine what impact this secret would have on him.



    Notable Quotes:



    Vault manager:"So you're looking for alien life?"

    Syd:"In a matter of speaking.Our radio telescopes inspect the cosmos looking to detect artificially generated signals.Basically,anything below 300Hz.But don't worry.The alien invasion is still few months away."(loved this one.)



    Lauren(taking a call from Sark):"This better be good."

    Sark:"And a good morning to you,too."



    Lauren:"The CIA are sending agents."

    Sark:"Who?"

    Lauren:"One guess.."

    Sark:"Oh,sweetheart.This should be fun."

    Lauren:"I'll see you in Vancouver.Don't be late.Or call me "sweetheart".

    Sark:"Ambitious and domineering.Fantastic."



    Miscellaneous:



    --Jennifer's performance as an alien researcher was remarkable.I love this woman.She can do anything!



    --It seems Lauren's the first woman Sark really cares about.Speaking of them,she told him Vaughn's not the first man whose life has ruined.Does this mean he's not her first husband?



    --There's no way Sloane was telling the truth to Barnett about the scroll.Come on,the blank page thing is so Rambaldi(see "The Circumference" and "Page 47").



    --This episode's locations:Zurich,Switzerland;Vancouver,Canada;Lisbon,Portugal



    --This episode's aliases:Syd was dressed up as a nerd researching extraterrestrial life(by the way,why wasn't Vaughn equally dressed?) and of course,we have Lauren's red wig.She looked quite hot in that.



    --This episode's gadgets:Marshall's electronic sniffer which,among other things,can detect plasma bombs.



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  • Review

    9.5
    Major props to the writer for giving us a little something new this time around. Granted the directing could have been better as there was some small goof in all of the "Different Perspective" scenes, I still liked the originality of the episode and shows the writers really do try and make everything a little more entertaining and they aren't out of ideas just yet.



    As far as the main plot of Sark / Lauren / Vaughn / Sydney go I think there is a very interesting plotline there. I like how Lauren seems to be upset when she doesnt get something that she wants. Vaughn loves Sydney, but when she is undercover with the CIA she wants her to have nothing to do with him. However, when she is on a mission she finds it perfectly okay to sleep with Sark and then call her husband in the same ocnversation. I thought all of the different perspective scenes among them were all very well done.



    Arvins big secret was indeed one that would make us all scratch our heads. What is Sydney really is Arvins daughter. All those times he said he has always thought of Sydney as a daughter make so much more sense now then they did before. Overall, loved the episode and I think its one of the finer episodes of season 3. Have no idea why tv.com viewers have rated this one so low.moreless
Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Lauren and Sark are leaving the parking garage in Vancouver a yellow garbage or recycling truck is shown. Vancouver garbage trucks are actually white; recycling trucks are green.

    • The plates on the cars that are supposed to be BC (British Columbia) plates are wrong in multiple ways. First, BC plates are royal blue and white, not black and white as shown. Second, the flag shown in the middle of the plate (a largely orange sun) was not not the BC flag (a yellow sun rising over blue and white waves with the Union Jack above it). And third, the car Lauren and Sark hit was shown to have the license 85E APL but only commercial vehicles have mixed numbers and letters in a single grouping of three; until 2007 all privately owned vehicles had a series of three letters followed by three numbers, since 2007 three numbers followed by three letters have been used to account for the number of vehicles on the road.

    • The skyline shown for Vancouver, BC, was not Vancouver. Not only were none of the landmark buildings there, the North Shore mountains (Cypress, Whistler, Grouse, and the Lions) were nowhere in sight.

    • Marshall officially has a son named Mitchell.

    • Goof:
      Right after the debriefing session Syd and Lauren walk out and talk together and Weiss and Vaughn talk together. When from the perspective of Vaughn he watched Lauren walk away when she was done talking with Sydney. When from the perspective of Lauren she finished talking with Sydney and then turned to look over were Weiss and Vaughn where but only Weiss is there.

    • Goof:
      In the second take of Lauren and Sark speeding away, the back windscreen has already been shot at long before Sydney fires a shot, then when she does actually fire the shot the windscreen is perfect again.

    • Some of the dialogue between Lauren and Vaughn changes between the two different "perspectives" - there's a couple of missing lines of dialogue the second time around.

    • Despite the fact the second perspective/narrative is supposed to be from Lauren's point of view, there are several scenes of things when she isn't present and in fact are things we saw the first time from Sydney's perspective.

    • When Sydney and Vaughn are driving through the parking garage you can see the stunt man driving the F-150 in one of the shots and he doesn't look a thing like Vaughn.

    • No airbag inflated in any of the four colliding cars.

    • The guy in the data storage facility mentions data storage in units of teraflops. Flops are FLOating Point operations, which are units of processing power, not data storage space.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sark: Put the gun down, Agent Vaughn. Drop the gun.
      Vaughn: Not a chance. You drop yours.
      Sark: Put the gun down now. Drop it!
      Sydney: No, Vaughn, don't.
      Sark: If you love her, you'll put the gun down now!
      Sydney: Vaughn, don't.
      (Vaughn drops the gun)

    • (Lauren and Vaughn are sitting at a bar. Lauren's phone rings)
      Lauren: I'm sorry.
      Vaughn: It's okay.
      Lauren: Hello?
      Sark: It killed you, didn't it? Seeing him drop the gun for Sydney?
      Lauren: No it isn't a good time. Can I call you in the morning?
      Sark: He's there with you, is that it? Though he'd rather be with her. You know, it's quite a charade you two are engaged in.
      Lauren: I think we both know how dedicated I am to this assignment. If you have any issues, take it up through the proper channels.
      Sark: Don't mistake me. It's not your dedication that I question.
      Lauren: We'll talk about this later.
      (Hangs up)

    • Sydney: (To Lauren) Vaughn and I have a history, a complicated one - I can't deny that, but I won't apologize for it either. If your marriage is in trouble, if you and Vaughn are having problems, I suggest you leave me out of it and take it up with your husband.

    • Dr. Barnett: It's hard to believe that you threw away something that you would normally consider holy.
      Sloane: Are you calling me a liar?

    • Sydney: Yesterday was the day, wasn't it? The anniversary of your father's death?
      Vaughn: How could you remember that?
      Sydney: I remember what missing him does to you.

    • Lauren: The CIA are sending agents.
      Sark: Who?
      Lauren: One guess.
      Sark: Oh, sweetheart, this should be fun.
      Lauren: I'll see you in Vancouver. Don't be late. Or call me sweetheart.
      Sark: Ambitious and domineering. Fantastic.

    • Vaughn: (About Marshall's son) He has my nose.

    • Sark: It looks like another black mark on your husband's record. How's it feel to systematically ruin a man from the inside out?
      Lauren: It wouldn't be the first time.

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