Dr.Zhang Lee:"I said no disturbances..."
Sydney:"I'm sure you can make an exception for an old friend."
I liked this episode.I really did.It was action-packed,it had lots of character development,some really cool special effects and I have to admit that I was touched by Maestro's performance.Plus,they brought back some old faces for a change,which was something refreshing and enjoyable.And Lauren,whipping out the rocket launcher from that car,managed to surprise me again..but this time in a good way.
The main plot of the episode revolved around Sloane and Nadia.I'm glad Sloane spared his daughter's life.Although I prefer him bad,I think it's a good thing that the writers didn't turn him into a complete monster.Yeah,Sloane is much more fun when he kills hundreads of people,betrays those closest to him and manipulates everything and everyone in order to get his hands on a Rambaldi artefact,but it is these moments of humanity that provide so much depth to his character and make him one of the few likeable villains on TV.
And while Sloane amazed me with this sudden act of compassion,it seems that Vaughn is becoming a whole different person because he is possesed by his hatred towards Lauren.I didn't expect in the slightest to see him do what he did to Suit and Glasses.Do I like this new Vaughn?I really don't know.Certainly,this is not the Vaughn we have come to know and be fond of.On the other hand though,it would be interesting to see what this new dark side of his will impel him to do.The episode ends with him holding a sniper rifle,determined to kill Lauren.And I think he means business.
Another big part of the episode focused on Nadia's backround.We learnt that her last name is Santos,she never had a family until now,and that she grew up in an orphanage.When she was still a child,the Rambaldi followers subjected her to torture by injecting her with the green elixir.Now,she's been treated as a lab rat by her own father.And after that,how can't you love her or at least sympathise with her?Everyone on this show is living his own personal hell,but perhaps the most dramatic character of all-after Syd-is Nadia.And although at first I was taken aback by her telling Syd that Sloane protected her,I understood her when I thought about it for a while.Nadia never met a father,so this is why she forgave Sloane.Because she has a deep desire to get to know him better.I would be glad to see some father and daughter moments between the two of them next season.
My favourite scenes here were the ones where an entranced Nadia was drawing on those pieces of paper and the ones where Sloane was trying to piece together that giant symbol on the wall.I found it mind-blowing and creepy at the same time.Was that symbol the eye of Rambaldi?cause it looked a lot like it.The equation that it depicted is Sloane's endgame and the key to Rambaldi's mystery,according to Syd.Suit and Glasses said it leads to Rambaldi himself.Well...i'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next.
As I said before,I really enjoyed watching this episode.So,what is keeping me from giving it a ten?The reason for this is that the writers took almost everything we've come to know about Irina's past and threw it into a complete disorder.And so I felt cheated.Plus,the fact that Katya decided to become a spy only because she wanted to find her niece,seemed a bit silly to me.Generally though,this was a very good episode.
--I just loved Syd's third encounter with Suit and Glasses(his name,by the way,is Dr.Zhang Lee as we learn here)."Hey,you remember me?Red hair?You liked my teeth."
--The sexy,mysterious,charming Katya has returned.The scenes between her and Jack were,once again,priceless.Katya is a lot of fun.I still prefer Irina,though.
--Everyone in this show is such a bad shooter.So bad that it makes me go mad.First,the two guards who were protecting Sloane,started firing at Syd while she was bending behind Nadia's table and no bullet managed to hit her.How laughable is that?And then,Vaughn has Sark and Lauren in front of him(literally) and he misses them!!At least now he has a sniper rifle,so missing Lauren would be unacceptable.
--This episode's language skills:Spanish from Syd.
--This episode's locations:Novgorod and St.Petersburg,Russia;Kyoto,Japan;and beautiful shots from Cienfuegos,Cuba(supposedly)
--This episode's sexy desguise:Syd was absolutely hot in her bikini.
Katya:"I find you sexy,Jack.Deal with it."
Sloane:"You're gonna be okay,I promise.."
Nadia:"No,I won't.I guess the angel isn't coming."
Toni:"I want you.."
Toni:"...to work with me."
Hope the season finale will live up to my expectations.