Season 5 Episode 15

No Hard Feelings

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 17, 2006 on ABC

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  • This was another very good ‘Alias’ episode. Having Sark back was very much fun and it felt like old times again with Sark back as a villain and Vaughn and Dixon as back up (even though they didn\'t do much).

    Sark: \"Lucky for you I won\'t be here for long. Otherwise, I\'d pull out your tongue and choke you with it.\"

    This was another very good ‘Alias’ episode. Having Sark back was very much fun and it felt like old times again with Sark back as a villain and Vaughn and Dixon as back up (even though they didn\'t do much).

    The whole scene with Sydney and the old man in jail was very creepy (half of it was because of that eerie music they always play in Rimbaldi related scenes). It seemed as if the man had been waiting for her a very long time. He certainly did recognize her and even had her face on his jail wall. Did Rimbaldi himself tell him to wait for her? Could it be that possibly the man actually knew Rimbaldi? Could Rimbaldi\'s secret be immortality? So many questions to be answered, so little time.

    I was kind of disappointed that Sloane didn\'t recognize that it really was Sydney and not Anna. Sydney did do a very good job as Ana, while she was describing the delight she took in killing Sydney (now does that sentence make any sense at all?) Maybe Sloane\'s fury at Sydney\'s death clouded his judgment, showing that he actually always did care for Sydney. What was up with Sydney\'s fighting skills in the jail scene though? How could an old guy like Sloane actually take her down like that and almost kill her? Back in the day Sydney would have been able to elbow him in the face or somehow get out of the choke and kick his ass. Either Sydney\'s getting old or, most likely, it was just sloppy writing.

    Sloane now has the amulet and it mostly likely holds the secrets to some catastrophic like an apocalypse (oh wait, they already did that last season). I\'m beginning to fear, with all the many Rimbaldi questions that keep arising, that we really won\'t be getting those answers we desperately seek in the finale next week. But I must think positive. Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.....

    What I really didn\'t like about this episode though was the newbie agent’s b-plot. Them trying to steal a car and getting information on the Cardinal (which we never got answers on) was boring and took away from screen time. I was also disappointed that Tom\'s mystery really was just character back story and didn\'t relate to Prophet 5 in some way. It seemed a bit like a waste of time but I guess the writers were trying to give Tom some storylines like they did with ASS (The Shed). It\'s not that Tom and ASS are bad characters (ironic I\'m defending someone I call ASS) it\'s just that in the last few episodes forever I want to see more Sydney and more answers to Rimbaldi. Save Tom and ASS for the spin-off. That\'s thinking positive isn\'t it?

    Overall it was a strong episode, 4 stars for Sydney and Sark and 2 for Newbie Agents.

    Final Notes and Quotes:

    - Jack got Isabelle to utter her first laugh. Who would have thought? Jack: \"Apparently I’m funny.\" The look on Sydney\'s face though showed she was upset that she was already beginning to miss some of her baby\'s \"firsts\". Sydney\'s beginning to realize even more how much she wants out of the spy business.

    - Interesting. Apparently in Italy when you try to rob a cafe they immediately place you in a maximum security prison. :)

    - Marshall: \"You know, I cried at your funeral.\"

    Vaughn: \"Yeah I\'m sorry about that.\"

    - Sloane\'s phone call at the end of this episode reminded me of his phone call to Sydney after her graduation in Season 2. The references to earlier episodes have been everywhere this final batch.

    Final Rating: 3 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

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