Alias

Season 4 Episode 15

Pandora

4
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 2005 on ABC
8.9
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In an attempt to talk to Sydney, Katya Derevko deliberately poisons herself and is temporarily taken out from her cell. Once Nadia tells her sister about this, Sydney visits her aunt to tell her to stay away from Nadia. However, Katya unsettles Sydney by telling her that someone framed her mother as a means of getting her killed. Sydney sets off in search of the truth behind this story. Meanwhile, Vaughn becomes a rogue agent by getting involved with the people who might know his father's whereabouts. In the end, he and Sydney find out that the man behind these two plots is no other than A. Sloane. However, things are not exactly as they seem to be.moreless

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  • Review

    7.9
    I am likely one of the few people that thought the ending was kind of dumb and unorignal. Theres another person in the world with A. Sloane and he just happens to be catching the attention of everyone else in the world who hates ANOTHER A. Sloane. Interesting. Seriosuly, the ending was built up to be this big shocker, but I dont buy any of it. Clearly the matter involving our Arvin Sloane will be resolved soon, when there will be revealed that there is an imposter name who is behind the cause of all this. The man look a lot like Arvin, so I wouldnt be shocked if the producers tried to pass him off as someone releated to Arvin. I thought the use of the "X Hours Earlier" was really weak this time around. Vaughn shoots Dixon, but once we get to that point in the timeline nothing else big happens. Why ruin the surprise at the beginning if you dont expand once you get there. Good examples of earlier ones would be something happening but then when we get to that point something or someone interfers. This time around it was the same thing and it took away from the story. I dont know - I just didnt like it.moreless
  • Just when you thought it was the same old same old, Alias rocks the boat!

    10
    This episode, one would think from the beginning is just like many of the others, you have Katya Derevko back, nothing new there, but nice to see Isabella. The story then goes deeper into the why's and how's of Irinas betrayal. Then comes the conclusion of the episode, ah... A. Sloane behind it all again, how predictable, yet still rather exciting, But no, Alias does'nt stop there, the end shows a rather big bombshell of.. wait for it... ANOTHER MR. SLOANE?! Woah scriptwriters, whats going on here... Cut to cliffhanger, not any cliff hanger, but an Alias cliffhanger, expertly done and mastered throughout the entire series.moreless
  • Excellent - continues various threads from both Season 3 and 4 and ties up a lot of loose ends. Also sets up the next few episodes nicely! Great stuff!

    9.6
    Alias 4x15 – Pandora



    “Your mother loved you.” Arvin Sloane

    “I’d like to believe that.” Nadia



    Yes, just like opening Pandora’s box – Vaughn goes in search of his father. But when he is faced with the fact that his father may have abandoned him and his mother – he would rather believe that his father is dead. But is that the truth? Like many things on Alias – things are not always what they seem. Katya finally returns – and reassures the audience that she was not going to kill Sydney in 3x22 Resurrection (one of the most contrived episodes of Alias ever). More double-crosses are revealed when it turns out that Irina Derevko never plotted to have Sydney assassinated – she was set up! Furthermore, the man behind the information provided to Vaughn about his father is revealed. And the men are the one and the same – Arvin Sloane. Yet, the final twist of the episode, it is really Another Mister Sloane (also the episode title for the next episode!).



    Another stock standard Alias encounter – showing that sprawling season arcs is what Alias does best!



    Sydney/Vaughn

    Did anyone else cheer when Vaughn shook of that other woman and remained faithful to Sydney – go him! Liked the interactions once more – and good to see they’re still on strong footing.



    Sloane/Nadia

    Loved the parallels between Sloane and Nadia and Irina and Nadia. At first we think Sloane is the good guy, and Irina the baddie, then Irina is the goodie and then Sloane the baddie – then Sloane is revealed to be another Sloane (although I think Sloane might have something to do with it anyway!). I also liked Sydney telling Katya that Nadia must never know.



    Picking up the pieces

    Yes, Katya returned! Finally we get SOME explanation for her actions in the terrible Resurrection – however we STILL don’t know why she was affiliated with the Covenant – and what she knew about Lauren – why hasn’t Sydney asked this??!! The story line about Vaughn’s father continued – and Marshall addressed Jack’s health problems (in the form of one pesky mutation). Oh, and Sydney’s mother, Irina, true intentions were revealed (Thank you – somebody finally loves their daughter!!!!).



    Ultra-cools

    (1) The team the Vaughn was provided – was it just me – or did you want them to stick around for a while?

    (2) Sloane looking like he’d betrayed everyone – then the final revelation that he hadn’t

    (3) The fact that the other Sloane looked INCREDIBLY similar to the real Sloane

    (4) The return of Katya!!!!

    (5) More mention and coverage of Irina (and that she really didn’t want her daughter dead – like “duh” I could have told you that.



    All in all another stellar episode – and I look forward to the continuation of all three threads (Irina/Katya/Elaina Derevko, Bill Vaughn, and Another Mister Sloane). It looks like Alias is back on track!

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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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Vaughn: Consider this the second time you've been rejected by the CIA.

    • Sydney: (to Nadia) Do you want to know the truth about our mother?... Our mother put a hit on my life... Our mother tried to have me killed.

    • Roberts: Like I said, I'm a bad guy… but guess what? Your dad is too… I mean he's not being held prisoner… yet for 25 years he allowed his wife and his kid to think he's dead… that's a bad guy.

    • Nadia: I need to speak with you.
      Sloane: Of course what is it?
      Nadia: I wanted to tell you before you were notified through official channels… I've been seeing Katya Derevko.
      Sloane: You're right… and I assume it's not on official business.
      Nadia: No it was personal, I thought Katya might be able to fill in the blanks about my mother… tell me who she was.
      Sloane: I see… well… thank you for telling me. Nadia… what did she tell you?
      Nadia: Nothing I didn't already know… that she was a criminal, a murderer.

    • Roberts: (about Vaughn's father) Where do you think he was during the funeral? I mean when you were mourning by his grave with your mum. You know it's usually a girlfriend, at least that's why my old man took off.

    • Sabrina: Can't we just unplug it, or something?
      Vaughn: Yeah, sure, if you don't mind blowing it up and killing us both in the process...

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Marshall identifies Jack as "Patient 17". In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike (James Marsters) was called "Hostile 17" by the Initiative in Season 4. Drew Goddard was a big fan of the show, and ended up as a producer in its last season. He is now a producer of Alias. Probably he put it there as a reference.

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