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Alias

Season 3 Episode 10

Remnants

4
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2003 on ABC
9.4
out of 10
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214 votes
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Episode Summary

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The identity of the mysterious "St. Aidan" forces Sydney to pull a stunned Will out of witness protection. But the pursuit sends the two old friends on a collision course with Allison -- the woman who ruined both their lives. Meanwhile, a jealous Lindsey arrests Jack and Vaughn as conspirators in Sydney's escape from NSC custody, Sloane, still under pressure from Lindsey, puts a plan in motion to eliminate Sydney, and Dr. Brezzel has an unpleasant run-in with Sark.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • WILL IS BACK

    9.9
    I was so excited that Will is back in this epsiode. I was really upset that he didnt return this season so this made me really happy. I was great and Will FINALLY gets what he has wanted for so long Sydney. The funniest line was after the sleep together and will goes \"Yeah i know I have waited eight years for that\" or something like that.
  • When Sydney met Will... "Darlin... 2 bottles? 4? 1?" "One's goood." "Bring us five, cheekey little bastard. Early Stones."

    10
    Seeing Sydney run around in her own head the episode before was absolutely enthralling. I had wondered how the writers would give the riddle-solving a subtle end so they wouldn't fire away everything they had developed during the season at once.

    To bring up the once beloved character Will was a perfect choice!



    This episode has pretty much everything an Alias-fan could hope for.



    1) Drama. For the first time ever, we see that Sydney is not only going through a very hard time but that she is actually depressive. Superwoman has finally become human.



    2) Fun. Sydney and Will together on a mission in Austria, dressed up as British/Australian (ha!) Rock Stars. (I still think it's awful that Jennifer Garner isn't able to pull off a more accentless languege like colleghe Varten).



    3) Romance. And the wonderful, unique idea of how the characters cope with it.



    4) Action. Of course. Fantastic fight scenes between Sydney and Sark, Will and Allison.



    Watching this episode, one wonders why JJ Abrams decided to remove Will from the story. I think his character still has a lot of potential, his storyline wasn't really "done" after season 2. I hope that Abrams will one day decide to get Will back in the line of fire. He easily could.moreless
  • Review

    9.1
    Will is back in action and the show seems to be coming back on track after the last 2/3 episode were rated below an 8.5 by me. I thought Will returning for, what seems to be one epsiode, was a good thing. Will and Irina are the only two pieces of Sydneys past life that we hadn't gotten a hold of yet, so it was good to finnaly get some closure to that storyline. I like how Will and Sydney had sex, made it seem like everything has come full circle since we started this whole love thing way back in "Truth Be Told" when they were running alongside one another in college. Will killing Francie was the only part of the episode that struck me as odd. When did Will learn all those karate moves capable enough to bring down one of Russias most powerful spies? At least now she seems to be dead - if shes not I will be highly unhappy. Sark not being killed by Sydney once again confuses me. I guess it all goes back to "We want to bring down everything, not just Sark", but still. To just knock him out and let him keep causing terror seems silly. Either way, the episode was very well done, hopefully the show can stay on track now.moreless
  • Sloane:"Sydney,you have my word". Syd:"That's a relief".

    10
    Sloane:"Sydney,you have my word".

    Syd:"That's a relief".



    The previous episode ended with Syd entering room 47 and looking at something which caused her to say "Oh my God".So,I thought what we were going to see here would be something more awe-inspiring than what we actually saw.Not that Will's appearance wasn't something pleasant,but I expected something more surprising than him and a cereal box...



    Will might have returned for one episode but he certainly left his mark:he killed Allison and had sex with Syd.And after that,the whole Will/Sydney love thing is concluded,at last.I really liked the fact that Syd had the chance to express her inner feelings to him and for one more time,I realized that he is an inseparable part of her life.She told him some things which she hasn't told to Weiss yet and I think she never will.



    And finally Allison is dead.Well,I hope this time she is.I really miss Francie and I'm relieved that her soul can finally rest in peace.Will might not have earned any amount of satisfaction by killing her,but I definitely did.But what I can't swallow is how he managed to beat her the moment that even Syd can barely handle her.When did he learn those moves?Not during his witness protection program,I guess..



    What offered me so much pleasure,apart from Will's return,was Lindsey's death.This man just had to die.I wish his death had included a little torture.Actually,I used to believe that the person who was going to kill him would be Jack.Oh,and by the way,I just loved the punch he gave him.



    Notable Quotes:



    Vaughn:"Think that was the best move?Punching Lindsey in the face"?

    Jack:"Based on the comments he was making,it was obvious that you and I were going to end up here no matter what we did.Whether I hit him or not.I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity".



    Will:"You've been going this since the beginning of time.You'll figure it out".

    Syd:"What makes you say that"?

    Will:"Because you're you".



    Syd:"Last chance to bail out".

    Will:"Are you kidding me?I love this stuff".



    Syd:"It was a little over the top".

    Will:"Over the top?I'm wearing seat covering.There is no over the top".



    Miscellaneous:



    --We never got to see the Rambaldi device.So,was it just a McGuffin?I used to think it was Il Dire.



    --Did the vial actually contain Rambaldi's tissue?At last,the mystery resurfaces.



    --Verlustzeit means "lost time".Does the Rambaldi vial have something to do with Syd's lost time?



    --Lazarey is alive so Syd didn't kill him.He's also St.Aidan.St.Aidan is a saint who was very kind to animals.Lazarey said he faked his death and in the videotape it is Syd who "murders" him.So did they do it together?



    --Sark was physically abused by his father.Interesting.It's also interesting that his first name "Julian" is so similar to Syd's alias "Julia".



    --Ok,everybody knows what a great agent and formidable foe Sark is,but come on,who is he to dodge so many bullets?Either he is Flash or Syd is so bad a shooter.



    --23 was the number of the deposit box where Rambaldi's vial was stored.23+23=47-1.



    --This episode's cool disguise:Syd wore a purple fur,a black and purple dress and an equally black and purple wig.Will was dressed in leather.



    --This episode's locations:Wisconsin;New Haven,Connecticut;Warsaw,Poland;Buenos Aires,Argentina;Moscow,Russia;Graz,Austria



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  • If there's a Will, there's a way. Arf.

    9.0
    I had so much fun with this episode and it's clear the writers did too. All we needed was Lena Olin and it would have just made the episode. Having almost everyone from season 2 back on the scene was truly great. And it's not just me that feels it, even Syd mentions how different this year is, and it may seem like I'm season 3 bashing - I'm not - but this episode felt like the old Alias I originally fell for.



    The bad guys needed no introduction. The mission was extremely fun. Syd has her best friend back and we finally get some out of the office scenes. I didn't even mind the fact she slept with Will, it actually felt right. And I loved how they acknowledged the fact that never brought it up and just smiled it off. The quagmire left by Will and Francie's absence is ever so apparent in this episode. I never understood why JJ didn't bring Will back. This was a strong episode for his character, and the season overall, but it would have been great if he could have stayed around for a few more episodes, at the very least.



    I'm glad Will finally got to avenge Francie, and that Sloane took out Lindsey. It's difficult to determine what Sloane is actually up to at this point, which is ALWAYS a good thing. And he truly loves Sydney - this show is so twisted!



    On the Jack/Vaughn front, Jack can't help but juxtapose his relationship with Irina with that of Vaughn/Syd, and of course later on in the season more parallels are drawn; only they're surrounding different circumstances. I wanted Jack to take out Lindsey, I have to admit, but at least he got a proper dig in before he was arrested.



    Season 3 is on a roll, and while the show has certainly changed its colours, for the time being everything seems to be working out just fine (which in part is due to the fact they have been heavily rooted in the mythology of the show and retracing the events of season 2).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

Tony Guma

Tony Guma

Ben

Guest Star

Mark Galasso

Mark Galasso

NSC Agent #2

Guest Star

Sean Casey

Sean Casey

NSC Agent #1

Guest Star

Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Lindsey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Will Tippin's (Bradley Cooper) witness protection name is Jonah.

    • The Hotel in which deposited the Rambaldi-Box is called "Verlustzeit". It's a nonsense mix of two German words - "Verlust" ("loss") and "Zeit" ("time"). "Verlorene Zeit" would be the accurate translation for "lost time" - even though a hotel would never be named like that.

    • Sark's first name is Julian while Sydney's fake name for two years was Julia.

    • Goof: When Sark sits to interrogate his father, he crosses his left arm over his right, however in the next shot, it is his right over his left.

    • In this episode and the previous, the protagonists talk about exchanging Sydney for "the Rambaldi device". What Rambaldi device? All they say is "the Rambaldi device". Are they talking about "the Telling"? Why don't they just call it "the MacGuffin"?

    • The Hotel Verlustzeit is mentioned by Sydney and Sark, and each has trouble with the pronunciation. She says something like "Verluszit" and he says "Verlusteit."

    • Sydney and Will have Allison and Sark unconscious or dead and, rather than finishing them off for good or calling Vaughn to have them picked up, they just leave them there to cause trouble another day.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sydney: You know that if I wanted to hurt you, I could. You're my best friend. You're my oldest friend. I love you.
      Will: Why are you aiming a gun at me?

    • Vaughn: Despite the fact that he almost killed her, the doctor was great.

    • Vaughn: Think that was the best move? Punching Lindsey in the face?
      Jack: Based on the comments he was making, it was obvious that you and I were going to end up here no matter what we did. Whether I hit him or not. I wasn't about to pass up the opportunity.

    • Will: (About killing Allison) I thought if I had the chance, ending her life would be satisfying. You know, there'd be closure...be cathartic...but it's just as empty as the dreams. It's horrible. There's no satisfaction. There's nothing.

    • Will: You've been going over this since the beginning of time. You'll figure it out.
      Sydney: What makes you say that?
      Will: Because you're you.

    • Vaughn: (About Sydney) If you betray her, I swear to you no matter what it costs me, I will kill you.
      Sloane: No need to worry, Agent Vaughn. I love her too.

    • Sydney: Last chance to bail out.
      Will: Are you kidding me? I love this stuff.

    • Sloane: Sydney, you have my word.
      Sydney: That's a relief...

    • Sydney: It was a little over the top.
      Will: Over the top? I'm wearing seat covering. There is no over the top.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Will: You have to admit my accent was pretty good. It was like early Stones.

      Will is referring to The Rolling Stones, the British rock band led by Mick Jagger that rose to stardom during the mid-1960s.

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