Alias

Season 1 Episode 2

So It Begins

7
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2001 on ABC
9.0
out of 10
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357 votes
10

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Sydney returns to SD-6 and is assigned with Dixon to travel to Moscow to retrieve some stolen files. But when Sydney discovers that she has inadvertently given SD-6 access to a nuclear weapon, she is forced to travel to Cairo and face a deadly foe. Meanwhile, Will begins to question the circumstances surrounding Danny's death, and Sydney learns of her father's involvement in the murder.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • And so it begins..

    8.0
    Why I was hoping something more intense? I think after all I had heard about show, finally watching it - it looks somehow too slow. There are those gorgeous intense moment, action going on, something happening but other times, it just... story develops slow. Very bumpy style and that little makes the watching not so enjoyable as it could be.



    I like some turns in this episode - like digging up the grave and fining nuclear bomb. Ups, that was stunning. And then the way the episode ended - something to make me eagerly wish to see next one. But in the end, despite all the action, I do remember those slow moments when I took my remote control and pushed fast forward.moreless
  • Rápido y Furioso

    9.0
    La trama sigue desarrollándose y así complicándose.



    Rápido dejé lo que estaba haciendo y me decidí a relajarme y mirar por la ventana: nubes por doquier de todas las formas y tamaños. Te recordé donde nunca estuviste (estuvimos) besándome tan apasionadamente como nunca lo hiciste. Fuí a la cocina a hacerme un té: lloré sobre los saquitos. Busqué en mi celular tu número: te llamé y sonó el teléfono que descansa junto a mi cama. Me dí por vencido, ya sé que no existes. Furioso tomé el cuchillo más chiquito y filoso posible y me quité la vida tan lentamente como pude.moreless
  • "I am sitting here for one reason only – to destroy SD-6"

    9.5
    A solid second episode. Lots of action, emotion and wacky wigs!



    The relationships between all the characters were developed nicely, especially between Sydney and Jack, and Sydney and Vaughn – the scene in the trailer was well done, both of them working out where they stood with each other.



    The mission in Moscow was a lot of fun – the outfits, the fights, and the Russian bad guys all make Alias the show it is, and I have to say Jennifer Garner seems pretty adept at learning new languages.



    Also I loved all the Sydney/CIA interaction especially the whole passing the disc over thing at the airport…exciting stuff. Speaking of, Sydney seemed to be in a bit of a sticky situation at the end of the episode, but I'm sure she'll find her way out – and look good doing it!



    Overall, this was a good follow up to the pilot, paving the way for even more excitement and action.moreless
  • Very good!

    9.5
    Sydney has returned to SD-6. She works with Dixon on a mission to retrieve some documents. She also finds out that her father was involved with Danny's murder. She gets angry at him for knowing. After she slips up and lets SD-6 know about a nuclear bomb, she must travel to Cairo to retrieve it. Will starts researching more into Danny's death. Sydney's father tells her that he tried to stop Danny from getting murdered.



    This episode was really good! I like all the action in this show! I also like the music! I have to admit that it's really confusing at times, but I don't mind. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Alias

    9.8
    Spoilers-In season one episode two of the hit TV Alias. Sydney and Dixon go to Moscow to get files to the location to a nuke when she unknowingly arms it and contacts SD - 6 and not the CIA the bomb gets in the wrong hands Sydney must go get it which is in Cairo and She learns Jack her father knew Danny was going to be killed because he found out over all nice episode but there is one problem I have with the episode and that is when Sydney disarms the bomb I think that has been done way to much other then that a good episode that is being rated at 9.8moreless
Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Merrin Dungey

Merrin Dungey

Francine 'Francie' Calfo

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

Man on the phone saying "Joey's Pizza"

Guest Star

Aharon Ipalé

Aharon Ipalé

Ineni Hassan

Guest Star

Alexander Kuznetsov

Alexander Kuznetsov

Kazimir Shcherbakov

Guest Star

Evan Parke

Evan Parke

Charlie

Recurring Role

Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi

Jenny

Recurring Role

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Number 47: The tombstone where the bomb is hidden gives the birth - and end year of Milovich Ivanov: 1927-1974, this means he died at the age of 47.

    • This episode takes place one week after last episode's events.

    • This is the first episode where we find out about Vaughn's girlfriend, Alice.

    • Sydney and Will have known each other for three years.

    • When Sydney is digging Ivanov's gravesite, you can tell when the shot switches from on-location to lot shooting. If you look at the "dirt walls" you can see the actual hole in the ground has rough walls that stick out a few inches, but when it switches to lot shooting, the walls go to brown, sorta-smooth (i.e. just look at the walls, they're too perfectly square and straight).

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Sydney: Eating newspaper's a condition?
      Will: Yeah, yeah. This is what I write about. This is how I make a living. And Lintback says my writing's too judgemental and I'm like, "Well, who cares? She's not gonna read it anyway, she's gonna swallow it."

    • Sydney: Since I've known the truth about you, I've asked myself questions. Thousands of questions. But this one I have to ask you now. When Danny was killed... Dad... did you know? Did you know that's what they were going to do?
      Jack: Yes.
      (Sydney slaps him)
      Sydney: Don't you ever speak to me again.

    • Marshall: Ok. Who here has trouble falling asleep at night?
      (raises his hand, the others just look at him)
      Marshall: Ok. Well, anyway, myself, on occasion, I find it difficult to nod off, mind racing, ideas, etc. So, this kind of pertains to the whole sleeping thing.

    • Sydney: I lost my mind a little. I started imagining things.
      Will: Whatever the hell you're talking about, maybe you're not imagining it. Syd, this is what I do. I might be able to find something that the police overlooked!
      Sydney: Stop it! Please. I'm trying to move on here. I need your help to do that. Okay?

    • Davenport: (to Vaughn, after he and Sydney lose the nuke to SD-6) You're being pulled off the Bristow case.
      Vaughn: What? Why?
      Davenport: Devlin wants a more senior officer. Apparently, you were right. This girl is pretty important to us.
      Vaughn: Yeah, I know.
      Davenport: He wants you to oversee the office presentation at the DCI Non-Proliferation meeting, which under the circumstances, I think is pretty ironic.

    • Sydney: You said you wanted to talk about the plan. I'm giving you the plan.
      Vaughn: It's not your job to give me the plan. I'm giving you the plan. Tomorrow's your first day back at SD-6. Now, nothing should change. When you get your assignment, you'll detail your mission on a paper bag. (picks one up, showing her) Bag. Then you'll call this number. Memorize it. After three tones, press the appropriate digit -- one through six. Each corresponds to a trash can in a specific location. Now we'll dead drop, review your information, create a countermission, and we'll contact you posing as a wrong number: Joey's Pizza. Any questions so far?
      Sydney: Yeah. Can you show me what a bag looks like again?

    • Weiss: Any word from her yet?
      Vaughn: No. I don't expect to hear anything 'til she gets back.
      Weiss: Your girlfriend's name is Alice, right?
      Vaughn: Would you shut up?
      Weiss: I'm just checking to see--
      Vaughn: Get out of my office!

    • Sydney: Dixon, do you copy?
      Dixon: Wow. That's loud.
      Sydney: You told Marshall you wanted it louder. I was there.
      Dixon: Okay. My headache and I are 1017.

    • Vaughn: Draw me a map. Draw me a map of SD-6 and all its allies. How far you think it reaches?
      Sydney: Do I look like I'm in Junior High?
      Vaughn: Just draw me a SD-6 family tree!
      Sydney: Braces on my teeth...
      Vaughn: How far you think it goes!
      Sydney: ...Headgear? Do you see a retainer?!
      Vaughn: Just DO IT!

    • Sydney: Forgive me for being, you know, forthright or female, but this is how it's gonna be.

    • (On the phone)
      Marshall: Cut the blue-white wire!
      Sydney: Okay, cutting the blue-white wire!
      Marshall: Oh, hold the phone!
      Sydney: DON'T TELL ME TO HOLD THE PHONE! I'M SITTING ON A TICKING NUCLEAR BOMB!

    • Vaughn: This is not about cutting off an arm of the monster. It's about killing the monster.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Vaughn: This is not about cutting of an arm of the monster. It's about killing the monster.

      In the epic narrative poem Beowulf the title character does battle with a monster, Grendel, but only succeeds in tearing off, or cutting off (depending on the translation) the monster's arm.

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