Alias

Season 1 Episode 13

The Box (2)

8
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 10, 2002 on ABC
9.2
out of 10
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281 votes
10

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Vaughn disobeys orders and attempts to help Sydney and Jack avert the destruction of SD-6 headquarters and all its occupants. Meanwhile, McKenas Cole continues his vendetta against Sloane and searches for a mysterious device. A desperate but determined woman convince Will to continue his investigation of SD-6 and the imprisonment of David McNeil.moreless

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  • high suspense but a little illogical

    8.0
    I just watched The Box (1) and (2) and while this was very high suspense and I still give it a high rating for a TV series (note that I rate on an absolute scale, only the best thing I ever saw in the genre of movie/TV show will receive a rating of 10, so 8 is still very good), I generally have to say that sometimes I miss a little touch of reality and logic in this show. Here is the thing that I am still wondering about: If this fail-safe thing was on and it would kill anyone in the building (and probably destroy all Rambaldi artifacts), why was Sloane hiding this fact from Cole? Why in the world? Sure, it makes sense that he doesn't tell him in the beginning, because then Cole would torture him to tell him how to deactivate it and then cut off his finger. But close to the end, when Sloane knows that the code of the vault is about to be broken and Cole *will* go there and try to open it, why not tell him that this will simply kill everyone in the building, including himself?



    I don't want to ruin the fun of suspense and all that, but isn't the use of logic and communication strategy a major reason to watch spy-shows?moreless
  • What's in Box?!

    8.5
    The pacier of the two-parts, The Box has a lot more fun with the infiltration of SD-6, and we finally get to see Vaughn take some initiative. While always a good character, it's not until season four do I find him a compelling lead character. Meanwhile, the action bumps up several notches, with some expertly crafted fight scenes, which aren't as elaborate as Alias' typical hand-to-hand combat, but there's a lot on offer: from the gruesome discovery of the agent in the closet to the playful fight between Syd and Cole (where Quinton gets to have oodles of fun), there's a lot to enjoy action-wise. There's some great character bits, as usual, with McKenas having a chat with Syd, mockingly calling her Pigtails; this lightweight convo suddenly takes a dark and bittersweet turn as he boasts about wanting to be there when Sloane lets her down, when we already know he's done much more than that. Powerful stuff, laudably acted by Tarantino and Garner.moreless
  • Working together

    9.0
    Last episode ended really excitingly and this one continues even more fast - Sydney's father lets himself to be caught instead Sydney and she has to deactivate failsafe in order not get blow up when the hatch door is opened.. And then Dixon manages to send message to CIA.. and Vaughn gets involved and oh.. those two working together on those bombs - that was almost as good as Sydney and her father teaming up..



    Anyway, really exciting episode from the start to the end, no slow moments what i totally loved, really fast and little plot turns.. What else do you want?moreless
  • La vida por Sloane

    9.0
    Antes de entrar derecho en Sidney salvando a Sloane: estaba empezando a sospechar que se habían olvidado de Rambaldi, pero no se salvaron justito de mi empezar a desconfiar del buen dormir de J.J. y sus amigotes.

    Ahora sí: Sidney y su destino. Pobrecita salvando al malo malito malísimo de su jefe que entre otras barbaridades mandó a matar a su amado pero bueno al final no estuvo tan mal porque gracias a eso conoció al lindo de Vaughn y se enamoró y seguramente se casarán y tendrán lindos hijitos que salvarán al mundo de los malos malitos malísimos como Sloane a quien Sidney salvó de los malos malitos malísimos.moreless
  • Wow!

    10
    Jack takes the fall for Sydney and he is captured. Dixon makes a distress message to the CIA. Vaughn gets it and wants to go over there, against CIA orders. Cole continues to torture Sloane. Jack has provided a map for Sydney to deactivate the C4. She and Vaughn disarm Cole's men/woman. They deactivate two of three C4 things. When Cole threatens to kill all of the SD-6 agents, Sydney surrenders to him while Sloane calls Weiss. CIA back up is on its way. Sydney, Jack, Dixon and Marshall manage to stop the two guards and Jack gets to Sloane. Cole is about to open the vault, so Sloane tells Jack to cut his right index finger off in order to stop the C4. Jack does it just in time, but Cole gets what he wants. CIA arrives and with Sydney's help, they stop him. Will takes the key to the pier and finds a copy of an autopsy done to the girl's mother. She runs away hoping that Will will do what he promised.



    This episode was great! All the action and suspense was great! Some things are really hard to understand though. This episode gets a 10 out of 10!moreless
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

Greta Sesheta

Greta Sesheta

CIA Secretary

Guest Star

David Lea

David Lea

Ice

Guest Star

Igor JiJikine

Igor JiJikine

Chopper

Guest Star

Joey Slotnick

Joey Slotnick

Steven Haladki

Recurring Role

James Handy

James Handy

Arthur Devlin

Recurring Role

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • GOOF: While interrogating Sloane, McKenas puts a Fire Needle into his neck. When he shoots Toni, the needle is still there, after he checks Toni's vitals the needle's gone. Then when Jack gets Sloane out of the chair, the needle is back in his neck.

    • GOOF: While Vaughn is removing the bolts with the fire extinguisher, the top left bolt is gone, but in the next cut, it's back there again.

    • Number 47: Dixon's Employee ID is 8736B. (8 * 7 = 56, - 3 = 53, - 6 = 47)

    • Number 47: (inverted) The code to open the vault is 927465398107.

    • Cole tortures Sloane by injecting a super-concentrated derivative of hot sauce. Capsaicin, the active chemical ingredient in spicy foods like hot sauce, has a paradoxical effect at sufficiently high doses: instead of causing pain, it relieves it. It's a common ingredient in topical pain relieving ointments.

    • Sydney takes out one of the terrorists, and Cole can hear him getting beat-up over the walkie-talkie. If the terrorist is getting beat up, who is holding down the button to transmit?

    • Dixon manages to enter a perfectly spelled and punctuated message in his PDA, with his hands tied and using the end of a plastic handcuff, while being watched by armed terrorists.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • McKenas Cole: (to Sydney) Yeah, you didn't want to kiss me, but working for a scumbag like Sloane, that's alright by you. Well let me tell you something about that weasel boss of yours, he will disappoint you, one day and hope to God I'm there when that day happens, you will hate him.

    • (Sydney and Vaughn attempt to defuse one of the explosive charges)
      Sydney: You studied bomb defusing at Langley?
      Vaughn: Just seminar style, nothing field specific.
      Sydney: Does anyone ever learn anything at seminars?

    • (Sydney and Vaughn find one of the explosive fail-safes)
      Vaughn: There's got to be at least 200 Lbs. here, enough to level the building.
      Sydney: It's a fail-safe, Sloane has 3 of these rigged to the vault in case-
      Vaughn: 3!?
      Sydney: The doors opens they all blow.
      Vaughn: Then maybe they shouldn't open the vault.
      Sydney: "They" being the 6 men with machine guns.

    • Sydney: Dixon contacted you?
      Vaughn: Not directly. Through Langley. Said SD-6 was under attack. Are you okay?
      Sydney: It's true. There's a team of six, maybe seven. They've got the latest military specs. They're after something in the vault.

    • Weiss: And what if there has been a takeover?
      Vaughn: (gets his gun out of his locker and loads it) If I'm not back in a couple of hours, I'm probably dead.
      Weiss: Good to know.

    • Haladki: Any irregularities at all?
      Vaughn: What, you mean other than a desperate message from an agent begging for our help?

    • Sloane: So easy for you to blame me, huh? When you know the truth. You got your own men killed. That helicopter was waiting for you...
      McKenas Cole: I had a man down! I was saving Whitney's life. You knew that!
      Sloane: Yeah, at the expense of all the other men. Those men counted on you to lead them to safety. They trusted their life to you and you led them to slaughter.

    • Dixon: You okay?
      Marshall: (blood is running down his head) Except for my head injury, yeah.

    • McKenas Cole: Dear person... beating up my men. I assume that you're an employee here. I am now standing in Sloane's... tastefully minimalistic office. And if you're not here, standing in front of me in the next 20 seconds, I'm going to start executing your friends, starting with the man that I assume to be your partner... Mr. Jack Bristow.

    • McKenas Cole: I feel like a mom in a shopping mall!

    • Vaughn: This is a charge of C-4. I can tell because it says C-4 everywhere.

    • McKennas Cole: You know... a lot of guys it's their socks, their piece, their guns, their bullets custom hollow tips, but for me I have always sucked my luck from a bottle of champagne.

    • McKenas Cole: (to Sydney) I know you didn't wanna kiss me, but when I was taking a hit off that bottle before, I backwashed in it. I mean, like, really big-time.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Will: (holding a black wig) I looked like Gabe Kaplan.
      Gabriel Kaplan, a.k.a. Gabe Kaplan, is an actor best known for his part as Gabe Kotter in Welcome Back, Kotter, a hit sitcom of the 70's which is why Kelly didn't know whom Will was talking about.

    • Visual: Ship named Alba Varden
      The name of the ship where Will gets the envelope is the Alba Varden. This is an in-joke reference to the same ship with the same name in the movie Lethal Weapon 2.

    • Haladki: (answering the phone) Extraction Teams "R" Us?
      This is obviously a pun on "Toys R US," the massive toy store chain.

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