As an example of Alias without its leading star, Jennifer Garner, this is a rather impressive offering from the show. It could easily serve as a pilot for a spin-off featuring Nadia, a show I'd happily watch. What is Mia doing nowadays, anyway? The episode is mostly in Spanish and I have to give props to the execs for allowing 80% of the hour to be in a different language. A risky move, but they certainly pull it off with an extremely compelling performance from the always gorgeous Mia Maestro, and a strong script that gives Nadia a wholly different background than to Sydney, and yet there are a few similarities, too, which feels right.
This episode also offers up a strong case for the Rambaldi prophecy. It is clear Nadia has a trigger-happy temper that has been evident from the beginning of the season – she riddled Martin Bishop with a full clip when she thought he killed Irina, and now here, we see her kill her boss after discovering he was lying to her about her affiliation with Spanish Intelligence. Syd has been in a similar situation, if not worse, but she didn't unload a clip into Sloane. It's this pivotal difference that makes Nadia a wild card with regards to her vision and murdering Syd in cold blood.
Loved the flashbacks, loved the acting, loved the directing – loved it all! There's also a bit of a cliff-hanger as well. This is an 8, but Mia's amazing performance boosts it to a 9.