surface, there’s nothing all that extraordinary about
"The Awful Truth." It wasn’t one of those
episodes with an amazing plot twist that left viewers sitting
with their mouths open wide in shock and drool forming at
the corners of their lips. It didn’t have any major
revelation about a character or really exciting stunt or
even all that many funny lines. However, Alias
fans should be pleased with this installment because it
proved that J.J. Abrams and his staff can still do a stand
alone episode and do it well.
surviving the tangled web we so lovingly refer to as Season
3, the writers needed to prove to the viewers that they
could take a step back from the mythology of the show and
produce an hour of television that was basically self-contained,
flowed well, and still kept the major plot threads of the
story moving forward.
Though there were attempts to do just that last season,
they failed because we were so deeply immersed in the Rambaldi/Covenant/love
triangle stuff that any effort to tell a story that could
stand on its own was overshadowed by all the other plot
points the writers were dealing with.
it basically comes down to is this, "The Awful Truth"
was a satisfying episode because we had a villain, the good
guys used all kinds of crazy gadgets to stop the villain’s
evil plan, and villain dies at the end.
what you’re thinking. This is Alias; it’s
never that simple. And, to some extent, you’re right.
Yeah, sure, there was stuff involving Jack’s murderous
deception and Nadia’s messed up family history, but
that stuff was kept to a minimum. The focus was where it
should have been, on the case that they were dealing with
Sleazy arms dealer Bishop was the perfect villain for such
an episode and, apparently, the perfect scapegoat for Jack
to blame Irina’s death on so Nadia wouldn’t
take kick his ass.
of SpySis, anyone else finding it a little odd that the
CIA, especially a Black Ops division, would take on an agent
from another country? Not sure that the real CIA would do
this, but considering the state of the real institution
and the people in charge of it, who knows what kind of stuff
they allow to take place?
The great thing about this episode was that everything
came together nicely; the Jack’s scheme, Nadia’s
adjustment to life in LA, and Weiss becoming a part of the
team by being captured by Bishop’s henchmen all fit
in perfectly with this week’s case.
Even Marshall telling Vaughn to shut up while trying to
locate Sydney was not only appropriate, but also funny as
hell, especially when he tried to apologize and Vaughn said,
“No, that was good.”
Even though there was nothing all that exciting about the
episode, considering that this is the second installment
of a new season that is trying to rebuild the show, it shows
us that the writers are staying on course and bringing us
quality hours of TV without making the viewers’ heads
spin with too much information.