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Before the Flood
original airdate: 05-25-05
Be Kind. Rewind: Vaughn proposed to Sydney, Irina returned, and Sloane went over to the dark side…again.

After watching the finale again the only thing that really sticks out in my mind is the horrible red lighting that dominated most of the episode. This is not to say that there was no plot, there was (I guess), but that red lighting just drove me absolutely nuts. I know that they were going for this whole city-under-siege kind of look, but it was really just awful and looked like they put basically no effort in the backdrop of this episode.

Maybe all of the production teams funds were drained after whatever astronomical amount the producers probably had to pay Lena Olin to get her to come back for a guest spot.

Despite the terrible look of the episode, the whole story itself lacked excitement, emotional investment on the viewer’s part, and any shred of plausibility.

I don’t know about anyone else, but zombie like people running around doesn’t really get my heart racing. Now, if my twin brother were writing this review, he probably would have said something along the lines of, “Bah! I hate freaking zombies!”

Hmmm, I might have to show him this episode just to get a rise out of him. (editor's note: Rob Sparling could not be reached for comment, as looking for gainful employment has apparently turned him into a zombie.)

But, anyway, Sloane going bad again didn’t really cause any eyebrows to be raised on my part, nor did his supposed plan to help everyone finally shut down Elena and her evil ways. We get it already, Mr. Abrams. Sloane is never going to be totally bad or good, so can we please stop with the supposedly dramatic shifts every other episode? Its really becoming annoying if you ask me and it’s time to get a new big shot villain for next season.

Speaking of next season, and the lack of plausibility, one has to wonder how the show will work around star Jennifer Garner’s possible pregnancy. Of course, leaving everything up in the air with that car crash gives the producers room to play with. Ten to one, it will be something like Sydney was in a coma after the crash and then wakes up pregnant with Vaughn’s child, but he’s run off, afraid that his deception all these years has ruined their chances of being together. Sound plausible? I didn’t think so, which is exactly why they will do something like this.

I mean, really, they ended the episode with Vaughn telling us he’s not really Vaughn after all these years? I think that this idea is completely ridiculous, but I can’t help but wonder how they will work this in and get long time viewers to believe that its more than just an end of the season stunt.

Finally, I feel that though Alias has done better in the ratings this season, they will need to make some more changes next year if they plan on keeping long time viewers interested. Get new villains, move on from Rambaldi, and do something different. Oh, and bring back Sark full-time…that’s mainly just for my viewing pleasure, but whatever.


Rebecca Sparling

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