original air-date: 04-25-04
Kind. Rewind: Jack tricked everyone and saved Sloane from
being put to death and Lauren found out that Vaughn's onto
time I watched this week's episode of Alias, I was
beyond confused. I had no idea what was going on, what happened,
how it happened, or anything really. However, since I have
found myself immersed in papers this past week and a half,
I chalked my confusion up to my brain not being able to process
any more information. The second time I watched it, I figured
that I didn't get everything because it requires a level of
concentration that I wasn't able to muster after taking two
finals in the same day. But, when watching it a third time,
after a good night's sleep and brain rebooted after a caffeine
fix, I have decided that it's not me, it's the episode. "Blood
Ties" is just plain confusing, even if you haven't been
pulling all nighters.
Rambaldi stuff has always been a vague, tangled mess, but
this episode just made things even more perplexing. Okay,
so now we know that when it looked like Sloane was taking
some drugs in a previous episode, that he was really trying
to use some elixir to make him this conduit to Rambaldi so
he could discover the dead guy's end game, but what is this
end game? It basically seems like all Rambaldi wanted to do
was destroy the freaking world and I can't understand why
he didn't do it in the damn 15th century when he was alive!
if Sloane had all of this information two years ago, why didn't
he just go off and find his daughter then? All that stuff
about him wanting to be worthy of his child was crap, or he
wouldn't have strapped her down to the chair at the end and
given her a dose of that green stuff that made her go all
epileptic. He wants to get to the bottom of all this Prophecy
stuff, and he's obviously willing to play whoever he can,
Sydney and Jack as well as the Covenant, to do it.
reason I can imagine that he waited was because Sydney was
missing during those two years, and without her, the prophecy
wouldn't be fulfilled. But, then I remembered that he knew
where Syd was at some point during that time, so that throws
that whole idea out the window and leaves me with a big bubble
containing a question mark floating above my head.
knew that there was more to Vaughn's father's death than we
were being told, so it is interesting to discover that he
was a follower of Rambaldi as well and that he died protecting
the Passenger. The thing that still befuddles me is why? Why
was Vaughn's daddy into some dead guy's ramblings? What do
these other followers of Rambaldi, who seem more virtuous
than people in The Covenant or Sloane himself, hope to achieve?
Are they simply trying to prevent the others from using Milo's
crazy inventions to bring about destruction? It's all still
a big mystery and right now I can't decide if that's a good
thing or a bad thing.
of bad things, the whole torture bit wasn't as nearly as much
fun as I expected it to be. It's not that I enjoy seeing Boy
Scout get all mutilated or anything, that's sadistic. It's
just that I had hoped that it'd be a little bit more evil.
The whole Lauren pretending to help Vaughn thing was bitchy,
but not nearly as devious as it could have been. Besides,
Vaughn, once again, showed little of the emotion that one
would expect of someone who has not only been betrayed, but
is now being tortured by a woman that he thought he loved.
is the fact that he was probably too beaten to really get
all that angry, and there was also that little quip about
Sark looking like he's about 12 that Spy Boy managed to throw
out there (Bravo), but there's no fury! Damn it, if the person
that had done that to me was within ten feet of me, I would
have at least told her to go to hell! Why? Why won't you let
your emotions out Vaughn? You need to express them, and the
next time you see Lauren you need to pop her one right on
that pretty little face of hers. Needless to say, it angers
me that Vaughn doesn't show his anger more.
I cannot finish this review without talking about the prodigal
sister. Actress Mia Maestro enters the Alias world
as Nadia, Syd's half-sister, Sloane's daughter, and Rambaldi's
Passenger. But, no pressure on her or anything. While we did
learn that Nadia is some kind of agent, we didn't learn much
else. For instance, how did she end up as an Argentinean agent?
Does she know that she is involved in this whole Prophecy
bit? Has she met Irina? This girl has a lot of mystery surrounding
her and the crappy thing is all of us loyal viewers know that
we aren't going to get any kind of real answers before the
much assessment, I can say that "Blood Ties" is,
without a doubt, the most confusing episode of this show that
I have seen to date. I'm hoping that this all leads up to
at least some answers before we are exiled to rerun hell for
the summer, but that is up to the powers that be, namely J.J.
Abrams and Co. And, with the way that those guys like to mess
with our minds, you can be sure that the season finale will
just leave us hanging and coming up with crazy theories about
what's gonna happen next. But, I figure, that's part of the
fun of watching this show anyway.
you found yourself a little bewildered by this week's episode,
fear not. You are definitely not alone.