Kind. Rewind: Sloane and Syd butted heads, but eventually
came to an icy compromise regarding their working relationship.
Also, Spy Girl and Sis had some fun while working together.
original air-date: 02-23-05
Anna Espinoza. Mr. Sark. With names like these you’d
think that "Echoes" was an episode from season
one. But just when we thought that Abrams and company had
ditched the mythology as well as a few fun characters, they
suddenly reappear just as quickly as they had been cast
question is, is this merely a February sweeps tactic to
get old viewers who were upset with the lack of family drama
and mythology to tune in again, or is this a shift back
to some of the more complex storylines of seasons 2 and
answer to that question remains to be seen. However, the
transition from the stand alone episodes that we’ve
become familiar with since Alias started back up
again in January to an episode filled with Rambaldi references
was a bit jarring, even for seasoned viewers.
are a lot of new fans out there that are just becoming familiar
with the Alias world this season, and throwing
Rambaldi and all of the crap that goes along with him at
this point seems a little questionable. Obviously, anyone
who watched the show over the past few years did not expect
Abrams to abandon the storyline altogether because there
had been so much put into it beforehand. But, to give us
an episode like this in the middle of a rebuilding season,
with very little leading up to it, is a little unsatisfying.
While I agree
that they had to go back to it sometime, I think that they
could have eased into it a bit more, instead of hitting
viewers over the head with everything all at once.
aspect of the episode is Anna’s involvement with this
offshoot of the Covenant, the Cadmus Revolutionary Front
(CRF). I can’t recall Anna ever being mentioned in
connection with the Rambaldi followers, but it may be that
I have ignored my season 1 DVDs for too long and they could
do with some dusting off.
that this episode is misplaced in the structure of the season
doesn’t mean that I didn’t think that it was
well done. There were a lot of great moments in "Echoes"
that deserve to be mentioned. The first being that the lovely
and talented Gina Torres is always a pleasure to watch,
and her fight in the boutique with Sydney was hysterical,
especially with the soft music playing in the background
as they clawed at one another.
great thing about the episode is that Sark is back. Why
he left in the first place, other than the going to jail
part, I will never understand and will continue to be mad
at the series producers about until David Anders is a full-time
cast member again. Alas, who knows if that will ever happen?
watching Sark verbally spar with Vaughn and then get punched
in the face was something that I now realize I’ve
missed. How can one not love hearing the man say utterly
terrible things to Boy Scout in that clipped British accent
with a smirk on his face? He’s without a doubt one
of the most fun villains to ever appear on TV and he should
be brought back, damn it.
enough gushing over Sark, and on with the review. I suppose
that I will have to mention something about this whole Rambaldi
prophecy pertaining to Sydney and Nadia fighting over some
object and one of them dying. My response is 1) we’ve
heard this all before and 2) it must mean Nadia doesn’t
die next week because Syd wasn’t the one that shot her.
stuff is always hard to follow, even for someone who is
a veteran fan, so any newbies out there must have been all
sorts of confused. It’s not that I don’t like
the idea of Rambaldi and all the mythology, it does, after
all, make the story more complex, but the problem I have
with it is that the show always seems to fall back on it
to either create some new drama or to explain away something
that doesn’t quite fit. Hopefully, resurrecting this
aspect of the show is not an attempt to do any of this,
but who knows? Next week, maybe we’ll learn what Anna’s
connections are to the CRF, what Sark wants in return for
his cooperation, and what that guy told Nadia right before
he died. As always there are no guarantees and they like
to leave us hanging.
end by saying, again, that I love Nadia and Weiss, that
they are adorable and this causes me to fear for both of
their lives. I mean, someone’s gotta die sometime
soon or it just wouldn’t be Alias, now would