Kind. Rewind: Vaughn went rogue to find out what
happened to his father.
original air-date: 04-13-05
back. Just when you thought that Rambaldi was out of the
picture, he decides to rear his ugly, and confusing, head
once again. And, of course, because everything in J.J Abrams
world is interconnected, a certain instruction manual ties
Vaughn’s search for his father, the death of Syd’s
mom and Sloane all together.
episode’s title indicates, Boy Scout’s journey
has opened a whole new box of worms, unleashing even more
chaos and confusion upon our beloved group of spies. He
received some pictures of a man that looks like his father,
bolstering hopes that he might actually be alive, but after
helping a group of arms dealers try to get their hands on
the Rambaldi papers he’s told that his father’s
dead and that he’s been set up the entire time by
cryptic informant guy’s employer, Sloane.
After visiting with her aunt Katya, Syd
learns that her mother might have been framed and never
really took out a contract on her daughter’s life
after all. As Spy Girl follows a series of clues, she’s
lead to the bank account of the person that paid the assassin
to kill her. That account belong to, of course, one A. Sloane.
But, as Sloane told Nadia in the episode,
not everything is black and white. At the end of the episode,
we see a man impersonating Sloane sitting behind a desk,
upset that his team didn’t retrieve the Rambaldi artifact.
So, the question is, which Sloane is to
blame, the real one, the fake one, or possibly both? Also,
how is it that someone could steal someone as prominent
as Sloane’s identity? Before becoming the head of
the APO, he was the leader of a major international charity
organization that received a lot of publicity. It seems
unlikely that it would be easy for someone to pretend that
he’s Arvin, even if Sloane has gone underground to
work for APO.
And, the mystery behind pseudo-Sloane isn’t
the only nagging question we’re left pondering at
the conclusion of this episode. Whether or not Vaughn’s
dad is really dead, even though it seems that it’s
been a set up, is still questionable. Katya Derevko’s
presence leads us to wonder if she has information on where
her sister is, someone that Jack and Sloane have been searching
for. Poor Jack’s health is also questionable, but
more in the sense of is he really sick or is this part of
yet another hoax.
all of these things sort of converge in one episode, “Pandora”
leaves the viewer with a jumbled feeling that even though
some answers were discovered, a whole lot more remains unexplained.
I suppose that that’s what they were going for, given
the title and all, but it still makes for an unsatisfying
hour of television watching.
only part that was truly fun was when Vaughn blew off the
former CIA wanna-be blonde by telling her that she should
consider his dismissal of her advances as “the second
time she’s been rejected by the CIA.”