Kind. Rewind: Vaughn decided that it’s high
time Lauren paid for her crimes, Nadia was taken into CIA
custody, and Jack got friendly with Katya.
original air-date: 05-23-04
after seeing the season finale, all I can say is this: There’s
bad news and then there’s bad news followed by more
bad news with an itsy bitsy bit of a silver lining thrown
start with the bad news. ABC has recently released its new
Fall Schedule and though Alias is included in it,
there won’t be any new episodes of the series until
right. Our beloved spy drama has been banished to the land
of mid-season replacements. ABC execs assure viewers that
this was done so that there’s less repeats between
new episodes, thus making the series more fluid. An interesting
idea, yes, but the fact that the network is also cutting
the number of new episodes we’ll see in season four,
down to 20 from the usual 22, doesn’t give the faithful
viewer the impression that ABC is all that confident in
the show right now.
not much that can be done about this, besides possibly going
over to abc.go.com and sending some emails showing concern,
but the fact that they are running what is described as
a drama/comedy called Desperate Housewives in Alias’
place is truly a good sign. Why? Look at the title; it has
“cancelled before the fifth episode” written
all over it.
there is more bad news. If Alias had any chance
of finding a way back into its normal timeslot before we
ring in a new year, then this is certainly not the episode
that they wanted to end on.
has far too many things wrong with it for it to be the type
of cliffhanger that leaves fans so wanting more that they’ll
break down the doors of ABC head honchos and beg for a new
there are questions that were left unanswered, but this
episode was just a jumbled mess of confusion. First of all,
this episode needed to be longer. They tried to do too many
things in a single hour and spent too much time on inconsequential
stuff (like Syd’s slow mo walk into the bank) for
this episode to really come together the way it needed to.
always, there’s Rambaldi stuff to talk about, but,
like always, it makes little to no sense and there’s
nothing all that important revealed about the artifact that
everyone has been looking for. There’s a chance that
they’re looking for Milo himself and in the end only
Nadia and Sloane were on the right track, but all of that
wasn’t the real focus of this episode.
true focus of this episode was, once again, the sordid love-triangle
and Vaughn’s need to get revenge against the woman
who betrayed him. Surely, Spy Girl and Boy Scout fans enjoyed
seeing Lauren get taken down and the star crossed lovers
finally getting back together, but for all the build up
this wasn’t a fitting ending to a storyline that has
been going on all season.
it was great to see Vaughn knock Lauren out while saying
“Hi, honey” in an evil sort of way. And, Michael
Vartan finally looked truly menacing when preparing to torture
Lauren, so kudos to him. But, to have a character that was
so hated be wiped out in a hail of bullets is sort of disappointing
and really unoriginal.
her mumble some number to a bank box while dying was even
more far fetched. Yes, it leads us to the cliffhanger ending,
but why on earth would Lauren reveal such a thing to Sydney
with her final breaths?
exactly was in the box is still sketchy. Of course, it looked
like something that proves that Jack has had something to
do with Rambaldi, that Sydney’s birth and everything
about her life has been controlled by her father, but that
is just speculation. The only real facts that we have to
go on are what Lauren said before she died, Syd’s
name and birth date on that CIA file, and Spy Daddy telling
her she was never supposed to see it.
this is an interesting place to end, didn’t we already
know this? We knew that Jack trained Syd to be a spy when
we learned about the whole Project Christmas thing. Given
that, there has to be something even more devastating on
that paper for Sydney to react the way she did. What that
is will have to wait until January.
not that there weren’t some bright spots in this episode.
The whole Lauren disguised as Syd and Syd disguised as Lauren
thing was really well done visually, even if it didn’t
make much sense logically. Watching Vaughn beat Sark while
being told about his wife’s extramarital affairs was
also pretty satisfying. And, hearing Lauren call Vaughn
a Boy Scout was fairly amusing.
problem is this: This episode was not a season ender. If
we look at the finales from the past two years, season one
ending with Sydney’s mom coming back and season two
ending with Syd having been missing for two years, we can
see that this episode didn’t pack the same punch that
those endings did. While it’s not really fair to compare
those episodes to this one, the comparisons are inevitable.
Alias is known for it’s big endings, and “Resurrection”
didn’t have the suspense or the drama that we have
come to expect from the show. There was no big reveal, the
fight scenes were lackluster, and there wasn’t anything
to make fans go “Oh my god! What happens next?”
needed to be a stronger finish to the season if they expect
Alias to survive a seven-month hiatus and be able
to attract any new viewers to the show when it, um, resurrects.
Not only that, but it is a true disappointment to fans to
end in this way when they have been patiently dealing with
a rebuilding season that can only be described as hit or