Kind. Rewind: Vaughn sorta-kinda started to get over
the whole killing his wife thing, Syd asked him to spend the
night, and Nadia continues to try to learn more about the
mother she never knew.
Welcome To Liberty Village
original air-date: 01-26-05
Nicole Kidman! In this episode, Syd and Vaughn got Stepfordized
in order to infiltrate a Russian group called The October
Contingent that had its hands on an electromagnetic weapon.
Posing as a terrorist Russian couple, Spy girl and boy are
sent to a facility where prospects learn how to become American
suburbanites in a fake neighborhood that bears an eerie
resemblance to Desperate Housewives' Wisteria Lane.
Trainees are later sent to the US where they seamlessly
blend in and carry out acts of terrorism right under our
government’s nose… the irony of this is just
while most would think that posing as a blissfully married
couple might seem like an easy task for our two lovebirds,
it seems that Syd and Vaughn’s relationship has a
few intimacy issues that need to be worked on. As if being
called boring by Weiss and Nadia weren’t enough, their
Russian guide to American life says that they seem cold
and unfeeling towards each other.
get over how hysterical all this talk was, because it’s
just so very true. As I’ve said before, the whole
Syd/Vaughn thing can be tiresome at times and it’s
just so nice to see the writers acknowledge this for once.
Weiss couldn’t have been more right when he said that
their relationship lacks spontaneity and excitement. And
the Russian guy, Tom, calling them cold was spot on, because,
let’s face it, there really isn’t any spark
between these two.
even a cynic like myself, who thinks that it’s time
to let this relationship go the way of Dawson and Joey and
just die already, has to admit that watching these two play
house was entertaining. However, this may be due to the
fact that they were placed in an outrageous situation thanks
to the October Contingent.
how can you not have fun watching Syd and Vaughn fight to
the death with another possible trainee couple in the middle
of fake car dealership, especially when the dealer tells
them that the winners becomes a member of Liberty Village
and gets a new convertible while the losers…well,
die? That’s just good, clean, old-fashioned fun right
I will give Spy Girl and Boy Scout a little bit of a break
and admit that it was cute when Vaughn told the fake car
dealer the story of their fake engagement, which Vaughn
had really planned for Sydney three years ago before she
went missing and all that crap. And, I also found that I
couldn’t even roll my eyes at the end when they decided
(orders be damned!) to take their plane on a detour to France
for dinner on the way back from Russia. This move by the
writers was just plain smart and surprisingly sweet, and
not in the way that makes your teeth hurt either.
Syd and Vaughn were not the only focus of the episode. It
seems that there is something afoot and that both Jack and
Sloane, as usual, are in on it. Jack seems to get awful
flustered when he realizes that the Russian government is
now looking for Irina and when he tells this to Sloane,
the commander and chief says that they will have to move
up their timetable.
is this you say? Could it be that there is another conspiracy
involving Spy Mommy be in the works? Is she really dead?
Does this give hope to all those Lena Olin fans out there
that she might actually return to the show? If I were you,
I wouldn’t hold my breath, but it does look like there
is something awfully sneaky going on and it might just be
the kind of twist that fans who find this self-contained
episodes formula a little too nice and neat for their tastes.
I found myself enjoying this episode, maybe more than I
should have, but come on! There was a gunfight in a car
dealership! There was a weapon in a pie tin! That’s
just zany and funny, people.
note of criticism before I go though, what is up with Dixon?
First we demote his character from his position of power
and now he is simply left to meander through the backdrop,
being given the occasional line here or there? Dixon is
the man, so please give the terrific Carl Lumbly something
to do other than pretend to be a crackhead Jamaican or a
nearly mute workhorse for Sloane. Both the actor and the
character deserve better material than this.