(First, I suppose it is sacrilegious for me to use Sydney and Vaughn’s love song to title an article about new APO agent Thomas Grace, but it’s catchy, sue me!)
This season on Alias, tons of new faces will be wondering around the APO Rotunda. Actor Balthazar Getty has been introduced as Alias’ attempted to replace Michael Vartan. But, before you tranq me and have me carted off to Fort Williams for a round of the Inferno Protocol, understand that I believe the character of Michael Vaughn cannot be replaced. With Sydney’s love in hiding and Weiss off to Washington, APO is in dire need of a strong, rough-around-the-edges character that ain’t bad to look at. Enter Thomas Grace, a former Marine with a temper and a secret.
Our first impression? Cute, but a lousy bar-fighter. Thomas seems to be holding the bad-boy card and his macho air (a large contrast to Vaughn’s boy charm and naïve morality) may bring heaps of black-ops tension and conflict. And though we miss Vaughn and will hold vigil until his return, I think we are in for a treat with Grace. We’ve had big brother Weiss, we’ve had smarmy Haladki and an array of guest agents like Noah Hicks and Ethan Hawke’s, James Lennox, but we haven’t had a permanent male CIA character with a questionable past and unseen motives. He's the quiet guy, the reculsive guy, which may come off rude and arrogant. But I think APO might have found itself a new super-spy.
My Thomas Grace Predictions:
-Dixon may question Grace’s honor and trust.
- Jack may need to keep in line with this "secret" poses a problem or danger to Syd and the rest of the gang. I see a possible father/son thing happening.
-Marshall will stutter, run and hide when he sees Grace coming.
-Rachel will fall for Grace or Grace for Rachel. Either way, there will be a crush there, a la Vaughn in season 1.
-Grace will take a protective stance when it comes to Sydney and the baby, which I think will hold true for all the male characters this year.
Look out for finger-in-face fights and a clash of opinions, but I see all that melting into mutual respect and understanding in the next few episodes. I like Grace from what little we’ve seen of him and I look forward to what his character will bring to the table.
What do you think? Will Grace bring it or will it be a failed attempt by writers to give us a new main man?