Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Jerks: The Department of Special Research

Ah, the Department of Special Research, a constant CIA antagonist and a body which has spent a considerable amount of time poking and prodding Sydney Bristow in an effort to better understand Milo Rambaldi and his prophecy. The DSR was created during WWII to investigate Nazi interest in via cult, and after the war an executive order was signed giving them the power to investigate fringe science, paranormal ecology and remote viewing.

We are first introduced to the DSR when Sydney’s face appears on the 47th page of the Rambaldi manuscript. Believed to be The Chosen One, Sydney meets Carson Evans, a hard-faced blonde with thick bangs and the insistence that Sydney is a danger to national security. As research director and DSR Rambaldi expert, Evans subjects Sydney to mental and physical tests to prove she is the woman depicted in the prophecy. Sydney is questioned by FBI Director Kendall about her involvement with SD-6 and her connection to Rambaldi. In season 3, the jerks (as Marshall refers to them) from the DSR take possession of the Rambaldi box, which contains Rambaldi’s DNA. Later in season 3, Kendall reveals himself as the Director of DSR and Project Blackhole, a Rambaldi research facility in the Nevada desert.

Seemingly an unlikely antagonist, the DSR slams Syd and the crew at various turns in their investigation. Jack, Vaughn and Weiss are forced to break Sydney out of FBI custody in order to prove she is not Rambaldi’s second coming and to protect her cover at SD-6. Kendall was in contact with Sydney during her 2 missing years, and only after discovering the Covenant’s intentions with Rambaldi’s tissue and Sydney’s eggs, does he reveal those years to her. Kendall is a constant road block in season 2, hashing out words with Jack and dolling out blackmail-fueled missions all in order to stay ahead of the Covenant. Though actor Terry O’Quinn, who so brilliantly portrayed Director Kendall, is now a main player on Lost, I hope we will see him again in the future. Now that P5 is the main threat, and has the potential to be as much of a mystical mystery as Rambaldi, maybe he can stop by to ruffle Jack’s feathers and coo lovingly at Baby Bristow-Vaughn! HA!

14 comments:

srg-alias said...

I agree, it would be great to see Kendall again, he was a great antagonist and brilliantly portrayed. Who can forget:
Vaughn: You're not the easiest person to work with are you?
Kandall: No...I'm not.

If P5 has to do with Rambaldi, which I think we all assume is the case, it wouldn't surprised me if the DSR came back into the picture since they house all the Rambaldi artifacts (btw, was anyone else slightly amused/annoyed with how Katya always called them "artyfacts"?) I digress...

Kiki said...

Artyfacts! HAHAHA And Sloane always says "Nathia" instead of Nadia. And Covonont instead of Covenant. So annoying!!

srg-alias said...

YES, I noticed the "Covonont" thing too last time I watched season 3, that was irritating!

Kiki said...

And I love Jack saying "Technically he's right, ethically, he's an ass."

srg-alias said...

I know, that's one of the best Alias quotes ever! :)

Dignan said...

Funny that you mentioned about the eggs and how they were 'destroyed' during the Rambaldi thing (wasn't sark there).

That is the first thing I thought of when I found out she was going to be preggy. Maybe the baby isn't Vaughn's, but something that will tie into Rambaldi and the eggs.

any thoughts?

Kiki said...

Yes, the whole preggo thing could be Rambaldi related, but I think even that is a little far-fetched for Alias. It's Vaughn's.

srg-alias said...

yeah, a lot of people were confused about how she could be pregnant when the Covanent "took" her eggs, but I never had the impression they took all her eggs, especially since the scar was only on one side.

uncle111 said...

I still want to know how and why DSR has managed to let EVERY Rambaldi artifact they've had in their custody get stolen.

srg-alias said...

were they recently stole them? Last time I remember seeing them was when sloane had to "go back to Rambaldi" in s4 and they were all at the DSR...my memory is a bit fuzzy though...

srg-alias said...

woops, meant to say "were they recently stolen?"...jeez, I'm out of it today...

Robetron said...

Oh yes they were... that was the place that Eliana (or whatever her name is supposed to be) and her crew ransacked, getting Nadia in trouble because the info was accessed through her laptop.

But now that the whole Sabogda incident is over and four or more months have passed, I wonder where they all are.... *chin scratch* hmmm.

Robetron said...

BTW - HS, great minds think alike. I also made referrence to the episode involving the DSR and the prophesy over which they haggled. Its a new post on my blog. I'd like to know what you think about what I had to say.

amy said...

i too am skeptical of the DSR (by the way i think it was to investigate nazi interest in the "occult" which makes sense considering Rambaldi would have been taken as supernatural and occultish)

i like the reference to Carson's thick bangs....was that just an observation???

does anyone else watch LOST? it is so odd to think of "locke" as "kendall" and vice versa.