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!