Thursday, October 13, 2005

Profeta Cinque

Here is what we know about Alias’ new super-secret antagonist…

In 1972, Bill Vaughn (aka Mr. Michaux) is recruited as a mathematician by a private foundation to decode a page of a 15th century book called the Profeta Cinque, or the Fifth Prophet. The foundation was founded by Mueller, an architect who also drew up schematics for the Circumference (the big red ball), which was inspired by Rambaldi. James Lehman is also recruited into this group as a cryptologist specializing in spatial relations and patterns. After years of work, the code is finally deciphered as a sequence of genetic code, proteins and amino acids. Once the group turns in their report on the page, Bill Vaughn contacts James Lehman with a warning. Other members of the research team are dying; heart attacks, car crashes. Bill Vaughn advises Lehman to follow his lead, to change his name and disappear.

Bill Vaughn then joins the CIA. He “rescues” a little girl from Russia, Nadia, who he leaves in the care of Elena Derevko. In 1979, Bill Vaughn is killed by Irina Derevko, Nadia’s mother.

Michael Vaughn is approached by a known fugitive, Renee Rienne, with a story about Prophet Five (P5) and her father’s involvement. Renee tells Michael that Mueller had developed the group and that she is investigating the disappearance of her father. Michael finds that his father was a part of this group. A year later (season 1), Sydney enters the CIA with her story about SD-6 and a device developed by Mueller. This is a clue and Michael becomes her handler.

In season 3, Michael is told by Brill, a retired CIA Ops Officer, that his father was a Rambaldi follower.

In season 4, Michael Vaughn is approached by a man named Roberts with intel that his father may still be alive. Michael is duped into providing Robert’s group with a transistor core used in a Russian project called Nightingale. Michael is then persuaded to help the group secure a Rambaldi book. It is later revealed that Vaughn’s father is indeed dead, and that the Sloane Clone was behind the hoax.

Vaughn decides to tell Sydney about his work with Renee. As he reveals his secret, their car is hit on a dusty road and they crash. Vaughn is taken by Ivan Curtis, a man who wants information about P5. Vaughn is able to escape and contact Sydney. Together they visit Lehman who gives them the location of P5 intel, a villa in Cape Town, South Africa. Sydney and Vaughn retrieve the information and schedule a meet with Lehman. The meeting is ambushed by Gordon Dean, who is posing as a CIA officer and Ivan Curtis. Dean kills Lehman and retrieves the book and Vaughn is shot by Ivan Curtis.

APO discovers that Ivan Curtis is ordering mass amounts of Iridium. The Iridium is being used to sustain a cryogenic freezer with a man inside. Sydney questions Curtis about P5 and its leaders. Curtis informs Sydney that she “doesn’t want to know” and “that even if I told you, you wouldn’t believe me.” Curtis, fearing the wrath of P5, then jumps from the plane. The cryo-chamber is handed over to the DSR (Department of Special Research), but in transit, it is taken. It is revealed that Renee Rienne is in possession of the chamber.


Wow, that’s a lot of information! Much of which doesn’t lead us any closer to understanding, let alone finding out what it has to do with Rambaldi, Irina Derevko and Michael Vaughn. Who is the man in the box? Is he good? Bad? Are there any bits I missed? What are your ideas, conclusions, speculations?

8 comments:

jenn256 said...

Renee contacted Vaughn in 2001? That was only four years ago. Wouldn't it have been longer since Syd lost 2 years? Not really of importance, just curious.

I would still like to know exactly what Nadia has to do with this whole thing. Reading the summary everything made sense (in Alias world), but then the Nadia thing is thrown in there. Just seems a little out of place with all of the other things, people dying, codes being decyphered, etc. Does anyone else think the story about Nadia being taken away and given to her aunt in another country by, who we believe is a seasoned CIA agent seem odd? The Nadia story seems so strange in the midst of all of the other spy stuff going on. I really think there is a lot more to that story than we know. I think the return of Nadia after the Christmas break and Irina's return (hopefully soon) will shed some light on this. I do believe the man in the box is Renee's dad. I also wonder how he was able to escape without this group finding him and killing him, unless he also faked his own death, which seems to be a running theme in this show. If this man did indeed work on P5 he should be able to answer a lot of questions regarding Vaughn's dad and Irina's and possibly Sloane's involvement.

Kiki said...

Good point, that was 4 years ago. I suppose I was thinking of when the show started.

hpalias said...

I have a bit of a theory on who's in the box. Would love to get your feedback. The title of the episode was "...1..." I think the "..." are important. I think they refer to more to come. I think the man in the box was the first of the five prophets to come back to life so to speak. "..." Meaning more to come. Taking into account the page about genetics from the transcript and the amount of missing green liquid freezing explosive stuff (don't remember the name of it) it make sense to me.

Kiki said...

Ohhh GOOD Theory! I like that. Makes sense. I also had an inkling..could the man in the box be Mueller? The guy who designed and made the little red ball thing from the pilot? Hmmm.

jenn256 said...

I noticed the quotes aroung the number one also for last weeks episode and wondered about that also. I like your theory, this man is the first of five. So who could the others be?
I was under the impression this was going to be Renee's dad, but mabye if your theory is true he will be one of the five people brought back to life with the Iridium. Could Nadia and Vaughn be among those? If we are using that as a guess, what other two characters have "died" that could be brought back with this stuff?

Kiki said...

What happened to Katya? Did Elena kill her too in the season finale? I can't remember...some researcher I am!!

jenn256 said...

last I remember Syd was talking to her in the infirmary ward of the jail wherever she was. That's when Syd found out that Irina didn't take the hit out on her, Ylena did.
After that I don't know what happened to her.

amy said...

as far as we know katya is still in custody.....