Sloane, the evil genius behind SD-6, and the dark underground of the quest for Rambaldi. He is never one to hesitate, to show mercy, especially when it comes to his passions; Rambaldi and his daughter. In season 2, he kidnaps Neil Caplan (played by Christian Slater), a mathematician, and forces him to piece together the magnetic fields of a Rambaldi puzzle. As I watched this episode, something struck me as oddly familiar (which isn’t necessarily odd when it comes to Alias). Was Bill Vaughn not originally a mathematician, hired by a private foundation, to also study and decode a page of Rambaldi’s text? The lives of Neil Kaplan and his family were threatened, as were the lives of Bill Vaughn and his young son. Correlation? Coincidence?
As Uncle111 has insinuated, it is very possible that Arvin Sloane is behind the creation of Prophet 5. That he, in his quest for Rambaldi, had hired Bill Vaughn, James Lehman and others to decipher a code for him. We know that Sloane has been on a 30 year journey, maybe a journey that began with the text, the Profeta Cinque. In season 4, Sloane and Jack go to great lengths to keep hidden a secret, a secret pertaining to Bill Vaughn. They allow Vaughn and Sydney to investigate the possibility that Bill Vaughn may still be alive, in hopes of learning more. Perhaps Sloane is on a mission to cover his tracks, that he and Jack both know that Bill Vaughn survived, that he is alive and can offer evidence related to Prophet 5 and the deaths of the other researchers.
As I had mentioned in my 5.3 “The Shed” article, I found the scenes with Sloane to be pointless. Uncle111 and a friend of mine then pointed out to me that there are hardly ever any scenes in Alias that are useless or pointless. The Sloane scenes from the last episode may have been boring and ambiguous, but they may hold significance in future episodes. What happened to Sloane’s $300,000? What is Sasha using it for? Was it a payment for something other than a cure for Nadia? Was the meet a set-up? Is Sloane using his search for a cure as an excuse or as a cover for other covert operations? Either way, we can expect that Sloane is, in some way, connected to P5. How connected? As I’ve said, only time will tell…dum dum dum.