The post for Episode 6 “Solo” was bombarded with questions. I am hoping to clear up a few of those for you.
I found some interesting connections between the episode and its title, “Solo.” We can automatically connect the title to Rachel and her first solo mission. The title can also be related to the fact that she’s alone, that her family has been placed in witness protection and she is now on her own. Sydney is also solo, alone without Vaughn. I found the contradiction of the title and the final scene of the show interesting as well. In the final scenes we see several instances of family. Sloane visits his daughter in the hospital; his only living family. Rachel pulls a picture of her family from her desk, and Syd is playing Vaughn’s recorded voice to their baby. These scenes would indict both loneliness and despair, but also the comforts of those you love (Sloane holding Nadia’s hand, Rachel’s picture and Vaughn’s voice.)
The Vaughn Tape:
At the end of the episode the camera pans into Sydney’s room where she is playing a recorded tape of her and Vaughn on a mission. The comm. conversation was an instance we did not witness as an audience. Though it could be possible that this conversation transpired while Sydney was in Syberia acquiring the music box from the icy caves, I am fairly certain Jack was on the other end of those comms. I have a feeling the writers fabricated the tape, as to incorporate information or clues, such as “of course, we’re in this together.” The playfulness between the two on tape was important too. It was a reminder of how comfortable they were working together and how much she depended on him.
As for if tape proves Sydney knows whether Vaughn is alive or not, it’s hard to tell. Though it would seem strange to have the baby recognize the voice of someone that is no longer living, it could have been a sentimental moment. Sydney might have been listening to the tape for herself and sharing it with her baby, or she might have played the tape so that the baby will recognize his/her father’s voice upon his return.
Side note: The conversation on the tape reminded me of the “Guardian Angel” comms conversation in season 1. Sydney is scheduled to meet face to face with Ann Espinoza, in order to open a briefcase containing a Rambaldi code. She requests that Vaughn be put back on her case and when she turns on her comms he is there on the other end, watching her from a 200 mile orbit.
Three Rings of the Rule of Three:
Though I have yet to go back and study the various rings of Sloane, I am certain in “Solo,” that he is wearing 1 single ring that is composed of 3 rings. I do agree that the ring receives heavy camera time and whether or not this is intended is unclear. As I have said before, everything on Alias is done for a reason. Always remember the rule of three. If it’s mentioned three times or more, it’s important.
I suppose each ring could represent the members of his family; Emily, Nadia and himself.
We can dig deeper and define the ring as a symbol of love and devotion, which he shows toward Nadia in this particular episode. The 3 bands may prove to be nothing more than a ring symbolizing those feelings.
Sidenote: Jennifer Garner makes various comments about Ron Rifkin’s hands and rings in the audio commentary season 1 finale.
Mr. Drink Water:
Arvin Sloane used to be a rather thirsty man. I have made several comments on this blog pertaining to Sloane’s consumption of water. Throughout season 2-3, we can see Sloane pouring or drinking water in each of his scenes. Uncle111 may have a better understanding, but I was under the assumption it was explained at the end of season 4. Apparently he drank the water in order to become immune to the “disease” that is spread when Elena launches the red ball. However, I remember hearing something to the effect that Sloane thought the water was good, that by drinking the water it changed human behavior for the better, as mentioned by the Sloane Clone during his APO interrogation. I will look into this further for more information.
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