Phewww, the holidays are nearly over. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Now back at it, in full force.
As I mentioned, my good friend has just returned from 3 months in Argentina, and we are currently in the midst of re-watching the first 9 episodes of season 5. Last night, we watched episodes 1-3 and I was reminded of a certain incident that may pan out in episodes to come. In episode 5.03 “The Shed” Sloane is granted a 72 hour leave from prison, in order to pursue a lead on a cure for Nadia. Sloane is set to meet with Sasha Dolzhenko, an old friend, who informs Sloane that several of the infected from Svogda are being studied in Russia and they may have found a cure. Along with Dixon, Sloane meets with Sasha, who, in exchange for information, wants $300,000. Chump changes for men like Sloane. Sloane brings the money, but discovers that Dolzhenko merely used a cure as a way of drawing Sloane out. Sasha points a gun at Sloane, blaming him for the death of his daughter, who was one of the thousands killed by the zombie virus. Sasha takes the money and leaves Sloane, alone, with no cure and no hope.
At the time, this scene seemed to be rather pointless to me. But perhaps now, in sight of Sloane’s “alliance” with P5, it seems that maybe this meet was more than meets the eye. As my friend stated after the episode, Alias writers hardly insert a scene that isn’t meaningful or plot driven. Suppose the meet was a set up, a way for Sloane to get information out of prison. Perhaps Sasha arranged the meet in order to pass along information to Sloane. What is your understanding of this meeting? Was it merely a scene to prove Sloane’s dedication to finding a cure for his daughter? Or was it a coup, in order to get Sloane out of jail and to tip off phase 2? Why $300,000? What are your thoughts?