We first hear of Rambaldi in episode 1.2 “So It Begins.” Sloane reveals to the group that Mueller’s Device (the small red ball) was actually a prototype of one of Rambaldi’s great designs; Mueller simply followed the manual and was able to piece it together. Rambaldi was the chief architect to Pope Alexander. Rambaldi believed man could use science to better understand and to know God. His drawings and his teaching were viewed as heretic by some and eventually Rambaldi was executed. His writings and devices were dispersed all over the world and sold for next to nothing. Sloane states that many of Rambaldi’s designs were far ahead of his time; sketches for transistors and writings on machine code. It is in the second episode of the series that we begin the journey of discovery, the journey to find Rambaldi’s works and uncover his plan. The deeper we get the more intriguing and the more woven Rambaldi’s work becomes. Hidden codes, hidden artifacts and hidden agendas ensue as Sloane, the Covenant, the CIA, the DSR and K-Directorate become obsessed with obtaining Rambaldi’s work.
The number 47 plays a large part in the Rambaldi mystery. In seasons 2 and 3, more than any other, do we see and hear the number 47. There are 47 Rambaldi devices, the 47th page of Rambaldi’s manual has special significance and on more than one occasion 47 has been part of a code, a password, and a building room or floor. What do you suppose is the significance of the number 47 and how do numbers play a part in Alias as a whole?
Another aspect of Rambaldi and his prophecy is its play on religion. Sloane always speaks of faith. His belief in Rambaldi and the eternal life Rambaldi promises causes him to lose his wife, nearly lose his daughter and ultimately costs him his freedom. A discussion on human nature is brought forth in the 4th season, as the Sloane Clone alters the nature of bees and admits to contaminating the water supply in order to bring peace and harmony to a world full of corruption. Sloane and others have talked about Rambaldi’s endgame as a power source, a weapon, and that Sydney will “render the greatest power unto utter desolation.” Do you believe Rambaldi intended for his work to be used in peace or in war? Obviously Elena’s play on the Rambaldi prophecy is geared toward world dominance, in which she pits sister against sister, leaving Nadia in a coma and Sydney to grieve for her. Now, Sloane holds faith that the group known as P5 will help find a cure for his daughter’s illness.
Rambaldi continues in this, Alias’ final season, in the form of Prophet 5. Bill Vaughn and James Murdoch were recruited into a group to decipher code from a 15th century text. We know Sloane was also recruited, as a member of the Army of Engineers, to decipher that same code. Will we discover Rambaldi’s endgame and to what capacity P5 is involved? Is there a grand Rambaldi finish, or will the show place the prophet on the back burner in order to answer the other mysteries of Rambaldi?
What are your thoughts on Rambaldi? What have been your favorite Rambaldi gadgets and what, in your mind, was the most shocking of the Rambaldi twists?
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