(*Can you tell me where I got this title? hehehe)
Ahh, back to the grind. The Alias grind! My head is still spinning from my Sloane Clone post. Aside, Michael Vartan will be appearing on Kitchen Confidential with Bradley Cooper (aka Will Tippin) tonight at 8:30pm PST on Fox. It should be a very funny reunion for the two and for us!
Another reminder, Alias will appear on Wednesday night this week, 10pm PST on ABC. This episode will guest star David Anders as our beloved Julian Sark. I am loving the idea of an old baddie returning to stir up a newbie. Thus far we have only seen Rachel as this virginal innocent, with those pure blue eyes and dewy look of fear. It will be nice to see her mix up on the not-so-innocent side of international spy-dom.
This coming episode, titled "Bob," will be the lead in episode for the return of Vaughn. Look for them to focus on Vaughn as they have the last couple of episodes, to remind us and keep him in our thoughts. Though it has been stated that Vaughn’s return is merely a manifestation of Sydney’s imagination, it will be bittersweet to see the two of them together again. I have almost gotten used to the fact that Sydney is alone, or at least Vaughn-less, and frankly that scares me.
All right, back to the pilot review…
Going back and watching the pilot was nearly shocking in regards to Jack’s relationship with Sydney. When we first meet the Bristow’s they are practically estranged. Sydney doesn’t want to tell her father about her engage for fear he will ruin it and the first minute we meet Jack he is “welcoming” Danny to the family. We learn that for most of Sydney’s life Jack has been absent. We learn, as Sydney does, that most of what her father has told her is a lie; about his life, her life and their professions.
Throughout the seasons we have seen Jack and Sydney’s relationship go up and down. Jack is either disappointing or saving Sydney. She either trusts him or she doesn’t. There is a pattern I have picked up on. Jack tends to be in Sydney’s good graces right before a major deception is brought to light. And we can assume that now that Jack has become Sydney’s rock during her time of need, that he has something up his sleeve which Sydney will find devastating. But isn’t so much more interesting when Sydney is mad at Jack for one reason or another? Doesn’t it add to the favor of Alias? I find their chummy family happiness rather boring and, frankly, somewhat forced. I’m not wishing and hoping that Jack will deceive his daughter, but it makes for better TV, right?
What do you think about Sydney and Jack’s relationship? What does it tell us about Jack? Sydney? What can it tell us about what kind of parent Sydney will be? What are your favorite father-daughter moments? Mine: When Jack is being questioned for hiring a terrorist to blow up a building in which to frame Irina, Sydney watches from a monitor in the Rotunda. Jack states that when he looks at the little girl who raised herself to be one of the most exceptional agents he’s had the privilege of working with, he sees not the embodiment of all his flaws, but the promise of his redemption and that he loves her more than he could ever say! TEAR.
(I know this isn’t the most in-depth piece to start the week off with, but I have a huge piece in the works and I have some more research to do. Sorry!!! Bare with me!)