He was frozen and now he’s not, but where is Dr. Aldo Desantis and what is he up to? There was much speculation and theory over who exactly was thawing in the box. Is is Bill Vaughn? Is it Rambaldi? In episode 5.05 “Out of the Box” we come to believe that Renee Rienne’s father is the man in the box, a doctor kidnapped by P5, leaving Renee an orphan. However, by episodes end, be learn that the man is not Renee’s father, but Aldo Desantis, the doctor who created the box in the first place. For 20 years he lay frozen in his own experiment, to be thawed and to join forces with Gordon Dean.
As shown on previews for this week’s episode, Sydney is kidnapped, held captive and tortured by Peyton and yes, long lost Dr. Desantis. I suppose this is the familiar face the previews speak of and that Dr. Desantis is the man interested in Sydney’s future and that of her baby’s. But, who is Dr. Desantis, aside from a mad scientist and an expert on brain transplants and cryogenics? What is his connection to P5? What is his connection to Sydney? If he is vested in the future of Sydney’s baby, then why torture her? What could Sydney possibly be holding deep in her psyche that could be of value to Dr. Desantis or P5? What is the significance or importance of Vaughn’s return? As mentioned in the previews, Vaughn states, “They are using me against you.” In regards to this statement, it is my understanding that Peyton and Desantis are using Sydney’s memories of Vaughn to unearth any information that maybe of worth to them. Contradictory of being a torture tool against Sydney, is Vaughn’s return meant to ease our (the audience’s) pain? Is his return meant to be a blanket of hope for not only Sydney, but for the masses that criticized his departure in the first place?
Let us explore what we do know about Dr. Desantis. What are your thoughts on the man from the box and what are your predictions?
* PS. I know we discussed Desantis and Renee’s father early on. Did we ever reach a conclusion on whether it is Renee’s father’s body and Desantis’ brain? That issue is still fuzzy for me.