Last night I immersed myself in episodes 3.9 “Conscious,” 3.10 “Remnants,” and 3.11 “Full Disclosure.” While watching these episodes, something very interesting occurred to me. According to Kendall on “Full Disclosure,” Sydney supposedly met Andrian Lazarey as Julia Thorne, when she and Simon Walker were sent by the Covenant to find the Rambaldi cube. Lazarey was some sort of Rambaldi expert or researcher, who had been collecting the 12 keys that would open the vault where the cube was hidden.
If Lazarey was such an expert in the field of Rambaldi (he had a tattoo of the Magnific Order of Rambaldi on his hand) then how did he not recognize Sydney as The Chosen One? If he knew of the Passenger, how did he not know of The Chosen One?
Also, in her briefing with Kendall on her missing two years, Sydney, after learning that she was tested by the Covenant by killing an innocent man, asks “So, I was programmed?” Kendall replies, “Not by the Covenant.” By who then? He goes on to say that Project Christmas saved her from being turned, that Jack had hard wired her to withstand some pretty intense forms of brainwashing. Was this the programming Kendall was referring to?
Now, moving backwards to “Conscious,” Sydney is rescued by her father and the gang from NSC custody. The group frames the Covenant for the extraction. Sloane says to Sydney he knows of a doctor that can help her recover her memories. Sydney asks, “Why didn’t you mention this earlier?” Sloane replies, “Because you weren’t in a place to accept my help.” As I mentioned in my “Set-up” article- I believe Sloane set-up Sydney to be put in NSC custody so that he could actively participate in her extraction, thus gaining Jack and Sydney’s trust. Then he told her of the doctor who would help her remember all she needed to find Lazarey and the cube.
Later, after Sydney and Will trot off to find the cube, Sloane asks Jack where Sydney is. Jack replies, “She is following other leads.” Sloane says something to the affect of “that leads me to believe that the doctor was helpful.” Sloane knew Sydney was on to something. He knew the Covenant would get the cube, and that the Rambaldi device was being used as a bargaining chip in returning Sydney to the CIA. He knew that the Covenant would have all the pieces together. When Lindsey approaches Sloane with the idea of having Sydney assassinated- Lindsey blackmails him. Lindsey says, “I know what you’ve been up to. I have proof.” Then he hands Sloane a piece of paper. What was Sloane up to? What was the proof? Did Lindsey know about Sloane’s work with Elena? Or was Lindsey referring to the secret group that Sloane was working for that later turned on him and had him “executed?”
As I watched “Conscious” there were some connections I made with the current episode “Horizon.” In both episodes Sydney is under some sort of hypnosis or brain therapy. In “Conscious” she dreams that she is fighting herself. She is fighting the part of her that didn’t want to know the truth about the two years. She eventually shoots and kills that part of her. In “Horizon” she argues with “Vaughn,” a version of her subconscious, the part of her that knows she is being used. Dreams are such a huge part of both episodes. If you are interested in reading more about dreams and Alias, I posted an article a few months back about dreams. Check out the archives.
What do you think? Any ideas? Have I sparked anything for anyone?
PS. If you get a chance, go back and watch those episodes, they rock!