Thursday, January 19, 2006
Alison Doran framed Will as the Covenant double. Jack murdered Javier Parez in order to keep Sydney’s identity as the Lazarey murderer a secret from the NSC. Elena set up Jack for the murder of Irina. Irina deceived the CIA when she joined alliances with Sloane. Sark blackmailed Sydney into rending Sloane to him in order to save Vaughn. Alias has spun many a web of blackmail and set-up, but I found the one true deceit to be in season 3.
Hidden deep in the mind of Sydney Bristow is what really happened to her during her two missing years, and now, as we reach the end of the Alias era, it seems as if we may never know what happened to her. As I re-watched episodes 3.07 “Prelude” and 3.08 “Breaking Point” I stumbled upon many questions; some we have discussed in detail and some we have not. But each question led me closer to the conclusion that Sloane and the Covenant (aka Elena) planned Sydney’s entire kidnapping and return to the CIA in order to achieve their goals.
It all starts with Sloane’s double agent status within the CIA, as a mole in the Covenant. He places himself in this situation in order to become an agent, an agent for the Covenant, who is called upon to retrieve the Maser, housed in a Chinese art museum. He asks that Sydney accompany him on this Covenant mission, in order to corrupt the data- but also to give her the key and code she supposedly gave him the day before she was recovered in Hong Kong. Simultaneously, Sark apprehends Lauren in the parking garage and reveals to her Lazarey’s killer. Sydney is then forced to hide, and I suppose Sloane knew that Sydney would want to research the code and key. While in Rome, at her apartment as Julia Thorne, Sydney is taken into custody by the NSC. Sloane needed Sydney in custody because he knew Jack would come to him for assistance in breaking her out, thus instilling some level of trust between Jack and Sloane. Sloane then takes a bullet for Jack. Jack says he can not imagine why Sloane would take a bullet for him unless Sloane needed Jack for some purpose. Sloane weaves some tale about Jack and Sydney being his redemption, his absolution. In fact, Sloane just needed a little trust- trust so that Jack and Sydney would take his advice and see the crazy dream doctor which would help Sydney remember some of her lost memory. Sydney remembers Will- which leads her to Lazarey and straight to the cube containing Rambaldi’s DNA.
Also, once Sydney is broken out of NSC custody, Sloane suggests that to convince the NSC that it was in fact the Covenant that took Sydney and Lauren, they ask for the Rambaldi device in exchange for Sydney. Sydney suspects foul play and ulterior motive, which she should, because once the device is released, it is stolen-by Elena no doubt.
Though it would appear that the writers intended Lauren’s help in breaking Sydney out as a way for us, as an audience, to warm up to Lauren, I also saw it as perhaps a direct order from the Covenant.
Lauren comes to Vaughn after she discovers that Director Lindsey intended to apply invasive brain shock therapy to Sydney in order to learn more about her missing years. But perhaps Lauren was in on the plan- to prove Sloane trust worthy, to prove herself trust worthy, in order to get the information from Sydney without rendering her brain dead. It was not the Covenant’s motive to kill Sydney, as she is part of the prophecy, but it was their intent to extract information from her. Lindsey wanted Sydney dead, he ordered Sloane to have her killed. Sloane and Covenant needed Sydney alive, so Sloane had Lindsey killed.
With Lindsey dead, Kendall was able to “kidnap” Sydney to tell her the truth about her 2 years. The only stick in my wheel is the fact that Kendall’s information led Sydney to torch Sark’s lab, which rendered the Covenant’s efforts of a Rambaldi baby useless. Though it was my first thought that Kendall might have been in on the set-up, that idea has vanished. However, I still believe that the DSR might have been or perhaps still is infiltrated by a corrupt organization; as many of the Rambaldi artifacts have been stolen while in their custody.
Can you take this set-up further? Are there other indications in other season 3 episodes that support my Sloane set-up theory? Are you with me or against me?