This Friday article was written by blogger and guest writer Jenn256.
Since the beginning of Alias we have been introduced to many parent/child relationships. But it seems that none of them are healthy relationships to say the least. As a matter of fact, it seems that the maternal and paternal roles filled by these characters would be enough to make even Dr.Phil run for the hills. But why is this? Let’s look at some examples shall we?
Sydney and Jack
Sydney and Irina
Nadia and Irina
Nadia and Sloane
Michael Vaughn and Bill Vaughn
Lauren and Olivia and Senator Reed
It doesn’t seem that any of these parents will ever be contenders for parent of the year. Even Vaughn expressed concerns when Sydney first broke the news of their impending bundle of joy. He knew what it was like growing up with the lies told to “protect the ones you love” when you are a CIA operative. Sydney knows this all to well. She grew up thinking her dad worked exporting airplane parts and her mother was a mild mannered school teacher who died in a terrible car accident. Nadia never knew the real truth about her parents (thanks to Elena). Vaughn grew up thinking his dad was a great CIA officer killed in the line of duty, only to find out as an adult that Bill Vaughn had been working on some secret project and had his name changed to protect him at 18 months old. And how long had Lauren’s mother, Olivia Reed been working with the Covenant before she found out? And Olivia had obviously been lying to Senator Reed about her meeting with Covenant members over the years.
When Sydney found out the truth about Jack and Irina she was very angry about being lied to by her father, someone who she thought she could trust. But didn’t she do the same thing to protect Francie, Will and Danny when she joined the CIA? Will she be forced to do the same thing when baby Bristow-Vaughn gets old enough? Will she see as her baby gets older that perhaps Jack really did do the right thing in keeping her shielded from the truth?
At what point will Syd tell Baby Bristow-Vaughn that her mommy and daddy are two of the best CIA agents in the world and have killed a lot of people to save the world? Oh and by the way, so have Grandma, Grandpa and Aunt Nadia. And before you were born Aunt Nadia was in a coma because Grandma’s sister tried to end the world in an apocalyptic game with a giant red ball that hovered over Russia, but luckily Grandma’s other sister who was in prison at the time for trying to kill Mommy helped Grandpa to find the evil sister. Let’s hope Syd gives her the little talk before Career Day! Is this really the way Sydney will want Baby BV to grow up? All of the examples given above have grown up with lying as a second nature to their children, or the children to the parents as they grew up (Lauren and Senator Reed). Sydney has always been so willing to be truthful and honest, but does there come a point when lying is better, easier and safer for the children involved?
So what do you think? Is lying to those you love a pre-requisite for the CIA job? Will Syd lie to the baby about her and Vaughn’s past to keep her safe, even though that’s what she hated Jack for?
All I have to say is, "I don't sell airplane parts, I never sold airplane parts!"
Great article Jenn. Thoughts? Ideas?