Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Do The (Plot) Twist (A Picture Article)

(Guest writer srg-alias aka SReneeG)
"Sydney, I was not that agent. Your mother was."
Nine little words that rocked the world of Sydney Bristow. Exactly halfway through season 1 we were hit with this shocker. Besides the pilot where Syd learned that SD-6 was "the enemy she thought she was fighting" and her fiancee was killed, this was the first real life changing moment we witness in her life. Her image of a mother she's had in her head for almost 20 years is shattered, and all of a sudden her father is no longer a mysterious suspect but a KGB victim. In the episodes after The Confession called The Box Pts. 1 & 2, Syd and Jack have to work together to save all their SD-6 coworkers from one of our favorite baddies, McKennas Cole (Quentin Tarantino). It's at this point that we start to see a relationship develop between the two of them, something that could have only happened once the truth was told. I know we've talked about plot twists before, but which ones do you feel impacted Syd's relationship with her loved ones (friends and family) the most?

Thanks Jenn for the picture!


jenn256 said...

I guess the biggest plot twist would have been being kidnapped and loosing two years of her life. That effected everyone in the show. There have been other great shock of course- Lauren being Covenant, Francie being killed and doubled, Vaughn being Andre Micheaux, Vaughn being killed, Syd having a sister, etc.

But I think the whole story where she lost 2 years was so important because she came back and for her nothing had changed, she was knoecked out and woke up what seemed like minutes later, but to those around her that she loved- their whole lives changed and everyone had mourned and moved on with thier lives. Vaughn was married and had quit the CIA, Dixon got promoted, Marshall and Carrie were having a baby, Jack was in jail, Will was in the witness protection program and Sloane was a "good guy" heading a branch of the World Health Organization and was no longer an enemy of the state. There was really no part of her life that was the same as when she left it.

srg-alias said...

Yeah I agree with you jenn, not much can compare to losing 2 years of your life! I actually didn't start watching Alias until season 3, and one of the things that drew me in was reading somewhere that that was the season 2 cliffhanger. I wish I had started watching earlier so I could have been shocked along with everyone else, but I thought that was pretty awesome to have a plot twist so huge.

Not many people have talked about this before (probably because it didn't end up being true), but in the second episode of season 4 when it was revealed that Irena was the one that put the contract out on Syd's life (later of course we found out she was setup), at the time that was another jawdropping moment for me. I never in a minute thought it would be Irena, even though there were clues leading up to that guy confessing that I noticed when rewatching. The first time I saw that I remember thinking "wow, Alias can still surprise me!" That twist definitely changed the dynamic between Syd and Jack and also created a slight wedge between Syd and Nadia since Nadia didn't know.

lhaaheim said...

Nothing can beat being gone for two years and finding out the love of your life is married. "My name is not Michael Vaughn" and his following death almost did it but there was too much speculation about his death beforehand for there to be a massive impact. I think the Alias writers may try and top that but I'm not sure if they can and I'm not sure if I want them to since I would like a relatively happy ending. We just have to wait and see!

jenn256 said...


Bradley Cooper will be on Live With Regis and Kelly tomorrow to discuss his return to Alias and other projects he is working on!!! SO set your TiVo's and VCR's Alias fans!!!

SRG-alias-maybe you can post something about this in case not everyone reads this post :)