Friday, March 03, 2006
Lost Loves (A Picture Article)
In the pilot episode of Alias, Sydney losses her fiancé, Danny to the evils of her occupation. She reacts in utter devastation and sadness as she realizes she caused Danny’s death, that she put him in jeopardy. Her innocence as a naïve super agent is shattered.
In the opening episode of season 5, Sydney again losses her fiancé, Vaughn to the evils of his own design. He had been investigating a rogue government program in hopes of learning more about his father and his past. She reacts out of experience. She has lost before.
The difference between these two scenes is how we, the audience, perceived Sydney’s reaction. In the pilot, we hardly knew Danny, so Sydney’s reaction had to convey her relationship with him, her feelings, because we didn’t observe their courtship. In season 5, Sydney’s reaction might have seemed subdued compared. She didn’t react as strongly, or as emotionally outwardly as she had to Danny’s death and that is because we understood her feelings for Vaughn. We watched them fall in love; we watched them struggle with their feelings in hiding and during Vaughn’s marriage to Lauren.
We felt for Sydney in the pilot because she was losing the beginning of her life- a normal life. We felt for her in 5.01 because she was losing the ending of her life- a life with Vaughn and their child. I loved the pilot scene because it was so raw and emotional, almost violent. She reacted emotionally- going after Sloane, learning the truth about SD-6 and becoming a double agent. I loved the 5.01 scene because she let Vaughn go so tenderly. It was such a soft moment as she kissed him goodbye. She reacted rationally- throwing self into the investigation of P5 in order to make sense of Vaughn’s death.
Your thoughts? I know we have talked about Sydney’s reaction to Vaughn’s death before, but I want to hear your take on it compared to Danny’s death. Was her reaction to Vaughn’s death a clue that she may know his whereabouts?