Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Mole (A Picture Article)


I was in complete and utter shock as the camera revealed Lazarey’s killer. I had always had a sneaking suspicion that Lauren Reed, wife to Vaughn and NSC liaison to the CIA, was up to no good. I don’t know about you, but I spent the rest of the season yelling at the TV. “Vaughn! She’s bad!! Dump her!!”

We had to expect it. It was too much. How were the writers going to get rid of Lauren so that Sydney and Vaughn could be together again? Easy, make her bad and make him kill her.

This storyline is one of recycled glory. Jack too was duped by his wife, a secret agent for an enemy cell and it only seemed fair that the other man in Sydney’s life be burned by his wife too. At first, while Lauren conducted Covenant work during her hours in the Rotunda, and shacked up with Sark on occasion, Vaughn was busy tumbling down a spiral of deep denial. But later, when Jack shares his words of experience, Vaughn does some dirty work and finds Lauren’s wig and passport. Vaughn was a little less than excited about continuing his normal life sleeping next to a homicidal maniac, but in order to stop her, she had to believe that Vaughn and the gang were still in the dark.

Again, props to the camera guy and the Director- I loved the reveal shot. Also, props to the writers who took us from feeling for Lauren to despising her. It was a hell of a shock and a hell of a storyline!

49 DAYS and COUNTING!

11 comments:

jenn256 said...

I, too admit thta at first I sort of felt a litle bad for Lauren in the beginning. As upset as I was at teh storyline that had Vaughn remarry so fast while Vaughn was gone, I felt so pity for Lauren. Here she was in love with her husband and happily working for the NSC while her handsome husband was a hard working French teacher, then out of the blue walks in teh former love of his life thought to be dead for 2 years. And then she is forced to work with this girl and her husband in the same room, feeling the tension from everyone. Then, they dropped the bomb- Lauren was a killer and Covenant agent having an affair with Sark and using her husband for inside CIA information. As GS said, we all slowly started realizing that there was more to Lauren's story, but when the camera panned over on that rooftop and was saw it was Lauren who killed Lazaray, I was still quit shocked!! My pity for her very quickly turned to hatred, which I guess is what they intended.

I don't think the writers ever intended the viewers to welcome Lauren into Vaughn's life and bed with open arms, espcially when our Syd was hurting so much. So I think they always had in mind for her to end up evil (good way to wrap it all up in a nice pretty bow), but I really like they was they wrote her in the beginning, vulnerable and jealous of the ghosts of her husbands past. Hope we find out more about what happened to her mother, that's still a big mystery to me.

jenn256 said...

I meant while Syd was gone in my first paragraph, but you all probably knew that!

srg-alias said...

Yes I had even started to (gasp) *like* Lauren because she helped extract Syd from the torture facility where they were going to do the invasive brain surgery. Come to find out she did that because the Covenant would never want anyone else knowing where the Rambaldi Cube was hidden and therefore HAD to get her out of there, but of course we didn't know that at the time. :) The reveal of Lauren as a mole was literally a jaw dropping experience for me, I can seriously remember sitting on my couch when that moment happened and being like OHHH MYY GODDD!!! I thought it was an excellent plot twist and loved the anticipation of waiting for Syd, Vaughn and the CIA finally would figure her out. Major kudos for the writers of her character and also for Melissa George for her excellent acting ability.

Kiki said...

Oh yes, Kudos to Melissa George. I liked her as Lauren (as we can see from the bloopers, she is rather goofy in real life, much like Jennifer). Both Lauren and Melissa could play the sweet innocent against the dark bad girl every well. Loved it! My mom and sister can't stand her, it's something about her mouth or her teeth, but I like her.

Princess said...

I hated Lauren from the second they introducted her. But, never in my wildest dreams, did I think she would be a baddie. It was a great twist - one of my favorites in Alias. The whole story that spun out after this revelation was what made S3 so great.

Kiki said...

Princess, is that Princess Laura? I think so! Call me brat!

lhaaheim said...

I hate to admit it but I never thought Lauren was evil. Sure I thought she was mean, unfair to Syd and would eventually loose Vaughn but I never thought she was a terrorist. So when I saw her on that rooftop I thought "what the..." and then it clicked and I started jumping up and down for then I knew it would only be a matter of time for Vaughn and everyone else to discover her true identity and that Vaughn and Syd would get back together. However what made this whole storyline even sweeter and I believe what ultimately allowed Syd to trust Vaughn again and go back to him is that he was already going to leaver Lauren before he knew she was evil and had already confessed is love prior to either finding out Lauren's true intentions. Evil wifey or not, you just can't deny true love.

uncle111 said...

I never liked Lauren. She never seemed like Syd'd caliber and I couldn't figure Vaughn falling for her, except being on the rebound from Syd's death.
As the season went on it became increasing difficult to even look at her on the screen, which means she was doing a good job playing a villainess.
When I have seen her on talk shows she seems really nice, though.

Princess said...

Hey Girlscout,

I'm not Princess Laura. It's Cheryl from Dallas, TX. I emailed you the other day. Love the board!!

Kiki said...

Oh sorry Cheryl! I have a friend who comes in to the boards and we always call her princess. Welcome again and thanks for the pics!

Mike1978 said...

I just got done rewatching Season 3 -- why are some so harsh to say it's the worst season? I for one did not see the Lauren/Sark twist coming, nor when Lauren's mom killed her husband the Senator. By the way did we ever find out what happened to the mom? Personally I think Melissa George did a great job, but whoever played the mom sucked a big one. Also who saw it coming that Katya would stab Michael Vaughn? I assumed it was the mom coming to the rescue.