Friday, March 17, 2006

Pro-Mo

CAUTION: This article contains some spoilers about happenings in episodes 5.11 and 5.12 related to Will's return.

Professional…mother. Sydney Bristow, on the verge of birthing television’s first SpyBaby, is going to be joining the circus, or at least participating in a juggling act. In one hand, her daughter, beautiful baby Bristow-Vaughn in all her splendid pink glory and in the other, dark international terrorists and a 15th century prophet out to destroy her life. Hmmm. For many, it’s a no-brainer; wrap up the bundle and disappear. But for Sydney, that means leaving her family and friends behind, potentially placing them in harms way as pawns in a game of kill or be killed.

As we all know, Bradley Cooper will be returning to reprise his role as Will Tippin, Sydney’s oldest friend with a jones for the spy-biz. It was released that Tom Grace will be asked to break into Witness Protection files- either to help protect Will or to share Will’s whereabouts with some not so nice dudes. Will will once again be kidnapped and tortured, which will be a Batman-like deacon for Sydney to return to APO. We have gone around and around about whether Sydney would likely retire from the CIA in the light that she is now a mother. Some say yes- she will leave to be with Vaughn and their child. Some say no- that the business is all she knows and that she would never be able to sleep at night knowing that she wasn’t doing all in her power to stop the baddies. I say- let us take a look at the evidence.

The last handful of times Sydney has attempted to leave the CIA, she’s been pulled right back in. In the pilot she wants out, only to discover she’s working the same people she thought she was fighting against. She tried to leave once SD-6 was brought down, but Sloane was on the run and Sydney had to stop him. She faked us all out in opener for season 4, when she pierced Bodean’s ear and was reprimanded by Director Chase. But she just couldn’t leave and volunteered for special ops.

In “Horizon” Sydney told “Vaughn” during one of the memory scenes in micro-self storage, that she wants to leave the life behind. She wants to disappear with Vaughn and the baby; she wants everyone to forget about them. But it looks as if leaving the CIA, leaving the life that she was programmed to live, will prove hard, even looking into the face of her new born baby. Will’s return and need of rescue is proof of that. There will always be a bad guy, there will always be someone who needs rescue and Sydney Bristow is just too passionate about her work. So, she will rock her daughter to sleep, tuck her into bed and then slip out like the spy that she is- to keep her family and friends safe…not to mention the enter free world. Nice work Mom!

PS. Come on! She doned several ridiculous preggo alias' all in the name of finding out about P5. She was dangled 400 feet up in a car, she was kidnapped and put under hypnosis. This woman is willing do anything and everything (even super preggo) to bring down the bad guy. She ain't walking away! But maybe...

12 comments:

lhaaheim said...

I actually think Syd will walk away this time. It won't be easy and she certainly won't do it until everyone she loves is safe and their personal threats are gone. I imagine that they (her and Vaughn) will be dragged back into service to help out here and there. Which I think they can both live with; being only part time spies is a heck of a lot easier then full time spies. The real question I have is whether or not Vaughn will leave the service (expect for occasional gigs). Syd was programmed for this life but it's in Vaughn's blood, I'm not sure he can cut that part of his life out. I think it defines him too much. However the will they both have to protect baby Bristow-Vaughn will be quite strong so I hope that they both sacrifice their needs for her and leave the spy life. I think in the end they will make that choice but we will see something else, probably Rambaldi related and related to their child that has the potential to bring them back in again.

PrincessCheryl said...

Ok - I'm going to try this again. GirlScout - this is an awesome post and something that I ponder a lot lately. We all know how much Syd wants to leave the biz and live a normal life, but as you said . . . there will always be another bad guy to track down or another loved one in need of rescuing. I don't know that she will be able to walk away. At some point - she is going to have to make that difficult decision - who or what does she love more? However, with only 8 hours left of Alias - will we even be able to see this decision?? Thanks for the food for thought. I've been going through the archives and coming up with some great questions for you as well. I'll post under the archive post. Thanks!!!

Kiki said...

Nice point Lhaa. I hadn't thought about Vaughn leaving. Hmmm. Interesting. I can imagine that Sydney wouldn't want him swinging around the world endangering his life when he has a wife and kid at home. Hmm, interesting. And you are right, it's in his blood and who he is. Didn't he at one point try to talk Sydney out of quitting?

Thanks Princess Cheryl. I thought we needed an article focused on it, though I know we have talked about it a couple fo times briefly. I will look forward to your archives questions!

lhaaheim said...

I remember on a couple occasions during Syd's double agent days that Vaughn would encourage her to continue on. Give her pep talks and boost her confidence. But she really had to continue on then with her mission and bring SD6 down. However when she was graduating and asked Kendall to resign I don't recall Vaughn telling her to do otherwise. Though Vaughn didn't out rightly say yes that's great you should leave the CIA. I think Vaughn will support whatever Syd decides and I think they will do what's best for the baby. Right now what's best for the baby is for P5 to be destroyed and this whole Rambaldi mess to end, oh and for Vaughn to come out of hiding. If Syd can accomplish this I'm pretty sure she will quit but her secretive life, her families connection with Rambaldi, will never end so it won't be over completely but I doubt she will stay active with the CIA. Personally I think Vaughn and Syd need to go to some island with baby Bristow-Vaughn and semi-disappear. Vaughn could be a French teacher again and Syd could teach English at the same school; and they could have lunch together everyday. That would be cute! Anyway I think it’s impossible for them to leave everything behind, but hopefully for the most part they could have a happy life.

uncle111 said...

Until P5 is brought down and all evil Rambaldi followers nutralized, and until there is some kind of end to the whole Rambaldi "thing" so that there is no reason for anyone to follow him any more, I don't see Syd and Vaughn being able to quit. If they do they will be turning the world their child will have to live in over to the likes of Elena and Sloane, which would mean their child wouldn't live long, or would live under some horrible Svogda type reality.

uncle111 said...

A mystery that is so seldom even raised is who was the nanny Jack hired and let raise Syd after Irina took off? Both of Syd's parents abandoned her to hired help to raise. Who was this woman and what intrigue might she hold?

RUDY said...

Don't think that I remember Syd being raised by anyone? Though I guess that it makes sense since Jack went to prison for a year after Irina left and then was depressed after that.

** I don't think that Syd will live the agency. If she ever did, she would be always looking over her shoulder and wondering.

lhaaheim said...

That's right who the heck was the nanny who raised Syd?

uncle111 said...

Jack tells someone in one episode that he had hired a nanny who raised Syd. It seems very mysterious that Syd has never talked about her. In fact, Vaughn talked more about his mother.

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jenn256 said...

As far as Syd wanting to leave, she has always sated this, bt has neverhad more motivation to do so. When she said it in the past she wasn't getting ready to give birth to her first child by her "dead" fiance. I think she has more reason to make it happen now. I don't know what I would ike to see happen, both would be fine by me.

However I would like osee her do something that she WANTS to do. She has never made a decision to do somethng that wasn't due to someone else. She went into the agency because she was pogrammed since birth. Sh went to graduate school to become a teacher based on the idea that her mother was an English professor. She wanted to quit the agency but didn't because he wanted t bring down the evil in the world and was convinced to do so by Vaughn. When has Syd ever been able to make an infrmed decision based on what she really wants to do? I think the bay could be the start of that.

Kiki said...

Right Uncle111. Syd is so grounded and responsible, she had to have learned that from someone. She is very sentimental about the positive people in her life, life Emily, like Nadia, Francie, Danny and Will. You think she would speak about the woman who raised her while her father was out on missions. Hmmm. This is why I think Alias should have a prequel. We need answers to these questions to better understand characters.