Thursday, April 13, 2006

Last Episode Recap 5.09 "Horizon"

Hi All! Here is the last previously posted episode recap article for 5.09 "Horizon." It's a doozy!

HOLY COW!I think my head has stopped spinning so that I may articulate my observations about last nights episode. If I don't say it enough in the next couple paragraphs, I LOVED IT! By far the best episode of the season thus far and it can only lead to more! I LOVE VAUGHN, I LOVE IRINA! I LOVE ALIAS! Okay, I'm okay... oooh, I have a headache now.

I saw her reflection in the glass and I thought I was watching season 2 by mistake. SPYMOMMY is back!! Irina Derevko, played by the talented Lena Olin, returned to Alias last night in a WHAM BAM episode filled with all the goodies Alias has to offer. I don't even know where to begin...oh, yes I do...THAT WAS NOT SYDNEY'S APARTMENT- The opening sequence with Sydney and Vaughn in the apartment had several clues that established that what was happening was not happening in reality. One- that was not Sydney's apartment. Though it was rather similar to her apartment, the lay-out of the kitchen and bathroom is different than what we have seen in past episodes. Writers will use similar props and sets during dream sequences to suggest that things aren't as they seem. For instance, when Will dreamt he told Francie all about the CIA, he was sitting at the dining room table drinking a glass of wine. At the time, Will was in AA and wasn't supposed to be drinking; that was a clue to tell us that what was happening was not indeed happening.

Jack and Syd hit up the hospital for a little baby birthing tutorial. I loved how Sydney said, "And this is where I will get the epidural right? Because I don't like pain." HAHA, I had to laugh. The woman as been tortured, shot by her mother, and rumbled with a room mate. COME ON! She lives for pain!Okay, onto the grit! Vaughn's papers are stolen from high security storage byP5 gopher, Kelly Peyton. What a nasty girl!! APO is tasked to find out what exactly P5 needs from Vaughn's research and notes from his old SD-6 and Covenant missions. We come to understand that the bit of information P5 and Dr. DeSantis are looking for is the location of something called the Horizon. Whether this is a device or a manuscript, we cannot be sure, but I guarantee it’s Rambaldi related.Jack sends Sydney to meet with Renee. Renee tells Sydney that there is nothing in Vaughn's old files that would be of use to P5. Perhaps that is because we, along with everyone else, don't know how far P5 reaches or apparently how far SD-6 and the Alliance reached. Sydney is then nabbed by two goons and whisked away in the standard kidnapping vehicle-a black windowless van!

Aside, it occurred to me that Jack set in motion Sydney's kidnapping by sending her to meet Renee. Are you following me? I think Jack was in on it! I think Jack is working with Irina!!!As for the creepy baby room, obviously Irina has some issue with SpyGrandbaby. Perhaps a child by the Chose One is of value to P5. OHHHH, just had a thought, stay with me...Perhaps Jack knew what P5 wanted from Vaughn. Perhaps he knew through Irina who was working with them. So, to protect Sydney and Vaughn, Irina put the "hit" on Vaughn and Jack set up his fake death. Now, Irina, who is obviously working for someone else, has to use Syd to play her game. Remember, she had to shoot Sydney in the shoulder to convince her employers she was loyal. This is the same thing. I think Irina is trying to stop P5...maybe even another evil sister...

Now, let the memories of Vaughn begin-

Hospital- A man, an orderly, comes into Vaughn's room and if you blinked, you missed him place the cup and straw on the table next to the bed. Remember, I mentioned in the premiere episode review that the cup and straw was a clue to Vaughn's fate. Whatever was in that cup put him in a coma did so to convince P5 he was dead.Moving on- Sydney then told Vaughn, "I gave this to you and then you crashed." She wasn't willing to give him a sip. She wasn't willing to lose him all over. But Vaughn repeated, "They are using me against you. I need to go away." This ambiguous statement only lead me to believe that Vaughn is indeed alive; that faking his death and hiding away was in some way protecting Sydney.

Korean Prison- "We'll find each other, we always find each other." Ain't that the truth? Back in the dank, musty prison in Korea, Vaughn and Sydney share a moment with their baby. In the season 3 scene we understand the tension as being geared to wanting what you can't have. Sydney couldn't have Vaughn because he was married to Lauren, and in the scene last night, she couldn't have him because he was "dead." I loved how that played into Vaughn wanting to experience his child.

Micro-self Storage- Okay, the chain link fences were killing me! They took us way back to micro storage!! I heart micro-self storage! Sydney lays all her plans on the table. She wants to stop running, she wants to stop hiding. She doesn't want people to know who she is or what she knows. She wants to escape; she wants to go away with Vaughn to a deserted island. I was hoping she would plug Lost here, you know, "let's get lost on some island." No dice, but still a very honest scene. I suppose it reflects Jennifer's own need to move on, to live a happy, normal life away from the show and the razzi.

Pier- Um, why weren't they playing Sarah McLachlan? Come on, that is just as much a part of the scene as Sydney and Vaughn. Vaughn says, "You kept the darkness from taking over me. You are going to take these guys down." YES SHE WILL, so you can come back home safe and sound!!Blood Van-In the van we do discover why Vaughn needed to go away. He had the name from the SD-6 map. The name on the map is something Vaughn must have known that P5 wanted and that they would come after him for that information. She gives them the name X-23 Norte. Is this a name, a code, location?

Beach- Standing on the sandy beach in their perfect place, Vaughn reveals that Sydney had given P5 the wrong name from the map. He said, "You gave them the wrong name, they will find out and I can't be here for that." Throughout the hypnosis Vaughn tells Sydney to make him go away, say goodbye to him because if she doesn't, they win. Perhaps Vaughn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of the Horizon and as long as P5 doesn't know where it is, Sydney is safe. This also leads me to believe the piece is Rambaldi related (along with the SD-6 references and of course, the return of Irina.) Vaughn has always shown concern for Sydney in regards to the prophecies of Rambaldi. He begged Sydney to give up the search for Nadia, in fear that Nadia would harm her. He also offered to destroy the discs that opened the Rambaldi box, which he believed would also be of danger to Sydney.Let me add that Vaughn in all of these “memories” is NOT Vaughn, he is Sydney’s subconscious. As Paul so cleverly pointed out in the comments, there are two Sydney’s in all of these scenes. One Sydney misses Vaughn and wants to be with him and the other is the Sydney that knows she is under hypnosis and that P5 is looking for something.

Everything that Vaughn says is actually Sydney trying to tell herself to let Vaughn go because she knows they are using him against her. Aside from the obvious callbacks, I found some similar storylines. Sydney gives the wrong information to P5, much like Nadia gave the Covenant the wrong location to the Rambaldi dig site in season 3. Jack and Renee stumble upon a makeshift nursery, which reminded me of Jack's psych-eval hypnosis dream from season 1, in which he sees a young Irina holding a baby and then Irina transforms into Sydney. Not sure if there is any connection, but it was a flashback for me.IRINA! I couldn't even believe it! I nearly jumped out of my seat! There was no indication! Yes, it makes sense that she would want to protect the baby and is invested in Sydney's future, but there was no word Lena Olin at even returned to the set! Thank goodness she's back. Is she good? Is she bad? Is she good pretending to be bad? She is so good at that. She tells Peyton "Now my associates have the location of the Horizon." Who are her associates? Why did they have to get the information from Sydney? Does an SD-6 map no longer exist? What is the tie to SD-6? If she is a leader of P5 (maybe with SpySis Katya) then why hasn't she cured Nadia? Why does she need Sloane? (Man, Sloane and Jack are getting kicked by the Derevko woman! Pansies!)

DeSantis kicked the bucket, after being shot and losing an ear. That was hilarious, well, in a morbid, sick sorta way. Jack pulled out that knife and I was like, "ooh sharp knife." Then he slices the old doc's ear off! Hahaha! Gosh, hard life- kept in a box for 20 years, shot, cut and shot again. Hmm, Rambaldi just doesn't seem worth it to me. More people lose their lives than are promised eternal life.

Tid bit- Thomas Grace was married??? What do you suppose was the significance of this little reveal? Could it be someone we know??? Lauren? hehehe! I love Alias!I don't even know what else to say, other than the episode ROCKED!! So much information, so much going on, the return of old characters, the opening of old wounds. THIS IS WHY I BLOG PEOPLE! It was magnificent! Bravo writers! You roped us right back in and now we have to wait, tick tock, tick tock...2 months and counting...anyone else need a drink, a stiff one?

PS. VAUGHN IS SOOOOO NOT DEAD!

12 comments:

RUDY said...

Question: If the "horizon" is connected to SD-6, then why can't P5 just ask Sloane? Is it possible that Sloane didn't even know of SD-6 and the "horizon's" connection? And if the CIA has discovered the "horizon," why don't they get it or protect it? Is it possible that they don't know about it either? Please! Can someone help to fill in the blanks?

Kiki said...

I think you are right, the horizon is a hidden piece that perhaps Sloane and the CIA are not aware of. Or maybe they are. It would be very much like Sloane to have Syd and the CIA do the dirty work of finding Horizon just so he can steal it. Classic. Horizon strikes a cord with me.. it kind of goes in the group with the Chosen One and the Passenger. Perhaps Irina needed the location of another child, another daughter or another sister somehow involved in this Rambaldi prophecy....

Lotta said...

Hi girls and guys... I just have to say that this episode is one of my favorites, not only in season 5 but of all seasons. It's soooo ALIAS!!! And now it's only 5 days to go, yohoooo!!! Only for me it's 6 days untill I can download the new eppi, since we in Sweden are about a half day ahead of you in the states...But we've waited so long all of us that a day more doesen't really matter that much. But it's gonna be great!!! Much love...

Kiki said...

Lotta- I didn't know you were from Sweden. A good friend of mine is from Sweden. She plays basketball.

bristow_24 said...

Great recap... SIX DAYS TO GO!
I don't think I've ever been so excited!

(PS - "yourtube" has up 2 new Alias promo's for anyone interested.. they rock!)

Lotta said...

Yepp, I'm in cold and rainy scandinavia... =( South of sweden, a town called Malmoe. Have you ever visited your friend? If you consider coming, I suggest you do it in the summer... =) Then it's perfect here, not too hot about 25-30 celsius. Anyways, Alias sure has spread around the world...

jenn256 said...

BRistow-24, I couldn't find anything on yourtube. Is it just "yourtube.com"? They had naked pics of Pam Anderson, videos, etc. but when I did a search for Alias, nothing happened.

If this Horizon is Rambaldi related, isn't it odd that Irina was not working on finding it unil now, or at least that we were aware of? Has this been something she has been doing all along? She is the Rambaldi expert.

Eliza said...

It was interesting to notice that they were playing Irina's theme song....the slow, mysterious instrumental in the beginning of this episode (we heard it a lot during season 2) it was kind of like a clue that she would be in the episode.

katybird27 said...

Rudy raises a great point about Sloane/SD-6 and P5. Perhaps they don't want to alert Sloane? Also, other than a reason to bring MIchael Vartan back to the show, why was Vaughn so central to Horizon that they needed to kidnap Syd and access her memory? What could Vaughn possibly have known that only he had the answer to? Why would he have put it on the Alliance Map?

Kiki said...

WOW, we got some great questions going on in here... anyone have any ideas?

RUDY said...

AND IF VAUGHN NEW, WHY DID THEY KILL HIM? WOULD IT NOT HAVE BEEN EASIER FOR THEM TO GO RIGHT TO THE SOURCE?

uncle111 said...

Usually things posted to an article this many days old don't get much attention, so if I don't get any nibbles on this I will repost it somewhere else.

First off, what is a horizon? It is the point along the earth that visually seperates the earth from the sky, or the heavens. P5 has been looking for Horizon for 30 years. Have they been looking for the thing that will tell them where earth stops and the heavens begin? Is it the key to their spiritual quest to understanding the "heavenly" mysteries of their prophet, Rambaldi?