5.01 "Prophet Five"
It came and it went, in grand spy tradition. It revealed truth, covered up secrets, it pulled at our heart strings, and got our blood pumping. Alias has returned. And I want to talk about it.This blog is for Alias fans. Not the whining, complaining "I miss Vaughn" fans, but for the fans who love to pick apart the episodes, dissect the characters and discuss the television genius that is Alias. No bad-mouthers, no Jen Garner/Ben Affleck haters. Just fans with something positive and interesting to share.Let's jump right in...we all watched the same episode right? So, it surprises me that so many people had such a different reaction or focused on so many different points. I felt it was clear that Vaughn hadn't really met his demise, but it seems so many missed that. "He's dead, I hate the Alias writers" seems to be the message board consensus, but I on the other hand, think other wise.
Kudos to the writers. Bravo. You lead us straight back into the core of Alias. Nothing is as it seems, no one is really ever dead and Syd, though slightly bulging in the belly, is still kicking butt with her knee to the groin kicks and her strong words.So, the very first topic of this blog is...dum dum dum...Do you think the season 5 premiere upholds the creativity, the action and mystery of previous Alias premieres? How so? Did you catch the clues? (More on clues later...)
I followed this article up with another that listed several clues to Vaughn's fate. I happened to post this article on the ABC Message Boards which earned me Poster of the Week.
JJ the Clue Man
In an interview with TV Guide, JJ Abrams had mentioned there would be clues given throughout the episode that would reveal the potential path the show would take. And indeed there were. Let's discuss two of the major clues:
1. The song playing in the background at the party in Cape Town was from Sleeping Beauty. Is this a foreshadow? Is Vaughn indeed sleeping?
2. The small sip of "water" Sydney offers Vaughn before he goes into cardiac arrest. Was drugging Vaughn what Jack had in mind when Sydney asked, "what are we going to do?" Also, as Vaughn is taken out of the room, with a sheet over him, the camera turns and focuses on Sydney. Positioned clearly in the background is the hospital cup and straw. If that's not a clue, I don't know what is!!??What do you think? And did you find other clues?PS.
JJ loves him some music and I find his soundtracks to be some of the best on TV. Vaughn's "funeral" song was Sarah McLaughlin's "Dirty Little Secret." JJ you sneaky devil you!!