Sunday, April 02, 2006

Nadia Bristow?

Blogger Brittany e-mailed in with some more information on Nadia and whether or not it is possible that Jack is her father and not Sloane. Brittany wrote:

"Toward the end of season 3, Sloane makes the comment to Jack that as long as he and Sydney are alive nothing else matters. I think that Sloane used Jack to find the location of the Passenger. Rambaldi would only reveal her location to her father, and when Sloane broke the hourglass and activated the brain wave device Sydney and Jack were there with him. I think Sloane has known all along that Jack is Nadia's father, but has used Jack and Sydney to fulfill Rambaldi's endgame."

I think Brittany makes a very valid point, but I would like to take it a step further. It is possible that Sloane manipulated Jack and Sydney into believing that Nadia is Sloane's daughter. Perhaps all the information about only the Passenger's father being able to know how to find the Passenger could have been made up in order for Sloane to follow through on Rambaldi's end game. Sloane had to make Sydney believe that he was the only one who could find her sister. And Sloane knew Sydney would be mad at Jack if he didn't somehow prove Sloane innocent and prevent him from being executed. He knew Jack would save him and that together the team would search for the Passenger. Perhaps both Jack and Sydney could have read the green goo from the hourglass if they knew what symbols to look for or how to read it.

Sloane then uses Nadia as an explaination for why he has given up Rambaldi. It is a great cover, considering he supposedly lost a daughter which threw him into Rambaldi in the first place. Furthermore, we know Sloane has always had a soft spot in his heart for Sydney and he told Dr. Barnett that he hoped her determination and strength had come from him. Nadia might be fulfilling some sort of personal prophecy for Sloane; he has always wanted a child- and the fact that Nadia is linked to Rambaldi is even better. This would explain why he has invested so much in protecting her and searching for a cure- unless Nadia needs to be cured in order for Rambaldi's end game to be revealed.

Also, we have to take into account all the ambiguous lines and looks between Sloane and Jack and Jack and Irina, which would lead us to believe that Nadia could in fact be Jack's. I don't believe the writers would have mentioned the possiblity if they didn't wanted us to doubt Nadia's paternity.

What do you think? I know we have discussed this before, but I think Brittany cast a new light on it.

14 comments:

Eliza said...

oh I hope you're right! Jack's way cooler, lol. Could Sloane really be evil enough to use Nadia in such a cruel way?

lhaaheim said...

I think Sloane genuinely cares for Nadia and may be using her in a way but I think he thinks that Nadia is his daughter even if there is a chance Jack could be her father. Of course Jack is a much better dad to have then Sloane but for Sloane's sake I really hope Nadia is his daughter. How come they never did a paternity test? What if Irina was with someone else too? Maybe neither is Nadia's father? I think a paternity test should be done!

BoomBoom12 said...

Hey All,
Haven't posted in awhile but this article made me remember another one of my burning Alias questions that drives me crazy. At the end of season 4 when the Bristow family is jumping out of the plane in order to stop the giant Mueller Device, Jack and Irena are talking about Nadia. Jack says something along the lines of she's very "special, determined, etc." and Irena replies, without missing a beat, "I wonder where she gets that from." She then tops it all off by giving Jack one of those famous Irena smirking grins. Everything about that little scene confirmed for me that Jack was indeed Nadia father, however since that episode there has been no follow-up, no mention of it at all. Maybe the writers are saving the explanation for the end of the show in May, yet with so many unanswered questions in this season alone, I wonder how many of the older questions will actually be answered... Great article GirlScout, as usual!

Eliza said...

I know what you mean about the 4.21 episode...if you watch it again...you'll see jack looking confused before the scene changes...almost like, if it is true, he doesn't know.....interesting thought indeed.
then again, Irina may be referring to herself! lol, she would! Like, Nadia either got her good traits from her or Sloane, and maybe she meant to slam Sloane in this sense...but I hope my first jab was correct.

jenn256 said...

I just saw a new promotion for Alias while watching Grey's Anatomy. Anyone else see it? It looks like Syd is handcuffed to a bed and says "mom". However they they show her holding a gun to Peyton. I'm thinking they used the voice part of when Irina sees Syd but that's not who locked her to the bed. I'm so excited!!!!

srg-alias said...

There's another promo out?? sweet!! Hopefully it will be on during Lost this week. :)

I've thought for a while that Jack is really Nadia's father because of many of the points you guys raised, and for me it also was confirmed w/ Irena's comment to Jack about "I wonder where she gets that from". I've never thought about the theory that Sloane could already know this and just be manipulating Jack and Syd. It's definitely plausible, but it seems Sloane's feelings for Nadia and his anxiety over being the one who made her ill are very genuine. I like seeing that side of Sloane because it makes him an even more complicated villian. You can sympathize w/ him instead of just dispising his existance. I'm hoping they don't drop that plot question because that's a pretty big one. With Nadia coming back for some episodes that gives me hope that they might resolve it. I do think though that if Nadia is really Jack's that Sloane doesn't know, then again he could just be deceiving anyone like the evil genious he's always been.

jenn256 said...

yeah, the promo is great!! It starts with Syd shackled to a bed, and then it says something to the effect of "the end if just the beginning". What could that mean?` I'm telling you, I've always said that they are going to leave us with a cliffhanger. We won't know what happens. And since I was watching it on TiVo, I used slow motion to look at it for clues, and I swear the guy with the red scope on the end of his gun looks just like Vaughn (hard to tell exactly). I enever saw the other promo so this was my first Alias sighting!!!

As far as Jack, Sloane and Nadia- I would hate to think that Syd and Jack were duped by Sloane all of these years. However I would be happy if Nadia was Jack's because I know that burns Jack up to know that Irina's affair with Sloane produced a child. I sort of go both ways on this one- Sloane does seem to genuinley care for nadia as of she were his daughter and does seem very distraught (notice I say "seems" a lot) about her illness. But it would be in grand Sloane style to have made this up all along for his own agenda.

Kiki said...

I saw the second promo last night as well. Soooo good! So hard to tell who is who and if they just looped the scenes together and added dialoge. Either way, I am pumped! Like I have always said, I love me some evil Sloane. Ron Rifkin plays the most manipulative villian ever. It would really disappoint me if they didn't bring some of that evil back for the finale. It would be classic!

katybird27 said...

Excellent article and posts! In my desire to see how Alias answers our question, I'd forgotten about the Sloane/Nadia/Jack triangle. Like Girlscout, I prefer evil Sloane, but I like him ambiguously evil. One constant about Alias is our questioning of Sloane -- we know he's evil (and capable of doing terrible things) but then he does something that seems almost human (and if he is so evil, why has he kept Jack and Syd around? He's had plenty of chances!). So I think I'd prefer never knowing precisely how evil Sloane is -- I like having that unanswered question!

Anonymous said...

Great article, I totally agree with your theories.

Here's my 2 cents : Sloane took a bullet for Jack in season 3 and saved his life, it was before they searched for Nadia, Sloane obviously needed Jack alive for something, I think he needed Jack to be there when he broke the hourglass to find Nadia

In season 2, when Sloane got the di regno heart and kidnapped Jack, he put him in a room with some kind of IV stuck in his arm next to another room with some Rambaldi artefact, may be he needed Jack's DNA to find Nadia, and he got it that way.

Finally, I just can't see Irina forgeting her birth control on the very night she had to screw Sloane, she must have been extra careful with her pill, and in case of an unwanted pregnancy, I think she would not have hesitated to abort. If she wanted to have Sydney , there is no reason for her to have a child with another man,and if Sydney was an accident, I can't see her make the same mistake twice with 2 diferent men, especially given that she can't stand the second one.

During his trial this season, Sloane asked Jack to take care of Sydney as if she were his own daughter, I see it as another clue, and Sloane just can't have become obsessed with Rambaldi only to find years later that he had fathered the chosen one, it's way too lame ! The possibility that he just pretended to be reformed and that he views Nadia as the perfect conduit to Rambaldi is much more appealing and much more believable !

Eliza said...

interesting thoughts! especially about Jack's DNA etc.
When did Sloane tell Jack to watch over Syd? Season Five, you said?

Kiki said...

Actually, Sloane told Jack to watch over NADIA like she were his own daughter. Not Sydney. He said to him when he thought he was going to be executed, but then he got off because P5 benefactors paid off the panel.

Anonymous said...

So sorry, I meant that Sloane had asked Jack to take care of Nadia of course ! I loved the expression on Jack's face when Sloane was released after his trial, Victor Garber truly is an amazing actor !

jenn256 said...

good point anon about Sloane needing Jack to be alive when he broke the hourglass. He took the bullet so Jack could later help him find Nadia. Very interesting the way this is all playing out!