This is part one of my finale recap:
Her voice over was cinematic- the flashed photos of dead agents and civilians killed while investigating Prophet 5 was a visual masterpiece and very representative of Sydney’s own struggle with terrorist groups over the years. Prophet 5, over the span of thirty years, has infiltrated thousands of government agencies in order to make a massive world power play for money and power. We watch as APO does what they do best- weave in and out of situations with skill and improv. They work as a team to idenitify their targets and then the fight begins.
Trifecta of Profecta
Sloane, Sark and Peyton form a strategic alliance, once they have acquired the amulet. Together they form Profit 3, a group set on financial take-over and global economic domination. I thought it all came down to faith, but I suppose, what it really comes down to is money and power.
Sloane informs Sark and Kelly that P5 won't hesitate to eliminate them now that their assignments are complete. It is no surprise that Sark takes the offer to save his skin and Kelly Peyton isn’t far behind- as Sark is part of the alliance package. *Wink* Oh, steamy glares from Little Miss Muffet. Um, yeah, Sark looked good- real good.
I loved that this trio formed for their own purpose. It was very classic Alias for this loyal-less villains to create their own powerful group. With their new found power, they kidnap Marshall and Rachel to hack in and find a secret Rambaldi cavern. Simultaneously, Sloane sets in motion a plan to destroy all his obstacles- P5, APO and Sydney Bristow.
Grace stops in on Rachel to talk to her about his wife- which leads to all we had hoped from the beginning- that Grace and Rachel would be the next spy couple. They lay one on each other and then in embarrassment, Grace slips away. Enter Sark. He knocks on the door and snatches Rachel. I found the whole scene rather awkward. I was confused about whether or not Grace was aware that Sark was coming and exactly what his intensions were by visiting Rachel. I did love Rachel shyness and what seemed to a school girl crush on a somewhat broken man.
Arvin uses Mitchell as a lure to kidnap Marshal and WELCOME BACK CARRIE!How proud am I of Marshall and Rachel? How outstanding was their stand against Sloane and the gang? And WOW, the return of Carrie Foreman! I love, love that Carrie Foreman! Jack and Sydney let her in on Marshall’s secret and together they track Marshall and Rachel to Mexico.
When Marshall and Rachel refuse to assist Sloane- Sloane's subconscious and/or Nadia’s ghost makes him see that he may in fact need help in persuading them. He interrupts Sydney and Isabelle on an outing. I NEARLY DIED! If Sloane even put a hand on Isabelle I was going to lose it! But he merely hands Sydney the phone and forces her to convince Marshall to help. Call to classic Alias- Sydney slips Marshall a code. I love me some spy stuff!
Later, while rescuing Marshall and Rachel, Sydney and Vaughn learn the location of the cavern- Mt. Subasio- the very mountain that proved the prophecy wrong.
Mt. Subasio with a Mad Man
At the icy mountain cavern (which was filmed on the poorest green screen ever- but I suspended my disbelief), juxtaposed with Sark’s actions and the Kelly Peyton’s mission- Sydney winds her way around numerous frozen corridors- the music builds and then she…STUMBLES UPON SANTAS WORKSHIP! Just kidding, it was Sloane and his old man necklace. Sloane isn’t surprised to see her. In fact, he says, “I knew you would come.” He speaks to Sydney about his intentions. Sloane reveals that Sydney once lived with him and Emily and that they had done their best to comfort her once her mother died. They covered her room with shelves of stuffed animals and one morning when Arvin woke Sydney her stuffed animals were all over the floor. She said that they were drowning and that she had to save them. This scene was juxtaposed with Marshall’s return to APO and then Sloane states that he has always wondered when Sydney would learn that she couldn’t save everyone.
Parallel to this scene- Sark rigs APO and the train station for a massive explosion and Kelly makes the trek to Zurich to kill the 12.
I want to say- I love Kelly Peyton, even if her character is one dimensional and underdeveloped. I love that she is the one to pull the guns on P5, the very group that made her. It is a testament to her evil inner-workings and her lack of loyalty. She houses many of the same qualities as Irina. However, I did find the deaths of the 12 very troublesome for the plot. All season the writers have been building up the mystery and danger of P5. The groups ability to infiltrate governments undetected and their connections to powerful people made them terrifying enemies. I was disappointed by their deaths and that we learned nothing about how they acquired their power and what their Rambaldi-related intentions were.
Back at the rock-Sloane raises the amulet into the seeping sunlight in the cavern and tells Sydney, “Sydney, you are not allowed to see this” before shooting the ice out from under her. Sydney tumbles down a dark cavern.
Meanwhile, in LA, Grace and team struggle to get civilians and officials out of the subway. Grace comes across the bomb on one of the subway cars. He and Dixon decide that Grace will stay and defuse the bomb. There, on the track, Grace decides to sacrifice himself. WHAT? Get the hell out of there!! Are you kidding me!!?? We know Grace was harboring guilt and regret about the death of his wife, but he had plenty of time to get out of there!! In the episode we also learned about his feelings for Rachel. I was not surprised by Grace’s death, but I was surprised at the circumstances of his death. He said his goodbye to Rachel and then took a seat as the train and the tunnels around it collapsed. Goodbye Grace.
Grace’s death, too, seemed anticlimactic. His role in breech on the CIA and his connections with the Cardinal left me begging to know more. If he truly cared about Rachel and wanted a relationship with her, as he stated on comms, why would be sit down and allow himself to be blown up?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
While Sydney lies dying in the frozen cavern, she has several flashbacks revealing bits about her past. A small Sydney sits at her desk in school, and she is having a hard time drawing a picture of what she wants to be.
She also flashes to the night her mother died and we were able to see Jack’s hurt and Sydney’s scared expression as she realized that her life would be changing.
I loved the flashbacks. They were very revealing about Sydney’s psyche and her relationship with her father and her professional mind set. She was expected, even as a small girl, to be strong, to save her father.
As this is happening, Vaughn repels down the cavern to save Sydney with the little love and CPR. Oh, Vaughn, always there when needed.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first hour. I felt it was a solid hour of set up for what could only be a stellar ending, even if it was rather slow moving. I felt it held very much the core of Alias- but at the same, I felt it developed more questions. I will get to these questions in the second half of my recap.
Sorry that it has taken me so long to post. I believe much of my disappointment comes from the last hour of the show. So, now I am diving into that.