I cuddled up in bed last night and watched the first disc of season 3. Oh, how I missed it! It really does pack a punch. Aside from enjoying the splendor that is the Alias of ole, I picked up on a few things…
Jack Bristow is the greatest character ever written! I swear the man is amazing! There isn’t anything he can’t do and the first four episodes of the season proves it. Locked up by the NSC, sprung free by his daughter who supposedly killed a Russian diplomat, Jack has to save her, but the clock is ticking! Secret conversations with Irina, inner-workings with a computer genius, the lying, the cheating, he’s so damn good! Jack has some of the best lines in the first four episodes. My particular favorite: “Michael Vaughn is just a boy who was never good enough for you.” Heartbreaker! Standing there behind the glass of the prison, seeing his long dead daughter crying before him! I can’t stand it!
Later, Jack meets with Sloane to gather intel on Sydney’s missing two years. The exchange between the two men has to be one of my favorite scenes of all time, and it really connects to the scene between Jack and Sloane in the finale of season 5.
Jack states: “A world relief organization? The shear audacity of your apparent turn around would be laughable if you weren’t so dangerous.”
Sloane asks Jack to trust him- to “trust in the consistency of my obsessions.” Then Sloane lays out the story of the Rambaldi message, one word- Peace. Jack then replies, “I would have found it anticlimactic, that after expecting to assemble a weapon of ultimate power that you end up with a revelation you could have acquired from a fortune cookie.” BRILLIANT! The writing is BRILL!
Sloane then provides Jack with a disc containing all of his leads into Sydney’s disappearance. Jack asks Sloane if the disc is a means to excuse him from any involvement in Sydney’s missing 2 years. Then Jack says something and I nearly fell out of bed!! He says, “I will bury you!” And he did!! In a cave for all eternity!! Love it!
A couple other things I noticed or had questions about:
Poor Weiss! The man obviously moved up in the ranks with Vaughn out playing teacher and Sydney apparently dead and buried- but then, as both of them return, Weiss again plays gopher, no longer leading missions, no longer the point guy. I feel bad for the guy and I am kind of glad he got the promotion in Washington. He got sick of playing sidekick!
Lauren is fabulous, just frickin’ fabulous! I love that at first, we kind of like her, she’s innocent and we are curious to learn more about her. Then, she and Sydney have that heated exchange in the conference room over letting Sark go and she rattles off about how condescending Sydney is. That’s when we start to hate her! How dare she say those things about Sydney! She stole Sydney’s man! She tries to make a mends on the plane to Moscow, but no- we won’t take her back. LOVE IT! Again, incredible character. BUT, BUT, BUT- there is still a loose end. What exactly was the purpose of Lauren marrying Vaughn? Vaughn left the CIA, gave up his clearance and access to CIA files after Sydney’s death. What was Lauren going to get from him as a college French teacher? Nothing! Did the Covenant expect that Sydney would return to the CIA, hence, prompting Vaughn to return to the CIA, thus, allowing Lauren to get intel? As far as I can tell, Lauren had just as much access, if not more than Vaughn to the CIA’s information on, not only the Covenant, but Rambaldi as well. I suppose the love triangle just makes for good TV.
Also, why does Sark love wine so much? He sure does drink an awful lot in season 3!
I wanted to mention too, that 3.1 “The Two” was written by JJ Abrams- which is very evident considering all the turns the episode takes-from Jack being in prison, to Sydney breaking him out. Episode 3.2 “Succession” was written by my favorite Alias writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Jeff Pinkner, Alias producer and another of my favs, wrote 3.3 “Reunion”- love the scene with Sydney and Weiss taking shots of tequila while the sweet singing of Patsy Kline plays in the background. Interestingly enough, my least favorite Alias writers, Monica Breen and Alison Shapker (who wrote the series finale) wrote 3.4 “A Missing Link” which features the great Simon Walker and the introduction of Julia Thorne.
What are your thoughts on going back to this season? I know many of you are not huge fans of season 3, but I just can’t get over how extremely intelligent it is and how deep and dark the plot gets. Can we find differences or variations of the plot between episodes, considering they are each written by different writers? Or does the story stay consistent? I loved diving back in- how about you?
PS. What are we thinking about the new layout? Good? Bad? Ugly? I have a few more banners in the works, so I might change it up once in awhile.