GAWD, season 3 is packed with role reversals. Love it! I sat down and watched the second disc of season 3 last night and sakes alive, there are some wildly fantastic and utterly ironic moments. Here is some of what I adore...
The moment Julia Thorne runs a knife through Michael Vaughn- greatest moment in TV history! She catches him up by his jacket collar, stares him straight in the eyes and says, “You never should have betrayed me.” OUCH! Big ouch! Can you even believe the irony of this situation. He betrays her by marrying Lauren and then "betrays" her as a CIA agent. The moment is so intense I can hardly stand it!
Later, Vaughn wakes, in a dream state, to Sydney at his bed side. They speak about how much they miss each other and then, Sydney pulls back and stabs him again. The dream is very interesting- one, because we are led to believe it is real and two, because Vaughn’s true feelings about Sydney’s return are revealed. Earlier in the season, after Sydney’s return to the CIA, she visits Vaughn in his classroom where he teaches French. He tells her how close to death he came, that he was overwhelmed by grief and his love for her. Then he says, “But I don’t regret moving on with my life.” Um, yeah right! I would say dreaming about Sydney ramming you with a knife is some sort of symbol of regret and guilt.
Simon Walker- Brillantly yummy! That is all I have to say about that.
I know we all break down the moment Sydney runs back to Vaughn’s hospital room for her jacket and she stumbles upon an intimate moment between Vaughn and Lauren. Her eyes well up, the music swells and we remember- Sydney and Vaughn are no longer together. We see Sydney pining for Vaughn- much like how he pined for her in the first two seasons. Vaughn would steal secret glances, watch her play golf with Will and Francie- it’s very much the same as Sydney watching Vaughn and Lauren together.
Another role reversal played out in season 3 is the situation in which Sloane plays double-agent for the CIA and the Covenant. As Sydney says, it’s “classic” that Sloane would be placed in this position and that he would use Sydney’s experience as a double to manipulate in order to have her placed as his handler. I love Sloane in season 3. This cheap shots at Vaughn and Lauren are so inappropriate and totally out of line, but I bloody love it! I love how slimy and calculated he is. Yes, it makes me giddy!
Vaughn recovers and is back on the ice with Weiss in no time. He feels horrible about keeping the Lazarey murder a secret from Lauren, but he knows he has to in order to protect Sydney. Good old Weiss gives him a tip- “That’s why people from the CIA don’t marry people from the NSC. Don’t poop where you sleep.” LOVE IT! Weiss is just full of funny quips this season. I wish there would have been more of him in the end.
Season 3 also houses the return of Alison Doren, aka Evil Francie. Her return sparked many questions for me- such as, why do the bad guys always walk? They have this strut-like walk, even when they are in a hurry. They never run, they just walk, with the look of death on their face. I noticed this as I watched Evil Francie maneuver down the corridor of the abandon hotel, with Sydney and Vaughn after her. Sydney and Vaughn are frantically running to catch up, yet Evil Francie continues to walk. What is that?
Formality aside, Evil Fran and Syd get into a hell of a showdown. I love this fight more than the original. It was very well done, very well shot and very entertaining. Francie is eventually shot by Sydney, only to recover minutes later in order to escape CIA custody. Is this eternal life? What is the serum or medication that the Rambaldi manuscript provided? If Evil Francie was unable to die, how was Will able to kill her? Did he kill her? Why didn't Sloane take the medication? This is one of the reasons I was so upset about the finale- Alias starts to break it's own rules. They give us this set of rules- Rambaldi and his prophecies. They throw Sydney into the mix and we suspend and stretch our disbelief. What I can't believe is that the Covenant would have access to this serum of life and Sloane would have no knowledge of it. Are the mediation in season 3 and the red goo and the Horizon in season 5 the same thing? I am sooo confused!!
So, where are you in season 3? What are your favorite moments in the first half of the season? Any thoughts or ideas?