Friday, July 14, 2006

Scene Cap of the Day and Weekly Recap

"I couldn't decide if I wanted to surf it or if I was too scared."

I am telling you- watch the season finale of season 1 with the audio commentary, it's hilarious. When asked by Ron Rifkin (Sloane) why Vaughn didn't run when he saw the flood water gaining on Sydney, Michael Vartan (Vaughn) replied with the above quote! So funny!!

Ron also mentions that this scene disturbs him. It disturbs me! WHY DOESN'T HE RUN?! I don't understand. Is he shocked? Is he scared? Either way, when I first watched this episode, I thought Vaughn was done for. Thank goodness for the screwdriver!!

Moving on....
Yesterday I posted a scene cap depicting a very personal and real moment between Sydney and Vaughn in season 1. As I said, real life moments on Alias are few and far between. Paired with fantastic moments (like the red ball over Svogda and Vaughn being trapped in the flooded lab), the real moments strike a very emotional cord, with not only the characters, but the audience as well. Sometimes these scenes will be shown intertwined, for instance, when Sydney is sitting with Barnett, recalling her escape after being shot by her mother. The clips with Barnett are quiet and personal, designed to help Sydney open up about her feelings for her mother and Vaughn. The clips of her actual escape are designed to keep us interested, to explain- they are the technical part of the scene.

With the Favorite Awards deadline for season 1 today, I thought it would be nice to talk about some of our favorite real and personal moments from Alias and some of the fantastic scenes that are shown in juxtaposition. Can you name a few instances from any season where personal moments are shown back to back or intertwined with fantastic, outrageous moments?

Also, don’t forget- today is the last day to turn in your picks for the First Annual Let’s Talk Alias Favorite Awards. Check the categories in the below article and e-mail your entries to me. girlscout35@hotmail.com

CD’s are coming your way- have a great weekend and I will see you all on the flip side!

12 comments:

Sandi/juliansark1 said...

I just loved any time where the scene cut to the front of Sydney's old apartment with the iron gates out front...the music became softer and more upbeat, and you knew there would be something mundane and every-day waiting for her there..watering her plants, playing Boggle with her friends, eating breakfast, things like that. I don't know if I could choose one moment, I just liked the juxtaposition of those scenes...one moment Syd is parachuting down from a mountain in Rio, the next she is eating cereal from Will's bowl in her kitchen.

Kiki said...

Love it Sandi! You totally nailed it. I love those scenes, ohhh and the gated apartment! You just created the greatest visual- the music, the apartment was always softly lit and homey. Ohh, now I have to go back and watch season 1.

Also, I think that is why some of the later season were hard for people after watching seasons 1 and 2. No more normalcy, no more Will and Francie, drinking beers, out dancing. No more soft apartment shots with real life. I always loved hockey with Vaughn. That was always believable for me. I always figured Jen and Michael would actually go and play hockey together.

Sandi/juliansark1 said...

I hear you...there was so much less real life in Seasons 3-5, and that made them less enjoyable as far as I am concerned. The missions were still great (except Sovogda..my least favorite), but there was no downtime for Syd. There were some scenes with Nadia at the new apartment, but not as much as we got before, and even then, they talked a lot about work, about Sloan, and not about silly things like soap operas or Boggle. While JJ has proven himself capable of the big special effects and action moments, I really think he excels in the real life ones...just think Felicity.

Kiki said...

Oh Sandi, it's people like you that keep me blogging about Alias. You are so right! Have you seen What About Brian? JJ's other show? SOOO good, you might be able to watch them on iTunes or Tivo.

Sandi/juliansark1 said...

I will check it out! I hate adding more shows to my 'Must Watch' list because I spend too much time in front of the TV as it is, but now that Alias is gone.....

Got a little choked up there!

Robetron said...

It is a well-beaten drum, but I think it was the self-contained episodes that made even the occasional attempts at 'real-ness' seem a little contrived. When each episode connected directly with the following episode and we saw Sydney together with friends in real-world scenarios, it was like "this must be what her life is like when she is not out on a mission. Cool!"
-R.

lhaaheim said...

I remember saying the following "Run damn it! Run!!!"

Sandi- Wonderful way to put the bittersweet life of Sydney Bristow, one second it's adventure the next it's homey.

I didn't mind the self contained episodes and while I certainly agree that things became less homey after season 1 and 2 it's hard to believe how they couldn't. Her whole life was turned upside down in season 3; she had to rebuild it in season 4 (she had a lot of nice moments with Nadia, Vaughn and Weiss etc. but some of them happened at work. Her work life really became her family and home life as well. Plus I think we all longed for the days of Francie and Will). Season 5 comes along and Vaughn is in hiding, she's preggers and Sloane is out to ruin the world. It's pretty hard to have a normal life then, her problems and challenges certainly were more complicated as her story went on then they were in season one.. And they had to be! She had to go through all of that to get her and her family to what I like to call season 6, the beach, with a new baby and a more normal life.

lonzi21 said...

Well put lhaaheim. I too really missed seeing the Sydney outside of work where she had "normal" times with her friends, but at the start of season 3 her life was literally in shambles. I wouldn't call be missing for two years and not knowing where you were or what happened to you normal. Like you said, it did take rebuilding and time. In the end it payed off. Sydney finally got what she wanted.

srg-alias said...

I love in "Q&A" when Syd is in the car chase w/ the cops at the end and they keep flashing to Will and Francie watching the chase on TV and eating popcorn, that cracks me up. Also something they didn't do much after season 1 was have scenes where it seemed like Syd was narrating, but you find out she's talking to someone (usually Vaughn). There's one where she's talking about her dad picking her up and carrying her miles after she broke her leg, but while she's telling the story you see her lying in bed, then sitting up and reaching for the phone...the scene then cuts to her and Vaughn, so you know it was showing her making the decision to call him up. I guess I like when they mix the present dialogue or events with what's already happened, kinda like in the pilot w/ Taipai (sp?) and all the events leading up to it.

lhaaheim said...

Thank you Lonzi! :-)

I really enjoyed the mixing too SRG, but I know for some people that can get confusing. I love it!!! But I have several family members and friends who would get distracted by it. Maybe that’s why they did less of it, or because the plot at the time wouldn’t fit well into that type of storytelling device. I miss the good old days of season one and two though, boy those were nice!!!

~Liz

lhaaheim said...

Oh I have to add that prior to Vaughn acting like a deer in headlights I really enjoyed this mission!!! When Syd and Vaughn are walking through the club and some guy comes up to her, it’s so sexy how Vaughn immediately pushes him away and then Syd smiles because she understands there’s more to it then just the mission. Vaughn is so cute when he’s protective. Okay enough gushing for now! :-D

srg-alias said...

haha, yeah I love that part in the club too Liz. :)