Monday, August 28, 2006

Scene Cap of the Week


"I'm afraid you'll betray me again, like you did with Lauren."
The best freakin' moment of season 4. Loved it. In "Nocturne" Sydney is infected with a mind-altering disease. The group is on the hunt for a cure and in the mean time, Sydney is hearing things. Vaughn is on the right track and he leaves Sydney in the van with her father. Sydney believes that her father is saying horrible things about her, about her and her mother, her worst fear being that her father despises her because in her he sees the woman who betrayed him. In this moment, after breaking free from Jack's duct tape job, Sydney confronts Vaughn and expresses her fears about their relationship.
Holding Vaughn at gun point, Sydney worries about what she might have done to her father and what pain Vaughn may cause her in the future. I loved this episode, one, because we see a very vulnerable Sydney and a very talented JG and two, the writers dove into horror movie style material. Very fun, very entertaining!

15 comments:

Robetron said...

I totally concur.

You may have caught this before, but at the beginning of the episode, Syd and Vaughn are playing hockey, and he starts talking about advancing thier relationship again. He says, "...really, what are you afraid of?" It's a fantastic portent to where the episode was going; it has beautiful wrap-around.

-R.

Kiki said...

Nice, I love them playing hockey anyways. Isn't it the time when JG bites it? HAHAHA

kellie said...

I love that we see the fears that Sydney Bristow has in this episode. She is such a kick ass agent all the time and though we see her vulnerable and emotional sides in certain episodes, we rarely see fear. I like the concept of compartmentalization (is that the longest made up word ever?) they explore throughout the series as Syd has to hide her double and triple life from everyone she knows except Jack. I love how we see her struggles with keeping it all together, but still it is usually anger or goals that she is driven by and not fear so much. The other time I remember them addressing fears are regarding Will knowing about Syd's real life and her concern for how this affects him, but it is not the raw emotion in Nocturne. She seems turned inside out so we are finally able to see the part of her persona that is rarely addressed.

kellie said...

Sorry for the run-ons and poor gramatical structure. I am tired tonight!

uncle111 said...

Delving into the horror genre is what I didn't like about this one(just never developed a taste for it). But I REALLY liked the scenes with Syd and Jack interacting. I do miss my show. Still the only TV I watch is DVD's.

kelhat said...

Although this is not my favorite epi of season 4, I LOVE the scenes with Syd and Jack and Syd and Vaughn (Gotta love the hockey stuff. I just got through with season 1...again...I MISS THIS SHOW! It's like missing a friend...

lhaaheim said...

This may seem odd but I really enjoy the fight scenes between Syd and Vaughn! They are always so intense and emotional, even when Syd is actually Sydspinoza or hallucinating or just plain pissed cause she woke up and everything had changed. Plus they are so wrong and so not what is supposed to happen since they love each other, but that just makes them so good!

Well I'm off to college tomorrow! Finally! I've taken two years off so I'm very ready!!! I have to leave at 4:00 AM to catch my flight and the rest of the week/weekend is crazy so not sure when I'll have time to stop by the blog. At least it's slow so I won't miss much! :-) Back to packing! :-(

~Liz

Page48 said...

A new alias, Kikiscout?? Are you runnin' from the law, infiltrating the Covenant, entering witness protection?

Or are you, as I've always suspected...........A DOUBLE AGENT?

"Operator, get me Arvin Sloane"

srg-alias said...

The first time I saw this episode it rubbed me the wrong way (could have been the huge ass torantula, who knows), but watching it again I realized how important it was for the growth of Syd and Vaughn's relationship. As much as the audience might have wanted it, the writers couldn't have started off season 4 with Syd and Vaughn all happy and perfect again, it's just not realistic after what happened in season 3. Not that this show's first priority is realism, but it would have been really foolish to belittle Syd's feelings of betrayal. Syd's hallucinations allowed her to confront her fears and reveal them to Vaughn, thus overcoming the hurtle of distrust between them.

dlove said...

Except for the scenes with Jack/Syd and the cinematography there wasn't much to this for me. This put Jeff Pinkner in the writers doghouse for me and he has yet to get out.

Favorite Alias writers?

Kiki said...

YOU GUYS DIDN'T LIKE THIS EPISODE???

I love Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman are my favors and JJ. I love JJ, Jack Bender and Ken Olin as Directors

PS. Had to change my name for the Primetime blog but I will ALWAYS be Girlscout.

srg-alias said...

no no, I said I didn't like this episode AT FIRST, just because it was so different from any other episode and I hate spiders, but I've definitely come to appreciate it, plus the acting is really well done.

hehe I like "kiki"

hey I'm excited I can load the blog at work now! :)

uncle111 said...

I just hope we see Jack Bristow on Justice tonight. I'll be uninterested if we don't.

MXTV said...

I was originally apposed to this episode, due to it's strange subject matter. However, it's now one of my S4 faves.
Awesome look into Syd's phyce.
Jen was awesome.

kellie said...

This was one of the only episodes of Season 4 that I liked in the first go around (later learned to love S4).