Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Call Backs are the Bag

I love me some Alias callbacks! I love when the writers mirror a situation, a sentence, a scene with one from the past. One of my favorite things about writing the episode recaps is being able to point out call backs and pick them apart for meaning.

The first scene- Sydney is home alone after Danny's funeral. She is listening to him on the answering machine. JJ Abrams said that he always want to shoot a scene like this. The scene is later revisited in season 5 in a different form- Vaughn's voice on a mission recording. The moments are very simple- very sad, yet seem to hold hope and faith. Sydney erased Danny's voice and replaced it with her own- moving on, being strong, but still remembering him with a "thank you." In the later scene, Sydney wants their baby to know her father's voice. It was a definite red flag for me that Vaughn was still alive and that Sydney wanted Isabelle to recognize her father's voice.




In the next scene- Syd has just made her way to the parking garage. This is right before the big garage fight scene, when Sloane's containment teams comes after her. The scene on the right is Sydney after her first ultrasound. She gets into her car in the parking garage and stares at the photo of her unborn baby. I was half expecting a SWAT team to enter and take her in- but it didn't. So how is it a call back? It's merely the angle in which the scene was shot. The car is probably parked in the same parking garage and Sydney, really is in the same position in both. Alone. She has just lost Danny and later, she is alone and pregnant. There is almost a scene of loss- a loss of direction.



What are some of your favorite call backs? Send them my way- with pictures of both scenes. www.alias-media.com is great for this!

12 comments:

Page48 said...

One of my favourites is in "The Getaway" in Season 2, when Jack and Sydney do a perfect mirror image of the "Daddy" scene in Truth be Told. It's Alias plagiarising Alias. Alias spoofing itself. I love it.

I wish alias-media had higher res pics of Season 1. I love the capture of Jack walking away from Sydney in the cemetery at the end of Truth be Told. It's a great picture that conjures up a great memory of that first episode, but it's too small and grainy for wallpaper purposes. The later seasons have great high-res promo shots but, unfortunately, not Seasons 1 and 2.

Dark Alias said...

Oh! how about the pilot episode scene when sydney just got back from her freelance misson to retreve the rambaldi artifiact and she walks straight to sloanes office and she walks past dixon who gets up from his desk in suprise. And the call back would be the season three premier when she walks straigt to dixons office with the chip in hand and walks right past weiss who does the same as dixon

Dark Alias said...
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Dark Alias said...

sorry for the double posts, computer is acting up. i forgot the pictures, here they are.

http://alias-media.com/modules/coppermine/albums/ep-caps/season1/pilot/truth-be-told-a344.jpg

http://alias-media.com/modules/coppermine/albums/ep-caps/season3/thetwo/Image176.jpg

bonkers for bristow said...

My vote for the ultimate call back is the red wig. How many times did we see Sydney using red hair to open or close a season? There was the pilot of course,

http://alias-media.com/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimagepopup&pid=26463&fullsize=1

But also at the end of Season One (1.21 Rendevouz) when she rescues and reveals herself to Will.

http://alias-media.com/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimagepopup&pid=23249&fullsize=1

The red wig always made me feel like part of an elite club. Every time Sydney wore it, I felt like the cast and crew were giving us loyal Alias fans a big wave through the TV screen.
Jennifer

Kiki said...

I totally agree Jennifer. You can only truly appreciate the wig when you know what the wig has been through! It's classic and it always made me feel like- "yes, we are back at it again!"

kelhat said...

I always liked when Syd kissed the glass with Anna Espinosa just like Anna did to her.

uncle111 said...

I just put up a shot of Jack walking away at the end of S1E1. It works on my monitor as wallpaper. I'll leave it available at the following link for a few days.

http://www.samaritanarts.com/ebay/Alias-%20trust4.bmp

Page48 said...

Cheers,Uncle. All I have to do is look at that pic and I can hear the music playing in my head.

It's a thing of beauty, ain't it? So much better than anything I'm watching this season. I'll gladly trade Saul and Holly (Brothers & Sisters) for Sloane and Barnett. Same actors, but where's the mojo?

As we speak, I'm watching Alias on "Space: The Imagination Station". Sydney and Vaughn are in, of all places, Cartagena. Sydspinoza must be spinning in her grave.

"Sydney and I were never in Cartagena" - M. Vaughn (2006)

lhaaheim said...

Dark- I always noticed that but I never connected the two for some reason! That's a great call back!

bonkers for bristow said...

I LOVE the lipstick kiss on the glass with Ana and Syd. Didn't they show that again at the end of season 5? Or am I imagining that since Ana was back?
jennifer

Kiki said...

Hope, she kissed the glass, I am pretty sure- right before that red spray covers Sydney. What a b*tch!