It's Sunday afternoon and I while flipping channels I came across an episode of Alias. I love that. I love when I stumble on an episode, one I haven't seen in awhile. All I have to do hear the opening credits and see the faces of our beloved characters and I am hooked all over again.
Season 4, episode 8, "Echoes". Nadia is taken hostage by Sydney's number one sworn enemy, Ana Espinoza. In hindsight, its rather ironic that Sydney is forced to play Ana in order to save Nadia's life. Poor Nadia, having to spend the evening tied up and branded by Ana, Sydney, Vaughn and Dixon gallivanting around cutting off ring fingers and staging a death. No fair. Sark makes an appearance, which, of course makes the episode that much better. And the fact that he wants to see Lauren's body and wants Vaughn to go with him? OH THE DRAMA!
I love this episode, but I can't help but notice how different it is. Not just this episode, but all of season 4. The way it was shot, the colors, the urgency of every scene. They shot more outside, in the evening, when the California sun was melting, creating a beautiful marriage between the light and the film. I love it. I love how you can see Sydney's freckles in that light- how her cheeks and Nadia's are rosy and healthy. I love that APO is stark and bright, but their faces are soft and certain. I love the contrast, I love the combination. It's just another reason why I love this show- why I love the cast and crew. Daniel Attias, who directed this episode, did an amazing job. Season 4 was very much a call back to season 1 in technique and process. Season 4 had this new, innocent feeling. Maybe it was Nadia being welcomed into the world of Alias. Maybe it was the freshness of Sydney and Vaughn and how their love changed over the course of all that affected it. Maybe the writers and directors decided to take a new look at the show and give it new life. Either way, whatever it was, it was good- even though during the original airing, I was probably complaining.
And, come on, Sydney fighting with Ana in the boutique? One of the best moments of all time. "Another spring, another June, another sunny honeymoon..."