Have we talked about the ice cream/tequila scene? Have we? In the near two years this site has been up and running (100,000 hits people!!)- I cannot believe we have not discussed the ice cream/tequila scene.
Last night, due to the fact that I cannot find my season 5, disc 4, I went backwards and watched episode 1.2 “So It Begins” and 1.3 “Parity.” And now I apologize- because I made a comment about how fast Vaughn moved on after Sydney “died” and in actuality- Sydney moved on pretty fast after Danny’s death- she kissed Will. So, while Vaughn was pining away in his tiny CIA office and Sydney was suppose to be grieving for her fiancé- she locked lips with her best friend in an air of tequila, chocolate syrup and I am a sure, a bit of loneliness and desperation.
We all love that moment when Sydney comes running home from a mission to slip Danny’s engagement ring back on her finger. We all love the song, as she soaks in a tub of bubbles and regret. She almost found comfort in the fact that her mother had died the same way- that Laura Bristow knew the truth and that had caused her death. It almost felt familiar, something shared between father and daughter. Once Sydney learns that Jack tried to save her and Danny from the wrath of SD-6, Sydney began pushing to have a real relationship with her father. What struck me about these two episodes was this-
Jack Bristow told his daughter the truth about his work- only after Sydney found herself in the same situation. He lied to her about her mother- let her believe he was the cause of her death. We, the audience, hate him for this and we love him for it- for lying to her, for upsetting her. In hindsight, we see how Sydney reacted to all this news- the news about SD-6, the news about Jack and the CIA, about Irina and her “death” and her involvement with the KGB, Project Christmas. She freaked out. There was sobbing and dry-weaving and total uncertainty in her life, her decisions. He wanted to protect her and we want to protect her, but we always felt for her in those moments where she felt betrayed. Did all of this confusion motivate her? Or make her vulnerable? And is that what we love about Sydney- the fact that she is this no-nonsense super spy who kicks ass and takes names, but has this reservoir of vulnerability for her family and friends? Do we love that her greatest weakness is empathy? Do we love that she, grieving, kissed Will, because all we wanted was for her to be happy?
I think the answer is…
Also- question: Should I be talking about Alias in past tense or present tense? I mean, technically the characters still live in our DVD’s, but the show is over. I always wondered about this. Help me out.