There has been a lot of talk about doubles on the blog as of late- mostly due to Uncle's screenplay. The Helix Protocol is front and center right now in the Alias "spin-off" and last night while I was watching 3.1 "The Two" (again) something came to mind.
The episode opens where season 2 left off- Vaughn and Sydney in a safehouse in Hong Kong, where Syd is alive and missing 2 years of her life. Vaughn explains all that he knows, as he is not with CIA and is not privy to Jack's location or where Sydney has been. Sydney holds back tears and just when we think she's going to take some time to process what has happened to her- she swings a lamp at Vaughn's head and demands to know who he is working for. She thinks Vaughn is a double- and rightly so. With the double of Francie and several other Alias characters, its very logical that Sydney would believe that someone would be pulling one over on her.
As I was watching her beat the daylights out of the very real Vaughn, I wondered- did we, in that first moment, believe that perhaps Vaughn was a double? Did we ever think- as she sat there staring at him, that perhaps it was all an elaborate hoax? If not, then why? We had just as much information about Helix as Sydney, we knew it could be a possibility- why not Vaughn?
Well, it's a simple answer really- Vaughn has always been Sydney's truth. He, as a character, is meant to be her real life, her honesty, her truth. The writer's might have fudged up a few things when it comes to plot holes and storyline, but they have never faltered in who the characters are and what they stand for.