Alias - 3/14/04 - Facade

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  1. Kevin Porter

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    Ricky Gervais guests tonight on an all new Alias. Apparently this one's going to be a stand-alone episode. I doubt this episode will pick the season up but it'll be fun and a bit trippy for fans of The Office to see the star in such a different role. By the way, what did everyone think about that smile Jack cracked at the end of last week's episode? Was that the first time he's smiled in the history of the show? It really threw me off at first. He's finally warming up now. "I do eat you know." [​IMG]
     
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    So far, there's a low energy vibe to this episode...

    But Sloane is hitting it with the shrink. Peace.
     
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    Well, it picked up the pace, though not much of the ongoing plotlines were furthered, except that Sydney is ready to admit openly how she feels about Vaughn. Sark took a nasty left from Vaughn, which was surprising that he couldn't slither away because he's so good at it.

    Having Jack showing more of his bad ass side was nice touch to get Ryan to spill the beans on deactivating the bombs. But, it didn't seem like that would be enough because he was already ready to die as both bombs were activated. So, I was skeptical about the second chance at dying would really do the trick.
     
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    *eats own words*

    That was absolutely one of the best episodes of the season. My Alias is back! Highlights:

    -The whole fakeout of the first half
    -Marshall tripping over a chair. That may have been the first slapstick comedy I've ever laughed out loud at.
    -Jack killing Ryan. That was just one of the most awesome moments of the entire series. I was laughing too.
    -A peek into Sloane's bedroom. So perfectly done. I love those slowly rotating angles. You know some big reveal is coming and the anticipation kills you. I wasn't even paying attention to what him and Syd were talking about. So Barnett and Sloane got it on. This either has something to do with The Telling (Did anyone notice the set for the bank at the beginning was the same set used for the building in Mexico in the season finale last year?) or Barnett really is as trampy as her clothes led us to believe last week.
     
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    Thought the show was a HUGE IMPROVEMENT to last week's. Although a stand-alone episode (which I hate...what has happened to the serialized storylines?), it was tense and well-paced. And as for Jack going soft...the last 5 minutes alone shows the exact contrary...he rules!

    Despite my pleasure with this week's episode, it ended all neat and tidy again!!??? The beauty of season 1 and 2 was that everything flowed and payed off of one another...the episodes all were a cohesive whole. I feel that with this season we have a series of moments and shows that don't really flow together very well. I could have missed this week's episode and NOT MISSED ANYTHING...except that one short bit with Sloane. And with no cliffhanger endings...the tension and excitment of the show has collapsed.

    Hope this show picks up pace and becomes something soon. I fear its falling into the formulaic trap of modern tv.
     
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    Well, they did apprehend Sark. I liked the Julia Thorn connection as well. A groin-grabbingly good episode!
     
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    Good episode. Good twist that Sydney/Julia was the person who killed Ryan's brother and the reason for his creating the bombs. And that Sydney trying to tell him the truth actually backfired.
     
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    They actually addressed that in passing. The idea being that while he may have believed he was prepared to die, actually facing death could change his mind. It was a desperate move, but Jack didn't have much other choice
     
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    Sloane and Barnett together gives me the heeby jeebies.

    Couldn't help laughing at Jack's "We'll do this all over again." comment.
     
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    For me, one of the real pleasures of the show is seeing the bad side of Jack Bristow, and tonight was no disappointment.

    Oh yeah, the M&M's commercial was pretty neat, loved the colors particularly the blue and green combination.

    - Walter.
     
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    Sloane in bed with Barnut! Please don't show us Weiss the Whale with Lauren. Or Marshall with anyone.

    But Lauren with Isabella Rosselini, that I'll go for

    [​IMG]
     
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    He's not a whale, he's much more of a typical guy... not the models for actors on many other shows...

    Has anyone looked at Lauren? She reminds me of a lollypop... someone should tell her to eat a burger...
     
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    Except an hour of pretty darn good TV, and that's not worthless, is it?

    My only issue was that telling the guy that she was Julia Thorne was pretty dumb on Syd's part - if he knew the Covenant had killed her brother, why not assume he knew the name of the operative.
     
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    Agreed. Accent kudos go to Michael Vartan for his ace Sark impression (although he did pronounce "scheduled" correctly, which David Anders probably wouldn't have).

    Now, can anyone help me out - I'm trying to remember the TV show or movie where a great part of it dealt with convincing someone they were in a hotel room, just like in this ep. It was bugging the hell out of me as I watched it.
     
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    The moment I heard Sid say Julia Thorne, I thought that was completely unnecessary. I am glad to see that even fictional super spys make mistakes. Kind of brings the show back in the slightest to reality. This episode also had three of the best moments in the season so far.

    SPY DADDY being absolutely ruthless,AGAIN.
    Sloane tunning a therapy session into a booty call.
    Sidney with a nose ring.
     
  16. John Watson

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    Philip G, the Brit series THE PRISONER from the 1960's had a lot of that type of stuff, his "warden" trying to convince Patrick McGoohan that he was somehere or other, to break him.

    Perhaps not the movie you're thinking of, but like most things, it's been done before...

    PS I wondered if it wasn't Sark's voice ...
     
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    Fantastic episode! So much fun! I was completely suckered on the fake capture of Ryan. It was fast-paced and tense. It was a delicious hour of Alias.

    If it had also substantially furthered the core plot it would have been sublime.

    As I commented to my roommate, It's got Bessel functions, with chocolate...and interference effects! What more could you ask for? [​IMG]
     
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    This episode suffered from some lazy writing. I liked it only a little better than last week's episode. The biggest example has already been pointed out by Jason S.. With a little more effort, they could have had Gervais's character ask a few questions that caused Syd to drop the name, but she blurted it out for no good reason other than the idiot plot required it.

    Similarly, Gervais' character singling out Sark as the co-head of North American operations (who was in custody and not working for the Covenant when the brother was killed) without mentioning the other co-head (or anyone in the CIA even asking Gervais about it), was just about as bad.

    And let's just say that Jack's plan for getting the information he needed quickly, while in keeping with the general outrageousness of the series' plotting, didn't exactly do a great service to his character as a master strategist.

    The saving grace was that they didn't let Vaughn come off as a total incompetent by letting Sark escape his custody. That would have been one time too many. Of course, since Sark is being escorted by a bunch of no-name agents...

    They may address some of these issues in the next couple of episodes, but I have my doubts at this point.

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    No, I'm very familiar with that series. [​IMG] I'm pretty sure I'm remembering a spy film of some sort. But thanks anyway for the suggestion.
     
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    Umm...how about Mission Impossible? I've never seen the Prisoner, but that kind of stuff was happening ALL the time in MI, including the trademark peeling off the prosthetic face. That would be a series I'd buy on DVD!
     

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