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Yes, I Actually Feel Compelled to Discuss Alias

I realized tonight it wasn't the gadgets, or the twists, or the Rambaldi conspiracy with no end that kept me tuning in each week - it was the relationships. Too bad the show has lost sight of it's greatest strength because there were definitely moments tonight where I got sucked back in..briefly.

First off, I have to admit, they got me. Or, more precisely, they didn't let it get out that Lena was back. With the repeated concern expressed over the baby I was thinking it was either Vaughn behind the glass or Irina. Now, while it didn't make a lot of sense for Vaughn to be after information he already knew, the fact was that had MV back. Last I heard they were supposedly still trying to convince Lena to return for the finale. So kudos to the show for getting her mid season and keeping it a surprise.

I know there are people who never cared for Michael Vartan on the show, though I think most have to admit Vaughn's relationship with Syd was pivital, especially in the early seasons. And MV's acting tonight, considering the circumstances, I think may have been some of the best work of his career. The moment in the prison when she puts his hand on her stomach to feel the baby kick and that smile spreads across his face? Well, I may have gotten a little choked up.

And while I thought the scenes with the doctor and his regression techniques ranged from silly at best to stupid at worst, I think the show did a really excellent job of revisiting key moments from Syd and Vaughn's past and 'reimagining' them.

Vaughn mentioned at least twice how he and Syd always find each other. Vaughn is sooooo alive.

Also contributing to this episode being decent - the craptacular substitute they hired for JG was no where in sight.

How much is Balthazar being paid to play errand boy? And Ron Rifkin gets to beg for help just before being hung up on and then goes off to wallow apparently. Or maybe Sloane went to join Sark in looking for their balls. Way to destroy your villians JJ.

The return of the cliffhanger! A pretty good one too. I have no clue how she's getting off that ship. Unless it's heading for the Bermuda Triangle. ;p
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Everytime you say a bad thing about my dear Rachel Nichols I cry I tell you. Cry.
While my intention is certainly not to stomp on people's feelings, I just can't stand her as an actress. For all I know she probably is very nice person. Besides I know how you feel every time MV gets slammed. I still love him. :)
I am no Vartan hater either! I love Alias, I haven't abandoned my show at all!! I am still crying out that this is the best season since S1!!! I love Rachel Nichols, I thought she was amazing on the Inside and I love her on Alias, and I know you don't mean to hurt my feelings and trust me you aren't the only one slamming her it just makes me sad to see it up in a journal is all.
If it makes you feel better I did like Rachel's line to Sark last week, "And remember, you're the one who wanted to cuddle." :)
Vaughn mentioned at least twice how he and Syd always find each other. Vaughn is sooooo alive.

I know! *squee* Hey, maybe Irina's being nice for once and the boat is actually headed for wherever Vaughn is. heh. Yeah right.
maybe Irina's being nice for once and the boat is actually headed for wherever Vaughn is.</i>

Hee. Actually, when Syd was running around the ship trying to open doors I was expecting her to open one and see an unconscious Vaughn lying in a bed or some sort of chamber and that to be the cliffhanger. But I know they had to hurry up and film this ep before MV headed to a movie shoot in Australia so he won't be available agein until February.
Damnit if this episode didn't get to me too. MV was great. JG was great. It felt like I was actually watching Alias. Who would have thunk it?

And although, I did gather that Syd's captor was Irina early on, it was still a great twist that Irina is back and no one knew ahead of time. Plus, the lab being on boat at sea was surprising and interesting.

The moment in the prison when she puts his hand on her stomach to feel the baby kick and that smile spreads across his face

Yeah, I knew I wasn't the only one who got weak kneed at that. ;)

I hope the remainder of the series lives up to the promise of this episode. It would be nice to see the show go out on a high note.
I think this episode proved Michael Vartan needs to smile more often. Let's put the man in more comedies.

I also hope that this ep signals an upswing creatively and emotionally for the show and that it can go out on a high note. Given that Michael and Lena both agreed to come back this early (and we saw Sark last week) it would seem that they can round up everyone for the finale and bring closure to all the divergent storylines.
Aw man, I missed an episode that didn't contain Rachel Fucking Nichols? And did contain Irina? Rats. Between my complete and utter apathy and not being able to keep track of the schedule changes (I think the two might be related), I missed Sark last week too.
If I make it to Seattle, I'll bring the tape with me. ;) The ep had it's flaws, but I was surprised to find myself enjoying it as much as I did. Maybe the finale won't suck.
i finally got to see it tonight (after a hellish 7 hour marathon of putting together a last minute history project for my kid). so the evening has ended on a high note.

i loved the ep and was reminded what alias does well--though since i've been rewatching seasons 1 and 2, the reminding hasn;t had to travel very far. i hope vaughn is alive, though honestly with the way they've screwed up this season imo, i don't have a lot of trust. there is, however, hope.

waiting for --what, january? or wil they make us wait longer?

well, i am waiting for january. the 6th. and the return of bsg. and then there's the dr. who xmas special, whenever the hell that'll be on....