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At Last, Drama!



Tonights episode had my attention from beginning to end. HEre are some of the highlights for me:

The fact that they were able to tie together a Hell of a lot of loose ends. All the stuff with Sloane, Rambaldi, 'Peace', and his agency? It actually made sense to me.

For a moment I thought maybe Sloane really was going to die. I should have known Jack had a Plan B going. During their earlier sit down I found it odd that Jack was threatening to make Slaone's daughter as misearble as Sloane had made Jack's. Yes, Jack has a dark streak, but I don't see him getting revenge on *his* daughter's sister. Nice way to torture Slaone though on the way to his death. ;)

I really enjoyed seeing Stark get his ass kicked by David Carridine. :) You have much to learn yet my young padawan. (I use the Star Wars refernece because I'm sure I'm not the only one who envisioned Yoda's parting words to Luke in Jedi as DC died in Syd's arms. Not to mention chasing down the truck on horseback was sooo Raiders. :p)

Michael Vartan really had some good material tonight. The boy is definitely going to be messed up after all this (and I just don't mean physically. BTW, the torture scene next week? Another movie rip-off - Lethal Weapon).

While it was hard for my shipper heart to watch the Vaughn/Lauren interaction, I think dramatically it was great. Granted, she's his wife, but I've always felt the show has soft peddled what an agent may have to do in the line of duty.

Dixon didn't have a lot of screen time, but, wow, praying for the soul of the man who murdered your wife? I don't know many people who would have that kind of dignity and forgiveness.

Jack cracked me up when he turned to Marshall to inform him that his important role in the plan was - to act 'normal'. :)

If I had one complaint and it's a tiny one - more Weiss. All and all I have high hopes for the rest of the season.
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While it was hard for my shipper heart to watch the Vaughn/Lauren interaction, I think dramatically it was great. Granted, she's his wife, but I've always felt the show has soft peddled what an agent may have to do in the line of duty.

Dude, I know! Poor Syd. At the same time - in a real-world Alias situation, she probably would've had to do as much or worse over her own comm during field missions, so yes.
So, is it wrong of me to wonder just who Vaughn was thinking about when he had to rise to the occasion and take one for his country? ;)
Hee. I wondered the exact same thing. Poor boy didn't look like he was much into it (in fact, he looked positively nauseous.) I do feel sorry for him - on the one hand, it's a "you made your bed, now lie in it" thing, but on the other, he didn't know it was evil when he made it. But he *did* know that he wasn't happy with it after Syd came back, and he should have called it quits much sooner, so I suppose there's that, too.

I think the heart of what's going on with Vaughn is the little bit where he says to Syd, "All I wanted was a normal life." Whatever he feels for Syd at this point (I'm pretty sure he still loves her), he's never been willing to overthrow the fiction of normalcy for her sake. It's interesting, because I think he's in a position where an overwhelming desire to do the right thing all the time is the thing that's screwing him over. His moral ground comes off looking exceedingly marshy because he won't let himself be the bad guy long enough to escape it.

"Boy scout" - could there be a more perfect call sign for Vaughn?

Also, I LOVE your icon. Shallow and happy, shallow and happy! (The song is one of my favorites, too.)

You know, there's something terribly wrong with me. I am *not* a romantic in the slightest. None of the fairytale princess thing for me. I don't enjoy romances as such, and I really don't believe in true love. So why do I always have to ship? Why does my brain do this to me?

You're right - there should be a support group. :-)
I agree, he didn't know he was marrying someone who was going to betray him and the country. Jack has proved that it's just not something you can see going into a relationship. And, perhaps, he even went into the relationship more blindly than he would have because he so desperately wanted the normalcy of the situation. Syd's 'death' seemed send him running to safety.

Like, you said, Boy Scout can not be a more perfect call sign. Vaughn, for better *and* worse seems to have a strict moral code that he lives by. While it may serve him well within the agency, it screws him and those around him over in his personal life. That brings me to this point you made:

But he *did* know that he wasn't happy with it after Syd came back, and he should have called it quits much sooner, so I suppose there's that, too.

And I think that's why Syd didn't (and rightfully so) offer a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. They both knew he wasn't happy, he had made overtures to Syd, yet he kept sticking it out with Lauren. He had plenty of chances to avoid the mess he's in now and be happy...er at least.

I am *not* a romantic in the slightest. None of the fairytale princess thing for me. I don't enjoy romances as such, and I really don't believe in true love. So why do I always have to ship? Why does my brain do this to me?

I don't consider myself as a romantic as such either. The hearts and flowers crap generally makes me want to heave. ;)Yet, give me a messy, unconventional, angst filled 'romance' and I'm all on board the ship. Scully/Mulder, John/Aeryn, Spike/Buffy, Vaughn/Syd...have all put me through the ringer at various times. I think the question should really be, why are we masichists???

I liked a good bit of this episode, but one thing bothered me the whole way through--how on earth did Irina have a child and Jack not know about it???

I hope you don't consider this spoilerish, but I read that the sister is supposed to be about 24/25. Irina left when Sydney was 5 I believe, so I'm assuming Irina was pregnent when she faked her death ann that's why Jack or Sloane never knew until recently.

Why did Sloane tell the shrink that Syd could be his daughter if her knew she definitely wasn't? And his crying was a bit too over the top for me. I knew they wouldn't kill him off...

I'll have to go back and watch that scene again, but given that we now know he really has a daughter, maybe it was his way of saying that he hopes his child is like Sydney. That he wanted to envision Sydney was his because he could only hope his biological child turned out so well?

Granted, he only found out about kis kid two years ago. It's also possible he insinuated Syd was his believeing the doctor would report the info to the CIA, knowing they, and specifically Jack, would get involved to learn the truth thus helping him find her.

Syd's face when she heard what was happening with Vaughn and Lauren--oh, I hurt for her so much.

Me too. I give her credit though for being as tough as she was. No running off to the ladies room to cry about it. :)


The age isn't a spoiler is it? Didn't they say it in the episode?

Or did I pick it up elsewhere and just unintentionally spoiled other people? Because if so - crap!
Maybe the age thing isn't a spoiler. It's one of those things I've known about for awhile so if they did mention it on the show I probably just ignored it.
Well, as you know I could care less about S/V and have in fact grown quite hostile to it over the course of the season (that much angst in a couple I'm not invested in is just like a retread of Buffy season 3, only I have to wait at least a week for the next episode instead of being able to get my fix immediately, which means more time for hostility to brew ; ), but even I felt bad for Syd having to listen to that. Vaughn too, for having to do it, but not so much since he was foolish enough to marry her.

Jack rules supreme yet another week!
Great review, sugar! Mine was much more wordless and GUHHHHH than this. In fact, I was distracted the entire episode because I was so worried that Sloane was going to die.

I love Weiss. He needs to get laid. I'd do him. I wonder where we could volunteer?
Sometimes I'm amazed I can come up with much of anything to say. Much of the time I just think - Vaughn, pretty. :)