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Hercules Has Seen ALIAS 3.4!!

Published at: Oct. 19, 2003, 4:58 p.m. CST

Alias 3.4 FAQ

What’s it called?

“A Missing Link.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Monica Breen & Alison Schapker, longtime writer-producers behind “Charmed.”

What does TV Guide say?

“Syd's mission to bust a group before it can swipe a batch of biological weapons puts her in touch with a shady man (Justin Theroux) from her lost past and puts Vaughn's marriage to the test. Meanwhile, Jack decides to expose his daughter's murderous activities to save her career at the CIA. Carrie: Amanda Foreman. Lauren: Melissa George.”

What light does the Justin Theroux character shed on Syd’s missing years?

By the end of the teaser, we learn she was using another name, she had established a career as an assassin, and she was sexually active.

Why does Jack think exposing his daughter’s muderous activities will save her career at the CIA?

He feels she gave Vaughn too big a hint, and needed Dixon’s help.

How is Vaughn’s marriage tested?

Dixon forbids Vaughn from revealing what he knows about Syd to his NSA-employed wife.

What’s Arvin Sloane up to?

We don’t learn any more about what he’s up to, as his two scenes are focused on: a) tormenting Lauren, who’s been assigned to consult with Sloane; b) revealing that the Covenant intends to “genetically tailor a biological weapon for specific targets.”

Any sign of Will Tippen or Alison “Evil Francie” Doren?

Nope.

She who carries the Flinkman seed is back. Does Carrie’s water break this week?

It does not. We do learn that one of the parents is more anxious to learn the fetus' gender than the other.

Isn’t it ironic that a piece of the Rambaldi device, the one that supposedly spit out the word “peace,” had to be removed from some poor guy’s chest late last season?

Ironic!

Do we finally learn the unspoken thing Sloane learned from the David Carradine character?

No.

Do we finally learn what sin Sloane committed 30 years ago that led to his wife’s death?

No.

What were Irina’s last words to Syd last season?

“It’s you in the prophecy, Sydney, not me. Only you can stop him. Good luck, sweetheart. I love you.”

Is that why the woman depicted in Rambaldi’s “utter desolation” warning looks so much more like Syd than Irina?

Maybe.

What was that prophecy again?

“This woman here depicted will possess unseen marks, signs that she will be the one to bring forth my works. Bind them with fury, a burning anger, unless prevented at vulgar cost. This woman will render the greatest power unto utter desolation.”

What’s good?

Some decent revelations. The introduction of Justin Theroux (unrecognizable from his “Mulholland Dr” role), who brings to the table a new villain in which we can take an interest. Syd’s “audition,” showcasing so dramatically her improvisational abilities generally, and with a hotel telephone and a black bikini in particular. Marshall Flinkman and Carrie Bowman.

What’s not so good?

Carl Lumbly, whose role was once central to the series’s tension, has been reduced to, at best, an expository device or, at worst, an office furnishing. Somebody needs to pry Marcus Dixon loose from his generic supervisory role. Also? While it’s encouraging that we’re still seeing Sloane each week, there’s too much unresolved to have him still malingering on the sidelines four weeks in. Hopefully, with November sweeps fewer than two weeks away, his more central role will be revealed in a hurry.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

“You never should have betrayed me,” hisses Syd.

Herc’s rating for “Alias” 3.4?

***

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

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  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:05 p.m. CST

    First?

    by MichaelJackass

    And I don't even watch the fucking thing!

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:05 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Asterios

    Oh yes!

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Charmed?

    by Kegboy

    Yeech.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:09 p.m. CST

    I'll watch this until 24 is back on...

    by Just Plain Steve

    At least they answer (almost) all the questions each season

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I love this show, but I hope it picks up soon...

    by morpheus87

    I'm new by the way...this is my very first post....I thought Alias was great the first two seasons, and the first two episodes of this season were both good (second very good, haven't watched third yet) but I hope it starts having some very good or excellent episodes soon. Has Herc even given three and half or four stars to an episode yet? I hope the ratings for this season are above last year so it won't get cancelled. The contract that Jennifer Garner signed to the 2007-2008 season or whatever means that it won't get cancelled, right? Or I am wrong? Please...enlighten me...

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Herc, must you quote the prophecy EVERY TIME???

    by Antiriad

    Gets a bit tiring thats all...

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 6:01 p.m. CST

    A few things.

    by Johnny Smith

    Morph, just because Garner is signed through 2008 doesn't mean it won't get axed. Farscape was contractually obligated for a fifth season...look what happened there. Oh, and Herc? I WANT A GODDAMN CARNIVALE TALKBACK! Brother Justin is so fucking cool.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Alias ratings

    by Rythefly

    Even though the ratings are not stellar there are other considerations that will keep ALIAS on the air for some time. The first is that it routinely wins Sunday night in the 18-49 demographic, which is what the audience the advertisers want, which is where the money comes in. Also keep in mind that it is currently one of the VERY few shows ABC has that garners any attention from the award shows.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 6:13 p.m. CST

    More ratings stuff

    by majorq007

    A lot of people seem to think that Alias's ratings have fallen, but they're the same that they were most of last year (discounting the super bowl episode). Now, whether that will remain after FOX's Sunday line-up starts in two weeks is up for question, but right now ALIAS demands the second highest ad rates out of all of ABC's shows (following only Monday Night Football, which doesn't last forever). ALIAS isn't going anywhere. Now if only this plot would pick up. And reveal Sloane as evil already! Last week's gleeful conversation with the Triangle made it obvious that he hasn't changed his ways. So just get to the point already.

  • I just hope they have a plan laid out. I'm watching cuz the idea is cool. I don't find her hot, but the story is really good and they can parade her around in skimpy clothes all they want but if they don't start answering questions, I'm going to start watching HBO on Sunday night instead of the Wed. repeat.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Okay, Justin Theroux is unrecognizable from MULHOLLAND DR (it's

    by FrankDrebin

    When he walked through the fire, I walked through the exit.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 8:03 p.m. CST

    "We have a black cast member but he needs to be important and no

    by Big Bad Clone

    Just like the Lt. from NYPD Blue, the Sgt, from L&O, Yaphat Kotto on Homocide and Pres. David Palmer. The Hispanic and Asian people can be the colorful side kicks....Ahh, the celebration of diversity on television. Oops, it's almost time for "Black Monday" on UPN.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Hey, What Happened to the SNL Feedback?...

    by Jervis Tetch

    ...and why?

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 8:36 p.m. CST

    General Comments

    by DanielKurland

    SPOILERS Fact that the person Syd killed was Sark's father seemed to be pretty important information. I liked the episode, having a sexy, horny Syd is always nice. What happened with Vaughn at the end seemed a little extreme, but I guess she didn't have much of a choice, you can be sure Lauren will hate Syd even more because of it. I can understand why people aren't liking this season, a lot of it is about Syd finding her past, I am sure things will only improve though. Too bad no more Lena Olin though.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 10:13 p.m. CST

    We learn that a character familiar to us is behind the Covenant.

    by majorq007

    We did? Did I miss something?

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Character Involved with Covenant

    by DanielKurland

    It's Sark.

  • Oct. 19, 2003, 10:43 p.m. CST

    But we knew that already.

    by majorq007

    From last episode ... and we also knew that the person Syd killed on the videotape (Lazaray) was Sark's dad two episodes ago.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Senator's daughter with an accent

    by MRE

    Why does a US CIA agent, Vaughn's wife,have an Australian accent? She's supposed to be a US Senator's daughter too. What is up with that? I mean boarding school is a possiblity, but in Australia? I'm sure that would have been a campaign issue, I doubt he would have been elected. Unless her father was a famous Australian actor who got elected to the Senate. Even that Frog actor Michael Vartan who was raised in France and the United States can fake a US accent. That was cool seeing Vaughn get stabbed and left for dead.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 2:43 a.m. CST

    This show is still on?

    by Silver Shamrock

    just kidding.. anyway, anyone notice that Sloane is ALWAYS drinking water? The first episode I saw it I thought it looked a little odd since people are rarely shown drinking on that show unless it's a plot point. Since the show is anything but subtle, I'm sure they're going somewhere with it.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 9 a.m. CST

    Herc, you're right about Sloane and Dixon

    by Drath

    Set up, set up, set up. Could we get some pay offs for a change? Despite a kick ass pilot, Alias has had two slow starter seasons now, only this one feels like set up that was set up for half a year. Oh wait, that's because it WAS! Turning Dixon into Basil Exposition is a tragedy. The guy was at a turning point at the end of last season, but now it's like nothing happened to him. I'm sure something big is coming, but I feel cheated because I've been waiting for something big to happen with his character...shit, since the pilot!! I thought we were there last year, but now he might as well be Kendall. Meanwhile Sloane is back to biding his time AGAIN! ARRRRGGHH!!! It's a shame if they aren't getting to the point because there would be no more story left. I look at the disappointed X-Files fans and I cringe. Please, JJ, don't let it happen to us! Besides here *should* be tons left to do with these characters once we know what they're plotting. I mean why sit on Sark's interest in all this for two years? We should have learned who he really is long ago because at this point he just annoys me whenever he shows up. It's like "oh let's see, how can I avoid revealing anything about myself yet a-fucking-gain?" (side note, He's Rambaldi, isn't he?) I liked it better when the show was more than just a neverending game of foreplay. ************** ON the positive side of things, none of my problems with the show can't be fixed. The actors are all excellent in their roles, even when the roles start to underserve their talent. I'm not into the "two year" mystery nearly as much as I was (and AM) interested in the prophecy, Rambaldi, SD6, or Irina, but I guess most of that can't be helped until they save up enough money to get Lena Olin back. I miss the exotic locales of the first season but I don't mind if not spending the money creating them means Irina will return.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 9:14 a.m. CST

    What the hell has happened to this show???

    by kingredrum

    I realize the dramatic tension left in a season ending cliffhanger won't automatically transfer over to the next season..but WTF?? It's been 4 weeks and what was once my favorite show has turned into a snoozefest. I thought West Wing was the show with the new creative team behind the camera because I swear this can't be the same team responsible for turning out the first two seasons. I hate to think that the show only had two stellar years in it and is now going to wheeze it's way through for another season or two. What made this show work wasn't seeing Syd bounce from caper to caper and the getups (although the getups are sweet) It was the tension/distrust between her and her father; the stress of working for Arvin Sloan, a man she hated for killing the love of her life; the anxiety of constantly lying to her friends, Will and Francie; trying to juggle her obligations as a spy and still trying to be a normal college student on the side; it was the blossming hint of romance between she and Vaughn and Will and who would she choose; it was these different elements co-mingled that made Alias something to look forward to and now all of these elements are missing and it's standard spy fare. The show desevers better than this.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Vaughn's wife = The Child-like Empress

    by witchyflickchick

    Okay, is it just me or doesn't Lauren look like the spitting image of The Child-Like Empress from the first NeverEnding Story. I checked IMDB and they're not the same person. Freakish doppelgangers!

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 11:59 a.m. CST

    SPOILERS

    by TheAlanSmithee

    When she stabbed Vaugn, Syd also passed him that tracking device from the lipstick so he can immediately be found and saved. This was the only way out -- another fine example of her improv skills and a pretty nice cliffhanger that, in my opinion, could have been played for even more dramatic effect. How great would it have been if she shot him, like her Mom shot her at the end of season 1 and like she shot her Mom in season 2? I can envision the scene -- her shooting and him flying off the cliff (after she passed the tracking device, of course). The writers here missed a fine dramatic and action-fueled moment. Instead, she stabs Vaugn in the stomach ("hey now we have matching scars!") and the whole audience knows she missed every vital organ. Why the bad guys don't realize this is just dumb. The writers are getting lazy, I will say that. And the fact that there is no Mom and Will and so little Sloan is just mind-boggling. But, hey, Sydney is still smoking and that action scene in the hotel & pool was hot. When she put her bare foot up on the dash of the car, I couldn't help thinking, "I'd eat M&M's from between those pretty little toes if I could." Which is the reason I keep watching. Yummy!

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST

    AHAHAHA

    by Zeldas

    the Child-like Empress! I peed my pants a little with that one! touche! But I can buy that Dixon is in charge, I can buy that Vaughn's wifey has an accent, and I can even buy the fact that the bad guys didn't assume that Syd wouldn't kill Vaughn. But why the hell did he leave the van in the first place??!! There was no reason to. Syd got herself out of the situation ok, but he fucked up the mission! I do not accept however, that Sloane knows so much about the criminal underworld, but runs a fund for starving kids or something! It seems like a lot should change in 2 years, so how would he still keep up with all his old contacts if he is so squeaky clean now? And why isn't the CIA thinking the same thing? This season is pissing me off. Bring back Irina to stir the shit or something.

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Homicide?

    by Mad_Radhu

    I wouldn't exactly hold up Homicide as an example of African-American actors getting a sidelined in American TV. That show very well represented the racial makeup of Baltimore. It started out roughly half and half, and by the end of the series I think there were actually more minority actors than white on the cast. Most other shows are guilty of the sin of marginalizing minority actors, but Homicide was an example of how to balance your cast out so it better represented the racial makeup of the city it is set in. The Shield also does a pretty good job of this as well. Now if only all shows could be as good as these two about giving minorities meaty parts. (SciFi shows set in the future that featur a lot of white bread mactors are the worst offenders, considering that within a few hundred years, almost everyone should have a little color in their heritage).

  • Oct. 20, 2003, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Long Kiss Goodnight

    by Hawley Martins

    Is it just me, or does this show get more like The Long Kiss Goodnight every episode??