In the second episode of the fifth season of Alias, wow, this got real sad real fast. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watch Alias.Â
Trigger Warning: For discussion of grief.
This is hard to watch, yâ€™all. And maybe thatâ€™s actually a compliment to the writing. I believe the sadness that I see onscreen, and I believe that this cast of characters is in mourning. How could they not be? Vaughnâ€™s absence is a terrible vacancy on the show, and I cannot get over how strange it all feels. It doesnâ€™t help that three new recurring characters have no popped in the cast, either. Granted, thatâ€™s a difficult thing to deal with regardless, but with the loss of Vaughn, Nadiaâ€™s coma, Arvinâ€™s imprisonment, and Weissâ€™s new job opportunity, season five is practically unrecognizable when compared to past seasons.Â
Itâ€™s a lot to ask the audience to deal with spread over a season, but in just two episodes? Yâ€™all, this is A Lot. Thankfully, because of my Trash love of conspiracy theories, I find myself engaged in this seasonâ€™s arc. Itâ€™s not perfectâ€”again, the show really is doing the most right nowâ€”but yâ€™all, I canâ€™t help it. I NEED TO KNOW. What the fuck is Prophet Five?
There are a few more clues given to us in â€œâ€¦1â€¦,â€ though there are a lot of frustrating red herrings or last-second fake-outs that prevent the audience from truly knowing whatâ€™s going on. Renee only gives us a hint of her history with Vaughn, though I understand why sheâ€™s portrayed as being so reluctant and hesitant to get involved. Despite that Vaughn has spoken of her for years, Sydney is still a stranger to Renee. Weeeelllllll, and thereâ€™s that inconvenient fact that Sydney works for the CIA, and Renee is #8 on the FBIâ€™s Most Wanted list. WHOOPS! I do like the idea of these two working together; Renee seems like such a wild card. (ESPECIALLY BECAUSE SHE STOLE THAT WEIRD BODY, WHAT THE FUCK.)Â
As for Thomas Graceâ€¦ yeah, I donâ€™t have it in me to care for him yet. His introduction doesnâ€™t exactly make it easy for the audience to like him. Heâ€™s a mess, and when we meet him, heâ€™s losing a bar fight. This is the guy who is supposed to replace Vaughn? No one could have done that easily, but this dude comes off as an uninterested jerk. Soâ€¦ not gonna pay him much mind until he becomes more interesting.Â
LOOK, THEREâ€™S JUST SO MUCH ELSE TO OCCUPY MY ATTENTION, OKAY??? And I admit that Iâ€™m most invested in Sydney herself. And her journey in this episode alone is so heavy that it was hard for me to give my emotional energy elsewhere. The tragedy isâ€¦ well, itâ€™s so pervasive. Vaughn isnâ€™t on missions. He doesnâ€™t go with Sydney when she gets her first ultrasound to see her baby. And itâ€™s impossible not to think of him for the majority of this episode because itâ€™s all about Sydney toying with the notion of getting revenge on Curtis, the man who killed Vaughn. WHICH IS A VERY FAIR THING FOR HER TO WANT. I gotta admit, though, that itâ€™s pretty rare for a man to be killed off so a woman can get a revenge arc. Still: Iâ€™d rather have Vaughn back. Iâ€™d rather that Sydney didnâ€™t have to suffer. Like, can the finale just be one 45-minute vacation or something??? Iâ€™m so stressed for Sydney and everything that she is going through!!!
So, I liked â€œâ€¦1â€¦â€ and this whole Nuridium preservation shit is very interesting. Is that what Prophet Five is obsessed with? Keeping people preserved? Do they have a means of healing people who have died? I could see that being something that rich elites would want to viciously hide from the general public. Maybe???
Basically, the main thing I want to impart is that I think thereâ€™s some compelling stuff happening here. I am eager to see where this Prophet Five stuff is going, but Iâ€™m also going to need some things to happen soon because this shit is dire. I donâ€™t know how much more I can take of people leaving, things changing, and Sydney being utterly sad about her predicament. I ONLY WANT THE BEST FOR HER AND EVERYTHING HURTS.
The video for â€œâ€¦1â€¦â€ can be downloaded here for $0.99.
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