In the third episode of the fifth season of Alias, Arvin tracks down a cure, and Sydney has a disturbing interaction with a stranger. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watch Alias.Â
WELL, THIS WAS JUST COMPLETELY DEVASTATING.
Heâ€™s trying, isnâ€™t it? I suppose thatâ€™s all I could ask of the show at this point, though I must admit I still distrust everything he does. Yes, he came through last season, and he didnâ€™t try to escape after things went awry in â€œThe Shed.â€ He is giving the appearance that he wants to make amends for what heâ€™s done, and that includes his pursuit of a possible cure for Nadia. If thereâ€™s anything here that comes across as genuine, itâ€™s his interest in his daughter. I do believe heâ€™d do pretty much anything to find a cure for her condition.Â
Which is why the end result of his attempt is just so tragic, yâ€™all. In the end, Nadia is the one who suffers. At the same time, I canâ€™t blame Alexander for duping Sloane and then threatening to kill him. SLOANE IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF ALEXANDERâ€™S DAUGHTER. Itâ€™s heartbreaking, though, that Nadia exists as collateral damage from all of this. But can I be mad at Alexander for lying? Itâ€™s not like he withheld a cure; there simply isnâ€™t one. He just wanted to torment Sloane with the possibility, to give him hope just to snatch it away. I do need the writers to find a cure for Nadia because I deeply miss her. (Plus, the showâ€™s getting pretty white this season.)
HI, WHAT THE FUCK, HOW DOES THE SAME STORY AS SEASON ONE STILL DESTROY ME SO COMPLETELY? I mentioned in the video for â€œThe Shedâ€ that Alias is cyclical in nature, that many of the conflicts and themes repeat frequently within the narrative. Weâ€™ve had parallels to Sydneyâ€™s dual life before, but this specific one hurts in an entirely different way. That is in part due to Jennifer Garnerâ€™s masterful portrayal of Sydney, who recognizes herself and her old fears in Rachel.Â
Unlike Sydney, though, Rachel is guided through this nightmare by someone who has been through the exact same thing. (Which made me think about who guided Sydney through hersâ€¦ oh gods, it was Vaughn, EVERYTHING HURTS ALL OVER AGAIN.) Thereâ€™s that unreal moment when Sydney pieces together Rachelâ€™s story and recognizes it as her own. You can actually see the exact moment when Sydneyâ€™s heart breaks for this woman, you know? So Sydney offers Rachel something she needed to survive this scenario: kindness. Respect. Sympathy. Her whole demeanor changes, and all the rough edges of Sydneyâ€™s persona are gone. Itâ€™s so important! She has to be this force of stability for Rachel because nothing in Rachelâ€™s life is stable anymore. Itâ€™s all fallen apart.Â
Rachel Nichols plays off of Garnerâ€™s nurturing portrayal by highlighting Gibsonâ€™s shock and terror. Yâ€™all, I know I say this about the show pretty frequently, but this was STRESSFUL. Her heist mission was already terrifying because Gordon Dean was involved, but SURPRISE. Rachel works with Peyton, the ruthless operative who is one of the only few who knew Deanâ€™s true intentions. The presence of the two of them made this downright unbearable, particularly during the sequence where Rachel had to hand-off the credit card drive to Sydney. I KNEW PEYTON SUSPECTED SOMETHING, EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.
Even though Rachel survives this interaction, thereâ€™s some powerful imagery at the end of â€œThe Shed.â€ Much like the world that had been constructed for her by Gordon Dean, The Shed is nothing but rubble. Dean murdered everyone who worked for him in one act because it was better that than risk anyone getting caught. Itâ€™s one of the most brutal acts on the entire show! Thatâ€™s what Rachel has to deal with in the coming episodes: she was disposable to someone who manipulated her by telling her that she was worthy.
Seriously, these opening three episodes were INTENSE, friends. Could this season please give me a break??? Also, I tried, I swear, but I just canâ€™t get into Agent Grace yet. Nothing seems compelling about him! PLEASE BRING BACK NADIA, I MISS HER.
The video for â€œThe Shedâ€ can be downloaded here for $0.99.
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