The Road Home
After seeing the preview for this one, I went in with very low expectations. Good thing as this episode was pretty disappointing on a lot of fronts. Which is even more disappointing given that the teaser and the set-up for the episode looked pretty intriguing.
Syd is sent after a new weapon that can lock onto a person's DNA in order to kill them. She is sent to Austria to steal the weapon. While there, she meets Sam at a bar--an innocent bar tender at the club the evil bad guys of the week own. Syd steals his key card, flirts a bit with him and then gets him in over his head. So, the storyline then becomes their wacky adventure as Syd tries to stay one step ahead of the evil bad guys, keep Sam alive and save the world as we know it. I have to say they really dropped the ball on this one because there were some good ideas here. For example, the APO contact in Austria betrays Syd and company to the bad guys, and then Syd is forced to go it alone. Wait a minute--wasn't she in contact with the CIA and Dixon? Wasn't Dixon out in the field with her or did I miss that part? And just how did Syd know who to give the weapon to once she found it and disarmed it? Shouldn't she have brought it back to APO headquarters since she knows the office in Austria is comprimised? But, you know, the most important part is that Sam got to have some wacky fun and can now go back to his old life--so that's all that really matters. Wait a minute--did Sam even find out her name? The scene where Sam is asking why he should trust Syd should've had a line that he doesn't even know her name for heaven's sake!
Meanwhile, Vaughn goes off in search of his dad. Is his father really alive? Apparently, if he is, he's been to the same school that Jack went to--which is betray your associates and lie to your family about it. Seriously--is there a university out there teaching this course? Honestly, these scenes felt thrown in to give Vaughn something to do other than sit around and pine for Sydney. I hope this plotline is actually going somewhere. Because so far, color me unimpressed by it.
The only interesting plot was Jack being sent to find and kill Sasha Korjev. Jack travels to South America to find an old friend, who is a bad guy, but he was Jack's friend and he's got a wife and kid on the way. All of which means nothing to Jack as he kills him and then leaves the country. Of course, what did we really learn about Jack here--that he's a bastard? Thanks, I think we already knew that back in, say, season one.
Just an all around sub-par Alias
posted by Michael Hickerson at 3/17/2005 08:31:00 AM