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Friday, April 29, 2005
Alias A Clean Conscience
Good to know that Michael McKean is still getting work and not just living off those Laverne and Shirley residuals.

OK, was it just me or when Jack was digging around on his palm with a letter opener and removing whatever it was that McKean's doctor had implanted there, did you think--I bet Jack really doesn't have radiation poisoning, but this implant is somehow slowly poisoning him. And then I started to wonder who was behind this latest way to mess with Jack. My thought was--Jack knows something and McKean goes and encourages Jack to not die without unburdening himself to Sydney about all the secrets he's been keeping all these years. My suspicion meter went off there big time.

And how just wince inducing was it to see Jack pulling off dead skin and digging into his hand with a letter opener?!? I like to think I'm not squeamish but those scenes had me wanting to hit the fast foward on the remote to make them end sooner.

Meanwhile, Syd once again hangs out at the APO office so we can actually send other agents into the field--this time Vaught and Dixon. Thankfully, we get very little screen time with Vaughn and, instead, get some nice time with Dixon. Seeing Dixon meet an old Marine buddy who justified blowing up an embassy and killing 15 as casualties to in the war they are fighting was nice. And then Dixon has to shoot his buddy and appear to kill him in order to do the same thing. Seeing Dixon as conflicted as he was about doing this and then pulling the trigger was nicely done. I do think it was a bit of a cop-out that the guy was only severely wounded and Dixon didn't really kill him. I just think that gives you a too easy "get out of guilt and character development" free card later in the series. Or else it gets the writers out of dealing with that later so we can have more startling revelations.

Like the fact that the Derevko family is evil....pure evil. Now, I admit the little twist at the end where Sophia shows up and turns out to be Elena Derevko was kind of fun. But I find it staggeringly disappointing if all the secret Jack and Slaone conversations this year were about Elena stalking Sydney and Nadia. We built up all year to this?!? Come on...you can do better than that.

Also, how did Nadia know what flight that Sophia would be coming in on? Sophia calls and says, "Hey I'm gonna be in L.A." and Nadia goes, "I'll pick you up at the airport" and then the conversation ends. Yet a scene or two later, Nadia and Syd stroll up to a gate and meet Sophia. Yet, at no point did we find out what flight Sophia was taking. And it's not like LAX is the airport from Wings where you had two airlines coming in and out and so it wasnt' hard to figure out when someone was going to come in. Which brings me to another point--how the heck did they know when go and pick her up? Did they just say--well, we'll get there around 8 and browse gift shops until she comes in?

I know, it's nitpicky..but these are things you can take care of with ONE line of dialogue. I don't think it's too much to ask that we do these things.

I also have to wonder--will Dixon still be undercover next week? Will we see any resolution to the molecule that turns water to sludge plotline? Or will it all be spectacularily dropped next week?

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/29/2005 09:05:00 AM | |
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