Alias: Season 2, Episode 11

A Higher Echelon (5 Jan. 2003)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sark (credit only)
Craig Blair


When Sydney learns that Marshall has been kidnapped, she struggles against a heartless Sloane to bring Marshall back whom is being tortured by the same Taiwanese torturer Dr. Lee "Suite and Glasses" to uncover the code for the top secret ECHELON security system whom tries to stall for time. Sydney and Dixon are instead sent to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to recover the hard drive for ECHELON. Meanwhile, Kendall and the rest of the CIA frantically tries to prevent SD-6 from gaining access to ECHELON... and Jack realizes that the only one who can help them is Irina. Written by Anonymous

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The file you can see Marshall working on in captivity is /usr/include/Linux/joystick.h from the Linux kernel. See more »


When Sydney and Dixon are rescuing Marshall, Sydney plugs into the surveillance feed, Dixon links up via his laptop and a sign flashes on Dixon's computer that says "remote modem signal recieved". Received is misspelled. See more »


Irina Derevko: I'll need to send an access code.
F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall: How will we know you're not signaling your operation?
Irina Derevko: You won't.
[Kendall looks at Jack]
F.B.I. Asst. Director Kendall: Do it.
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Protecting ECHELON and saving Marshall
27 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the episode starts Sydney is happily telling Will how they have extracted Marshall from SD-6 whilst, unbeknownst to her, he is in fact being tortured by Cuvee's henchman Dr. Zhang Lee, he tries to resist but soon tells his torturer that he has sent to codes needed to access ECHELON to SD-6 but because of his photographic memory he can recreate the codes for him. It turns out however that the codes sent to SD-6 were incomplete so the race is on to get the completed codes while the CIA rush to find Cuvee's access point so they can shut it forever and thus block both him and SD-6. If that wasn't enough excitement for one episode Ariana Kane is continuing to investigate Jack and Sydney and Dixon must attempt to rescue Marshall.

This was another decent episode with some good action scenes although the best moment came when Marshall told Dr Lee that he had finished his work only to reveal that he had been coding something rather more amusing that was requested! This showed that far from being the slightly bumbling backroom boy he is both brave and has a wicked sense of humour; Kevin Weisman did particularly well in the role here. Jack's story was interesting to and is likely to have consequences at the CIA as Ariana Kane's questions about him killing Agent Haladki were heard by Vaughn... of course he has to convince SD-6 that he isn't betraying them before he can worry about what the CIA might do! Fans of Sloane's evilness should enjoy this one; Ron Rifkin brilliantly portrays the man whose concern for Marshall; who is likely to be tortured to death is minimal to say the least!

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