Alias: Season 2, Episode 11

A Higher Echelon (5 Jan. 2003)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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 »


In captivity, Marshall's computer changes between PC and Mac. See more »


Jack Bristow: Who's leading the team to recover Marshall?
Arvin Sloane: We've changed his access codes. There is nothing that Marshall can tell Cuvee that could possibly hurt us.
Jack Bristow: He will be tortured. Most likely, killed.
Arvin Sloane: Oh yes, I'm sure he will be. I've already contacted SD-4. There'll be a replacement in op tech by morning.
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The CIA is in triple trouble: Cuvee's organization has kidnapped Marshall and they are forcing him to re-create the Echelon program; SD-6 has also acquired the codes that are necessary to hack into the system and will do so in a matter of hours; and Jack Bristow is being thoroughly investigated by the Alliance counter-intelligence officer Ariana Kane, who has ordered the security section to be ready to take him in if she discovers anything wrong. Irina claims that she can help, but she asks for full access to the system, and Kendall has his reservations. One of the least memorable episodes of the series so far, a tad too heavy on the techno-speak, though I have to admit that Sloane's callous indifference for Marshall's predicament makes for some great black comedy! *** out of 4.

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