Alias: Season 4, Episode 2

Authorized Personnel Only: Part 2 (5 Jan. 2005)

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Sydney unwillingly teams up with her father to hunt down a modern-day samurai, named Kazu Tamazaki. Meanwhile, Nadia is back home in Argentina and refuses to go back into the spy business. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Lead CIA Agent (as J.R. Reed)
Clive Pearson ...
Guard #1


Sydney unwillingly teams up with her father to hunt down a modern-day samurai, named Kazu Tamazaki. Meanwhile, Nadia is back home in Argentina and refuses to go back into the spy business. But she is forced to when Sydney's life is jeopardized when she's taken captive by the brutal Tamazaki. Sydney finds out the reason behind Jack's misdeed and Nadia makes an unsettling promise to Sydney to find out who murdered Irina. Written by Anonymous

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When Marshall Flinkman is providing Sydney with background on the mysterious international terrorist Vadik, Marshall refers to two major crimes attributed to Vadik. The first is a major bombing in Pakistan; the second is the assassination of the Premier of "Kafiristan". Pakistan is, of course, a real country. "Kafiristan," however, is a fictitious place - but not one invented for Alias. It's an homage to both Rudyard Kipling and John Huston. "Kafiristan" was the fictional Himalayan country to which Kipling and Houston's heroes Peachy and Carney ventured off to become Kings of, in The Man Who Would Be King (1975). See more »


Jack Bristow rescues Sydney from outside the museum in a MkII Ford Granada police patrol car; a vehicle which hasn't been in use by the British police since 1981. See more »


Marshall Flinkman: Syd...Sloane is here.
Sydney Bristow: We know.
Marshall Flinkman: OK.
[hugs Sydney]
Marshall Flinkman: We're back.
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References The Man Who Would Be King (1975) See more »


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Best season premiere since the pilot of the show
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Sydney officially "quits" the CIA and joins a new top-secret black-ops division of the agency looking for a fresh start....which she is not going to get, as her new team members are all familiar figures from her CIA days: Jack, Vaughn, Dixon, and a little later, Marshall. And Sloane is also invited to the reunion party - actually, he is the host of the party: he has been assigned to lead the group! This new and improved SD-6 is called APO, aka Authorized Personnel Only. And they get their first mission right away: stop a Russian nuclear scientist from selling a highly dangerous chemical, and capture the intended buyer, who turns out to be a wanted terrorist and part-time hit-man (well played by Rick Yune). Much like the Pilot, and unlike the other two season premieres, "Authorized Personnel Only" is a two-parter that begins with a strange flashforward instead of picking up exactly from where the previous season had left off. And also like the Pilot, it almost feels like a movie thanks to its extended length. Although this is the 4th season, the series creators keep coming up with new ideas (a fight on a speeding train and another one in a butcher warehouse) and settings (the APO headquarters, which are much lighter in color than those of CIA and SD-6). This is a gripping season opener that both sets up the season and tells a new tale. Some random observations: 1) Mia Maestro added to the main cast = Yeah! 2) David Anders removed from the main cast = Boo!, but at least we are informed that he is still in CIA custody, 3) Sydney's new code name - Phoenix - is much cooler than her old one - Mountaineer, 4) Marshall continues to be comedy gold, 5) Whatever happened to the Covenant? Or to The Sphere Of Life? Sloane just surrendered it to the US government? We'll see. I also have to admit that the fact that the man APO is hunting also happens to be the man who had been hired to kill Sydney is a preposterous coincidence, but we've learned to live with those in "Alias". *** out of 4.

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