Alias: Season 3, Episode 14

Blowback (7 Mar. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery
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While trying to retrieve a bomb, Sydney and Vaughn are ambushed by unidentified assailants. Meanwhile, Lauren and Sark continue to solidify their new partnership as the new leaders of the ... See full summary »

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While trying to retrieve a bomb, Sydney and Vaughn are ambushed by unidentified assailants. Meanwhile, Lauren and Sark continue to solidify their new partnership as the new leaders of the Covenant. Sloane divulges a dark secret to CIA therapist Dr. Judy Barnett about his past involving Sydney and Irina Derevko. Also, Marshall shows the strains of new fatherhood. Written by Anonymous

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This episode is told from two different perspectives in the style of Rashomon (1950). The first part is largely from Vaughan's point of view, the second from Lauren Reed's. See more »

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A digital storage facility is described as "being able to accommodate teraflops". Teraflops is a measure of processing power, not storage size ("flops" is an acronym for FLoating-point OPerations per Second). See more »

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Dr. Judy Barnett: It's hard to believe that you threw away something that you would normally consider holy.
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This episode starts with Vaughn in bed with his wife talking about his broken watch, this should be a relatively unimportant scene except for the fact that about twenty minutes into the episode the story returns to this point. The first time round we see Vaughn and Sydney being sent on a mission to retrieve computer data from a server in Vancouver, while there it becomes apparent that there is also a Covenant operative there too who is also trying to steal the data as well as corrupt the data the CIA is downloading. After a car chase through the multi-storey car park the Covenant operative manages to escape. Mitchell manages to decrypt the data and Sydney and Vaughn find themselves on their way to Lisbon to retrieve a 'pulse bomb', here they are ambushed by a team from the Covenant. The story then returns to the beginning and we see the events again, this time from Lauren's perspective. We learn that in both locations Sydney and Vaughn's operations were countered by Lauren and Sark. When the two stories catch up with each other it looks like Lauren is about to be exposed when Vaughn catches her and demands that she removes her mask, luckily for her just as she is about to remove it Sark captures Sydney and tells Vaughm to drop his gun if he really loves her; it was hard to tell if Lauren was relieved or furious when he complied.

This was a pretty exciting episode and I liked the idea of showing the operation from both sides... although like the previous reviewer I feared something was wrong with my DVD when we returned to the bedroom scene. As is often the case when the bad guys are given a large amount of the screen time they steal the show; David Anders is always good as Sark and Melissa George was great as Lauren, I loved how she was so annoyed that her husband still had feelings for Sydney yet at the same time she was sleeping with Sark.


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