Alias: Season 3, Episode 14

Blowback (7 Mar. 2004)

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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 »


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 »


Eric Weiss: How are you doing?
Michael Vaughn: Fine.
Eric Weiss: Hey, guess what? It's me. Come on, how're you doing?
Michael Vaughn: I'm hanging in there.
Eric Weiss: How's Lauren about it?
Michael Vaughn: She didn't remember.
Eric Weiss: And, you didn't say anything?
Michael Vaughn: No. I mean, she's got a lot on her mind.
Eric Weiss: Yeah, that's probably it.
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This episode employs a gimmick that is simultaneously cool and pointless: after about 20 minutes of straightforward action (with Sydney and Vaughn trying to download data that will pinpoint the location of a next-generation bomb), the story rewinds back to the beginning (for a moment, I thought there was a problem with my DVD!) and tells the same story from a different perspective - Lauren's. Now, if this was the first episode that revealed that Lauren is working for the Covenant, this would be a fantastic twist. But it isn't - we've known the truth about Lauren for three episodes already. Therefore, "her side of the story" may be fun to watch, mostly thanks to Melissa George milking the "bad girl" role for all it's worth (love her disapproving nod at a guard right before she shoots him!) and her chemistry with David Anders' equally twisted Sark, but these scenes don't really reveal anything that the viewer hadn't already known or guessed. There is one car chase, however, that is simply smashing (no pun intended). Meanwhile, Sloane confides his secret to the CIA psychiatrist, and I expected something more definite than a mere possibility. But, like many times before, Ron Rifkin's acting is so good that any moment Sloane is on the screen is a benefit to the show. *** out of 4.

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