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 »


As Sydney and Vaughan begin the car chase, they bump the car in front to get the F-150 out. Immediately following the bump, a gap can be seen above the left side of the front bumper. The gap is not seen in any subsequent footage of the F-150. See more »


Julian Sark: [Sark has Sydney as hostage and Vaughn has Lauren as hostage, but she is with a mask] Put the gun down, Agent Vaughn. Drop the gun.
Michael Vaughn: Not a chance, you drop yours.
Julian Sark: Put the gun down now.
Sydney Bristow: No, Vaughn, don't!
Julian Sark: Drop it. If you love her, you will put the gun down now.
[Lauren looks at Vaughn]
Sydney Bristow: Vaughn, don't!
[Vaughn drops the gun]
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14 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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