Alias: Season 2, Episode 3

Cipher (13 Oct. 2002)

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Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the ... See full summary »



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Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the first time in almost 20 years in her prison cell to discuss Sydney's well being. Also, Will finally meets Vaughn, and Sloane is haunted by his wife's death when someone begins sending him anonymous letters which have Emily's handwriting on them. Written by Anonymous

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When Sydney is escaping the ducts during the rocket launch, a shot of her just coming out of the ducts reveals the rope that is pulling the cart she is riding on. See more »


Sydney Bristow: Seeing her again, I'm realizing there are these gaps in my memory from around the time she left. Dad... do you remember the Thanksgiving play I was in that year in school? Because I sort of do. I mean, I have an impression of it, but I can't remember... was I a pilgrim or an indian...?
[He stares off]
Sydney Bristow: What?
Jack Bristow: You were neither. You were a turkey. You were the only turkey that was spared to celebrate the harvest.
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18 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the previous episode Sydney acquired a camera for SD-6 but it turns out it was just a prototype; Sark has the fully operational model and he intends to put it on a satellite to search for a Rambaldi artefact known as 'The Music Box'. Both the CIA and SD-6 want the location so Sydney is sent to the launch site in Sri Lanka where she must access the equipment on the rocket just before it launches... to get away without being incinerated she must rely on Marshall's latest gadget: a rocket powered luge! Once the satellite is in orbit the Music Box it located in a Siberian ice cave. Sydney is dispatched there by SD-6 to retrieve the item but they don't realise that she has the activation sequence and plans to use it on site for the CIA and destroy it... of course Sark is on his way there too.

This was a decent episode with some great action scenes; on might have expected the escape from the launch site to be part of a cliff hanger but the scene took part fairly early on. The final scenes were just as tense with Sydney once again looking doomed. I enjoyed the nod to 'Aliens' in the scene where Dixon and his team monitor Sark's men getting closer and closer until they were right upon them without seeing a sign of them till they attack from an unexpected direction. Once again Ron Rifkin put in a great performance as Sloane; showing the character dealing with the loss of his wife as somebody tries to contact him from places he used to go with her. Bradley Cooper also had some nice scenes as he has to relive his capture in order to get him to remember information he might have seen subconsciously at the time.

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