Alias: Season 3, Episode 9

Conscious (30 Nov. 2003)

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After making a shocking discovery of a severed human hand in the desert that belonged to Lazarey, the Russian diplomat she murdered while working as a brainwashed assassin for the Covenant,... See full summary »



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After making a shocking discovery of a severed human hand in the desert that belonged to Lazarey, the Russian diplomat she murdered while working as a brainwashed assassin for the Covenant, and who may in fact be alive, Sydney agrees to submit to an experimental procedure conducted by an eccentric doctor, named Dr. Brezzel, designed to retrieve her lost memories. But while Jack and Vaughn look on, Sydney's mind proves surprisingly resistant to letting her remember her missing time... and the process of recovering it could end up killing her. Meanwhile, Lauren makes a great sacrifice of allowing herself to get tortured and beaten up in order to make her alibi believable to Lindsey after helping breaking Sydney out of NSC custody. Also Sloane finds himself boxed in by an unlikely enemy, that of Mr. Lindsey, who wants to see Sydney Bristow eliminated permanently. Written by Anonymous

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The best episode of "Alias"?
5 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Right up there with the best, anyway. Certainly the most unusual, surreal and visually imaginative up to this point. Let me draw a parallel for "Lost" fans: what "Flashes Before Your Eyes" was for that show, "Conscious" is for this one - a break from the usual formula, something new. Sydney agrees to try an experimental, non-invasive memory-retrieval procedure, while Jack, Vaughn, Lauren and Sloane devise a plan to make it look as if the Covenant was responsible for breaking her out of the NSC facility. There is an extended dream/memory ("it's a shared reservoir") sequence in the middle which may actually be the best 10 minutes of the series so far, at least in terms of direction. But there are other strong scenes as well, particularly Lindsey's confrontations with Dixon (whose words are like holding a mirror in front of Lindsey's face, exposing him for the @$$hole he is) and Sloane. David Cronenberg's wonderfully eccentric scientist takes over the crown from Ethan Hawke's double(d) agent as the best guest star to appear on the show so far, while the dazzlingly gorgeous redhead Erica Leerhsen is adorably flaky as his sweet, possibly stoned (!) student. ***1/2 out of 4.

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