Alias: Season 2, Episode 20

Countdown (27 Apr. 2003)

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As Dixon struggles with the death of his wife, He refuses to take time off from work until Sloane is brought to justice. But Sydney worries that Dixon's repressed rage could cause more harm that anything Sloane could do.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Tippin (credit only)
Allison Doren (credit only)
Irina Derevko (credit only)
Emilio Vargas


Dixon struggles to deal with the death of his wife but returns to work after only four days, hellbent on tracking down Arvin Sloane. Vaughn questions his ability to cope in the field, but Dixon insists on doing his job, leading Vaughn to consider Dixon a liability and danger to Sydney in the field. The CIA deciphers a page in the Rambaldi book that contains a doomsday prediction for three days time, which starts that Agency on a desperate hunt to track down a Rambaldi device before it has the chance to fulfill the prophecy. Written by Shiro

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Jack Bristow: I've worked with Agent Dixon for nearly a dozen years. You've worked with him for little over a month. If he feels ready to be in the field, I'm going to accord him that respect.
Michael Vaughn: But given his state of mind, do you really think he's the right person to make that decision?
Jack Bristow: Yes.
Michael Vaughn: Jack, he just lost his wife. I mean, with all due respect, why are you fighting with me on this?
Jack Bristow: I'm not required to justify my decisions to you, Agent Vaughn. However, I recruited Agent Dixon into SD-6. I'm the man who ...
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Great acting, disappointing ending
15 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Despite his almost unbearable grief, Dixon insists that he wants to remain on active duty, however his single-minded determination to make Sloane pay for killing his wife, combined with his unprescripted drug use, make him somewhat of a loose cannon. Meanwhile, the CIA decrypts a page from a Rambaldi document that has so far accurately predicted worldwide apocalyptic events like the beginning of WWI and the Hiroshima bomb....and the next date set on that page is only a few hours away. The key to all this may be the mechanical heart of a Panama citizen with a specific DNA profile, but when Sydney and Dixon go to meet him he has already been killed and his heart has been stolen from his body. The acting is one of the areas where this series has excelled from the beginning (there is not even one weak actor in the cast), but here it is particularly powerful from Carl Lumbly as a desperate, violent Dixon. Sloane is not in a much better mood, either, as he goes to Nepal to find the man who, 30 years earlier, sent him on his Rambaldi quest. But in the midst of all the tragedy, some relief is provided by the nerdy flirting between Marshall and an NSA tech expert, played by the quite adorable Amanda Foreman - these two are a match made in heaven. This episode was made around the period when Jennifer Garner was also doing "Daredevil", and you can see her comfort with double swords in one action sequence; cult guest stars Danny Trejo and David Carradine are also welcome. The only problem with this episode is the ending: it seems to imply that either Rambaldi's prophecy was wrong (don't think so), or that the big disaster he predicted was the mere event of Sloane finally reading one of his documents. Sorry, I don't care what was ON that document, when you promise an apocalyptic event, you have to deliver it on time. *** out of 4.

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