Alias: Season 4, Episode 7

Detente (16 Feb. 2005)

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While Sydney and Nadia argue about Nadia's acceptance of Sloane's fatherly concerns, Sloane worries about Nadia's well-being when she and Sydney go undercover as wealthy, irresponsible ... See full summary »



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Anatoly Grodsky (as Boris Krutonog)
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While Sydney and Nadia argue about Nadia's acceptance of Sloane's fatherly concerns, Sloane worries about Nadia's well-being when she and Sydney go undercover as wealthy, irresponsible young Hilton-type heiresses to uncover the whereabouts of a deadly chemical from a playboy arms dealer. Written by Anonymous

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Arvin Sloane: Just so we don't have these misunderstandings again, let me be clear to both of you. Questioning my authority, whether it's in this office or in the field; is unacceptable.
Sydney Bristow: Unacceptable... Coming from you that's almost funny
Nadia Santos: Sydney, please.
Sydney Bristow: Do you really want to engage in a conversation about what is and what is not acceptable? Every day I work here, I see your face in briefings; I hear your voice in my ear during missions. And do you want to know what it's like? It makes me sick to my stomach....
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The Secret of Sloane's Smile at The End

This is one episode from the lousy days of Alias and I just mean the days of season 4 when Sydney works under the authority of Mr. Sloane himself ???!!! Well, who's got the sane brain on earth to believe anything like this ?! Putting in mind not only the old great hatred of Sydney for Sloane but also that he was once one of most dangerous deadly men alive and the most wanted mastermind terrorist as for all the world's nations who is now working for world's peace !!!! So you'll find yourself asking powerfully during all that season : what the f*** ?!. Actually there are too many reasons to say that only if you caught yourself thinking while watching, and believe me you will for the sake of the first 2 seasons which had the original greatness.

But anyway, the producers wanted this to be on air with the commercials of the big companies so unfortunately it became the same silly situation of that successful show which lost its own power of logical flow and broke a lot of its fictional world's cornerstones just to be on air for more and more desperate years. And the sadness would be more torturing when that show was a real adorable distinguished one! But HEY, I lived to see 9 seasons of (The X Files) of which at least 3 of them were unnecessary, and it was up and running ordinarily without the main hero of it !!

Here, that formula which they pushed the show by made it like a cross between (Mission Impossible) and (Falcon Crest) ! As the adventures of the intelligence's team continue and the melodramatic relationships pull out all the stops to make the series as sequenced as they wanted. However you can not fight the feeling about those episodes as a separate ones !

So, some of James Bond's tricks with nice plots for every single episode (as the real good thing you'll ever have from those days of Alias), all with the strange part of main old conflicts and the unfinished cases like the big enmity between Sydney and Sloane which we observe at this episode as an answer for the previous must ask question (what the f*** one !) but regrettably it came so weak like the whole script's work of Alias from the beginning of season 3.

Just look at that part which I'm talking about as strange : we have Sloane as a great criminal whom killed Sydney's fiancé, Sydney's friend and Dixon's wife but both of them Sydney and Dixon are working for him as part of the American government (!!) in the same time which they could work for others (but that's not the producer's point of view.. isn't it ?), and for God's sake what kind of intelligence which hired a girl and her father, half sister, boyfriend all together ?!!! Well, I keep telling myself : Don't Think.. or you'll ruin the enjoyment for yourself. They designed it all as not to be taken for serious as good pastime about nothing but pastime. Yet after season 2 it became only foolish pastime about nothing !

Also part of the silliness here comes mainly from that kind of the must succeed-mission in every episode ! Honestly, why they didn't ever fail once ? Just for the fun of it ! To experience that missing anxiety about our beloved characters. There was always that cold wall between us and those very heroes whom became not human. Alias from the very start was the complicated emotional feminine copy of James Bond but she (and all of the rest) turned into Bond's non-bleeding condition. Like a not thrilling video game (Alias became one already which released at that time !).

At (Detente) there are a yacht full of bad guys, a new wicked Sci-Fi devise must be destroyed by the good guys, the old hatred for Sloane, and the assured ride of action, although I just forgot all about it after watching EXCEPT the scene where Sydney talked with the main bad guy about the evils of Sloane as true thing she had suffered from herself; it was good written as well as performed so that old jazzy music all the time in the background as it's in here to confirm the 1960s original (mission impassable)'s feeling or atmosphere.

BUT there was that feeling about all the main plot of the season as crappy, and that stupid cinematography of the action in CLOSE-UPS !!!! (That was a typical Bad TV work !), so I didn't understand the scene where Nadia was talking about her past on the yacht !!!, and the last smile of (Arvin Sloane) which ended the episode after Sydney's confrontation whereas she declared openly her eternal disgust of him yet nonetheless her acceptance to work with him in the same time. However after some thinking I discovered the secret of that brief mysterious smile; Sloane despite everything is glad to have the great Sydney Bristow in his team working under his fatherly control. But on second thought I supposed he was smiling because by this decision there will be more episodes ahead which means more money for him as all the actors, SO more fabrication, fatuity, and balderdash for the poor us !!

P.S: I've written a comment about the whole show entitled (The Start & The Crisis Of One Great Show !). You can find it at the user comments of (Alias)'s first episode or simply by entering my own pages. It's cool to have the ability to comment about every episode but maybe it'll get its own share of effect after years from now.

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