Alias: Season 4, Episode 15

Pandora (13 Apr. 2005)

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On his own and desperate to find out more about his supposedly-dead father, Vaughn is pressured into a rogue operation for an unknown organization in exchange for information on the whereabouts of his father. He gains more than he bargained for in the deal. Meanwhile, Nadia is meeting with her aunt, Katya Derevko, in order to learn more about her mother, but Sydney doesn't trust Katya's motives. Written by LustreOne

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Vaughn: [Sydney opens door and sees Vaughn on the other side] Hey...
Sydney Bristow: Hi...
[They embrace she kisses his cheek]
Vaughn: [He takes a deep breath and sighs] He's dead Syd... My Father... He's been dead all along. I think... You know, I've... I've lived with his death for so long that I would've done anything just to see him again. But then I realized that, my father, he would have never left my mom and me, not for anything. The man I knew would have never walked away from the people he loved.
Sydney Bristow: How did you know?
Vaughn: ...
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Blow My Mind !

They made what they're good at. And made it so good as well.

Here we have 3 coherent and smart plots. Firstly, an unseen head of vague evil organization promised (Vaughn) that he could see his living father, but not before couple of dirty operations for that organization's benefit first. Secondly, some facts from (Sydney)'s sly aunt about the one who wanted (Sydney) to believe that her mother tried to murder her ! Thirdly, (Jack)'s deadly illness which was hunted by (Marshall), along with some secrets about hidden agenda between (Jack) and (Sloane)!? So, after good action, thrill, some twists; especially at the last 5 minutes, we discover that the head of the evil organization and the man who tried to kill (Sydney) once is one person, the same good old Lucifer of the whole series : (Sloane) ! However, since the cliffhanger doesn't let the chance to be smartly breathtaking, we witness, in one brief scene, the mastermind of all of this in (Santiago) as a copy of the real (Sloane) ! So you'll find yourself in the eager yet enjoyable condition of (!!!!) aside from (????). And let me tell you; very few shows in history can put you in that condition.

Actually (Alias), with other contemporary shows, built big part of the 2000s TV glory. A glory that couldn't happen unless by the writing's powers and successful formulas. Notice well : Lost, Heroes, 24, The Shield, Prison Break.. They are all connected in themselves, not quite like any show with just detached episodes. In the 2000s, with Alias and its likes, it became necessary in the action shows to make continuous story-lines as well as a cliffhanger for at least every episode as the old melodramatic soap operas' traditions.

(Alias), as a good action, spy thriller, sci-fi, and drama, made everything cool for some time. Though, after a while, the formula became just good spying missions in stand-alone episodes (or what looked like that considerably), and to hell with all the effective drama, continuous lines and great cliffhangers. The main reason, if you read about the show, is that the producers thought that the complicated stories of Alias, in addition to its blow-my-mind twists, fatigue the viewers. Therefore they forced writing stand-alone episodes, particularly in that fourth season. Nevertheless, the writers made a surprisingly superb move (like the old time..) and ended "Pandora" this way to bewitch us with that scary as hell duplicate of Ron Rifkin (is this man Sloane's twin ?, his son ?, his double ? Is he a terrorist copying him ??) well.. we'll know soon, but the thing which we already knew is that this kind of suspenseful finales is what Alias's writers are ingenious at, as one of the most assured things in here which became lately not that assured every time.

P.S : (Izabella Scorupco) made a short yet memorable appearance, to be one of the best guest stars that this show blessed us with. I don't know why this fine actress and charming woman didn't make it to stardom after her wonderful performance in James Bond's (Golden Eye) 10 years earlier ?!!

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