Alias: Season 2, Episode 13

Phase One (26 Jan. 2003)

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In this episode, the entire world of 'ALIAS' is turned upside down, beginning with the mysterious disappearance of Sloane that brings Anthony Geiger, the new head of SD-6 into Jack and ... See full summary »

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In this episode, the entire world of 'ALIAS' is turned upside down, beginning with the mysterious disappearance of Sloane that brings Anthony Geiger, the new head of SD-6 into Jack and Sydney's life. As the Bristows struggle to stay one step ahead of having their secret blown wide open by Geiger, Will and Francie make a startling discovery of their own as she prepares to open her new restaurant. After an airborne mission to recover something called a Server 47 dive, Sydney uncovers a crucial weakness, one that could bring down the entire Alliance. But to put her plan into action, she must tell Dixon the truth about everything when Jack is captured, and Dixon has to make the decision to reveal the security code... enabling the CIA to launch a world-wide offensive against all SD cells to bring down the Alliance for good. Written by Anonymous

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Thanks to its Super Bowl lead-in, this was the highest rated episode in the history of "Alias" with a total figure of 17,400,000 viewers. See more »

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Anthony Geiger: Jack, I know you are disloyal. I know your daughter is too. Both your files, there were so many red flags, I thought I was in a Russian airport.
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When Sloane goes missing for five days, the Alliance sends a ex-German Intelligence officer, Anthony Geiger (guest star Rutger Hauer, appropriately creepy), to replace him as the head of SD-6. Geiger immediately starts checking everyone's file, and even hacks into an Alliance server that Sloane had kept secret. When Sydney learns this, she informs the CIA and they send her on a mission to transmit the contents of that server back to their computers. What they discover is enough to finally expose all the SD cells and Alliance partners, and the CIA decides to simultaneously raid all the SD offices and destroy the Alliance once and for all. "Phase One" opens with a bang (the two dominatrix outfits Sydney wears on her mission are among her most famous ever, her fight scene inside the plane against a very skilled opponent is easily her best of this season so far) and closes with a bang (one....no, two....no, wait, THREE major - and I mean major - twists back-to-back), but what really makes it stand out is the big risk J.J.Abrams and co. are taking by "giving the people what they want" (Dixon learns the truth about SD-6, Sydney and Vaughn kiss, etc.) relatively early, and completely changing the entire premise of the show. Just like "Lost" was no longer "plane crash survivors want to leave the island" after "Through The Looking Glass", "Alias" is no longer "double agent Sydney Bristow works undercover to bring down the criminal Alliance" after "Phase One". Where we go from here is anybody's guess. There are those who believe that "Lost" never quite got back on the level of "Through The Looking Glass", though - and I'm one of them.... *** out of 4.


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