Alias: Season 3, Episode 7

Prelude (9 Nov. 2003)

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Jack takes drastic measures to ensure that the NSC never finds out the truth about Sydney's murder of the Russian diplomat Lazarey. But, his actions place a heavy strain on Vaughn's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Sanchez
Minister Woo (as George Kee Cheung)
Team Leader
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Jack takes drastic measures to ensure that the NSC never finds out the truth about Sydney's murder of the Russian diplomat Lazarey. But, his actions place a heavy strain on Vaughn's marriage, as Lauren gets closer and closer to the truth about Sydney. Meanwhile, Sydney agrees to go on a mission with Sloane in order to thwart plans to obtain the operating system to a deadly weapon, and she discovers an unlikely ally in the hunt for her missing two years. Written by Anonymous

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Presumably as an in-joke, Sydney (Jennifer Garner) fights using a pair of sai. This is the weapon of choice of Elektra Natchios, the character that Garner played in Daredevil (2003) (released earlier that same year, 2003). See more »


Jack Bristow: Sloane gave you a key, which he claims was sent to him some time before you woke up in Hong Kong.
Sydney Bristow: Yeah, his claim was pretty convincing: it was written in my handwriting.
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The noose tightens
22 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode starts with a scene which could have been taken straight out of a horror film when Sydney has a particularly bloody dream about the mysterious scar on her abdomen. Her mission of the week is to accompany Sloane to China in order to steal a weapon component for the covenant, a component she will switch of course. On the way back Sloane gives Sydney a key and a coded message, a code he could not break, he tells her that she posted it to him the day she reappeared in Hong Kong. Meanwhile Vaughn is tasked with going with his wife to Mexico where somebody has been arrested and claims to have knowledge of who killed Lazarey... Jack must act quickly if he is to protect his daughter.

This was a pretty exciting episode, it is always fun to see just how far Jack will go to protect Sydney, Victor Garber is great in the role.

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