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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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 »

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Lauren Reed: Under authority of the National Security Council, Robert Lindsay has instructed me to relieve you of duty as director of this task force until he arrives to assume control.
Marcus Dixon: On what grounds?
Lauren Reed: Obstruction of justice. Willingly conspiring to impede an international investigation into the murder of Andrian Lazarey.
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Above (the high) average episode
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I am now one third of the way into Season 3 of "Alias" and I am happy to report that, so far, the rumors of this season being a comedown from the previous two can be dismissed as false: it's generally on the same level, perhaps even better than early Season 1, which had a little too much "downtime" with Sydney's "normal" life. There is very little normal about her life now. She can't even find peace in her sleep anymore, as the striking (and strikingly gory) opening dream sequence demonstrates. This episode is divided into two parts: the first deals with Sloane's first mission as a double agent, accompanied by Sydney, and the second deals with Lauren's investigation into the Russian diplomat's murder and Jack's "moral compromises" in his desperate attempts to hide the truth. Also notable is Sydney's fight scene with two Chinese security guards, which is easily the best of the season so far. My only reservation is that Sydney's face is covered by a mask during the fight, which makes me wonder how much of it was done by her and how much by her stunt double. Because, to be honest, the fight is SO good that I think only professional stunt-persons could pull it off. *** out of 4.


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