Alias: Season 4, Episode 21

Search and Rescue (18 May 2005)

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Rambaldi's catastrophic endgame begins to fall into place as a giant red ball version of the Circumference/Mueller device is found floating over a large city in Russia, driving the citizens... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Arvin Sloane (credit only)
Marcus Dixon (credit only)
US Marshal


Rambaldi's catastrophic endgame begins to fall into place as a giant red ball version of the Circumference/Mueller device is found floating over a large city in Russia, driving the citizens mad with violence. After a wounded Dixon reveals that Irina is alive, Sydney, Nadia, and Jack set off to find her. It turns out that Irina had been captured, and then duplicated using Project Helix, in order to give the impression that she was dead. Sydney and Nadia discover Irina being held inside a camp in Tikal, safely in the clutches of Elena's private army. Irina had apparently been working to counter Elena's organization, the Covenant, and actually PREVENT the Rambaldi endgame. Irina is taken to APO and tells them of a page she destroyed, a page that was key to Rambaldi's endgame. Under torture, she finally broke and recreated it for Elena. After a short respite, Sydney, Vaughn, Jack, Nadia, and Irina board a plane parachute down, towards Elena, Sloane, the Circumference....and destiny. Written by Anonymous

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The only episode of the entire series not to feature Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane. See more »


At the end of this episode several characters skydive from a plane. Shortly before they jump, we see a close-up of Vaughn. He puts on his helmet, lowers the face mask, but does not attach the chinstrap before jumping. Any trained skydiver would know better than to leave the helmet unattached, as it could fly off very easily in midair. See more »


Irina: I've seen you all my life. In my mind.
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Alas Not Alias !

Yes, (Jack) and (Arena) looked pretty elegant at the start, but the storyline of him killing her to discover that he murdered her double was all ridiculously fabricated, and I've never believed it ! And eagerly, why the happy smile upon her face while she was dead under the water ???, like the double says "How stupid Jack was ..He killed me thinking that he killed the real Arena HA HA HAA, he's so mistaken as I'm so dead HA HA HAA" (!)

Yes, the cliffhanger of this episode was too cool with true fine music (which will be the closing credits' theme at the next season), however the whole story about Rambaldi's sphere and how it makes people hate each others !, moreover the Hocus Pocus about the water !, then the Zombies ! That was too far and absurd even by the standards of Alias itself !!, not to mention how the Rambaldi's sphere will have totally different using at season 5 ! They manipulated and hackneyed the Rambaldi's everything to the utmost while they never put a final limits or certain concept to it ever, and you know what : IT SHOWS !

Yes, the Action looked nice as usual, but the scene where (Arena) meets her daughter (Nadia) was quite laughable, like the writers told (Lena Olean) : "Hey, this is your long lost daughter, we made her up while you were out of the series, well..we have no time to write anything, so anyway hug her passionately yet briefly, to wrap it up quick today" !??. Really that scene was weak to idiotic extent. And to anyone complains : how (Arena) noticed SUDDENLY that this girl is her daughter, putting in mind that she met her earlier, and recognized nothing ?!!

Yes, Auntie (Elena Derevko) is so bad, but I supposed that the big evil behind all the crimes must have been someone more convincing. I can bet that the team of writers didn't know who's to make as the mastermind till the very end of the season. Wicked P.S : (Elena Derevko) was going to blow up Russia while she was in the middle of it, in fact, endless "!!!!!!"

Yes, this show had wonderful days, but those ones were the opposite.

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