After she manages to escape a certain death at SD-6 and still manages to maintain her cover as double agent, Sydney is sent on a private island to find new identity of Ineni Hassan, an ex ... See full summary »

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After she manages to escape a certain death at SD-6 and still manages to maintain her cover as double agent, Sydney is sent on a private island to find new identity of Ineni Hassan, an ex weapon smuggler and previous head of weapons resources of SD-6. Things go south for Sydney after she discovers that Jack got into trouble on a mission in Cuba and in meantime, Will Tippin now focused his investigation on SD-6 whose name he heard for the first time thanks to bug from Eloise Kurtz. Written by evamatijevic

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This episode was nominated for the 2002 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award for "Best Character Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)". See more »

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In a scene in Havana, a 1953 Chevrolet Bel-Air taxi is seen. Cars that old are not used as taxis in Cuba, all taxis are modern Russian, Korean, and Japanese cars. See more »

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[after Vaughn confronts him about Russek's transmission]
Jack Bristow: Whoever the hell you think you are : checking up on me, pulling my file, second-guessing my choices, let's just both face the facts: you are not that person. Neither your experience nor your intelligence has earned you the right to question the thing that I do. So I'm gonna make two suggestions. One: that you stop it and two: that the next time they assigned you to be my handler, you kindly decline.
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They are jumping around the truth like a rabbits
23 June 2016 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

They really don't want me to give them ten stars again, do they? Not a bad episode, but a painfully average. If it got a bad grade at least I would have some things to rant on. This way I am left with almost nothing.

As usual, episode starts where the previous one ended: with a goddamn cliffhanger. Sydney is captured, in chains and about to get tortured by SD-6. Scary, huh? Well, not really, because we know they would never go fully "Game of Thrones" on Sydney (even tho, SPOILER ALERT, they will kill off some very lovely characters as time passes. It comes with time, I guess). Things get worse for her when Russek is brought to her cell with an excuse that he will be killed for her crimes. But Alias has already shown a tendency to quickly resolve cliffhangers and move on to the next part of the story so as usual, Jack's actions in the episode left me speechless. Papa Jack had things under control and he is the one true guardian angel to Sydney. Not Vaughn and his poor flirting skills. Anyway, a little bit later, Sydney admitted that she knew Russek was lying because of his mad blinking and that, ladies and gentleman, left me wondering how the hell did he manage to become such high-ranking officer in SD-6 with such poor lying skills?!

Two-three scenes later and Syd is already on another assignment. She is searching for old-foe Hassan who now has a new name, new face and apparently not the same memory because he failed to recognize Sydney even tho she practically bumped into him. But they probably did it so they could put Jennifer in some less expensive outfit. When you compare it to the newest shows you realise that it actually took them long enough. She found out who he is, but only told CIA which was a stupid move considering that she almost got killed by SD-6 for treachery. But again, maybe she didn't want to look like she is trying too hard. So many reasons and secrets and doings in this thing, I just don't know what to think.

However, probably the best villain in the world (that's you Sloane) somehow found Hassan and papa Jack is now on a mission to kill him. It seems like he is having everything under control (more or less, depends on how you see things) but Sydney gets captured and we have (now) very famous thing called : the third party ruined everything. Seriously Syd? He has been a triple spy for god-know how long and you think you can help him? Lovely. I guess this was pretty dramatic back in 2001 (this was a last episode of the year and fall (maybe?) finale). But we now know better. After he got order to kill her, Jack was blinking so in the next episode we will see what was that all about. But given how quickly this week's cliffhanger got resolved, how much did Alias really expect us to worry about their fate in this situation?

Oh, and Will's storyline is boring again. He heard something about SD-6 and now he is detective on his own. I mean, kid, you got enough for your story. Publish it and let someone else do that. Maybe someone who actually do that for living? And of course he will listen to that guy's advice about not investigating SD-6. That's as possible as him never seeing that poor assistant of his.

The most memorable moment of the episode has to go to Sloane's insane monologue halfway through the episode. I loved it. That monologue both humanizes and complicates Sloane in wonderful ways. He is as good character as he is the bad guy in this. No wonder his birthday is on the 31st October. And the second best moment? Definitely that conversation between Vaughn and Jack. Lying to Jack took courage and bravo on that. But Jack definitely won. I had a feeling like he told him that even tho he didn't like Danny, he despises him.

Spirit worked out because it showed us some of their old ways as new ones. We knew none of its characters were perfect, but now they got a little bit deeper in the subject. We knew Sydney could fight, but pushing guy through the fake wall in bikini was pretty badass. Keep episodes like this coming.


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