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Sydney's search for her past leads to an imprisoned Sark, but their Q&A is cut short when he becomes the ransom for a pair of abducted CIA scientists by the Covenant, whose kidnappers may be tied to the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Jack contacts an old friend of sorts for info on Sloane's new world-peace project in Switzerland. Also, Vaughn makes a decision about his future as an operative for the CIA. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 2003 (USA)  »

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JJ Abrams is the Janet Yellen of television writing
10 October 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

(this review mainly for film students -- a group which by coincidence includes this lone reviewer) This review written 2015 but I am confident the header will resonate with IMDb members of future generations. My prior reviews have emphasized that, above all, ALIAS was the show on which Abrams honed his craft and acquired the skills that would eventually lead to some of the best product TV has ever seen, such as, for example, FRINGE.

Also, like Whedon in Buffy, Abrams played around with new concepts and new ways of developing arcs. Some of this works, some does not. Much has been copied by other auteurs in the interim.

Abrams rebooted the series going into this season. That sounds trite now (in 2015) but it was a BIG DEAL back then. And over the years this has become a classic Abrams technique to rejuvenate a show.

At its essence this is a P2K4 episode, not much happens, there is very little viewer "kick" and the complex process of launching a new arc has begun.

If you understand the mechanism, the episode is almost predictable. In the last four minutes, Sydney rushes into her bosses office and blurts out that she does not want to go into group therapy, that she is coping with the amnesia as best she can, that she "still loves Vaughn" but that's OK ... and then she realizes that there is another person in the room, a pretty blonde, and she has interrupted a meeting.

She does a double take. This reviewer, finally beginning to understand the inner workings of Abrams' process, mumbled to himself, "well that has got to be Vaughn's wife, the only missing character in the new arc..." And it was. Your reviewer is not boasting, merely showing how even something 'new and different' can become formulaic and predictable.

Overall, FRINGE was the better series. But Abrams honed his skills here. And THAT is worth watching.

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