Alias: Season 1, Episode 12

The Box: Part 1 (20 Jan. 2002)

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As Sydney goes to SD-6 to meet with Sloane about quitting the agency despite Michael's warning, a former agent comes with a commando in the office and holds everybody's in hostage...except ... See full summary »



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As Sydney goes to SD-6 to meet with Sloane about quitting the agency despite Michael's warning, a former agent comes with a commando in the office and holds everybody's in hostage...except Sydney and Jack who tries to unfold the deadly gang's threat... Written by RealLiveClaude

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The shot of Jack watching Sydney haul up the magnet after the explosion damages the lab and causes the scrambler to drop is repeated from an earlier attempt and shows none of the damage from the explosion. See more »


Jack Bristow: Sloane must have activated the emergency failsafe. There are five hundred pounds of C-4 strategically placed within the substructure of this building. Opening the vault will trigger that C-4. All underground levels will collapse, burying any evidence that the Los Angeles cell of SD-6 ever existed.
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Guest starring Quentin Tarantino
4 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After hearing the revelations about her mother Sydney decides she has had enough of living a double life so tells Vaughn that she is going to go to Sloane and resign from SD-6. Both Vaughn and her father try to persuade her otherwise arguing that trying to resign would be tantamount to suicide. Still trying to talk her out of it Jack and Sydney enter the lift to SD-6; what they don't realise is that SD-6 has been overrun by an armed group and everybody inside has been captured or killed. When the lift stops Jack realises what must have happened so they climb out through the roof before the doors open and reveal them to the attackers. Once out Jack hacks into the building's internal cameras to learn what has happened. He discovers that the gang's leader is a former SD-6 agent called McKenas Cole and he wants something from the vault. While he sets about torturing Sloane for the code Sydney must rush to get a code scrambler from Marshall's office as it is assumed Sloane has set the building's self destruct system to detonate the moment the vault opens!

This opening episode of a two part story set things up nicely; the capture of the SD-6 offices was surprisingly quick but was believable when we learn the group's leader was a former member of SD-6. I liked the fact that it was hard to know who to sympathise with; after all we know that SD-6 is an enemy organisation and Cole has every reason to want revenge after he was captured in Chechnya and disowned by the CIA... presumably up until then he had believed he was working for the CIA in the same way Sydney did. Fans of Quentin Tarantino will love this episode as he guest stars as McKenas Cole; a role that gives him the opportunity to engage in his trademark banter; mostly when threatening Sloane with the contents of 'The Box'. There was plenty of excitement as Jack and Sydney attempted to thwart Cole's plans and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how they will sort everything out.

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