Sydney finds herself face-to-face with her long-lost mother, Irina Derevko, whose intentions for her daughter are made chillingly clear. However, Sydney manages to escape and rejoin Jack ... See full summary »

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Sydney finds herself face-to-face with her long-lost mother, Irina Derevko, whose intentions for her daughter are made chillingly clear. However, Sydney manages to escape and rejoin Jack and Will in their escape from Taiwan. After arriving back in Los Angeles, Sydney continues her search for Vaughn, not knowing if he is dead or alive after being swept away by a wall of water in Taipei. Will's life is forever changed when he learns the truth about SD-6 and Sydney's life as a double agent. Also, Dixon must decide whether or not to inform Sloane of Sydney's suspicious activities. But Jack intervenes and covers for Sydney who later finds Vaughn who helps her try to track down her mother Irina who's searing for a Rimbaldi artifact called 'the Bible.' Written by Anonymous

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The stock footage used as an establishing shot for Capferrat, France (about 20 minutes in) is the background image used during the opening credits for the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. See more »

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Sydney is shot in the shoulder in the opening moments. On a later mission to France, she wears a dress with shoulder straps far too small to conceal the bandages. See more »

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Jack Bristow: [to Sydney] You and I need to assume Dixon's reported you. The best move for us is for me to take full responsibility.
Sydney Bristow: What about Will?
Jack Bristow: [to Will] You're... going to have a hard time.
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A decent, if somewhat exposition heavy, beginning to season two
16 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The final episode of the first series ended with Sydney learning that Khasinau, the man SD-6 had been looking for wasn't 'The Man' after all; he merely worked for 'The Man'... Sydney's mother! How she escaped and later rescued Vaughn is shown in a series of flashbacks. Also dealt with is Dixon's suspicion of Sydney; he goes to Sloane but Jack explains that it was he who gave her the second call sign. After his unpleasant experiences Will's life is going to get harder; his paper published the story he wrote about SD-6 and Jack realises the only way to neutralise the threat to him is to discredit him; to this end he gets Will high on heroin and gets him arrested; will then claims to have been an addict for some time.

This was a good enough opening episode; it provided a fairly extended recap of the events leading up to the episode which was probably good for people watching on TV who hadn't seen Alias for some time but seemed to go on a bit long to me; but then I watched the previous episode yesterday not a few months ago! I thought Dixon's suspicions were wrapped up a bit too quickly but the way Will's problem was solved was better; probably because it wasn't a 'good' solution. Vaughn's rescue did rely on coincidence however I was too concerned with what was about to happen to him to worry about it at the time. The end provided a few good surprises although I won't spoil them here; I'm sure at least one of them will be a major part of this season.


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