Alias: Season 5, Episode 9

The Horizon (14 Dec. 2005)

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When Kelly Peyton steals some software from a CIA warehouse concerning the late Michael Vaughn, Sydney is soon abducted by Prophet Five agents where she is subjected to a hypnotic state ... See full summary »



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When Kelly Peyton steals some software from a CIA warehouse concerning the late Michael Vaughn, Sydney is soon abducted by Prophet Five agents where she is subjected to a hypnotic state making her flash back to her happier times with Vaughn in order to learn where a supposedly powerful device, called The Horizon, is located. Meanwhile, Jack must team up with Renée to locate Sydney when they captured and torture Aldo Desantis, while the mastermind behind Prophet Five is finally revealed... and why the person has a strong interest in Sydney's unborn daughter. Written by Anonymous

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Michael Vaughn: I had it all planned out.
Sydney Bristow: Vaughn...
Michael Vaughn: No, just please, just let me do this.
Sydney Bristow: Do what?
Michael Vaughn: I was going to take you to the beach, Santa Barbara; we'd go for a walk, maybe, maybe during the sunset. But now we're here and I have no idea what were about to jump into. And I don't know If I'll ever get another chance to do this.
[He pulls a ring box out of his pocket]
Sydney Bristow: But Vaughn, we already did this.
[She holds up her hand with the ring on it]
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Brilliant from start to finish
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The mind-trip episodes of "Alias" have been among the strongest of the show so far: season 3 had "Conscious", season 4 had "In Dreams", and season 5 has "The Horizon". One thing they all have in common is how they surreally blur the line between dreams and memories: Sydney and Sloane do not just remember things as they happened; they change them in their minds according to their wishes - or their fears. These episodes are mind-bending in the same way that "Lost" at its best is ("Flashes Before Your Eyes"). But that's not the only strength of "The Horizon": we also get to see Peyton and Renée at their deadliest, Jack going all "Reservoir Dogs" on the captive Dr. Desantis to get him to reveal the location of the abducted Sydney (his answer is a cryptic clue: "it doesn't matter where she is, it matters where she's going"), the mythology of the show circling back on itself by using SD-6 as a major piece of the current puzzle, and a jaw-dropping revelation that the episode goes out of its way not to spoil by not announcing all the guest stars in the opening credits. The Sydney-Vaughn pairing rarely convinced me more than it does here. ***1/2 out of 4.

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