Alias: Season 2, Episode 5

The Indicator (27 Oct. 2002)

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Jack's decision to sabotage Sydney's last mission while pinning it on Irina not only brings him closer to his daughter - it sends his ex-wife to death row. But his foolproof plan begins to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sark (credit only)
Irina Derevko (credit only)
Virginia Kerr
Craig Blair
Stephen Markle ...
Senator Douglas
Agent Kelsey
Manolo de Souza


Jack's decision to sabotage Sydney's last mission while pinning it on Irina not only brings him closer to his daughter - it sends his ex-wife to death row. But his foolproof plan begins to unravel when Vaughn begins to put the pieces together - and Sydney makes a startling discovery about her childhood. Written by Anonymous

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This episode opens with a man being brutally shot and killed in his car; it turns out he worked for a group called 'The Triad' (not the Hong Kong Mafia of the same name) and was providing information to SD-6 regarding next generation weapons. Sydney and Dixon are sent to Budapest to access a Triad facility, find their computer access codes and get photographs of the weapons. The mission is routine until we see the weapons; they aren't guns, bombs or chemical agents; they are children being trained to act as sleeper agents! While this is going on a CIA officer mentions to Vaughn that a US citizen has been returned from Madagascar where he was arrested for explosives charges; it isn't long before he tells Vaughn who ordered him to plant those explosives. Before he can tell Sydney what happened she is sent on a mission to catch the person responsible for the children's training; here she sees a puzzle... one she knows she has seen before but has no memory of.

While this wasn't an action packed episode it advanced the plot nicely and the events we see will have serious repercussions I'm sure; especially regarding the relationship with Sydney and her father. Jack continues to be an enigma; is he doing whatever it takes to protect Sydney, or does he have a more sinister motive for his actions? At this point in the series it is impossible to tell; either way Victor Garber is doing a fine job. Michael Vartan also gives a stand out performance this episode with fine scenes where he talks to the bomber and then when he confronts Jack with what he has learnt. I look forward to seeing how the episode's revelations affect Jack's position at the CIA; after all I don't imagine Sydney will stand by and let her mother be prosecuted when she knows the information she gave was accurate.

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