Alias: Season 4, Episode 11

The Road Home (16 Mar. 2005)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Murdoch
Mr. Tauber (as Hans Tester)


During a mission to Austria, Sydney must protect the life of an American civilian, whom she unintentionally put in danger after she acquires information about a new mini-helicopter to be used as a weapon. Meanwhile, Jack travels to Madagascar to visit with an old friend, the arms dealer Sasha Korjev whom is the mastermind behind the assassin helicopter. Back in Los Angeles, Vaughn uncovers more disturbing secrets about his father of finding a diary with notes written years after his alleged "murder," which straightens his quest to know if his father is really alive. Written by Anonymous

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Sydney Bristow: Heading home?
Jack Bristow: Yeah, I'm going to grab some dinner first.
Sydney Bristow: Okay, night.
Jack Bristow: Goodnight.
Sydney Bristow: Dad, I'm kinda hungry myself, if you wouldn't mind the company.
Jack Bristow: What about your report?
Sydney Bristow: It'll keep.
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3 Inefficient Plots !

(Alias) or whatever any action show can be a success when the episode just focuses on one main mission or adventure (so I hate in any sitcom having 2 separate plots in 1 episode !). However here we have not 2 but 3 plots in what's supposed to be 60 minutes of good thrilling action. Actually I believe that we mustn't be that rigid, because the art work hasn't been ruled by a few rules all the time; therefore you have for instance one of the greatest action movies ever (The Empire Strikes Back – 1980) as written in 2 parallel long plots. So it's not the formula.. it's how you do it.

Here the episode looked so short, simply because we've been seeing short of everything ! There was that line with (Sydney) and that innocent waiter who got involved against his well in the spying business so (Sydney) must defend him as she was the one who pushed him into this hell accidentally. Then there was this weird line about (Jack) as we meet his darkest side while he was in Madagascar slaying some traitorous !! (related to first line). And the third one is about (Vaughn)'s hunting for the truth about his late yet mysterious father !

So, I think this is the matter of not finding any idea with a continuity's power to make the 60 minutes by its own ! Or maybe there wasn't that strong plot which could pull all of these lines together with more good action too, because whatever the condition of these too many plots you'll sense that the whole thing is disjointed and - as in here - you won't fight the feeling that somebody disassembled the 60 minutes for you !

Maybe they discovered that the main story about the poor young waiter and the killer small helicopter is too short to make the episode full of good action so they occupied us with another stories but to tell you the truth that was distraction more than good innovation as (The Empire Strikes Back)'s super work. For little instance I didn't understand the storyline of Jack who went to assassin someone who's about to be a father ? I'm still saying: Huh ?!!

Therefore if you asked me what had stay in my mind after that one ? well, my answer might be : the hot chase of the lethal helicopter at the end as honestly the only coherent sequence !

And Just look at the episode's finale as a scene having (Sydney) who was so desirous to have dinner with her father (Jack) after a long day of hard work and (as you know) a long time of hard relationship too. This very scene was the same finale of previous one which belongs to the third season; when Jack was talking about an old restaurant he loves, saying to the astonished Sydney : "I do eat you know !" I think it's the running out of ideas.. again !

Remember also the last scene between (Sydney) and the nice waiter when he turned his head to her and said "I must kill you !" I thought that this is one of Alias's good surprises as a blow-my–mind exciting twist, but unfortunately it wasn't. It turned out to be a joke whereas he was envying here as someone has all of this spectacular time which WE in this episode, in particular, didn't have a lot of it !

P.S : at the cliffhanger of the previous episode (The Index) we knew that there was a cryptic partnership between (Sloane) and (Jack) concerning some secrets about some code, and in this next one we had nothing at all about it ! That would make me as others : unsatisfied.

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