Alias: Season 1, Episode 8

Time Will Tell (2 Dec. 2001)

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After getting news about the certainty of a "mole" in SD-6, Sloane puts agent Dreyer to put everyone in the "lie detector" test, including Sydney. The latter is sent to a mission in Oxford ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kostia Bergman (as Robert Clendenin)
Professor Bloom
June Litvack
Jack Axelrod ...
Giovanni Donato


After getting news about the certainty of a "mole" in SD-6, Sloane puts agent Dreyer to put everyone in the "lie detector" test, including Sydney. The latter is sent to a mission in Oxford to retrieve a clock made by Rambaldi. However, her K-Directorate nemesis, Anna Espinosa, is hot on her trail. As Anna failed to get the clock, she intends to trap Sydney on a mission in Italy, where she has to meet a clockmaker who can provide a clue to Sloane's quest... Written by RealLiveClaude

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At the beginning of the episode Sydney goes through a lot of trouble to gain access in what seems to be a secure room. After being pursued she flees the room through a simple flipping window with no apparent security. See more »


Michael Vaughn: Are you romantically interested in anyone?
[She looks at him weirdly]
Michael Vaughn: It could be a question.
Sydney Bristow: No, I'm not.
[Machine jumps to 56]
Michael Vaughn: Interesting.
Sydney Bristow: Wait, ask me that again.
Michael Vaughn: No, I don't have to. We have our answer right here. That's very good. Moving on.
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defines the best and worst of the series
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Whenever I am asked to recommend a DVD collection that you could take with you on a vacation, and watch at your leisure, at the hotel, or in the plane, I usually recommend the first two iterations of CSI (LV and Miami, until Grissom left) followed by Closer.

Alias is not top of my list because it tries to do so many things at the same time; and rarely succeeds at more than a few.

Sydney as spy/student/friend/double agent would have been more than enough for an entire season, especially showcased by Garner, who manages to shine in every scene, and hold interest for male and female viewers alike.

But that is never enough.

In this episode, which I think highlights the best and worst of the series, we have all that, plus a long-dead scientist/mystic who somehow saw the future; plus the hunt for the mole; plus the whole daddy-issues thing; plus the well-intentioned former friend of the former boyfriend who keeps messing where he shouldn't oughtaa be a-messing .... and oh wait, that's not all of it, we also have Anna, who (literally) is somehow more prescient and psychic than the infamous Rembaldi because IN EVERY SINGLE MISSION she appears in the nick of time to try to steal the prize.

See the problem? Personally, I like to think that, with Alias, JJ was in his teething stage; and, like a modern alchemist, was trying to fight the "formula" that could keep viewers' interest without treating them like morons.

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