Final episodes are always a little bit of a disappointment and this one was no exception. I liked the story with Sloane and his quest for immortality but found the story about the missiles to be a bit of a distraction. It was good to see that Sloane's downfall came at the hands of Jack Bristow; these to characters were among the best in the series largely due to the fine acting from Ron Rifkin and Victor Garber. The episode saw quite a few confrontations; as well as Sloane and Jack, Sydney and her mother slug it out on to of a Hong Kong skyscraper, Rachel manages to terrify Peyton and Vaughn shoots Sark... but he survives to complain about it! The ending did seem a little tacked on but it was interesting to find out what was happening with Sydney and Vaughn a few years down the line and to see that their daughter has the same special abilities that made Sydney such an ideal agent. It is a shame that the series had to come to an end but I'm glad it ended while it was still entertaining rather than dragging on and on till it became dull or a parody of itself.
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Now the series finale, 'All the Time in the World', manages to pack a satisfying conclusion to the series. Whilst some things were managed poorly (I agree with the other posters about Sydney's confrontation with her mother)I felt that other things were managed successfully. The series essentially ended the show's story,gave us some great action sequences, and enough emotion to say farewell to the series.
The last episode felt like a movie blockbuster with great characters, action, and twists. In my opinion, the best episode of the series but not without faults.
Alias the show = 7.9/10 'All the Time in the World' episode - 9/10
"The Game of Living and Dead" :
1 (Arena) the mother of (Sydney) is dead, then she's alive as everyone were hiding such an information (Season 2).
2 The wife of (Sloane) is dead, then she's alive as a fine trick from (Sloane) himself (Season 2).
3 (Sydney) is dead as for her father and friends, then she's alive as the evil Covenant wanted to fake her death (Season 2, 3).
4 The double of (Francie) is dead by 3 bullets in the chest, then she's alive !! (Season 2, 3).
5 (Arena) is killed by the hands of her ex-husband, then she's alive as the dead one was her double ! (Season 4).
6 (Anna Espinosa) the international terrorist is deadly dead, then she's alive, with no explanations or whatsoever ! (Season 1, 4).
7 The father of (Sark) is dead, then he's alive. It was a trick from (Sydney) to save him from a real assassination (Season 4).
8 (Vaughn) is dead by too many bullets, then he's alive. It was just another trick from.. I can't remember who ! (Season 5).
9 (Nadia) is dead by the very hands of her lunatic father, then she's back but as a ghost ! (Season 5).
10 (Sloane) is dead eventually, then he's not, as he turned into immortal ?! (Season 5).
"A Cat Fight in Every Season's Climax" :
1 (Sydney) vs. the double of (Francie) (The end of season 2).
2 (Sydney) vs. (Lorna) Vaughn's wife (The end of season 3).
3 (Sydney) vs. (Nadia) her half sister (The end of season 4).
4 - (Sydney) vs. (Arena) her mother ! (The end of season 5).
"Clone Me Please" :
1 (Ethan Hawke), the guest star for one episode, had an annoying clone (Season 2).
2 (Francie) had a very evil clone (Season 2).
3 (Sloane) had a nearly identical clone (Season 4).
4 - (Arena) had a clone; the one (Jack) killed (Season 4).
5 (Sydney) had a bad clone (Season 5).
"I Can't Be Caught" :
1 (Sloane) is a prisoner of the CIA, then the head of APO !, then a prisoner again, to be free again as international mastermind terrorist (Seasons 3, 4, 5).
2 (Arena) is a prisoner of the CIA, then free, then had been caught by (jack), then he made her run away, then she's here again to help her daughter to deliver her baby / her granddaughter, then ran away again, then.. Well.. I think my point is clear ! (Seasons 2, 4, 5).
3 (Quentin Tarantino)'s character is a prisoner of the CIA (Season 2), then suddenly he's free ! (Season 3).
4 (Sydney) and (Jack) were prisoners of the American government under different circumstances. For instances : Jack was a prisoner of the CIA in the start of season 3, and Sydney was also in the middle of the same season. But HEY, are you kidding me ?! They're the main lead stars. Of course they'll be well and free !
5 (Sark) has been caught to be free every single time (Perhaps all the Seasons !).
"We Have All The Time in The World !"
I liked it as a finale, so the title which refers to the peaceful life of the married James Bond / Sydney Bristow ultimately. But I hated too many things : A lot of flashbacks; like they didn't find something to fill the episode with, plus the case of having older (Sydney) and thinner (Francie) in them !! The matter of immortal (Sloane) ?? It's too weird, turning Alias from a decent sci-fi once into a fantasy ! 2 missiles not to destroy the world but to have profits of rebuilding it ?! Everybody looked not convinced or sad, everything seemed hasty and lifeless, look at (Sark) leaves the room of (Arena) then (Sydney) enters quickly ! Not to mention the poor art direction. (Marshall) had 4 kids, and (Sydney) had 2, and (Dixon) still has the same haircut ! And till the last moment, we didn't know what the heck the certain prophecy of (Rambaldi) was ??!! Try to grasp why did they end season 5 in the 17th episode ?! Moreover, this show got the opportunity to have weighty guest stars such as (Roger Moore, Faye Dunaway, Rutger Hauer, David Carradine, Christian Slater, Djimon Hounsou.. etc) then in season 4 and 5, you'll have only the traditional cast; as if the budget had been cut, or the reputation hadn't been the same. Actually, they may have "all the time in the world" to find a new idea for another show but not to hackney it afterwards.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm a big fan of Alias. Otherwise how I've seen it all like this ?! I'm not against some thrill and surprises, but all in all that what could happen when you make a nice spy show as a melodramatic one; with too much exaggeration, and importunate desire to be on air by any chance. It was 2 incredible years, then 2 semi-incredible, then 1 far from it. Although it's great fun altogether, but maybe they made it funnily enough sometimes. And if you don't believe me, read this comment again !