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The Counteragent 

As Vaughn's life hangs in the balance, Sydney has no choice but to turn to Sark for help in securing an antidote for the virus. But when Sark demands She help him to kill Arvin Sloane in ... See full summary »


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J.J. Abrams (created by), John Eisendrath

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Sydney Bristow
Ron Rifkin ... Arvin Sloane
Michael Vartan ... Michael Vaughn
Bradley Cooper ... Will Tippin
Merrin Dungey ... Francie Calfo
Carl Lumbly ... Marcus Dixon (credit only)
Kevin Weisman ... Marshall Flinkman
David Anders ... Julian Sark
Lena Olin ... Irina Derevko
Victor Garber ... Jack Bristow
Terry O'Quinn ... F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall
Austin Tichenor ... Dr. Nicholas
Petra Wright ... Alice Williams
Chris Ellis ... Agent Chapman
Victor McCay ... Agent Rudman


As Vaughn's life hangs in the balance, Sydney has no choice but to turn to Sark for help in securing an antidote for the virus. But when Sark demands She help him to kill Arvin Sloane in exchange for his assistance, Sydney faces a decision that could expose her as a double agent. Written by Anonymous

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antidote | father | mother | gun | computer | See All (11) »


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Release Date:

17 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack tells Sydney he's giving her an H&K P11 5-shot underwater dart pistol, but the weapon he holds up is a normal semi-automatic pistol with a suppressor attached to the barrel, looking nothing like a real P11. See more »


Irina: How do you say thank you to the woman who killed your father?
Vaughn: You don't.
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This show is going nowhere
24 May 2016 | by esoquisierasSee all my reviews

This is not a review of this particular episode but more like a review about everything that has happened in the show until this point. Especifically the way everything have changed.

I started watching the series a few days ago and even though it started on a good direction and seemed to have a clear path of what they wanted to do, now it seems that the show is backing on its own tracks confused as to where to go or how to keep interested the audience. From a show that look a lot like 24, it's turning into a soap opera about spies. Not really an improvement from my point of view although I admit it must be easier for the writers to keep people interested this way as opposed as the plot twists and cliffhangers at the end of a lot of episodes of season 1.

Maybe the show have changed because they can only show you similar cliffhangers to keep you interested so many times and after a while you simply realize that no matter how bad the situation is, Sydney will always escape unharmed in the first 3 minutes of the next episode and forget about it 10 minutes later. This may be because, unlike 24, none of the main characters seem to be in any real danger even though they are constantly exposed to situations where they could technically be killed.

The show went from episodes where the CIA and SD6 were racing each other for Rambaldi artefacts to a Mom-Dad-Sydney drama or Vaughn and Sydney and their feelings for each other. There is still a lot of the things from before but now they feel like filler. Although I admit that having that as filler is MUCH better than having to endure those boring scenes with Francie on season 1. That character is pointless and I wish she went away already. Thankfully we don't see her as often as we did early on season 1.

With all that said, at the end of season 1 Sydney and the CIA somehow felt that the organization leaded by "the man" was the real threat and that she needed to prioritize them over SD6 and try to stop us with the help of SD6. All because Kasinov was the one giving orders to her mother 20 years ago.

Now Kasinov is dead, we find out that her mother was Kasinov's boss, she turned herself in and we somehow are being told that the bigger threat is SD6 again and Sydney is willing to work together with her mother to bring them down. It makes no sense changing their minds like that for no reason.

Not only that but Sydney said that she wished that her mother dead for what she did once she was in jail. She gave every indication last season that Kasinov and his organization was much worst than Sloane. But now she betrayed her father telling on him to the CIA to save her mother because it was "wrong" to kill her that way, while at the same time she was completely fine with murdering Sloane. It makes no sense the actions she is making compared to the way she was behaving a few episodes ago or at the end of season 1.

The change of heart also happened a few episodes ago and it was so fast and out of nowhere that makes you think that Sydney it's incredibly naive and extremely easy to persuade. Her mother gave her good intel once and she was completely convinced that she is now one of the good guys, and even though she "says" she doesn't trust her, her actions indicate otherwise.

I don't like where this is going because it feels that the writers don't know "where" to go, they are going in circles in this way. I'm going to keep watching it because despite this new flaws the show is amazing, but unfortunately I fear that it doesn't have the same quality as before.

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