Babes, baddies, bullets: but wait, there’s more
Alias 10.30pm, Seven
THIS you- beaut, bash- and- crash, killand- be- killed, stop- start, love- anddie, end- of- storyline- type episode kicks off the fifth and final season of Alias with the sort of energy that promises great things to come.
It starts out as relaxed and comfortable as the Howard prime ministership, with Sydney Bristow ( Jennifer Garner) and Michael Vaughan ( Michael Vartan) in love, in their car and on the way to a well- deserved holiday after years of gruelling intrigue.
The storyline arrives in a shower of glass and an explosion of metal as the couple’s car is T- boned, then there’s a gun fight in a cornfield and Vaughan is abducted in a black helicopter, which is a bit of a worry for Sydney as he had just decided to reveal his true identity when the other car arrived. What was he going to say next?
Sydney’s dad Jack ( Victor Garber) reckons he saw it all before when his wife and her mother did a bunk and left him in jail under suspicion of being a spy, and now it’s happening to his daughter.
Nothing in Alias is what it seems, and the triumph of this episode is that it manages to go a long way down the Sydney- Michael love story arc without intruding on the shooting, fighting and spying. At one stage the action couple infiltrates a garden party to steal some documents, trip the alarm, run for their lives and then pause on a cliff edge while the baddies get their act together.
Sydney has something to tell Michael. While they’ve been running for their lives she’s had a call from work telling her where the pickup point will be and, adding some delightful news, she’s pregnant!
They kiss and hug as the guns are drawn and leap over the cliff only as the first bullets fly. It is some relief when they pull parachute and float towards the water on their way to a long and happy life. Well, not quite. There’s a big twist in this twist- andturner but I’m not going to give it up except to say that what you think couldn’t happen does happen, and it comes as quite an upset.
Anyway, you may think the above carry- on is all a bit silly, but there is something in a good episode of Alias that suspends your disbelief, and this is a good one.
The core of the plot is Michael’s discovery of the truth about his father’s life’s work and a meeting with a man who can let him continue it. Or at least that’s what it looks like at first.
Family ties: Sydney ( Jennifer Garner) and Jack Bristow ( Victor Garber) in Alias