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Season 2 A brief discourse on wives

Discussion in 'Alias' started by verdantheart, Dec 13, 2002.

  1. verdantheart

    verdantheart Guest

    For “Counteragent” (2:07), I only have a couple of comments about Jack in addition to those in the Spy Family column.

    The theme between Sloane and Jack was again wives. Sloane told Jack that Emily’s coffin was empty, and that he’s convinced that Emily is still alive. Jack tried to convince Sloane that the evidence was not all in on that, but Sloane would not listen, saying, “I am dead to her.”

    Sloane has finally notified the Alliance of his suspicions, but he fears that the timing may be bad; it might look like a ploy to explain some of the stumbles of SD-6 of late. After losing the camera, music box, and operations bible, Sloane feels that they need a big win. Jack suggests going to Richter, who still survives, barely, downstairs. Sloane tortures the paralyzed yet still feeling man, demanding the location of Irina’s headquarters. He receives the answer “Smila” (is that the correct spelling?), which he takes to be a province in the Ukraine. (My immediate association was with a woman’s name, as in “Smilla’s Sense of Snow.”)

    Later, as Jack and Sydney prepare to assassinate Sloane to save Vaughn’s life, Jack returns to SD-6 to obtain Sloane’s itinerary. Sloane has Jack join him in interrogating Richter, at which time they learn that Smila is, in fact, Richter’s wife. Sloane reacts with disgust, directing that Richter be killed. Jack’s reaction is difficult to read.

    A couple of comments . . .

    First, it’s always amusing to watch the effect that Jack has on Marshall. Jack makes his request and simply waits in silence until Marshall dithers his way out the door, allowing Jack access to his computer. Marshall seems to be totally intimidated by Jack. It reminds us of the way that most people must see Jack, especially those who don’t know him well.

    Second, the torture chamber brought together three men whose thoughts are bent upon their wives. Richter thoughts about his beloved wife served as a last refuge in a time of torment and impending death. Sloane is tormented by guilt over his decision to kill his wife which is intensified by her possible (and to his mind, probable) survival and judgment of his actions. Jack, meanwhile, lives with the conflict of having loved a woman who turned out to be something quite different than what he thought she was.

    Random thoughts . . .

    With the discussion of handlers, it occurs to me that we’ve never met Jack’s regular handler. Is it an easy job (the guy knows how to handle himself) or really hard (he’s a rogue)? I’m guessing Jack’s a handful.

    Looks like Jack is forced to work with Irina. The promo hints that she hasn’t forgotten where his buttons are.
  2. clarissima

    clarissima Rocket Ranger

    Jan 8, 2003
    You bring up some ideas I hadn't even begun to contemplate...namely Jack's handler. I was thinking he may not have one if he is so high powered. But then I remember a scene from Colorblind (I think it was that) and it showed Jack meeting Vaughn at the Chinese Restaurant. Jack asked where the normal guy was, I think. So he has to have a contact, if not a handler.
  3. i'm an aliasaholic

    i'm an aliasaholic Rocket Ranger

    isn't vaughn jacks handler? i remember in season 1 Jack telling vaughn that when it goes up for renewal don't b his handler again.
  4. verdantheart

    verdantheart Guest

    Jack's handler is apparently an agent by the name of Cretchner or Cretchmer. Vaughn got Jack's SOP from him when they first met in "Color Blind" in season 1. I don't think that Jack would allow Vaughn to be his handler, considering their often-strained relationship.
  5. i'm an aliasaholic

    i'm an aliasaholic Rocket Ranger

    talking about the vaughn- jack thing, what happend to make jack like vaughn. all i can think of is a scene in a plane when jacks telling him he respects vaughn for risking his job 2 save syd. Did this scene acually happen or is this just me making things up? :blink:
  6. verdantheart

    verdantheart Guest

    [quote name='i'm an aliasaholic' date='Jul 18 2003, 11:21 AM']talking about the vaughn- jack thing, what happend to make jack like vaughn. all i can think of is a scene in a plane when jacks telling him he respects vaughn for risking his job 2 save syd. Did this scene acually happen or is this just me making things up? :blink:[/quote]
    I don't think Jack exactly "likes" Vaughn. He greatly values Vaughn. Vaughn is highly motivated to protect his daughter--Jack sees Vaughn as insurance, someone who will be around to see that Sydney is protected even if Jack is forced to sacrifice himself. He also respects Vaughn. Vaughn has successfully bluffed him, and he's also successfully made Jack feel ashamed of what he's done (Haladki, for example)--even if he's not entirely sorry.
  7. Intel

    Intel Rocket Ranger

    Jan 12, 2003
    I also hadn't really thought of Jack's handler/contact, hehe he musrt be a handful.

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