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Cult | News | 26 July 2004

Review: Alias - Blood Ties

Sydney gets a sister in this week's episode.

Suddenly, it's The Passenger this, The Passenger that. You can't move without another thrilling Passenger revelation. It's as though they've only just had the idea and are frantically trying to assure us that everyone's known about it all along.

That the Passenger is Syd's sister makes some sense, but not much. After all, it was unlikely to be Syd, and it can't be her mother as Lena Olin's refusing to come back to the show unless it's filmed in black and white and made in Norwegian. So - it may as well be her sister. Although, they don't yet explain how Syd's mom managed to have a secret child whilst having an affair with Sloane in such a way that a) her husband never noticed and, b) Sloane thought that Syd might be his.

Luckily, we're distracted by the discovery that Sloane, is, after all, evil, and has been all along (even if it makes nonsense of his last words last week about his love his daughter). We even get to discover what the weird green stuff was that he was injecting himself with. Although no wonder it didn't work on him, when he only tried injecting himself with a little of it, when patently poor Nadia needs to be pumped full of gallons of the goo.

Anyhoo, it's all most distressing. Sloane's evil. Sydney's sister's in agony. You can pretty much bet it'll all end unhappily.

But, it's quite something when an episode is so bleak and dark that a comedy highlight is a topless Vaughn getting tortured by Sark and loopy Lauren.

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