The season premiere opens the fifth season with Sydney and Vaughn in a car accident after he tells her he isn’t who she thinks he is. She runs through a corn field to get away from those who arrived at the scene, apparently out to get her. When she goes to the hospital, Sydney realizes Michael Vaughn is under investigation having thought he was abducted. Apparently Vaughn is suspected of being a double agent.
Whoever has captured Vaughn is torturing him for information. When they threaten to hurt Sydney, he say’s he’ll tell them what the message is. Instead, he escapes in search of Sydney. He calls her and says he needs his father’s watch. He admits that his name is Andre Michaux and eventually tells her the rest. His father was involved in a project, called Prophet Five, that he was trying to hide from, which explains his two names. Now he is on a private mission to track down the book that made his father go into hiding.
Sydney thinks about her relationship with Vaughn and wonders if she trusted someone she shouldn’t have. She discovers she is pregnant and she and Vaughn both seem excited. However, something goes wrong on their mission in Italy and Vaughn is shot in front of Sydney, as is his contact who is helping him uncover the truth to Prophet Five.
Jack is worried due to his own trouble when Irina defected, thinking Sydney is going to have the same problems. He’s doing his own research into Vaughn’s actions. Jack is less than supportive when Vaughn is injured and scolds Sydney for what she has done. However, he promises he will do anything he can to help them.
Unfortunately before that can happen, Vaughn dies. They have a funeral for him. It cuts to four months later with Sydney having tracked down Renee, who was working with Vaughn, in London. Apparently, she has decided to track down the truth to who Vaughn was and why he was killed.
Sydney has lost the bangs, which is good. You can also tell from the camera work, prop placement and clothing they are still hiding how far along her pregnancy is. Fortunately for Alias her costumes are more attractive than the ones Sarah Jessica Parker wore when hiding her pregnancy on Sex and The City.
Many fans are pissed off at Vaughn’s death and think it will end up like Sydney’s "death" previously. Do you think Vaughn is really dead?