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Season 3, episode 03
Series 303
1st release: 10/01/01
2nd release:
Production number: 304
Last update: 11-05-01

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COMMENTARY 1 by Beboman
COMMENTARY 2 by AdamJnn4

Tia Carrere (Dr. Sydney Fox)
Christien Anholt (Nigel Bailey)
Tanja Reichert

Larissa Laskin (Darcy Lowe (adult))
Simon MacCorkindale (Tafik/Deviega)
Jack Langedijk (Cyrus Lowe)
Layton Morrison (Posek)
Silvio Oliviero (Vadiz)
Victor Pedtrchenko (Morgue Guard)
Allan Royal (Dr. Alistair Newell)
Kevin Rushton (Ogan)
Cassie Steele (Darcy Lowe (age 10))
Sanjay Talwar (Ramez Suda)

Written by Leonard Pick
Directed by Ian Toynton

Filmed on location in Canada (Toronto), the UK, and Spain by Fireworks Entertainment Inc. and Gaumont Television.


A Relic last seen when Sydney's mentour Allister Newell who was murdered surfaces 20 years later. Logline.


This commentary is by Beboman.

What a great and awesome episode. It had all the elements we have come to love about this series: a good dose of adventure, intrigue, excitement, some really great fights and a bit of flashback into Sydney's life.

In this episode, we get a glimpse at a moment in Sydney's childhood and it answers the question of how Sydney became interested in relic hunting. This was accomplished in a very interesting way, with Sydney going back and forth from the present to the past without losing touch with the present.

This episode provided us with a great plot twist, when we find that the man Sydney has blamed all her life for the death of her mentor ends up being the father of her onetime best friend. When Sydney realizes this, she also comes to the realization that she has been wrong all her life and figures out whom in reality killed her mentor.

This whole sequence of events was so well interwoven that it kept us trying to figure out what would happen next.

The interaction between Sydney and Nigel was back and it was just fine. I really like to see those two work together and feed off each other.

Nigel had some really good comedic moments which I enjoyed a great deal. I especially liked it when they were in the morgue with Nigel in the corner and the guard finds him. I had to laugh out loud at that time.

It was interesting to see Sydney lose her focus, something that does not happen very often. This caused her to lose the man who killed her mentor. That fight scene between them was very good.

One question I have is when did Sydney lose her crossbow and became such a master with the knife? And when did she start carrying the knife in her boot? This is an interesting change in the character that might require some explanation down the line.

And just like Nigel, I wondered if Sydney would have killed Scarface. From the past, we know Sydney has killed before, not out of revenge, but out of absolute need and not before trying very hard to avoid taking that step.

The acting, directing and writing in this episode were solid with really great chemistry between all the actors involved. Tia, as always, did a super great portrayal of Sydney. We could feel the roller coaster of emotions Sydney was experiencing during this episode.

This episode gets four relics out of four.


This commentary is by AdamJnn4.

The Bad:
1. The relics are getting the short shrift.
2. Karen definitely is being underutilized.
3. Young Sydney: is that a normal child? Who would rather look at old bowls than play hockey at that age?
4. Sydney showing her bellybutton in her office clothes. I think that should be restricted to Relic Hunting, where she can let down her hair and wear anything she likes. Besides, that whole Clark Kent office- attire thing with the glasses and the pulled-back hair from last season was pretty funny.

The Good:
1. Tia Carrere still managing to give Sydney nuances that don't seem to be in the scripts.
2. Nigel starting to be a real character and not a caricature. Hope this keeps up.
3. Relic Hunter Bar. What a hoot! A plot device so silly that it actually worked. Liked Nigel's hairdo.
4. Nigel trying to climb over truck gets at least one hee hee.
5. Nigel playing dead guy gets three hee hees for "Noooo, noooo, noooo noooooo."
6. "Stay!!"
7. He may have SAID "Have we met?" but what he MEANT was, "Do you have any Grey Poupon?"
8. The punch.
9. That duck quacking.

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