I write up my thoughts for the show while it airs for my "quick review" columns. In it, I wrote the following before the big "twist" happened tonight:
"And why is this episode truly awesome? Two words: Tony Almeida. He finally redeemed his past sins tonight by toppling Starkwook singlehandedly. Tony has always been a part of the 'heart' of this show. I am an Almeidaist for life."I seriously wrote that paragraph after Tony heroically stopped the bioweapons from launching and killing thousands.
I poke fun at this show, I make silly creations to help us from taking things too seriously, but tonight, I'm downright angry. They took Almeida and turned him into an unforgivable piece of trash. It was one thing for him to run with Emerson's crew and "do bad things." Shit, we've all done bad stuff relative to our outward appearances to the world (I won't reveal my dark secrets here). But Tony Almeida has been perverted into something that he is not- a psychotic killer. I reject this twist as of now. If the writers can justify this, then please do so. But aside from him being possessed by a demon-spirit, I don't see how this jives. Tony Almeida died in Season 5. This one is a fugazi.
The real question remains: Who is Almeida working for? I have a feeling I know who it is, and it better make a lot of sense.