Assistant Director Kendall
is a fictional character
from the television series Alias
, played by Terry O'Quinn
He first appeared in the first season as the head of an FBI tribunal brought in from Washington DC to interrogate Sydney Bristow
after she is arrested following evidence linking her to a prophecy by 15th century prophet Milo Rambaldi
which suggests she could be a national security risk to the United States. Kendall questions her on every aspect of her life, until she is broken out of FBI custody.
Kendall then reappeared in the second episode of season two, assuming command of a joint FBI/CIA taskforce working to bring down criminal organisation the Alliance and primarily, their SD-6
cell, though his reappearance coincided specifically with the surrender of Irina Derevko
to the CIA. He immediately became a source of antagonism for the characters with his no-nonsense, by the book approach. The character effectively became a second season regular, appearing in almost every episode, although almost nothing was learned about him (to this day his first name remains a mystery) and he was mainly a source of exposition.
Following the two year time jump between the end of season two and beginning of the third season, Kendall was replaced as head of the taskforce by Marcus Dixon
, though later reappeared again midway through the season as he effectively abducted Sydney and informed her of the truth: he was never an FBI... Read More