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- Monday, June 12, 2006:
The Last Alias Post Ever
Warning: This post contains minor spoilers about every season of Alias. No major plot points of season five are revealed. It was Sunday, September 30, 2001 when Alias first premiered. I knew very little about it when I turned it on, but was intrigued by the commercial bombardment on TV, in newspapers, and even on the sides of buses. My initial impressions were: kind of neat, a little over the top, but a worthwhile diversion for one hour each week. So while all the rest of my friends were watching The Sopranos, I started tuning into Alias regularly. It wasn't until about halfway through the first season that I actually got hooked and became an annoying Aliasphile. It's hard to explain in words why I'm ...
- Wednesday, May 17, 2006:
The latest buzz in entertainment non-news news is the observation that seven long-running shows are finally calling it quits this season. I think it's interesting that shows which would once have gotten lavish two hour finale specials with retrospectives and balloons now creep timidly into oblivion, their stars set to appear in 1-800-COLLECT commercials in which Alf gets top billing. Alias : Of course, I'm sad to see this one go because its first two years were ridiculously good. This was one of the first shows I ever planned my week around seeing (which was probably aided by the fact that it came out when I was a reclusive grad student in Florida for the first time). Sydney Bristow's "bursting into tears" ...
- Thursday, May 26, 2005:
The Lost finale was quite good, but I don't think they gave enough answers for the old questions before introducing new ones. Whoever voted for Arzt kicking the bucket got their wish, as he managed to explode himself with nitroglycerin while teaching the other survivors how dangerous it is. The Alias finale was partly satisfying and partly disappointing. I will reveal the cliffhanger in this post, so stop reading now if you tape the show to watch later.
Alias has always been a family drama first, which just happens to be set with spies as a backdrop. The element that separated it from other spy shows and movies was the presence of the 15th century prophet, Milo Rambaldi, whose works and prophe...
- Tuesday, January 04, 2005:
It's been over seven months since I could last pester people to watch Alias , so I'm sure everyone is happy to know that the fourth season starts tomorrow night with a two hour premiere at 9 PM on ABC. If you enjoy smart, well-written television at all, you should be soaking up both Alias and Lost (which airs immediately before it at 8). The shows have the same sensibilities, being produced by J.J. Abrams, the man who plans to make Mission Impossible 3 a character story, but are incredibly different in their execution.
Lost is halfway through its season already, but has the benefit of being ridiculously popular with all viewers. Maybe Alias will do better, no...
- Monday, March 08, 2004:
The scene is a crowded parking garage. The villains peel out in their getaway car just as Sydney and Vaughn burst out of the stairwell in pursuit. After scanning rows of tightly-packed double-parked cars, Sydney spies a good pursuit vehicle and screams to her partner, "Get the F-150!".
The camera centers on the Ford F-150 logo below the driver's side mirror before panning across its Quiet Steel frame as the spies hotwire the car and use its hemi to knock a Ford Explorer out of the way. In their (longest lasting most dependable) F-150, they pursue the villains (who are driving a Ford Mustang) through the parking garage. The villains ultimately get away, but not before ramming a Ford Focus into oncoming traffic.
- Monday, December 08, 2003:
I picked up a copy of the Alias soundtrack around Thanksgiving time, and it's easily on par with any decent movie score. The soundtrack contains only the original music composed by Michael Giacchino (who also wrote music for the Medal of Honor video game series) and none of the licensed popular tunes. I mentioned it previously on November 10
and you can hear samples of his Alias work here .
If anything on this site having to do with Alias makes you scoff, you should look into the John Rutter Requiem which I recently rediscovered
. Rutter has written a large body of choral music that's especially prevalent in college choir circles, and th...
- Monday, November 10, 2003:
Another high quality episode of Alias was on last night. Apart from the usual kudos for plot and acting, the orchestrated score is really coming into its own. It's rare that you find a television show with a fully-orchestrated and performed score, and even rarer when one effectively uses character motives in varying combinations for the actors on the screen.
Unfortunately, the world will probably still be in the dark on the quality of the show, since it was a forgotten slice of ham in the exploitative sandwich that was Saving Jessica Lynch on NBC and The Elizabeth Smart Story on CBS.
New ads postpone the inevitable doldrums of the Matrix
- Monday, January 27, 2003:
Alias was an incredible episode last night, despite having to follow a dreadfully dull post-game special. After a painfully gratuitous lingerie scene (designed to keep Super Bowlers from changing the channel), and some stilted dialogue written for new viewers (This is the bad guy. Over here is the CIA headquarters), the episode kicked off into high gear and culminated with the apparent destruction of the evil organization, SD-6, which pretended to be a branch of the CIA. This had been the goal since the pilot of season one, but it turns out to be the first step in some long range plan by one of the villains who used the real CIA to destroy everything after he'd safely vanished with millions of dollars.
- Saturday, January 25, 2003:
My thesis defense has been set now -- it will be March 3, 2003 at 3:30 PM. I went for a four person committee (Clendinning, Kubik, Spencer, Wingate) since I didn't realize at the time that a three-person committee was viable. Now that my preliminary draft is bound (courtesy of Mike's Binding) and submitted, the committee has two weeks to review it and offer suggestions. Then I make a final copy and wade through paperwork to announce the defense to the university.
There's an article about the post-Super-Bowl episode of Alias up at salon.com. You can read the entire thing by opting to watch a 15-second ad for Mercedes-Benz:
Nobody really understands why "Alias" is not a ratings smash. Critics ...
- Monday, January 13, 2003:
There was a great payoff to an ongoing plot on Alias last night. All of the actors are strong, but Ron Rifkin especially did a good job in this storyline. It's too bad that more people don't tune in; it's an excellent show that's not just a spy thriller. It manages to create complex character studies against a backdrop that just happens to be the spy world. Of course it doesn't help that ABC does a horrible job of promoting it. Besides leading in with an old Disney cartoon classic every week, they also put together the most ridiculous screen teasers that make the show look juvenile and shallow. I wouldn't blame anyone who's ever seen an episoder trailer from dismissing the show as crap.
I subbed in two s...