Alias: Season 1, Episode 1

Truth Be Told (9 Sep. 2001)

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Sydney Bristow is a college student who leads a double life: she works for shadowy government agency called SD-6 which supposes to be a branch of the CIA and reports to the shady Arvin ... See full summary »

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Sydney Bristow is a college student who leads a double life: she works for shadowy government agency called SD-6 which supposes to be a branch of the CIA and reports to the shady Arvin Sloan. Recently fiancé ed, she tells her boyfriend, Danny Hecht, the truth. The next day, he is murdered. Later, Sydney's father, Jack Bristow, tells the truth: he is a double agent for the real CIA, as SD-6 is a renegade agency who allegedly killed Sydney's fiancé. Sydney must take a decision upon which revenge and justice will haunt her upon the rest of her life. Sydney's partner in the field, Marcus Dixon, is also unaware about his true alliances as is SD-6's tech expert, the socially awkward Marshall Flinkman. Sydney's friends, the headstrong Francine, and the ambitious journalist Will Tippin are also unaware about Sydney's double life, until when Will becomes inquisitive about Sydney's state following her fiancée's murder. Written by RealLiveClaude

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First Marshall's gadget is a scrambler RF lighter. See more »

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Dr. Zhang Lee comes back to see Sydney two hours after pulling her tooth out. When he drags his chair next to hers, marking tape can be seen on the ground. See more »

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Danny: Sir, I love your daughter and I want to marry her. That's why I'm calling.
Agent Jack Bristow: First of all, Danny, the truth is this is just a courtesy call. Like when you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's all right with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."
Danny: Mr. Bristow.
Agent Jack Bristow: Sydney doesn't give a damn what my opinion is. What interests me is that you do.
Danny: It's just a custom to call the father. That's all this is.
Agent Jack Bristow: Well then, I'll tell ...
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A solid opening episode that sets the scene perfectly for the series
28 August 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Truth Be Told" is marvellously glossy, stylish and sexy escapist fun from writer / director J.J. Abrams.

Jennifer Garner is splendid as the lead, Sydney Bristow - college girl by day, super-spy by night. Garner is a convincing action figure and the scenes later in the show where she's bloodied and seeking payback are memorable. Sydney in a brightly coloured wig, beating baddies to a pulp, is definitely a sight to behold!

The rest of the cast are equally impressive, notably her fellow agent, Marcus Dixon (played by Carl Lumbly) and bad guy Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin).

"Phantasm" fans will be delighted to see Angus Scrimm play the chilling lie-detector expert, Agent McCullough.

This is top drawer television entertainment and the music from Michael Giacchino is equally impressive.

9 out of 10 for this pilot episode. The soundtrack is packed with great music from familiar bands and artists including The Cranberries, Peter Gabriel and Sinead O'Connor.


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