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 is supposed to be a branch of the CIA and reports to the shady Arvin Sloan. Recently engaged, 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 make a decision which will haunt her for 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 Will becomes inquisitive about Sydney's well-being following her fiancé's murder. Written by RealLiveClaude

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Marshall is the first person to reference "47". See more »

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Sydney supposedly deals with Taiwanese, but they speak Cantonese rather than either of the main Chinese dialects used in Taiwan: Kuo-yu or Minnan-yu. See more »

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Agent Marshall Flinkman: It's a digital camera. I have it at 42 exposures, but I wanna get it to 47 because... it's a prime number.
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A solid opening episode that sets the scene perfectly for the series
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"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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