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"Alias" Truth Be Told (2001)

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30 September 2001 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Sydney Bristow discovers that her job as an agent for SD-6, a top-secret division of the CIA, is not what she thought it was... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jennifer Garner ... Sydney Bristow

Ron Rifkin ... Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan ... Michael Vaughn

Bradley Cooper ... Will Tippin

Merrin Dungey ... Francie Calfo

Carl Lumbly ... Marcus Dixon

Kevin Weisman ... Marshall Flinkman

Victor Garber ... Jack Bristow

Edward Atterton ... Dr. Danny Hecht
Jay Gerber ... Professor Mizzy

Angus Scrimm ... Calvin McCullough
William Wellman Jr. ... Priest

Ric Young ... Dr. Zhang Lee
Lorenzo Callender ... Messenger

Greg Collins ... Kenny

Vicki Davis ... Intern

Ming Lo ... Agent

Raymond Ma ... Taiwanese Businessman

Miguel Nájera ... Agent Gonzalez (as Miguel Najera)

Greta Sesheta ... C.I.A. Receptionist

Philip Tan ... Taiwanese Security Officer

Emily Wachtel ... Beth at Airline Counter

Nancy Wetzel ... Amy Tippin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erik Betts ... Assassain (uncredited)

Greg Grunberg ... Eric Weiss (uncredited)

Gary Kuo ... Violinist (uncredited)
Ron Letterman ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)

Mark Newsom ... Surveillance Tech (uncredited)

Sterling Thomas ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
J.J. Abrams 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by)

J.J. Abrams (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Jesse Alexander .... producer
Daniel Arkin .... co-producer
Sarah Caplan .... producer
Scott Collins .... associate producer
John Eisendrath .... executive producer
Robyn-Alain Feldman .... associate producer
Michael Haro .... coordinating producer
Alex Kurtzman .... supervising producer
Ken Olin .... co-executive producer
Roberto Orci .... supervising producer
Jeff Pinkner .... producer
Chad Savage .... producer
Vanessa Taylor .... co-producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Cinematography by
Michael Bonvillain 
Film Editing by
Quincy Z. Gunderson 
Stan Salfas 
Casting by
Mandy Sherman 
Production Design by
Scott Chambliss 
Art Direction by
Cece Destefano 
Set Decoration by
Karen Manthey 
Costume Design by
Linda Serijan  (as Linda Serijan-Fasmer)
Makeup Department
Karen Bartek .... key hair stylist
Diana Brown .... key makeup artist
Grace Hernandez .... hair stylist
Teressa Hill .... assistant hair stylist
Angela Nogaro .... makeup artist
Michael Reitz .... hair stylist
Michael Reitz .... wig designer: Jennifer Garner
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Davidson .... dga trainee
Jeff Habberstad .... second unit director
Art Department
Daniel Beebe .... propmaker
Chris Call .... property master
William DeBiasio .... buyer
Richard Ewan .... painter
China Fox .... assistant property master (as China Iwata)
Kris Fuller .... buyer
Craig Gadsby .... leadman
Curt Jones .... construction coordinator
Michael C. Magno .... set dresser
John J. Passanante .... painting supervisor
Dennis Richardson .... carpenter
Glenn Rivers .... set designer
Graham Robertson .... set dresser
Alisha Rothman .... assistant property master
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer foreman
Phillip Thoman .... on-set dresser
Craig T. Shordon .... set painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Allen .... sound effects editor
Walter Michael Bost .... supervising sound editor (as Walt Bost)
Hugh Murphy .... assistant sound editor
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor (as Chris Reeves)
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer
Ben Wienert .... boom operator
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John J. Downey .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Phil Carbonaro .... compositor
Neil Clark .... CG artist
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback
Bob Lloyd .... visual effects artist
Steven Lloyd .... Senior Compositor
Steven Lloyd .... Senior Compositor/Digital Supervisor
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
Nancy Wetzel .... stunt double: Jennifer Garner
Steven Ito .... stunt double: Ric Young (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Baker .... key grip: second unit
David Berryman .... second assistant camera
Mark Colicci .... assistant camera
Paul Hamacher .... a dolly grip
Chris Hayes .... camera operator
Julie Helton .... film loader
Duane Journey .... key grip
Jeff Journey .... dolly grip
Rick Lamb .... assistant camera
Jay Laws .... best boy
Greg Mayer .... set electrician
Eric Smith .... electrician
John Smith .... gaffer
Peter M. Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician
Pablo Suarez .... grip
Jorge Sánchez .... assistant camera
Marshall Valentine .... best boy grip: second unit
Dale Vance Jr. .... film loader
Thomas Yatsko .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Yatsko)
Jim Jost .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Titus Mischke .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extras casting
Jennifer Lare .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Patrick Doyle .... set costumer (2001)
Roger J. Forker .... costumer
Anne Hartley .... costume supervisor
Behnaz Shokouhi .... set costumer
Josephine Willes .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Preston Rapp .... assistant editor
Daniel Rodriguez .... post-production assistant
Steve Porter .... colorist (uncredited)
Steve Porter .... final colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Brad Bemis .... key location manager
Becky Brake .... location manager
Tiffany Noel Kinder .... location scout
R. Scott Poole .... location manager (as Scott Poole)
Music Department
J.J. Abrams .... composer: main theme
Jeff Bunnell .... musician: trumpet
Brett Chapman .... music coordinator
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician
Jennifer Pyken .... music supervisor
Ramin Sakurai .... composer: additional music
Madonna Wade-Reed .... music supervisor
Dave Wells .... music copyist
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steve De Leon .... transportation coordinator
Shaun Ryan .... transportation captain
Dave Tiller .... transportation
David Tiller .... transportation
Other crew
Michael DeWitte .... assistant accountant
Sharon Eldridge .... script coordinator
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Daniel Penhale .... assistant production coordinator
Kelli Pinker .... construction accountant
Vince Robinette .... production accountant
Kevin John Rogers .... assistant accountant
Shawn Stevens .... crafts services/catering
Judy Dale Torres .... craft service

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Additional Details

66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

SD-6 uses the cover of Credit Dauphine for its Los Angeles branch.See more »
Continuity: Right after Sydney kicks the man's head through a car window, we see a brief shot of her looking to her left. In that shot, she is holding a gun and pointing it (visible as a dark blur on the left side of the screen). We then see a full-length shot of her, without a gun in her hand. She then picks up the gun and points it at Jack. After she says "Daddy?", the earlier shot of her looking left while holding the gun is then repeated.See more »
Vaughn:You wrote a lot.
Sydney:I know.
Vaughn:I mean, it's, like, Tolstoy long.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References Lawrence of Arabia (1962)See more »
The Low EndSee more »


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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The beginning of the J.J. Abrams era, 13 December 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Apparently, the plot of Alias began as a joke: while working on another show, Felicity, writer J.J. Abrams thought that it would be a fun idea to do a show about a young woman who goes to college by day and works as a spy by night (or something like that, anyway). After some polishing, that concept morphed into Alias, arguably the finest spy show to have ever aired on television (well, at least during its first two seasons), not to mention what made Abrams American TV's new god, leading to Lost and Mission: Impossible III (yes, the last one is a movie, but based on a TV show, so it counts). And this episode is where it all began.

The funny thing is, in retrospect, it's easy to notice how Mission: Impossible III's plot structure blatantly apes Alias' first hour (then again, Tom Cruise insisted on Abrams as director for the spy movie after seeing this episode): as a woman is about to be brutally tortured by an unidentified Chinese villain (the name given in the credits is the highly original Suit and Glasses), a lengthy flashback reveals how she ended up there.

The woman is Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), a typical American twenty-something: college student, not getting along with her old man Jack (Victor Garber), earning a little extra by working for a bank, Credit Dauphine. Actually, that last part is all a lie, as Syd reveals to her boyfriend after he asks her to marry him: for the past seven years, she's been working for SD-6, a secret branch of the CIA run by the charismatic Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin). The only real rule surrounding SD-6 is that no one outside the agency can know it exists, which is why even Sydney's roommate Francie (Merrin Dungey) and best friend Will (Bradley Cooper) have no idea of what really happens when she goes abroad with her colleague Dixon (Carl Lumbly). And Sydney pays the biggest price possible for breaking that one rule when Danny (that would be the boyfriend) is found dead, his murder leading her to find out that SD-6 isn't really what she thought it was, and neither is her dad.

Abrams, who directs as well as writing the episode, thinks big right off the bat, with the ambitious storytelling, cunning camera-work and excellent location choice. If one weren't aware of the fact this is a TV show, it could easily be mistaken for a shorter-than-usual big-screen thriller, much in the same way as 2001's other groundbreaking series, 24. The comparison isn't accidental, as Abrams uses the 40 minutes of programming at his disposal to concoct a story that might as well end here, but is much more satisfying when seen as the beginning of something more complex and exciting (kind of like the pilot of The X-Files).

Furthermore, as befits most of America's small-screen output, the cast is amazing: Garner is of course the show's queen, oozing charm and soul from the first moment we see her (and she deservedly won a Golden Globe for the first season), while Lumbly, Dungey and Cooper (plus the hilarious Kevin Weisman) offer terrific support. And then we have the shadowy father figures, Rifkin and Garber - whenever they're around, the show gains a little extra something.

Long story short: the first episode of Alias is, by all standards, a piece of television history. There's absolutely no excuse for missing it.

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