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Unbelievably Bad., 21 June 2006
1/10

This was the worst piece of plot-driven, hack, dime store crap I have ever seen. Throughout Alias the writers mistakenly got themselves too deep into convoluted plots they didn't know how to get out of. It was the characters and the humor that kept it going. The biggest mistake for the finale was not exploiting the interesting aspects of the characters. They were too worried about solving the mystery. Quality fiction is character-driven, not plot driven.! On the surface, Alias is James Bond with boobs, but on another tier it is about a highly dysfunctional family who don't trust each other but in the end, they are all each other has. Garber and Olin did an amazing job playing up the sexual tension throughout the series, which I can't believe was never used in the conclusion. Even the art direction for the beach scene ending was bad. It should have evoked a feeling of calm and serenity. Instead it was cold - like the day after a nuclear war. It reminded me of an old twilight zone episode. I'm not going to comment on the missiles, because I still can't figure it out what that was supposed to be about. Was this the product of nepotism? Maybe some favors were called in at the end and the real writers already had moved onto their next job. Was the finale written by a sixteen year-old kid (maybe the son of one of the sponsors?) with a comic book fixation? Actually that is probably an insult to both comic books and sixteen year-olds. Sad and bad. I can't help but wonder if the poor finale will hurt their DVD sales.