Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is a young, athletic, college graduate who was recruited her freshman year as a Secret Agent for SD-6, a top-secret branch of the C.I.A. After a few years, after Sydney confides her lifestyle to her boyfriend, the evil head of SD-6, Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin), has him killed. Sydney learns that SD-6 is part of a rogue international agency called the Alliance of 12, out to rule the world. She becomes a double agent, working with the real C.I.A. to bring down SD-6 with the assistance of her handler, Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan), and her estranged father Jack Bristow (Victor Garber), also a double agent. Along the way, Sydney fights various rival agents, rival terrorist groups, and traitors all the while keeping her cloak-and-dagger lifestyle a secret from her friends (season one).Written by
In the first season, Sydney's SD-6 code name was "Bluebird," while her CIA codename was "Freelancer." In the second and third seasons, she was known as "Mountaineer" by the CIA. See more »
In season 3, Omnifam's office is in Zurich, Switzerland, but the distinctive Munttoren, canal tour boats and the yellow trams of Amsterdam spoil the illusion. See more »
[an alarm will go off in 15 seconds if set off]
So you said you could disarm it in under 20 seconds, how far under 20?
I work better under pressure.
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Beginning in the second season, episodes that are running too long have no opening theme. The credits are played over the episode and the only title logo you see is the black screen with the words ALIAS that is seen at the end of every episode. See more »
There are two versions of the pilot episode. One which lasts for sixty-nine minutes, aired on ABC commercially uniterrupted when premiered, while another only lasts for forty five minutes and was designed for commerical interruption. See more »
Give or take, Garner was 30 years old when Alias hit the big screen and there was no turning back for her.
Have heard so many different stories about how she was "discovered" in Tinseltown that I do not know which to believe.
What I do know is that, for a period of time, JG was the new "it girl", she could do no wrong, and audiences simply could not get enough of her.
Alias, which ran for 5 years, was simply an OK premise taken to heights of high-camp based solely on the star power of Garner.
She was hot, she could act, she could do stunts, she had great reaction shots, and she made it all seem so easy. Even her film roles in his period are worth a look (which is another section of the IMDb entirely).
Recommended for teenage boys of all ages.
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