Alias (2001–2006)
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Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the ... See full summary »

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Daniel Attias

Writers:

J.J. Abrams (created by), Alex Kurtzman (as Alex Kurtzman-Counter) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
David Anders ... Julian Sark
Lena Olin ... Irina Derevko
Victor Garber ... Jack Bristow
Terry O'Quinn ... F.B.I. Assistant Director Kendall
Janet MacLachlan ... Jane Banks
Patricia Wettig ... Dr. Judy Barnett
Mark Colson ... OPS Director
Endre Hules ... Mr. Vashko
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Storyline

Sydney must travel to Sri Lanka to outwit Sark in order to find a crucial piece of Intel from a computer disk that she recovers from Rabal. Meanwhile, Jack faces Sydney's mother for the first time in almost 20 years in her prison cell to discuss Sydney's well being. Also, Will finally meets Vaughn, and Sloane is haunted by his wife's death when someone begins sending him anonymous letters which have Emily's handwriting on them. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

When Will is being hypnotically regressed, in one shot the electrode on his left temple peels almost completely off. The next time it's seen it's firmly re-attached. See more »

Quotes

Irina Derevko: [to Jack] There were times when the illusion of our marriage was as powerful for me as it was for you.
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Alias Theme
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Written by J.J. Abrams
Performed by Michael Giacchino
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The real battle....
27 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

is as always between the long arc and the short arc.

I am writing this review from the far future. Well actually 2015 but in relation to when this was produced, that really is the far future.

It is a great series. But in revisiting it, episode by episode, I see things that reviewers contemporaneous to the show might have missed.

Reviewers at the time fell in love with Garner (who didn't?) and loved the whole Mission Impossible, Bionic Woman, Femme Nikita thing.

Looking back I cannot help but feel that what we were really seeing was the resume for JJ Abrams being painstakingly crafted week by week, script by script.

Now (in 2015) a Hollywood deity, Abrams made his bones with this series. And it shows. Props JJ.

This episode in particular is interesting. The short arc is the series of Bond-like trips to crazy locations to do crazy things. It is SUPPOSED to dominate. However watching from the far future I find the long arcs (Sloan "haunted" by his guilt and Sydney's mother connecting with her, played by Lena Olin, one of the great femme fatales of the era) MORE interesting.

To this reviewer, the moment when Olin asks Garner, why are not wondering how a mother could shoot her own daughter?, is the high point.

Just sayin


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