The following exerpt is from zap2it's This Was the Year That Was article: ~~~~ "Alias" continued to be a source of joy and pride (if not boffo ratings) for ABC, as creator J.J. Abrams, not once, but twice, exploded his premise. In a post-Super Bowl episode, he threw out the notion of Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), double agent, and replaced it with a straightforward CIA focus -- as straightforward as possible, considering the amount of ancient Rambaldi artifacts and genetic duplicates wandering around. Then, in the season finale, he once again upended the "Alias" cart, sending Sydney hurtling two years (or so it seems) into the future and dropping her on a Hong Kong street. Considering how important this show is to struggling ABC, kudos to both Abrams and the network brass for continuing to confound viewers' expectations. ~~~~ The article sums up the handling of fantasy/sci fi offerings on TV this past season.