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    The Alias Newsletter

    The weekly Alias newsletter of AllAlias.com – http://www.allalias.com

    Issue 37

    Tuesday, January 28, 2003

    In this issue:
    1. Latest Episode: Phase One: Summary
    2. Latest Episode: Phase One: Quotes
    3. Latest Episode: Phase One: Music
    4. Latest Episode: Phase One: What did you think?
    5. Latest Episode: Phase One: More
    6. Next Episode: Double Agent
    7. Article of the Week
    8. Browse more news
    9. Quote of the Week
    10. Feature of the Week: What is next for Alias?
    11. Affiliates
    12. Final Thoughts

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    1. Latest Episode: Phase One: Summary
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    In a comfortably appointed 747, Sydney poses as a call girl and models
    lingerie for an unnamed fat man. She gets close to him, surprising him
    with a choke hold and demands to know the location of Server 47. He
    tells her, and she knocks him and downloads data from the terminal. She
    searches the plane for a parachute and fends off a guard — but the fat
    man appears brandishing a gun and fires at Syd …

    At the CIA, Vaughn pulls Sydney aside and says that it isn't working
    between them because he's going crazy with passion and worry for her.
    She agrees but they rationalize their chemistry is helping bring down
    SD-6. Weiss interrupts and they end the conversation. Kendall reveals
    that Sloane is MIA and has been replaced as head of SD-6 by Anthony
    Geiger. Syd and Jack's new mission is to get close to him.

    At SD-6, Sydney introduces herself to Geiger, professes loyalty and,
    under his quetioning, tells him that she felt it was her fault that
    Sloane had Danny killed. Later Sark tells her that he's nervous about
    Geiger, who has looked into Sloane's secret files on Server 47. Syd then
    tells Jack that this mysterious server could have crucial information
    about the Alliance that could make them vulnerable.

    Vaughn locates the Server 47 — it's on a continuously airborne 747 that
    lands only to refuel and is guarded by a man named Macor (the fat
    man).As payment for spending his life on the jet, he's supplied with an
    unlimited number of call girls. Syd's mission is to gain access to the
    server in the main cabin by playing a high-priced hooker.

    Vaughn and Weiss observe Sydney's conduct via a monitor from a cargo
    plane flying at a lower altitude. They watch with disbelief as Macor's
    shot misses and as Syd picks up a gun and fires — puncturing the plane's
    hull and depressurizing the cabin. Macor is sucked out and drawn into
    the jet engine. Struggling against the vacuum, Sydney manages to find a
    parachute and jumps to safety.

    In L.A., Will tells Francie that he must quit her restaurant because he
    got a job as a travel writer. She's genuinely happy for him and an
    innocent kiss turns romantic. Later on, they tell Sydney.

    Kendall is reluctant to move on the info downloaded from Server 47
    because the risk is too great if it's incorrect. Sydney suggests they
    verify the security code at the SD-6 computers with what's in the new
    info. If it matches, then the info is accurate.

    Meanwhile, Geiger notices a strange email that Sloane had written and
    runs a program that tracks keystrokes. The email reveals that Sloane
    knew that Jack and Syd were double agents working against SD-6!Geiger
    confronts Jack. Jack calls Syd and tells her to come down to SD-6, but
    to take surface streets because the highway is jammed — a coded phrase
    meaning he's been compromised. Geiger tortures Jack with electrocution,
    hoping to find out who Jack's working for.

    Sydney is frantic because she can't help Jack and knows Kendall will
    think a rescue is too risky. She tells Will and Francie to leave town
    because someone is looking for her. She then meets with Dixon and
    reveals to him the truth about SD-6 and her role as a double-agent. She
    asks him to hack into SD-6's innermost server and make visible to the
    CIA the code that will verify their info. Dixon is dubious but
    acquiesces. When the CIA receives the code, Kendall orders a global
    assault on all Alliance and SD cells.

    A CIA team overruns SD-6. Sydney finds Jack just in time and shoots
    Geiger. As the CIA gains control of the facility, Sydney and Vaughn see
    each other amidst the carnage and kiss passionately!

    Later Sark, who has escaped unharmed, phones Sloane and informs him that
    Phase One is complete. A pleased Sloane asks him to check in on their
    "new asset." Sark phones … Francie. But it's a double. She's murdered
    the real Francie, who lies on the floor with a bullet in her head!

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    2. Latest Episode: Phase One: Quotes
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    “What was wrong with the black one?” – Sydney Bristow
    “Do you think it’s comfortable to wearing clothes like this?” – Sydney
    Bristow

    “…When all I want to do is kiss you” – Michael Vaughn

    “What is this? The flirting corner?” – Weiss

    “We sorta made out” – Francie

    “You know the weird part? The really weird part? It wasn’t weird” – Will

    “Hey, no one can resist pigs in a blanket” – Marshall

    “Don’t talk to me” – Dixon

    “Hey! Guys! Hear what I said? Asses?” – Weiss

    “Good. Move on to Phase two. Check in on our new asset. Se if everything
    is on schedule” - Sloane

    More quotes: http://forums.allalias.com/index.php?act=S...ST&f=121&t=1247

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    3. Latest Episode: Phase One: Music
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    Artist: AC/DC
    Song: "Back in Black"
    Label: Sony

    Artist: Lenny Kravitz
    Song: "American Woman"
    Label: Virgin America

    Artist: Groove Armada
    Song: "Hands of Time"
    Label: Jive Records

    Artist: Bill Withers
    Song: "Use Me"
    Label: Columbia Records

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    4. Latest Episode: Phase One: What did you think?
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    A lot of things changed on Sunday. Respond to the changes here:

    http://forums.allalias.com/index.php?act=S...ST&f=121&t=1244

    You can also check out what hundreds of other fans thought of the
    episode.

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    5. Latest Episode: Phase One: More
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    47s
    Server 47 is the one Sydney needs to access on the plane, the one that
    is the main The Alliance computer, which was on a 747 plane.

    No way!
    How did Sydney put her hair up on the plain after getting out of the
    underweaer? It was just suddenly put up


    Random Notes
    The ALIAS logo is normally only at the end - that was weird!
    The song “American Woman” was also in a promo for the real Alias pilot

    Letters
    Over the [A]tlantic
    Los Angel[E]s
    P[H]illipines

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    6. Next Episode: Double Agent
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    Sydney, Vaughn and Jack must determine whether CIA agent Lennox (Ethan
    Hawke) is who he says he is after his deep cover mission is compromised.


    Everything Double Agent related:
    http://forums.allalias.com/index.php?act=SF&f=113

    PREaction (what you think will happen – NO spoilers please):
    http://forums.allalias.com/?act=ST&f=113&t=1320&


    Spoilers (information about what WILL happen, from “moles” inside ABC
    and other sources) [note: Unless otherwise noted, NO spoilers have been
    confirmed by AllAlias.com – they are just claims by the members who post
    them]

    All spoiler topics: http://forums.allalias.com/?act=SF&f=9&

    Including these spoilers (NOTE: I haven’t even read them, I don’t want
    to be spoiled. As such, these have not been confirmed.):
    http://forums.allalias.com/?act=ST&f=9&t=502&

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    7. Article of the Week
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    From Matt Roush's "Roush Room" at TVGuide.com:

    What packed a punch on Super Bowl night? Alias.

    As so often happens, the game itself was a snoozer. The ads (a few cute,
    a few gamy) were mostly a shrug. The only thing that lived up to the
    "super" billing of a Super Bowl Sunday was an astonishing hour of Alias
    — and for reasons that escape me, ABC made us sit through a Bon Jovi
    performance, an insipid Penn and Teller stunt and bloated post-game
    analysis, not starting the much-touted episode until 11 pm/ET. By this
    time, a huge chunk of the audience no doubt had drifted; ABC effectively
    wasted the opportunity to introduce a massive fan base to one of the
    most entertaining shows of our time.

    The Alias episode, cunningly scripted by creator J.J. Abrams, provided
    just enough exposition to ground the newbies, after luring them with a
    jaw-droppingly sexy entrance by Jennifer Garner. "You think it's
    comfortable wearing clothes like this?" she snarled to a lecherous
    villain who made her parade in red underwear before he got his. The
    ensuing fight to the death aboard a luxury airplane was thrilling enough
    to satisfy anyone not sated by all those ads for Matrix and Terminator
    sequels.

    From then on, the episode rocketed from one sensational, pivotal turning
    point to the next. It was thrilling and shocking, exhilarating and
    (ultimately) upsetting.

    Relation"shippers" got their fix when Sydney (Garner) and her lovesick
    handler Vaughn (Michael Vartan) finally got to kiss. But only after
    leading a bloody raid on SD-6 — where does this leave her partner Dixon
    (Carl Lumbly) and poor sweet gadget freak Marshall (Kevin Weisman)? —
    and presumably destroying the shadowy Alliance.

    The final revelations were staggering: Sloane (Ron Rifkin), still in
    hiding, had manipulated everyone, apparently aware for some time that
    Syd and her father Jack (Victor Garber) were double agents working for
    the CIA. He masterminded the Alliance downfall with Sark (David Anders),
    and arranged (biggest shock of all) the murder of Syd's beloved roomie
    Francie (Merrin Dungey), replacing her with a cold-blooded double.

    (Side note for all those mourning Francie, who had just started getting
    amorous with Bradley Cooper's Will: While this is a tragedy for the
    character, it has to be seen as a boon for the actress. Obviously the
    murderer won't get away with this ruse forever, but what a juicy role to
    play — right up there with Nina on 24.)

    The show's playing field has seemingly changed for good. I couldn't be
    more excited. As with 24, I'm now breathlessly awaiting the next episode
    of Alias more than I have for months.

    Despite ABC's greedy milking and overextending of the post-show, I'm
    hoping the promotion and scheduling of Alias on Super Bowl night have a
    positive impact on the show's ratings fortunes. Whatever happens, no one
    can say Abrams didn't come through with a blockbuster episode deserving
    of the special treatment.

    And one final observation about ABC: If the network had decided to
    launch one of its cheesy reality shows on Super Bowl night, do you think
    they would have waited until 11 pm to start it? Not likely.

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    8. Browse More News
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    You can browse more Alias-related news that we didn’t have time for here
    at http://forums.allalias.com/?act=SF&f=2&

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    9. Quote of the Week
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    “What was wrong with the black one?” – Sydney Bristow

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    10. What is next for Alias?
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    Alias has changed. There were a few things that I thought couldn’t
    happen until the last few episodes of Alias. Three were Sydney and
    Vaughn kissing (it would ruin the tension), Francie being evil or dying
    (she brings such good balance and sense of reality to the show), and the
    destruction of SD-6 (this had been Sydney’s mission from day one – so
    there would be little point to future plot).

    All three of these things happened in “Phase One” – an episode that sent
    Alias in a new direction. There are so many questions that have yet to
    be answered (Where is Will? What is Phase Two? Who is the evil Francie?
    What about Marshall? Dixon? Where in the world is Irina in all of this?
    And more…)

    The fundamental formula for Alias was shattered. However, this may be
    fore the best. If everything had continued as it had, yes, we could have
    explored Irina more but eventually it would get old.

    This brings a new challenge for Alias and the Alias crew and cast. Yet I
    have faith that they will to be able to pull off this major change in
    plot.

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    11. Affiliates
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    Browse our affiliates:
    http://forums.allalias.com/index.php?act=S...=ST&f=105&t=100

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    12. Final Thoughts
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    This week is a one that brings new things to Alias – a one we may
    remember for a long time.

    Have a great week.

    Charlie
    Editor, The Alias Newsletter
    Webmaster, AllAlias.com
    char-@allalias.com
    http://allalias.com





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